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Friday Kickoff: Neymar, Pogba, Argentina and more


One of the game’s biggest stars will play on despite an injury, while another will have to postpone his club debut due to a suspension.

Despite a right ankle injury, Neymar is expected to play for Brazil in Saturday’s Olympic quarterfinal against Colombia. (REPORT)

Paul Pogba will be suspended for the first game of the Premier League season due to bookings¬†received in last season’s Copa Italia. According to the FA, the suspension carries over from Serie A, rendering Pogba ineligible for Manchester United’s clash with Bournemouth. (REPORT)

Argentina Olympic team coach Julio Olarticoechea says that neither he nor his coaching staff have been paid by the country’s federation. The head coach, who stepped in following the post-Copa America departure of Gerardo Martino, says the federation has “hit rock bottom” as he has had to borrow money from his daughter throughout the summer to make ends meet. (REPORT)

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will miss out on the club’s season opener against Liverpool. (REPORT)

Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos have returned to Real Madrid training following a post-Euro break. (REPORT)

Sunderland have signed Adnan Januzaj on a season-long loan from Manchester United. (REPORT)


U.S. Men’s National Team assistant Andi Herzog says that Terrence Boyd has impressed and could earn a national team look int he near future. (READ)

MLS has suspended Jeff Larentowicz, Antonio Nocerino and David Horst, while the league has also acknowledged officiating errors in last week’s draw between the LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls. (READ)

Several Americans face new club beginnings ahead of the Premier League season. (READ)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the current stadium location targeted by the New England Revolution would require vast traffic improvements to receive approval. (READ)

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