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Home > Soccer World Daily > Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017
Friday was the deadline for bidders interested in hosting the 2026 World Cup to express their intentions to FIFA. In a last-minute surprise, Morocco announced it would bid in competition with the United Bid Committee of the USA, Canada, Mexico. Read the whole story
Haji Wright is part of a wave of young Americans who signed with Germany pro clubs as soon as they became eligible. Ruhr Valley giant Schalke 04 is high on the 19-year-old forward but has sent him to Sandhausen, Germany's smallest pro club, for a year of seasoning. Read the whole story
Injuries continued to mount on the U.S. national team backline with just two weeks before camp opens before the September World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras. The latest: Omar Gonzalez was injured in the midweek Copa MX and John Brooks left in the first half of his ... Read the whole story

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French supersub Olivier Giroud, the hero of Arsenal's wild 4-3 win over Leicester City on opening day of the English Premier League, could have left the Gunners over the summer, but manager Arsene Wenger is glad he didn't bolt. Read the whole story
Liverpool Echo
Hours after Liverpool released a statement saying he is not for sale, Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho submitted a transfer request that the Reds immediately rejected. On Wednesday, Liverpool turned down $120 million from Barcelona. Read the whole story
BBC Sport
Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi, who played on loan to Stoke City last season, signed with the Potters from Porto for $9 million. He's another defender who will be competition for American Geoff Cameron. Stoke also signed French defender Kurt Zouma on loan from Chelsea. Read the whole story
Neymar's international transfer certificate from the Spanish federation arrived, clearing the way for him to make his Paris St. Germain at Guingamp on Sunday. Read the whole story

Quiet summer, Costa controversy cast clouds over Chelsea

As the Premier League kicks off its 26th season of spectacle and spending, is the champion in crisis? A rather quiet summer on the transfer front, a departure termed by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as a "great loss," and the disgruntlement of star-crossed striker Diego Costa have many pundits picking another team -- Manchester City -- instead of the club that earned Conte the league title in his first English campaign. ...More

Eric Wynalda on coaching, his new challenge, Bruce vs. Jurgen, and Pulisic

Most soccer fans know Eric Wynalda for his play on three U.S. World Cup teams and Hall of Fame career or his current role as an analyst on Fox Sports' soccer coverage. ...More

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