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Nani Set for Serie A Return With Venezia

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Former Manchester United winger Nani is set for a return to Italian football with Serie A side Venezia.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports that a deal is close.

Serie A Return for Nani in the Works as Ex-Manchester United Winger Nears Venezia Move

Venezia Lead the Way

Nani recently left Major League Soccer side Orlando City after scoring 31 goals in 88 games for the club. The 35-year-old winger played in Serie A in 2017/18 when Valencia loaned him to Lazio. He scored three and assisted in 25 appearances for the Rome-based side.

Following his spell in Serie A, Nani returned to Sporting CP, where it all started for him and former teammate and friend Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese winger was popular throughout his time at Manchester United, making 230 appearances, managing 41 goals and 73 assists.

Venezia lead the way for his signature after he was also offered to Bologna and Genoa – it is reported talks never proceeded with those fellow Italian clubs.

Nani is a free agent, making him a very attractive proposition with all his experience. He has maintained numerous goals and assists throughout his two years in Orlando and could still have plenty to offer.

Nani made 112 appearances for Portugal between 2006 and 2017, scoring 24 goals and gaining a winners medal at Euro 2016.

He is no stranger to success – winning four Premier League titles and much more, including the Champions League with Manchester United – though his task with Venezia will be much different. The club sit 17th in Serie A, just one point clear of the bottom three.

Venezia signed another former Manchester United player in the summer in Sergio Romero. The Argentine goalkeeper has kept three clean sheets in 13 appearances for the club so far. Should Nani join, both players add invaluable experience to the club who were promoted from Serie B in 2020/21.

 

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Midfielder Celeste Boureille departs Thorns FC

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Celeste Boureille has informed Thorns FC of her impending move to a European-based club, the club confirmed today, with an announcement regarding her next destination expected in the near future

Boureille, 27, was out of contract with the Thorns after the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League season and had announced her departure from the team on Monday via social media.

She joined the Thorns as an undrafted free agent before the 2016 season and went on to make 66 regular-season appearances with the club over her six seasons. She was part of NWSL Shield winning teams in 2016 and 2021 and was member of the Thorns’ NWSL Championship team in 2017.

“My time as a Thorn has been an amazingly rewarding experience and I have loved every second of it,” Boureille said on Twitter. “Thank you to the entire Portland organization for giving me this unforgettable opportunity since day one as a Pro.”





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Charlotte FC eye more DPs beyond “special player” Karol Świderski

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Krneta assured that more additions are on the way, too, particularly of the DP variety (as many as two more). Ecuador international midfielder Jordy Alcívar is currently a Young DP, though that classification could change come roster compliance day.

“We’re looking for more,” Krneta said. “There will be more DPs, we have options and this is why we build the club and the roster in a way that we can cherry-pick, if you like, at the end of the roster-building who we want. … These very good players, it’s not easy to get these players over the line. There’s always an issue or two. But hopefully soon we’ll add one or two more players.”

As key signings are finalized, Świderski is relishing the opportunity – and natural pressure – that awaits him in Charlotte.

“America, this was my dream also,” Świderski said. “I’m so happy to be here.”





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Atlanta United Adds Sixth Preseason Opponent 

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ATLANTA – Atlanta United today announced the club has added a sixth preseason match against Tepatitlán FC to be played Sunday, Feb. 13 while the team is in Mexico. It will be the second match Atlanta plays that day after taking on Chivas Guadalajara. Both matches will be played at Chivas’ Verde Valle training facility and are closed to the public.

The club also announced it will stream each of its remaining preseason matches live on ATLUTD.com/live, including all three matches in Mexico. Atlanta is scheduled to open its 2022 MLS Regular Season on Sunday, Feb. 27 against Sporting Kansas City at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (3 p.m., FS1/FOX Deportes). Tickets for the Home Opener are now available.

After playing Georgia Storm on Jan. 25, the club will continue its preseason with its second match against Georgia Revolution on Jan. 30 (12:00 p.m.) at the Turner Soccer Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. The match, presented by Piedmont Healthcare, sold out to Season Ticket Members earlier on Wednesday and the club also announced that a portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation.

Atlanta will then travel to Guadalajara and train daily at Club Atlas Colomos in Zapopan, Mexico. It’s first match at Colomos will be against Celaya FC and will be open to media. Atlanta will then play two matches Feb. 13, playing Tepatitlán FC after its match against Chivas. Tepatitlán FC is currently in Mexico’s second division and will join Celaya as the second Liga de Expansión MX opponent for Atlanta this preseason. Tepatitlán won the league’ Clausura – winning the Guardianes 2021 by defeating Atlético Morelia in the tournament final. A week later it won the 2020-21 season by defeating Apertura champions Tampico Madero in penalties.

After returning from Mexico, Atlanta will play its final preseason match at Birmingham Legion FC on Feb. 20 at Protective Stadium. Ticket information for the match will be announced in the coming weeks.





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