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Omar Abdulrahman in ominous form ahead of 2019 Asian Cup

United Arab Emirates fans may have been sorry to see Omar Abdulrahman leave Al Ain for Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia in August but ahead of the 2019 Asian Cup in January, there is some comfort as the star playmaker is in excellent form.

The continental tournament will take place on U.A.E. soil and the performances of "Amoory" offer a ray of hope amid a run of poor results for the national team who will face Thailand, India and Bahrain in the group stage.

The 2016 AFC Player of the Year had been linked...

FC Dallas' Oscar Pareja has not met with U.S. Soccer Federation - source

Following their friendlies against Brazil and Mexico, ESPN FC's Brian McBride ranks the three U.S. players who impressed him the most.
ESPN FC's Brian McBride shares his biggest takeaways from the USMNT's 1-0 victory over Mexico.

A reported meeting between the U.S. Soccer Federation and FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja did not take place, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

According to a report from Al Dia, Pareja met with USSF representatives last weekend in Vancouver, where FCD was taking on the Vancouver Whitecaps. But the source indicated that no such meeting took place.

Yahoo Sports was the first to report that the meeting did not occur.

U.S. men's national team GM Earnie Stewart was spotted in Columbus...

Tigres won't allow Ricardo Ferretti to be Mexico's permanent coach

Tigres midfielder Jesus Duenas reflects on what it took to overcome Toronto FC and the significance of winning the first Campeones Cup.
Taylor Twellman, Herculez Gomez and Alejandro Moreno share their varying opinions on Toronto FC's approach to the Campeones Cup following their defeat to Tigres.

Tigres coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti will not be allowed to join the Mexican national team on a permanent basis, the coach said on Monday in an interview.

Ferretti is currently El Tri's interim head coach and left the door open to leaving the Liga MX club to take over Mexico earlier this month, but the Tigres bosses won't allow it.

"[Tigres president] Miguel Garza and Mr. Zambrano [owner of CEMEX] told me: 'You're not leaving, we want you to complete the three years we signed you for,'" said Ferretti...

Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi's The Best absence showed 'a lack of respect' - Fabio Capello

The ESPN FC crew assess Luka Modric's credentials after he claimed The Best FIFA Men's Player award over Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.
Croatia captain and Real Madrid star Luka Modric has been named the Best FIFA Men's Player in 2018 after winning the Golden Ball award at the World Cup.

Fabio Capello says Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's absence at FIFA's The Best awards showed a lack of respect from the pair.

"It's a lack of respect," Capello, who used to manage Real Madrid, told TVE in Spain. "You have to be here when you win and when you lose."

FIFA says the pair "discredited football" by not showing up.

"They don't realise, the one affected is the sport and then them."

Ronaldo's former teammate, Sergio Ramos, said it would have been nice if the pair attended.

"Cristiano...

Cameroon call up Dimitri Oberlin, Christian Bassogog returns

Dimitri Oberlin has been handed a maiden Cameroon call-up by Indomitable Lions coach Clarence Seedorf ahead of the national team's international fixture with Malawi next month.

FC Basel forward Oberlin was born in Yaounde but has represented Switzerland at every level from U-15 to the senior side.

He made his full Switzerland debut against Greece in an international friendly in March 2018, but having yet to feature in a competitive fixture, is still eligible to represent the Indomitable Lions.

Christian...

Jose Mourinho hints he'll play strong Manchester United squad vs. Derby County

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets, including what Manchester United should do to get the most out of Alexis Sanchez.
Steve Nicol breaks down what impressed and frustrated him about Paul Pogba's performance in Manchester United's draw against Wolves.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hinted he will pick a strong team in the Carabao Cup in a bid to bounce back from the disappointing draw with Wolves.

United face Championship side Derby County, managed by Frank Lampard, at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The game will go straight to penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes and because of the new rule, and the 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday, Mourinho has revealed he is "not thinking too much" about rotating his squad.

"I'm just...