USMNT’s Weston McKennie (Leeds and Arsenal) and Christian Pulisic (AC Milan) fuel the transfer rumor mill

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We have tons of American football news to talk about like the United States men’s national team take the field for the first time since the World Cup. At the same time, Weston Mackenzie and Christian Pulisic have seen their names crop up in the rumor mill as we approach the final week of the transfer deadline. I’m Mike Goodman, and we’ll break it down on Wednesday’s edition of the Golazo Starting XI.

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πŸ“Ί What we’re watching this week

⚽ EFL semi-cup: Nottingham Forest vs Man United, Wednesday, 3pm
⚽ Copa del Rey: Barcelona vs Real Sociedad, Wednesday, 3pm
⚽ Friendly: USMNT vs Serbia, Wednesday, 10 p.m
⚽ Copa del Rey: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, Thursday, 3pm

πŸ“Ί Full Replays

⚽ Tuesday in Serie A: Lazio 4, AC Milan 0 on Paramount +
⚽ In the Soccer We Trust podcast: USMNT vs Serbia preview
⚽ Attacking the Third Podcast: Breaking down recent NWSL trades

⚽ The forward line

🍿 Is McKennie connected to the Premier League?

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It is possible that by the time you read this, Weston McKennie could join a Premier League club. Or maybe sometime next week, or in the summer, or not at all. Welcome to the wonderful, unpredictable world of the transfer market. That’s all we know for sure Leeds United are interested in him Mackenzie. According to CBS Sports insider Fabrizio Romano, both sides have agreed to personal terms and now it’s up to Juventus and Leeds to work out a deal. But is the move really good for McKennie or should he wait for other offers? Chuck Booth looks to see if McKennie could be better off hold out for a move to league-leading Arsenal.

  • Booth: “As for the other interested parties, the only team they will be watching is Arsenal. The Gunners could offer McKennie a shot at the Premier League title, which is nice, but he would be in a difficult position fighting for minutes. It is not certain. starting role due to Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey being in top form. In theory, McKennie would have to be at the top of his game to make tough decisions on Mikel Arteta. to Leeds, a team that sees less of the ball but could provide more opportunities for minutes.

This is the kind of complex players of McKennie’s caliber often face. Do you want to be a regular starter for a less prestigious side or have to fight for minutes among the world’s elite. It is worth noting here that both Arsenal’s starting midfielders are approaching — or are already on — the wrong side of 30. So it’s certainly possible that if McKennie impresses, he could be on his way to a future first-choice option there. But it is a dangerous decision.


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πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ USWNT Lessons from New Zealand

The United States women’s national team A two game streak ended at New Zealandand now the attention turns to the NWSL season with training camp just around the corner. Sandra Herrera takes a look at where the current team is and why these two games were a valuable experience with the The World Cup less than six months away:

  • Herrera: “The opening of the year against the co-hosts of the World Cup provided a unique opportunity for players among the current generation to gain valuable experience. For many players on the team, their first camp call was made during Andonovski’s tenure as head coach since he replaced Jill Ellis in 2019. Only 10 players on the roster have represented the team either in the World Cup or the Olympics and the rest 14 are still on track to appear at major international tournaments.”

And now let’s get to some links:

πŸ’° The back line

πŸ’΅ Best bet

Interesting games to watch over the next few days. All odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and all US/Eastern times.

  • EFL Cup: Nottingham Forest vs Man United, Wednesday, 3pm
    πŸ’° THE PIC: Forest (+470) — Manchester United are clearly the better team, but they’ve been a bit shaky in recent weeks. And even when they were up against Arsenal, they were clearly the lesser team despite almost holding on for a point. They are better than Forest, sure, but +470 is a huge price and the Tricky Trees could certainly catch United napping after that terrible loss to Arsenal. Follow SportsLine’s best bets here.
  • Copa del Rey: Barcelona vs Real Sociedad, Wednesday, 3pm
    πŸ’° THE PICK: Barcelona (-170) — La Real have been making waves recently with a nine game winning streak. But that streak has been against a very weak pool of competition. They are in for a rude awakening against a Barcelona side that remains one of the best in Europe, despite their Champions League misfortunes. Follow SportsLine’s best bets here.

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