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Wednesday Kickoff: Martinez, Mexico, Vidal and more


The European transfer window may be shut, but there has still been plenty of news from all over the world to go with some last-minute wheeling and dealing.

Chinese Super League spending continued as Guangzhou Evergrande spent $46 million to acquire Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid. Martinez becomes the latest star to go to China this window, following Gervinho, Freddy Guarin and Ramires. (REPORT)

Fox has added English-language rights to the Mexican national team that will televise 25 home games through the 2018 World Cup. (REPORT)

Arturo Vidal is suing SportBild after the German outlet reported that the Bayern Munich midfielder drank alcohol during the club’s winter training camp in Qatar. On Tuesday night, SportBild reported that Vidal had left the team’s headquarters and returned intoxicated, a claim that the midfielder strongly denies. (REPORT)

After causing Real Madrid’s demise in the Copa del Rey by being played while ineligible, Denis Cheryshev has been cleared to feature in the same competition for new club Valencia, who takes on Barcelona on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Ruud van Nistelrooy is set to join the coaching staff at PSV Eindhoven, where he will work with strikers in the club’s under-17, under-19 and reserve teams. (REPORT)

Lionel Messi and Neymar have both been named to Barcelona’s squad for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey action, while Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano are set to be rested. (REPORT)

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Gianni Infantino in the FIFA presidential race. (REPORT)


An SBI Spotlight on recent Portland Timbers addition Zarek Valentin, who has returned to MLS in pursuit of his own American dream after spending two years abroad in Norway. (REPORT)

Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn says that Jordan Morris has raised the profile of both the Cardinal program and college soccer as a whole. (REPORT)

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Scott has signed a new deal to remain with Chelsea. (REPORT)

Aron Johannsson has returned to training with Werder Bremen after an extended absence due to a hip injury. (REPORT)

What do you make of the Martinez move? Excited to see Mexico on Fox? What do you expect from Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash?

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  1. It’s good MLS not trying out bid Chinese league and other Asian leagues, but MLS still needs to inject bigger names and younger “proven” talent into MLS for better T.V. market.


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