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Two preseason friendlies will be in the world soccer spotlight when MLS's best take on Tottenham Hotspur in Colorado and Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain meet in the International Champions Cup in Chicago.
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And you thought the United States men's national team was in turmoil.
On Tuesday, the Mexico federation fired Miguel Herrera as national team head coach for Herrera's role in an alleged airport altercation with a TV commentator who had been highly critical of "El Piojo."
Now, just two days after beating Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, El Tri will have only two months and two September friendlies to find their bearings under a yet-to-be-named replacement before taking on the rival Americans in the Oct. 9 CONCACAF playoff that will determine the region's 2017 Confederations Cup representative.
The big losers in the firing of Miguel Herrera? The fans and media. Simply because El Tri matches will no longer feature Herrera's passionate and sometimes psychotic sideline antics.
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CONCACAF crowns a new champion on Sunday when Jamaica takes on Mexico in the Gold Cup final at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. If the past week is any indication, the championship game will be anything but straightforward.
Surprising results and questionable referee decisions have shaped what has been an unpredictable and controversial knockout stage. Jamaica scored the upset of the tournament in a deserving 2-1 semifinal win over the United States. Mexico, on the other hand, benefited from heavily disputed penalty calls in a quarterfinal victory over Costa Rica and a come-from-behind semifinal triumph over Panama.
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He played 33 minutes, got 39 touches and did not get on the score sheet, but statistics could not measure the entire impact Andrea Pirlo made in his Major League Soccer debut for New York City FC.
Against Orlando City SC on Sunday, the 36-year-old Italian star came on in the 57th minute and, despite only four days of training, effortlessly did the things that he made him a legend at AC Milan and Juventus. From his holding midfielder spot, Pirlo kept the ball moving in the NYCFC attack, and it was his calming influence that allowed New York City to score three second-half goals to secure a 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium.
Poku explained afterward that the chemistry between he and Pirlo was anything but accidental.
The appreciation for Pirlo from NYCFC and its supporters figures to only grow.
In the end, the United States men's national team wasn't even good enough to win a Gold Cup bronze medal.
The U.S. left PPL Park having to swallow that sobering reality after concluding a thoroughly disappointing tournament with a penalty shootout loss to a more-deserving Panama side in Saturday's third-place game.
Clint Dempsey's 70th-minute goal evened the score at 1-1, but after 30 scoreless minutes of extra time, spot kicks were needed. Goalkeeper Luis Mejia's save on DaMarcus Beasley secured a 3-2 shootout win for the Panamanians, who outplayed the U.S. from the opening whistle and should've won in normal time if it weren't for two goal-line clearances and clutch stops by goalkeeper Brad Guzan (11 saves).
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The International Champions Cup heats up Saturday with two preseason friendlies featuring European powers: Barcelona vs. Manchester United at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (4 p.m. ET kickoff), and Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (6 p.m. ET kickoff).
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What began as a mission to defend a Gold Cup title ended in a third-place match with nothing but pride to play for. That was the disappointing consequence for the United States men's national team after suffering a shocking 2-1 defeat to Jamaica in Wednesday's Gold Cup semifinal.
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The tournament only got worse for Jurgen Klinsmann's side. The Americans lost to Panama in a penalty shootout on Saturday at PPL Park to finish in fourth place – far from Klinsmann's main 2015 goal of a second straight Gold Cup title.
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NEW YORK – His immediate future remains cloudy with rumors of a potential move away from Paris Saint-Germain to AC Milan or even Manchester United. The only destination the star striker would confirm is the one he envisions as his final stop, possibly in the not-too-distant future.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to join Major League Soccer.
"I would like to play in U.S., absolutely," Ibrahimovic told Yahoo Sports on Thursday before he and PSG leave for North Carolina to play Chelsea in the preseason International Champions Cup. "I would like to play. Which team? Am I allowed to say that? No, I cannot say that."
He didn't have to name any MLS teams. The 33-year-old Ibrahimovic said he sees himself living in probably one of three American cities that he frequently visits on vacation. The three, in no particular order, are Miami, Los Angeles and New York.
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Unruly fans showering opposing players with garbage. A questionable penalty being called. Teams clashing on the touchline. And then the losing team, led by its embarrassing head coach, charging the referee after the final whistle.
All of that madness actually occurred between Panama and Mexico in a match that was more despicable display than Gold Cup semifinal at Atlanta's Georgia Dome. In the end, El Tri walked off the field 2-1 winners over the 10-man Panamanians to advance to Sunday's final against Jamaica, but the big loser was CONCACAF, which suffered another black eye after having its reputation permanently stained by the recent FIFA corruption scandal.
Captain Andres Guardado converted two penalties to complete Mexico's comeback from a 1-0 deficit created by Roman Torres's 57th-minute goal. Unfortunately, the aforementioned lowlights dominated the game as well as the postmatch discussion.
This is so embarrassing for soccer
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The United States finally got to take a break from the Gold Cup's intensity and relax a ltitle in Saturday's 6-0 quarterfinal rout of Cuba, but the Americans wouldn't have that luxury against Jamaica in Wednesday's semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The Reggae Boyz embraced their underdog role under German coach Winfried Schaefer and ended up shocking the U.S. early with two first-half goals by Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes. The Americans mounted a second-half comeback behind captain Michael Bradley, but Jamaica survived to secure a 2-1 victory and advance to Sunday's final.
Here was Klinsmann's starting XI:
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