The soccer news starts with Christian Pulisic at Chelsea. After Borussia Dortmund agreed to the reportedly $71m transfer in January, Pulisic remained with Dortmund on loan. Now with the Bundesliga season over, he's in London making plans for the upcoming season. Pulisic made it clear that England's topflight was his target.
"I was 15 when I moved to Dortmund," he said. "It was something I always wanted and it was just a matter of finding the right time. Now I just felt that it was the right step [to join Chelsea]. It was a great time in Dortmund but it was a feeling and I still have that. This is the biggest stage, it is incredible to come in and be in England and part of this league. If you want to prove yourself it is the greatest stage to be on."
It's also an interesting time for the club. Chelsea faces a 2019-20 Premier League season under a transfer ban, meaning they aren't going to be able to make the kind of adjustments normally associated with an elite Premier League team. They've still got the Europa League final on this season's schedule, playing Arsenal in Baku on May 29. That game comes after a lengthy layoff with the Premier League concluding on May 12.
Chelsea's trip to Gillette Stadium for last Wednesday's friendly with the Revolution cost them Ruben Loftus-Cheek who will now be out for several months rehabilitating following surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon.That adds another layer of complexity not just now but for the upcoming Premier League season. How Chelsea manages its squad will be the story. Who will be the one managing it is in question with media reports linking Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri with a move to Juventus.
That's the level of uncertainty at the club, who haven't had a season outside of the top 10 since 1995-96. The expectation is to compete, something that was difficult to maintain this season. Chelsea finished in 3rd-place, but it was a best of the rest scenario 25 points behind 2nd-place Liverpool. They're also in an interesting fight for best club in London. Spurs finished a point behind them in 4th with Arsenal a point behind them in 5th. Winning the Europa League would add to Chelsea's credentials, but it's Spurs playing Liverpool in the Champions League final. Win or lose, that's the bigger statement for the 2018-19 season.
What this means for Pulisic is another open question. He's in Chelsea's plans because he can add to the attack out wide or in a more traditional attacking midfield role. He comes in knowing there will be a battle for place in a squad as stacked as Chelsea's. Right now, that's more important than the unknowns.
AP reports on the importance of international rights in raising the TV money for the Premier League. SI.com's Avi Creditor runs through some of the potential big name transfers this summer. The Telegraph's Adam Hurrey considers Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's strong commitment level to what seems like everything. The Guardian's Paul Wilson argues that the Champions League has turned into something else. FourFourTwo's Joe Marshall remembers the Cup Winners' Cup.
Yahoo Sports' Doug McIntyre talks to USMNT U-20 coach and youth technical director Tab Ramos. Flo FC's Graham Ruthven interviews Philadelphia Union and USMNT player Alejandro Bedoya. The Miami Herald's Douglas Hanks and Joey Flechas report that the Miami MLS expansion team is in the process of buying land in the Overtown neighborhood where they originally wanted to build a stadium. MLSsoccer's Tom Bogert with roster building at Inter Miami. ESPN's Tom Marshall has Mexico player Alexis Vega talking about El Tri's Gold Cup squad.
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