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Major League Soccer encouraging investment in Homegrown Players

Philadelphia Union star Alejandro Bedoya joins the podcast, and Max and Herc make their picks for the 2017 MLS season.

MLS has announced its roster rules for 2017, and while the regulations remain largely the same, the biggest changes are designed to encourage more investment in Homegrown Players.

"Every offseason, we're always looking at our rules and the mechanisms we have for teams to sign Homegrown Players, and especially for them to be able to reap the benefits of their investment in youth development," said Todd Durbin, MLS executive vice president of competition and player relations, via telephone.


New York Red Bulls hire Denis Hamlett as sporting director

After an eventful winter, Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez discuss what awaits the New York Red Bulls in 2017.

HARRISON, N.J. -- The New York Red Bulls have hired Denis Hamlett as their sporting director.

The Major League Soccer team announced the move on Tuesday, a week after Ali Curtis left the team after a difference of opinion with management.

Hamlett will oversee all the team's operations, which includes player acquisitions, scouting and the soccer operations budget.

Luis Enrique hopes Barcelona 'can depend on Messi for many more years'

Despite losing the first leg 4-0, Andres Iniesta still believes that Barcelona can progress past PSG in the Champions League.
Shaka Hislop makes the argument that a departure from the Champions League could help Barcelona's La Liga title chances.
Lionel Messi's 20th La Liga goal of the season earned Barcelona a late win over Atletico Madrid.
Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi go head to head in their crucial La Liga encounter on Sunday.
Frank Leboeuf addresses the report suggesting his former France teammate Laurent Blanc could be Barcelona's next manager.

Luis Enrique hopes Barcelona can be dependent on Lionel Messi for many more years amid accusations his side are too reliant on the striker.

Messi, 29, scored twice in last weekend's 2-1 win against Leganes and followed that brace up with an 86th-minute winner to help Barca earn three important points against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Vital goals against Villarreal, Real Sociedad and Sevilla this season have also contributed to his tally of 20 -- more than any other player in La Liga -- and helped...

Jiangsu Suning coach Choi Yong-soo warns players about Adelaide

Adelaide United sunk to a 3-0 loss to the hands of Gamba Osaka in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.
Adelaide United sunk to a 3-0 loss to the hands of Gamba Osaka in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts recap Hulk and Shanghai SIPG's win over FC Seoul and Urawa Reds' big win over Western Sydney.

Jiangsu Suning coach Choi Yong-soo has warned his players against being complacent when they take on Australia's Adelaide United in the group stages of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Australian champions Adelaide have struggled this season, sitting at the bottom of the standings in the A-League while losing their first game of the continental club championship against Gamba Osaka.

But, after picking up a 1-0 win in their opening game in the competition against Jeju United, Choi...

Spain refs complain over Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's tweet - source

Sid Lowe joins the FC show to discuss the accusation that the refs may have been favouring Real Madrid against Villarreal.
A flurry of late goals saw Real Madrid reverse a 2-0 deficit, as they came back to win 3-2 against Villarreal at El Madrigal.
A flurry of late goals saw Real Madrid reverse a 2-0 deficit, as they came back to win 3-2 against Villarreal at El Madrigal.
The FC crew discuss Real Madrid's comeback over Villarreal, and how it bolsters their title credentials.
Real Madrid pulled off a stunning, come-from-behind victory to reclaim top spot in La Liga with a 3-2 win over Villarreal.

Spain's Referees' Committee has an official complaint about both Villarreal president Fernando Roig and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique following their criticisms of the refereeing in Real Madrid's 3-2 win at Villarreal on Sunday evening, a Spanish FA source has told ESPN FC.

The performance of referee Jesus Gil Manzano in that La Liga match has come under much scrutiny, after league leaders Madrid were awarded a questionable penalty for a handball on Villarreal's Bruno Soriano -- which was converted...

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Manolo Gabbiadini: Jose Mourinho called me 'outstanding' in EFL Cup final

Claude Puel shares his disappointment and thoughts on video technology after Southampton's 3-2 loss in the EFL Cup final.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rose to the occasion with a dramatic game-winner to seal the League Cup title for Man United.
Paul Mariner and Sebastian Salazar discuss Man United's capture of the EFL Cup trophy, and if Southampton deserved more.

Manolo Gabbiadini has said that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised his two-goal display in the EFL Cup final.

Gabbiadini, 25, also had a goal wrongly disallowed for Southampton as they lost 3-2 to United at Wembley, but the Italy international was happy to receive the praise of Mourinho.

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"When a personality like him comes up to you and says 'you were outstanding and scored two phenomenal goals,' then it makes you feel something special inside," Gabbiadini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.