Arouna Kone helped Wigan Athletic to a historic English FA Cup triumph on Saturday after they edged compatriot Yaya Toure's Manchester City 1:0 in the final.
Wigan's determination to lift the crown for the first time in their history was helped by the sending off of Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta in the 84th minute.
Kone and Yaya played every moment of the thrilling game which was decided in the 91st minute when substitute Ben Watson headed home from a corner kick.
Toure came close to scoring early on, but his shot was turned away by Spain's U-21 star Joel Robles who was in goal for Wigan.
Martins celebrates with teammates
Nigeria star Obafemi Martins was the hero for the Seattle Sounders as they won their first game of the US Major League Soccer season, beating Colorado Rapids 1:0 on the road on Saturday.
The veteran striker had been expected to start on the bench after only recovering from injury, but was handed a starting place after team-mate Eddie Johnson picked up a problem in training on Friday.
Profiting from a rebound of team-mate Shalrie Joseph's shot, the former Inter Milan poacher made room for himself with a touch before beating Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin, and celebrating his what was also his first goal for the club with his trademark backflip.
The 'Martins saga' has reached its conclusion. Obafemi Martins visited the head offices of the Spanish Professional Football Federation this Monday to pay his €3 million buy-out clause and therefore be free to go to the Seattle Sounders, the MLS team which, for the past few weeks, has been trying to sign the Nigerian forward, and now ex-Levante player.
According to reports in the US media, Levante's club president, Quico Catalán, provided confirmation during Monday's training session that the North American team would pay the €3 million buy-out clause. Obafemi Martins will travel to Seattle to join the Sounders in Major League Soccer.
Levante striker, Obafemi Martins, is close to leaving the Spanish La Liga club.
The 28-year-old revealed to Spanish radio station, Cadena Ser Valencia, that he has held talks with Major League Soccer (MLS) side, Seattle Sounders.
But Martins will have to wait for Levante's decision on the proposed transfer to the MLS club.
“[Seattle] have spoken to me, and we’ve made a good deal. They’ve already had a conversation with Levante and I’m waiting for the club to tell me something.
Bright Dike just cannot cut a break. Having finally established himself as Portland Timbers’ main striker following the departure of Kris Boyd, he was looking forward to a season of regular starts in MLS.
Sadly, his dreams have been foiled by injury again in pre-season. He will miss six months following a successful surgery on his left knee to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in addition to undergoing a successful lateral meniscectomy, a club release said.
He sustained the injury in the Timbers’ preseason match against Seattle Sounders FC on February 5.
Uganda Cranes player Henry Kalungi could join DC United on a permanent basis should he impress during his preseason training with the Major League Soccer side.
Kalungi, together with his Richmond Kickers coach Leigh Cowlishaw, who also joins D.C coaching staff to observe the preseason training, are part of a new partnership between the MLS side and third tier outfit Kickers.
The deal termed as “land mark agreement” on the Kickers’ website, in which the third tier outfit have been named the official USL Pro affiliate of DC, will also see a minimum of four first team players loaned to Kickers on long term deals.
Charles Etoundi Eloundou
Eloundou, currently with Cameroon ahead of their friendly match against Tanzania on February 6, will join the Rapids in the coming weeks.
“This is an exciting acquisition for the Rapids, getting a player who has attracted attention from top clubs in Europe,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo.
“He’s got great pace, strength and skill, and at just 18 he’s already in the set up for the full national team of Cameroon. We’re looking forward to welcoming him into our squad.”
United States side Colorado Rapids have acquired forward Charles Eloundou, an 18-year-old attacking player and member of the Cameroonian National Team, in a special lottery held at Major League Soccer headquarters on Friday morning.