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GUARDIAN – Gerrard reborn in the USA? Major coup if Stevie goes to Hollywood

Major League Soccer has lost some of its stellar appeal in recent months but the Liverpool captain would fit the bill as a name capable of generating excitement and interest• ‘Leaving Liverpool the toughest decision of my life’• Daniel Taylor: captain Gerrard has made the right callIf Steven Gerrard’s post-Liverpool future lies in Major League Soccer, there will be no shortage of clubs – with LA Galaxy leading the line – interested in securing the 34-year-old midfielder for the final years of his career. Liverpool have sold out stadiums in the States on friendly visits and Premier League television coverage is attracting growing audiences. The acquisition of Gerrard would be a major coup for the MLS as it heads into its 20th season.The MLS is growing nicely — attendances and interest are on the rise and the standard of play is gradually improving – but the league has lost some of its stellar appeal in the past few months and Gerrard would fit the bill as a name capable of generating excitement. While MLS has a salary cap, the Beckham Rule allows for three designated players whose salaries do not count fully against the cap and who can be paid lucrative deals. Continue reading…

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ESPN – Plucky Ludogorets’ rise to the Champions League group stage

Liverpool will end a five year absence from the UEFA Champions League when they host Ludogorets at Anfield. Ludogorets at Anfield, preparing to take on Liverpool in their first Champions League Group Stage game. While Steven Gerrard lifted the Champions League trophy in May 2005, an altogether smaller-seeming battle was no closer to being resolved in the northeast Bulgarian town of Razgrad. One of the local sides, a four-year-old entity that was then called Razgrad 2000, was banging its head against a glass ceiling. Good enough to qualify for promotion from the country's amateur, regionalised fourth tier, it had failed to make the leap on financial grounds. Did anyone care enough for things to get better? CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW Marcotti: Champions League beats World Cup Five key Champions League questions Kuper: PSG's European dream Ames: Arsenal's knockout blows Your Champions League predictions? The…

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