Nelson Rodriguez Praises Chicago Fire Fans for Not Doing Anti-Gay Chant

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Chicago Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez just completed the second of his three media roundtable Q&A sessions this year, and unfortunately, there wasn’t any real hard breaking news to emerge from it. Rodriguez was evasive on the topics of Head Coach Veljko Paunovic’s job security and the potential long term home for the team.

He didn’t offer much insight or news-worthy quotes when the topic turned to playing in Solider Field either. However, when asked about the infamous anti-gay chant that Mexican soccer fans make on goal kicks, he gave a strong, impassioned response.

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Romelu Lukaku Sits Out Again Amid Inter Milan Transfer Talks

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Romelu Lukaku missed Manchester United’s first exhibition friendly in Australia last weekend (a 2-0 win over Perth Glory) due to a minor injury, but he had been expected to feature in the second one last night versus Leeds United.

However, the Belgian was left out of the team that won 4-0 at Opta Stadium entirely, increasing speculation surrounding the player’s uncertain future. According to various media outlets yesterday, Inter Milan have bid £60 million for Big Rom. It remains to be seen whether United would accept such an offer, as they’re likely holding out for more money.

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Arsenal Director Josh Kroenke Says Club Won’t Compete for Trophies this Year

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It’s been a tumultuous week at Arsenal football club, and given the comments made today by team Director Josh Kroenke, don’t expect serenity any time soon. Monday brought a letter from prominent supporter groups and bloggers calling for owner Stan Kroenke, who first invested in Arsenal in 2007 and went on to become majority shareholder in 2011, to change his course of actions with the club.

Tuesday brought a public response from his son, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) Vice Chairman Josh Kroenke, who hit back at the notion that his family doesn’t really have their heart in running and owning the club.

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Liverpool News and Transfer Talk: USA Tour, Club Legends, Grabara

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Liverpool Football Club will be at Notre Dame Stadium to face Borussia Dortmund Friday night kicking-off the club’s three stop pre-season exhibition tour of the United States. On Thursday, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will address the media in South Bend, Indiana and at the University of Notre Dame, ahead of the friendly versus his former club.

The LFC tour also includes stops at Fenway Park in Boston (versus Sevilla on Sunday) and Yankee Stadium in New York (versus Sporting Lisbon next Wednesday). Here are some of the news and notes circulating in the LFC online community as the start of the USA tour draws near.

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Tottenham Defender Kieran Trippier to Undergo Atletico Madrid Medical

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The deal that will send Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid developed rather rapidly, with almost all of the news relating to it coming out in the past 24 hours or so. We often talk about long, protracted tedious transfer sagas, but this narrative is certainly the polar opposite.

Trippier, according to various sources, including The Guardian and The Telegraph, will fly out to Madrid to undergo his medical ahead of a £20 million (plus add-ons) deal. The full back had a breakout 2018 World Cup with England, but wasn’t able to transfer that success with country over to club.

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Basic Items Every Cyclist Needs for Cross-Country Tours

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The best year to go out on your first cross-country tour is the one you’ve got now. Don’t let anything hold you back, especially time.

What you don’t want to become is one of those people who are tied to the hip with the routines they’ve built up for themselves over the years. Suddenly the decade is gone, and soon enough, you’ll be giving out spiels like “How did I get here so fast and so old when just yesterday I was only 21?” You want to be the kind of person who has lived out his or her days in full and meaningful speed.

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Cubs Legend Lee Smith Sees a Lot of Himself in Dodgers Kenley Jansen

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Lee Smith heads into the Hall of Fame this weekend as a man who pitched for all four teams involved in the two biggest rivalries in all of baseball: Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals (his grandfather’s favorite team), Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

He also pitched for four more teams on top of that quartet, during a Major League career that saw him strike out 1,251 batters in 1,022 innings and make seven All-Star appearances. For what Lee Smith means to the history of baseball, it’s less about what team he played for and more about what position he held. The group that he’s a member of, which matters more right now, is the fraternity of closers.

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Arsenal Director Josh Kroenke Responds to Club Supporters’ Public Outrage

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Yesterday saw Arsenal Owner/Majority Shareholder Stan Kroenke called out as an absentee leader of the club in a public statement made by several supporter groups.

A two-page letter, signed by several major organizations of Arsenal fans and prominent bloggers, called for change and openly questioned the American’s intentions for and interests in the club. It was a rallying cry of #KroenkeChange not #KroenkeOut and today a member of the billionaire’s family made a public response.

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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof

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There are only 23 days left before the summer transfer window closes in England, and Manchester United still have plenty of business to attend to. Three days after the window closes, United will host Chelsea in the season opener. In other words, the silly season will soon give way to the season of substance.

Right now there are two names currently driving the news cycle in regards to Man United comings and goings- striker Romelu Lukaku and central defender Victor Lindelof. We’ll start with the latter, who has dismissed talk of a move to FC Barcelona.

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Potential Progress Against Homophobic Chant at Mexico Soccer Games?

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Today marked the first day that FIFA’s updated disciplinary code went into effect and along with it harsher punishments for discrimination on the pitch, whether it’s from supporters or players. The global federation is seeking to stamp out the ugliness of racism and homophobia that exists within the beautiful game, and one of the main targets is a certain chant that you’re bound to hear, at least a few times, if you attend a Mexico national team game or watch it on television.

When the opposing goalkeeper kicks the ball away on a goal kick, all at once in a massive chorus, Mexico fans scream at the top of their lungs: “Eeeeeehhhhhhhhhh Puuuutoooo!”

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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Harry Maguire, David de Gea

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There are only 23 days left before the summer transfer window closes in England, and Manchester United still have plenty of business to attend to. Three days after the window closes, United will host Chelsea in the season opener. In other words, the silly season will soon give way to the season of substance.

Right now there are two names currently driving the news cycle in regards to Man United comings and goings- David de Gea and Harry Maguire. We’ll start with the goalkeeper, who has had dominated the club’s player of the year award in recent years.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi Pursued Again by Bayern Munich

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As had been expected back in March, Bayern Munich are back in for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer transfer window. Having failed to land him in previous transfer window(s), the Bavarian giants are returning with a larger bid.

According to the Sunday Mail, they will put forth a new bid worth approximately €50 million, a 25% increase over the €40m they offered for the rights to the 18-year-old on January transfer window deadline day.

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