Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic announced he is retiring from professional soccer after an 11-year career and 297 Major League Soccer appearances.
The 34-year-old veteran first joined the league in 2010 after signing with the New England Revolution. He spent two seasons in Massachusetts before transferring to Sporting Kansas City, where he has been playing for the last decade.
Under Peter Vermes, Sinovic lifted the 2013 MLS Cup and three U.S. Open Cups. He now ranks seventh in club history with 257 appearances across all competitions.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me throughout my MLS career,” Sinovic said in a statement to SKC.
“This journey would not have been possible without the coaches who have guided me in becoming a better player and a better person. To my teammates from Sporting Kansas City to the New England Revolution, I want to offer my deepest thanks. The memories and friendships I have developed over the years and continue to hold are invaluable.”
“I especially want to thank Kansas City and the Sporting KC fans who supported me for nine years. You, more than anyone, kept me going. It was an incredible honor to play for my hometown club and to be a part of such a special community. I am also eternally grateful for the Sporting Club ownership group.
“The Illigs, Pattersons, Madays, Currans and Heinemans have made me feel like part of the family from day one. Experiencing the growth and success of this team and organization was more rewarding than I ever could have ever imagined.”
Tributes from teammates and coaches have begun flooding in after the long-time player revealed his departure. Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes spoke highly of Sinovic, highlighting his contributions to the club.
“Seth was a fiercely competitive player and a selfless teammate who helped us win four championships and experience lots of success as a club,” Sporting Kansas City manager and sporting director Peter Vermes said.
“He has also shown great commitment to serving the Kansas City community and engaging with our fans in meaningful ways. He will always be a part of the Sporting family and we thank him for everything.”
Aston Villa travel to Manchester United on Saturday afternoon, as they resume Premier League matters.
Dean Smith’s side will be aiming to put their midweek League Cup exit – courtesy of a penalty shootout defeat at Chelsea – out of their minds and continue their very encouraging Premier League performances. The Villans followed a generally undeserved 3-0 league defeat at Stamford Bridge with a dominating 3-0 victory over Everton last weekend, putting on an exciting and promising display in the process.
Smith’s men have another nasty test this weekend, though, facing a Manchester United side who sit third in the table – level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool – after four wins and a draw to kick the campaign off.
Here’s the lineup Smith could opt for to upset the odds.
Former Manchester United captain could start against his old side / Robin Jones/Getty Images
Emi Martinez (GK) – Was a relief for Villa to have their Argentinian shot stopper back between the sticks against Everton, and Martinez will certainly don the gloves at Old Trafford.
Matty Cash (RB) – Smith has tried a three at the back in recent weeks although could go back to a more familiar four to match United on Saturday, meaning right-back role for potentially soon-to-be Poland international Cash.
Ezri Konsa (CB) – With Axel Tuanzebe ineligible to play against his parent club, it should be a simple choice to put Konsa at the heart of defence.
Tyrone Mings (CB) – Alongside him will be the ever-present Mings, whose impressive form in recent seasons has made him a regular in the England set up as well as now captaining Aston Villa following the departure of Jack Grealish.
Ashley Young (LB) – Matt Targett is a doubt for the trip to Manchester meaning a possible start for the versatile Young, who captained United before moving on to Inter.
Emi Buendia could come back for his first Premier League outing in nearly a month / James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
Douglas Luiz (CM) – Has become an integral component of this Aston Villa team and, following consistent displays to commence the campaign and a neat assist against Everton last time out, he should definitely be in line for another start. John McGinn (CM) – Like Targett, McGinn is a doubt for Saturday’s fixture but, if he’s deemed fit to play, expect the tenacious Scotsman to be one of the first names on the team sheet.
Emi Buendia (AM) – Smith has a few different systems to opt for at the top of the pitch but we could see Buendia feature behind the striker again for this one, with the Argentine aiming to build on his one goal in three outings.
Always a goal threat / James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
Bertrand Traore (RW) – Yet to find the net this season although Traore is always capable of pulling an absolute worldie out of his hat – so United will have to be wary.
Danny Ings (ST) – Should Smith return to the one-man strike force, it will likely be Ings over Ollie Watkins. The former Southampton man has two goals and two assists in five Premier League appearances so far this season. Anwar El Ghazi (LW) – Leon Bailey is unfortunately a doubt after being forced off the pitch following a barnstorming contribution against Everton last Saturday. El Ghazi, who has one league goal to his name thus far, could be the one to start on the left.
Following an early exit from the League Cup in midweek, Manchester United turn their attentions back to the Premier League as they host Aston Villa on Saturday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men lost 1-0 at home to West Ham on Wednesday night, although the Norwegian did field a much-changed XI for the game. The story is very different when it comes to Premier League matters, though. United are third in the table – behind Chelsea and Liverpool on goal difference – after winning four and drawing one in their opening five fixtures.
Matchday six brings a tough test in the form of Aston Villa, who sit tenth in the table but are playing some excellent football in the early stages of the campaign.
To continue his side’s decent league form, here’s the lineup Solskjaer could go for on Saturday afternoon.
David De Gea (GK) – The hero of United’s 2-1 league win away at the Hammers last weekend, saving Mark Noble’s last-minute penalty – yes, I know, he actually saved a penalty. He’s definitely earned another start here. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – Had a terrible start to the Champions League campaign against Young Boys, although has looked good in domestic action thus far. Raphael Varane (CB) – It’s been a solid start to his Red Devils career, looking as composed as expected and even bagging an assist. Harry Maguire (CB) – A certainty to start when available, the United skipper has earned the tag of one Europe’s top central defenders over the past year or so, and will feature once more in the backline.
Luke Shaw (LB) – Hasn’t slowed down since recapturing his form last year, and is a huge asset to Solskjaer’s side.
Bruno Fernandes is integral to Manchester United / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images
Fred (CM) – There have been many, many questions asked about Fred in the United midfield and, while he visibly has a mistake in him, Solskjaer will likely stick with the Brazilian in his engine room. Scott McTominay (CM) – Alongside him should be McTominay, who recovered from a groin injury to play the full 90 in his side’s 2-1 win at the London Stadium last Saturday. Bruno Fernandes (AM) – Absolutely crucial to this side, it seems unthinkable to have a Manchester United lineup without Fernandes in it. Already on four league goals this season, Villa should watch out.
The main attraction / Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images
Mason Greenwood (RW) – After impressing with a cameo in midweek, Greenwood will likely come back into the fold for this encounter. Hasn’t scored this month but, with three Premier League strikes to his name thus far, don’t bet against him.
Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – Can he keep this fairytale homecoming up? Probably.
Paul Pogba (LW) – Quite incredibly didn’t get an assist last time out, but Pogba will always be capable of producing a bit of awe-inspiring magic to build on the seven assists he’s managed so far this seasons.
The north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is possibly the most exciting fixture in English football, and over the years it has allowed some of the biggest stars of the game to flourish on its stage.
The two teams are currently struggling to emulate the successes of the past, but the fact they’re not competing for the biggest trophies on offer does not make this contest any less appealing.
There is certainly no shortage drama when it comes to rivalry, and there are still some genuine superstars on display. But which club would boast the most players in a current combined starting lineup?
Well, 90min asked Gunners legend Paul Merson and Spurs favourite Jamie O’Hara to put aside their differences ahead of the big derby on Sunday 26 September and select the best player in each position, building the ultimate north London XI.
So here it is! Merson and O’Hara’s combined XI for the north London derby for 90min’sRivals series.
Hugo Lloris (GK)
Between the sticks / James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
Merson: “He’s a World Cup winner. I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves sometimes. I think he’s very underrated and they don’t talk about him like Ederson or Alisson, but for me he’s a top goalkeeper and he makes big saves.”
Japhet Tanganga (RB)
A big future ahead of him / Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Merson: “They were still untangling him [Tanganga] from when Adama Traore had a go at him the other week at Molineux! I think Cedric is better going forward, but I need defenders at Arsenal at the moment, not people who are bombing forward.”
Ben White (CB)
Great expectations / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
O’Hara: “Ben White, they paid £50m for him, but I like him, I think he’s going to be something special. He’s great on the ball – I think he’s got to work on his leadership and his heading ability.”
Davinson Sanchez (CB)
Signs of consistency / Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Merson: “I think Sanchez tries to win the ball too quickly, he’s too eager, but if I wanted to be marked by someone, I’d rather be marked by Gabriel. Sanchez has got the pace to get back again if you do beat him.”
Kieran Tierney (LB)
A fan favourite / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
Merson: “I like Tierney, the problem is he’s becoming a bit of a school captain – he’s trying to do everything. He’s caught in between stopping the cross or getting back into position. But he is one of the main players for Arsenal, and if he can’t get in the team, I’m struggling.”
Merson: “I have to give you Hojbjerg because he’s played more games and he’s more reliable [than Thomas Partey]. I wouldn’t if Partey had started well, but he hasn’t been good enough to justify him.”
Oliver Skipp (CM)
Building on an impressive loan season / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images
O’Hara: “Granit Xhaka had a great Euros but he’s had a nightmare this season – especially against Manchester City when he got sent off and killed the team. He’s got the Arsenal fans again on his back. When I look at Oliver Skipp, he’s like a new signing!”
Dele Alli (CM)
Finding his mojo / James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images
Merson: “Dele Alli’s playing better this season, he’s getting his mojo back and he’s changed his game. He’s getting in the box and he’s scored as well, so for me I would go Dele Alli there [over Martin Odegaard].”
Bukayo Saka (RW)
A star of the future / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
O’Hara: “Bergwijn started the season well, but he’s still got more to show. For me, I love Saka. I think he’s exciting, I loved him in the Euros. Every time I watch him play, I’m excited to see what he does with the football. He’s not afraid to go at you, is he?”
Merson: “If Arsenal are going to have a chance in this game, he will have to play very very well.”
Harry Kane (ST)
Elite / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images
O’Hara: “Harry Kane or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? It was probably an argument two seasons ago – a big argument – because Aubameyang was unbelievable, and now we’re sitting here saying, ‘how’s this guy still playing? How’s he still at Arsenal? How’s he still the captain?’
“Harry Kane has gone to another level, he’s gone to another planet, and I know Aubameyang is a bit older but there’s no argument is there?”
Merson: “I don’t care what team we’re talking about, if we’re talking about Manchester United or Man City or Chelsea, I’m taking Harry Kane! He brings everything to the party, he can go back and get the ball in his own box and play a 60-yard ball to Son over the top on a sixpence.”
Son Heung-min (LW)
A superstar / Visionhaus/Getty Images
Merson: “Son’s just a phenomenal footballer. I still scratch my head and think, ‘how do people not go for Son?’ He’s a team player, he works his socks off, gives everything in every game. He scores goals, he runs without the ball, with the ball. He just ticks every box for me!”
O’Hara: “He’s so good on the ball, he’s strong, he’s tall, he’s good in the air.”
Arsenal and Manchester City face off in the WSL on Sunday in an early test of each other’s mettle.
The WSL is back after the September international break and both clubs will be looking for a statement result at this early stage of the campaign.
Arsenal have enjoyed a perfect start so far and will go into this one as favourites, both on form and as a result of City’s crippling injury list.
This is everything you need to know about the game…
What time is kick off? Sunday 26 September, 18:45 (BST) Where is it being played? Meadow Park TV channel? Sky Sports Football (UK), FA Player (US) Highlights? The Women’s Football Show (BBC One & iPlayer – UK) Referee? Elizabeth Simms
Nikita Parris is pushing for a first league start for Arsenal / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
Summer signing Nikita Parris is pushing for a start after so far only appearing off the bench in the WSL this season. Jonas Eidevall will also have to decide whether he wants to push Katie McCabe back to left-back after a more advanced role last time out.
Caitlin Foord is yet to feature this season, while Jordan Nobbs will be out until October.
Alex Greenwood is the latest injury blow for Man City / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
Alex Greenwood picked up a knock on international duty, joining an already lengthy City injury list that also includes fellow defenders Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Esme Morgan. That could provide opportunities for Ruby Mace and Filippa Angeldal to fill in, albeit in unnatural positions.
Gareth Taylor will be praying that some with lighter injuries will have recovered in time.
Each of the last three WSL meetings between these two clubs have ended in 2-1 Manchester City wins. It was October 2019 the last time that Arsenal took the points in a league fixture against City, although the Gunners were also victorious in a Continental Cup tie in January 2020.
Of three games in all competitions during the 2018/19 season, each side enjoyed one win in the league, while City edged a Continental Cup final on penalties after a 0-0 score-line.
Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall celebrates against Chelsea / Visionhaus/Getty Images
Arsenal and Manchester City have experienced contrasting fortunes so far this season.
The Gunners started the campaign in brilliant fashion by beating Chelsea, have taken maximum points in league matches and have reached the Champions League group stage.
City, on the other hand, had barely any preparation during pre-season, have already been knockout out of Europe, surprisingly lost to Tottenham last time out and are missing numerous starters through injury.
With City’s defence particularly badly affected by the injury crisis, it could give Arsenal the chance to run riot with Vivianne Miedema, Beth Mead and Nikita Parris in attack.
Prediction: Arsenal 4-1 Man City
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