Portugal is on the verge of reaching the semifinals at this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup, and the reigning European champions could be set to rest their biggest star ahead of their group stage finale on Saturday. The team currently sits tied on four points with Group A leaders Mexico through two matches, and with New Zealand — who is already eliminated from advancing — left on the docket for Portugal, manager Fernando Santos is prepared to rest Cristiano Ronaldo. “Everybody wants to watch Cristiano Ronaldo, even I want to watch Cristiano Ronaldo,” Santos said on Friday.
more players are being linked with Manchester United, but — believe it or not — the Red Devils aren’t the only club seeking talent. DiMarzio is reporting that Antonio Conte is close to securing the services of Southampton center back Virgil Van Dijk, insisting the Dutch back is Conte’s top choice ahead of Juventus power house Leonardo Bonucci (which isn’t to say there isn’t room for both). The price? An eyebrow-raising $77 million. Meanwhile, Conte is selling talented Bertrand Traore outside the Premier League. A solid season on loan at Ajax upped interest in the 21-year-old striker, and L’Equipe says it’s a $22 million move to Lyon for Traore. How much do you think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is
The home miseries of the Galaxy were perfectly encapsulated in one play, 23 minutes into their game Saturday. Sporting Kansas City’s Roger Espinoza sent a harmless shot from 25 yards that went directly to goalie Clement Diop. In his effort to bat the ball down, Diop missed and watched the ball bounce up into the net for the game’s first goal. It didn’t cost the Galaxy the game but it summed up a poor first half that couldn’t be erased by a spirited comeback in a 2-1 loss at StubHub Center. The Galaxy (6-6-4) had their eight-game unbeaten streak end despite having heavy territorial advantage in the final 45 minutes. Numerous scoring chances fell wide, high and short as the Galaxy fell to an MLS-worst