New York Red Bulls trade Dax McCarty to Chicago Fire

The 29-year-old leaves the Red Bulls after five-and-a-half seasons.

The New York Red Bulls have traded midfielder Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire in exchange for $400,000 in general allocation money, both clubs confirmed Monday.

McCarty, 29, is the Red Bulls’ all-time leader in regular season starts and minutes played. The Fire will pay $200,000 this year, with the other $200,000 paid in 2018.

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“We thank Dax for his service to the club,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said in a club statement. “He will go down as one of the best players and captains in franchise history. At this point in time, we felt that this was the right move to put our team in the best position to succeed both now and for years to come.”

The veteran midfielder joins the Fire ahead of his 12th MLS season. He spent five years with FC Dallas prior to joining D.C. United in 2011 for several months. In June 2011, McCarty was traded to the Red Bulls, with whom he became a central midfield staple during the club’s most successful period.

McCarty joins a Chicago side looking to climb out of the basement after a last-place finish in 2016.

“Since the middle of 2016, we made acquiring Dax our No. 1 priority,” Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez said. “In order to do so, we had to exchange worthy and appropriate compensation. We believe adding his character and leadership in the locker room, as well as his exceptional soccer abilities on the field, dramatically improves our team.”

'The league is not for us' – Sevilla president insists club are targeting top-four finish

The Liga side are just one point behind leaders Real Madrid but Jose Castro Carmona has played down talk of a remarkable title triumph

Sevilla are not thinking about winning La Liga despite sitting just one point behind leaders Real Madrid in second, according to club president Jose Castro Carmona.

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Los Rojiblancos have been in remarkable form under Jorge Sampaoli so far this season, winning 12 of their 18 Liga games to date while also qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage.

And Sevilla shocked the footballing world when they ended Real’s 40-match unbeaten run in all competitions on Sunday, downing Zinedine Zidane’s men 2-1 in the league.

However, the club’s president claims the league title is “not for Sevilla” and insists finishing inside the top four remains the target.

Speaking to Cadena SER about the prospect of a first Liga crown for Sevilla since 1946, Carmona said: “We are very satisfied but we have to keep our feet on the ground – the league is not for us, it is for Real Madrid and Barcelona to try and win.

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“We are realists, we do not give up anything but our goal is to qualify for the Champions League.”

One negative during Sevilla’s fine season, though, is speculation surrounding the future of sporting director Monchi.

The 48-year-old, who was also linked with both Manchester United and Everton last summer, has been one of the main driving forces behind Sevilla winning five Europa League titles since 2006, ensuring the club have continued to remain a force with despite regularly losing star players.

However, Monchi – who has spent nearly 17 years with Sevilla – is being linked with a switch to Serie A outfit Roma and Carmona has suggested a departure could be on the cards.

He added: “You cannot force someone to be where they do not want to be.”

RUMOURS: Man Utd eyeing move for Celtic prodigy

Luke Shaw has struggled with injuries this season and the Red Devils could make a signing at left-back in order to field a more consistent back four

Manchester United want to sign £10 million-rated Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Red Devils have lacked a consistent left-back this season, with Luke Shaw struggling to stay fit, and have identified Tierney as a potential long-term solution.

The 19-year-old is making his way back from an absence of his own with an ankle injury and is therefore more likely to be a summer target.


DR Congo 1-0 Morocco: Kabananga pounces on blunder to give Ibenge's 10 men the points

The 2015 semi-finalists held on to claim a 1-0 win in their Africa Cup of Nations Group C opener despite having Joyce Lomalisa Mutambala sent off

Junior Kabananga capitalised on a goalkeeping error from Munir to give 10-man DR Congo a 1-0 win over Morocco in their opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations.

DR Congo had impressed in the 2015 edition of the competition, progressing to the semi-finals in Equatorial Guinea and beating the hosts on penalties to finish third.

Florent Ibenge’s men have been drawn in a tough group as they bid to go one step further this time around, with holders Ivory Coast and Togo playing out a goalless draw earlier on Monday.

But DR Congo will go into the second round of fixtures at the top of the Group C after Munir’s moment of misfortune handed them all three points.

Munir failed to deal with Firmin Ndombe Mubele’s cross from the left, with Kabananga pouncing to turn home what proved the decisive goal.

Substitute Joyce Lomalisa Mutambala was sent off in the 81st minute for two bookings in quick succession and DR Congo were forced to play some of the closing stages with nine men due to an injury to captain Gabriel Zakuani, who did return for stoppage time.

But Morocco could not find an equaliser and DR Congo will now look to cement a place in the quarter-finals when they face Ivory Coast on Friday.

Only the crossbar prevented Morocco from taking the lead inside two minutes as Mbark Boussoufa curled against the woodwork from the edge of the area.

Defender Manuel da Costa then headed over from Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez’s free-kick before defender Chancel Mbemba had DR Congo’s best chance of the half, his effort from just outside the box flying narrowly wide.

But DR Congo were gifted the lead 10 minutes after the restart.

Mubele got to the byline and whipped in a seemingly aimless left-wing cross, but Munir allowed the ball to creep under him and strike his near post, Kabananga making no mistake in volleying in the rebound.

Carcela-Gonzalez went close at the other end, firing an effort just past the right-hand post and DR Congo’s hopes of preserving their advantage suffered a blow when Fabrice N’Sakala was taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Mutambala.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s long-range strike was unconvincingly saved by Ley Matampi as Morocco continued to press for an equaliser, with the substitute then lashing over from close range at the far post moments later.

Mutambala was given his marching orders for a rash foul on Faycal Fajr having previously been booked for time wasting, and Youssef El-Arabi almost immediately took advantage, turning a point-blank header agonisingly wide.

Matampi produced heroics to deny El-Arabi three minutes from time and Morocco could not fashion another chance as DR Congo clung on.

RUMOURS: Guardiola to move for new Man City goalkeeper in the summer

The Citizens are poised to sign a shot-stopper but it remains to be seen whether they will buy an understudy or a direct rival to Claudio Bravo

Manchester City are set to move for a new goalkeeper in the summer, according to the Guardian.

The Citizens are unlikely to offer current backup Willy Cabellero fresh terms when his current contract expires in the summer.

However, with Claudio Bravo under pressure following a series of poor displays this term, it remains to be seen whether Pep Guardiola will attempt to sign an understudy or a direct rival to the Chilean.

The report claims Joe Hart, currently on loan at Torino after being made surplus to requirements at City, is unlikely to earn the chance to re-establish himself at the Etihad Stadium.