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Dodgers facing pitching crunch before Sunday’s roster deadline

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The have acquired a lot of players and spent a whole bunch of money over the last 12 months, especially on the pitching side. They have a logjam of arms to clear before Sunday’s 3 p.m. ET roster deadline, when all 30 clubs must have their 25-man opening day rosters finalized.

We can fit all of Los Angeles’ big-league-ready pitchers into four caggling with his massive summer price-tag.Previous Gunners boss Unai Emery approved the £72million purchase of Pepe from Lille last summer, but the Ivory Coast international has so far scored just three goals in 21 Premier League appearances for the tegories:

: LHP , RHP , RHP , RHP , LHP , RHP , RHP , LHP

This is the easiest group. These guys will all make the team because they’re either really good or because the team paid a lot of money to acquire/retain them in the not-too-distant past. As easy as it gets.

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Elbert resumed throwing this week after on his elbow. He’ll begin the year on the DL and appears to be a few weeks from returning.

: RHP , LHP , RHP

In another year, these three would have been fighting for a bullpen spot during spring training. Because the Dodgers are so loaded, they’ll instead go to the minors and serve as depth players who will help cover for the inevitable injury.

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Assuming the Dodgers carry a typical 12-man pitching staff — five starters and seven relievers — four of these guys will make the team while two others will be left on the outside looking in.

Gregg is on a minor-league contract. Though he hasn’t been particularly effective in recent years (92 ERA+ from 2011-12), he allowed just one run on three hits and no walks in 10 1/3 inning this spring. Guerrier had a rough spring (6.48 ERA) after missing most of last season with an elbow issue, but he’s owed $4.75 million in 2013. Belisario is out of minor-league options — meaning he can’t be sent to Triple-A without clearing waivers — and pitched to a 150 ERA+ in 2012.

Capuano, Harang and Lilly are where it gets really interesting. All three are starters who lost their rotation spots due to the club’s spending spree. Capuano, 34, finished the spring strong after a rough start (7.20 ERA overall). As a lefty, he could move into the bullpen to complement Howell. At the same time, he has trade value because he’s relatively affordable ($6 million in 2013) and was solid last summer (102 ERA+).

Harang, 34, has also had a rough spring overall (8.20 ERA), but like Capuano he is coming off a solid year (105 ERA+) and is affordable ($7 million). He doesn’t have Capuano’s injury history (which includes two Tommy John surgeries), but teams do value left-handedness, which Harang can’t offer. He also doesn’t have much experience pitching out of the bullpen.

Lilly, 37, has pitched to a 14.00 ERA this spring and was limited to just eight starts (122 ERA+) last summer due to shoulder problems. Between that and his salary ($12 millioty to break down deep-lying opponents after Sunday’s 2-0 defat to Watford. The result means United have won only once in their 17 games in which they have enjoyed the majority of possession.”We were sloppy, we gave the ball away numerous times especin), he lags cn touch.Mihajlovic was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, so spent all of pre-season and most of the campaign so far in hospital undergoing two courses of chemotherapy.“Don’t worry, the boss can make himself heard even when he’s not physically preseonsiderably behind Capuano and Harang in the trade-value department. There is room for all three guys in the bullpen, but it will cost the team elsewhere.

The Dodgers haven’t made any indications about their pitching plans, but my guess is they will trade either Capuano or Harang (Mets? Rockies?) before Sunday’s deadline and somehow cut ties with Guerrier. That could mean a trade, a release or a trip through waivers. Belisario, Gregg, Lilly and either Harang or Capuano would join the other eight guys on the opening day staff. Injuries (Lilly’s shoulder? Guerrier’s elbow?) could change things, obviously.

That is all just a guess on my part. It seems like the Dodgers have so much pitching depth — both starters and relievers — that sticking both Capuano and Harang in the bullpen would be a waste. Some team will surely give up a prospect for one of those guys. They’re probably stuck with Lilly given his salary and recent injury history, and Belisario was too effective last summer to cut loose. I suppose Gregg could go in favor of Guerrier if the team doesn’t think the scouting reports back up the spring performance. Something has to give, though. Los Angeles simply has too many arms for too few spots right now.

lako believes that Aaron Wan-Bissaka was “drifting

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first baseman was a late scratch from Thursday’s Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox with mild back tightness, according to the Star Tribune. Chris Parmelee will take his place at first. Morneau is lishelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater.The Chelsea-midfielder-Danny-Drinkwater-loan.html”>Daily MailChelsea-midfielder-Danny-Drinkwater-loan.html”> says Drinkwater is wanted by Brighton on a was delighted with Reece James’ performance in viche Manchester United hero has been playing in MLS for a year.Asked if he’s thought about going into management, Rooney told Sky Sports News: “Yeah of course.”I’m taking the steps to get my badges completed and when I finish playing I’ll see what oppotory over Crystal Palace.It marked James’ full Premier League debut with the Blues.Lampard said, “Reece was fantastic against one of the best wingers in the league one v one, Zaha is a real threat, esseason loan.The 29-year-old was left out of Chelsea’s squad forted as day-to-day.

Bobby Jenks was in rehab when the Red Sox released him last year

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Right-hander was checked into rehab when the released him last summer, reports . He was in the middle of a 45-day stay at Cliffside Malibu, a luxury rehab clinic in Southern Califoe difference for their 4-1 defeat of Alaves.Valverde hailed Messi’s ability to appear and deliver when Barcelona need him most.The Argentine scored Barcelona’s third goal against Alaves to seal the victory and help the Blaugrana grab all three pointsrnia.

Jenks, 32, was of DUI and hit-and-run in Florida on March 23 of last year. He told police he “took too many muscle relaxers,” then agreed to take a field sobriety tes are closing on a deal for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie today.Sportitalia says the two clubs have agreed terms over a fee for the Ivory Coast midfielder.Milan have accepted an offer of €25m plus €3m in bonuses.Now Milan are counting on Kessit before saying “I’m going to fail it.”

The Red Sox reached a settlement with Jenks and released him on July 3, two weeks before he finished rehab, according to court documents. The DUI charges were settled in December, and Jenks was required to complete a substance-abuse program as part of his probation.

“Mr. Jenks satisfactorily completed a 45-day stay for substance dependence,” wrote Patricia Freebery, the clinical director of Cliffside Malibu, in a letter submitted to the Lee County, Fla., probation department in December.

Jenks signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Boston during the 2010-11 offseason. He went 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA in 19 relief appearances in 2011 before back surgery and a pulmonary embolism send him to the DL.

Before landing with the Red Sox, Jenks was a two-time All-Star who saved 25+ games five times with the White Sox. He served as the team’s closer during their 2005 World Series title run as a rookie after appearing in only 32 regular-season games.

, Tom Friend described Jenks as a heavy drinker and explored his checkppe Gbamin every day as the midfielder recovers from an injury problem.The setback will sideline him for a minimum of eight weeks.“It is really important that we support JP,” Silva told evertontv.“We have to be there in the bad moments.“When thered past.

astle United and Aston Villa are eyeing the defend

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second baseman had another productive day at the plate in Sunday’s Cactus League contest against the Dodgers. He went 3-for-3 with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored. Hill doubled home a run in his first at-bat before driving in two with a base hit in the third inning. Then in the fifth, he launched a solo shot ering an injury setback during their FA Cup win at Portsmouth.The Uruguayan midfiat at hooking to build on the last campaign’s successes, while not planning too far into the future.”From the first day he’s (Dawson) a very good professional and is always focused on the way to help the team,” said Gracia to the Watford Observer.”I think iome to Liverpool.City had their openings against the World and European champions but they were punished for not taking them on 78 minutes.Sadio Mané struck the decisive blow to take all three points back to Merseyside.Farke said, “The qualelder appeared to be in agony following a robust challenge from Pompey’s James Bolton, and after a lengthy delay he was eventually replaced by Dani Ceballos.There were ioff Peter Moylan for his first long ball of the spring. Hill, who signed a four-year, $40.5 million contract in the offseason, is batting .452 (14 for 31) through 11 Cactus League games with nine RBI and a .710 slugging percentage. Despite the big contract, Hill said, “you never want to get comfortable” in this game.”It is comfortable, yes, family speaking,” he said. “Everyone’s happy. We love it here. So it’s nice knowing you’re going to be in a spot for a couple of years, but every year you’ve got something to prove. You want to go out and you want to be better than the last year.”

to his squad.Bruce has offered an update on the c

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Mets oung has confirmed talks with Manchester City before agreeing to move to Spain.While with Ajax last season, De Jong held extensive negotiations with City, only to choose to sign terms with Barca in February.Speaking with Voetbal International, the midftfielder had his best performance of the spring Saturday against the Astros. Duda went 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI, increasing his spring average to .273. Duda was benched after beginning the spring 0 for 8 with six strikeouts, but he’s batting .429 (6 for 14) with one homer, two do has questioned Bayern Munich’s swoop for Philippe Coutinho.Coutinho has joined Bayern on an initial 12 month loan from Barcelo his goal against Arsenal last season.The midfielder scored the only goal in a January victory over the Gunners, his first for the club.”I think you can see in the celebration how much it meant to me!” the 20-year-old smiled. “I wanted to jump in witna. But Vogts believes the midfielder is already past his best.He told T-Online: “At first glance, the loan from Coutinho iubles and three RBI since returning to the lineup. “I told Lucas 10 days ago, we’re not even to March yet,” manager Terry Collins said, per the New York Post. “You had a couple of bad games, you haven’t had enough reps. I’m very well aware of that. Don’t think that what happens on Feb. 27 is going to dictate what’s going to go on March 29, it’s not. This is a lengthy process.”

pool fullback Andy Robertson has rubbished claims

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Braves pitcher had a on how they stunned Liverpool last month.A 3-0 defeat at Vicarage Road for Jurgen Klopp’s champions-in-waiting was their first in a staggering 44 matches. Victory for Watford had sent shock waves around the Premier League. ffield United boss Chris Wilder.The Daily Mail says Swansea City boss Graham Potter is the priority for Brighton after the sacking of Chris Hughton.But if Potter does turn down Brighton, the club would be keen to speak to Wilder. The Sheffield United”We noticed that they comm so-so day against the Mets on Monday, giving up two runs on six hitr trophies in six years as a Liverpool player, before returning to Anfield as manager in the 90s, retired from the game 13 years ago. He said: “There are people in football now who are trying to reinvent the wheel, coming up with new terminology, ps and a walk in four innings. He struck out two.

t the win.Milan go into the game underdogs.But Mus

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You might not know a lot about Rays pitching prospect , but apparently it’s time to take notice, accors squad.Spurs have started the season poorly, getting only four points from their first three fixtures.They suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday – thanks to a goal from Joelinton.And Pochettino spoke about problems within the ding to .com. “This kid’s a legitimate upper-90s guy with life, and he’s left-handed,” Rays minor league pitching coordinator Dick Bosman said. He’s not the only person in the Rays’ organization who raves about Romero. “The first time I saw him throw in a game was last year in spring training,” Double-A Montgomery catcher said. “He got every guy out and struck out 11 of 12 — four innings, he struck out 11. I’m like, ‘Whew.'” Romero is now considered the Rays’ sixth-best prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com. “It’s nice to waed boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is weighing up the futures of Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira.The Sun says Solskjaer axed the pair in the games leading up to football’s lockout.He believed they needed a break after their displays were heavily scrutinitch him he’d welcome the chance to speak with Manchester United about taking players on-loan.The Kazakhs stunned United on Thursday night, winning 2-1 to keep their hopes alive of reaching the final 32 of the Europa League. United had already qualified for grow up,” Bosman said. “He comes over here and has all the basic requirements. He’s long and tall and his arm works well. The ball comes out of his hand real well. Now, can we harness all this stuff?”

n loan in January for €1m with an option to buy

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Phillies starting pitcher permitted just one hit in two scoreless innings during Philadelphia’s 8-3 loss to Houston in Grapefruit League action Saturday. Hamels showed no problems with hhe winner against SPAL this week.He posted to social media: “A goal doesn’t change the story. It does not erase a negative moment. Nor the jManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken of his years with Barcelona. On his appointment in 2008, the first action was to promote with Leo Messi.After a first pre-season, Guardiola was clear.”I thought that with him we would win everything,” said the Catalan. On his farewell from the club, he added: “It was a natural journey, in life comes a time when things end.”eers, [which are] deserved. Nor the criticism, [which is] fair.”A goal makes us breathe, makes us understand tis left shoulder that was reportedly troubling him during offseason workouts and allowed only a single among the seven batters he faced. He also registered a strikeout bear has signed with Cosenza for the rest of the season.The Moroccan is not part of the first team plans at the St. James’ Park club.He was not in their Premier League squad and will be playing in Serie B this term.Lazaar has two years left on his contfore he was removed at the beginning of the third inning. “Physically, I feel really strong,” Hamels said. “It’s just getting the timing and reps for the muscle memory. Mentally, it’s just being prepared every five days now. Starting to get into that routine because it’s nice to dial in the routine for throughout the season.”

Report: Diamondbacks to make another push for Rick Porcello

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The willunk to training around the holidays.The Portugese winger spoke about his time with the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson.And while he acknowledged that Ferguson was a tough manager, he said the boss had his moments of letting things slide.Speaking t attempt to package recently acquired shortstop and a pitching prospect to try and get pitcher from the , to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. 

Ahmed technically isn’t a member of the Diamondbacks yet, as the deal hasn’t been officially announced. But once it’s official, Ahmed might not remain in Arizona for long.

The Diamondbacks were mentioned as a potential trade partner for Porcello , but they weren’t thought to have the right mix of players to get a deal done. The Tigers reportedly were then seeking a shortstop. But now that the D-Backs have an extra shortstop, they may have the pieces to match up with the Tigers.

Porcello would likely jump into a starting role witt a permanent transfer for Sheyi Ojo.The 22-year-old is on a season long loan at the club, managed by Reds legend Steven Gerrard.He has played 17 games this term, scoring five and managing four assists.Football Insider says Rangers are exploring a peh the Diamondbacks, although the team has plenty of qualified candidates. , , and seem like locks for the first-four spots, with , and as potential candidates for the fifth spot.

The team will also get a mier Ademola Lookman has a bright future in the game.The 21-year-old signed for RB Leipzig in a permanent transfer, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract.He did not make it at Everton, but his former teammate Sigurdsson has no doubts about the wd-season boost from , who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Last season, Porcello had a 4.59 ERA and a 3.91 FIP in 176 1/3 innings with the Tigers. 

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ender John Stones.The Arsenal-hope-summer-transfer

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“Clearly, something went wrong for (Jon) last season.” That’s how regarding the Boston starter’s disastrous 2012 campaign. But Scott says Lester remains a great candidate for a significant bounce-back season in 2013, despite the 9-14 record and 4.82 ERA (both career worsts) from a year ago. Lester is just too talentema Tyres.The Blues announced on Friday that it is extending its partnership wited legend Chris Waddle is surprised Steve Bruce wants to join the club.Bruce is expected to leave Sheffield Wednesday to takeover at the club he supported as a boy.And Waddle warned the former Manchester United defender that he was walking into one oh the Japanese tyre company, who have been their shirt sponsor since 2015, although their logo will no longer be emblazoned on the front of defeat to Everton.Theo Walcott struck an injury-time winner as 10-man Everton came back from two goals down to stun Watford in a topsy-turvy encounter at Vicarage Road.Pearson reflected: “To play very positively in the first 44 minutes, to go two the club’s kit. Instead, Yokohad to be that bad again. His peripherals remained consistent with career norms, so location within the zone appears to be a culprit. We’re betting new manager John Farrell can root out the problem and bring Lester back to being a very good Fantasy pitcher. If all of this actually happens, and you pick Lester with a mid-round selection on Draft Day, you’ll be the envy of your league.

Rangers, A.J. Pierzynski agree on one-year, $7.5M deal

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The have agreed to sign free-agent catcher , according to CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller. The one-year deal is pending a physical and is worth $7.5 million, repEd Woodward’s public support was “not needed”. Despite their poor form, Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward said at United’s quarterly investors’ call last Tuesday that “it’s important that we’re patient while Ole and his team build for the forts Jon Heyman.

Pierzynski, 35, hit .278/.326/.501 with 27 homers, 77 RBI and 68 runs last season in 135 games for the . The 27-homer season appears an outlier, however, as Pierzynski hit only 17 homers combined in 2010-11 and his previous career high in single-season home runs was 18, back in 2005.

It’s also true that US Cellular Field is a homer-friendly ballpark, as it ranked fourth in homers last season and Pierzynski hit 18 of his home runce Goodridge has signed a new contract with the Clarets, extending his stay at Turf Moor until the summer of 2021.Goodridge, 20, originally started out at Manchester City, before spending two years at Newcastle United in the youth team, where he plays at The Cell, but so is Rangers Ballpark. So the expected regression in power numbers will only be due to Pierzynski returning more to previous levels and not attributable to the home ballpark.

Behind the plate, Pierzynski works well with his pitching staff and has thrown out 24 percent of would-be basestealers in his career.

Pierzynski will slide in as the Rangers’ everyday catcher while will serve as the primary backup.

For more baseball news, rumors and arector general Mateu Alemany has officially left the club.Alemany follows Marcelino, who was sacked as head coach earlier this season, after a couple of hugely successful years working together.”Following the initial agreement reached last week for tnalysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Hal Steinbrenner issues statement on Yankees losing ALCS

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The were just swept in the ALCS — and pretty well dominated throughout the series — so that means it’s time for , many Yankees fans to call for mass changes to the organization and for a Steinbrenner to give us his thoughts.

Sure enough, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has released the following statement. He seems a bit less angry than his father would have been, but that’s pure conjecture.

Anyway, here is the full statement:

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“I want to thank our passionate fans for their support this season.

“We fell short of our singular and constant goal, which is a World Series Championship. However, I am proud of the accomplishments of this year’s team. We earned the best record in the American League and were one of the four teams to advance to the League Championship Series, despite having to overcome and fight through a series of long-term injuries to a number of our key players.

“Make no mistake, this was a bitter end to our year, and we fully intend to examine our season in its totality, assess all of our strengths and weaknesses and take the necessary steps needed to maintain our sole focus of winning the World Series in 2013. Great teams –and organizations — use disappointment as a motivation for future improvements and success. In the days, weeks and months ahead, we plan to do what’s necessary to return this franchise to the World Series.

“Nothing has changed. Nothing will change. My family — and our organization — has a long-standing commitment to provide all of our fans a championship-caliber team year after year.

“W on snapping up the 21-year-old midfielder, who made his Premier League breakthrough last season, with Newcastle putting a £50million price-tag on his head.”You never want to lose your best young players, and I think we’ve made it pretty evident thae may have fallen short yesterday but we never feel sorry for ourselves and never make excuses. We already are beginning the process to find a way to win our 28th World Championship.

“I want to congratulate Mike Ilitch, Dave Dombrowski, Jim Leyland, and the . They certainly proved worthy of representing the American League in the World Series, and are well deserving of this honor.”

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis snapped in apparent Manchester United gear ahead of his move from Crystal Palace being confirmed.United will announce the signing of the 21-year-old from Crystal Palace on Friday.Wan-Bissaka coy midfielder Phil Foden admits the title race could be decided this month.City are now 11 points runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.“We are all gutted in the changing room,” Foden said after Saturday’s draw at Newcastle United.”We wanted to gmpleted his medical on Thursday, and he is now set to be, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Report: Ichiro wants to stay in New York

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wants to return to the next season, to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

Sherman spoke to a person close to Ichiro, who said the 38-year-old outfielder really enjoyed playing for the team. Ichiro t allocation for the Champions League final against Tottenham.Both the Reds and Spurs were given 16,613 tickets each for the clash at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1.That is despite the new stadium boasting a capacity of 68,000, with the liked that the atmosphere in the clubhouse was “professional” and that many of the players on the teamhis game on two Brazilians.Lampey left Chelsea for Brighton last week.He spoke about his personal qualities and the players he has admired during his development, which includes two famous Brazilians.Lamptey said, “I’m very hardworking and will giv are close to his age.

It may not take a lot of money to entice Ichiro to stay, either. According to Sherman’s source, Ichiro would likely decline a larger contract in order to stay where he’s happy. He allegedly deferred about $5 million per year on his last longterm deal in order to stay in . Sherman said that a one-year deal worth betw with Southampton.Adrian suffered a freak ankle injury after his penalty shoot-out heroics against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final when he was clattered by a pitch invader.“Today I feel much better,” he told the official club website.“It was een $5 million and $8 million could be enough for Ichiro to re-sign. He added that Ichiro may want an option for the following season. Since joining the Yankees, Ichiro has hit .283/.307/.390 in 240 plate appearances. 

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nal are open to selling Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mu

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Astros pitcher made his farcelona veteran Gerard Pique says his spell at Manchester United made him who he is as a player.The Spaniard spent four years at Old Trafford before returning to Barcelona, where he would make a nas game has improved at Everton since his first team promotion.The 19-year-old has been training with the first team for most of the campaign after having established himself as an integral part of David Unsworth’s Under-23s in the closing stages of 2me for himself as one of the world’s best defenders.irst appearance since getting hit in the face by a comebacker on Saturnd Cristiano Ronaldo.The Brazilian played alongside Ronaldo at Old Trafford for two seasons.And he believes Rashford possesses some of the same attributes as the Juventus superstar.”Marcus Rashford has been the best United player this season,” the exday against the Phillies. He tossed two-thirds innings of work with out allowing while striking out two in a 5-0 victory.

defender Federico Fazio is full of praise for Chri

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The Cardinals recalled outfielder from Tripl midfielder Bruno Fernandes has spoken of his relationship with Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.Fernandes admits he gets along well with the former United star, now leading the line at Juventus.”He welc a team.Tuanzebe and his fs Gareth Southgate says that he knew Mason Mount would be a star for the national team when he was only 16.The Chelsea midfielder is set to get his first start in their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.Mount will be in the team against the Czech Republiellow academy graduates are getting their chance under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.He told the UTD Podcast: “I still have contact with a lot of players that I came up with through the youth team, even back in omed me with open arms to the national team.e-A Memphis Tuesday.