Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore left off latest USMNT roster


International players Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams lead the 40-man provisional roster submitted by the Monday for the CONCACAF Nations League, but longtime team standards Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore are not on the list.

Perhaps even more significant, ESPN reported thatdual U.S.-Mexico attacker Efrain Alvarez of the LA Galaxy was named to Mexico’s provisional roster. Playing in the Nations League would tie him to the Mexican team by FIFA regulations.

The U.S. will face Honduras in the semifinals of the Nations League on June 3, followed by the final and third-place game on June 6 at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High. Mexico will play Costa Rica in the other semifinal.

The teams will narrow their provisional rosters down to 23-player final rosters a week before the semifinals, when the USMNT is scheduled to play a pair of tune-up friendlies in Europe against Switzerland.

Bradley and Altidore have been integral parts of the American team for more than a decade, with Bradley earning 151 caps and Altidore 115. Although U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter has been working with a variety of forward and midfield combinations, any action preceding the World Cup qualifying in September is part of the development of the team as it attempts to get back onto the world stage.

Altidore has been trying to get fully healthy as Toronto FC has started MLS play, and he reportedly preferred to stay with his club rather than traveling to Switzerland for a pre-Nations League friendly.

Pulisic will miss the Americans’ prep match against Switzerland on May 30, since he will be with Chelsea at the UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29. Also, top American goalkeeper, Zack Steffen, also will miss the Switzerland friendly, since he is Manchester City’s No. 2 keeper.

Full preliminary roster:

Goalkeepers: Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Belgium), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake), Zack Steffen (Manchester City), Matt Turner (New England), DeAndre Yedlin (Besitkas, Turkey).

Defenders: John Brooks (Wolfsburg, Germany), Reggie Cannon (Boavista, Portugal), Sergino Dest (Barcelona, Spain), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Mark McKenzie (Genk, Belgium), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht, Belgium), Tim Ream (Fulham, England), Bryan Reynolds (Roma, Italy), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim, Germany), Antonee Robinson (Fulham, England), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC).

Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, Germany), Kellyn Acosta (Colorado), Luca de la Torre (Heracles Almelo, Netherlands), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Juventus, Italy), Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain), Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton, England), Cristian Roldan (Seattle), Jackson Yueill (San Jose).

Forwards: Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Tyler Boyd (Besiktas, Turkey), Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, Spain), Daryl Dike (Barnsley, England), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen, France), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England), Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Germany), Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys, Switzerand), Tim Weah (Lille, France), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus).

–Field Level Media



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Coco Gauff wins 1st-round marathon at Italian Open


Coco Gauff outlasted Yulia Putintseva in a first-round match that took just short of three hours Monday as the WTA’s 2021 Italian Open got underway in Rome.

It took a two-hour, 57-minute battle royal for Gauff, the 17-year-old American, to overcome Putintseva of Kazakhstan 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the highlight match of the round of 64. Gauff moves onto the second round Wednesday against 17th-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece, who also played a marathon first-round match Monday, defeating Polona Hercog of Slovenia in three sets, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, who moved back into the top 10 ten in the world rankings after reaching the quarterfinals in Madrid, dropped her first set against Poland’s Magda Linette before the 11th-seded Kvitova rallied to win 1-6, 6-0, 6-2.

Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo overcame Italy’s Camila Giorgi in another arduous first-round match, going for three hours, 51 minutes before prevailing 7-6 (4), 6-7 (7), 7-5.

Meanwhile, former world No. 14 Petra Martic posted her first Top 50 victory of the season in another long match. The Croatian fought back to defeat American Shelby Rogers 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 29 minutes.

Two other seeded players moved on: 13th-seeded American Jennifer Brady downed Shuai Zhang 6-1, 6-4, and No. 15 Iga Swiatek of Poland was up against Alison Riske 5-4 when the American retired with an injury.

American Jessica Pegula beat Russian Daria Kasatkina, Vera Zvonareva of Russia downed American Christina Hale, Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia downed Ukranian Marta Kostyuk, Jil Teichmann of Switzerland beat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, and Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. defeated Qiang Wang of China.

Another day of first-round matches is set for Tuesday.

On Sunday, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams withdrew from the event, which moved Czech Karolina Pliskova into the second round.

–Field Level Media



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U.S. dollar weakens after disappointing jobs report


NEW YORK, May 10 (Xinhua) — The U.S. dollar inched lower in late trading on Monday, following a noticeable slide in the prior session, as market participants continued to digest a weak U.S. employment report.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, fell 0.03 percent at 90.2155.

In late New York trading, the euro decreased to 1.2144 U.S. dollars from 1.2165 dollars in the previous session, and the British pound increased to 1.4134 dollars from 1.3996 U.S. dollars in the previous session. The Australian dollar was down to 0.7842 U.S. dollar from 0.7846 dollar.

The U.S. dollar bought 108.82 Japanese yen, higher than 108.61 Japanese yen of the previous session. The U.S. dollar fell to 0.9007 Swiss franc from 0.9010 Swiss franc, and it fell to 1.2099 Canadian dollars from 1.2141 Canadian dollars.

U.S. employers added 266,000 jobs in April, with the unemployment rate little changed at 6.1 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The reading fell well short of Wall Street’s expectations. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal had forecast 1 million new jobs.

On Friday, the U.S. dollar index decreased 0.78 percent to 90.2409 in late trading.



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Denis Malgin has been assigned to the Maple Leafs’ taxi squad


The Swiss forward had been sent to the Toronto Marlies, the Leaf’s AHL affiliate, one week ago.

After the end of Lausanne HC‘s postseason, Denis Malgin returned to North America in order to join the Toronto Maple Leafs for the remainder of the NHL regular season and, of course, their postseason.

He has now been assigned to the Leaf’s taxi squad. Malgin appeared in 45 regular-season games and two playoff games for Lausanne HC this season. In total, he recorded 21 goals and 24 assists.

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Matteo Romanenghi to suit up for HC Ajoie next season?


HC Lugano announced at the end of April that the forward would no longer be part of their team.

Matteo Romanenghi off to Porrentruy?

According to Omar Gargantini (RSI), it looks like Matteo Romanenghi might be able to stay in the National League. There are rumblings that a two-year contract with HC Ajoie is on the table for him.

The 26-year-old forward had been part of HC Lugano‘s organization since 2010. This season, he appeared in 23 games for the Bianconeri (one assist) and 13 regular-season games for the HCB Ticino Rockets, recording five goals and six assists.

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For family reasons – Linus Klasen and Lulea Hockey part ways


The club has released the 35-year-old forward from his contract. Klasen wants to return to Switzerland, where his family lives.

Linus Klasen leaves Luleå Hockey prematurely.

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“I want to thank Luleå Hockey for the understanding and that we quickly agreed on a solution,” Linus Klasen says on the club’s website. Because his wife and four kids stayed in Lugano, it has been difficult for Klasen to see them due to the pandemic in the past months.

“We respect Linus’ family situation,” Luleå’s general manager Stefan Nilsson explains, “and we have agreed that he may terminate his agreement prematurely. We hope that it will work out better for the family and we wish Linus all the best in the future.”

This past season, Linus Klasen suited up 57 times for Luleå Hockey (including playoffs) and recorded 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists).

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Thomas Hofmann leaves HC Ajoie, joins HC Université Neuchâtel


After a successful season with HC Ajoie, the 25-year-old defenseman returns to his youth club HC Université Neuchâtel.

Thomas Hofmann returns to Neuchâtel.

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According to Arcinfo, Thomas Hofmann wants to finish his studies at the University of Neuchâtel, where he will soon have to write his master thesis in biology.

Before coming to Ajoie in 2020, he mainly played for HC La Chaux-de-Fonds. In 2016-17, he already played 23 games for HC Université Neuchâtel on loan from HCC.

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HC Lugano signs Santeri Alatalo, Calvin Thürkauf, and Samuel Guerra


Whereas Alatalo has signed a four-year deal with the Bianconeri, Thürkauf and Guerra will play for Lugano for the next three seasons.

Santeri Alatalo joins HC Lugano

After winning the Swiss championship with EV Zug, 31-yea-rold defenseman Santeri Alatalo and 23-year-old forward Calvin Thürkauf will both move to the Ticino. The first has signed for four years, the latter for three years.

HC Lugano‘s team manager Hnat Domenichelli describes Alatalo as “a strong two-way defender who (…) will bring experience and leadership to the group.” The goal for Thürkauf, on the other hand, is to return to the NHL, Domenichelli states. “For this reason, he is very motivated and we are enthusiastic to count on him.”

Moreover, also Samuel Guerra will join HC Lugano, coming from HC Davos. Already in early January, Luca Sciarini (Eco dello Sport) reported that the 27-year-old might on the move to Lugano. Now, it is confirmed: Guerry has signed a three-year contract.

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Defenseman Vladímir Roth moves back to Czechia


The 30-year-old defenseman, who spent the past months with Lausanne HC, has signed with Kometa Brno.

Vladímir Roth leaves Lausanne in direction of Czechia.

Vladímir Roth joined Lausanne HC at the end of January. In his three months in Switzerland, he appeared in thirteen games (including playoffs), in which he contributed three assists.

At the end of April, Lausanne’s Director of Hockey Operations, Petr Svoboda, announced that Roth is one of the players, who will not be back with LHC next season.

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Jan Mosimann receives tryout opportunity from EHC Olten


The 26-year-old forward has time until August to earn a contract from the Swiss League team.

Jan Mosimann gets a chance from the Mice

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Mosimann will participate in EHC Olten‘s entire summer training. The forward last played for HC Thurgau, but it has been clear since March that he will not return to the Lions next season.

Mosimann is a product of EHC Biel‘s organization. Before joining HC Thurgau in 2020, the forward suited up for the SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers for three seasons. This season, he recorded seven goals and eight assists in 31 regular-season games.

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