St. Louis Confirmed as Major League Soccer’s 28th Team in 2022 as Expansion Continues

?Major League Soccer have confirmed that St. Louis will host the 28th team in the division, with the club set to deputise in the competition in 2022.

The biggest football league in the United States is currently expanding and has plans to become a 30-team division in the next few years, with Major League Soccer currently having 24 teams split evenly between the Eastern and Western Conferences.

As part of their continued expansion, it’s now been confirmed that St. Louis will become the 28th team in Major League Soccer, joining Miami (2020), Nashville (2020) and Austin (2021) in the league’s immediate increase.


It is with great pride that we welcome St. Louis to Major League Soccer,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said, quoted by Sporting KC’s official website“St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. 

“Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans, and the committed and innovative local ownership group led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, the Taylor family, and Jim Kavanaugh.”

With plans still underway for another two teams to join Major League Soccer, the likes of Sacramento, Charlotte, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Detroit, Indianapolis and San Diego are among of group of others hoping to be including for the last spots.


Having just made the announcement, it’s expected that over the next few months details about St. Louis’ team name, crest, colours, technical staff and personnel will be made available ahead of their first season in Major League Soccer.

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Potters’ Record Signing Calls Joining Stoke City the Worst Choice of His Career

?Giannelli Imbula has called his decision to join Stoke City in 2016 the worst choice of his career.

The Potters paid a club record €24m to sign the midfielder from Porto in 2016, having spent just six months in Portugal before being moved on to the bet365 in the January transfer window after struggling to settle.

Regarding the move, the 26-year-old told RMC Sport: “These days I have a bit more experience. I probably should have thought more about certain things, but it’s in the past. The worst choice of my career was to come to Stoke. I could have been more patient at Porto, try to adapt to the league. The most regrettable choice is probably the Stoke one.”

Gianelli Imbula

After making a good start in the Premier League, helping Stoke to a ninth placed finish in the 2015/16 season, Imbula’s poor start to the following campaign saw him fall out of favour with then-Potters manager Mark Hughes.

The defensive midfielder made just 28 appearances for Stoke before loan spells with Toulouse and Rayo Vallecano. Imbula looked to have found his home in Spain after scoring a stunning long-range winner in his debut, but that ended up being his only goal for the club as they were relegated from La Liga last season.

On his current situation the France Under-21 International said: “I’m still at Stoke. I started training back on 1st July. We agreed I would train with the Under-23s. I’m waiting for a medium to long term project to try and restart my career and find the same pleasure I had in Spain last year.”

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Imbula last found success in the 2014/15 season under now-Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille. Forming an effective partnership with Andre Ayew, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Dimitri Payet, Imbula helped the Olympians to a fourth-place finish.

Responding to questions of a potential return to France, where he helped Guingamp achieve promotion to Ligue 1 and was named Ligue 2 Player of the Year in 2013, Imbula said: “Ligue 1, I’m interested, I’m open to all projects, there are contacts with some clubs.

“My desires? Find a club that will trust me in the medium or long term, a project in which I will be able to settle. These last two-three years, I’ve moved a lot, I’d like to settle down, have some stability.”

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Gary Neville Claims There Are 4 or 5 Players Who Don’t Want to Be at Man Utd

?Gary Neville has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has four or five players in his Manchester United squad who don’t want to be at the club.

After a disappointing end to the 2018/19 campaign, Manchester United fans were promised a squad overhaul by the Norwegian, though it didn’t really come to fruition during the summer transfer window.

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Following the Red Devils’ draw with Wolves on ?Monday Night Football, pundit and former United right back Neville told Sky Sports that the club still need to sell a number of players – some of whom the club are actively trying to get rid of.

Starting with Alexis Sanchez, who is on the verge of joining Inter, he said: “I welcomed him coming to the club as he’s a tenacious forward that plays across the line and scores goals. 

“But it’s been a disaster. I have no idea what’s happened. There must be two of him. The one that played for Arsenal and Barcelona and then the one that’s turned up in Manchester. They need to get him out of the club.

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“Romelu Lukaku didn’t want to be there. It’s a phased transition at the club. There’s four or five that don’t want to be there – he needs to get rid of a couple this year and a couple next year.”

Despite what was promised after the woeful loss to already relegated Cardiff City on the closing day of the last Premier League season, only four players have departed Old Trafford – three of which were due their contracts expiring.

Another of those players the club are still reportedly looking to sell is central defender Marcos Rojo. The Red Devils are looking to find a club for the Argentinian, as they look to save on his wages with him now surplus to requirements following Harry Maguire’s record signing.

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Other potential departures include the controversial Paul Pogba, whose future still hangs in the balance after he suggested he wanted to leave the club before the European transfer window closes on 2nd September, while the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Fred have all found their playing time extremely limited this season.

As much as Solskjaer won’t want to lose one of his key men while he’s unable to recruit a replacement due to the British window being closed, the ?Red Devils have been forced to drop their asking price from £182m to £146m as Real Madrid continue their pursuit of the Frenchman.

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Barcelona Confirm Opening Date for New Johan Cruyff Stadium in First Stage of ‘Espai Barça’ Project

?Barcelona have confirmed that the newly built Johan Cruyff Stadium will open on August 27, setting the wheels in motion for their ‘Espai Barça’ project.

The La Liga champions are undergoing a major facelift across a number of different areas, including expanding the Camp Nou to over 100,000 fans as well as building a new sporting venue and developing the overall Barça campus.

The first part of their ‘Espai Barça’ project is the construction of the Johan Cruyff Stadium, which will replace their Miniestadi as the club’s home of Under-19 and women’s football.

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With work on the ground first starting in 2017, it’s now officially set to be opened when Barcelona host Ajax’s Under-19 side on August 27. 

The Johan Cruyff Stadium is a Catagory 3 ground which means it qualifies to host UEFA Youth League and women’s Champions League matches.

With a capacity of 6,000, the Johan Cruyff Stadium is located less than 10km away from the Camp Nou and it will replace the Miniestadi, which is set to be demolished shortly after construction is completed.


Also part of their ‘Espai Barça’ project, Barcelona have a €360m budget with their plans to give the Camp Nou a facelift. On top of their plans to increase the overall capacity by 6,000, the ground will also include a new roof and some new internal services too.

It’s planed that works on the Camp Nou will go on until the 2021/22 season.

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ROFL: The Best Premier League Memes & Funnies of Matchweek 2

The Premier League is a funny place. It just is. There’s an ocean of LOLs out there, just waiting to be had. And we, the public, just need to mine it, or fish it, or whatever. 

Anyway, how does a run-through of all these funnies and memes and LOLs and ROFLs out there in the English football world sound? Good? No? Oh, you’re joking. Funny. 

Let’s go.


David Luiz & Matteo Guendouzi


Ohhh, how much fun was had. We all knew it was coming. Though what that ‘it’ was remained slightly unknown. Was it a love story? Was it a rivalry? In the end it was simply magnificent.  Spellbinding. It was…EVERYTHING. And it was bloody meme-worthy, too. 


For the record, Guendouzi has since said: “I prefer my hair. It is more beautiful.” Which is spectacular. But is it true?


Pep Guardiola vs Sergio Aguero


ICYMI, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and his subordinate Sergio Aguero had a bit of a coming together on Saturday in the aftermath of the Argentine’s substitution. This is not the first time Guardiola has had a public shouting match with a player, not by a long shot, and it’s getting a bit tiresome. 

Thankfully, the good folk on Twitter were quickly able to turn this sentiment around, making it funny once more. Now, the above ‘funny’ is actually in Spanish (I think?), because the English version was a bit, err, risque. Now, this version could be equally, err, riesgo? But ignorance is bliss, you know, so enjoy.


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Which brings us nicely on to VAR. Ah, you’ve gotta love VAR. You literally have to. It’s incredible. What a piece of kit. Pure drama. Pure agony. Pure ecstasy. All wrapped up in one nice, tidy ‘geek box’.


I mean, sure, you can disagree with its decision, I can’t stop you from doing that, but you can’t disagree with the entertainment value, the anger it provokes and the comedy that that in turn provokes. It’s a beautiful circle. Almost as beautiful as this new rule below:

Not a meme, but definitely a funny. 


James Maddison ROASTS Jeremy Clarkson


This was important for a myriad of reasons. 

A) Jeremy Clarkson’s slip into the ‘footballer’s performances are based on the length/colour of their hair’ corner/abyss is the most on-brand move since Richard Keys left for Qatar. 

B) WHAT A BURN. 

C) The brazen delivery of a hairline joke when you yourself look to be on a potentially slippery slope is the kind of bravery we need to be seeing on a daily basis if this world has any chance of survival, IMHO.


Derby’s Puskas Jibe


Okay, so not a meme and not from the Premier League, but it is relevant. It is also true – just look at that masterpiece and tell me it doesn’t deserve Ferenc’s recognition. 

Most importantly, telling an organisation like FIFA – with all the weighty baggage that comes with it – to grow up will never not be funny. Never. 


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