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Some really fine goals to enjoy from this entertaining match, which marked the USA out as genuine contenders for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, currently taking place in Canada. Freddy Adu’s first goal of three was a lovely turn and finish. The boy wonder, hyped for so long as the next big thing in American soccer, looks like he’s found his A game at last…

A final decision to uphold Sheffield United’s relegation from the Premier League was made yesterday. An arbitration panel decided that the Premier League was correct to not dock West Ham points over the registration of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. The panel stated: “The tribunal had much sympathy for Sheffield United’s grievances. However, the tribunal had to apply the principles of judicial review and determine whether the decision was irrational or perverse. This is a very strict test and is very difficult to satisfy. It concluded that it was impossible for this tribunal to find that the decision was irrational or perverse.”

JoyofCesc.JPGThis raunchy t-shirt from Goalhanger leaves Arsenal fans in doubt as to who is the man behind their sexy football. Apparently Cesc ‘Haribo Kid’ Fabregas is equipped to provide A Gourmet Guide To Midfielding. The t-shirt cost £16 and you can buy it by clicking here.

Oops, wrong video but you get the idea! Venezuela and Uruguay played out a dull bore draw which saw the hosts top the group and the Uruguayans sneak through as one of the top two third-placed teaks.who

There was a bit of a Premiership connection to this 2-2 draw. Former Middlesbrough player Jaime Moreno gave Bolivia the lead, and new Chelsea signing Claudio Pizarro grabbed a brace for Peru. Peru are now through to the quarter finals.

Harry Kewell takes a photo of Aussie teammate Lucas Neill with a fan in a Singapore hotel’s lobby, prior to the Socceroos depature to Bangkok for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. [Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images]

baldronaldo.jpgManchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has challenged his manager Sir Alex Ferguson to another goalscoring bet which would see one of the pair lose their hair at the end of the season. The Portuguese winger won £400 on a bet with Fergie last season after beating a 15-goal target. This season he wants another hair-raising bet and wants to see Fergie parting with his side-parting if he bags more than 20 goals.

If the latest Nike viral ad featuring Wayne Rooney is anything to go by this looks like a season to be fearful for Premiership goalkeepers.

He may be revered as ‘God’ in Scouse circles, but it seems not everyone has as much faith in Robbie Fowler anymore. Liverpool’s favourite prodigal son looks set to start the season homeless after not receiving any offers from another club for the first time in his career. The Liverpool striker has been released after […]

Scotland and Cardiff striker Steven Thompson is facing up to six months on the sidelines after falling off a banana boat while on holiday. The 28-year-old former Rangers striker had an operation yesterday after the incident in the USA.

Riquelme.jpgEverton have been forced into an embarrassing backtrack after their website mistakenly announced that the club had signed Argentinian star Juan Roman Riquelme. The article was supposed to be test data for a new website but it was accidentally published yesterday. The ‘news’ broke at 11.30am yesterday and was online for about an hour before the error was spotted. By that time internet forums had been flooded by messages from excited Evertonians.

Thanks to long-time friend of Pies, Daryl, for suggesting our latest Shit Lookalike. It looks like Arsenal may have acquired The Artist Formerly Known As Prince as they attempted to fill the gaping hole in their strikeforce formerly filled by Thierry Henry.

heinze_gabriel_mufc_profile_2006.jpgRafa Benitez seems rather keen on bringing Argentine left-back Gabriel Heinze to Anfield. All well and good – Heinze is a quality defender who always gives his best. One small problem though: he currently plays for Man Utd and traditionally Liverpool and Man Utd don’t tend to buy players from each other. It’s a hate thing.

So here’s a vid of an advert in which Liverpool-bound Fernando Torres (how sweet that must sound to Reds fans) plays keepy-up with a hand grenade. After that, you can check out a music video, by Spanish pop band El Canto Del Loco, featuring a guest appearance by Torres.

Juan Roman Riquelme was key in the favourites’ first game in the tournament, scoring twice. On this evidence, Argentina is a hot, hot favourite to lift the trophy, although Mexico are live contenders also.
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A very disappointing result for the US, but a fine showing from Paraguay, who qualified for the quarter finals with this win. America has an outside chance of qualifying if they can thrash Colombia in their final game and hope that Argentina gets a beating at the hands of Paraguay, but let’s face it, that’s not gonna happen.

USA 1-3 Paraguay
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Birmingham City have signed talented Dutch winger Daniel de Ridder on a free transfer from Celta Vigo of Spain. De Ridder, 23, has agreed a three-year-deal with the Blues. With respect to Birmingham, I’m slightly surprised that a ‘bigger’ Prem club hasn’t secured the services of De Ridder. He was instrumental on the right wing in Holland’s recent Under-21 Euro Championship victory, and obviously has the talent to play at a high level.

Werder Bremen players jog at the beach during their training camp on July 3, 2007 in Norderney, Germany. [Photo: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images]

Because he sucked his thumb after he scored and wore a girly hairband, Luis Garcia was portrayed as the archetypal fancy foreign player. Okay, so he did give the ball away a bit too often, but I think he’s an underrated player and he always seemed to score crucial goals, most notably the cracker against Juventus in the Champions League in 2005, the year Liverpool won the trophy. Most Liverpool fans love him unconditionally and will be very sad to see him go to Atletico Madrid next season. Here’s a YouTube video tribute to Luis…

Fernando Torres is due to fly into Liverpool Airport today and undergo a medical before sealing a £27m transfer to Liverpool, from Atletico Madrid. The 23-year-old striker has cut short his summer holiday to ensure the move goes ahead without delay. As part of the deal, the two clubs have also agreed for Luis García […]

USA goalkeeper Adin Brown saved his club side Aalesunds from defeat against champions Rosenborg by popping up to score a last-gasp equaliser. Brown nodded past Canadian goalie Lars Hirchsfield from close-range to keep his side just out of the relegation zone.

Zenden.jpgPies is not sure whether one of its wealthier readers has a spare stadium knocking around, but if anyone has (and a few million for wages to spare) we can put together our Pies Free Transfer XI. It’s enough to bring a tear to the eye of Jean Marc Bosman!

da%20Silva.jpgArsenal have made their first attempt to replace Thierry Henry by snapping up Croatia striker Eduardo da Silva from Dinamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee. You will probably best remember the 24-year-old as the player – other than Gary Neville – who scored in Croatia’s victory over England in the Euro 2008 qualifier last October.

Mexico’s Copa America goalscoring hero Nery Castillo bears an unfortunate resemblance to the monobrowed baby Maggie hates in The Simpsons. Don’t expect his ugly mug to put off Europe’s big boys if he continues his current form though. The Olympiakos striker has just turned 23 and could be ready for his big move this summer.

Mexico top Group B of the Copa America after following up their win against Brazil with victory against Ecuador. Nery Castillo was once again on the scoresheet, with Omar Bravo grabbing the second.