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November 14, 2018 
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MLS: Ibra wins goal of the season

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first-ever strike for the LA Galaxy won him Major League Soccer's Goal of the Year on Tuesday. Ibrahimovic, 37, scored twice in his debut for the Galaxy helping the club rally to beat local rivals LAFC 4-3 on March 31, the first coming from a swerving 40-yard volley that beat Tyler Miller to level the score. The former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain star then headed home the winner to cap a spectacular substitute appearance in front of the home crowd at StubHub Center. Ibrahimovic joins Carlos Ruiz, 2002, and Landon Donovan, 2009, as the third Galaxy player to win the goal of the year award. Atlanta United's Hector Villalba won the award in 2017. (ESPNFC)
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Premier League: Next chief executive appointed

Susanna Dinnage, a senior executive at Discovery Communications, was named the next chief executive of the Premier League on Tuesday, a position that will make her one of the most prominent women in professional sports. Dinnage will replace the Premier League’s departing executive chairman, Richard Scudamore, who is stepping down by the end of the year after nearly two decades leading the organization. Scudamore’s job will be split in two in a new structure, the league said, with Dinnage as chief executive alongside a nonexecutive chairman. “We had a very strong field, but Susanna was the outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and digital disruption,” said Bruce Buck, the chairman of Chelsea F.C., who led the league’s nominations committee. (NYTimes)

Premier League: FA could cut number of foreign players

In a bid to deal with Brexit and boost the number of homegrown players, the English FA is planning to reduce the number of overseas players in Premier League squads to 12 from 17, the Times newspaper reported on Tuesday. The proposal, to be put to the clubs this week, would mean significant changes to a number of sides. Thirteen clubs have more than 12 overseas players in their first-team squads this season. The FA would in return agree to give a governing body endorsement, usually issued for a non-EU/European Economic Area elite player to help the development of football in England, for a work permit for every foreign player who gets a contract with a Premier League club, the report said. If the clubs fail to reach agreement with the FA on Brexit, they could face a "no-deal" scenario where all EU players would have to fulfil the same criteria that non-EU players do now to get a work permit, the report added. (ESPNFC)

MLS: Atlanta's Martino wins coach of the year

Atlanta United's Gerardo ''Tata'' Martino has been voted coach of the year in Major League Soccer. Martino won his first award after guiding Atlanta through another record-breaking season. Backed by record crowds, Atlanta United earned its first playoff series win by beating New York City FC in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Martino, the former Barcelona and Argentina national coach, is leaving Atlanta United at the end of the season, reportedly to head Mexico's national team. He is staying through the playoffs. Martino received 32.7 percent of the votes by MLS team officials, players and media. Bob Bradley of Los Angeles FC was second at 22.34 percent. (Sports Illustrated)

Tuesday morning transfer talk

Source: ESPNFC
  • Liverpool are set to shatter their transfer record to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona.
  • Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants new signings, and the Sun reports that the club "are set to splash £35 million on Cagliari's Nicolo Barella."
  • Real Betis were linked with Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez in the summer and remain interested as the January window looms.
  • Both Chelsea and Manchester United had been keen on Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj, but both will be disappointed, according to the Mail. It reports that Albania international Hysaj is in negotiations over a new deal and his agent is hopeful an agreement will soon be finalised.

Today's top matches (All times EST)

  • U-17 Women's World Cup: USA vs Cameroon 12 pm on FS2

DSD Power Couple of the Day

Borussia Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer and wife Jenny Schmelzer
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Highlights to kick off your day

Updated tables from around the globe

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  • Germany: Bundesliga - Table
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  • Portugal - Portuguese Liga - Table
  • Scotland - Scottish Premiership - Table
  • Mexico - Liga MX - Table
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