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Atlanta United sign MLS MVP Josef Martinez to five-year contract extension through 2023

Atlanta United's Josef Martinez opens up about his future with Atlanta United and if a move back to Europe would be in the cards.

Josef Martinez agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep with Atlanta United through 2023, with the MLS MVP calling the Five Stripes his Barcelona or Real Madrid.

The Venezuela international and MLS MVP has been one of the league's most productive players over the last two seasons, scoring 54 goals in 60 MLS games (including playoffs), including an MLS record 31 goals last campaign.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Martinez said the new deal was more about his comfort in Atlanta...

Ronald Vargas will bring goals to Newcastle Jets - Ernie Merrick

Coach Ernie Merrick is upbeat the arrival of Venezuelan international Ronald Vargas will add the attacking spark the Newcastle Jets need to turn around their dismal recent A-League fortunes.

Merrick is the Jets' seventh coach since the struggling club last made the finals seven seasons ago.

But the Scot is confident a player of Vargas' pedigree can lift the Jets, who are aiming to get off to a flying start to the new season when they face Central Coast in the F3 derby on Oct. 7.

Arriving from Greek...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Friendlies: Peru edges out Paraguay, Ecuador and Venezuela draw

Two first-half goals from each side led to a 1-1 draw between Ecuador and Venezuela on Thursday night.

Mikel Villanueva's own goal in the 29th minute accounted for the hosts' only tally of the night.

Junior Moreno fired home a right-footed shot from the centre of the box from a Arquímedes Figuera assist before the break to send the teams to the dressing room level at half-time.

Venezuela's Figuera was sent off in the 75th minute after picking up his second yellow card. 

Peru's Paolo...