News Roundup

Monday Roundup — July 30, 2018

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News Roundups are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning with quick hits on what you may have missed and what is still to come in The Beautiful Game.

Here’s what you may have missed and what is still developing. And, as always, here’s to helping bring you, the Fan, up to speed and Ahead of the Game. 

Philadelphia Union

Ayuk to Trabzonspor

Last night, Union Rumors picked up a Tweet from Free Kick Turkey, which is reporting that Philadelphia Union fringe player Eric Ayuk is rumored to be on the verge of signing for Turkish club Trabzonspor.

Pictured below is Ayuk and Senegalese player Zargo Toure, who the Turkish club signed from French side FC Lorient earlier this morning. It is expected that Ayuk will be the next signing announced by Trabzonspor, who announced another signing after confirming Toure’s arrival to the club. 

Ayuk, 21, spent last season on loan with Swedish club Jönköpings Södra IF. He has yet to feature for the Union this season, spending the majority of his time with Philly’s USL affiliate, Bethlehem Steel FC. There, the Cameroon youth international has appeared in just four matches.

MLS Homegrown Game Preview

Philadelphia is sending not one, not two, not three, but four of its younger players to the 2018 Major League Soccer Homegrown Game, which will be played tomorrow night at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground.

Since 2014, the MLS Homegrown Game is an exhibition match that has been played between the most promising selected Homegrown players in Major League Soccer and a selected opponent.

Union defenders Auston Trusty (Media, PA), Mark McKenzie (Bear, DE) and Matthew Real (Drexel Hill, PA) have been selected alongside midfielder Anthony Fontana (Newark, DE) to represent the club in the game against the Tigres UANL Under-20 team.

Kick off for the Homegrown Game is set for 8:30 P.M. ET, and will be broadcasted on Univision Deportes Network (UDN) as well as streamed live on Twitter, a first in the four-year history of the event. 

It is just the second time that a MLS club has sent four players to the Game, which debuted at Providence Park in Portland, OR back in 2014. Real Salt Lake was the last club to do so, sending four players to the event in 2016.

Perhaps most impressive, all four Union players are under the age of 20 and have featured for the club in the league this season.

While all four players will feature against the Mexican champions on Tuesday night, Trusty is a player pegged most likely to start the Game, having played every minute for the Union so far this season (1890). He is the only player to play every minute.

Major League Soccer

Report: Adi, Alashe to Sign For Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati has yet to play a MLS game, but that hasn’t stopped the league’s newest expansion club from reportedly getting an early start on building its first-ever Major League Soccer roster.

According to sources close to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, Cincinnati, set to play its first season in 2019 as the league’s 24th club, is reportedly set to announce the signings of two MLS fringe players, Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe.

Adi, 27, has racked up 54 league goals and 14 assists during his time in Portland, but the Nigerian forward has been limited to just 823 minutes over 14 appearances this season under first-year coach Giovanni Savarese.

Alashe, 24, is a No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and has featured regularly during his first two seasons in the league. However, the midfielder has seen his playing time diminish after a public argument with new Quakes’ manager Mikael Stahre.

Cincy, under head coach Alan Koch, currently sits atop the United Soccer League Eastern Conference table, with an overall record of 13W, 5D, 3L.

ICYMI: Davies Scores Insane Goal For Vancouver

Last week, it was announced that Vancouver Whitecaps star midfielder Alphonso Davies had signed for German giants Bayern Munich for a league record $13.5 million.

On Saturday, Davies showed why he is the league’s most expensive outgoing transfer, showing off his quick feet and finishing ability in a standout, two-goal performance for the ‘Caps against visiting Minnesota United.

Here are both of Davies’ goals, which helped Vancouver defeat Minnesota 4-2: 

And just when you think that goal couldn’t be topped, well, take a look at this one: 

ICYMI: Rooney Scores First Goal, Suffers Broken Nose 

D.C. United‘s splash summer signing, Wayne Rooney, scored his first-ever goal for the United on Saturday night, helping the club to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Colorado Rapids.

To say Rooney, 32, left a mark on the game would be disingenuous, as it was the game that ultimately left a mark on the Englishman. Rooney, captaining United in his fourth-ever appearance for the club, broke his nose later in the match, which required five stitches afterward.

U.S. Soccer

Lederman Leaving Barcelona For Gent

It’s, admittedly, a slow news week for U.S. Soccer. So, ICYMI, here is an update on one of the United States’ up and coming players.

United States youth international Ben Lederman has announced his decision to leave FC Barcelona on social media, with sources close to the American player confirming he will soon sign with Belgian side K.A.A. Gent in the coming days.

Lederman, 18, confirmed on Twitter last Thursday that he was cutting ties with Barça, the club he has played for in its youth set-up since first joining La Masia in 2011.

“After seven years, it’s time to say goodbye to the best club in the world,” Lederman wrote.

“It’s been a unique and unforgettable experience at Barcelona. I want to thank all my teammates, coaches, physios, delegates and, above all, La Masia. You have all helped me improve as a footballer and as a person.

“A great spell in my life now comes to an end, but a new one begins — it’s time to keep fighting for my dream.”

Global

Juventus Reportedly “Targeting Pogba Return” 

According to British national, daily tabloid newspaper The Mirror, Italian champions Juventus are currently considering a move to re-sign World Cup winner and current Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Pogba, 25, featured in more than 120 games for Juve from 2012 to 2016, and is rumored to return to Turin, per The Mirror who writes, “the sale of players including Miralem Pjanic, Gonzalo Higuain, Daniele Rugani and Mattia Caldara would raise £200m in a bid to finance the kind of deal that would test United’s resolve.”

Also, the report says the Serie A champions have, “told Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola that they [Juventus]are interested in bringing back the midfielder they sold to United for £89 million two years ago.”

Tabloid or not, Juventus has already tested the resolve of a major club this summer, landing Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in the beginning of July.

Thank you for checking out Monday’s News Roundup. Check back here, on Wednesday morning, for all the latest happening in The Beautiful Game. Until then, Cheers.

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