Monday, December 30, 2013

Interview: Jack McInerney talks offseason, attacking midfielders, Euro options and Union future


I had a chance to speak with 21 year old MLS All Star Jack McInerney of the Philadelphia Union today and we spoke on a number of different topics pertaining towards the future of Jack in the league and the future of the Philadelphia Union.

Jack on the offseason thus far: "For the most part just been relaxing. Last offseason I went in and was told to just recover from the previous season since I had not had a workload like that (before). So everyday I just lifted and touched the ball 2, 3 times a week and I started the season on fire. So this offseason I've been pretty much sticking to (the) same thing."

On manager Hackworth and players he might be playing with next season: "Last time we talked he asked what I think we needed and I said a through ball would be nice every once and a while. He laughed and said it was exactly what they were going to get this offseason. Never mentioned any names but I get the feeling it would not be a MLS player."

On MLS attackers he'd like to have in Philadelphia: "I thought Eddie J (Johnson), Zakuani or DeRo all would have been great fits."

On overseas interest: "I haven't (Heard of any interest overseas). The plan right now is to play out my contract and see what happens. Europe is eventually the goal though. If something came along though, I'm definitely interested."

On if the Union would come to him with a new contract: "Unless they came to me with something a good bit up there, I wouldn't take it."

-Marc Kusant (Twitter: @TheRedestBull)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gianni Cristiano speaks with Impact's Daniele Paponi about his future


Thanks to Gianni, MLS Transfers has learned that Paponi's future with the Montreal Impact seem bleak.

On loan from Bologna, Gianni spoke to Daniele about his future at the club. In a translated conversation, Paponi's response was,

"I'm not sure I remained (at the club)! But already at the beginning of the year we agreed that I remained for one year only, because my idea was to return to Italy."

Gianni also mentions no eventual loan to a 3rd division Italian club was talked about, as some reports are suggesting.

For more on the Impact, follow Gianni on twitter at @GianniCFMB and check out

Sources: Revs GM and Agudelo talk 2014 season, future with club


Two sources with contact to the New England Revolution FO have said that Mike Burns and Juan Agudelo talked yesterday, as originally reported here.

One source said the talks started by Juan Agudelo officially stating he would not be returning to New England for the 2014 season.

"Juan started by sharing that he wouldn't be with the team next season but thanked Mike Burns for everything he did in helping him the past seven months."

Talks switched to a possibility of Agudelo returning sometime in the future.

"No timeline of Juan's return were brought up but Burns and Juan both know that the Revs hold his MLS rights and discussed potential of returning one day. Nothing specific (ie. loans, transfer back to New England) was talked about."

Another source said that Burns and Agudelo's relationship is stronger than ever.

"There's no ill feeling towards Juan from Mike's perspective and Juan sees Mike as someone who helped him out in a time of need. Both parties seem to be happy for one another and that relationship might help out in the future."

More information to come regarding Agudelo's next stop. Recent reports are linking Juan with a move to Spanish side Valencia.

Rumor: Crew to give ex-England International David Bentley a try


A tip from a source in England says that Gregg Berhalter is in midst of convincing former England man David Bentley to come in for a trial come January.

Now 29 yeard old, David Bentley was supposed to be the next David Beckham. After finding success Blackburn Rovers, Bentley played just 72 league games over the past 5 years do to injury and poor form. Bentley has been out of contract since June and is looking to regain the form he once had.

The source also indicates the Crew might have competition from Bulgarian side Levski Sofia as well as an undisclosed Italian side. Bentley can sign anywhere in the world at anytime now that he is a free agent.

Bentley was also close to joining MLS in 2012, when he revealed to that he was close to joining the league before the deal fell through. In the article he states, "The league is developing. Hopefully, one day in the future (there will be an opportunity to play in MLS)."

Friday, December 27, 2013

Union desperate for attacking midfielder, update on Perez and new target


Philadelphia have new money to play with.

After the sale of Michael Farfan to Mexican club Cruz Azul, it seems the the Union are desperate for a new signing. A source says the allocation money the Union received for Farfan is more than enough to help the salary of a new, DP cost signing.

According to this report, Pablo Perez has been rumored as a signing but complications of him not wanting to join the league and the team are proving to be too difficult of an ask for the FO. In all this mess, the one thing Philadelphia has going for itself is its new found relationship with Newell's Old Boys says a source with connections to the Union FO. Newell's FO is trying to help the Union acquire a new target should Perez officially turn down the offer.

The source has told MLS Transfers that Martin Tonso, also of Newell's Old Boys, is another winter transfer target.

After doing some research, the first reports on this were by Juan Arango in this tweet:

December 24, 2013: @JuanG_Arango: BTW from what I've been able to gather and hear from Rosario, there have been inquiries from for Martín Tonso.

Those inquiries seem to be from the Union. Tonso is also an attacking midfielder and is his transfer value is listed at $2.4 million. It is unsure if the deal goes through if it will be a loan, or a permanent transfer.

More information to come.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Interview: Ex-DC and Philly forward Fred open to MLS Return


We recently spoke to Fred, formerly of DC United (2007-2009, 2011) and Philadelphia Union (2010) fame about what's next in his career now that he is currently our of contract at Melbourne Heart.

When asked what leagues he was looking at, Fred said he was looking all over. "I'm looking anywhere, but I will be happy if I can play here (USA) for another team in MLS."

"When you get older it's difficult," says the 34 year old "but I think I can still play at a high level."

Fred also said that any team that believes in him will be the best. He also named his old clubs as possibilities.

"Philadelphia and DC United were the clubs I played for (and) they will be good too (to play for again)."

Fred also stated that MLS is at a higher quality of play than the A-League and is sincerely hoping to head back to the North American league.

I (tried) to reach them (MLS). I made many friends when I played there, maybe they can help me out now."

-Marc Kusant (@TheRedestBull)

Q & A Session 12/25

Over the past few days we've asked you to ask questions on whatever in MLS you wanted. Here are some of the few questions we picked out to answer:

Question: @redbjb: give me a name for the Red Bulls. Nothing vague about a central creative attacking mid from South America. A name. Please.

Answer: Here's a name: Brian Sarmiento. New York has been in contact with him as he figures out his options for next season. A one time Argentinean U-17 player, he has played for over 7 clubs since 2008 and is looking for some stability.  Although probably not high on the Red Bull's list, they could get him for cheap as his contract with Arsenal Sarandi is set the expire next season and looks like they both want to split their separate ways.

Question: @Z_is_Binary: have the Grinch and Nick Sackiewicz ever been photographed together? Coincidence?

Answer: You might be on to something...

Question: @seanmophoto: any news or specifics on the "Gato" to Timbers rumors? Will he be a DP?

Answer: Specifics, no. But it looks like Portland has signed Gaston Fernandez. I expect him to be a DP just based upon his resume and value alone.

Question: @GuaraCP do you honestly see Jamar Loza coming into the Fire from Norwich? If so, how do u think he'll help the fire?

Answer: Not sure if he'll join or not just yet but if he doesn't, I expect Yallop to continue to identify players from Norwich to bring over. He wants new blood and fresh ideas in Chicago as soon as possible.

Question: @Captain_Kirk_16: will @FCDallas have a coach this season? Lol

Answer: They have to....right? But seriously, I'd expect to hear something within the next week or two at the latest.

Question: @jsggill: any updates on which Mexican clubs are interested in Camillo?

Answer: Yes, Queretaro is interested in signing him but from everything we're hearing is that new manager Carl Robinson wants him back. A loan offer from Queretaro seems the more likely option, and even that we have our doubts.

Question: @b_rampi: hear anything further on Michael Parkhurst with the January transfer window about to open? Big 6 months upcoming... #USMNT

Answer: Actually, we've heard absolutely nothing about him leaving or going on loan anywhere in the upcoming window. Unfortunate as he needs playing time if he wants to make the squad for Brazil.

Question: @ajvsell: Odds Agudelo stays in MLS (or stays here on loan) ?

Answer: Almost at nothing. His heart is set on Europe and he's supposed to talk to Mike Burns by the end of the week. Doesn't look to promising as of right now.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

MLS club looking to lure in ex-England International Bobby Zamora


Vancouver Whitecaps are looking to add a piece to their already potent offensive puzzle by adding former England international and current Queens Park Rangers forward Bobby Zamora to the club this January.

It is said new coach Carl Robinson will be looking to hold on to Golden Boot winner Camilo and Scottish sensation Kenny Miller but is interested in adding a third offensive dimension in Zamora. Robinson is asking owners for transfer money to play with. If he is not given the money, Robinson will have to wait until Zamora is out of contract at QPR, only 6 months from now in June.

If this deal goes through, it looks like it could spell the end for controversial striker Darren Mattocks. Recently, Mattocks has stated his desire to play elsewhere with both MLS and international clubs keeping an eye out for the 23 year old.

Friday, December 20, 2013

(UPDATE) Source: Villareal could be loaned to Cruz Azul until May, Farfan permanent transfer

After reports surfaced this afternoon from ESPN Deportes about Rafael Baca, Michael Farfan and Jose Villareal joining Liga MX side Cruz Azul, a source close to the situation in LA has said that Villareal could be joining on loan.

Villareal, in search of more first team minutes, is looking for a change of scenery.  The source says Villareal has talked about a loan in the past with Galaxy management and could be loaned to Cruz Azul for the entire Clausura 2014 campaign. His loan would start January 1 and end May 18.

More information to come.

UPDATE 1 : Source confirms Michael Farfan to Cruz Azul is OFFICIAL. Full transfer, not a loan. More details on contract and transfer fee to come.

UPDATE 2: Source says Villareal's loan will be until mid-May. Galaxy then have option to bring him back or let him stay on loan exclusively at Cruz Azul until December 2014. Cruz Azul then would have option to buy player if it reaches that stage.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Update on clubs interested in David Ferreira

After hours of reaching out to sources over email and text, here is the latest on David Ferreira:

-Talks with Philadelphia have stalled somewhat as Ferreira's agent has told him to observe all options before committing to a club

-Source says Ferreira to America de Cali has more legs than previously thought. Although would Ferreira rather play in Colombia's first division, he will consider a return only if, "he can have an ambassador role with the club after his retirement"

-Colorado Rapids have joined in the hunt for Ferreira as Oscar Pareja is apparently high on the player

-Former MLSer Juan Pablo Angel has reached out to Ferreira on the possibility of joining current league and cup champions in Columbia, Atletico Nacional. Atletico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has also coached in MLS and surely knows of the skill Ferreira possess 

Rumor: Matteo Ferrari "furious" with Montreal's contract negotiations


During the 2013 season, Matteo Ferrari was living large. He had a base salary of $240,000 and a guaranteed compensation of $295,475. But that looks set to change, as a source has said that Montreal want him to re-negotiate his contract. 

The Wasserman Media Group (Ferrari's agency) has been contacted by Nick De Santis about a possible change in his salary. When Ferrari heard about this news early in the week, a source said Matteo was so furious that he called De Santis himself about the change. The proposed offer on the table will stand at 2 years and the player will make around $160,000 each year. The change in contract will save the Impact over $270,000 in salary over the next two years.

Ferrari has yet to agree to these changes and the source has said that Matteo is not afraid to ask for a trade away from the club if necessary to get the money he believes he deserves. 

More information to come.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Philadelphia Union, America de Cali among options for Ex-MVP David Ferreira


A source close to the situation in Philadelphia says that the Union have started talks with former FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira.

The Union passed on the former league MVP in the second round of the Re-Entry draft but was done in mind to help keep down David's future salary. The source says the Union talked with league officials about what teams were interested in taking Ferreira in the draft and that none came up.

Although talks just started late this afternoon, Philadelphia do not want Ferreira as a Designated Player. They are looking for him to fill in this season and hopefully help recently acquired Corben Bone in his decision making on the field.

The source also said Colombian side America de Cali want Ferreira to come home. David played with the club from 2000 to 2005 and became somewhat of an icon. If David goes back to Colombia, the source says that he won't be raking in the money, as America are currently playing in the second division.

More information to follow.

MLS Re-Entry Draft Part 2 Selections

1. D.C. United - Fabian Espindola, Nana Attakora
2. Portland Timbers- Pass
3. Toronto FC- Dwayne DeRosario
4. Columbus Crew- Pass
5. FC Dallas- Pass
6. Philadelphia Union- Pass
7. Vancouver Whitecaps- Mehdi Ballouchy
8. Chicago Fire -Pass
9. San Jose Earthquakes- Shaun Francis. Brandon Barklage
10. Montreal Impact- Pass
11. Colorado Rapids-Pass
12. New England Revolution- Pass
13. Seattle Sounders- Chad Barrett, Corey Hertzog
14. LA Galaxy-Pass
15. New York Red Bulls- Pass
16. Houston Dynamo-Pass
17. Chivas USA-Pass
18. Real Salt Lake-Pass
19. Sporting Kansas City-Pass

Houllier reaches out to N'Jie, Lyon youngster has doubts


MLS Transfers has learned from a source who requested anonymity at, that Red Bulls Head of Global Soccer Gerard Houllier has been in contact with Lyon about the possibility of a loan spell for 20 year old forward Clinton N'Jie to the New York Red Bulls.

The source, who also helped me write my last piece on N'Jie, says that Houllier has only recently been interested in the youngster after rave reviews from the New York Red Bulls coaching staff and Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. Within the past week, Houllier put a call in to Remi Garde, manager of Lyon and asked what the status of the young Cameroonian was at the club. Garde told him that N'Jie was not for sale insisting he would be using him in European competitions for the rest of the season. Despite that news, Houllier contacted the player personally to ask of his interest. The source says N'Jie told Gerard he'd prefer to either stay and wait for playing time or go on loan for the rest of the European season to a French-speaking club.

Not a full time first team player, N'Jie has been quoted about loans in the past (check out my last article) and the source says that Clinton is frantically looking for playing time.

"Clinton knows he will be at Lyon until 2016 but doesn't want to get stuck in the shuffle at the club. He wants to break through by the end of the season and if not, then maybe then he'll be open to more loan options, especially for a club that one of his good friends (Marius Obekop) and star players (Theirry Henry, Tim Cahill) are on."

Looks like the N'Jie interest might heat up in June or July depending on where the Red Bulls are at record-wise and what the needs of the club are at the time.

-Marc Kusant (@TheRedestBull)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mexican interest in Vancouver's Camilo

A tip from @ChrisV323 on twitter has lead us to this tweet by @FutalHorno

@FutalHorno: Wilberto Cosme Querétaro leaves and goes to Puebla. Instead reaches Gallos MLS striker Camilo Sanvezzo.

Looks like Queretaro is on the prowl for Camilo. They are not the only side looking at the Golden Boot winner as Norwegian club Rosenberg are also said to be interested.

More information soon.

Latest on Juan Agudelo


A source from Stoke has confirmed to MLS Transfers that  Juan Agudelo's work permit hearing is still in the mind of Mark Hughes.  He still wants the striker but knows that Juan may not want to see if he can get a work permit in March.

Agudelo has "two solid offers" overseas, one apparently being from Spanish side Valencia. The source also confirmed to MLS Transfers that Juan is confused on what to do.

"Juan wants a move to England, as that has always been his dream. At the same time, Valencia is a great option but doesn't know how much playing time he'll get there. He has another option in Europe and always can go back to MLS. He is at a crossroads at what he should do and doesn't want to rush his decision."

Another source connected to the New England Revolution has said that Mike Burns has had two talks with Juan in the past few weeks about a return to MLS. The source says that Juan has let the club know that he will let them know of his decision by the new year. 

D.C. Becoming United Once Again


This past week has been a busy one for D.C. United as they have added four new players to their recently depleted roster. In an offseason that has already seen their beloved superstar Dwayne De Rosario leave the club, the front office of D.C. United has vowed to turn things around for one of the most decorated franchises in MLS history.

They have picked up a couple of proven defenders in Sean Franklin and Bobby Boswell by way of the Re-Entry Draft in hopes of improving a defense that conceded 59 goals in 34 games last season. Franklin, who was a mainstay in the Galaxy lineup since winning the MLS Rookie of the year award in 2008, plays right back and can even move up to play mid if need be. Boswell brings his experience in central defense to the club that drafted him out of college back in 2005. Bill Hamid was left hung out to dry too many times last season and I believe that the addition of these veteran defenders will help United return to form. 

D.C. United has also added a pair of attacking-minded players to their roster. They traded an international slot to the Montreal Impact in exchange for  attacking-mid Davy Arnaud and signed Conor Doyle to a permanent deal from Derby County for an undisclosed amount. As captain of the Impact, Arnaud was often blamed for Montreal's lack of success and the playmaker hopes for a fresh start in our nation's capital. Doyle, an Irish-American forward who has pledged allegiance to the USMNT, looks to earn a starting spot and continue his success for United.  

With the salary cap space that D.C. United has cleared this offseason, there should be plenty more moves to come as the Black and Red now turn their attention to landing Eddie Johnson.

- Jake Vasquez (@JakeVasquez49)  

Chicago Fire talking trial with Norwich City player


Chicago Fire coach Frank Yallop has been in discussion with Norwich City over bringing 19 year old Jamar Loza in for training during the January window when the Fire start their preseason says a source.

The 19 year old signed with Norwich last January but has not appeared with the club since. He went on loan in October at League One side Coventry city where he made only one appearance.

Yallop and others on his staff have been in talks with Chris Hughton over the idea of a training/trial for the youngster for weeks. While Hughton is not on board just yet, the source says that Jamar might be looking for some substantial playing time, to show his manager that he is ready for minutes at Norwich.

During the January window, the Fire set to be training in Arizona ahead of the 2014 Desert Diamond Cup.

Mexican club were "moments" away from Eddie Johnson, DC move "100% done"


A source has confirmed to MLS Transfers that Eddie Johnson was "moments" away from joining Liga MX side Toluca this past week.

The source, who is close to the situation in Seattle said the Sounders were looking to either ship Eddie out east, or out of the country. Mexican side Toluca were offering Seattle a way out of the situation but Johnson was more than hesitant on leaving MLS with the World Cup less than 7 months away.

The source is also confirming that Eddie Johnson to DC United is "100% done" are awaiting final details on the allocation money Seattle will be receiving.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Interview with Seattle's new goalkeeper Stefan Frei

Stefan Frei is now a Seattle Sounder after today's trade from Toronto FC. The 27 year old Swiss talks to me about European options, what he's looking forward to in Seattle and US National team interest. 

Q: When did you first hear about this trade to Seattle?

A: Sigi's always told me that he'd love to have me as one of his players. While I was on my honeymoon a couple of weeks back my agent contacted me to inform me that there was a good opportunity that had come up. Needless to say I was ecstatic, a new chance with an amazing club.

Q: Any interest from any other MLS clubs?

A: Not that I knew of. I was in the process of going to Europe for tryouts, but once this chance presented itself, I couldn't turn it down.

Q: What leagues in Europe were interested in your services?

A: Due to my first language being German, we (his agent and himself) were aiming for Germany or Switzerland.

Q: Any particular teams that you were looking at?

A: No, just a team where I had a chance to progress and make a difference.

Q: Totally understandable after not finding the field much this season. Was there ever a point during the season where you thought Toronto was no longer the place for you and your future?

A: I knew that playing in a salary capped league, making a good salary and not getting a chance to get back on the pitch said it all. I was under no illusion that they still wanted me moving forward. It's also a good time in my career for a change in scenery. I spent 5 years in Toronto, I felt I was ready for a change. 

Q: What are you looking most forward to playing in Seattle?

A: Well there is the obvious answer of playing as part of a successful team in front of crazy fans, but I'm also excited to work with new coaches and teammates that I can learn from to further my game.

Q: Now I know that your second cousin Alex Frei is the Sporting Director for FC Luzern. Any talks with him to bring you in?

A: Funny thing, although I am related to him, I have actually never spoken to him. So no, there was no contact made there.

Q: Now, I know it's far away from your mind but if you got into good enough form, would you consider the US National team over your beloved Swiss?

A: Yeah, it's definitely a possibility. The US has a strong team and any player would be honored to be part of that squad.

Q: Lastly, you have come to terms with a new contract with Seattle. Can you speak about the length if the contract and your new salary?

A: I will let the league or Seattle answer that question.

-Marc Kusant (@TheRedestBull) 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Source: "Carney looking forward to opportunity elsewhere"

The New York Red Bulls announced today that they would be letting go of defenders Brandon Barklage and David Carney. What was surprising was the fact that they were letting go of the Australian international only after being at the club since August. 

Carney told reporters as recently as October that "the vibes are all good" when asked about a contract extension.

A source from Carney's agency ISC (International Soccer Cooperation) has told MLS Transfers that David is grateful for his time in New York and is looking forward to an opportunity elsewhere.

Although it has been reported that Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh had been chasing Carney since January of 2013, it seems that Petke was not impressed with his play. Carney had spent almost a year without a club and was clearly not fully fit by the time he was called upon to play.

Carney played a total of 840 minutes (playoffs included) over 9 games.

-Marc Kusant (@TheRedestBull)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Agudelo, Cahill, Montero, Gilardino and more: November 23 Rumor Round-Up

Here are the latest rumors complied by writers and MLS Transfers sources around the world:

What's next for Agudelo? 

        We all know former New England Revolution striker Juan Agudelo couldn't get his work permit to play for Stoke City. So what's next for the 21 year old star? Rumors have been flying of clubs such as Celtic and Valenica wanting his signature but a source close to Juan's agent says he still might sign for Stoke City and go on loan outside of the country.
        The source said, "Juan is in high spirits and knows that something will get done in the next few weeks. He has plans of going back to American and figuring out his options, one of which might be going out on loan for 6 months or a year. Nothing has been decided but clubs are interested."

West Ham "desperate" for Cahill
          A source close to Tim Cahill's agency is letting MLS Transfers know that West Ham United are now in the war to sign Tim Cahill on loan.
          "West Ham contacted us late this week letting us know they are interested in Tim for a loan spell. Tim is resting from World Cup Qualifying and a long MLS season. We will evaluate all cases for loans in the new year."
          More information to come.

Montero wanted by Lazio and Roma
      Fredy Montero, now out on loan at Sporting Clube de Portugal is taking the league by storm scoring an unbelievable 9 goals in 9 games. Various reports are linking him with a move to Lazio if Sporting don't buyout his transfer clause but MLS Transfers has learned that Roma are willing to spend the cash to sign him. A source has said that Roma have been in contact with Seattle but Sounders ownership has let them know it is out of there hands. Sporting has first crack at the player and it seems that they will be willing to pay the fee. If not, Roma ownership has asked Seattle to be first in line to chat with the player.

Quick Feet:

-Hearing from various sources Toronto and Genoa's Alberto Gilardino's agent, Bozzo have not been in contact since the contract offer. Not a good sign for TFC who are looking to sign a superstar striker.

- New York Red Bulls Head of Scouting Cris da Silva is in Brazil today and tomorrow scouting for potential players

- Soccer By Ives is reporting David Ferreira might not be returning to FC Dallas. More information to come

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Clint Dempsey: To Loan or not to Loan?


After the tidal wave of hype and fanfare that greeted the United States captain back to the league that launched his distinguished career abroad, expectations were understandably tremendous. Whether or not Clint has lived up to billing is at this point mostly speculation considering the start-stop transition he’s had with the team.  So far in his short tenure with Seattle, Dempsey has either missed entirely or come off the bench in eight of his first sixteen matches. With the Sounders’ prospects of winning any significant silverware waning, it will soon be time to decide how best to engineer the offseason in order to make sure that the fitness issues that have plagued Dempsey (and indeed, many other squad members) are going to be solved in preparation for the next campaign. 

Undoubtedly, there will a few teams sniffing around in January for a short-term loan.  Fulham and Tottenham have been bandied about in the press with little in the way of actual substantiation, but it’s not unimaginable that one of these former clubs would love to bring on the forward for that time in the Premier League season when matches are coming fast and hard, the table is getting settled, and those lingering knocks are turning in to full-blown injuries.

As captain of the United States National Team, Clint Dempsey’s going to be making whatever decisions he feels will get him in the best shape for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer. United States National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has already come out and stated that he wanted players like  Dempsey, Landon Donovan, and Graham Zusi to go out on loan in order to maintain their sharpness during the MLS offseason.  This will likely weigh heavily on the skipper’s mind, but is no way an ultimatum from the German, and I’m sure that Klinsmann and his staff would be more than willing to listen to input from Seattle with regards to Dempsey’s health situation.

The Sounders front-office and coaching staff are going to be understandably squeamish at the prospect of sending their most prized asset back in to battle instead of having him train and condition with his teammates during the club’s preseason camps.  There are only a few positives that I can potentially see for Seattle. 

The most intriguing positive would be the acquisition of allocation money.  It’s still fairly murky (to me and most other non MLS GMs at least), whether or not the Sounders would be able to receive any significant amount of allocation money, but it seems like it would have to be very generous loan fee  in order for the Sounders to benefit financially from their star’s absence.
However, money always talks, and if the Sounders manage to miss out CONCACAF Champions League qualification and the allocation money that comes with it, they may or may not be willing to bite if they can get enough allocation money to help finance that raise Eddie Johnson’s been asking about.

There’s also always the brand recognition.  This will create another news cycle around England and the rest of Europe talking about the Seattle Sounders.  It’s difficult to figure out how to measure the monetary gain from such an experiment, but it’s hard to argue that seeing MLS players being courted for loans from established Premier League sides helps legitimize the team and league both abroad and among some the snobbier domestically-based fans. 

As a Seattle fan, and someone who wants the best for the National Team during the upcoming World Cup, I think what Clint Dempsey probably needs most is the opportunity to heal and then go through a standard pre-season routine.  He’s far more likely to pick up an injury away at Stoke City than he is during 5v5 scrimmages in sunny Arizona.  If he stays with Seattle, he’ll have three months of preseason and 3 months of MLS regular season action playing alongside Brad Evans and (hopefully) Eddie Johnson.  This should be more than enough to prepare him for Brazil. 

I’d love to see Dempsey strut his stuff among the Premier League elite this winter, but I’m far more interested in seeing him strong and healthy for the 2014 campaign and the sport’s greatest event come June 14th

A lot of this will probably depend on whether or not the Sounders’ campaign is able to continue past Thursday night, and how well Dempsey weathers it.  Either way it will be an interesting decision to make come January.  It’s just my humble hope that Seattle and Klinsmann are on the side of caution this winter.

-Ian Lamberson (@the16thdoc)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Toronto FC targeting Drogba

Two sources connected with Toronto FC have specified that Tim Leiweke and others in the front office are ready to offer Didier Drogba a 2 and a half year deal, starting in July 2014. 

Toronto has offers out on Genoa's Alberto Gilardino and Tottenham's Jermaine Defoe. Genoa have accepted Toronto's bid and is now up to the player to make his decision. A source has said that Tottenham has yet to give Toronto an answer on their bid.

As for Drogba, MLS Transfers has been told that a visit to Turkey is in the plans in December for Leiweke and others. If they have not heard back from Defoe by then, they plan on offering a deal that would keep Drogba in MLS until December 2016.

More details to come.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fast Q & A with FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez

I had a passing moment to question FC Dallas and Peruvian National Team goalie Raul Fernandez. Here's our quick Q & A:

Q: How do you think MLS has prepared you for World Cup Qualifying this past season?

A: I needed to compete at a high level to stay as a starter for Peru. Drew Keeshan's visit was crucial for my decision. We had a great chemistry from the start. Since our first conversation I knew I wanted to train with him. Now we make a strong team. He has helped me recover my best level.

Q: That's great to hear. I know Dallas didn't finish the season strong but are you excited for next season to start?

A: We had a great start but couldn't keep the level, even though Coach Schellas did a great job. I'm disappointed not to reach (the) playoffs.

Raul also added that his agent has a pending conversation with FC Dallas about his future at the club. Should hear soon as a decision is to be made fairly quick.

-Marc Kusant @TheRedestBull

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Report: New York Red Bulls interested in re-aquiring Dwayne De Rosario

Just after Steven Goff reported that Dwayne De Rosario would not get his option picked up by DC United, a secondary source in connection with New York Red Bulls has confirmed the team is interested in bringing the veteran back to New York.

The source said that although the meeting between DC front office and Dwayne happened today, New York has a list of players that will be out of contract after the season ends. These players are to be evaluated and discussed if offering a contract to them is in the cards. One player in that list is Dwayne De Rosario who previously played with the New York franchise for two months during the 2011 season.

More information will be available in the coming days.

Zusi, Cahill, Shea loans and Dynamo ready to spend. October 30th Rumor Round-Up

Lots of talk about Toronto FC and their endeavors to get Genoa and Italian National team forward Alberto Gilardino. More can be found on that on twitter: @MLSTransfers.

Now to news that's been brewing for a few days:

Zusi loan options

Graham Zusi says he's not concentrated on a loan until the MLS season is over. While this may or may not be true, his agent has been hard at work for weeks finding the perfect situation for his client.

A source close to the situation in Kansas City has said that suitors from England and Germany are currently in negotiations with management and Peter Vermes. The source confirmed one of the teams that are interested are West Ham United, who previously trialed Zusi last winter. Although no German teams were confirmed, another source has indicated to us that SC Freiburg is one of two teams interested.

More details as they come.

Cahill loan to Russia, England or Australia?

Tim Cahill has had an amazing season for the New York Red Bulls and apparently is looking to stay fit for World Cup 2014.

We originally had reported an option for Cahill to join Dynamo Moscow earlier in the summer and apparently, the offer is still available for him.

A source from WMG Management (Cahill's agent) has let us know that options in England and Australia are open.  "Tim wants a loan and is considering all options. We haven't had open discussions with any teams yet but some top clubs in England are interested as are a prominent Australian club. Tim will be excited with the options he has."

Shea loan back to MLS?

Many MLS fans are tired of seeing Brek Shea struggle for time at Stoke City and so are a certain MLS club.

An undisclosed team in the league have inquired with Stoke City to bring back the winger on loan but Stoke want him to stay in England. They want him to gain experience in the country and see if he has what it takes to make the next step towards more first team action.

Dynamo going on scouting trip with forward in mind

We reported some weeks ago that Houston front office were going on an 8 day European scouting trip. Well we have an answer to at least one stop they'll be making: Reading, England.

A secondary source has indicated Houston may be interested in Reading FC forward Adam Le Fondre. Although his market value is around $4 million, the source says they are "desperate" to find a suitable striker for the next half decade.

More information on this as it comes as well.

What are your thoughts? Zusi to EPL? Cahill to Russia?! Let us know in the comments below.

-MLS Transfers Staff

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lyon youngster to New York on loan?

Could Houllier be pulling strings behind the scenes?

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Going back to July, New York Red Bulls faced off against storied French side Lyon in a friendly game at Red Bull Arena. What happened during the game didn't really matter, but what happened after did. MLS Transfers picked up on Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke talking to then 19 year old Clinton N'Jie. Here's the original tweet from July 16, 2013:

MLSTransfers: Petke overheard talking to Clinton N'Jie after #RBNYvLyon game in hallway. Source says he was gauging his interest in NY

This certainly seemed like nothing at the time. Petke can talk to any player he wants to and can ask any player if they wanted to play in New York. It certainly didn't mean much at the time, but for some reason, I decided to follow up on this original report and found some interesting information.

After reaching out for some weeks, a source connected to, a trustworthy Cameroonian soccer website, has said that Clinton is looking for first team playing time to help him excel his career and his chance with the U-23 Cameroon side. One of the teams high on N'Jie's list?  New York Red Bulls. This could be for several reasons:

Marius Obekop could be playing a big role in this decision. The little used winger has somewhat deep connections to Clinton as they are both from Cameroon. According to the source, Obekop is "friendly" with Clinton and they've both been in U-18 Cameroonian national team camp before. Clinton could be looking for a place to play where he knows and feels comfortable with someone in the club. It would also be a big struggle to adapt to a city such as New York so having someone around the same age would help him adjust to living in one of the biggest cities in the world.

Gerard Houllier might also have a hand in this. He was Lyon manager from 2005 to 2007 and still might have some connections to the club. He supposedly helped set up the Red Bulls and Lyon friendly and is connected with clubs all around Europe and specifically France. No doubt he knows of N'Jie's situation and could be monitoring it for a possible loan spell. It should also be said current New York Red Bulls striker/midfielder Peguy Luyindula has suited up for Lyon in 126 games over 3 seasons and could play a part in the discussions/negotiation process.

Not only that, but according to this report by published on August 25th, Clinton seemed to be in line with a loan move out of the club. He stated, "...a loan? I let my agent handle that. I try to focus on my game, we'll see more..." Nothing happened before the summer window closed and since, N'Jie hasn't made any first team appearances.

It should also be noted Clinton recently signed a new deal with Lyon in July and his contract expires in June of 2016. Clinton's value according to is 400,000 euros.

Not saying anything is done or that the club is even in discussions, just bringing up a few points that could potentially see one of Lyon's rising stars come play in the biggest city in the world.

-Marc Kusant @TheRedestBull

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Why Xabi Alonso won't be joining New York Red Bulls

If recent reports are to be believed, Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid and Spanish National team fame is rumored to be heading to New York as soon as his contract with the Spanish giants expires at the end of the 2014 season.

I'm here to tell you that won’t be the case.

Since The New York Red Bulls new regime (consisting of Andy Roxburgh- the new Sporting Director and GM Jerome de Bontin) has come into place, the identity of player identification has switched. Once a franchise known for its grasps at aging talents, now looks towards a new and fresh perspective.

Many reports have linked 30 plus year old stars with the flashy club but the last time they got a star player over 30 was Tim Cahill, more than 15 months ago. The only shot the new regime took for an overage player was for 37 year old Juninho, who by all standards, looked to still have it in him. A 14 goal and 49 game campaign for Vasco da Gama in 2012 made it seem that the Brazilian still had more to give. Within six months of the signing, Petke and Roxburgh as well as Juninho had decided enough was enough and let him loose.

Although new at the Technical Director position, learning from previous mistakes is what makes anyone successful at their job. Andy Roxburgh and others on the technical staff won’t let something like the Juninho situation happen again. Mike Petke even said it himself in July’s interview with MLS Soccer’s Franco Panizo that the club should be focusing on younger players. "I'm in that mindset that we should be looking younger and we should be looking in places that maybe are not the obvious ones where everybody else is looking." 

Not only is age an issue, but the reported contract even smells a little fishy. A 2 year contract so Alonso could go back to Spain and play for his boyhood team Real Sociedad? Why would any team in the world, let alone a team who thrives on star power let a Spainish National teamer just get up and leave after two years? The answer is; they wouldn't. I couldn't see Roxburgh, knowing this potential situation let of player of Alonso's caliber just walk away from the club.

Although the prospect of having Alonso on the New York Red Bulls is tempting, it should be said all signs point to this rumor not becoming true anytime soon.

- Marc Kusant (@TheRedestBull)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Stoke City rejected again

Stoke City seem desperate to sign Juan Agudelo in the summer transfer window as they have upped their 750k bid to 875k says a source. 

The source said MLS received this offer and quickly turned it down, citing that they would let Juan leave early only if a fee over $1 million came through. 

The transfer window ends Monday and the source is not sure if another bid from Stoke City is expected before then. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Agudelo ready to leave MLS now

According to Taylor Twellman (on twitter as @TaylorTwellman) English club Stoke City have raised their bid for forward Juan Agudelo from a reported 400k to 750k to which MLS and New England Revolution have declined.

Multiple sources have told MLS Transfers that Juan is pleading with MLS to let him go but that the Revolution are keen on keeping him until the end of the season unless the price rises to something they deemed acceptable.

Officials from both Chivas USA and New York Red Bulls have put pressure on the league to sell the young forward as they would get a cut of the transfer fee. 

More details to come.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Italian team to offer contract to Donovan

Donovan will receive offer in next week

A source close to the situation in the LA Galaxy front office has said Landon Donovan is expected to receive an offer from Italian side Genoa in the next week. FIFA rules allow a player the option of talking to other teams while still under contract if they have 6 months or less to go under contract. Donovan's contract ends in December 2013.

As stated by Chris Klein on ExtraTime Radio, the Galaxy have started preliminary talks with Donovan over a new contract. The source close to the situation has said that Donovan is in fact NOT looking at Dempsey type salary but is looking for a pay increase. 

Although the offer from Genoa is to come, the salary is unknown. The source has said that the length of the contract will be between 2 and 3 years. 

More information to come 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Interest abroad for Donovan heats up

Italian and Spanish sides after US legend signature 

Recently in a Fox Sports 1 interview with Landon Donovan he said that he was getting some "interesting offers" from overseas.

Many articles and links to Donovan have come out saying Italian clubs such as Hellas Verona an AC Milan are interested. 
A source close to LA Galaxy organization has confirmed that indeed an Italian team is interested, and that team is Genoa. 

Genoa has only recently been on the tail of Donovan. Manager Fabio Liverani was told from a scout to watch the last few games of this years Gold Cup where he saw Landon play some of his best soccer in years. While no deal has been offered, Donovan's agent has held talks with President Enrico Preziosi in the past week.

The source also said that Donovan is flattered to be associated with a team of Milan's stature, but hasn't heard from them.

A source from Spain has suggested a La Liga side is also interested in the forward. More information on that in the coming days. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Kei Kamara wanted by Ligue 1 team

Stade de Remis shows interest in Sporting KC Midfield/Forward


Newly promoted French side, Stade de Remis have shown interest in acquiring Kei Kamara.

A source close to the situation has said that the club has been eyeing him for close to a year now and were impressed with what they saw of Kei during his loan spell at Norwich City.

When asked if Remis has the funds for a transfer of Kamara the source said that Remis have gained an extra 15 million Euros for promotion.

More information to follow.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Louis Saha to MLS? Agudelo moving abroad?

Agudelo move could fuel Saha to MLS

As a follow up attempt to Clint Dempsey joining MLS a source close to the situation in New England is saying Mike Burns wants Louis Saha if the pieces fall into place over the next few days.

Rumors have gone wild in the recent month with strikers Saer Sene being linked with a move to France and United States international Juan Agudelo in talks with Stoke City. It looks like Sene will stay, but a move for Agudelo is still in the works.

As of late Sunday afternoon a source says Juan and his agent have not been in contact with anyone from Stoke since late last week and are waiting to hear back from the league office to see if a transfer fee has been agreed upon. Because Stoke know Juan will be out of contract in less than 4 months, they are trying to pay as little as possible, with a fee around $400,000 being kicked around.

If Agudelo moves to Stoke, expect New England Revs GM Mike Burns to pull the trigger on a deal for Louis Saha. The 34 year old striker has been without a club for more than a month as his contract at Italian side Lazio ended on July 1st. Talks with Saha began early last week and a source says the situation regarding Agudelo has been explained to Saha, who is seeking a long term contract. While the source did not disclose the information on prospective salary, we are assuming he would not take up a DP slot.

More information to come.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Dempsey to Sounders almost complete (UPDATE)

Update on the transfer of the summer in MLS


Shocked? So are we. It seems from an ESPN report that indeed Clint Dempsey will join Seattle Sounders.

According to a source whom informed us yesterday that Dempsey was in talks with Seattle on Wednesday, Dempsey and Seattle Front Office started having talks of a return to MLS after a recent World Cup Qualifier in Seattle on June 11, 2013.

Talks turned serious this week when after scoring in a preseason game, Dempsey was told he would be a surplus to requirements at Tottenham by boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Source says that Dempsey had a "first choice" of where he wanted to go and that the club (Tottenham) wanted him where he'd be most comfortable.

It is unclear if Dempsey had other offers throughout Europe but it seems like his main priority was to head back home.

The source says the deal isn't finalized though. Dempsey and Sounders have already agreed to personal terms and are now waiting on word back from Tottenham to see if their bid is acceptable.

UPDATE 7:19 PM Source can confirm a transfer has been agreed upon. @BrainStraus  (twitter) confirms this as well. No word on what was paid.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sources: New York shows interest in Dempsey while Sounders hold talks

Clint Dempsey has new found interest around MLS 

This all started today with a tweet from Keith Cositgan, saying Seattle Sounders were interested in bring the US international back to the states. Turns out, there's some truth to it.

After reaching out to multiple sources, it seems the Sounders have made some contact.

Despite Sigi Schmid stating, "...there’s really nothing to it." regarding Dempsey, a source has told MLS Transfers that a contact in the Seattle organization made contact to Clint Dempsey's North American agent yesterday. Nothing besides preliminary talks to come back to America took place.

MLS Transfers has also found out from another source that New York Red Bulls were originally interested in Dempsey in the early months of the 2013 MLS season. A Front Office member reached out to a James Grant Sports Management associate, Dempsey's agency, but was told, "Dempsey had no interest in returning to MLS at this point in time". 

Let's not forget, Dempsey also isn't the biggest fan of MLS. In the article, Ives Galarcep showcases Clint's frustrations. "Dempsey has been vocal about his unhappiness with his time in MLS. He has cited what he felt was mistreatment in terms of his contract and the league's handling of transfer opportunities when he was in the league." 

Surely, more information will come out in the next few days. Stayed tuned.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Galaxy going after Manchester United midfielder as DP3

Manchester United's Anderson is LA Galaxy's top priority


After a tumultuous couple of months of missed Designated Player signings, the Galaxy are back at it. After failing to land Frank Lampard and Gio Dos Santos, MLS Transfers has learned that the Galaxy front office are ready to make a splash loan signing for Manchester United midfielder, Anderson.

After speaking with multiple sources, it seems that the Galaxy are looking to offer the midfielder a loan spell that would end in December, with an option to buy the player if he fits the clubs long term needs.

Anderson has only played 23 league games the past 2 season with the historic club and a source says he's "desperate for playing time". With United looking into signing Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, his playing time may dwindle even more.

No formal contact between the player and LA front office have been made but a source says Technical Director Jovan Kirovski has made a call about Anderson to an unidentified member of the Manchester United technical staff.

Anderson is valued at $9 million, which would make it the highest transfer for a player going into MLS so deciding on a fee could be a stumbling block a source says.

The source also stated, "Although Anderson loves the club, he needs to move. A loan spell in LA might be the trick to help David Moyes see his true potential. Moyes values MLS as he's taken Landon Donovan under his wing at Everton and thinks highly of Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry. He'd probably be one of the few managers at a high level club okay with the the idea of a Manchester United player on loan in MLS."

Stayed tuned folks.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rumor Round-Up July 14, 2013

Here's the latest rumors throughout MLS:

Canadian de Jong impresses MLS sides:

26 year old Marcel de Jong is turning heads with his performances at the Gold Cup. Although Canada has been eliminated from the competition, a source says a few MLS sides are interested in the defender/midfielders services. Marcel is currently with German Bundesliga side Augsburg and his market value is listed at 1.1 million Euros, making it seem unlikely for a team to nab him unless they want him to be a Designated Player.

Agudelo drawing more interest: 

Although the young American player has gone on training stints with Stuttgart, Liverpool and Celtic in the past few years, he has yet to step foot in a professional game for a European team. And that might stay par for the course as MLS Transfers has learned that Argentinean side Rosario Central are looking into drawing the player to South America to further his development. At only 20 years old, could this be the move that could really help Agudelo to his European dreams?

Houston ready to pounce on Brentford striker:

Source says the Dynamo are ready to send a bid to English club Brentford for forward Clayton Donaldson. Donaldson scored 24 goals for the club last season and is apparently looking for a move to a bigger club. Interest was first reported by Sky Sports.

Tim Cahill to...Moscow?:

We'll keep the strangest news for last as a source from Russia contacted us to let us know that a possible January loan move to Dynamo Moscow could be in the works for the New York Red Bulls midfielder. Luke Wilshire, a fellow Australian international who plays for Dynamo Moscow has apparently suggested to head coach Dan Petrescu to take a look at the 33 year-old midfielder in the winter transfer window. Petrescu, who surely knows of Cahill, as he played in England from 1994-2002, could be keen on making a move as Cahill has stated that he would a consider a loan to keep in shape for the 2014 World Cup. More news on this front as we get closer to the winter.

Other rumors: 

Multiple outlets have reported Jonathan Bornstein might be heading to Chvias USA. We have spoken to a contact close to the situation and they had no comment on the situation.

So what do we think about a possible Agudelo move, or a new Dynamo forward? Let us know in the comments below.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Christmas Eve? No, better. Transfer Eve.

The Latest Rumors Ahead of the Opening of  the July 9th Summer Transfer Window

This next month or so, will be crazy. So many rumors and signings to will come through so make sure to follow MLSTransfers on Twitter. Now, let's start with the latest rumors:

Fire DP wants out?

Rumors have been swirling around Chicago that Fire forward Sherjill MacDonald wants out. Since late May, Mike Magee has found MVP form and has left MacDonald on the bench. Multiple sources are saying he wants out immediately with Belgium clubs circling the situation.

San Jose Putting in Bid

Source close to the situation in San Jose is saying the Earthquakes are readying a bid for former Celtic winger Paddy McCourt. The 29 year-old is currently on trial with Birmingham City while they look to see if he could fit in at the club. If Birmingham City passes, San Jose will try their hardest to lure in the Northern Ireland international.

Philly Rescind Offer to Flamini

Reported by us last week, it seems as if now the Union are pulling back the bid. A source says the club is looking for targets more in the clubs price range. The source said the Union presented a 18 month, $4 million contract to the player but had not responded back in the short amount of time it was offered.

Quick Hits

- Forlan to TFC or not? Our sources say he is still the leading candidate and have talked to Forlan over the    past three weeks but other options are lined up as well. If not Forlan, another big DP could be on their way over.

- Nothing new on the Drogba to MLS case

- Ronaldinho looks to be offering his services to a club for $6 million. Any biters in MLS?

So, who do you want to see at your club? Comment below and let us know your opinions!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Saer Sene gaining interest from multiple French sides, German team

New England Revolution forward keeps scoring as he waits for offers from clubs

As reported earlier this week by Brian O'Connell, 26 year old Saer Sene has been getting calls overseas about a possible transfer back home in France.

Sochaux FC and Stade Rennais FC of Ligue 1 have made inquiries about the player but MLS Transfers has learned that German team, VfL Bochum are also close to the situation as well. A scout for Bochum had seen Sene play back when he was plying his trade for the Bayern Munich reserves and has recommended to the coaching staff to take a look at him. Coaches have seen tape of Sene at Bayern and New England and have been impressed. The source said an offer might be in the works, depending on other internal needs at the club.

While no offers have come in for Sene yet, you can bet New England could cash in on him. If Sene departs, there is a possibility of the Revolution stepping up and taking a flyer on David Trezeguet,who reportedly has offers in Argentina and Mexico.

Should the Revs keep Sene or cash in on him? Comment below to let us know how you feel.

Summer Window starts....NOW July 6 Rumor Round-up

Transfer Season Kicks into High Gear with MLS teams vying for Top Prospects, Proven Veterans 

As the MLS season round into July, more teams are in need of that player or two that could bring them over the top and eventually MLS champions. Throughout the next month, MLS Transfers Blog will be citing all transfers, rumors and training stints. Here is this weekends Rumor Round-Up:

Forlan Update:

A source with close ties to the situation contacted MLS Transfers on June 12th about the possibility of Diego Forlan heading to Toronto. After finding out more, (and subtlety added here by Steven Goff ) we can confirm that TFC have been in contact with Diego and his agent about the possibility of a move to the Canadian side. Goff seems to think a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal will take place and sources close to the situation have confirmed that he should become one of the top three highest paid players in the league.

Trezeguet, Again?:

While it seems Trezeguet might end up at Rosario Central or Liga MX next season, it seems the New England Revolution are looking at a late bid to entice him to the Boston region. A source contacted MLS Transfers on July 6th and spoke on the subject.

"The Revs are aware of the interest down south but are seriously considering an offer if Trezeguet turns them all down."

More details to come on this matter.

Red Bulls Have Some Competition:

Empire of Soccer reported that the Red Bulls are targeting Paul Connelly, a rightback formerly of Leeds United. Looks like they'll have competition for the signing. A source says League One side Leyton Orient F.C. are looking to Connelly to help them for their promotion push into The Championship, the second division in England. Connelly played on loan last season at Portsmouth and Preston North End, making 19 appearances combined for both sides.

More Rumors:

- Drogba to MLS  is in the cards, reports Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

So what do you Revs and Toronto fans think? Hope these forward rumors come to fruition? Hope Connelly doesn't come to MLS? Excited at the prospect of Drogba? Leave comments below and let us know!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Whitecaps Predictions 2013

A Look at the Whitecaps As They Gear Up For 2013 Season

Vancouver Whitecaps writer, Drayton van As


With the Whitecaps preseason already kicked off and 3 matches played the 'Caps performances so far have all been positive: With a 4-1 win over New England Revolution, 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo, and a 1-0 win over 4th tier side Arizona Sahuaros. 2013 is already starting to look bright for the MLS 3rd year Whitecaps team. 2013 might be an awkward year for the Vancouver Whitecaps. The midfield maestro the 'Caps crave could be in Daigo Kobayashi but you can't forget Daigo's injury trouble the past 2 years of his career with major hip problems. The 'Caps seem to only be able to bring in 2nd and 3rd division proven players to fill out the roster and bring in draft picks. No real transfers where you tell yourself: "Oh, he WILL be in the starting lineup." Even with that said, there is still time for the Whitecaps to get a few first team proven players. Which there are still gaps in the midfield with only Davidson, Koffie, and Kobayashi being the only proper starting midfielders. 

2013 Lineup predictions:

With the 3 preseason matches all completed Martin Rennie has shown subtle signs for what the Vancouver Whitecaps formation could be. We have been seeing asolid back four, two defensive midfielders, two attacking wingers, and two forwards with one of the two playing more of an attacking midfielding position. We have seen Rennie expirement with the back four and defensive midfield positions with: Rochat playing a proper left defensive midfield role (I personally love this position for Rochat) Young Pyo Lee playing in the vacant left back spot, Camilo Sanvezzo (and or Daigo Kobayashi) playing the central attacking midfield position, and finally Matt Watson playing right back. Watson was the least most successful with seeing him being beat numerous times and taking stupid fouls. 

My Starting 11 predictions:

YP Lee O'Brien DeMerit Harvey
Koffie Rochat
Kobayashi Camilo

Why are my predictions the way they are you ask? Well let's start with Knighton.. looking at the end of the 2012 season Knighton took over the starting position and let's be honest, he 100% looked like a proper MLS keeper, rarely letting in weak goals. Moving ahead to the back four, with Lee's age being the only negative of his game 2013 will 99% be his last season. The two centre backs are also a gimmie with O'Brien and DeMerit playing cruicial roles ending the 2012 season. Left back may be a little different in 2013. Rennie seems to really enjoy Rochat playing a defensive midfield position so we may see Harvey playing more and more matches on the left side of the defense. The midfield is a big question mark for the 'Caps. We may see Kobayashi fitting in on the right side of the field putting Camilo out to the left. Our up and coming 2013 draft picks Hurtado and Kekuta could be nipping at the heels of the wide midfielders and strikers for that starting position, but with that said the starting forwards are pretty much set for the 2013 season.  Sure, Miller had a bad 2012 season but look at the position he was in to come into a team mid season and try to work into the Whitecaps system. But with him fully commited to the 'Caps for 2013 we will see a more confident Kenny. And of course you have to add Mattocks up top who already has 4 goals in 2 preseason matches. 

2013 season transfers so far:
December 14, 2012 - Paulo Jr. (FW) - From Real Salt Lake - 2012 Re-Entry Draft
January 11, 2013 - Brad Rusin (DF) - From HB Køge - Undisclosed transfer
January 17, 2013 - Kekuta Manneh (FW) - MLS SuperDraft pick 4th Overall
January 17, 2013 - Erik Hurtado (FW/MF) - MLS SuperDraft pick 5th Overall
January 23, 2013 - Tom Heinemann (FW) - From Columbus Crew - Free
January 23, 2013 - Corey Hertzog (FW) - From New York Red Bulls - Free
January 28, 2013 - Daigo Kobayashi (MF) - From Shimizu S-Pulse - Free

Transfers out
November 8, 2012 - Etienne Barbara (FW) - Option declined - Later signed with Minnesota Stars FC
November 8, 2012 - Brian Sylvestre (GK) - Option declined
November 8, 2012 - Tiago Ulisses (MF) - Option declined
December 3, 2012 - Atiba Harris (FW) - Traded to Colorado Rapids for 2015 and 2016 international roster slot
December 3, 2012 - Michael Nanchoff (MF) - Option declined - On trial with Portland Timbers
December 14, 2012 - John Thorrington  (MF) - D.C. United - 2012 Re-Entry Draft
January 21, 2013 - Barry Robson (MF) - Released - Later signed with Sheffield United.
January 25, 2013 - Martín Bonjour (DF) - Waived

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Chivas USA Gauging Interest of Mexican Gerardo Torrado

Club Officials Scouting, Gauging Interest of Player in Tonights Leon-Cruz Azul Game


Chivas USA has decidedly gone back to their roots as a club that recruits Mexican-American players as the have been having a “fire sale” of non-Mexican-American players. Casey Townsend, Nick Labrocca have been exiled to other clubs while rumors of Shalrie Joseph and Dan Kennedy leaving are still lingering. 

With all this known, the club are looking for a known Mexican player that can help boost club moral as well as spark up interest from the dying fan base.

A source has told MLS Transfers that two club officials will be at tonight's Leon-Cruz Azul game to "scout and gauge the interest of Gerardo Torrado". The central midfielder is a Mexican international with vast experience in the Spainsh first division and Mexico. With over 137 caps for Mexico, he is one of the most decorated players in the teams history and could bring much needed leadership to Chivas USA.

More information on this situation should be given to us today so stay tuned for more updates throughout the day.