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Atlanta United's Josef Martinez refuses to play for Venezuela coach

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Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez said he will not play for Venezuela's national team as long as Rafael Dudamel is the coach.

Martinez posted a statement on Instagram on Friday shortly after Venezuela's football federation announced a 32-player squad for upcoming friendlies against Bolivia and Trinidad and Tobago. Martinez was not included in the squad despite having scored 26 goals in the MLS this season.

Martinez said he made the decision because of "an increasingly deteriorating professional...

Legendary coach 'Restless Rudi' dies aged 93

Rudi Gutendorf
Rudi Gutendorf's globe-trotting career, spanning half a century, saw him coach a record 55 teams.

Rudi Gutendorf, the tireless manager who guided a world record 55 teams, including 18 national sides, has died at 93, according to several German media outlets.

Born in Koblenz on the banks of the Rhine, the man dubbed "Restless Rudi" started his football career as a player for hometown club TuS Neuendorf before taking his first management role with Swiss side Blue Stars Zurich in the 1950s.

Coaching proved infectious, and after building an impressive CV with top flight teams in West Germany, Gutendorf...

How Copa America could shape 2022 World Cup hopes for South American nations

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says Brazil came together and proved that they were the best team at the Copa America despite Neymar's absence.

In the Copa America final on July 7, Everton gave Brazil the lead, and Paolo Guerrero equalised for Peru before the hosts sealed a 3-1 win. Just three days later, both were in action for their clubs in the quarterfinals of the Brazilian Cup.

Once domestic football starts up, international tournaments are quickly brushed into the past, but it would be a mistake to do that to the Copa America. This year's tournament does not represent the end of a process; rather, it kicks off a new competitive...

By ESPN Staff

Toronto FC sign Venezuelan winger Gallardo

Toronto FC signed Venezuelan winger Erickson Gallardo on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old tallied 13 goals and 22 assists in 116 appearances with Zamora FC in his native country and made his debut with the Venezuelan national team in June.

"Erickson is a talented attacking player that will improve our team," Toronto GM Ali Curtis said in a statement. "He has speed, can shift directions quickly and can open up the game for himself and others."

Gallardo was acquired using targeted allocation money and is...