Major League Soccer Reveal Orlando Inspired All-Star Kit for Atletico Madrid Clash in July

​The new MLS All-Star kit has been officially released ahead of the game against Atletico Madrid in July, and has been designed with host city Orlando in mind.

The bold design was thought up by league sponsor adidas and will be used by the All-Star side when they take on La Liga giants Atletico on 31 July.


Based on the typical adidas template, the shirt is dark purple, similar to Orlando City SC’s kit as the game will be held at the Exploria Stadium in Florida, which has a capacity of 25,500.

Similarly to the official match ball that will be used for the game, a pattern of stars and maple leaves will be featured all over the shirt.


The number 407 will also be seen at the upper back of the shirt, which is a reference to the Orlando area code, and it will also contain a small globe icon on the bottom left of the front of the jersey, which will be placed just above the hem.

The All-Star side contains a fan selected team of the best players currently playing in MLS, and the team has played a side from Europe every year since 2005.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Last year saw Serie A champions Juventus defeat the best of MLS in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta thanks to a penalty shootout victory following a 1-1 draw.

The All-Stars haven’t won a clash since 2015 when they beat Tottenham. In total they have won seven and lost seven of the previous encounters, including games against Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

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USA Women’s Team Matches Have Generated More Revenue Than the Men’s Since 2015 World Cup

​In the three years since the USA Women’s National Team (USWNT) won the 2015 World Cup, the revenue generated from their matches has exceeded that of their male counterparts.

The ability of the women’s game to generate revenue has been at the centre of a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Soccer Federation, in which all 28 members of the USWNT allege they have been denied equal pay.

U.S. Soccer has used revenue generation as a key part of its defence, but as reported by the ​​Wall Street Journal, the gap in revenue has disappeared since the women’s World Cup triumph in 2015.

From 2016 to 2018, USWNT matches have generated a total revenue of $50.8m in comparison with the $49.9m attributed to the USMNT, according to U.S. Soccer’s audited financial statements.

Carli Lloyd,Samantha Mewis

In 2016 alone, the women’s revenue exceeded that of the men’s by nearly $2m. In response to the reports, executive director of the USWNT’s players association Becca Roux said: “The event revenue from the USWNT demonstrates the potential that can be realised when investment is made.”

What has complicated matters up to now is that U.S. Soccer sell their broadcast rights and sponsorship deals as a bundle, including both men’s and women’s teams. Therefore it has been difficult to decipher how much value these companies place on each individual team.

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Speaking on this matter, the executive producer of Fox’s World Cup coverage, David Neal has said: “I don’t know how you quantify that,

But right now the shining star of U.S. Soccer is the U.S. women’s national team. These women are heroes and I think that carries great value.”

The USWNT are currently in France aiming to win a fourth World Cup to add to their crowded trophy cabinet, which also includes four Olympic gold medals. The USMNT on the other hand, are yet to win a World Cup.

Christie Rampone,Abby Wambach

The news emanating from the recent financial statements will presumably boost the women’s team’s hopes of winning their legal battle with the U.S. Soccer Federation and has the potential to alter the shape of the game for generations to come.

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Man Utd Told to Offer Star Man in Swap Deal for Premier League Target

​Transfer silly season is in full swing, and it seems as though West Ham are looking to take advantage of it.

Manchester United have been linked with every player under the sun since May. Like, literally everyone – probably over 100 players. That’s not a fabrication either, we’re actually going to count at some point.

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Over the weekend, United were linked with West Ham’s Issa Diop. Their hunt for a new centre back has led them to chase the likes of Matthijs de Ligt (they’re not getting him) and Harry Maguire (they might get him) but obviously, being Manchester United, they have to cover all bases before confirming anything. That means going after every player in the world, ever.

Sky Sports ran the first report on ​United’s ​contact over Diop over the weekend, but West Ham – who are not looking to sell – have now come back to them with quite the demand in exchange.

Anthony Martial,Lee Peltier

They only want ​Anthony Martial. That’s according to the ​Independent, at least, who claim that the Hammers have openly asked United for the French forward to be included in any deal that may be concluded for Diop. Miguel Delaney, writer of the report, suggested that it could take as much as £60m to get West Ham to waiver without anyone included.

Jacob Steinberg, writer at the Guardian, followed up the report with a series of tweets on Tuesday clearing up the situation however, adding that not even £60m would be enough to convince the Londoners – who have just signed the impressive Pablo Fornals – to do business on Diop. He also followed up by labelling ​West Ham‘s Martial request as “cheeky”, before later adding that there’s no interest on West Ham’s side in the former Monaco man.

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United’s hunt for a centre back goes on though, and they ​may even face competition for Diop from the likes of Barcelona (who will probably sign De Ligt) and Paris Saint-Germain (who might also sign De Ligt but now might not based on the latest reports out of Spain).

Take a breath guys, this window’s just a bit mad.

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Wolves Loan Players: How They Got on Away From Molineux During the 2018/19 Season

​Last season Wolverhampton Wanderers loaned out 21 players to other teams so that their youngsters could gain some valuable senior match experience. There were also a number of outcasts leaving on loan as they failed to break into the starting XI at Molineux.

With 21 loanees to get through, we thought we’d give our top six ​Wolverhampton Wanderers’ loan players and show how they got on in the 2018/19 season:


Harry Burgoyne

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22-year-old goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne spent last season on loan at Falkirk in the Scottish Championship. There he made 15 appearances, keeping four clean sheets.

He now returns to Wolverhampton but is unlikely to break into the first-team. Another loan or permanent move could be right for him.

Rating: 4/10


Kortney Hause

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Kortney Hause joined Midlands rivals ​Aston Villa in January after failing to make an appearance in the ​Premier League.

After moving to B6, Hause made 14 appearances, scoring once. He provided more than adequate cover for Villa in both the centre-back and left-back positions, his inclusion was also a big part of their promotion push towards the end of the season.

Now they are back in the Premier League, Aston Villa have made the signing permanent, as they view him as an integral cog in their squad. 

Rating: 7/10


Roderick Miranda

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At 28, Roderick Miranda is a central defender who should be coming into the prime of his career. However he spent last season away from Molineux, on loan at Greek side Olympiacos.

He made 20 appearances while on loan, registering three assists but still has some work to do to force his way back into the Wolves set-up.

Rating: 5/10


Jordan Graham

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24-year-old winger Jordan Graham spent the second half of last season on loan at Oxford United.

The wide-man, who can play on either flank, made 23 appearances for Oxford, scoring once and creating one goal for his teammates.

Unfortunately, given his age, Graham should be playing at a higher level if he hopes to break into the Wolves side.

Rating: 6/10


Leo Bonatini

Leo Bonatini

After being Wolves’ first choice striker during their promotion-winning campaign, Leo Bonatini found himself out of favour at the start of he 2018/19 season. 

The forward spent the second half of last season on loan at ​Nottingham Forest and made 14 appearances for the club, scoring just one goal for Forest. 

With that form it is unlikely that his future lies in Wolverhampton and he may be looking for alternative options during the summer.

Rating: 3/10


Bright Enobakhare

Bright Enobakhare

21-year-old forward Bright Enobakhare spent the first half of last season on loan at Kilmarnock before spending the second half at Coventry City.

Before January he made six appearances in the Scottish Premiership without scoring a goal, he later scored six and registered three assists in League One.

At such a young age Enobakhare could still have a future in a Wolves shirt and is likely to remain at the club or enjoy another loan spell elsewhere.

Rating: 5/10


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Manchester United Star Has ‘Told the Club’ He Wants to Leave

​Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is said to have informed the club of his wish to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Whilst away on international duty with Belgium, Lukaku hinted that it may be time for him to leave the club this summer, with Inter thought to be incredibly eager to bring him to the club as part of Antonio Conte’s summer overhaul.

Romelu Lukaku

Now, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via ​Sport Witness), ​Lukaku has spoken to ​United chiefs and “officially” told them of his desire to leave the club.

His struggles to hold down a permanent position in the starting lineup under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be one of Lukaku’s main reasons for wanting to quit United, having seen ​Marcus Rashford overtake him in the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Lukaku did not start a ​Premier League game under Solskjaer until January, in Solskjaer’s seventh game in charge. He struggled to retain his place in the lineup, which quickly sparked talk of a potential exit.

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The Red Devils’ failure to qualify for the ​Champions League also has not helped raise Lukaku’s spirits, and a move to ​Inter, who sealed their place in Europe’s top competition on the final day of the ​Serie A season, could be exactly what he needs.

However, they do note that the two sides are a long way from agreeing a deal to take Lukaku to San Siro, with the future of ​Mauro Icardi likely proving to be a stumbling block.

Mauro Icardi

The Argentine is expected to return to Inter for pre-season, which could delay Lukaku’s potential arrival. If he can be sold, then things may speed up but, as it stands, that is not the case.

La Gazzetta dello Sport also point to the upcoming friendly between United and Inter on July 20, adding that it is not yet clear which side Lukaku will represent when the time comes.

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