Barack Obama appears on the TV - in a shocking revelation he reveals he wants USA to win.

The Guardian’s Les Carpenter is in Vancouver (yeah, we sent two people - it’s only every four years) and has a report on the atmosphere outside the ground:

Unlike many stadiums BC Place does not have large plazas or big meeting places. The crowd, which is almost entirely for the US, arrived early and clogged the few open areas outside the gates wearing all kinds of red, white and blue costumes. Lots of Captain America and lots of Wonder Woman. About an hour and a half before the game, the American Outlaws arrived. There were hundreds of them marching down Robson St toward the stadium. They sang and chanted and waved flags. The word is definitely festive. It’s not angry, belligerent or testy. Just very, very festive. Like a big party.

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Donning costumes, themed hats, and plenty of face paint, US and Japan supporters prove that fans are the best part of any good sporting event

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• England forward in line to go on pre-season tour if no further offer is made
• Sean O’Driscoll to be confirmed as new assistant manager of Anfield club

Liverpool expect Raheem Sterling to ignore Manchester City’s advances and report back for pre-season training on Monday, when Sean O’Driscoll will be confirmed as the new assistant manager at Anfield.

City have had two offers rejected for Sterling this summer, packages totalling £30m and £40m, and have yet to make a third bid for the want-away England forward. Unless they return with a deal closer to Liverpool’s £50m valuation this week, the 20-year-old will travel with Brendan Rodgers’ squad to Bangkok next Sunday for the pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.

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• Atlético Madrid failed to cancel £6.8m buy-out clause in loan deal
• Belgium defender spent last season at St Mary’s

Southampton will consider legal action if they fail to sign Toby Alderweireld from Atlético Madrid on a permanent deal after the Spanish club failed to cancel the Belgium defender’s buy-out clause in time. The club believe they are entitled to purchase the Belgium defender, who impressed during his loan spell at St Mary’s last season, for £6.8m due to Atlético not availing of the option to cancel the clause for £1.5m.

Tottenham were considered favourites to sign the player, who had struggled to find his way into Diego Simeone’s plans at the Vicente Calderón before last season’s temporary switch to St Mary’s. Reports earlier on Sunday suggested that the Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, and the Atlético chief executive, Miguel Ángel Gil, had agreed a fee of around £11.5m after a weekend of negotiations in Madrid.

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