Chelsea icon Didier Drogba has made a return to Stamford Bridge and Cobham – just to renew acquaintances with his former employers.
Drogba has been linked with a return to Chelsea in a coaching capacity for quite a while. However, he chose to go down the route of football club ownership after deciding to join Phoenix Rising FC. He is set to become one of the club owners in the future. Drogba recently made a return to Chelsea training ground where he met up with a number of his former teammates like Eden Hazard, Willian, Cesar Azpilicueta, and David Luiz.
Drogba also came face-to-face with some of the latest generation stars at Chelsea, including Alvaro Morata. The Real Madrid forward has been signed for £ 70 million and he has already made a successful start to life at the club. The club legend also met with N’Golo Kante, who has been able to win back-to-back Premier league medals with two different clubs in the form of Leicester City and Chelsea. (more…)
There are several links of players to the Major League Soccer this summer.
A lot of European stars are more open minded about playing the American top flight in recent years. The competitive wages and fast paced developments of the league has helped as well. Aside European stars, many others from other regions are open to joining the MLS as well.
There are strong indications that Australian James Troisi might move to the MLS. After the lapse of his deal with Melbourne Victory, Troisi wants to explore the US. He is reportedly in New York with the hope of getting a decent side to join. His confederation Cup showing would be a plus for the 29-year old forward.
Ligue 1 star Andre-Pierre Gignac is another one poised to move to the MLS but Los Angeles Galaxy is wary of the high price tag. His transfer fee and salary were way above what the Galaxy directors could manage. (more…)
Bastian Schweinsteiger joined the academy division of Bayern Munich back on July of 1998 and from there on out, the German midfielder went on to make over 300 appearances for the club with various pieces of silverware being lifted along the way including 8 Bundesliga and 1 UEFA Champions League trophy just to name a few of the more renowned titles.
After his spell with Bayern Munich ended on 2015, Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United where he performed in for 2 years before eventually making a move to another continent as the German veteran joined his latest and current club Chichago Fire.
With so much time spent performing in different leagues, Bastian Schweinsteiger has recently talked about the differences that exist from performing in the American League, the MLS and Europe.
‘’If you compare it to Bayern Munich or the national team Germany, the difference is huge but I knew what I let myself in for. The league is interesting because it’s evident everyone can beat everyone. And sometimes things happen you just don’t understand’’ (more…)
New LA Galaxy manager Curt Onalfo said that he had only one objective when he signed as a manager.
He said that he wants to win the league and that he believes that he has the necessary experience to achieve it.
He said that he did not take the job lightly and that he only wants to win trophies with LA Galaxy. He said that fans should not compare him to the earlier days where he was learning his trade with teams such as Kansas City Wizards and DC United. He believes that he is a much more accomplished coach now and that he is far more qualified now.
He said that he was young at that time and that he believed that he already knew everything. He said that you never stop learning as a coach, but he thinks that he has enough experience now to manage a team such as LA Galaxy.
Indeed Curt Onalfo has learned from the best as he has been an assistant to former LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena. Although both men are quite close, he said that he is different from Arena when it comes to coaching. (more…)
Chinese league have been dominating the transfer market; splashing huge sums of money on players.
This has been a source of serious concerns to the MLS as they continue to lose bid for players to the Chinese.
Recall that earlier last year, Don Garber, Major League Soccer commissioner, had opined that the Chinese would not be able to sustain such high spending on players for long and will eventually drop their extravagant offers; therefore he didn’t consider their actions as threatening to the MLS.
Unfortunately for him and the American league, the Chinese league has not lowered the intensity of their spending. In fact they have increased it over the course of two transfer windows. This fact is evident in the latest signing of Brazilian star Oscar and a mouthwatering offer for Carlos Tevez.
The latest player to be hijacked by the Chinese is Paraguayan striker Oscar Romero. Romero was previously handed a deal by Atlanta United, one of MLS team. The transfer was set at $8.5 million an amount considered to be pretty high by MLS standard. (more…)
With 2 MLS matches remaining before the conclusion of the 2016 season, Portland Timbers has a real chance of sealing a playoff spot as they are currently located at the 7th spot of the Western Conference with 41 points and if they are able to secure victories in their upcoming matches then there is a realistic chance of Caleb Porter and his men of getting in the playoff zone and the 41 year old manager is hoping that they can fulfill this task.
“We still have everything to play for. The mindset in this group, every single player, is that we’re going to pull this off. We still can accomplish everything that we set out to accomplish this season.” Portland Timber’s head coach Caleb Porter said.
Colorado Rapids and Vancouver Whitecaps are the final 2 opponents of Portland Timbers and just about everyone in the squad of Caleb Porter are aware of how important these upcoming matches are going to be as they might be the decisive factor in whether or not Portland is able to fulfill one of their initial objectives of the season which was to seal a playoff spot. (more…)
Los Angeles FC is a MLS expansion club that is scheduled to compete in the American League starting by the season of 2018-19. Not too long ago it was confirmed that the actor Will Ferrell was part of a 26 man group ownership which icons of different sports including Basketball’s legend Magic Johnson.
In the opening few weeks of 2016, there was a gala ceremony where the MLS club was unveiling new colors as it’s logo displayed black and gold colors.
Henry Nguyen is a managing partner of Los Angeles Football Club and during this ceremony; he talked about what the logo represents as the businessman said: “The wing is such a special symbol of what this city is, in terms of meaning, flight, and dynamism. This is the City of Angels. And it’s every type of wing. It’s an Aztec eagle wing. It’s a dragon wing. It’s an angel wing. It’s whatever wing you want it to be.”
It was during this presentation as well that Will Ferrell confirmed his involvement in the club as part co-owner as he answered a question from Mia Hamm where she asked: You want in? and Will Ferrell said that he does want in and finally, Hamm went on saying: You’re in. (more…)
Happiness is not the word that exists for the Toronto FC supporters at the moment.
They are furious to be toppled by a side which had a couple of players lesser on the pitch for more than half an hour. A number of mean remarks have come up for the head coach Greg Vanney since the Earthquakes defeat with the club faithful not holding back from lashing out.
But, Vanney is not of the view that it becomes straightforward for a team when the opposition gets a man or two short. According to him, often it is thought that attacking a reduced opposition is not as demanding as attacking a full team is. However, it’s not like that. When you are playing a full opposition, their players are everywhere, in attacking as well as defensive positions as they try to score as well. So, you can then find gaps and make the scoring moves.
But, when they have a couple of their teammates sent off, they don’t have any option other than just to look for protection. The attack completely goes out of the equation for them and everything they do is only to stop you from striking. All their players barring the goalie virtually turn into defenders leaving their original roles. So, you must be extremely précised if you have to strike.
Colorado Rapids had coach Pablo Mastroeni says their mastering of the skill of winning is responsible for their success so far in the Major League Soccer.
The club ran their unbeaten record up to 10 games with their with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire and opened up a three-point lead over closest rival, FC Dallas.
The record has been on for about two and half weeks now with the win being their ninth of the season, matching their total for 2015. The game started off like the team’s last encounter with Philadelphia Union when the score line was 1-1. They were ahead as usual and were set to go all the way until a late equalizer from Brian Carroll.
Mastroeni said: “Winning is a skill. You have to learn how to do it. It doesn’t come easy. We gave up a late goal against Philadelphia and we reflected upon that.
“Today, giving up that late goal, there was that belief that, ‘We’ve been here before, we’ve talked about it, and this is how we’re going to achieve it.’”
The MLS is generally considered to be the league where top and well renowned players move to in order to spend the last few years of their career but the American League has been making a number of improvements so that it can progress and be compared to the elite European Leagues.
The commissioner of the MLS, Don Garber has stated that the MLS is starting to test out instant replay technology which is expected to be added to the league matches in the near future.
Implementing new technology into the sport of football is a fairly controversial decision to make as there are fanatics that do not wish for this to happen as it can take away the essence of the game but there are others which do approve of it.
The former president of FIFA, SeppBlatter was not a fan of him that this kind of technology was never truly implemented during his time in charge of the football governing authority but now with the arrival of Gianni Infantino, things might change as the new president is indeed a supporter of new technology being used in games and the MLS wants to be at the forefront of this movement. (more…)