TIME FOR NYCFC TO DELIVER

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN NEW YORK

The beginning of Major League Soccer’s 20th season cannot come quickly enough for its newest, and arguably most talked about, member.

Ever since Manchester City announced that NYCFC would help form the American branch of the all-encompassing City Football Group (CFG) , huge doubts of skepticism have rained over the Big Apple and beyond.

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WESTBROOK TURNS ALL-STAR GAME FROM POP SHOW TO SPORTING EVENT

Westbrook is awarded the KIA NBA All Star MVP Trophy after the 64th NBA All-Star Game

 

FROM STEVE BRENNER IN NEW YORK

 

It was a night which threatened to become best remembered as a sporting pop-concert before Russell Westbrook took centre stage to go within touching distance of history.

The NBA All-Star game may appear to be nothing more than a glitzy, glorified exhibition involving the best players on the planet yet it was Westbrook’s dynamism and athletic power which gave it some serious credence as the Oklahoma Thunder guard scored a monumental 41 points – just one shy of Wilt Chamberlin’s 1962 all time record in this annual jamboree.

That helped the West overcome their friends from the East in what turned out to be the highest scoring game in history. It ended 163- 158 in front of a sell-out 17,198. Yet it was Westbrook’s display which caught the eye of LeBron James, who weighed in with 30 points himself.

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WHERE NEXT FOR STEVIE G?

FROM STEVE BRENNER

Steven Gerrard officially confirmed on Friday morning that he will leave Liverpool at the end of this season after more than 15 years playing for the club.

The former England captain is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and is set to move abroad, with a move to MLS most likely, after declaring he will not play for another team in England.

Following the announcement, Sportsmail looks at where the former England midfielder will be best suited in the USA.

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