In February, football’s lawmakers approved the analysis of a player’s performance during live matches, via a tracking device in the shirt. So what impact will this have on a player’s health, game management – and the half-time team talk?

The Fifa Women’s World Cup final this summer was remarkable, and not just because England came within one game of playing in it. One in 12 Americans watched at least part of the game live, making it the most watched football game in US history, while Team USA secured a record third title, thanks in no small part to their midfielder Carli Lloyd scoring a 13-minute hat-trick. The third of these saw her lob the Japanese goalkeeper from the halfway line.

Less obvious, but possibly of more significance, were the small black gadgets about the size of an old Nokia mobile phone that the winning players were wearing between their shoulder blades. The final was the first major international match since the laws of the game were changed in February to allow players to wear performance-tracking devices during a match.

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  • New York Red Bulls 3-1 Philadelphia Union

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the go-ahead goal off an assist from his brother Shaun as the New York Red Bulls beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on Saturday night for their third straight win and fifth in six games.

Sebastien Le Toux tied it for the Union in the 73rd minute. One minute later, Bradley Wright-Phillips put the Red Bulls back in front, meeting his brother’s cross with a stabbed finish. Shaun made his MLS debut when he entered as substitute in the 61st minute.

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Football in brief

• Argentinian pleads not guilty in Fifa corruption case
• Nicklas Bendtner wins Super Cup for Wolfsburg

Fifa corruption suspect enters not guilty plea

The former chairman of an Argentina-based sports marketing business, one of 14 people indicted in a corruption case that has embroiled Fifa, pleaded not guilty in a US court on Friday. Alejandro Burzaco, a businessman who was the general manager and chairman of Torneos y Competencias SA, appeared in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, after being extradited to the US from Italy.

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Newcastle need a return on Ashley’s commitment; Sunderland expect trouble; anticipation is high at Swansea; Watford look to the obvious from their Uruguayan centre-back and Spurs want Lee Marvin leading their Dirty Dozen

A new head coach, new backroom staff and a new commitment from Mike Ashley to back the team with cash … this has been a summer of change after all the stagnation. Steve McClaren wasn’t first choice with many fans, but he was probably the most experienced candidate we could realistically have appointed, and he deserves his chance. His assistants, though, could be the best signings we make this summer: it’s heartening to see the motivational guru Steve Black back at St James’ Park and in Ian Cathro, who played a key part in Valencia’s resurgence, we have one of Europe’s most talented young coaches in the dugout. There’s a lot of work to do to ensure we’re competing in the top half of the table come May, but at least the foundations have been laid.

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Le Prof has done well in claiming Jeff Reine-Adelaide for an optimistic Arsenal; time for Bournemouth to wise up now they are in the top tier; new signings have a lot to prove at Liverpool and José as the Mr Blonde of Stamford Bridge

No matter how meaningless pre-season results might be, the scintillating 6-0 drubbing of the French runners-up, Lyon, was something special. It made for a pleasant change to win our own Emirates Cup competition, and to do so in such fine style. The question on most Gooners’ lips is how on earth Le Prof managed to mine another Clairefontaine gem in Jeff Reine-Adelaide for just £1.75m? And how fast can the French teen be polished into another first XI diamond?

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