Orlando City declines option for goalkeeper Hall

Orlando City has parted ways with its starting goalkeeper, who underwent knee surgery in October. Orlando City once again is going in a different direction in goal. Orlando has declined the contract option on goalkeeper Tally Hall, who started 23 matches last season but underwent surgery in October to repair a torn meniscus. The operation marked the 30-year-old’s second major knee surgery in as many years after his 2014 campaign with Houston ended with a torn ACL. Hall was among a slew of notable players who parted ways with…

‘It was beautiful to watch’ – Szczesny after Roma’s 6-1 loss to Barca

Wojciech Szczesny watched on in awe as Roma conceded six goals against Champions League holders Barcelona on Tuesday. Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny said the Italians “played against a team from another planet” after Barcelona romped to a 6-1 Champions League win. Szczesny watched helplessly as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored braces in a Barca masterclass on Tuesday. Speaking to BT Sport after, Szczesny admitted: “It was beautiful to watch because we played against a team from another planet. “I was in goal playing for Roma, but I appreciated what…

Final U.S. victory tour roster named as Wambach bids farewell

The U.S. team will play four more friendlies before closing the book on a triumphant 2015. It’s finally time to say goodbye. The United State women’s national team will close the book on a successful 2015 that saw it lift the World Cup, then set off around the country where large crowds have greeted them on their victory tour. Four matches, two against Trinidad and Tobago and two against China remain. In addition to fans in Hawaii, Texas, Arizona and Louisiana seeing the team off, the team …

Bellerin: Arsenal can challenge for the Champions League

The Spanish fullback believes his side can go deep in the tournament’s knockout stages after it kept its qualification hopes alive by beating Dinamo Zagreb. Arsenal fullback Hector Bellerin backed the Gunners be a force in the Champions League after helping to keep their challenge alive with a 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.Mesut Ozil opened the scoring before Alexis Sanchez netted two goals either side of halftime to complete a comfortable victory.Arsene Wenger’s men must now beat Olympiacos by two goals in their…

How do you improve perfection? Add Lionel Messi

The Argentine sat out most of Barcelona’s brilliant 4-0 win in the Clasico away to Real Madrid on Saturday, but was back to show why he is the best as the Catalans trounced Roma. Some said Barcelona was better without him. While it is true that the Blaugrana found form during Lionel Messi’s time on the sidelines, their team is clearly enhanced with the Argentine attacker back in the side. How do you improve on what was a perfect performance at Real Madrid on Saturday? Easy. Just add Leo.Back in the starting lineup for the first time …

Manchester United vs. PSV: Mata has sights on top spot

Manchester United faces PSV on Wednesday with Juan Mata hoping to take a big step towards first place in Group B. Juan Mata has his sights set on top spot in Champions League Group B, even though Manchester United is still yet to secure its place in the last 16 ahead of its clash with PSV on Wednesday. Louis van Gaal’s men go into the game at Old Trafford in pole position in the pool with seven points from four matches, although PSV and Wolfsburg are close behind on six, …

Juventus vs. Manchester City: Chiellini wary of City after Liverpool humiliation

Manchester City will be “super eager for redemption” at Juventus following its weekend thrashing against Liverpool says Giorgio Chiellini. Giorgio Chiellini fears Juventus could feel the brunt of a Manchester City backlash when it hosts the Premier League side in Champions League Group D. Manuel Pellegrini’s team lost its place at the summit of England’s top flight in brutal fashion on Saturday, as it was thrashed 4-1 by Liverpool, producing a display that made its manager “more than angry.” Juve beat City in Manchester at the start of…

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland: Defoe nets vital late winner

Sunderland won for only the second time of the Premier League season, beating Crystal Palace thanks to a Jermain Defoe goal. A late goal from Jermain Defoe gave Sunderland a dramatic 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday. A disappointing contest saw the home side enjoy more of the possession and play, although it was Sunderland’s Sebastian Coates who came closest to finding an opener when his second-half header was cleared off the line. That was until Defoe pounced on some defensive confusion involving Scott Dann…

Ancelotti: Zidane is ready for Madrid job

Zinedine Zidane has all the qualities to be Real Madrid coach, according to Carlo Ancelotti. Carlo Ancelotti believes Zinedine Zidane is ready to coach Real Madrid, as the pressure continues to grow on Rafael Benitez. Benitez received the backing of Madrid president Florentino Perez on Monday, just 48 hours after the humbling 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico. Zidane, coach of Madrid’s reserves, has distanced himself from the position, but Ancelotti feels the France great – who served as his assistant at Santiago Bernabeu – is equipped for the top job. “He has a …

Perez calls news conference at Real Madrid

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has called a news conference for Monday, with coach Rafael Benitez under pressure. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has called a news conference for Monday, at which he is expected to address the fallout from the Clasico thrashing at the hands of Barcelona on Saturday. Madrid was hopelessly outplayed by Luis Enrique’s men at the Santiago Bernabeu, Barca cruising to an impressive 4-0 win thanks to two goals from Luis Suarez and strikes from Neymar and Andres Iniesta. The home fans were quick to display their…