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Real cheers, real emotion and real players make this draft show better


SECAUCUS, N.J. — Darryl Strawberry was sitting in a high school classroom in Los Angeles when he found out the Mets drafted him first overall.

Dominic Smith was in front of a lively studio audience.

I don’t know if the Mets are making progress. But maybe the draft finally is.

I don’t know if Dominic Smith can save the Mets, or if his buddy J.P. Crawford can save the Phillies. But maybe they helped save the draft.

“This is what we hamier League title this season.Last season the Reds won the Champions League and finished second to Manchester City with the third-highest points total in Premier League history. “I’d say there are at least six teams in contention,” he told Sky Sportsd in mind,” commissioner Bud Selig said, in between announcing picks.

For years, baseball treated the draft as if no one cared about it, and few did. It didn’t get all that much better when the draft was first televised, or when it was moved to prime time.

Two years being sold.With 155 goals between them since their partnership was first struck up on Merseyside in 2017, the prolific pair would have no shortage of suitors were they to be made available for transfer.“Well Real Madrid already have Eden Hazard, tago, only one player agreed to show up, and he wasn’t an early pick. Producers had to beg the hand-picked “fans” to cheer each and every announcement.

Thursday night, there were real cheers. There was real emotion. There were real players.

“I can’t stop shaking,” Smith said a few moments after the Mets made him the 11th overall pick.

The baseball draft is never going to be the , or the . Too many things are different, from the relative anonymity of most of the players picked to the reality that most will spend several years in the minor leagues before they’re really heard from again.

But in a game where the youngest players are becoming the biggest stars, baseball needs young and enthusiastic personalities. It needs kids like Smith, who heard that MLB was inviting some prospects to come to New Jersey for the draft, and turned to his father and said, “Dad, I’m going to be in the studio.”

It needs kids like Clint Frazier, the outfielder from Georgia who the Indians took with the fifth pick.

“I’ve had a lot of people tell me I ceenager Bukayo Saka made history in the Manchester United-Arsenal rivalry.He was the youngest ever player to start a game between these historic rivals.The Gunners academy graduate started the clash at Old Trafford on Monday night, which ended in a 1ould become a fan favorite because of my red hair,” said Frazier, who also attended the draft. “I’m very confident. I think I’m outgoing.

“Hopefully, people like that.”

Of the nine prospects who agreed to attend the draft, Frazier was the first to be chosen. But eight of the nine went in the first round, helping make this draft show easily the best one baseball has put on yet.

Strawberry was the first pick overall in 1980. He said when he was pulled out of class and told the Mets had drafted him, he said, “Where’s that?”

Smith spent the day before the draft touring New York.

“New York looks more beautiful every time I see it,” he said.

The draft looks better as a show than it did before, too.

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Werth activated, Rendon recalled as Nationals shake up roster


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With their record sitting at a disappointing 28-29, the Nationals decided to shake up their roster on Tuesday. Here’s the list of moves:

Outfielder Jayson Werth activated off DL.Top prospect Anthony Rendon called up from Triple-A.Left-hander Ian Krol called up from Double-A.Second baseman placed on 15-day DL.Right-hander designated for assignment and placed on waivers.Left-hartz at the end of this season.The young Germany attacker is being tracked by the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.Bosz told AD: “In Germany they see him as a child prodigy. He is from Aachen, has been playing here nder released.

Werth, 34, missed a month with a hamstring problem. Washington was him on Tuesday as long as he came through his recent minor-league rehab games well. In 27 games before the injury, he hit .260/.308/.400 with four home runs and two stolen bases. Werth will give the team some much-needed outfield depth with Bryce Harper on the DL.

Rendon, 22, went 6 for 25 (.240) in eight games with the Nats earlier this season. He’s hit .307/.452/.575 with six homers in 36 minor-league games this year, all but three at Double-A. A natural third baseman, the Nationals have had Rendon recently and will him use there at the big-league level.

Espinosa, 26, has hit a miserable .158/.193/.272 with three home runs this season, though he has been . He also has been battling shoulder problems, so he’ll finally get a chance to get healthy before returning to the team at full strength. GM Mike Rizzo confirmed Rendon will get the majority of the playing time at sddie Nketiah has vowed to fight for a place in Unai Emery’s team next season.The striker spent last season playing behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.Nketiah hopes he can continue to push the established pair during the 2019/20 econd base, and there’s a chance he will remain with the team even after Espinosa is healthy.

The hard-throwing Rodriguez was part of the trade that sent Josh Willingham to the Athletics in December 2010. He’s pitched to a 5.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 47 1/3 innings these last two years after being a reliable setup man in 2010. Given the 26-year-old’s triple-digit fastball, he’ll likely get claimed off waivers in the coming days.

Dukdelighted to prove Valencia’s matchwinner at Champions League opponents Ajax.Rodrigo’s goal fired Los Che into the round of 16 at the expense of the Dutch giants.The Spain striker beamed: “The team is a big family, I just run out of words, these laste, 30, threw 20 2/3 innings with a 8.71 ERA and 1.89 WHIP out of Washington’s bullpen this year. He was the team’s only left-hander until Fernando Abad was recalled last month. Duke has gone 50-75 with a 4.60 ERA in parts of nine big-league seasons.

Krol, 22, was acquired from the Athletics as part of the three-team Mike Morse/John Jaso trade with the Mariners this offseason. He moved to the bullpen full-time this season and owns a 0.69 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in 26 innings for the team’s Double-A affiliate before being called. Krol has never been in the big leagues.’s Danny Knobler hears the Nationals are leaning towards placing right-hander on the DL due to his lat problem, though he will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday before a decision is made. Catcher could miss another six weeks with his hamstring injury.

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first baseman , who entered Sunday with a .160 batting average, had a two-run home run in the fourth inning and an RBI singled in the fifth in an 11-6 loss to the Marlins.Davis finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and three RBI. He is hitting ophy-laden spell at Barcelona.The Argentina international spent three years on Merseyside before eight seasons with Barcelona and now plies his trade back in South America with Estudiantes, having left Hebei China Fortune last month. “I obviously hav.333 (5 for 15) with five RBI in his last four games.

More News 11/06/2018 • by RotoWire Staff Juventus hero Andrea Pirlo believes Inter Milan are a threat this season.Pirlo played for new Inter coach with Juve and Italy.“Juve remain the favourites, but Inter are getting closer,” said the midfield great when asked about this season’s Scudetto. “The Bianconeri still have something more.” 08/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 01/27/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/10/2016 • by RotoWire Staff on-Odoi is set for a playing return with Chelsea this week.The England international winger has been out of action since April after rupturing his Achilles tendon.Goal says he may be back in a Chelsea shirt as early as Friday.They state he could feat 06/25/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 06/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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Pepe Reina won’t rule out extending his stay with


rm of Scott McTominay.McTominay has been United’s best performer in midfield this season.”He’s finally nailed a position down for himself and played regularly,” Solskjaer said ahead of their meeting with Sheffield United.”He’s played everywhere. He w

pitcher (left collarbone) completed a successful bullpen session Sunday and the team’s medical staff is expected to on Monday, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Greinke, who made his first rehab start with Class A Rancho Cucamonga last Friday, is tentatively slated to return Wednesday against Washington.

The right-hander hasn’t pitched with the Dodgers since suffering a fractured left coll over Lautaro Martinez next summer.The striker has been a revelation for Inter Milan since arriving from Racing Club in 2018.According to Calciomercato Martinez has a release clause of €111m (around £95m), which becomes valid from July 1-15 for clarbone during a brawl against the Padres on April 11. He is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts.

More News 03/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/04/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/29/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2020 inted as Spain coach.Enrique, whose daughter died from bone cancer in August, is returning as Spain manager five months after stepping down for personal reasons.Enrique resigned in June after 11 months in the job and announced in August that his nine • by RotoWire Staff 02/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/14/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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f the season.The 20-year-old defender has been wit


starting pitcher prospect tossed five shutout innings, leading Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre to a win Sunday over Gwinnett. He didn’t allow a hit, walked four batters and struck out three.

“I felt like I battled early on. It was a tough day today and the weather hasn’t been the best, but I was able to make pitches when I needed to and my defense had my back,” Betances said, per .com. “My changeup kept me in the game the whole time. I was able to throw it early in the count and behind in the count.”

After posting a 13.60 ERA in his first three starts, Betances has managed a 1.76 ERA in his last three starts, lowering his ERA to 6.00. Betances is 2-2 with a .213 opponents’ batting average in six starts. He has 25 strikeouts to 16 walks in 24 innings.

Betances, who was once a prized prospect in the Yankees’ system, is trying to return to form in 2013. 

“My last year was not a good year,” he said. “For me, it’s about getting that consistency and being able to get to where I was a couple years ago. It’s just a matter of trying not to be too aggressive, staying closed and getting that front extension that will allow me to work down in the zone and throw strikes early on. Then I can mix in the off-speed pitches.”

More News 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff son.Mundo Deportivo says Thiago Silva has let it be known Barca would be his priority should they come in for him this summer. The veteran defender is off contract in June.And his dream at 35 is to close out his career at Barca.Interestingly, his arr 03/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/17/2020 n the Italian last week.The Sun says Spurs considered the Napoli boss, 60, for the vacancy but the word from Italy was that his club would need a big payout and also keep him until the new year.That left the door wide open for Jose Mourinho to step i • by RotoWire Staff to sign England Under-21 left-back Ryan Sessegnon for £25m.The deal will see Spurs midfielder Josh Onomah moving the other way.The fee for Sessegnon, 19, who scored two goals in 35 Premier League appearances last season for relegated Fulham, could r 02/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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test preseason friendly.The Eagles were ahead unti


starting pitcher prospe football as part of a new club takeover.Dutch agent Rob Jansen is in advanced talks to buy a League One club, with several of his clients involved – including Kuyt.Speaking on Jaïr in goed Gezelschap, to be aired on Dutch TV ton has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo had a word with him during defeat to Juventus on the weekend.The former PSV Eindhoven star scored on debut in the 4-3 defeat.He told TUDN: “After my goal at Juve, Ronaldo approached me to compliment me. He said I was wight, Jansen confirmct had his best start for Class A Potomac Friday, which resulted in his first win. Cole, who is considered the Nationals’ by .com, Wilder says Ravel Morrison could see action against Chelsea.Morrison produced a man-of-the-match performance on his full Sheffield United debut in midweek, setting up one of the goals in a 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Blackburn.Wilder says the 26-year-oltossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine.

Cole is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and .264 opponents’ batting average in six starts. He has struck out 34 batters and walked just six. His 34 strikeouts put him in the top 10 in the Carolina League.

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Here we go again with first baseman . This guy is really prone to slow starts.

After another disappointing April, LaRoche is now a career .214 hitter during March/April games. The good news is that LaRoche usually heats up as we get deeper into the summer. LaRoche’s slash line in the first half — .244/.323/.436/.759 — pales in comparison to his slash line in the second half — .293/.353/.533/.886.

I get why Fantasy owners have been . First base is such a deep position that you don’t have to endure prolonged slumps at the position because you can usually find a viable replacement on your bench or waivers. But if you can afford to be patient with LaRoche, then the payoff should be huge down the road.

Just some other numbers to keep in mind. LaRoche has a , which is lower than his career .307 mark, per You look at his batted ball and plate-discipline numbers and nothing really jumps out, so it seems the hits haven’t been falling for the veteran first baseman. But once they do, then LaRoche might be a player you keep in your lineup.

More News 03/18/2016 • by RotoWire Staff r United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is dithering over a deal for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says Woodward is hesitating on a deal to bring Fernandes to the club.The 24-year-old has impressed in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this seas 03/15/2016 f facing Watford.Palace sit in 12th place, nine points clear of Watford who have escaped the dreaded bottom three on goal difference alone. But Hodgson is all too aware that a run of results can have a iele Rugani.The Italian’s agent confirmed Rugani was looking at his options after Juve’s recent acquisition of Dutch phenom Matthijs De Ligt.The Gunners face competition from Roma and AC Milan for the 24-year-old’s signature, according to Calciomercahuge impact in an extremely congested Premier Le • by RotoWire Staff 03/11/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/10/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/07/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/07/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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Premier League interest.Fotospor says Barcelona, J


Despite allowing three runs without recording an out during his latest outing Friday night against the Cardinals, starting pitcher ‘s place in the starting rotation appears to be safe. manager Clint Hurdle said the left-hander would throw a bullpen session Saturday after tossing just 17 pitches in his brief outing Friday night. “Too soon,” Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review when asked if Sanchez would remain in the rotation moving forward.Sanchez was ejected in the first inning of the 9-1 loss to St. Louis after hitting Allen Craig in the helmet followiextremely happy for his ex-Chelsea teammates, who he still keeps in contact with today.The Ivory Coast international has blossomed at Sassuolo since leaving Chelsea, who he joined as an 11-year-old in 2008.Boga left Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2ng announce Mikel Arteta as their new manager before their next game.The Gunners are set to play against Everton in the Premier League at the weekend.If talks between Arteta and defensive coach.Benitez says he’s always trying to find the “right balance”.He told AS: “Balance is key and to get the most out of your players, whether you want to win the Champions League or stay in the division.”It depends on the way that someone club officials, which includes director Josh Kroenke, are successful, he w back-to-back home runs by Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran.Sanchez, who saw his ERA balloon up to 12.71 following his latest outing, is slated to make his next start Wednesday at Milwaukee.

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ham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino h


Despite a left-hander on the hill Wednesday, manager Bob Melvin opted to keep out of is staying in contact with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Zidane is desperate to bring Pogba to Madrid this summer and is speaking to him regularly, says AS. Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, declared on Friday that “everyone” inside United knows the starting lineup agked the former Arsenal star’s first goal for the Bianconeri.He told TMW: “I am very happy to have scored my first goal and it was even more important to bring these three points home. “DiManchester United, according to reports.Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League has thrown the Gabon international’s future into question.Despite his impressive record since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, Aubameyang could be sofferences between Serie A and Premier League? I think it will tainst the Red Sox. Melvin said he wants Wells, who was recently acquired from the Blue Jays in a trade, to work on his swing in batting practice before he puts him in the lineup.

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Owned in just four percent of leagues, former first-round draft pick has been a pleasant surprise for his small pool of owners, hitting .304 with an .803 OPS over 46 at-bats this season. 

Gillaspie has been the primary beneficiary of Gordon Beckham’s broken wrist, with Jeff Keppinger moving to second and Gillaspie playing third for the . Gillaspie showed some flashes of power in the minors (although it was in the hitter-happy PCL), while hitting for a decent average (.287) over 1,894 at-bats. He doesn’t offer much in the way of speed, but he could steal a base or two.  

He won’t hit .304 the rest of the year — Gillaspie probably will end up around .260 — but he has been playing every day, and full-time at-bats are tough to come by in the deeper single-league formats. Even without power and speed, Gillaspie could bring some runs and RBI, just frdjustments he’s made since replacing Rino Gattuso.Giampaolo changed the system to 4-3-1-2, but also focused more on passing, possession and being proactive.He said, “We are working on macro-principles right now, then we need to get into the detailsom being a regular. Still, this is 12-team AL-only Roto territory, with an expiration date when Beckham returns. anything shallower, and you may want to look elsewhere. 

More News 08/06/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/03/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/01/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/31/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/31/2017 • by RotoWire Staff iksen will play against Middlesbrough on Tuesday, despite being linked with a move to Inter Milan, reports BBC Sport.Asked about his recent performances Mourinho said: “Is this the best Christian Eriksen?”I have to be honest and say no. I know the re 07/28/2017 Barcelona great Andres Iniesta says Ivan Rakitic shouldn’t be allowed to leave.The midfielder is expected to be sold in January.But Vissel Kobe star Iniesta told Marca, “I would not let him go, he is a great player.“What he has been doing during all this time has been magnificent. “This year he is not having the prominence he had before but that does not mean that he is not a great player.” • by RotoWire Staff

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Leeds is planning a swoop for Liverpool duo Harry


outfield prospect was named the top hitter in the South Atlantic Leagu Jermaine Pennant has urged Jude Bellingham to think c midfielder as new club captain.Emery announced the decision today.The manager explained: “First, he is mature and he has experience and we are all living all the time under pressure, under criticism as coaches, as players, as a club,” our head coaarefully about potentially moving to Manchester United.Bellingham’s impressive performances at such a young age have grabbed the attention of Premier League clubs, with United believed to be e snapped in apparent Manchester United gear ahead of his move from Crystal Palace being confirmed.United will announce the signing of the 21-year-old from Crystal Palace on Friday.Wan-Bissaka completed his medical on Thursday, and he is now set to beyeine (Class A) for his performance from April 15-21. Williams hit .419 (13 for 31) with four home runs and 10 RBI. 

Williams’ slash line through 18 games is .303/.618/.952. He has seven home runs, 15 runs and 17 RBI. The 2012 second-round pick is considered the Rangers’ 25th-best prospect by Baseball America.

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Despite his struggles, of his manager, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

Mike Scioscia told reporters that Hamilton isn’t locked in, but the quality ign if he was Chelsea manager.The Englishman was Chelsea’s most successful captain in a 22-year stint at the club.Kante told Chelsea’s official app, The 5th Stand: “I’d probably say John Terry because when I came to Chelsea, he was the figure of the of his at-bats has improved. ‘ staff members have compared Hamilton’s April at-bats from last year, but can’t find any major differences iEverton are close to completing a deal for Andre Gomes.Mundo Deportivo says the Toffees have agreed a €25m fee with Barcelona.Portugal international Gomes spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, where he made 29 appearances and scored one goal.The 25-year-old currently has two years left on his contract at Camp Nou.n his approach. Scioscia made those points while answering a question about whether he might consider dropping Hamilton in the order.

Hamilton is only hitting .176/.247/.324 in 77 plate appearances. He’s hit two home runs this season.

More News 04/21/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 03/01/2017 • by RotoWire Staff Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has dismissed talk of losing Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona.It’s been suggested Leo Messi has recommended his Argentina teammate to Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.But Zanetti says: “No offer was received by I 02/27/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 02/26/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 02/23/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 02/23/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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reliever , who is thought to be in the mix for saves in the team’s unstable bullpen, was called upon to pitch the eighth inning with the Cubs up 6-2 against the Rangers Thursday. He responded with a 1-2-3 inning that included one strikeout.

Russell has surrendered just one hit and no walks in 5 1/3 scoreless innings this season while striking out seven batters.

More News 05/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 01/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/13/2017 of Jamaica internationally.Having recently penned a new five-year deal at Goodison Park, Holgate is now eyeing an England call-up to complete the jigsaw, despite being eligible for Jamaica.“My grandma and grandad are Jamaican, so it would be nice f • by RotoWire Staff 10/06/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 04/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 04/20/2016tuttering 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Dontesk ,but the point was good enough to see them qualify for last 16 knock-out stage of the Champions League as Groupseille are considering the sale of Boubacar Kamara.The France U20 World Cup defender is being scouted by AC Milan and has attracted enquiries from Chelsea and Manchester United this past season.L’Equipe says after missing out on Champions League qual C winners.A fact acknowledged by City boss Pep Guardiola who was simply content to have progresse • by RotoWire Staff

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In case you missed manager Jim Leyland’s of Joaquin Benoit as his closer Thursday, he ended it this way:

ted youngster Dylan Levitt has been praised for his positive impression among the Wales senior squad this week.The 18-year-old did not make in appearance in either of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifiers after b decide a 10-goal thriller at Anfield in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.Caoimhin Kelleher, 20, saved Dani Ceballos’ penalty in the bottom right corner to seal a 5-4 shootout win.Divock Origi’s 94th-minute scissor kick sent the game to penalties eing called up by Ryan Giggs.However, teammate N

“But it’s not going to be doable every day,” he told .com “You’re liable to see anybody at any time … until something else happens, if it does happen.”

Something else like … coming up from the minor leagues? Seems likely. Leyland praised the Tigers decision to sign the 35-year-old a week ago, calling it a no-brainer. Of course, Valverde first has to prove he can get batters out consistently, and the way last year ended for him, that’s easier said than done. Still, thelskjaer and the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. Solskjaer played under Ferguson from 1996-2007 at Old Trafford and has often spoke of the influence his former boss has had on his own managerial career.”Since he came in it was like the boss had walked ba more Leyland lobbies for him, the more likely it seems.

If I could pick up any Tigers reliever right now, I’d pick up Benoit, but Valverde would be my second choice.

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The have called up pitcher .

Grimm will take Matt Harrison’s spot in the rotation. He’ll make his first start Thursday. Grimm started two games for the team last season, allowing 14 runs in 14 innings. He’ll take on the Marinerth Toby Alderweireld.The Mirror says Spurs hope to open fresh contract talks with Alderweireld aftea-Transfer-News-Philippe-Coutinho-Man-Utd-Liverpool-Chelsea-Tottenham-Man-City” target=”_blank”>Sunday Express says Coutinho has been told he can leave Barcelona for a cut-price £77m this summer in the hope of attracting Premier League interest. Ther his £25million release clause expired on Thursday afternoon.The Belgian central defender, 30, was expected to be snapped up by Manchester United or s Thursday.

More News 12/04/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/22/2019 • by RotoWrrently on-loan in Germany with Hoffenheim, where he has impressed at times.However, a move to the ‘States could be on for him today with FC Cincinnati in contact with both Brighton and Hoffenheim about taking over his loan, reports Eindhovens Dagblaire Staff 03/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 01/03/2019 • by RotoWire Staff