Weekly Soccer Fix – July 28th, 2017


The latest highlights of the week from the beautiful game

JULY 28th, 2017


The US National soccer team has been crowned champion of the CONCACAF Gold Cup after defeating Jamaica 2-1 in Santa Clara, California.  The US managed to reach the big final after defeating Costa Rica in the Semi-finals by two goals to nothing, and Jamaica arrived as the biggest surprise of the tournament after beating Mexico 1-0, in what was perhaps the tournament’s biggest upset. Jamaica featured a squad made up mainly of reserve players, and not the usual starters for their national team. Despite that, they managed to play a great tournament and reached a second consecutive Gold Cup final, becoming the only team besides the US and México to do so.  On the other hand, The U.S arrived after making changes to their roster. The US played with mainly reserve players during the first part of the tournament, but decided to call on some more experienced players to face the finals like Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, and former Manchester United goalkeeper, Tim Howard. The game in Santa Clara started bad for the Jamaicans where after being dominated by the US, Jozy Altidore provided his team with a long-range shot that although didn’t end on a goal, thanks to Andre Blake, injured the Jamaican goalkeeper and golden glove winner. This injury would prove to be crucial for the Jamaicans; right before the end of the first half, Altidore took a powerful well-placed free kick that proved to be too much for substitute Jamaican goalkeeper, Dwayne Miller. But after the second-half started, the Jamaicans found new hope, as their first shot of the game would become a goal in the 50th minute thanks to a header by Watson to tie the game. The game continued with chances for both teams, mainly with Jamaica defending well and creating good counters and breakaways, and the US pressuring the Jamaican goal but not managing to convert and score. Everything was leveled until late in the game, where Jordan Morris managed to score after a wrong clearance of the ball by the Jamaican defenders ended up in Morris’s boots inside the box. With that the US won their sixth Gold Cup title and will play the winner of the 2019 Gold Cup for a spot in the next Confederations Cup. It’s also important to note that Bruce arena continues his winning streak, without losing any of his last 14 games.


The Mmbape-Real Madrid saga continues, as the Spanish club insists in the transfer of the French star despite Monaco’s claims of not wanting to let go of their striker. This time Spanish journal Marca has stated that Real Madrid have agreed on an astonishing 180 million Euro Transfer fee with the French Club for the young star, that would become the most expensive transfer in football history surpassing the transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United. Sources also say that Real Madrid and Monaco agreed to the deal after holding meetings last week, where the only thing left to make it official is for Zinedine Zidane to give thumbs up on the transfer. According to the Spanish newspaper Zidane would find it difficult to manage and attack with four-star strikers including, Ronaldo, Mbappe, Benzema, and Gareth Bale, so he would be considering making the buy, but leaving Mbappe on loan with Monaco for at least another year. According to French sources though, Mbappe would be looking to play for Real Madrid as soon as possible, even if that means being on the bench at the beginning and having to earn a spot in the starting eleven, which means it wouldn’t be surprising at all if the Monaco striker played with “the galacticos” next season.


With rumors of Neymar leaving, Real Madrid rival would also be making some big transfer moves this summer. According to several reports from the English media, Barcelona would already be in talks with Liverpool and Chelsea to transfer Philippe Coutinho or Hazard to their ranks. After the heavy rumors regarding Neymar leaving to PSG and despite sources inside the Catalan club denying the Brazilian star’s exit, it seems Barcelona would be looking for Neymar’s replacement. Liverpool has claimed they have no interest in making the move, but reports state that they could agree if Barcelona makes a high enough bid. Reports also state that Barcelona would be willing to make a bid of 80 million Euros that would be hard for the English Club to not consider. But just in case, it appears Barcelona already has a plan B to substitute the Brazilian, which would be Chelsea’s, Eden Hazard. The winger has been linked with a move to Barcelona in the past and to big European clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United. English sources state that although Chelsea, like Liverpool, has also said that Hazard is not for sale, if Barcelona makes a high enough bid, they would not be able to retain the player. It is important to mention that PSG would be willing to pay up to 223 million Euros for Neymar, which would give the Catalan club enough money to place high bids for Coutinho or Hazard, should they need to do so.

VENUE OF THE WEEK: San Francisco

San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge at sunset, California

The Famous city located in the Bay Area of California, known best for the Golden Gate Bridge is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of the north part of this iconic state. The 13th most populated city of the United states is home to 870, 000 people as well as several big-name companies like Yelp, Uber, Lyft, Levi’s, Dropbox, Galp. Wikipedia, Craigslist, and Dolby.  Levi’s Stadium is the most important Sport Venue in the city. The Stadium is the home of popular American Football Franchise, San Francisco 49ers; recently it has been used to host several important soccer matches from the MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes, International Cup friendlies, and Copa America Centenario fixtures. This week it reached a new milestone by hosting its first official soccer final after hosting the CONCACAF Gold cup final for a crowd of 75,000 people.


Official Transfers:

Danilo from Real Madrid to Manchester City

Mendy from Monaco to Manchester City

Willy Caballero from Manchester city to Chelsea

Bakayoko from Monaco to Manchester City

John Terry from Chelsea to Aston Villa

Joe Hart from Manchester United to West Ham (loan)

Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid to Chelsea

Dani Ceballos from Real Betis to Real Madrid

Chicharito Hernández from Bayer Leverkusen to West Ham

Bonucci from Juventus to Milan

Dani Alves from Juventus to PSG

Romelu Lukaku from Everton to Manchester United



Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona

Hazard from Chelsea to Barcelona

Carlos Vela from Real Sociedad to Real Betis

Pepe Reina from Napoli to Manchester City

Dybala from Juventus to Barcelona

Emil Forsberg from RB Leipzig to Manchester United

Neymar from Barcelona to PSG

Jonathan dos Santos from Villareal to LA Galaxy

Mahrez from Leicester City to Tottenham

Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to Manchester City

Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande to Barcelona

Verratti from PSG to Barcelona/ Manchester United

Mbappe from Monaco to Real Madrid


Upcoming games to watch:

Real Madrid vs Barcelona 19:05hrs Central Time July 29th INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP  

Chelsea vs Inter 6:35hrs Central Time July 29th INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP  

Monaco vs PSG 14:00hrs Central Time July 29th FRENCH CHAMPIONS TROPHY  

Roma vs Juventus 15:00hrs Central Time July 30th INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP  

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