Thursday Kickoff: Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Neymar and more


One of the game’s biggest stars is set to retire, while several elite players look to make their first league starts over the weekend.

Ronaldinho says he will soon retire from professional soccer to begin new projects involving both the sport and music. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo says he will return to action Saturday against Osasuna after recovering from a leg injury suffered during the Euro 2016 final. (REPORT)

After returning from his post-Olympic break on Wednesday, Neymar expects to play for Barcelona this Saturday against Alaves. (REPORT)

Dimitri Payet is set to make his first league start of the season this weekend as West Ham takes on Watford. (REPORT)

Former England manager Roy Hodgson is reportedly considering retirement and would only come back for the right managerial offer. (REPORT)

Jack Grealish has signed a new four-year deal that will keep him with Aston Villa. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain fullback Serge Aurier will miss matches against Saint-Etienne and Arsenal due to a sprained ankle. (REPORT)

Agent Mino Raiola, whose clients include Paul Pogba, Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, spoke out against Pep Guardiola, saying heĀ “doesn’t like him as a person”. (REPORT)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says David Luiz will play centerback rather than in the midfield. (REPORT)


MLS commissioner Don Garber hinted at capping the current round of expansion at 28 teams. (READ)

Philadelphia Union defender Maurice Edu is nearing a return to the lineup. (READ)

Matt Miazga is excited to get started at Vitesse, a club that he believes will help further his development. (READ)

Alejandro Bedoya and Eric Wynalda feuded on Twitter after the latter criticized the former’s role with the U.S. Men’s National Team. (READ)

SBI breaks down the USMNT’s 4-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago. (READ)

The Hexagonal schedule has been finalized, as the U.S. takes on Mexico to open the round before visiting Costa Rica. (READ)

After several years away from the international game, Sacha Kljestan reclaimed a USMNT spot with two standout performances. (READ)


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