SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Bruce Arena bites his fingernails religiously, a habit he has had since age 10. Arena walks across midfield soaking in the California sun and surveying the scene as his players take a lap and begin stretches ahead of training on a practice field adjacent to Avaya Stadium, home of the San Jose Earthquakes. “I’m thinking about my investments and retirement and things like that,” Arena cracked, then added: “I’m observing the players and looking at their habits, trying to learn as much as I can about players on a daily basis. With his quick wit off the field and demanding nature on it, Arena has instilled a calm and a swagger the U.S. squad needed, and that has bred success again after fans reached panic mode.
Manchester United qualified for the Champions League by virtue of the fact that they won the Europa League and plenty of top clubs will be aiming to replicate that this season. Arsenal will compete in the tournament this year having finished fifth in
The Galaxy have reached agreement on a deal to bring Mexican national team midfielder Jonathan dos Santos to MLS, where he will be reunited with older brother Giovani. According to Goal.com, which first reported the move, the Galaxy will pay a $5-million transfer fee to Villarreal for Dos Santos, 27, who had two seasons left on his contract with the Spanish club. Terms of his Galaxy deal were not released but it is believed to be for multiple years and will reportedly pay Dos Santos between $2 million and $3 million, meaning he will take the team’s third designated-player spot. The other two spots are held by Giovani, 28, who will receive $3.75 million in base salary this season, and French midfielder Romain Alessandrini, who will be paid $1.669 million in base pay.