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Columbus Crew sign Ghana defender Harrison Afful

MLS All-Stars captain Kaka believes their 2-1 victory over Tottenham is significant for Major League Soccer.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley contends that the MLS All-Star game is a 'one off' match that no longer aids in the promotion of the league.
Kaka opened the scoring and assisted David Villa in the MLS All-Stars 2-1 victory over Tottenham, earning him MVP honours.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says MLS needs younger superstars to raise the standard of play.
Harrison Afful represented Ghana at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Columbus Crew SC have signed Ghana international Harrison Afful as a Discovery Signing from Tunisian side Esperance Sportive de Tunis.

Afful, 29, joins the MLS club having spent the past six seasons in the Tunisian top flight with Esparance, scoring 16 goals and creating 25 more in 173 appearances.

Afful won the CAF Champions League with ES Tunis in 2011, represented Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and won a Silver Medal with the Black Stars in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Columbus Crew...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Alex Telles attracting offers amid Chelsea, PSG and Inter links - agent

Alex Telles joined Galatasaray from Gremio in 2013.

Alex Telles' agent said several clubs have registered their interest in the Galatasaray left-back amid speculation linking him to Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.

Telles, 22, has been widely linked with Chelsea, who are in the market for a new left-back after Filipe Luis returned to Atletico Madrid, while PSG and Inter are also said to hold an interest.

The player's agent, Fernando Otto, told Eurosport Turkey that there has been serious interest in the Brazilian.

"There are clubs...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini out for three weeks as injury crisis deepens

Mario Mandzukic scored his first goal in a Juventus shirt to lift the Italian champions to a 2-1 friendly win over Lechia Gdansk.
Lechia Gdansk striker Adam Buksa scored after a nice one-two with his team-mate Bruno Nazario, who returned his pass with a brilliant back-heel, during their 2-1 friendly defeat to Juventus.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is facing a defensive injury crisis after Giorgio Chiellini was ruled out of action for three weeks.

Chiellini, 30, is out for 20 days with a torn thigh muscle sustained during the Bianconeri's 2-1 friendly win over Lechia Gdansk.

Andrea Barzagli is out with a torn groin muscle and both defenders are set to miss the Supercoppa against Lazio on Aug. 8, which leaves Juve heading into the new season short on numbers at the back.

Juve could be set to make a move for...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus 'greatly perplexed' by punishment over Turin derby

Juventus Stadium's Curva Sud is set to be closed for the meeting with Udinese on Aug. 23.

Juventus are to appeal the Italian FA (FIGC)'s decision to close the South Stand of their stadium for one match due to a fan's misbehaviour during their 2-1 defeat at Torino last season.

One Juve fan -- identified by CCTV cameras -- was seen throwing a cherry bomb from the visiting fans' sector into the area where home fans were located at Torino's Stadio Olimpico during April's derby.

Juve were initially ordered to close part of their ground for two matches towards the end of last season, but...

Indian football could have one league in three years, says I-League CEO Dhar

I-League CEO Sunando Dhar says India will have one football league in three to five years.

Indian football could have just one league in as soon as three years, according to I-League chief executive Sunando Dhar.

The traditional I-League has been running alongside the new Indian Super League -- which begins its second season in October. But Dhar told ESPN FC that a single league with up to 15 teams would be established "in three to five years" for the world's largest democracy.

"There are many logistical problems having two different leagues, so stakeholders in Indian football want to...

Stuttgart hope Chelsea target Antonio Rudiger will stay this summer

Antonio Rudiger has been attracting interest from abroad.

Stuttgart have maintained that Germany international Antonio Rudiger will stay at the club for at least one more season, after being linked with Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Wolfsburg.

Rudiger, 22, has impressed with his performances at centre-back and, earlier this month, Stuttgart confirmed widespread interest in the defender and announced that should a club meet their asking price of €18 million, Rudiger would be allowed to move.

However, shortly after, Rudiger was forced to undergo surgery...