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BELLEVUE---Victor Valdes stint at
Manchester United is going to be brief.
United manager Louis van Gaal said
yesterday the club intends on selling
Valdes after the former Barcelona and
Spanish national team goalkeeper failed
to follow the club s philosophy. Valdes
was noticeably absent from United s
roster for its preseason tour of the United
States that opens tomorrow night against
Mexico s Club America in Seattle.
"He was not selected because he did
not follow our philosophy," van Gaal
said. "Philosophy is how you play foot-
ball and how you maintain your match
Van Gaal said at one point last season,
Valdes refused to play for United s sec-
ond-team in a game when he was not
getting playing time with the first-team.
"That s one aspect of our philosophy
but there are a lot of other aspects. You
have to play like a goalkeeper in Man-
chester United," van Gaal said. "When
you are not willing to follow that prin-
ciple of the philosophy there is only one
way and that is out."
Valdes was signed last January to an
18-month contract as the backup to
David de Gea after recovering from a
major knee injury. Valdes didn t make
his first appearance for United until May
17 when he came on after de Gea was
injured against Arsenal. Valdes then
started the following week against Hull
"I wanted to help him show his qual-
ities for another club," van Gaal said of
why Valdes started against Hull. "I m
always a very social human being." (AP)
time done at
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, left, listens as Bastian Schweinsteiger talks to reporters after
being introduced as a new singing with the club, during a news conference, yesterday, in Bellevue,
Washington. Manchester United is in the Seattle area for an international friendly against Mexico's Club
America to be played tomorrow. AP PHOTO
finalists Barcelona and Juventus
provide eight of the 10 players
shortlisted for UEFA s Best Play-
er in Europe Award for last sea-
UEFA says Cristiano Ronaldo
of Real Madrid and Chelsea s Eden
Hazard are also voted in from an
initial 35-candidate list.
Barcelona players on the shortlist
are forwards Lionel Messi, Ney-
mar and Luis Suarez.
Beaten finalist Juventus has
Gianluigi Buffon, Paul Pogba,
Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and
UEFA asked journalists from its
54 member countries to each
name their top five players from
the 2014-15 season.
No English players were among
the 35 candidates chosen.
A three-man shortlist will be
named August 12.
The UEFA panel of journalists
will pick the winner at the Cham-
pions League groups draw in
Monaco on August 27.
STOKE---Stoke says it has com-
pleted the signing of Barcelona
winger Moha El Ouriachi.
The 19-year-old Moroccan will
join former Barcelona teammates
Bojan Krkic and Marc Muniesa
with Stoke in Singapore at the pre-
season Asia Trophy.
Stoke chief executive Tony
Scholes says Moha is "excited
about joining a Premier League
club, he has seen the progress
made by Bojan and Marc and
wants to try to do likewise."
El Ouriachi turned down an
offer for a new contract from
Barcelona. Stoke signed the winger
for an undisclosed fee.
TORONTO---Esteban made two
saves and anchored a stingy
defense as Costa Rica tied Canada
0-0 on a rainy Tuesday night to
advance to the quarterfinals of the
CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Costa Rica, the second-place
team in Group B with three straight
draws, has qualified for the knock-
out round of the Gold Cup in its
last nine appearances.
Esteban bobbled a free kick in
the 81st minute. Canada s Andre
Hainault won the loose ball in front
of the net and redirected it toward
goal, but Bryan Ruiz made a goal-
line deflection and Roy Miller
cleared it away.
Canada was eliminated from the
tournament after not scoring in a
sixth consecutive Gold Cup match.
Canada had a goal disallowed in
the 68th minute after Marcus
Haber was whistled for an offside
on a free kick.
Costa Rica s best scoring chance
came when Deyver Vega forced a
diving save by Kyriakos Stam-
atopoulos in the first minute of
first-half stoppage time.
Barcelona, Juventus players
head UEFA Best Player shortlist
Stoke signs Moha El Ouriachi from Barca
Costa Rica ties Canada 0-0 to
advance to Gold Cup quarters
T&T s Soca Warriors last night
came from two goals down to earn
a hard fought 4-4 draw against
powerhouse Mexico in their Con-
cacaf Gold Cup preliminary match
at the Bank of America Stadium
in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Keron Cummings (55th & 67th);
Kenwyne Jones (58th) and Yohance
Marshall (93rd) were T&T s
goalscorers. The point helped T&T
top Group C with seven points.
Soca Warriors hold Mexico 4-4, top Group C
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