Earlier today, Dave Matthews performed at Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine‘s rally in Denver, Colorado. Matthews performed a six-song acoustic set that included “Ants Marching”, “One Sweet World”, “Samurai Cop”, “Satellite”, “Loving Wings”, and “Don’t Drink The Water”.Between songs, Matthews said a few things to thicken the plot. “I’m an immigrant, I’m a foreigner… you’re damn right I’m a foreigner!” he yelled. “This is my home, but I’m an immigrant. I didn’t take anybody’s job, but I came here to work. And I love it, and I think I have more in common with most immigrants than anything else, who came to work, did not come to take any jobs. We came because we believe something that this place could stand for, and hopefully it will.” He continues, “In a way, we’re all a little big ‘immigrants’ because we are standing on colonized ground.” Watch the full performance below!
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is set to join Toronto FC on Monday, according to reports in Canada. The Toronto Sun has reported that “Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will be unveiled as TFC’s newest Designated Player Monday morning”. No direct mention of Defoe appeared on the club’s own official website, but an image on the home page carries the words “It’s a bloody big deal”, accompanied by Monday’s date. Press Association That link leads to a video, posted by Toronto FC on YouTube and described by the Toronto Sun as “a cheeky (club) marketing campaign”, of a man in a white polo shirt sitting in what resembles an English cafe. The man drinks from a cup of tea before spitting the drink out in shock at what he has seen on a television screen, before Toronto’s logo appears beside him. Should Defoe head to Major League Soccer, he will do so following 15-and-a-half years in English football and nine with Tottenham, split across two spells which have yielded 142 goals. That tally leaves him fifth among the club’s all-time leading goalscorers. He has scored nine this season, two in September 24’s Premier League win over Aston Villa with the rest coming in the Europa League. He has struggled to break into the starting line-up under coaches Andre Villas-Boas and his replacement Tim Sherwood, though, with Roberto Soldado and most recently Emmanuel Adebayor preferred.
Colombia are second in the standings on 24 points while Uruguay and Chile occupy the other two automatic spots on 23 points.It means that fifth-placed Argentina have little margin for error as they head to Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario for the latest instalment of their historic rivalry with the Uruguayans.Argentina have spluttered their way through the qualifiers so far, notching only six wins in 14 games, but have shown signs of life under new coach Jorge Sampaoli.Sampaoli, who masterminded Chile’s victory at the 2015 Copa America, took control of the ‘Albiceleste’ in May, and began his reign with a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Brazil in a friendly in June.A 6-0 romp over lowly Singapore provided a further clue that Sampaoli, who favours an aggressive, attacking style, may already have begun to have an influence.– Higuain axed – Brazil’s Neymar (L), seen chatting with teammates ahead of a training session at the Gremio team training centre in Porto Alegre on August 28, 2017, ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Ecuador © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDASampaoli served notice of his determination to invigorate Argentina’s ranks by axing striker Gonzalo Higuain in favour of Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.Icardi is expected to start at the apex of a front three with Messi and Juventus prodigy Paulo Dybala lurking just behind.Argentina’s path to Russia has been complicated by the Court of Arbtitration for Sport ruling on Tuesday that confirmed a sanction against Bolivia for fielding an ineligible player in their September 2016 0-0 draw with Chile.FIFA later converted that result to a 3-0 win for Chile, a ruling that means Sampaoli’s former team now have a one-point advantage over the fifth-placed Argentines.“Now we have to play catch-up to get to the World Cup,” Sampaoli said Tuesday.Uruguay meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of Barcelona star Suarez.The 30-year-old talisman was initially ruled out of the fixture through injury but has travelled back to his homeland to train with the team.Peru’s midfielder Renato Tapia (L) chases Uruguay’s Luis Suarez during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match, in Lima, on March 28, 2017 © AFP/FileVeteran coach Oscar Tabarez hinted Suarez may yet make a dramatic return on Thursday, declining to rule out the striker.“He has shown signs of recovery that have rather surprised us,” Tabarez said.If Suarez fails to win his fitness battle, Uruguay will once again turn to in-form Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who is the top scorer in the qualifying competition with nine goals.“It is a very, very difficult match… We will see who has the most guts for it,” said Tabarez.Elsewhere on Thursday, second-placed Colombia will aim to edge closer to qualification with an away victory over already-eliminated Venezuela.Fourth-placed Chile meanwhile host Paraguay in Santiago as they aim to remain ahead of Argentina in the qualifying positions.Brazil will have the luxury of being able to treat their game against Ecuador in Porto Alegre as a training exercise after securing qualification in their last outing, a 3-0 win over Paraguay in March — their eighth consecutive victory.The game may see Brazil coach Tite select Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, who has not played for the Premier League team this season amid a transfer saga involving Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentina’s forwards Lionel Messi (L) and Mauro Icardi talk during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on August 29, 2017, ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Uruguay © AFP / Juan MABROMATAMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Aug 30 – Luis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.