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  • Americans Abroad: Tim Weah earns first P...

    Tim Weah’s season at Paris Saint-Germain ended on a high note on Saturday as the teenager was handed his first start for the Ligue 1 champions. Outgoing manager Unai Emery not only gave Weah a place in the XI, but also was content to let him go the full 90 minutes in the scorele...

    Americans Abroad: Tim Weah earns first PSG start in Ligue 1 finale

    Tim Weah’s season at Paris Saint-Germain ended on a high note on Saturday as the teenager was handed his first start for the Ligue 1 champions. Outgoing manager Unai Emery not only gave Weah a place in the XI, but also was content to let him go the full 90 minutes in the scoreless draw with Caen. Weah did not do a whole lot in the contest with his moments of note being a yellow card early on in the match, and an interception and centering pass that Javier Pastore should've done better with.  Overall, he completed 80 per cent of the 15 passes he attempted, with the forward being credited with one key pass among them. He did not record a shot – something he had done in his two previous substitute appearances, and was also credited with three unsuccessful touches in the game. However, a somewhat lacklustre first start for PSG should not dampen the season Weah managed with the Ligue 1 champions. He appeared in three contests in total, and performed well enough to be named to the bench seven other times. He also earned a United States senior team call-up in March and another one for this month's friendly against Bolivia. It certainly is not a bad return for a player who turned 18 in February.  It will be interesting to see what the next season holds for Weah. The fight for minutes does not figure to get any easier with a PSG roster that is chock full of big names. But Weah, if he does not go out on loan, can take heart knowing the club’s incoming manager, former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, has no problem with giving opportunities to American teenagers. Miazga scores as Vitesse earns Europa League spot Matt Miazga also capped his season this weekend and did it in style, adding his fourth goal of the season. Off a corner kick, Miazga made an excellent run to lose his defender and nodded a powerful header in off the goalkeeper at the near post. While the goal initially doubled Vitesse’s lead over FC Utrecht, Miazga’s tally ultimately proved the winner in his club’s 2-1 second leg victory. Overall, Vitesse took the Europa League playoff final 5-3 on aggregate, meaning the club will head back to Europe’s secondary continental club competition for the second season in a row. "FC Utrecht really has a good team," Miazga told De Gelderlander. "It was difficult, but the reward was also greater. This is a wonderful end of the season." The question now is whether Miazga will be back with them for next season. The defender has certainly done exactly what he needed to do over the course of his two years with the club. Miazga successfully fought his way into the XI over the course of his first season and then become one of Vitesse’s mainstays in year two, even earning the right to wear the captain’s armband for a game when the regular captain was rested. Chelsea seems likely to have a new manager next season, though Miazga may well be a long shot to earn a place at Stamford Bridge. However, a loan to a team at a higher level than Vitesse would not be a surprise as the Blues look to build his value or see if he has the chops to play in the Premier League. But if this was Miazga’s last game for Vitesse, he certainly gave the fans a positive moment to remember him by. Chandler misses Frankfurt victory The bad news for Timothy Chandler this Saturday was that he was unable to go in Eintracht Frankfurt’s DFB-Pokal final against Bayern Munich, as his knee injury kept him out of the 18. The good news for Chandler was that Frankfurt emerged 3-1 winners, sending manager Niko Kovac out on top against his future employers and also booking a spot in next year’s Europa League with the win. Frankfurt also announced their new manager this week, as Adi Hutter will take over for Kovac. How Hutter views Chandler next season remains to be seen. But while he didn’t play, Chandler certainly was an important member of the club this year, finishing his campaign with three goals and four assists in all competitions, despite his year being limited due to a pair of knee injuries. And if he remains with the club next season, his reward will be a taste of continental soccer. Free kicks –While Chandler may have a chance to enjoy the Europa League in 2018-19, John Brooks would likely just settle for the Bundesliga. He and Wolfsburg face off against Holstein Kiel in the second leg of the Bundesliga playoff on Monday. Brooks started the first leg and went the distance in a 3-1 win. That gives Wolfsburg a solid base to work from heading into the second leg, but given how their defending has gone at times this year (albeit mostly with Brooks sidelined), nothing is a guarantee heading into the away leg. – Jorge Villafana has earned himself a medal after Santos Laguna managed a 1-1 draw with Toluca in the Liga MX playoffs on Sunday, winning the final 3-2 on aggregate to be crowned Clausura champions. Villafana lost his starting job in the playoffs and did not get into the first leg. He did enter the second leg in the 55th minute as his side held on to the victory. – Ethan Horvath’s return to the XI continued as he started Club Brugge’s season finale against Gent. It was his third straight start to finish the campaign. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Gent won 1-0 with Horvath’s decision making coming into question again. A long ball over the top of the defense played Gent's Yuya Kubo in. It looked liked a Brugge defender was about to get back into the play, but Horvath came out and Kubo slid it past him and into the empty net. Horvath certainly took blame from some fans on Twitter, and it probably won’t do much for his confidence, given that his earlier struggles with command of his area that led to his benching. One would expect Brugge to go out and get another goalkeeper or two this summer. – Alfredo Morales did not return to the Bundesliga with Ingolstadt after the club finished ninth the second division table. But he will be back in the top league next season as he signed with 2.Bundesliga champions Fortuna Dusseldorf this past week.  Fortuna verpflichtet Alfredo #Morales! Der 28-jährige Mittelfeldspieler unterschreibt bis 2⃣0⃣2⃣1⃣. Herzlich Willkommen, @alfredo1008!  Alle Infos ➡️ https://t.co/VEnyqYiPqN. #f95 #wirsindwiederda pic.twitter.com/mugZBajcyY — Fortuna Düsseldorf (@f95) May 15, 2018 Morales joined fellow U.S. international Jerome Kiesewetter on the club, though Kiesewetter’s future with the team may be murky after he played in just three league contests all season.  

  • Bayern Munich spending spree ruled out a...

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has ruled out the possibility of the Bundesliga champions spending big money in the transfer window. Jupp Heynckes' fourth spell in charge of Bayern came to a disappointing end on Saturday, as Niko Kovac - who will take over at the Allianz Are...

    Bayern Munich spending spree ruled out amid talk of €60m Bailey move

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has ruled out the possibility of the Bundesliga champions spending big money in the transfer window. Jupp Heynckes' fourth spell in charge of Bayern came to a disappointing end on Saturday, as Niko Kovac - who will take over at the Allianz Arena next month - masterminded a 3-1 victory for Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal final. That defeat leaves Bayern with just the Bundesliga title to their name this campaign but Hoeness, following comments from Joshua Kimmich regarding a "brutally disappointing season", does not believe a squad overhaul is required. "That's totally stupid," Hoeness said of Kimmich's comments, ahead Bayern's championship celebrations in Munich. "I'm not going to make a bad impression of this outstanding season. "We certainly will not make a 100 million transfer this year. We will more or less go into the season with the squad, let's see what Niko does with it. "We need one or two players who will perform at their best in the important games - and not when we play against the weakest opponents. "For the players who do not, we will say that clearly they will be sold. I do not want to talk about names." Leon Bailey is among the latest to have been linked with a big-money move to the Allianz Arena, with the Bayer Leverkusen winger reported to be the subject of €60 million (£53m/$71m) interest. Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has also been mooted as a possible target following a difficult debut season in England, but it appears unlikely that several marquee additions will be made.

  • Boateng can't rule out Bayern exit as he...

    Jerome Boateng is unable to commit his future to Bayern Munich, with the defender at a stage of his career where another foreign adventure would be appealing. The 29-year-old is tied to a contract with the Bundesliga champions until 2021, but may not see that agreement out. Hav...

    Boateng can't rule out Bayern exit as he considers another foreign adventure

    Jerome Boateng is unable to commit his future to Bayern Munich, with the defender at a stage of his career where another foreign adventure would be appealing. The 29-year-old is tied to a contract with the Bundesliga champions until 2021, but may not see that agreement out. Having previously spent time outside of his native Germany at Manchester City, the World Cup winner is weighing up his options once again. He maintains that he is happy and settled at the Allianz Arena, with there no intention on his part to push for a move, but he is ruling nothing out as he leaves himself open to enticing offers. Boateng told Sky Deutschland: “Foreign countries are always interesting. You do not get many chances. “Everyone has to decide for himself whether he want to gain an experience like that again. “I'm at a different age now than I was at Manchester City and at the point of thinking about it again. “Of course it's very difficult to move away from Bayern. That would not be a decision against Bayern, I've been feeling very well in Munich for years.” While Boateng may be hinting at a future away from Bayern, club legend Lothar Matthaus doubts that a deal will be done. He considers a proven centre-half to be too important to the Munich cause for them to let him leave, while few clubs can rival the project on offer in Bavaria. The former Germany captain said: “Bayern would lose stability in their defence as Jerome is one of the best centre-backs in the world. He has shown that many times – not only at Bayern, but also in the national team. “It would have to be something really big [to lure him elsewhere].” Boateng has previously admitted to having “achieved everything at Bayern”, with career questions set to be asked over the summer. He does, however, have World Cup commitments to come first, with Joachim Low having selected him for a defence of that crown despite untimely injuries having ruined his end to the domestic season.

  • Bayern should have had a penalty, admits...

    Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng admitted Bayern Munich should have been awarded a stoppage-time penalty for his foul on Javi Martinez in the DFB-Pokal final. Bundesliga champions Bayern were denied a domestic double after Niko Kovac's Frankfurt claimed a cont...

    Bayern should have had a penalty, admits Boateng

    Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng admitted Bayern Munich should have been awarded a stoppage-time penalty for his foul on Javi Martinez in the DFB-Pokal final. Bundesliga champions Bayern were denied a domestic double after Niko Kovac's Frankfurt claimed a controversial 3-1 win in Berlin on Saturday. Ante Rebic scored a brace, netting in the first half and again on the counter-attack with eight minutes remaining after Robert Lewandowski had equalised for Bayern. VAR had ruled in favour of Rebic for Frankfurt's second goal in the 82nd minute following calls for handball and Kovac's men were fortunate again when referee Felix Zwayer turned down penalty appeals from Bayern players in the fourth minute of stoppage time, with Boateng appearing to foul Martinez in a frantic finish. Mijat Gacinovic then sealed Frankfurt's fifth cup trophy on the break and Boateng admitted he was fortunate not to be penalised prior to that tournament clinching strike. "I met him clearly, then the referee must decide," Boateng said. "Honestly, I thought that he was going to award a penalty. "But we have been lucky that he did not give a penalty. He has to whistle, I'm always honest, that's why I have to say so." Serbian midfielder Gacinovic added: "I am glad that I have finally scored a goal - and such an important one, too."

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