Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez are included in the US tour line in Barcelona

Barcelona will bring its top three stars of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez to the United States for the International Champions Cup, tournament organisers announced on Tuesday.

The Catalan club arrive in the U.S. next week ahead of their three games against Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Besides the three star forwards, the team will also include the likes of Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic.

However, Barca will be without goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and midfielder Andre Gomes, who both are given time off after playing at the Confederations Cup.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen, Adrian Ortola

Defenders: Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Lucas Digne, Samuel Umtiti, Aleix Vidal, Marlon Santos, Douglas, Thomas Vermaelen, Marc Cucurella, Sergi Palencia

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha, Arda Turan, Denis Suarez, Sergi Roberto, Sergi Samper, Carles Alena

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Paco Alcacer, Munir El Haddadi, Gerard Deulofeu

Michael Carrick replaced Wayne Rooney with Manchester United captain

Michael Carrick says he is “honoured” to be named Manchester United’s new captain following Wayne Rooney’s departure to Everton.

The 35-year-old midfielder will take the armband after Rooney’s 13-year stay at Old Trafford came to end after he returned to his boyhood club this week.

Carrick, who arrived at the club from Tottenham in 2006, signed a new one-year deal at United in May, and he insists it will be a “pleasure” to lead Jose Mourinho’s team next season.

He told Man United’s website: “It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club. It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25-year-old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much.

“Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure. I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan.

“I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me.”

Carrick made 38 appearances last season, including 23 in the Premier League. But he didn’t start a league game until November and was a substitute for both the EFL Cup final and Europa League final.

He may have to accept a further reduced role next season with United actively looking to sign a new holding midfielder before the close of the transfer window.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Tottenham’s Eric Dier is Mourinho’s preferred choice, ahead of Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.

Dani Alves despite the association with Manchester City, still signed with the PSG

PARIS — Dani Alves is set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain after the club made a late bid to snatch him from under Manchester City’s noses, multiple sources close to the Ligue 1 giants told ESPN FC.

The Brazil right-back has been the subject of much speculation since he was released from the final year of his contract at Juventus, and he was expected to sign for City because of his excellent long-standing relationship with coach Pep Guardiola.

However, sources said PSG made a last-minute effort to lure Alves, 34, to Parc des Princes and thanks to tireless work by sporting director Antero Henrique and his assistant Maxwell — who is very close friends with Alves — pulled off a significant coup to land the defender.

Alves landed in Paris on Tuesday and underwent his medical at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine — not PSG’s usual Pitie-Salpetriere facility — in the afternoon and is expected to pen a two-year contract with Les Parisiens in the coming hours.

PSG called a press conference for Wednesday afternoon at Parc des Princes, where Alves is expected to be unveiled as the latest signing alongside fellow new arrival Yuri Berchiche.

Alves has regularly been linked with PSG in the past, not least because of the club’s sizeable Brazilian contingent, and this summer the long-standing rumour has finally come to fruition.

Indeed, Marquinhos was on hand to greet Alves upon his arrival in Paris as he underwent his medical in the Parisian suburbs.

Thomas Meunier and Serge Aurier currently play at right-back for Unai Emery’s side, but Aurier has been heavily linked with a move away this summer, and Alves’ arrival appears to signal the end of the African’s time with the club.

PSG’s late signing of Alves could complicate their pursuit of City’s Eliaquim Mangala, with Guardiola reportedly furious about his former player’s late change of heart regarding a reunion at Etihad Stadium.

Alves worked under Guardiola at Barcelona, winning the Champions League twice and La Liga three times in an extraordinary four years for the coach.

Amid his departure from Juventus, the right-back went so far as to say: “Everyone knows about my admiration for Pep Guardiola,” and sources told ESPN FC that City were eager to sign him, but the mutual attraction appears to have come to naught.

City are still without a senior recognised right-back after releasing Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy at the end of the their contracts.

Real Madrid’s Rodriguez joined the Bayern Munich two-year loan

Bayern Munich have signed Real Madrid star James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal with an option for a permanent transfer, subject to a medical.

Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Juventus were among the clubs linked with Colombia international James, 25, in recent weeks as Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly held out for a fee of at least €70 million.

However, Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti has made a successful bid to be reunited with a player he coached while at Madrid in 2014-15, with the two clubs agreeing a two-year loan with an option to buy in June 2019.

Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk has said Bayern agreed an annual loan fee of €5 million and can pay €35.2 million to make it permanent.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We are delighted to have realised this transfer. It was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s big wish to sign James Rodriguez, following their successful spell working together in Madrid.

“James is a versatile player. He’s dangerous in front of the goal, sets up a lot of strikes and takes great set pieces. Without a doubt, we’ve increased the quality of our squad with this transfer once again.”

James has had a mixed three-year spell at the Bernabeu since joining from Monaco for €80 million following the 2014 World Cup and had seemed certain to leave this summer, having been left out of the squad as Zinedine Zidane’s side won the Champions League final in June.

Madrid’s club statement was short on detail but said the deal was still subject to James completing a medical at Bayern.

“Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have agreed the loan of the player James Rodriguez for the next two seasons, pending the completion of a medical,” the Madrid statement read. “Bayern Munich reserve the right to buy the player at the end of the loan period.”

James was due to fly out with Madrid to California to begin their preparations ahead of the summer’s International Champions Cup, but will now instead join up with Bayern’s tour of Asia starting on Sunday.

Despite not being a regular first choice under Ancelotti’s successors Rafa Benitez and Zidane, James played 111 times in total for Madrid, scoring 36 goals and providing 41 assists. He also leaves the Bernabeu having won two Champions League medals, one La Liga title and two FIFA World Club Cups.

Arcosa is uneasy about the United States and Panama, is expected to be more opposed to Martinique

TAMPA, Fla. — Kellyn Acosta is motivated to take his chance to shine on the international soccer stage, but the 21-year-old midfielder admitted he was “upset” with his play and that of the U.S. national team against Panama.

Kellyn Acosta elevates for a header against Panama in the U.S.' 1-1 Gold Cup draw on Saturday.

 
Acosta and the U.S. face Martinique in their second match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the team hoping to make amends on Wednesday night for a subpar performance in last weekend’s 1-1 tie against Panama.

The FC Dallas player was on for all 90 minutes of the opener in Nashville, Tennessee, and was especially critical of his own play on Twitter. He’s confident the team will play better as the rest of the CONCACAF biennial championship runs its course.

“I was a little upset about how I played individually and, obviously, collectively as a team. I thought we expected more out of ourselves,” Acosta said on Tuesday before practice at the University of South Florida.

“But sometimes that’s how the game goes. It’s a long tournament. We still have two more games to kind of just get back on track and get back to things we’re good at. That’s the beauty of it. We have two more opportunities to bounce back.”

The U.S., which failed to protect a lead in its opening match, concludes group play on Saturday against Nicaragua in Cleveland.

The top two teams in each of three groups automatically advance to the quarterfinals, where they’ll be joined by the two best third-place finishers.

Martinique, facing the Americans for just the second time, leads Group B after beating Nicaragua 2-0 in Nashville.

“The guys are really positive about going out and getting the result we need,” said Acosta. “Martinique is sitting at the top of the table, so … it’s imperative that we get the three points. We can’t settle for anything less.”

Acosta, who turns 22 on July 24, scored his first international goal against Ghana in an exhibition July 1. He’s gradually played his way into a bigger role with the national team since Bruce Arena returned for a second stint as coach, replacing Jurgen Klinsmann.

“I’m just trying to be consistent, comfortable in my spot. I think, the more games I play the more comfortable I feel,” Acosta said. “Obviously, Bruce has given me some extra responsibilities here with the team, and I’m excited to do so.”

Arena has promised adjustments, including some lineup changes, though not solely because of the team’s performance against Panama, which rallied from a 1-0 deficit after Dom Dwyer gave the U.S. a short-lived lead.

Heat was a factor last Saturday in Nashville and figures to be again Wednesday night at Raymond James Stadium, even though kickoff isn’t scheduled until 9 p.m.

“We’ll make some changes. The number we don’t exactly know. But we have a number of players who can step in and play,” Arena said.

“We not only have to plan for two games this week, but we have to win both games. It’s an important week for us. Rotating players only makes sense.”

Acosta felt the U.S. wasn’t aggressive enough against Panama, especially on defense.

“I thought it was a little bit too easy for them,” the midfielder said. “Defensively for us we were almost too soft. They were really physical with us and really aggressive and … we didn’t really adjust to it at all.”

Arena noted that apart from goalkeeping there was little to be pleased about in the opener.

But like Acosta and Dwyer, who became the 10th player to score in each of his first two international appearances for the national team, Arena expects the squad to improve as the tournament progresses.

“It takes a little bit of time, but there’s no excuse for the way we played on Saturday,” Arena said. “We have to play better.”

Acosta agreed: “A lot of work still needs to be done. I definitely need to touch up on some things, but I’m growing, I’m still learning each and every day.

“In a way we’re still trying to adjust to each other. It’s definitely difficult playing with a new group of guys, but obviously individually we have to be better. For myself, I know I have to be a lot better if I want to continue to get minutes.”