Monday, July 9, 2012

Dempsey and Bradley at Fenway?

With just over two weeks to go until Liverpool and Roma face off in a friendly at Fenway Park in Boston, it looks like the match might be getting some American flare.

According to the Yahoo! Sports, Liverpool is hoping to wrap up a deal for current Fulham and USMNT star Clint Dempsey before the team starts its US tour next week. Dempsey has been at the top of the list for many Premier League teams this off season including Manchester United and Arsenal as well as Fulham which are almost certain to lose out in a bidding war with one of the big four teams. 

Add in this piece of news from Fox Sports that USMNT stand-out midfielder Michael Bradley is almost certain to make a move from Serie A Chievo to the big city lights of AS Roma in a move that should increase his exposure significantly. Bradley has played his way through Germany, England, and Italy in recent seasons, and although his performance with the USMNT has been top notch, his club performances haven't ranked quite as high with the exception being last season with Chievo which has garnered the transfer interest. 

Now conspiracy theorists will be quick to point out this fun fact, that the same people who own the Red Sox and Fenway Park also own Liverpool and Roma. That's right. John Henry and Tom Warner, through New England Sports Ventures, are part of the ownership group of Liverpool and Thomas DiBenedetto heads up the group that owns Roma. All three men are part of the board of directors for the Red Sox and Fenway Sports Ventures.

Talk about conflict of interest. It is one thing when these two teams meet at Fenway for a friendly match in July, it is another thing if they meet in Europa or Champions League matches in the future. Regardless, the match at Fenway is already approaching a sell-out and the possibility of seeing two Americans in the starting eleven for each team will only add more to a special night.

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