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Preseason Manchester Derby canceled due to major storms in China

It's been a bad week for Manchester United in particular.

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Did you wake up early hoping to get your soccer fix with some hot preseason action? Well, too bad. The International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Manchester City was canceled on Monday thanks to an unplayable pitch. There have been very heavy rains in Beijing over the last week, causing devastating floods in some areas.

It's been a rough week for Manchester United, who lost their first preseason game 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai. They also had a flight diverted away from Beijing due to weather after that game, and didn't arrive at their team hotel until after 1 am local time. They'll head back to England after a trip that was thoroughly unsuccessful in just about every way.

Goal of the day

Even though his team lost, this rocket from Tommy McNamarra was awesome. (MLS)

In the news

Jose Mourinho hasn't just been dealing with travel problems and bad weather. He's also been dealing with his players playing too much Pokemon Go, and has banned the game. (Fox Sports)

Liverpool have announced the signing of Giorgino Wijnaldum from Newcastle. (Guardian)

Carli Lloyd says she'd consider going to play for Liverpool in England, as she supports the men's team. (espnW)

Cristiano Ronaldo says he will not be fit in time for the UEFA Super Cup. (AS)

Call off the Argentina manager search, because Diego Maradona says he'll take the job! (SI)

You should be reading

Scott Salter on data analysis in the English lower leagues. (In Bed With Maradona)

Joke Cohen busts the common myths of the transfer window. (The Set Pieces)

Tom Payne on one of Dortmund's best performances from last season. (Spielverlagerung)

From the rumor mill

Please don't take anything in this section too seriously, for your own sanity.

Juventus says €120 million isn't good enough for Paul Pogba, and they would really like more. (Guardian)

Pogba's agent is pushing him towards Manchester United, but the player himself prefers Real Madrid. (ABC)

If Juve sells Pogba, they'd like to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea. (Mail)

Atlético Madrid is still trying to sign Diego Costa. (Mirror)

Stoke is willing to pay a club record fee to sign Saido Berahino. (Stoke Sentinel)

And they look likely to sign up Joe Allen. (Telegraph)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Real Madrid is the only club he'd leave Borussia Dortmund for. (AS)

Serie A's big teams are just going to do a three-way striker trade. Zaza to Milan, Bacca to Napoli, Higuain to Juventus. (Football Italia)

What happened this weekend

You can find highlights of all the MLS games here. (MLS)

And NWSL highlights are here. (NWSL on YouTube)


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