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Premier League Roundup: Manchester United complete record signing of Harry Maguire

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Premier League Roundup: Manchester United complete record signing of Harry Maguire

With the start of the Premier League season less than a week away, clubs are making their final preparations for the long campaign ahead.

Here's the latest news about the Premier League:

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Manchester United: The club has signed former Leicester City center back Harry Maguire for a record-breaking £80 million fee. United's defense has improved, adding Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaska and giving goalkeeper David De Gea a long-term extension. However, the trouble lies on the attack, as Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have both actively campaigned to leave Old Trafford. The club will likely have a more defensive look in their upcoming campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur: Midfielder Dele Ali has been ruled out of the opening fixtures of 2019/20 after suffering another hamstring related setback. After a stop-start campaign post-World Cup, Ali was hoping for a more productive season following a solid summer. This is his seventh thigh injury in just over 13 months. Argentine Juan Foyth will also join Ali in the treatment room after being stretchered off the pitch at Allianz Arena last Wednesday. Further tests revealed that his ankle injury will keep him out until at least mid-September.

Everton: Striker Moise Kean joins the club for a reported £27.5 million fee, as Juventus continue their summer clear out. The 19-year-old scored six goals in 13 appearances for his club last season. Though still a work in progress who will likely face growing pains in the Premier League, Kean instantly becomes Everton's first option at striker.

Brighton & Hove Albion: The club has completed the signing of defender Adam Webster after he passed a medical on Saturday. The 24-year-old joins the club for an undisclosed fee, but it is believed to be around £20 million.

Newcastle United: Continuing their summer spending spree, the Magpies dropped £16.5 million on Allan Saint-Maximin from Ligue One side Nice. The 22-year-old winger could eventually cost the club £20 million with add-ons to the six-year deal.

Sheffield United: The club broke their transfer record to sign 23-year-old forward Oliver McBurnie from Swansea City on a permanent deal. The 6-foot-2 Scottish international scored 24 goals in 44 matches for the Swans in the Championship last season.

Source: Rotoworld

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The Big Twenty: DC United wins MLS Cup

The Big Twenty: DC United wins MLS Cup

For the next three weeks, NBC Sports Washington will be rolling out the 20 biggest stories in DMV sports in the past 20 years. Here is No. 19.

A new phenom. A new coach. A renewed hope that DC United could return to glory and capture their first MLS Cup title since 1999.

That is exactly what transpired as the 2004 MLS season brought the fourth championship in team history to DC United.

The offseason started with the departure of Ray Hudson behind the bench, replaced by retired Chicago Fire star Peter Nowak. One of the best players in the early days of MLS, Nowak had retired from playing in 2002 before taking a job in the Chicago front office. When DCU’s ownership came calling, Nowak jumped at the chance to take over the most highly-decorated team in the league’s young history.

In the same month that Nowak took the helm, DC United brought 14-year-old phenom Freddy Adu aboard, becoming the youngest American to ever sign a contract in any professional league. The youngster carried plenty of hype into his first professional season and finished third on the team with five goals while playing in every match.

The retirement of longtime club legend, and last remaining member of the inaugural 1996 team, Marco Etcheverry at the end of the 2003 season brought an end to the initial Golden Age of DC United when the club collected eight trophies across all competitions in the first three years of its existence. 2004 marked the start of a second golden age with the team winning another four trophies to add to the trophy case in the next four years.

The regular season started slowly for United with a 5-8-6 record in the first 19 games of the season. The team rebounded in August and rode a 6-2-3 close to the season to the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Forwards Alecko Eskandarian and Jaime Moreno shouldered the scoring load for the Black-and-Red with 10 and seven goals respectively as DC got set for a Conference Semifinal matchup with the New York/New Jersey Metrostars in the first round of the postseason.

United ran through the MetroStars with back-to-back 2-0 victories, booking its place in the Eastern Conference Final with the New England Revolution. A riveting back-and-forth game saw United take the lead three separate times only for the Revolution to equalize thrice themselves. All level at three after 90 minutes and extra time, the game was decided in the first-ever penalty shootout in MLS history. In the sudden-death sixth round, United’s Brian Carroll scored and goalkeeper Nick Rimando saved a Clint Dempsey penalty to advance to the club’s fifth MLS Cup in the first nine years of the league.

Kansas City Wizards emerged from the Western Conference to face the Black-and-Red in MLS Cup 2004 played at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Kansas City took an early lead before DC scored three goals in seven minutes and held on for the fourth title in the club’s eight-year history, and to date, the last time the club has lifted the MLS Cup.

Washington Spirit trade USWNT forward Mallory Pugh for draft picks

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Washington Spirit trade USWNT forward Mallory Pugh for draft picks

The Washington Spirit traded U.S. Women's National Team forward Mallory Pugh to Sky Blue FC on Thursday.

In the deal, the Spirit received the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday's NWSL draft, which they used to select UCLA junior forward Ashley Sanchez. The Spirit also acquired the No. 4 and No. 8 picks of the second round and a 2021 first-rounder.

Washington initially announced that the trade was for a "player to be named later." A post on the team's Twitter account thanking Pugh eventually confirmed the news.

"Thank you @MalPugh for everything you have done for the club and this city. Best of luck with @SkyBlueFC," read the tweet.

Pugh, 21, played in 19 games with seven starts for the U.S. national team in 2019, and her six goals tied for fifth on the team. She made three appearances and scored one goal with one assist as the U.S. claimed gold in the World Cup. She had 10 goals and four assists in three seasons with the Spirit.

Like Pugh, Sanchez is also a member of the USWNT program. After being selected on Thursday, she said the process of turning pro was stressful.

"It was a little stressful, but I'm just really excited," Sanchez said. "This is what I've always dreamed about. And to be at a team like Washington, it's really humbling."

Sanchez led UCLA with 15 assists in the 2019 season, tying her own school single-season record from the previous season, and she was second on the team with seven goals. Sanchez is UCLA’s all-time assists leader with 42 and was a 2018 first-team All-American.

"Ashley is one of the most dynamic players to ever play at UCLA," said UCLA head coach Amanda Cromwell. "It's remarkable that she broke our career assists record as a junior. We know Ashley's success as a Bruin will help her in her endeavors as a professional and national team member. We are excited for her future and wish her the best of luck."

In the second round, the Spirit drafted USC's Natalie Jacobs and Washington State's Averie Collins. They drafted Kansas' Katie McClure in the third round and Sanchez's UCLA teammate Kaiya McCullough in the fourth.