Mid-Day Ticker: Clark let out of contract, Vela seals full transfer and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Clark let out of contract, Vela seals full transfer and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Clark let out of contract, Vela seals full transfer and more

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Ricardo Clark will be getting a fresh start at the end of this month.

Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt have agreed to terminate his contract, the club announced on Tuesday. Clark has been on loan with last-place Stabaek in Norway, where he has received consistent playing time, but that deal expires at the end of the month, upon which time Clark will be a free agent.

For Clark, who scored a game-winning goal for the U.S. men's national team against Venezuela in January, he has started in 15 games for Stabaek in all competitions, including both legs of the club's UEFA Europa League first preliminary round tie.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:


One of Mexico's top young talents has secured club stability after a long quest.

Carlos Vela has completed a permanent transfer from Arsenal to Real Sociedad, where he starred on loan this past season, scoring 12 goals in La Liga. According to Real Sociedad, Vela will be presented on Thursday and will sign a four-year deal with the club.

Vela, 23, turned down an Olympic invite to sort out his club situation, which has been a tenuous one ever since he joined Arsenal in 2005. He has been on loan to Salamanca, Osasuna, West Brom and Real Sociedad while rarely featuring for the Gunners. With the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, it became even more clear that he had no place in Arsene Wenger's plans.


A failure to sell hundreds of thousands of tickets to Olympic soccer matches has resulted in tournament organizers reducing the capacity for a number of games.

According to reports, 700,000 tickets are unsold as the tournament approaches in the coming weeks. As a result, as many as 500,000 seats will go unused as sections of seats get blocked off. Games are slated to be played at Old Trafford, St. James Park, Millenium Stadium, City of Coventry Stadium, Hampden Park and Wembley Stadium.


The French presence at Newcastle continues to get stronger.

French international defender Mathieu Debuchy is eyeing a move away from Lille with hopes of linking up with fellow countrymen Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Romain Amalfitano, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan at Newcastle.

Lille and Newcastle are reportedly in talks of a move that could reach the £7 million range for Debuchy, who is said to be wanted by Inter Milan as well. Debuchy started all four of France's matches at Euro 2012.


Where do you think Clark's next stop should be? Think Real Sociedad is an ideal landing spot for Vela? Surprised that more tickets have not sold for the Olympics? What do you think landing Debuchy would mean for Newcastle?

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