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November 13, 2018 
Quote of the day – “We have a very good team, a young team also, so our process is going very well and I’m just proud to be part of this team. I try to give good performances and pay the coach and the fans back.” - Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri
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La Liga: Real Madrid to hire Solari as permanent coach

Real Madrid have filed papers to appoint Santiago Solari as permanent first-team coach, the Spanish FA (RFEF) has told ESPN. The club are now expected to confirm the 42-year-old, who has won all four of his games in caretaker charge, as first-team boss until at least the end of the season. Solari, who had been coaching the club's Castilla youth side, stepped up when Julen Lopetegui was sacked after the 5-1 Clasico defeat at Barcelona in October. However, league rules state that an interim coach can do a job for only two weeks -- a period that ends on Monday -- meaning he has to be registered or drop back to his Castilla role. The former Madrid midfielder immediately oversaw a dramatic upturn in his side's form after they had taken only one point from their previous five La Liga games. Bernabeu president Florentino Perez had been considering options that included ex-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and former Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim. But victories over Melilla, Valladolid and Viktoria Plzen were followed by Sunday's 4-2 win at Celta Vigo -- the best start of any new manager in Madrid's history. Madrid are now sixth in La Liga, four points behind leaders Barcelona, who lost 4-3 to Real Betis at the Camp Nou on Sunday. The Champions League holders are at the top of Group G with Roma, whom they visit on Nov. 27. (ESPNFC)
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MLS: Ibrahimovic beats out Rooney for Newcomer of the Year award

Major League Soccer announced on Monday that LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won the league's Newcomer of the Year award for 2018. The award recognizes the season's most impactful new player who has prior professional experience. Ibrahimovic made his Galaxy debut on March 31, scoring twice in a come-from-behind 4-3 win over LAFC in the first ever meeting of the Los Angeles clubs. Even after such a strong first impression, the former Sweden international would only get better. By season's end, he'd compiled 22 goals and 10 assists in 27 appearances. He's just the third ever player to record a 20-goal, 10-assist season in MLS history. And his 32 combined goals and assists is the sixth most in league history. Ibrahimovic's Newcomer of the Year win was a narrow one. Among votes from his fellow players, club members and the media, the Galaxy No. 9 averaged 36.36 percent of the vote. In second place was D.C. United's Wayne Rooney, who accumulated an average of 32.25 percent of the vote following his impressive arrival in July. (ESPNFC)

USMNT: USA call up Klinsmann for November friendlies

Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann has been called up to the United States squad for the forthcoming friendlies against England and Italy after goalkeeper Zack Steffen and midfielder Darlington Nagbe withdrew from the team with injuries. Klinsmann, the son of former U.S. head coach and Germany captain Jurgen Klinsmann, holds both German and American citizenship. The 21-year-old had been invited to take part in a Germany goalkeeper training camp in September, but was not included in U.S. caretaker coach Dave Sarachan's original squad for the prestige friendlies in London and Genk, Belgium respectively. However, Columbus Crew SC keeper Steffen was ruled out with a hamstring injury suffered in his side's Eastern Conference semifinal second-leg loss to New York Red Bulls on Sunday, which opened the door for the former California-Berkeley man to get his first senior-level call up. To celebrate the occasion, Jurgen Klinsmann congratulated his son via a tweet saying "Congrats Jonathan !! Have fun !!"

MLS: FC Cincinnati unveils creast ahead of move to MLS in 2019

Copa Libertadores: River Plate hold slight edge over Boca Juniors after dramatic first leg 

Boca Juniors and River Plate played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores final that took place a day later than scheduled due to heavy rain in Argentina. Boca forward Ramon Abila opened the scoring in the 34th minute at La Bombonera Stadium with a powerful left-footed shot into the top left corner. River striker Lucas Pratto equalized two minutes later, sending the ball into the bottom left corner. Forward Dario Benedetto then made it 2-1 to Boca with a header in first-half stoppage time before Boca defender Carlos Izquierdoz scored an own-goal in the 61st minute. 

It's the first time the two Argentine teams have met in the final of South America's equivalent of the Champions League. The second leg is at River's Monumental de Nunez stadium on November 24. The Copa Libertadores is an competition organized by CONMEBOL since 1960. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in South American football. Today at least four clubs per country compete in the tournament, while Argentina and Brazil each have six clubs participating. Independiente of Argentina is the most successful club in the cup's history, having won the tournament seven times. Argentine clubs have accumulated the most victories with 24 wins, while Brazil has the largest number of different winning teams, with a total of 10 clubs having won the title. The cup has been won by 24 different clubs, 13 of which have won the title more than once, and won consecutively by six clubs.

Ligue 1: Thierry Henry backed by Monaco as struggles continue with PSG thrashing

Monaco have backed coach Thierry Henry after his difficult start continued with a 4-0 defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told Canal+ that Henry, who has taken only one point from his first four Ligue 1 games, was a "long-term" solution for the club. The Arsenal legend was appointed to his first senior coaching role last month when he succeeded Leonardo Jardim with Monaco struggling in the relegation zone. And speaking after PSG had inflicted a second successive 4-0 home loss on Henry's team, days after a Champions League thrashing by Brugge, Vasilyev backed the coach. "Thierry came here for the long term, not the short term," he said. "He's not a firefighter. Otherwise, we should have gone for another profile as coach." (ESNPFC)

Tuesday morning transfer talk

Source: ESPNFC
  • As speculation continues to surround the future of Alexis Sanchez, the Mirror reports that he is "eyeing a move to Paris Saint-Germain." It says Chile international Sanchez "wants out of United" after less than a year at the club, citing reports last week that he was "isolated" at Old Trafford. PSG could offer the 29-year-old a new start, with the French champions among a handful of clubs able to match his wages.
  • Manuel Pellegrini is keen to give Samir Nasri another shot after he finishes serving an 18-month ban for receiving an intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in December 2016. The midfielder is having a medical at West Ham according to Sky Sports, and should be available to play at the end of December.
  • San Jose Earthquakes defender Nick Lima is headed to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin for a training stint, a source with direct knowledge of the situation has told ESPN.
  • TEAMTalk say that Bundesliga side RB Leipzig are ready to offer a pre-contract to Wigan's Nick Powell in January. The former Manchester United midfielder has also been linked with Celtic, Brighton and Burnley and can leave for free this summer.

Today's top matches (All times EST)

  • Women's Friendly: Scotland vs USA 2pm on FS1

DSD Power Couple of the Day

West Ham midfielder Felipe Anderson and girlfriend Evelyn Machry

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