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  1. Napoleon

    La Liga 2022-2023

    It looked like he was a Mexican, but now it looks like he’s a Mexican’t. Barcelona and the LA Galaxy have agreed on a deal for Julian Araujo, but the transfer is pending the Spanish football federation and FIFA's approval because the paperwork to sign the Mexico international missed Tuesday's deadline, sources told ESPN. A final decision on the agreement between Barca and the Galaxy for Araujo -- with a transfer fee of around $4 million -- will be made on Wednesday, the sources added. Barca have been tracking Araujo for a while and after right-back Hector Bellerin joined Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, the LaLiga leaders are without a natural player in that role. Bellerin made only seven appearances for Barcelona and will replace Pedro Porro, who completed his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, on the right side of Sporting's defense. The deal for Araujo was originally thought to be for a loan with an option for a full transfer, but Fabrizio Romano was the first to report the news that an agreement for a transfer had been reached, albeit at a reduced fee from the original $7 million. Araujo, 21, has long been a rising talent with the Galaxy. After spending part of his youth career with the Casa Grande, Arizona-based Barca Residency Academy, he signed with the Galaxy's reserve side in 2018. He then inked a first-team deal the following season, and since then has made 107 league, cup and playoff appearances, scoring two goals. He has also been a steady contributor to the Galaxy's attack, recording a combined 16 assists over the past two seasons in league play. At international level, Araujo initially played for the U.S. at various youth levels, including at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He even made one senior team appearance for the U.S. before filing a one-time switch to Mexico in October of 2021. He has since made three appearances for El Tri. The transfer fee comes at an opportune time for the Galaxy. The organization incurred penalties for violating MLS roster rules in November of 2022, which included a ban on incoming international transfers during the 2023 MLS summer transfer window. But with the primary window set to run from Jan. 31 to April 24, the Galaxy will now have the time and opportunity to bring in reinforcements before the transfer ban kicks in. https://www.espn.com/soccer/barcelona-espbarcelona/story/4866182/la-galaxys-julian-araujo-to-barcelona-deal-in-danger-after-missing-deadline
  2. Ziyech & Pulisic can play “Keep (the ball) Up” off on a side field after marking off that day on their calendars counting down the days until their next payday as the January signings race around the training ground with the players who will be in the squad for the next match.
  3. https://www.espn.com/soccer/blog-the-toe-poke/story/4736065/keylor-navas-is-nottingham-forests-29th-signing-this-season-lets-meet-them-all
  4. Napoleon


    Wednesday February 1, 2023 Sometimes… When you know, you know. #Heardle #342 🔊🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ https://spotify.com/heardle?r=share
  5. I went to Dallas last year. Tickets are cheap at the start of the week, but it is a bit quiet. Considered buying some kind of souvenir but even the cheap hats were $35 to $40 and I said F that. It was fun. I may consider going this year if I’m currently in Dallas, but I may be out of town.
  6. I would say that it doesn't look like Nottingham Forest is going down this summer. 23:03 Keylor Navas [Paris St-Germain - Nottingham Forest] Loan 23:00 Jonjo Shelvey [Newcastle - Nottingham Forest] Undisclosed 22:57 Pedro Porro [Sporting Lisbon - Tottenham] Loan with obligation to buy for £40m 22:16 Albert Sambi Lokonga [Arsenal - Crystal Palace] Loan 21:51 Felipe [Atletico Madrid - Nottingham Forest] Undisclosed https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/transfers Just Keylor Navas alone and they are almost guaranteed to stay up. So Enzo got €1M signing bonus* to transfer to Benfica over the summer, then won The World Cup (and whatever bonus comes with that... at least $1M, I would think), and then he gets a €12M signing bonus* to go to Chelsea 6 months later. He has had one he'll of a 6 month period... ...except having to move to London from coastal Portugal. *players get 10% of the transfer fee.
  7. Napoleon

    USMNT 2023

    In news that actually affects the USMNT… Spanish club Valencia sacked coach Gennaro Gattuso on Monday following the team's poor results. Valencia said in a statement they reached a mutual agreement with Gattuso to terminate his contract. The announcement came after a 1-0 loss at Valladolid in the LaLiga on Sunday, with the club having just one victory in their last 10 league games going back to before the World Cup. The latest defeat dropped Valencia to 14th place, one point above the relegation zone. Valencia's only two wins this year came in the Copa del Rey, though they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Athletic Bilbao at home last week. In the Spanish Super Cup, Valencia lost to Real Madrid in a penalty shootout in the semifinals. The former defensive midfielder helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup and AC Milan win two Champions League titles, both as a player. He coached Milan and Napoli in Italy. Valencia did not announce a replacement for Gattuso, who arrived last June on a two-year contract, but said the team would return to training on Jan. 31 under the direction of former interim coach "Voro" Gonzalez. https://www.espn.com/soccer/spanish-laliga/story/4865292/valencia-sack-manager-gattuso-with-team-near-relegation-zone This totally affects Yunus Musah, because he was an every game starter under Gattuso.
  8. This sent me down a “Chained Heat” worm hole and there is a lot to be said for women in prison films, though not many guitar lessons among the photos I scrolled through. Perhaps I should have typed “guitar” rather than whatever descriptor I used. 🧐
  9. Napoleon


    Tuesday January 31, 2023 Obviously I accidentally hit the Skip button, but anyway… #Heardle #341 🔊⬛🟨🟨⬛🟩⬜ https://spotify.com/heardle?r=share
  10. Exactly. That’s why when I saw: A sack of mashed potatoes being shaken in the cameraman’s face, I just bit my tongue and let someone else post… ( . )( . )
  11. I don’t approve of fat shaming, but if I did, I would point out that tonight’s play-by-play announcer, John Scambi, is fucking disgusting! But that’s rude and doesn’t make me a better person, so I will bite my tongue.
  12. Napoleon


    Whooopsie… not close. #Heardle #340 🔇⬛⬛⬛🟥🟥🟥 https://spotify.com/heardle?r=share
  13. Weston's first interview featured a familiar face.
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