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U.S. defender Jonathan Spector leaves Birmingham City amid MLS interest

Jonathan Spector has played for Birmingham City since 2011.

U.S. international Jonathan Spector will leave Birmingham City this month amid interest from MLS teams, Blues coach Gianfranco Zola has confirmed.

Zola said earlier this week that "there might be a request" for Spector, Birmingham's longest-serving player, to leave the Championship club, and the manager has now confirmed that the defender will be allowed to depart with six months remaining on his contract.

"I am a little bit disappointed and sad that Jonathan Spector will be leaving us," Zola...

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid to miss six weeks after knee surgery

DC United defender Steve Birnbaum talks about U.S. January camp, MLS Cup playoffs and interest from European clubs.

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid will miss the next six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair damage to his lateral meniscus, the club announced on Wednesday.

The recovery period means Hamid is in danger of missing D.C. United's opener against Sporting Kansas City on March 4. Travis Worra is expected to take Hamid's place if the U.S international is unable to play.

The announcement marks the second consecutive year that Hamid has been injured during the offseason.

West Ham agree fee to add Jose Fonte from Southampton - sources

Steve Nicol runs through the latest from the rumour mill, with talks of Man United possibly making several moves.
Jose Fonte is set to move to West Ham after a fee was agreed with Southampton, sources say.

West Ham United have agreed an £8 million fee with Southampton for unsettled defender Jose Fonte, sources close to the Hammers have told ESPN FC.

Fonte's future has been the subject of intense speculation all month after he handed in a transfer request at Southampton after failing to agree a new deal at St Mary's.

Fonte, who has made 288 appearances for Southampton, was in the final 18 months of his contract and sources said Saints have reluctantly agreed to let him move on during this month's...

Jonathan Calleri wants move away from West Ham - sources

Slaven Bilic has sung the praises of Michail Antonio ahead of the Hammers' clash at Middlesbrough in the Premier League.

Jonathan Calleri is determined to leave West Ham United this month and blames the club for his Premier League nightmare, sources have told ESPN FC.

But West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says the striker should put the struggling club's needs before his desire to leave England.

Calleri joined West Ham on a season-long loan deal from Uruguay's Deportivo Maldonado in August, but he is yet to start a Premier League game or score in nine appearances.

Sources said Calleri feels he has no chance of playing...

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CONCACAF favours 2026 World Cup bid with U.S., Mexico, Canada - Moggio

Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.
Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

CONCACAF general secretary Philippe Moggio has said that he favours a three-way 2026 World Cup bid with Mexico, the United States and Canada, echoing comments made last week by new CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani.

FIFA's decision last week to expand the 2026 tournament -- to 48 teams from 32, playing 80 games instead of 64 -- increased the chances of co-hosting to share the load. 

The U.S. has said they will aggressively bid for hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup and CONCACAF...

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U.S.'s Joe Gyau leaves Dortmund to join third-division club

Joe Gyau's career was sidetracked by a knee injury in 2014.

Former United States international Joe Gyau has left Borussia Dortmund to sign with Sonnenhof-Grossaspach in the German third division.

Gyau, 24, made only one appearance for Dortmund's first team. 

He suffered a knee injury on international duty in his second appearance...