Weekly Soccer Fix


The latest highlights of the week from the beautiful game

JULY 14TH, 2017


James Rodriguez is now set to leave Real Madrid and Join Bayern Munich for the next 2 years. After much speculation, Rodriguez has left Real Madrid after a poor performing spell at the Spanish Club, after having arrived as the fourth most expensive player in the club and with high expectations after some great performances given during the 2014 World Cup with Colombia. James managed to pull a good first campaign with the club providing many assists for Cristiano Ronaldo, and scoring 13 goals under Carlo Ancelotti, but things began to go sour after the arrival of Rafa Benitez where he was relegated to the bench most of the time and appeared to be in poor fitness form. With the arrival of Zidane who preferred to play with a more defensive midfielder like Casemiro instead of a playmaker, and the great form of Isco, it was too late for James, as he once again never managed to get a starting role. Now in Munich he will be reunited with Carlo Ancelotti where he might be able to return to form after getting more playing time as the Italian Manager, who is known for his preference to play with a more attacking playmaker, like James. It will be interesting to see if James will return to his old brilliant self from 2014, as he is only set to move on loan and he is still the property of Real Madrid, making his spell with the Galacticos, perhaps not his last one.


The two legendary soccer clubs are off to a heated pre-season start as friction has been rising between Real Madrid and Manchester United in the last days. It all began a couple of months ago with the failed transfer of DeGea to Real Madrid from Man United, after the Red Devils put a very high price tag on their goalkeeper to prevent the Spanish giants from managing to transfer him to their ranks. Not.  The story ended in DeGea signing with Real Madrid, but not being able to make the move, due to the required paperwork from England, not arriving in time before the closing of the last transfer window. A mistake that by many who had access to the clubs during this event, was claimed to be more of an orchestrated-on purpose” move to prevent the star goalkeeper from leaving Manchester. If that weren’t enough, on this transfer window, Alvaro Morata was set to leave Real Madrid to Manchester United with only the fee to be discussed. After everything appeared to be set for the move, Real Madrid (probably) decided to get some revenge and proposed a very high fee by Man United in order to take Morata. This was not met kindly by Manchester United who very well understood the situation and decided to buy another striker instead, without notifying Real Madrid: Romelu Lukaku, and with that putting to a very abrupt end the negotiations with the Galacticos.  Now the more recent chapter on this rivalry has been taking place in LA. Both teams decided to make Los Angeles their base for their US pre-season tour, and with tensions already high, arguments began in the last days with the clubs fighting for training grounds in UCLA, as well as the actual hotel. Both teams wanted to book the Beverly Wilshire hotel. In the end Manchester United won the dispute, forcing Real Madrid to move to another one, which left them very unhappy. It has been reported by several media outlets that problems between the clubs have escalated so much that the International Champions Cup organizers had to intervene. With Real Madrid and Manchester United set to face each other on the pitch next July 23rd as part of their pre-season tour in San Francisco, and then again on August 8 for the UEFA Super Cup, one can only imagine what great games these will turn out to be with both teams holding so many grudges against each other.


This year’s edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, despite being played with mostly “B squads” and by seemingly weak teams from the region, has been off to a very entertaining start.  With teams like Mexico, Costa Rica, and the USMNT playing with mostly young new players, and not using their main stars, against other smaller competitors like Guyana, Honduras, or Martinique, the games have proven to be less one-sided than imagined. Costa Rica, for example, only managed to tie against Canada, and the US barely made it out of a complicated game against Martinique that ended in a 3-2 score in favor of the Americans. Not only that, but a very curious case took place in the cup when French Guiana included former World Cup champion runner up Florent Malouda in their squad. By FIFA ruling, once a player participates in an official match with a national team, they cannot play for any other country during the rest of their career. Malouda was part of the French national team, and although being born in French Guiana, he is not eligible for play. After having Malouda participate in their recent match against Honduras for the Gold Cup, they more than likely will be penalized and lose the 3 points that were at stake during that match that ended in a 0-0 draw.  Currently Canada is leading group A of the cup, followed by Costa Rica. The US leads group B along with Panama, and Group C has Mexico and Jamaica sitting at the top. The top two best placed teams from each group advance to next round as well as the two best third placed teams from all of the groups.


The City of Los Angeles known as L.A. is not only a financial, commercial, and artistic center of California but also of the United States. The second most populated city in the country, second to New York, is not only famous for its beaches and Hollywood industry, but also for being one of the first and main centers for soccer in the USA. The city has hosted one World Cup in 1994 when the final took place at the Rose Bowl stadium, and two Women’s World Cup as well in 1999 and 2003.  The city has hosted several world soccer stars, because it is usually used as a base for pre-season touring by some of the top European Clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid.  Another reason is their home team-LA Galaxy.  The Galaxy are one of the founding clubs of the MLS and have featured several world class talents in their ranks like Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Jorge Campos, Landon Donovan, and David Beckham. The team plays at the StubHub Center, that has a capacity of hosting up to 27,000 people, second largest soccer specific stadium in the MLS.


Official Transfers:

James Rodriguez from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich

Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich to Juventus

Dani Alves from Juventus to PSG

Romelu Lukaku from Everton to Manchester United

Theo Hernandez from Atletico to Real Madrid

Pepe from Real Madrid to Besiktas

Deulofeu from Everton to Barcelona

Semedo from Benfica to Barcelona

Wayne Rooney from Manchester United to Everton 


Mahrez from Leicester City to Roma

Perisic from Inter Milan to Manchester United

Danilo from Real Madrid to Chelsea

Meunier from PSG to Real Madrid

Bonucci from Juventus to Milan

Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Manchester City

Diego Costa from Chelsea to Atletico de Madrid

Chicharito Hernández from B.Leverkusen to West Ham

Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande to Barcelona

Verratti from PSG to Barcelona

Mbappe from Monaco to Real Madrid

Morata from Real Madrid to Chelsea

Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Manchester United to LA Galaxy

Danilo from Real Madrid to Juventus

Upcoming games to watch:

Canada vs Honduras 9:00pm Central Time July 14th CONCACAF GOLD CUP 

Manchester United vs LA Galaxy 9:00pm Central Time July 15th  FRIENDLY 

USA vs Nicaragua 6:00pm Central Time July 15th  CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Tigres vs Chivas 9:45 pm Central time July 16th        Champion of the year final Liga MX

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