Thursday Kickoff: De Bruyne, Barton, Koulibaly and more


One of the Premier League’s best midfielders could miss a vital Champions League clash, while a former Premier League midfielder is in hot water over a betting scandal.

Kevin de Bruyne is not expected to return to the Manchester City lineup in time to face Barcelona on Oct. 19. (REPORT)

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton was charged with breaking gambling rules after alledgedly betting on 44 matches between July 1 and Sept. 15. (REPORT)

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed Chelsea offered €58 million for the services of Kalidou Koulibaly. (REPORT)

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma says he is unfazed by the €170 million price tag placed upon him. (REPORT)

Matteo Darmian has received offers from clubs in Italy, and will rethink his career in January if he doesn’t get more time with Manchester United. (REPORT)

Santi Cazorla insists he is happy at Arsenal and would sign a new contract if offered. (REPORT)


With a central midfield spot up for grabs, both Perry Kitchen and Danny Williams are looking to lock down a more regular spot with the U.S. Men’s National Team. (READ)

SBI takes a look at who should start for the USMNT against Cuba. (READ)

Despite repeated criticisms, Jurgen Klinsmann defended his inclusion of Chris Wondolowski. (READ)

Atlanta United will play at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium to open their inaugural campaign. (READ)

Swansea City co-owner Jason Levien says to judge Bob Bradley on his achievements, not where he comes from. (READ)

A clash between Chile and Ecuador headlines the latest round of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. (READ)

Italy’s match against Spain serves as the best of the upcoming UEFA World Cup qualifiers. (READ)

1 comment
  • Allouez86

    Knowing Joey Barton’s past I’m sure he’ll be able to find a way to blame his betting habit on someone else. He always makes for good entertainment.


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