Europe League

21 May 19
Twin Cities
Tony Sanneh will sit among 50 children at Allianz Field on Wednesday night to watch Minnesota United play Hertha Berlin in an international friendly soccer match. He knows this question is coming: Who is Hertha? The St. Paul soccer legend intimately knows this German Bundesliga opponent. After playing for the Minnesota Thunder in 1995, Sanneh climbed to MLS for its inaugural season in 1996 and won two championships with D.C. United until leaving in 1998. He then took a leap to Hertha (pronounced Heir-ta) in 1999. “It was self-validating for me to know that I could play on the world stage,” Sanneh said. Sanneh had been member of the U.S. national team in 1997, but was left off the American’s squad for the 1998 World Cup in France. His move to Europe showed he could play top-level club soccer. In 1999, Sanneh and Hertha Berlin qualified for the EUFA Champions League — soccer’s top club tournament. At Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, he assisted on a goal in a 2-1 victory over Chelsea, an English titan. “We were one of the big clubs in the world,” Sanneh said. “It was great career move for me.” These days, Hertha Berlin has dropped a few pegs on the world order. The team remains in Germany’s top league — one of the top four in the world — but it finished 11th of 18 teams after the 2018-19 season finished last weekend. Hertha’s sporting director Michael Preetz is transitioning between coaches, Pal Dardai to Ante Covic. Sanneh knows all three men from their playing days at Hertha  and plans to visit Hertha’s team hotel in the Twin Cities to catch up with some familiar faces. Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath plans to play a handful of starters about 45 minutes, while giving more opportunities to his reserves. The Loons return to MLS action against Houston on Saturday, with Minnesota (5-4-3) looking up at the Dynamo (7-2-2) in the Western Conference standings. Another question Sanneh might receive Wednesday: Why is Minnesota playing a team from Berlin in an exhibition game in the middle of their MLS season? Minnesota United sought out this game — as well as a match against England’s Aston Villa on July 17 — to provide fellowship with clubs around the world. In years past, the Loons have played clubs from England, Mexico and Costa Rica. United gifted Sanneh and his foundation the bulk of tickets to help foster the sport’s growth. The Tony Sanneh Foundation looks to provide opportunities for underprivileged children from urban and immigrant populations. “A lot of our young kids here right now are kind of on an island and vulnerable to different things because of identity,” Sanneh explained. “A team is a great safe, community-driven partnership and fans are positive contributors, so it’s a great thing to be a part of it.” While Sanneh has positive memories at Hertha, his exit wasn’t smooth. Hertha coaches didn’t like how much he was playing for the U.S. “The only reason I moved to Nurnberg was because the coaches were fighting about me being gone for (U.S.) national team games,” Sanneh said. If he played for the U.S., he would sit out when back with Hertha. “ ‘Every time you come back, you are going to come back and watch in the stands because of the travel. It’s too much,’ ” Sanneh recalled Tuesday. Sanneh transferred to Nurnberg, which let him play for the U.S. He went on to play in all five U.S. games in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. He left Nurnberg in 2004 and returned to MLS. He retired in 2009, with career 43 appearances for the U.S. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Another question Sanneh might hear from a kid in their seats Wednesday: Can I be like you Tony and play in the MLS someday? Sanneh surely will encourage their dreams but also show them what it’s like to just be a fan at Allianz Field. “Once you’re in a seat, it’s different,” Sanneh said. “When there are 20,000 people screaming and you see it before your eyes, that’s where a dream becomes a goal. Also, once they get exposed to it, they will be lifelong fans. They will feel an association with the team. It’s good for our community.”
21 May 19
Know The Game

Unlike the political world , England are currently on top of the footballing world at the end of the 2018/19 season. Spurs’ and Liverpool’s Champions League comebacks and Arsenal and Chelsea both making their way to the Europa League Final topped the season off in fantastic fashion as for the first time ever there is […]

21 May 19
Rylee's World History 2 blog

WWI influenced the start of WWII greatly. The Treaty of Versailles treated Germans harshly and made them very angry. The worldwide economic depression, failure of the League of Nations, and the rise of militarism in Germany and Japan are some other reasons contributing to the start of WWII. WWII ended when the Axis powers surrendered. […]

21 May 19
Metro
The young midfielder will play in the Copa America this summer (Picture: Getty) Arsenal are preparing a move for River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios after his proposed transfer to Real Madrid collapsed, according to reports in Argentina. The 20-year-old is one of South America’s most highly rated young players and was included in Argentina’s final 23-man squad this summer’s Copa America in Brazil. He is expected to leave River after almost four years in the first team, having made his debut as a 16-year-old, and has been tracked by a host of clubs across Europe. Palacios has earned a place in the Argentina squad with his performances (Picture: Getty) Real Madrid had been the frontrunner, and nearly signed Palacios for £20m last summer before he picked up an injury, but the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager saw the Frenchman pull the plug on a fresh deal. Now Argentinian radio station Radio Continental report that Arsenal have emerged as the new favourites to land the midfielder and are considering an offer of their own. [metro-zone-post-strip] Although Real agreed a £20m fee last summer, Palacios is believed to have a release clause of around $23m (£18m) and would be well within Arsenal’s transfer budget even if they do not qualify for the Champions League. Palacios’ agent, Renato Corsi, also confirmed to Radio Continental that the midfielder ‘is leaving in June’ and has ‘clubs in England and Germany asking about him’. Unai Emery wants a box-to-box midfielder to replace the departing Aaron Ramsey (Getty) The youngster has gained notoriety back in Argentina for his behaviour off the pitch, though is regarded as an excellent talent and helped River win the Copa Libertadores last year. He has been capped twice by Argentina but that tally will likely increase after making the 2019 Copa America squad and he perfectly suits the creative, box-to-box midfielder mould Unai Emery wants to replace Aaron Ramsey. [metro-tag-post-strip]
21 May 19
High Velocity Sport

Collin McHugh headed to injured list with elbow discomfort http://bit.ly/2M3cmsu Major League Baseball wants to give the United Kingdom a taste of America’s pastime when the Yankees and Red Sox visit next month. Based on the playing surface they’re going to use, however, they may as well have sent the Blue Jays and the Rays: […]

21 May 19
Marv Football Sphere

HE’S DONE IT!! The greatest night in the history of Chelsea Football Club! European Champions! They’ve beaten Bayern in their own backyard! They’ve found the holy grail after adventure frought with danger! And Drogba may never play for Chelsea again, he’ll never be forgotten. He’s immortal at this football club, Gary Neville…. Martin Tyler Ask […]

21 May 19
Newsy Today

Insubordinate France, Belgian Vlaams Belang, Croatian sovereignists or Portuguese Bloco have a common denominator: their virulent criticism of the European Union and their preference for a Europe of (sovereign) nations rather than a federalist Europe. Marine Le Pen, President of the National Rally (RN), indulged in a "Patriotic banquet" in Metz, the 1st May, to […]

21 May 19
Welcome

USA Women’s volleyball team plays in Lincoln at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on June 4th, 5th and 6th. They take the court against Korea, Germany and Brazil, in that order. Trust me on this: If you can, you should go watch. Team USA features players who are veterans in international competition (Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas and […]

21 May 19
News Archives Uk

The veteran keeper leaves Arsenal at the end of the season and wants to return to Chelsea (Picture: Getty) Arsenal fans haveheard to report that Petr Cech has just agreed to return to Chelsea this summer just before the Europa League final. The veteran Czech shot-stopper has started the knockout game in Europe this season […]

21 May 19
SportsTravel

The new International Swimming League has named seven host cities and venues across the United States and Europe for its inaugural season, which will conclude in a temporary, 25-meter pool to be constructed at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The new league has signed more than 200 of the world’s best swimmers, […]

21 May 19
Arcynewsy

To anticipate: The idea is classy. Each of the 55 Uefa member associations can compete for a final of the two major European Cup competitions. A Champions League final in Tirana could in principle be just as possible as a final of the Europa League in Gibraltar. Football, it wants the Uefa, should be there […]

21 May 19
NYDaily.news

Following the news that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be part of Arsenal’s travelling squad for the Europa League final, fans are starting petition’s to boycott the event in Baku, Azerbaijan. There is a long-running conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, who…