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Friday, August 31, 2012

Transfer Window: CLOSED!

The Premier League transfer window just closed, at 6 p.m. Eastern on Friday, and Tottenham sealed a deal for Fulham's American star Clint Dempsey just in the nick of time.

Dempsey made it clear all summer he wanted to leave Fulham for a team with a better shot at the Champions League. He was hoping to land at Liverpool, but the two clubs couldn't agree on a price. Aston Villa wanted Dempsey, but he didn't want them. Enter Tottenham in the 11th hour. They had money to spend after getting hefty transfer fees for Rafael van der Vaart (moved back to former German club Hamburg) and Luka Modric (moved to Real Madrid). They also sent Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos on loan to Mallorca.

The fact that five teams were bidding on an American midfielder is a major sign of progress for US Soccer.

Other transfers of note...

Carlos Bocanegra on loan from Rangers to Racing Santander.

Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United to Fulham

Ju Young Park from Arsenal on loan to Celta Viga

Scott Sinclair from Swansea to Manchester City

Maicon from Inter to Manchester City'

Nigel de Jong from Manchester City to AC Milan

Charlie Adam from Liverpook to Stoke

Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal to Juventus on loan

Alessandro del Piero from Juventus to Sydney FC

Giovani dos Santos from Tottenham to Mallorca



Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Headlines

Hi there, Soccer Fans.

I'm baaaaack from the London Olympics. Amazing event. Among the many events I covered were the USA women's soccer win over Japan and Mexico's historic win over Brazil. Great atmoshpere for both. Even the media bus TO Wembley Stadium was fun on the day of Brazil-Mexico. Those journalists are a lively bunch, to say the least.

Just getting back to work. Here are some quick Friday headlines as we head into the Opening Weekend of the English Premier League.

-Robin Van Persie seals deal with Manchester United. The former Arsenal star signed a four-year $38 million contract with ManU and said he made the decision because the "little boy inside'' him was "screaming'' for ManU. Van Persie led the EPL with 30 goals last season, and Wayne Rooney was second with 27. In other words, ManU fans are very happy today. His debut is Monday vs. Everton, 3 p.m., ESPN2

-Brazil coach Mano Menezes under fire after losing to Mexico at the Olympics (no big surprise there). There were rumors that former Barca coach Pep Guardiola was a possible replacement, but his agent says there have been no talks.

-Clint Dempsey wants to leave Fulham, reportedly refuses to play for the team, so he was left off the opening-day starting lineup. Most reports have him heading to Liverpool, but there is no deal to speak of.

-Finally, US soccer fans will no longer see La Liga matches on GOL-TV. The rights were sold to BeInSport, a new Miami-based company operated by Al Jazeera. Their matches are available on DirecTV and DISH Network. See TV listings below.

What are your thoughts on today's news? Thoughts on the US win over Mexico Wednesday night? Is it significant? Share your views. We want to hear from you.



Weekend TV listings...

Soccer fans, take note that La Liga matches are no longer on GOL-TV. The league TV rights, along with French Ligue 1 and Italian Serie A are now owned by BeInSport, a Miami-based company run by Al Jazeera that hired Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson among its commentators. Games are available on DirecTV and DISH Network.


Arsenal vs. Sunderland 10 a.m. ESPN, ESPN Deportes

West Brom vs. Liverpool 10 a.m. Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes

Lyon vs. Troyes 11 a.m. Univision

Newcastle vs. Spurs 12:30 p.m. Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes

Celta Vigo vs. Malaga 1 p.m. BeInSport

Lorient vs. Montpellier 2 p.m. Univision

Sevilla vs. Getafe 3 p.m. BeInSport

Mallorca vs. Espanyol 5 p.m. BeInSport

Queretaro vs. Club America 6 p.m. Univision

 Monterrey vs. Atlante 8 p.m. Univision


Marseille vs. Sochaux 8 a.m. BeInSport

Wigan vs. Chelsea 8:30 a.m. Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes

Manchester City vs. Southampton 11 a.m. Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes

Real Madrid vs. Valencia 1 p.m. BeInSport

Toluca vs. Pachuca 1 p.m. Univision

Neza vs. Pumas Morelos 1 p.m. GolTV

Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad 3 p.m. BeInSport

Ajaccio vs. Paris Saint-Germain 3 p.m. Univision

Santos vs. Corinthians 3 p.m. GolTV

Levante vs. Atletico Madrid 5 p.m. BeInSport

Tigre vs. River Plate 6:10 p.m. GolTV

New York Red Bulls vs. Portland Timbers 7 p.m. Galavision


Everton vs. Manchester United 3 p.m. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes