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Thursday Kickoff: Benzema, FA Cup, Copa Libertadores and more


While one French star will not play for his nation this summer, two other matches played out in England as UEFA Champions League stole the spotlight on Wednesday.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not be selected to compete for France at Euro 2016 this summer. (REPORT)

Crystal Palace was held to a 0-0 tie by Everton in the English Premier League. (REPORT)

Manchester United topped West Ham United, 2-1, to advance to the semifinals of the English FA Cup. (REPORT)

Boca Juniors, Sao Paulo, Gremio, Cobresal, Pumas UNAM and Olimpia all earned wins in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Referee Kevin Friend will not officiate Stoke City-Tottenham on Monday due to his ties to Leicester. (REPORT)

International Football Association Board, the body that determines the rules of soccer, revealed changes ahead of the 2016-17 season. (REPORT)

Dutch club NAC Breda announced a five-year partnership with EPL side Manchester City, which will send young players on loan to the second-tier club. (REPORT)

An adviser for FIFA recommends removing World Cup hosting rights from nations that fail to reduce severe human rights violations. (REPORT)


U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann dismissed rumors linking him with a move to coach Everton. (REPORT)

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defender Matthew Olosunde has impressed his coach, Nicky Butt, at Manchester United. (REPORT)

Real Salt Lake has gotten off to a strong start in the 2016 season, and one of the reasons why is because players are showing signs of comfort in the 4-3-3 formation implemented by head coach Jeff Cassar. (REPORT)

USMNT midfielder Danny Williams was involved in an on-field confrontation with Reading FC teammate Paul McShane. (REPORT)

After a second consecutive win to start the 2016 Spring Season, the New York Cosmos top this week’s edition of the SBI NASL Power Rankings. (REPORT)

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