Today the U.S. Men’s National Team will face France in a friendly played at the Stade de France in Paris. Fabian Johnson, the former Germany U21 player, could make his U.S. national team debut in today’s big game. Johnson is the third German-American player Jurgen Klinsmann has brought on board the team since taking over as manager. French national and Manchester City midfielder, Samir Nasri has been ruled out for today’s clash with a knee injury. Watch the match live at 2:55 p.m. ET on ESPN.
England manager Fabio Capello has announced that Frank Lampard, not John Terry, will be the skipper for tomorrow’s friendly against Spain at Wembley. Terry is not expected to start. Watch England host Spain live this Saturday at noon ET on FoxSoccer channel.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero pulled up in training with a groin injury, possibly keeping him out of Argentina’s upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Gabriel Agbonlahor, a forward for Aston Villa, has been ruled out for the Spain friendly due to a hamstring pull. It would have been his 4th cap for Spain.
Major League Soccer
The L.A. Galaxy will have to face the Houston Dynamo without their star forward Chad Barrett. The Galaxy’s 2nd leading scorer during the regular season, Barrett dislocated his right ankle in training.
Impressive NY Red Bulls defender Tim Ream has been strongly linked with a move across the pond. With seven U.S. caps to his name and at only 24 years old, it is no wonder that EPL teams such as Arsenal and West Brom are eyeing him up.
David Beckham and Tierry Henri have been chosen as part of the MLS Best XI. See the full list of players here.
Former MLS player David Testo confirmed his homosexuality. Yesterday, he told Canadian radio that although his teammates knew his sexual orientation, he had not felt comfortable going public with the news until now.
English Premier League
The FA charged Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas with improper conduct following comments he made about referee Chris Foy after his team’s 1-0 defeat to QPR in October.
A proposed name change for Newcastle United’s beloved stadium, St. James Park, has left fans stunned. The 119-year old venue will now be called Sports Direct Arena, after the current owner’s company, until a permanent sponsor can be found.
Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez has attracted attention from clubs all over Europe, but the Uruguayan admits he loves being at Anfield and welcomes a contract extension. He’s talking to you Dalglish — so listen up!
Real Madrid summer signing Nahru Sahin, who was forced to delay his club debut due to a knee injury, received an enthusiastic welcome from the fans as he came on as a substitute in Sunday’s thrashing of Osasuna 7-1.
The Mali international, Seydou Keita, is flattered other teams like Liverpool have reported interest in the Barcelona midfielder. Read more of the story here.
Maxi Lopez, currently of Catania, may be making a move to AC Milan during the January transfer window.
Swedish-born Zlatan Ibrahimovic, currently with AC Milan, sent his autobiography to the AP. In it he shares his very colorful tales of “life or death” brawls with various footballers, and his experiences while with Barcelona, Ajax, Juventus and Inter Milan. Read more about it here.