Copa América

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El arquero de la selección de fútbol de Perú Pedro Gallese ataja un balón durante un entrenamiento en Santiago de Chile previo a un partido por la Copa América, 27 de junio de 2015. Imagen de archivo. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza
Imagen de archivo del arquero peruano Pedro Gallese
El arquero de la selección de fútbol de Perú Pedro Gallese ataja un balón durante un entrenamiento en Santiago de Chile previo a un partido por la Copa América, 27 de junio de 2015. Imagen de archivo. REUTERS/Pablo Sanhueza
Il centrocampista del Milan, Lucas Biglia, rivela: "Dopo la Copa America pensavo di lasciare l'Argentina, senza Messi saremmo una squadra normale".
Milan, Biglia shock: "Volevo lasciare l'Argentina nel 2016"
Il centrocampista del Milan, Lucas Biglia, rivela: "Dopo la Copa America pensavo di lasciare l'Argentina, senza Messi saremmo una squadra normale".
<p>A couple of days after <a href="https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/02/10/carlos-cordeiro-us-soccer-president-election" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:U.S. Soccer elected its new president" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">U.S. Soccer elected its new president</a>, the U.S. men&#39;s national team has its new marching orders for the 2018 slate of international dates.</p><p>The U.S. men will host Paraguay in North Carolina during the fixture window in late March before heading to Europe for a pair of June friendlies against Ireland and France, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday.</p><p>The first of the matches will take place in Cary&#39;s Sahlen Stadium on March 27, with the Americans only playing one match in the window. The two sides last met in the Copa America Centenario group stage, with the USA winning 1-0 on a Clint Dempsey goal to reach the knockout rounds.</p><p>The U.S. will then play Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on June 2 before facing France on June 9 at Groupama Stadium in Lyon. Ireland missed out on a World Cup berth after falling in the UEFA qualifying playoffs to Denmark. France, meanwhile, will be one of the favorites in Russia and will be using the match as a tune-up before embarking on group play vs. Australia, Peru and Denmark.</p><p>&quot;Serious about the ambition to field a men’s team considered among the best in the world, U.S. Soccer will continue to seek matches against world-class soccer nations and in world-class venues,&quot; U.S. Soccer wrote in a statement. &quot;More high-profile games are expected to be added for the friendly dates in September, October and November, which will deliver one of the most demanding non-tournament schedules in MNT history.&quot;</p><p>Who will lead the U.S. in those future matches remains to be seen, but it figures to be <a href="https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/01/26/usa-bosnia-herzegovina-friendly-dave-sarachan-usmnt-preview" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:interim manager Dave Sarachan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">interim manager Dave Sarachan</a> who remains at the helm for the friendly vs. Paraguay at the very least.</p><p>Under new president Carlos Cordeiro, U.S. Soccer is expected to name a general manager/technical director on both the men&#39;s and women&#39;s sides, with personnel decisions expected to fall under that umbrella.</p><p>With Sarachan in charge, the U.S. men are 0-0-2, drawing Portugal 1-1 in November before playing Bosnia-Herzegovina to a 0-0 draw to close last month&#39;s January camp. Unlike for the January match, the U.S. will have the whole player pool at its disposal for these three friendlies given that they are on FIFA dates.</p>
USMNT Sets Upcoming Friendlies vs. Paraguay, Ireland, France

A couple of days after U.S. Soccer elected its new president, the U.S. men's national team has its new marching orders for the 2018 slate of international dates.

The U.S. men will host Paraguay in North Carolina during the fixture window in late March before heading to Europe for a pair of June friendlies against Ireland and France, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday.

The first of the matches will take place in Cary's Sahlen Stadium on March 27, with the Americans only playing one match in the window. The two sides last met in the Copa America Centenario group stage, with the USA winning 1-0 on a Clint Dempsey goal to reach the knockout rounds.

The U.S. will then play Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on June 2 before facing France on June 9 at Groupama Stadium in Lyon. Ireland missed out on a World Cup berth after falling in the UEFA qualifying playoffs to Denmark. France, meanwhile, will be one of the favorites in Russia and will be using the match as a tune-up before embarking on group play vs. Australia, Peru and Denmark.

"Serious about the ambition to field a men’s team considered among the best in the world, U.S. Soccer will continue to seek matches against world-class soccer nations and in world-class venues," U.S. Soccer wrote in a statement. "More high-profile games are expected to be added for the friendly dates in September, October and November, which will deliver one of the most demanding non-tournament schedules in MNT history."

Who will lead the U.S. in those future matches remains to be seen, but it figures to be interim manager Dave Sarachan who remains at the helm for the friendly vs. Paraguay at the very least.

Under new president Carlos Cordeiro, U.S. Soccer is expected to name a general manager/technical director on both the men's and women's sides, with personnel decisions expected to fall under that umbrella.

With Sarachan in charge, the U.S. men are 0-0-2, drawing Portugal 1-1 in November before playing Bosnia-Herzegovina to a 0-0 draw to close last month's January camp. Unlike for the January match, the U.S. will have the whole player pool at its disposal for these three friendlies given that they are on FIFA dates.

ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa en su casa durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento &quot;muy delicado de salud&quot; y también &quot;en lo económico&quot;, pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa en su casa durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento "muy delicado de salud" y también "en lo económico", pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa en su casa durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento "muy delicado de salud" y también "en lo económico", pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa junto a un retrato suyo cuando resultó campeón en Bolivia con el Wilstermann durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento &quot;muy delicado de salud&quot; y también &quot;en lo económico&quot;, pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa junto a un retrato suyo cuando resultó campeón en Bolivia con el Wilstermann durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento "muy delicado de salud" y también "en lo económico", pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa junto a un retrato suyo cuando resultó campeón en Bolivia con el Wilstermann durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento "muy delicado de salud" y también "en lo económico", pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa junto a su familia durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento &quot;muy delicado de salud&quot; y también &quot;en lo económico&quot;, pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa junto a su familia durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento "muy delicado de salud" y también "en lo económico", pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa junto a su familia durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento "muy delicado de salud" y también "en lo económico", pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa junto a su hijo y su esposa durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento &quot;muy delicado de salud&quot; y también &quot;en lo económico&quot;, pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa junto a su hijo y su esposa durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento "muy delicado de salud" y también "en lo económico", pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
ACOMPAÑA CRÓNICA: BOLIVIA FÚTBOL - BOL01. COCHABAMBA (BOLIVIA), 10/02/2018.- El argentino Julio Alberto Zamora, posa junto a su hijo y su esposa durante una entrevista con Efe este 9 de febrero de 2018, en Cochabamba (Bolivia). Zamora, quien integró el plantel albiceleste ganador de la Copa América en 1993, disputa hoy su partido más difícil para terminar de recuperarse de un accidente cerebrovascular sufrido en 2017 y pagar cuentas médicas por unos 20.000 dólares, lo que le ha dejado al borde de la quiebra. Afincado en Cochabamba, en el centro de Bolivia, en el último quinquenio, Zamora, de 53 años, contó a Efe que está pasando por un momento "muy delicado de salud" y también "en lo económico", pues su ahora exclub, el Real Potosí boliviano, no le ayudó con ningún gasto para su recuperación. EFE/JORGE ABREGO
CDA810. BOGOTÁ (COLOMBIA), 01/02/2018.- Fotografía de archivo del 19 de enero de 2018 del colombiano Reinaldo Rueda posando durante su presentación oficial como nuevo director técnico de la selección chilena de fútbol en Santiago (Chile). Chile, el país campeón de las últimas dos ediciones de la Copa América, comenzó con el colombiano Reinaldo Rueda la reconstrucción de su fútbol tras la eliminación del Mundial de Rusia. EFE/Elvis González
CDA810. BOGOTÁ (COLOMBIA), 01/02/2018.- Fotografía de archivo del 19 de enero de 2018 del colombiano Reinaldo Rueda posando durante su presentación oficial como nuevo director técnico de la selección chilena de fútbol en Santiago (Chile). Chile, el país campeón de las últimas dos ediciones de la Copa América, comenzó con el colombiano Reinaldo Rueda la reconstrucción de su fútbol tras la eliminación del Mundial de Rusia. EFE/Elvis González
CDA810. BOGOTÁ (COLOMBIA), 01/02/2018.- Fotografía de archivo del 19 de enero de 2018 del colombiano Reinaldo Rueda posando durante su presentación oficial como nuevo director técnico de la selección chilena de fútbol en Santiago (Chile). Chile, el país campeón de las últimas dos ediciones de la Copa América, comenzó con el colombiano Reinaldo Rueda la reconstrucción de su fútbol tras la eliminación del Mundial de Rusia. EFE/Elvis González
Argentina&#39;s Augusto Fernandez speaks during a press conference on the opening day of the Copa America Centenario football tournament, in Santa Clara, California June 3, 2016
Argentina's Augusto Fernandez speaks during a press conference on the opening day of the Copa America Centenario football tournament, in Santa Clara, California June 3, 2016
Argentina's Augusto Fernandez speaks during a press conference on the opening day of the Copa America Centenario football tournament, in Santa Clara, California June 3, 2016
Los más grandes goleadores del mundo se darán cita em Rusia 2018. Guerrero es dos veces máximo goleador de la Copa América. ¿Contra quiénes tendrá esta disputa personal?
¿Con quiénes peleará Guerrero ser goleador del Mundial?
Los más grandes goleadores del mundo se darán cita em Rusia 2018. Guerrero es dos veces máximo goleador de la Copa América. ¿Contra quiénes tendrá esta disputa personal?
Los más grandes goleadores del mundo se darán cita em Rusia 2018. Guerrero es dos veces máximo goleador de la Copa América. ¿Contra quiénes tendrá esta disputa personal?
¿Con quiénes peleará Guerrero ser goleador del Mundial?
Los más grandes goleadores del mundo se darán cita em Rusia 2018. Guerrero es dos veces máximo goleador de la Copa América. ¿Contra quiénes tendrá esta disputa personal?
Los más grandes goleadores del mundo se darán cita em Rusia 2018. Guerrero es dos veces máximo goleador de la Copa América. ¿Contra quiénes tendrá esta disputa personal?
¿Con quiénes peleará Guerrero ser goleador del Mundial?
Los más grandes goleadores del mundo se darán cita em Rusia 2018. Guerrero es dos veces máximo goleador de la Copa América. ¿Contra quiénes tendrá esta disputa personal?
Los más grandes goleadores del mundo se darán cita em Rusia 2018. Guerrero es dos veces máximo goleador de la Copa América. ¿Contra quiénes tendrá esta disputa personal?
¿Con quiénes peleará Guerrero ser goleador del Mundial?
Los más grandes goleadores del mundo se darán cita em Rusia 2018. Guerrero es dos veces máximo goleador de la Copa América. ¿Contra quiénes tendrá esta disputa personal?
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s&#39;est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d&#39;Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d&#39;une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l&#39;été prochain.
Chili - Rueda : "Je veux un Sanchez polyvalent en sélection"
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s'est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d'Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d'une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l'été prochain.
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s&#39;est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d&#39;Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d&#39;une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l&#39;été prochain.
Chili - Rueda : "Je veux un Sanchez polyvalent en sélection"
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s'est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d'Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d'une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l'été prochain.
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s&#39;est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d&#39;Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d&#39;une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l&#39;été prochain.
Chili - Rueda : "Je veux un Sanchez polyvalent en sélection"
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s'est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d'Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d'une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l'été prochain.
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s&#39;est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d&#39;Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d&#39;une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l&#39;été prochain.
Chili - Rueda : "Je veux un Sanchez polyvalent en sélection"
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s'est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d'Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d'une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l'été prochain.
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s&#39;est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d&#39;Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d&#39;une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l&#39;été prochain.
Chili - Rueda : "Je veux un Sanchez polyvalent en sélection"
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s'est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d'Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d'une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l'été prochain.
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s&#39;est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d&#39;Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d&#39;une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l&#39;été prochain.
Chili - Rueda : "Je veux un Sanchez polyvalent en sélection"
Le nouveau sélectionneur du Chili, Reinaldo Rueda, s'est arrêté sur le cas Alexis Sanchez. Il compte sur la polyvalence de sa star, en partance d'Arsenal, pour tirer le meilleur d'une sélection double tenante du titre de la Copa America (2015 et 2016) mais qui ne participera pas à la prochaine Coupe du Monde en Russie l'été prochain.
ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 11 de junio de 2015, el presidente de la federación boliviana de fútbol y tesorero de la Conmebol, Carlos Chávez, fuma en el vestíbulo de un hotel antes del inicio de la Copa América en Santiago, Chile. Chávez fue trasladado de una prisión en Bolivia a Brasil para recibir tratamiento por cáncer, informaron las autoridades bolivianas el 19 de enero de 2018. (AP Foto/Natacha Pisarenko, Archivo)
ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 11 de junio de 2015, el presidente de la federación boliviana de fútbol y tesorero de la Conmebol, Carlos Chávez, fuma en el vestíbulo de un hotel antes del inicio de la Copa América en Santiago, Chile. Chávez fue trasladado de una prisión en Bolivia a Brasil para recibir tratamiento por cáncer, informaron las autoridades bolivianas el 19 de enero de 2018. (AP Foto/Natacha Pisarenko, Archivo)
ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 11 de junio de 2015, el presidente de la federación boliviana de fútbol y tesorero de la Conmebol, Carlos Chávez, fuma en el vestíbulo de un hotel antes del inicio de la Copa América en Santiago, Chile. Chávez fue trasladado de una prisión en Bolivia a Brasil para recibir tratamiento por cáncer, informaron las autoridades bolivianas el 19 de enero de 2018. (AP Foto/Natacha Pisarenko, Archivo)
<p>PHILADELPHIA — Sunil Gulati decided about six weeks ago not to seek a fourth term as U.S. Soccer Federation president, but the eight-candidate battle royale that’ll determine his replacement next month has, at times, made him feel like he’s still in the thick of the race.</p><p>To one extent or another, all eight are running against Gulati’s record.</p><p>“I fully appreciate than when you’re running for office as a non-incumbent, you’ve got to say, ‘I’m in favor of change,’” he said.</p><p>During a Thursday Q&#38;A at the annual United Soccer Coaches convention, Gulati acknowledged his record was sullied by the USA’s failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup. But 12 years at the federation’s helm, and his more than three decades in the sport, shouldn’t be evaluated based on one result, he argued. That’s why Gulati said he didn’t resign immediately after the October loss in Trinidad and why he told moderator Alexi Lalas that some of the recent politicking has disappointed him.</p><p>“I have found a lot of the discourse depressing and disgusting, frankly,” Gulati told the gathering at the Philadelphia Convention Center. “I’ve been to the last 34 U.S. Soccer AGMs … and I’ve been to the last 30 out of 31 of these conventions, and at all those AGMs, the mood’s been really good. Finances, teams and everything else … across the board. And then it seems the world fell apart in the last 30 days.”</p><p>He continued, tongue-in-cheek, “There are [complaints] about the [qualifier]. But it’s about everything. It’s about transparency. It’s about on-field performance. It’s about decision making. It’s about the failure of everyone in the room, and I’m at the top of that. Because the sport is completely broken and nothing good is going on. That’s all nonsense.”</p><p>The eight presidential candidates also are at the convention, where more than 12,000 coaches and soccer stakeholders will be meeting through Sunday. They’ll participate in an open forum on Saturday. Among those vying for Gulati’s office are four former players (Paul Caligiuri, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo and Eric Wynalda), two current administrators (Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter and USSF VP Carlos Cordeiro) and two independent attorneys (Steve Gans and Michael Winograd).</p><p>Gulati, who attended a dinner last month with Carter, MLS commissioner Don Garber and voters from two state associations, answered, “possibly” when Lalas asked if he was supporting a particular candidate. But he stopped short of naming names.</p><p>“You can support someone without endorsing them. In the last week, I’ve talked to three candidates. Two have asked for advice and one got some advice without asking for it,” he said. “I’ll make a public endorsement when I’m ready to do that.”</p><p>Lalas wondered if Gulati was “impressed” with any of the eight candidates.</p><p>“We certainly have some I think are more qualified than others, and some that are far less qualified than what I think is appropriate for the office,” Gulati said.</p><p>“Can we make improvements in all those areas I just touched on? The answer is, of course we can,” he added.</p><p>But tough decisions, competing constituencies and financial realities make many of the “nonsensical solutions that are being proposed by candidates,” unrealistic for the USSF, Gulati said.</p><p>If there was a primary takeaway from the the Q&#38;A, at least as far as the election is concerned, it’s that Gulati is convinced his successor will find sitting in his seat far more complicated than criticizing his performance.</p><p>Nonsensical solutions?</p><p>“Like what,” Lalas asked.</p><p>“How many of them do you want? We only have an hour,” Gulati shot back.</p><p>He then rattled off three issues that fall into the far-easier-to-identify-than-solve category.</p><h3><b>‘Pay to play’ in youth soccer</b></h3><p>U.S. Soccer currently has a $150 million surplus, Gulati confirmed (a healthy chunk of which—around $60 million—was earned thanks to the Copa América Centenario in 2016). But he claimed the federation would have to “generate $150 million a month, every month,” to end pay-to-play.</p><p>“There’s nowhere in the world that has no play-to-play. What you want to do is make sure that anybody who can’t afford it [has access], but you’ve got millions of kids playing and the thought that we’re going to end pay-to-play is nonsensical,” he said.</p><h3><b>Promotion and relegation</b></h3><p>Gulati insisted he was “agnostic” on the issue of promotion and relegation, while stressing that instituting it “the day after tomorrow” also was an impossibility.</p><p>“There’s a whole bunch of people that came in on one set of rules. And some of them paid $150 million and built a stadium for another $250 million based on a certain set of rules,” Gulati said of MLS owners. “If they sit down and talk with other leagues and decide, ‘We want to do this, promotion and relegation, for all the reasons people think are positive’—fantastic. We, as a federation, aren’t going to be able to legislate it. And anyone who thinks we can without everyone’s agreement is going to end up with nine judges in Washington.”</p><p>Lalas asked if FIFA could force MLS’s collective hand.</p><p>“Then they’re going to end up with nine judges in Washington,” Gulati answered.</p><p>“There are some pros and there are some negatives. And I’ve read and looked at and talked to people about all of those things,” he continued. “In a salary cap world, when you don’t have 60 teams or three divisions and you’re starting from scratch, shouldn’t [pro/rel] be the way to go? There’s no evidence of that. There are some big-time pros … Is that possible? Sure. But my point is that it’s not in the hands of the federation president.”</p><h3><b>The professional calendar</b></h3><p>USSF presidential candidates aren’t the only ones suggesting that MLS (or American pro soccer in general) run a fall-to-spring season like the big European leagues. Long-time FIFA kingpin Sepp Blatter did as well as the USA was bidding to host the 2022 World Cup.</p><p>During that time, Gulati said, MLS “looked it at every which way, upside-down and backwards.”</p><p>Gulati said he told Blatter, “New York and Toronto are not London in January. They are Moscow and Helsinki in January.”</p><p>Blatter then made a curving motion with his hands and said, “You must do this…You must have domed stadiums.”</p><p>Gulati replied, “So now we’re going to build soccer-specific domed stadiums? And seven years ago, MLS wasn’t exactly cash positive. … I’d love to see the season a little bit longer, in terms of player development. And all the technical guys agree with me on that. But the thought that we can have a month break in December and January, what do you do? We’re going to play on March 4 in New York at Red Bull [Arena] with the women’s team. This isn’t worrying about the temperature being 12 degrees or 28 degrees. We could have two feet of snow on the ground.”</p><p>Ideally, MLS wouldn&#39;t play during FIFA international windows. The league feels the same way, Gulati said. But weather, TV considerations, stadium availability, the school year and a host of other factors compete for schedulers’ attention.</p><p>“My point about the nonsensical solutions—some of them may be solutions—but it’s not as if no one knows about it, or no one hasn’t thought about them,” he said. “It’s not of lack of knowledge of the issues. You just can’t do everything you want as quickly as you [want].”</p><p>Gulati said there were things he was proud of during his 12-year tenure, things he wish had gone better, criticism that was baseless and criticism that was fair. And he took “full blame” for the World Cup qualification failure. But his successor undoubtedly will leave with a nuanced legacy as well, and it didn’t sound like Gulati felt the candidates fully appreciate the complexity of his position. There, the questions are almost as convoluted as the answers.</p><p>“People are saying a lot of things they can’t possibly live up to,” Gulati said.</p><p>Why not invest a healthy chunk of that $150 million surplus in the U.S. Open Cup, an audience member wondered.</p><p>“So, the next question—and it’s not just for me, it’s for the board and four our membership—where do you want to spend [it],&quot; Gulati said. &quot;The ‘Why not spend it on the Open Cup,’ I can follow with the following questions: Why not spend it on more money for the NWSL? Why not spend it on more reductions or subsidizing coaching schools and coaching programs? Why not spend more on compensation for the women’s national team? Why not spend it more on entry-level refers programs, and 10 other things?</p><p>“The people who are elected to leadership positions have to make those decisions.”</p>
Gulati Put Off By U.S. Soccer Election Discourse, Questions Candidates' Promises

PHILADELPHIA — Sunil Gulati decided about six weeks ago not to seek a fourth term as U.S. Soccer Federation president, but the eight-candidate battle royale that’ll determine his replacement next month has, at times, made him feel like he’s still in the thick of the race.

To one extent or another, all eight are running against Gulati’s record.

“I fully appreciate than when you’re running for office as a non-incumbent, you’ve got to say, ‘I’m in favor of change,’” he said.

During a Thursday Q&A at the annual United Soccer Coaches convention, Gulati acknowledged his record was sullied by the USA’s failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup. But 12 years at the federation’s helm, and his more than three decades in the sport, shouldn’t be evaluated based on one result, he argued. That’s why Gulati said he didn’t resign immediately after the October loss in Trinidad and why he told moderator Alexi Lalas that some of the recent politicking has disappointed him.

“I have found a lot of the discourse depressing and disgusting, frankly,” Gulati told the gathering at the Philadelphia Convention Center. “I’ve been to the last 34 U.S. Soccer AGMs … and I’ve been to the last 30 out of 31 of these conventions, and at all those AGMs, the mood’s been really good. Finances, teams and everything else … across the board. And then it seems the world fell apart in the last 30 days.”

He continued, tongue-in-cheek, “There are [complaints] about the [qualifier]. But it’s about everything. It’s about transparency. It’s about on-field performance. It’s about decision making. It’s about the failure of everyone in the room, and I’m at the top of that. Because the sport is completely broken and nothing good is going on. That’s all nonsense.”

The eight presidential candidates also are at the convention, where more than 12,000 coaches and soccer stakeholders will be meeting through Sunday. They’ll participate in an open forum on Saturday. Among those vying for Gulati’s office are four former players (Paul Caligiuri, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo and Eric Wynalda), two current administrators (Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter and USSF VP Carlos Cordeiro) and two independent attorneys (Steve Gans and Michael Winograd).

Gulati, who attended a dinner last month with Carter, MLS commissioner Don Garber and voters from two state associations, answered, “possibly” when Lalas asked if he was supporting a particular candidate. But he stopped short of naming names.

“You can support someone without endorsing them. In the last week, I’ve talked to three candidates. Two have asked for advice and one got some advice without asking for it,” he said. “I’ll make a public endorsement when I’m ready to do that.”

Lalas wondered if Gulati was “impressed” with any of the eight candidates.

“We certainly have some I think are more qualified than others, and some that are far less qualified than what I think is appropriate for the office,” Gulati said.

“Can we make improvements in all those areas I just touched on? The answer is, of course we can,” he added.

But tough decisions, competing constituencies and financial realities make many of the “nonsensical solutions that are being proposed by candidates,” unrealistic for the USSF, Gulati said.

If there was a primary takeaway from the the Q&A, at least as far as the election is concerned, it’s that Gulati is convinced his successor will find sitting in his seat far more complicated than criticizing his performance.

Nonsensical solutions?

“Like what,” Lalas asked.

“How many of them do you want? We only have an hour,” Gulati shot back.

He then rattled off three issues that fall into the far-easier-to-identify-than-solve category.

‘Pay to play’ in youth soccer

U.S. Soccer currently has a $150 million surplus, Gulati confirmed (a healthy chunk of which—around $60 million—was earned thanks to the Copa América Centenario in 2016). But he claimed the federation would have to “generate $150 million a month, every month,” to end pay-to-play.

“There’s nowhere in the world that has no play-to-play. What you want to do is make sure that anybody who can’t afford it [has access], but you’ve got millions of kids playing and the thought that we’re going to end pay-to-play is nonsensical,” he said.

Promotion and relegation

Gulati insisted he was “agnostic” on the issue of promotion and relegation, while stressing that instituting it “the day after tomorrow” also was an impossibility.

“There’s a whole bunch of people that came in on one set of rules. And some of them paid $150 million and built a stadium for another $250 million based on a certain set of rules,” Gulati said of MLS owners. “If they sit down and talk with other leagues and decide, ‘We want to do this, promotion and relegation, for all the reasons people think are positive’—fantastic. We, as a federation, aren’t going to be able to legislate it. And anyone who thinks we can without everyone’s agreement is going to end up with nine judges in Washington.”

Lalas asked if FIFA could force MLS’s collective hand.

“Then they’re going to end up with nine judges in Washington,” Gulati answered.

“There are some pros and there are some negatives. And I’ve read and looked at and talked to people about all of those things,” he continued. “In a salary cap world, when you don’t have 60 teams or three divisions and you’re starting from scratch, shouldn’t [pro/rel] be the way to go? There’s no evidence of that. There are some big-time pros … Is that possible? Sure. But my point is that it’s not in the hands of the federation president.”

The professional calendar

USSF presidential candidates aren’t the only ones suggesting that MLS (or American pro soccer in general) run a fall-to-spring season like the big European leagues. Long-time FIFA kingpin Sepp Blatter did as well as the USA was bidding to host the 2022 World Cup.

During that time, Gulati said, MLS “looked it at every which way, upside-down and backwards.”

Gulati said he told Blatter, “New York and Toronto are not London in January. They are Moscow and Helsinki in January.”

Blatter then made a curving motion with his hands and said, “You must do this…You must have domed stadiums.”

Gulati replied, “So now we’re going to build soccer-specific domed stadiums? And seven years ago, MLS wasn’t exactly cash positive. … I’d love to see the season a little bit longer, in terms of player development. And all the technical guys agree with me on that. But the thought that we can have a month break in December and January, what do you do? We’re going to play on March 4 in New York at Red Bull [Arena] with the women’s team. This isn’t worrying about the temperature being 12 degrees or 28 degrees. We could have two feet of snow on the ground.”

Ideally, MLS wouldn't play during FIFA international windows. The league feels the same way, Gulati said. But weather, TV considerations, stadium availability, the school year and a host of other factors compete for schedulers’ attention.

“My point about the nonsensical solutions—some of them may be solutions—but it’s not as if no one knows about it, or no one hasn’t thought about them,” he said. “It’s not of lack of knowledge of the issues. You just can’t do everything you want as quickly as you [want].”

Gulati said there were things he was proud of during his 12-year tenure, things he wish had gone better, criticism that was baseless and criticism that was fair. And he took “full blame” for the World Cup qualification failure. But his successor undoubtedly will leave with a nuanced legacy as well, and it didn’t sound like Gulati felt the candidates fully appreciate the complexity of his position. There, the questions are almost as convoluted as the answers.

“People are saying a lot of things they can’t possibly live up to,” Gulati said.

Why not invest a healthy chunk of that $150 million surplus in the U.S. Open Cup, an audience member wondered.

“So, the next question—and it’s not just for me, it’s for the board and four our membership—where do you want to spend [it]," Gulati said. "The ‘Why not spend it on the Open Cup,’ I can follow with the following questions: Why not spend it on more money for the NWSL? Why not spend it on more reductions or subsidizing coaching schools and coaching programs? Why not spend more on compensation for the women’s national team? Why not spend it more on entry-level refers programs, and 10 other things?

“The people who are elected to leadership positions have to make those decisions.”

Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Premier League leaders have identified the 24-year-old as a primary defensive midfield target as they seek quality long-term cover for Fernandinho and with Yaya Toure expected to be released when his contract expires at the end of the season. City have not prioritised the recruitment of a defensive midfielder in this month’s transfer window but they do want a player who can fill the “No. 6” position that Fernandinho, another Brazilian, occupies in place for the start of the summer, ideally before the World Cup commences in mid-June. Yet City are conscious that the price for Fred has increased significantly since they first entered into informal discussions with Shakhtar last year and hope to secure a breakthrough before the costs continue to escalate amid reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and others. Sergei Palkin, the Shakhtar chief executive, is thought to have travelled to Manchester in the wake of the clubs’ Champions League match in Ukraine on Dec. 6 as talks over a potential deal continued. City and Shakhtar, who sold Fernandinho to the Manchester club for £30 million in 2013, have a good working relationship but hopes of signing Fred for a similar fee have faded and the price is now thought to have risen to in excess of £40 million. Fernandinho was signed from Shakhtar in 2013 Credit: REUTERS Shakhtar, who face Roma in the last 16 of the Champions League, are reluctant to lose Fred in mid-season and City, conscious the player would be ineligible to play for them in the competition this term, would be happy for him to see out the campaign in Ukraine with a view to joining in the summer. Fred’s career has not been without controversy. He tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil at the Copa America in June 2015. In December of that year, he was initially banned by the South American Football Federation from playing in any CONMEBOL sanctioned competitions for one year, with the suspension backdated to June 2015. However, in February 2016, the ban was extended by Fifa to include all football worldwide. Fernandinho is on the verge of signing a new contract with City but he will be 33 in May and Guardiola is concerned they are overly reliant on him in that position. The situation will become more pressing with Toure – 35 in May - likely to depart at the end of his eighth season with the club. Yaya Toure&#39;s time at Man City will be coming to an end soon Credit: REUTERS Fred impressed Guardiola in both Champions League group stage matches against City, who won the home game 2-0 but lost the away fixture 2-1, and the player has admitted he would like to play under the Catalan. “A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me,” he reportedly told Gazetta dello Sport. “At the exit of the locker room, he [Guardiola] stopped me and said we had a good game. But he did not ask me to play with him. &quot;However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. I think I would grow a lot with him. England is the best league in the world and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.” Having been the firm favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez, City pulled out of the running for the Arsenal striker this week after balking at the cost of the deal. However, they remain keen to sign a centre half before the window shuts on Jan. 31 and have held talks with West Bromwich Albion over £20 million rated Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.
Manchester City chase Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder
Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Premier League leaders have identified the 24-year-old as a primary defensive midfield target as they seek quality long-term cover for Fernandinho and with Yaya Toure expected to be released when his contract expires at the end of the season. City have not prioritised the recruitment of a defensive midfielder in this month’s transfer window but they do want a player who can fill the “No. 6” position that Fernandinho, another Brazilian, occupies in place for the start of the summer, ideally before the World Cup commences in mid-June. Yet City are conscious that the price for Fred has increased significantly since they first entered into informal discussions with Shakhtar last year and hope to secure a breakthrough before the costs continue to escalate amid reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and others. Sergei Palkin, the Shakhtar chief executive, is thought to have travelled to Manchester in the wake of the clubs’ Champions League match in Ukraine on Dec. 6 as talks over a potential deal continued. City and Shakhtar, who sold Fernandinho to the Manchester club for £30 million in 2013, have a good working relationship but hopes of signing Fred for a similar fee have faded and the price is now thought to have risen to in excess of £40 million. Fernandinho was signed from Shakhtar in 2013 Credit: REUTERS Shakhtar, who face Roma in the last 16 of the Champions League, are reluctant to lose Fred in mid-season and City, conscious the player would be ineligible to play for them in the competition this term, would be happy for him to see out the campaign in Ukraine with a view to joining in the summer. Fred’s career has not been without controversy. He tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil at the Copa America in June 2015. In December of that year, he was initially banned by the South American Football Federation from playing in any CONMEBOL sanctioned competitions for one year, with the suspension backdated to June 2015. However, in February 2016, the ban was extended by Fifa to include all football worldwide. Fernandinho is on the verge of signing a new contract with City but he will be 33 in May and Guardiola is concerned they are overly reliant on him in that position. The situation will become more pressing with Toure – 35 in May - likely to depart at the end of his eighth season with the club. Yaya Toure's time at Man City will be coming to an end soon Credit: REUTERS Fred impressed Guardiola in both Champions League group stage matches against City, who won the home game 2-0 but lost the away fixture 2-1, and the player has admitted he would like to play under the Catalan. “A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me,” he reportedly told Gazetta dello Sport. “At the exit of the locker room, he [Guardiola] stopped me and said we had a good game. But he did not ask me to play with him. "However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. I think I would grow a lot with him. England is the best league in the world and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.” Having been the firm favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez, City pulled out of the running for the Arsenal striker this week after balking at the cost of the deal. However, they remain keen to sign a centre half before the window shuts on Jan. 31 and have held talks with West Bromwich Albion over £20 million rated Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.
Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Premier League leaders have identified the 24-year-old as a primary defensive midfield target as they seek quality long-term cover for Fernandinho and with Yaya Toure expected to be released when his contract expires at the end of the season. City have not prioritised the recruitment of a defensive midfielder in this month’s transfer window but they do want a player who can fill the “No. 6” position that Fernandinho, another Brazilian, occupies in place for the start of the summer, ideally before the World Cup commences in mid-June. Yet City are conscious that the price for Fred has increased significantly since they first entered into informal discussions with Shakhtar last year and hope to secure a breakthrough before the costs continue to escalate amid reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and others. Sergei Palkin, the Shakhtar chief executive, is thought to have travelled to Manchester in the wake of the clubs’ Champions League match in Ukraine on Dec. 6 as talks over a potential deal continued. City and Shakhtar, who sold Fernandinho to the Manchester club for £30 million in 2013, have a good working relationship but hopes of signing Fred for a similar fee have faded and the price is now thought to have risen to in excess of £40 million. Fernandinho was signed from Shakhtar in 2013 Credit: REUTERS Shakhtar, who face Roma in the last 16 of the Champions League, are reluctant to lose Fred in mid-season and City, conscious the player would be ineligible to play for them in the competition this term, would be happy for him to see out the campaign in Ukraine with a view to joining in the summer. Fred’s career has not been without controversy. He tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil at the Copa America in June 2015. In December of that year, he was initially banned by the South American Football Federation from playing in any CONMEBOL sanctioned competitions for one year, with the suspension backdated to June 2015. However, in February 2016, the ban was extended by Fifa to include all football worldwide. Fernandinho is on the verge of signing a new contract with City but he will be 33 in May and Guardiola is concerned they are overly reliant on him in that position. The situation will become more pressing with Toure – 35 in May - likely to depart at the end of his eighth season with the club. Yaya Toure&#39;s time at Man City will be coming to an end soon Credit: REUTERS Fred impressed Guardiola in both Champions League group stage matches against City, who won the home game 2-0 but lost the away fixture 2-1, and the player has admitted he would like to play under the Catalan. “A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me,” he reportedly told Gazetta dello Sport. “At the exit of the locker room, he [Guardiola] stopped me and said we had a good game. But he did not ask me to play with him. &quot;However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. I think I would grow a lot with him. England is the best league in the world and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.” Having been the firm favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez, City pulled out of the running for the Arsenal striker this week after balking at the cost of the deal. However, they remain keen to sign a centre half before the window shuts on Jan. 31 and have held talks with West Bromwich Albion over £20 million rated Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.
Manchester City chase Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder
Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Premier League leaders have identified the 24-year-old as a primary defensive midfield target as they seek quality long-term cover for Fernandinho and with Yaya Toure expected to be released when his contract expires at the end of the season. City have not prioritised the recruitment of a defensive midfielder in this month’s transfer window but they do want a player who can fill the “No. 6” position that Fernandinho, another Brazilian, occupies in place for the start of the summer, ideally before the World Cup commences in mid-June. Yet City are conscious that the price for Fred has increased significantly since they first entered into informal discussions with Shakhtar last year and hope to secure a breakthrough before the costs continue to escalate amid reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and others. Sergei Palkin, the Shakhtar chief executive, is thought to have travelled to Manchester in the wake of the clubs’ Champions League match in Ukraine on Dec. 6 as talks over a potential deal continued. City and Shakhtar, who sold Fernandinho to the Manchester club for £30 million in 2013, have a good working relationship but hopes of signing Fred for a similar fee have faded and the price is now thought to have risen to in excess of £40 million. Fernandinho was signed from Shakhtar in 2013 Credit: REUTERS Shakhtar, who face Roma in the last 16 of the Champions League, are reluctant to lose Fred in mid-season and City, conscious the player would be ineligible to play for them in the competition this term, would be happy for him to see out the campaign in Ukraine with a view to joining in the summer. Fred’s career has not been without controversy. He tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil at the Copa America in June 2015. In December of that year, he was initially banned by the South American Football Federation from playing in any CONMEBOL sanctioned competitions for one year, with the suspension backdated to June 2015. However, in February 2016, the ban was extended by Fifa to include all football worldwide. Fernandinho is on the verge of signing a new contract with City but he will be 33 in May and Guardiola is concerned they are overly reliant on him in that position. The situation will become more pressing with Toure – 35 in May - likely to depart at the end of his eighth season with the club. Yaya Toure's time at Man City will be coming to an end soon Credit: REUTERS Fred impressed Guardiola in both Champions League group stage matches against City, who won the home game 2-0 but lost the away fixture 2-1, and the player has admitted he would like to play under the Catalan. “A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me,” he reportedly told Gazetta dello Sport. “At the exit of the locker room, he [Guardiola] stopped me and said we had a good game. But he did not ask me to play with him. "However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. I think I would grow a lot with him. England is the best league in the world and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.” Having been the firm favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez, City pulled out of the running for the Arsenal striker this week after balking at the cost of the deal. However, they remain keen to sign a centre half before the window shuts on Jan. 31 and have held talks with West Bromwich Albion over £20 million rated Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.
Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Premier League leaders have identified the 24-year-old as a primary defensive midfield target as they seek quality long-term cover for Fernandinho and with Yaya Toure expected to be released when his contract expires at the end of the season. City have not prioritised the recruitment of a defensive midfielder in this month’s transfer window but they do want a player who can fill the “No. 6” position that Fernandinho, another Brazilian, occupies in place for the start of the summer, ideally before the World Cup commences in mid-June. Yet City are conscious that the price for Fred has increased significantly since they first entered into informal discussions with Shakhtar last year and hope to secure a breakthrough before the costs continue to escalate amid reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and others. Sergei Palkin, the Shakhtar chief executive, is thought to have travelled to Manchester in the wake of the clubs’ Champions League match in Ukraine on Dec. 6 as talks over a potential deal continued. City and Shakhtar, who sold Fernandinho to the Manchester club for £30 million in 2013, have a good working relationship but hopes of signing Fred for a similar fee have faded and the price is now thought to have risen to in excess of £40 million. Fernandinho was signed from Shakhtar in 2013 Credit: REUTERS Shakhtar, who face Roma in the last 16 of the Champions League, are reluctant to lose Fred in mid-season and City, conscious the player would be ineligible to play for them in the competition this term, would be happy for him to see out the campaign in Ukraine with a view to joining in the summer. Fred’s career has not been without controversy. He tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil at the Copa America in June 2015. In December of that year, he was initially banned by the South American Football Federation from playing in any CONMEBOL sanctioned competitions for one year, with the suspension backdated to June 2015. However, in February 2016, the ban was extended by Fifa to include all football worldwide. Fernandinho is on the verge of signing a new contract with City but he will be 33 in May and Guardiola is concerned they are overly reliant on him in that position. The situation will become more pressing with Toure – 35 in May - likely to depart at the end of his eighth season with the club. Yaya Toure&#39;s time at Man City will be coming to an end soon Credit: REUTERS Fred impressed Guardiola in both Champions League group stage matches against City, who won the home game 2-0 but lost the away fixture 2-1, and the player has admitted he would like to play under the Catalan. “A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me,” he reportedly told Gazetta dello Sport. “At the exit of the locker room, he [Guardiola] stopped me and said we had a good game. But he did not ask me to play with him. &quot;However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. I think I would grow a lot with him. England is the best league in the world and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.” Having been the firm favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez, City pulled out of the running for the Arsenal striker this week after balking at the cost of the deal. However, they remain keen to sign a centre half before the window shuts on Jan. 31 and have held talks with West Bromwich Albion over £20 million rated Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.
Manchester City chase Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder
Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Premier League leaders have identified the 24-year-old as a primary defensive midfield target as they seek quality long-term cover for Fernandinho and with Yaya Toure expected to be released when his contract expires at the end of the season. City have not prioritised the recruitment of a defensive midfielder in this month’s transfer window but they do want a player who can fill the “No. 6” position that Fernandinho, another Brazilian, occupies in place for the start of the summer, ideally before the World Cup commences in mid-June. Yet City are conscious that the price for Fred has increased significantly since they first entered into informal discussions with Shakhtar last year and hope to secure a breakthrough before the costs continue to escalate amid reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and others. Sergei Palkin, the Shakhtar chief executive, is thought to have travelled to Manchester in the wake of the clubs’ Champions League match in Ukraine on Dec. 6 as talks over a potential deal continued. City and Shakhtar, who sold Fernandinho to the Manchester club for £30 million in 2013, have a good working relationship but hopes of signing Fred for a similar fee have faded and the price is now thought to have risen to in excess of £40 million. Fernandinho was signed from Shakhtar in 2013 Credit: REUTERS Shakhtar, who face Roma in the last 16 of the Champions League, are reluctant to lose Fred in mid-season and City, conscious the player would be ineligible to play for them in the competition this term, would be happy for him to see out the campaign in Ukraine with a view to joining in the summer. Fred’s career has not been without controversy. He tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil at the Copa America in June 2015. In December of that year, he was initially banned by the South American Football Federation from playing in any CONMEBOL sanctioned competitions for one year, with the suspension backdated to June 2015. However, in February 2016, the ban was extended by Fifa to include all football worldwide. Fernandinho is on the verge of signing a new contract with City but he will be 33 in May and Guardiola is concerned they are overly reliant on him in that position. The situation will become more pressing with Toure – 35 in May - likely to depart at the end of his eighth season with the club. Yaya Toure's time at Man City will be coming to an end soon Credit: REUTERS Fred impressed Guardiola in both Champions League group stage matches against City, who won the home game 2-0 but lost the away fixture 2-1, and the player has admitted he would like to play under the Catalan. “A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me,” he reportedly told Gazetta dello Sport. “At the exit of the locker room, he [Guardiola] stopped me and said we had a good game. But he did not ask me to play with him. "However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. I think I would grow a lot with him. England is the best league in the world and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.” Having been the firm favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez, City pulled out of the running for the Arsenal striker this week after balking at the cost of the deal. However, they remain keen to sign a centre half before the window shuts on Jan. 31 and have held talks with West Bromwich Albion over £20 million rated Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.
<p>As NYCFC bowed out of the 2017 MLS playoffs at the hands of the Columbus Crew, it was more than just a farewell to the team&#39;s season. It also wound up being Andrea Pirlo’s last match ever, as after a storied 22-year career, Il Maestro exited the stage that made him a legend. </p><p>From a nostalgic perspective, it was quite a moment as it brought down the curtain on a player who gave so much artistry to the beautiful game, albeit most notably in his time with Juventus and AC Milan. But in terms of NYCFC’s future, his retirement immediately opened an opportunity for Claudio Reyna, the club’s sporting director, and the rest of the technical team to find a new Designated Player to fill the void. Pirlo’s departure was a chance for Reyna &#38; Co. to go back to the drawing board and determine what they want from their star signings: Experience and an aging reputation or towering potential?</p><p>Enter Jesus Medina, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder from Asuncion, Paraguay.</p><p>“Jesus is a talented attacking player who can play as a winger or No. 10 and will fit really well into our system and style of play. He is a left-footed technical player with a quick turn of pace, who can score and create goals for his teammates,” said Reyna during the announcement of his signing, which was consequently done when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1 in the time zone of Samoa and Christmas Island/Kiribati, in order to make Medina’s signing the first of any player around the world in 2018. Make that what you will.</p><p>“I’m so happy to be here in New York City. Living here is going to be a unique experience for me,” said Medina, speaking to SI. “And the fact that I am able to live in New York <em>and</em> play football? That’s an incredible privilege.”</p><p>From a big-picture standpoint, Medina’s arrival is another example on how NYCFC–and the rest the league–is rethinking the strategy when it comes Designated Players and international talent. The focus, it seems, is not just on well-known names and well-worn players like Pirlo, but also about trusting promising, albeit younger, players, especially from South and Central America. Incoming expansion club LAFC, for example, announced the acquisition of <a href="https://www.si.com/soccer/2017/12/14/lafc-diego-rossi-designated-player-mls-penarol" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:19-year-old Uruguayan rising star Diego Rossi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">19-year-old Uruguayan rising star Diego Rossi</a> last month, and last year, Atlanta United scored 70 goals in its inaugural regular season (only Toronto FC scored more) largely thanks to its three DPs: Argentina&#39;s Hector Villalba (23 years old), Venezuela&#39;s Josef Martinez (24) and Medina’s compatriot, Miguel Almiron (23), MLS’s top newcomer in 2017. Both Almiron and Martinez were also among the top seven in MVP voting.</p><p>“Miguel’s performance with Atlanta United is a main reason why I started paying more attention to the league. But also other stars such as David Villa, Pirlo caught my attention,” said Medina, when asked about his knowledge of his new league. “MLS has gotten better with level and talent.”</p><p>Medina is also aware that he will be working under Patrick Vieira, and like any player who joins the club, his manager’s reputation does not go unnoticed.</p><p>“It’s a real honor to play under a great ex-player and now manager as Patrick Vieira,&quot; Medina said. &quot;Personally, this is a great chance for me to learn from him and grow as a player.”</p><p>As for his new captain, David Villa? Medina has a conflicted memory of his new teammate for obvious reasons.</p><p>“I have such a particular memory watching David Villa growing up, especially his 83rd-minute goal against Paraguay at the 2010 World Cup <em>(laughing)</em>, but I don’t hold any grudges, and honestly it’s going be an honor to train with him.”</p><p>At just 20, Medina has quite the résumé.</p><p>After making his first team debut for Paraguayan club Libertad at the tender age of 15, Medina wound up with 74 appearances, including 14 in South American club competition. Last year, he helped Libertad reach the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana.</p><p>Medina won the Paraguayan league five times, the most recent being the 2017 Apertura, so his winning mentality will be a positive addition to NYCFC, a team that, despite having so much talent, still searches for that winning disposition that conference foe Toronto FC possesses.</p><p>For his country, Medina has featured in the U-17 and U-20 squads, and he was named in Paraguay’s provisional squad for Copa America Centenario, only to miss out. Medina eventually made his senior team debut last summer against Mexico when he came on as a substitute in the 85th minute. </p><p>On the pitch, Medina is extremely versatile, able to play as a false nine, central attacking midfielder and on either wing. Seeing as Maxi Moralez controls the support striker role for David Villa and Jack Harrison mainly works down the right flank, it will be interesting to see where Vieira places the young Paraguayan.</p><p><a href="https://www.nycfc.com/post/2018/01/01/welcomejesus-tim-vickery-medina" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:As journalist Tim Vickery noted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">As journalist Tim Vickery noted</a>, some of his best football occurs on the opposite flank, when he cuts inside from the right wing (take his exquisite goal against Brazil, for example) so Vieira has some tinkering to do if he agrees with this analysis.</p><p>Medina is also a free-kick specialist and corner-kick taker, another useful factor for a team that often seemed limited in dead-ball situations.</p><p>As far as MLS has come, it would be naïve to think that Medina’s ultimate goal is to stay in this league for the rest of his career. NYCFC, after all, is owned by City Football Group and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/20/manchester-city-jesus-medina-libertad-paraguay" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:earlier reports suggested Manchester City purchased him with the intention of an immediate loan move to New York" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">earlier reports suggested Manchester City purchased him with the intention of an immediate loan move to New York</a>, so it is safe to suggest his career path, if all goes as planned, will eventually lead to Europe. Medina, naturally, agrees. </p><p>“Of course, someday I envision my future in Europe and play for big teams such as Manchester City or others in the Premier League,” he says. “But I am 100% focused on my career with NYCFC and my life in MLS.”</p><p>Time will tell if Medina can adjust to his new club, especially Yankee Stadium’s narrow pitch, which can often be an obstacle for players who love to have the ball at their feet. One thing is for sure about Medina: His arrival should excite not just NYCFC fans, but those who champion the development of South American talent throughout MLS.</p>
NYCFC's Jesus Medina Follows in Mold of MLS's New Target Signings

As NYCFC bowed out of the 2017 MLS playoffs at the hands of the Columbus Crew, it was more than just a farewell to the team's season. It also wound up being Andrea Pirlo’s last match ever, as after a storied 22-year career, Il Maestro exited the stage that made him a legend.

From a nostalgic perspective, it was quite a moment as it brought down the curtain on a player who gave so much artistry to the beautiful game, albeit most notably in his time with Juventus and AC Milan. But in terms of NYCFC’s future, his retirement immediately opened an opportunity for Claudio Reyna, the club’s sporting director, and the rest of the technical team to find a new Designated Player to fill the void. Pirlo’s departure was a chance for Reyna & Co. to go back to the drawing board and determine what they want from their star signings: Experience and an aging reputation or towering potential?

Enter Jesus Medina, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder from Asuncion, Paraguay.

“Jesus is a talented attacking player who can play as a winger or No. 10 and will fit really well into our system and style of play. He is a left-footed technical player with a quick turn of pace, who can score and create goals for his teammates,” said Reyna during the announcement of his signing, which was consequently done when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1 in the time zone of Samoa and Christmas Island/Kiribati, in order to make Medina’s signing the first of any player around the world in 2018. Make that what you will.

“I’m so happy to be here in New York City. Living here is going to be a unique experience for me,” said Medina, speaking to SI. “And the fact that I am able to live in New York and play football? That’s an incredible privilege.”

From a big-picture standpoint, Medina’s arrival is another example on how NYCFC–and the rest the league–is rethinking the strategy when it comes Designated Players and international talent. The focus, it seems, is not just on well-known names and well-worn players like Pirlo, but also about trusting promising, albeit younger, players, especially from South and Central America. Incoming expansion club LAFC, for example, announced the acquisition of 19-year-old Uruguayan rising star Diego Rossi last month, and last year, Atlanta United scored 70 goals in its inaugural regular season (only Toronto FC scored more) largely thanks to its three DPs: Argentina's Hector Villalba (23 years old), Venezuela's Josef Martinez (24) and Medina’s compatriot, Miguel Almiron (23), MLS’s top newcomer in 2017. Both Almiron and Martinez were also among the top seven in MVP voting.

“Miguel’s performance with Atlanta United is a main reason why I started paying more attention to the league. But also other stars such as David Villa, Pirlo caught my attention,” said Medina, when asked about his knowledge of his new league. “MLS has gotten better with level and talent.”

Medina is also aware that he will be working under Patrick Vieira, and like any player who joins the club, his manager’s reputation does not go unnoticed.

“It’s a real honor to play under a great ex-player and now manager as Patrick Vieira," Medina said. "Personally, this is a great chance for me to learn from him and grow as a player.”

As for his new captain, David Villa? Medina has a conflicted memory of his new teammate for obvious reasons.

“I have such a particular memory watching David Villa growing up, especially his 83rd-minute goal against Paraguay at the 2010 World Cup (laughing), but I don’t hold any grudges, and honestly it’s going be an honor to train with him.”

At just 20, Medina has quite the résumé.

After making his first team debut for Paraguayan club Libertad at the tender age of 15, Medina wound up with 74 appearances, including 14 in South American club competition. Last year, he helped Libertad reach the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana.

Medina won the Paraguayan league five times, the most recent being the 2017 Apertura, so his winning mentality will be a positive addition to NYCFC, a team that, despite having so much talent, still searches for that winning disposition that conference foe Toronto FC possesses.

For his country, Medina has featured in the U-17 and U-20 squads, and he was named in Paraguay’s provisional squad for Copa America Centenario, only to miss out. Medina eventually made his senior team debut last summer against Mexico when he came on as a substitute in the 85th minute.

On the pitch, Medina is extremely versatile, able to play as a false nine, central attacking midfielder and on either wing. Seeing as Maxi Moralez controls the support striker role for David Villa and Jack Harrison mainly works down the right flank, it will be interesting to see where Vieira places the young Paraguayan.

As journalist Tim Vickery noted, some of his best football occurs on the opposite flank, when he cuts inside from the right wing (take his exquisite goal against Brazil, for example) so Vieira has some tinkering to do if he agrees with this analysis.

Medina is also a free-kick specialist and corner-kick taker, another useful factor for a team that often seemed limited in dead-ball situations.

As far as MLS has come, it would be naïve to think that Medina’s ultimate goal is to stay in this league for the rest of his career. NYCFC, after all, is owned by City Football Group and earlier reports suggested Manchester City purchased him with the intention of an immediate loan move to New York, so it is safe to suggest his career path, if all goes as planned, will eventually lead to Europe. Medina, naturally, agrees.

“Of course, someday I envision my future in Europe and play for big teams such as Manchester City or others in the Premier League,” he says. “But I am 100% focused on my career with NYCFC and my life in MLS.”

Time will tell if Medina can adjust to his new club, especially Yankee Stadium’s narrow pitch, which can often be an obstacle for players who love to have the ball at their feet. One thing is for sure about Medina: His arrival should excite not just NYCFC fans, but those who champion the development of South American talent throughout MLS.

<p>As NYCFC bowed out of the 2017 MLS playoffs at the hands of the Columbus Crew, it was more than just a farewell to the team&#39;s season. It also wound up being Andrea Pirlo’s last match ever, as after a storied 22-year career, Il Maestro exited the stage that made him a legend. </p><p>From a nostalgic perspective, it was quite a moment as it brought down the curtain on a player who gave so much artistry to the beautiful game, albeit most notably in his time with Juventus and AC Milan. But in terms of NYCFC’s future, his retirement immediately opened an opportunity for Claudio Reyna, the club’s sporting director, and the rest of the technical team to find a new Designated Player to fill the void. Pirlo’s departure was a chance for Reyna &#38; Co. to go back to the drawing board and determine what they want from their star signings: Experience and an aging reputation or towering potential?</p><p>Enter Jesus Medina, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder from Asuncion, Paraguay.</p><p>“Jesus is a talented attacking player who can play as a winger or No. 10 and will fit really well into our system and style of play. He is a left-footed technical player with a quick turn of pace, who can score and create goals for his teammates,” said Reyna during the announcement of his signing, which was consequently done when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1 in the time zone of Samoa and Christmas Island/Kiribati, in order to make Medina’s signing the first of any player around the world in 2018. Make that what you will.</p><p>“I’m so happy to be here in New York City. Living here is going to be a unique experience for me,” said Medina, speaking to SI. “And the fact that I am able to live in New York <em>and</em> play football? That’s an incredible privilege.”</p><p>From a big-picture standpoint, Medina’s arrival is another example on how NYCFC–and the rest the league–is rethinking the strategy when it comes Designated Players and international talent. The focus, it seems, is not just on well-known names and well-worn players like Pirlo, but also about trusting promising, albeit younger, players, especially from South and Central America. Incoming expansion club LAFC, for example, announced the acquisition of <a href="https://www.si.com/soccer/2017/12/14/lafc-diego-rossi-designated-player-mls-penarol" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:19-year-old Uruguayan rising star Diego Rossi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">19-year-old Uruguayan rising star Diego Rossi</a> last month, and last year, Atlanta United scored 70 goals in its inaugural regular season (only Toronto FC scored more) largely thanks to its three DPs: Argentina&#39;s Hector Villalba (23 years old), Venezuela&#39;s Josef Martinez (24) and Medina’s compatriot, Miguel Almiron (23), MLS’s top newcomer in 2017. Both Almiron and Martinez were also among the top seven in MVP voting.</p><p>“Miguel’s performance with Atlanta United is a main reason why I started paying more attention to the league. But also other stars such as David Villa, Pirlo caught my attention,” said Medina, when asked about his knowledge of his new league. “MLS has gotten better with level and talent.”</p><p>Medina is also aware that he will be working under Patrick Vieira, and like any player who joins the club, his manager’s reputation does not go unnoticed.</p><p>“It’s a real honor to play under a great ex-player and now manager as Patrick Vieira,&quot; Medina said. &quot;Personally, this is a great chance for me to learn from him and grow as a player.”</p><p>As for his new captain, David Villa? Medina has a conflicted memory of his new teammate for obvious reasons.</p><p>“I have such a particular memory watching David Villa growing up, especially his 83rd-minute goal against Paraguay at the 2010 World Cup <em>(laughing)</em>, but I don’t hold any grudges, and honestly it’s going be an honor to train with him.”</p><p>At just 20, Medina has quite the résumé.</p><p>After making his first team debut for Paraguayan club Libertad at the tender age of 15, Medina wound up with 74 appearances, including 14 in South American club competition. Last year, he helped Libertad reach the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana.</p><p>Medina won the Paraguayan league five times, the most recent being the 2017 Apertura, so his winning mentality will be a positive addition to NYCFC, a team that, despite having so much talent, still searches for that winning disposition that conference foe Toronto FC possesses.</p><p>For his country, Medina has featured in the U-17 and U-20 squads, and he was named in Paraguay’s provisional squad for Copa America Centenario, only to miss out. Medina eventually made his senior team debut last summer against Mexico when he came on as a substitute in the 85th minute. </p><p>On the pitch, Medina is extremely versatile, able to play as a false nine, central attacking midfielder and on either wing. Seeing as Maxi Moralez controls the support striker role for David Villa and Jack Harrison mainly works down the right flank, it will be interesting to see where Vieira places the young Paraguayan.</p><p><a href="https://www.nycfc.com/post/2018/01/01/welcomejesus-tim-vickery-medina" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:As journalist Tim Vickery noted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">As journalist Tim Vickery noted</a>, some of his best football occurs on the opposite flank, when he cuts inside from the right wing (take his exquisite goal against Brazil, for example) so Vieira has some tinkering to do if he agrees with this analysis.</p><p>Medina is also a free-kick specialist and corner-kick taker, another useful factor for a team that often seemed limited in dead-ball situations.</p><p>As far as MLS has come, it would be naïve to think that Medina’s ultimate goal is to stay in this league for the rest of his career. NYCFC, after all, is owned by City Football Group and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/20/manchester-city-jesus-medina-libertad-paraguay" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:earlier reports suggested Manchester City purchased him with the intention of an immediate loan move to New York" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">earlier reports suggested Manchester City purchased him with the intention of an immediate loan move to New York</a>, so it is safe to suggest his career path, if all goes as planned, will eventually lead to Europe. Medina, naturally, agrees. </p><p>“Of course, someday I envision my future in Europe and play for big teams such as Manchester City or others in the Premier League,” he says. “But I am 100% focused on my career with NYCFC and my life in MLS.”</p><p>Time will tell if Medina can adjust to his new club, especially Yankee Stadium’s narrow pitch, which can often be an obstacle for players who love to have the ball at their feet. One thing is for sure about Medina: His arrival should excite not just NYCFC fans, but those who champion the development of South American talent throughout MLS.</p>
NYCFC's Jesus Medina Follows in Mold of MLS's New Target Signings

As NYCFC bowed out of the 2017 MLS playoffs at the hands of the Columbus Crew, it was more than just a farewell to the team's season. It also wound up being Andrea Pirlo’s last match ever, as after a storied 22-year career, Il Maestro exited the stage that made him a legend.

From a nostalgic perspective, it was quite a moment as it brought down the curtain on a player who gave so much artistry to the beautiful game, albeit most notably in his time with Juventus and AC Milan. But in terms of NYCFC’s future, his retirement immediately opened an opportunity for Claudio Reyna, the club’s sporting director, and the rest of the technical team to find a new Designated Player to fill the void. Pirlo’s departure was a chance for Reyna & Co. to go back to the drawing board and determine what they want from their star signings: Experience and an aging reputation or towering potential?

Enter Jesus Medina, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder from Asuncion, Paraguay.

“Jesus is a talented attacking player who can play as a winger or No. 10 and will fit really well into our system and style of play. He is a left-footed technical player with a quick turn of pace, who can score and create goals for his teammates,” said Reyna during the announcement of his signing, which was consequently done when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1 in the time zone of Samoa and Christmas Island/Kiribati, in order to make Medina’s signing the first of any player around the world in 2018. Make that what you will.

“I’m so happy to be here in New York City. Living here is going to be a unique experience for me,” said Medina, speaking to SI. “And the fact that I am able to live in New York and play football? That’s an incredible privilege.”

From a big-picture standpoint, Medina’s arrival is another example on how NYCFC–and the rest the league–is rethinking the strategy when it comes Designated Players and international talent. The focus, it seems, is not just on well-known names and well-worn players like Pirlo, but also about trusting promising, albeit younger, players, especially from South and Central America. Incoming expansion club LAFC, for example, announced the acquisition of 19-year-old Uruguayan rising star Diego Rossi last month, and last year, Atlanta United scored 70 goals in its inaugural regular season (only Toronto FC scored more) largely thanks to its three DPs: Argentina's Hector Villalba (23 years old), Venezuela's Josef Martinez (24) and Medina’s compatriot, Miguel Almiron (23), MLS’s top newcomer in 2017. Both Almiron and Martinez were also among the top seven in MVP voting.

“Miguel’s performance with Atlanta United is a main reason why I started paying more attention to the league. But also other stars such as David Villa, Pirlo caught my attention,” said Medina, when asked about his knowledge of his new league. “MLS has gotten better with level and talent.”

Medina is also aware that he will be working under Patrick Vieira, and like any player who joins the club, his manager’s reputation does not go unnoticed.

“It’s a real honor to play under a great ex-player and now manager as Patrick Vieira," Medina said. "Personally, this is a great chance for me to learn from him and grow as a player.”

As for his new captain, David Villa? Medina has a conflicted memory of his new teammate for obvious reasons.

“I have such a particular memory watching David Villa growing up, especially his 83rd-minute goal against Paraguay at the 2010 World Cup (laughing), but I don’t hold any grudges, and honestly it’s going be an honor to train with him.”

At just 20, Medina has quite the résumé.

After making his first team debut for Paraguayan club Libertad at the tender age of 15, Medina wound up with 74 appearances, including 14 in South American club competition. Last year, he helped Libertad reach the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana.

Medina won the Paraguayan league five times, the most recent being the 2017 Apertura, so his winning mentality will be a positive addition to NYCFC, a team that, despite having so much talent, still searches for that winning disposition that conference foe Toronto FC possesses.

For his country, Medina has featured in the U-17 and U-20 squads, and he was named in Paraguay’s provisional squad for Copa America Centenario, only to miss out. Medina eventually made his senior team debut last summer against Mexico when he came on as a substitute in the 85th minute.

On the pitch, Medina is extremely versatile, able to play as a false nine, central attacking midfielder and on either wing. Seeing as Maxi Moralez controls the support striker role for David Villa and Jack Harrison mainly works down the right flank, it will be interesting to see where Vieira places the young Paraguayan.

As journalist Tim Vickery noted, some of his best football occurs on the opposite flank, when he cuts inside from the right wing (take his exquisite goal against Brazil, for example) so Vieira has some tinkering to do if he agrees with this analysis.

Medina is also a free-kick specialist and corner-kick taker, another useful factor for a team that often seemed limited in dead-ball situations.

As far as MLS has come, it would be naïve to think that Medina’s ultimate goal is to stay in this league for the rest of his career. NYCFC, after all, is owned by City Football Group and earlier reports suggested Manchester City purchased him with the intention of an immediate loan move to New York, so it is safe to suggest his career path, if all goes as planned, will eventually lead to Europe. Medina, naturally, agrees.

“Of course, someday I envision my future in Europe and play for big teams such as Manchester City or others in the Premier League,” he says. “But I am 100% focused on my career with NYCFC and my life in MLS.”

Time will tell if Medina can adjust to his new club, especially Yankee Stadium’s narrow pitch, which can often be an obstacle for players who love to have the ball at their feet. One thing is for sure about Medina: His arrival should excite not just NYCFC fans, but those who champion the development of South American talent throughout MLS.

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Para Vidal, el ego no se mancha
Después de la original burla argentina, el volante volvió a recurrir a las dos Copa América que ganó con La Roja sudamericana.
Después de la original burla argentina, el volante volvió a recurrir a las dos Copa América que ganó con La Roja sudamericana.
Para Vidal, el ego no se mancha
Después de la original burla argentina, el volante volvió a recurrir a las dos Copa América que ganó con La Roja sudamericana.
&quot;<i>Il est impossible d&#39;imaginer un moment de tension plus grand que le penalty. Deux hommes face à face. C&#39;est un duel comme au XIXe siècle</i>&quot;, écrit Julio Llamazares. Vrai. Dans le jeu ou lors d&#39;une séance de tirs au but, raté ou réussi, en tribune ou sur le poteau, du pointard ou du talon, voilà 100 histoires de penaltys. Place aux larmes de Messi et à quelques gardiens buteurs.Argentine-Chili, finale de la Copa América, 27 juin 2016 Un verre qui déborde : &quot;C&#39;est la quatrième finale que je perds, la troisième de suite. ...
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"Il est impossible d'imaginer un moment de tension plus grand que le penalty. Deux hommes face à face. C'est un duel comme au XIXe siècle", écrit Julio Llamazares. Vrai. Dans le jeu ou lors d'une séance de tirs au but, raté ou réussi, en tribune ou sur le poteau, du pointard ou du talon, voilà 100 histoires de penaltys. Place aux larmes de Messi et à quelques gardiens buteurs.Argentine-Chili, finale de la Copa América, 27 juin 2016 Un verre qui déborde : "C'est la quatrième finale que je perds, la troisième de suite. ...
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
When Brazil and Argentina went to war on Christmas Day
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
When Brazil and Argentina went to war on Christmas Day
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
When Brazil and Argentina went to war on Christmas Day
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
When Brazil and Argentina went to war on Christmas Day
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
When Brazil and Argentina went to war on Christmas Day
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
When Brazil and Argentina went to war on Christmas Day
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
When Brazil and Argentina went to war on Christmas Day
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
When Brazil and Argentina went to war on Christmas Day
On December 25, 1925, these two footballing giants went head-to-head for the Copa America title - and all hell broke loose!
<p>In a decisive victory for the U.S. Department of Justice’s multiyear and multinational case against FIFA corruption, a New York jury on Friday returned convictions against the former presidents of Brazil and Paraguay’s soccer federations.</p><p>Jose Maria Marin, 85, and Juan Ángel Napout, 59, faced charges for racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in connection to several major soccer tournaments, including the Copa Libertadores tournament and the Copa América tournament. The jury convicted them on nine of the 12 counts they collectively faced. The jury has not yet reached a verdict on a third defendant, former Peru soccer federation president Manuel Burga. Jurors will continue to deliberate next week on the 60-year-old Burga. None of the three defendants chose to testify in the trial, which began five weeks ago in the Brooklyn courtroom of U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen.</p><h3><strong>Understanding the core criminal acts and resulting harm</strong></h3><p>The government’s case against Marin and Napout was relatively straightforward: they were accused of receiving bribes and kickbacks worth millions of dollars to sway which entities acquired media rights associated with major FIFA tournaments.</p><p>The two men were also accused of soliciting and receiving unlawful payments as part of a broader conspiracy to influence which countries and cities would be awarded the opportunity to host the World Cup and other lucrative tournaments. Marin and Napout, prosecutors charged, routinely partook in “the solicitation, offer, acceptance, payment, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, bribes, and kickbacks.” Through such bribes, the U.S. government estimates, Marin received about $6.5 million while Napout took in about $10.5 million.</p><p>For many years, Marin and Napout wielded sizable influence in FIFA and in other corners of the soccer world. Marin, for instance, served on various FIFA standing committees that impacted which entities received benefits worth millions of dollars. Jurors believed the men took bribes as part of their official capacities. The core element of such a bribe is quid pro quo, which is Latin for “something for something.” Marin and Napout were found to have solicited money for their own personal interests. In return, they steered official FIFA actions to favor those who had paid them. Taking these bribes, therefore, caused Marin and Napout to breach their fiduciary duties to FIFA and to the other soccer organizations they represented in official capacities.</p><p>Both Marin and Napout had direct ties to the U.S. at the time they were indicted in 2015. Marin owned a home in New York while Napout had one in Florida. Nonetheless, much of their fraud occurred while outside of the U.S. Still, Marin and Napout became vulnerable to U.S. prosecution by the manner in which money associated to them changed hands. U.S. banks and related financial institutions facilitated “under the table” transactions tied to the two men (and to many other FIFA defendants). Once a person’s money flows through the U.S. banking system, that person has availed himself or herself of U.S. banking protections. Concurrently, that person becomes susceptible to U.S. criminal charges if U.S. banks are used to advance a criminal plot.</p><p>To that end, the prosecution’s case rested on convincing jurors that Marin and Napout were part of a so-called “conspiracy.” In criminal law, a conspiracy refers to an agreement or partnership between two or more persons to accomplish some unlawful purpose. Marin and Napout were accused of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a federal law most famously used to prosecute members of the mafia. Marin and Napout colluded to take bribes and kickbacks not through a mafia family but through their lofty positions with, and influence over, FIFA and its constituent continental confederations. Affiliated regional federations, national member associations and sports marketing companies were also impacted—in some cases favorably and in other cases unfavorably—by the conspiracy.</p><p>By scheming to enrich themselves, Marin and Napout deprived national teams, youth leagues and other soccer organizations that rely heavily on FIFA money. Further, like other FIFA officials charged with U.S. crimes, Marin and Napout’s misconduct badly damaged FIFA’s reputation. To wit: when soccer fans discuss which city will be awarded the World Cup, there is now instant skepticism as to the legitimacy of the process used to select a city.</p><h3><strong>Critical role played by witnesses in the trial and an unconvincing defense</strong></h3><p>To help convince jurors of Marin and Napout’s guilt, prosecutors relied on 28 witnesses. Alejandro Burzaco may have been most critical among them. The former CEO of the Argentinian sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias S.A., Burzaco was one of the original 14 defendants charged in 2014 for various roles in a 24-year FIFA conspiracy that led to over $150 million in bribes. Years ago, Burzaco had arranged for bribes so that his company and other companies would receive media rights for soccer tournaments. He also facilitated a bribe that allegedly helped Qatar win the right to host the 2022 World Cup. Last year, Burzaco—like a number of FIFA defendants—pleaded guilty to crimes. He is now cooperating with the Justice Department in hopes that he will receive a lighter punishment. As part of the cooperation, Burzaco must testify against persons with whom he once worked. Two of those persons are Marin and Napout.</p><p>As evidenced by the verdict, jurors were not persuaded by defenses offered by attorneys for Marin and Napout. The defense highlighted the lack of paper trail connecting Marin and Napout to dubious financial transactions. The defense also observed that cooperating witnesses are not always believable. This is a common strategy in cases involving cooperating witnesses. Indeed, defense attorneys frequently contend that cooperating witnesses are inclined to make themselves seem as useful as possible to prosecutors in hopes that the more they say to convict others, the greater reward. This incentive can sometimes lead cooperating witnesses to exaggerate or outright lie. Yet if jurors find cooperating witnesses believable, they can prove extremely influential: they often have first-hand knowledge of unlawful conduct. It appears that Burzaco was sufficiently believable to the jurors.</p><h3><strong>Next steps</strong></h3><p>Moving forward, Marin and Napout can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, but an appeal would take many months, if not longer. Long before then, Marin and Napout will face a sentencing hearing where Judge Chen could sentence them to decades of prison time. This is because they have been convicted of crimes that in some cases carry maximum 20-year prison sentences. While Judge Chen is extremely unlikely to impose the maximum sentences and might impose relatively light sentences given the defendants’ lack of criminal records and advanced ages, they are still likely to face some time in prison. They will also sit in jail cells as they await the sentencing hearing since Judge Chen has denied them bail on grounds that they could be flight risks. </p><p>Also, as a much less significant worry for Marin and Napout compared to the prospect of living in a federal prison, FIFA on Friday signaled that it intends to seek restitution from both men. Such a worry might prove more meaningful to the defendants’ families, whose wealth could be impacted by whether Marian and Napout must reimburse FIFA for the consequences of their fraudulent acts.</p><p>All told, the legal fallout from the FIFA corruption scandal will take years to play out. This is especially true since the extradition process for the U.S. to prosecute certain defendants in federal court could take a while and, in some cases, might ultimately prove unsuccessful. Yet for now, at least, the Justice Department seems to be winning. Between Friday’s convictions and the fact that other FIFA defendants have pleaded guilty, those in soccer who commit illegal acts have good reason to be afraid of the United States Justice Department.</p><p><a href="https://law.unh.edu/faculty/mccann" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Michael McCann" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Michael McCann</em></a><em> is SI’s legal analyst. He is also an attorney and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and co-author with Ed O&#39;Bannon of the forthcoming book </em>Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA<em>.</em></p>
Breaking Down the Guilty Verdicts in FIFA Corruption Trial

In a decisive victory for the U.S. Department of Justice’s multiyear and multinational case against FIFA corruption, a New York jury on Friday returned convictions against the former presidents of Brazil and Paraguay’s soccer federations.

Jose Maria Marin, 85, and Juan Ángel Napout, 59, faced charges for racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in connection to several major soccer tournaments, including the Copa Libertadores tournament and the Copa América tournament. The jury convicted them on nine of the 12 counts they collectively faced. The jury has not yet reached a verdict on a third defendant, former Peru soccer federation president Manuel Burga. Jurors will continue to deliberate next week on the 60-year-old Burga. None of the three defendants chose to testify in the trial, which began five weeks ago in the Brooklyn courtroom of U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen.

Understanding the core criminal acts and resulting harm

The government’s case against Marin and Napout was relatively straightforward: they were accused of receiving bribes and kickbacks worth millions of dollars to sway which entities acquired media rights associated with major FIFA tournaments.

The two men were also accused of soliciting and receiving unlawful payments as part of a broader conspiracy to influence which countries and cities would be awarded the opportunity to host the World Cup and other lucrative tournaments. Marin and Napout, prosecutors charged, routinely partook in “the solicitation, offer, acceptance, payment, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, bribes, and kickbacks.” Through such bribes, the U.S. government estimates, Marin received about $6.5 million while Napout took in about $10.5 million.

For many years, Marin and Napout wielded sizable influence in FIFA and in other corners of the soccer world. Marin, for instance, served on various FIFA standing committees that impacted which entities received benefits worth millions of dollars. Jurors believed the men took bribes as part of their official capacities. The core element of such a bribe is quid pro quo, which is Latin for “something for something.” Marin and Napout were found to have solicited money for their own personal interests. In return, they steered official FIFA actions to favor those who had paid them. Taking these bribes, therefore, caused Marin and Napout to breach their fiduciary duties to FIFA and to the other soccer organizations they represented in official capacities.

Both Marin and Napout had direct ties to the U.S. at the time they were indicted in 2015. Marin owned a home in New York while Napout had one in Florida. Nonetheless, much of their fraud occurred while outside of the U.S. Still, Marin and Napout became vulnerable to U.S. prosecution by the manner in which money associated to them changed hands. U.S. banks and related financial institutions facilitated “under the table” transactions tied to the two men (and to many other FIFA defendants). Once a person’s money flows through the U.S. banking system, that person has availed himself or herself of U.S. banking protections. Concurrently, that person becomes susceptible to U.S. criminal charges if U.S. banks are used to advance a criminal plot.

To that end, the prosecution’s case rested on convincing jurors that Marin and Napout were part of a so-called “conspiracy.” In criminal law, a conspiracy refers to an agreement or partnership between two or more persons to accomplish some unlawful purpose. Marin and Napout were accused of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a federal law most famously used to prosecute members of the mafia. Marin and Napout colluded to take bribes and kickbacks not through a mafia family but through their lofty positions with, and influence over, FIFA and its constituent continental confederations. Affiliated regional federations, national member associations and sports marketing companies were also impacted—in some cases favorably and in other cases unfavorably—by the conspiracy.

By scheming to enrich themselves, Marin and Napout deprived national teams, youth leagues and other soccer organizations that rely heavily on FIFA money. Further, like other FIFA officials charged with U.S. crimes, Marin and Napout’s misconduct badly damaged FIFA’s reputation. To wit: when soccer fans discuss which city will be awarded the World Cup, there is now instant skepticism as to the legitimacy of the process used to select a city.

Critical role played by witnesses in the trial and an unconvincing defense

To help convince jurors of Marin and Napout’s guilt, prosecutors relied on 28 witnesses. Alejandro Burzaco may have been most critical among them. The former CEO of the Argentinian sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias S.A., Burzaco was one of the original 14 defendants charged in 2014 for various roles in a 24-year FIFA conspiracy that led to over $150 million in bribes. Years ago, Burzaco had arranged for bribes so that his company and other companies would receive media rights for soccer tournaments. He also facilitated a bribe that allegedly helped Qatar win the right to host the 2022 World Cup. Last year, Burzaco—like a number of FIFA defendants—pleaded guilty to crimes. He is now cooperating with the Justice Department in hopes that he will receive a lighter punishment. As part of the cooperation, Burzaco must testify against persons with whom he once worked. Two of those persons are Marin and Napout.

As evidenced by the verdict, jurors were not persuaded by defenses offered by attorneys for Marin and Napout. The defense highlighted the lack of paper trail connecting Marin and Napout to dubious financial transactions. The defense also observed that cooperating witnesses are not always believable. This is a common strategy in cases involving cooperating witnesses. Indeed, defense attorneys frequently contend that cooperating witnesses are inclined to make themselves seem as useful as possible to prosecutors in hopes that the more they say to convict others, the greater reward. This incentive can sometimes lead cooperating witnesses to exaggerate or outright lie. Yet if jurors find cooperating witnesses believable, they can prove extremely influential: they often have first-hand knowledge of unlawful conduct. It appears that Burzaco was sufficiently believable to the jurors.

Next steps

Moving forward, Marin and Napout can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, but an appeal would take many months, if not longer. Long before then, Marin and Napout will face a sentencing hearing where Judge Chen could sentence them to decades of prison time. This is because they have been convicted of crimes that in some cases carry maximum 20-year prison sentences. While Judge Chen is extremely unlikely to impose the maximum sentences and might impose relatively light sentences given the defendants’ lack of criminal records and advanced ages, they are still likely to face some time in prison. They will also sit in jail cells as they await the sentencing hearing since Judge Chen has denied them bail on grounds that they could be flight risks.

Also, as a much less significant worry for Marin and Napout compared to the prospect of living in a federal prison, FIFA on Friday signaled that it intends to seek restitution from both men. Such a worry might prove more meaningful to the defendants’ families, whose wealth could be impacted by whether Marian and Napout must reimburse FIFA for the consequences of their fraudulent acts.

All told, the legal fallout from the FIFA corruption scandal will take years to play out. This is especially true since the extradition process for the U.S. to prosecute certain defendants in federal court could take a while and, in some cases, might ultimately prove unsuccessful. Yet for now, at least, the Justice Department seems to be winning. Between Friday’s convictions and the fact that other FIFA defendants have pleaded guilty, those in soccer who commit illegal acts have good reason to be afraid of the United States Justice Department.

Michael McCann is SI’s legal analyst. He is also an attorney and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and co-author with Ed O'Bannon of the forthcoming book Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA.

El ex presidente de la Conmebol y el otrora mandamás del fútbol brasileño estaban acusados de crimen organizado y fraude electrónico relacionado con la Copa América y la Copa Libertadores
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El ex presidente de la Conmebol y el otrora mandamás del fútbol brasileño estaban acusados de crimen organizado y fraude electrónico relacionado con la Copa América y la Copa Libertadores
FILE PHOTO Peru&#39;s Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring against Paraguay during their Copa America 2015 third-place soccer match at Estadio Municipal Alcaldesa Ester Roa Rebolledo in Concepcion, Chile, July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Andres Stapff/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Football Soccer - Copa America 2015 Peru v Paraguay
FILE PHOTO Peru's Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring against Paraguay during their Copa America 2015 third-place soccer match at Estadio Municipal Alcaldesa Ester Roa Rebolledo in Concepcion, Chile, July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Andres Stapff/File Photo

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