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…)
Montreal Impact slid down the table even further after a second consecutive league defeat this weekend. The team was once again without star forward Didier Drogba.
Their over reliance on the former Chelsea striker was clear to see, as they struggled to make much of an impact in the final third without the big forward. Drogba has been a major factor in the club’s rise up the league table. Even though he has not had much minutes on the pitch, his mere presence has helped motivate the rest of the team. Drogba was expected to miss the opening few matches of the season since the club did not want to risk the player on the artificial pitches.
The club confirmed that the striker would not feature in games where he has to play on the artificial turf. Against a poor Seattle Sounders, who have been going through a poor patch of form, the club was expected to return to winning ways following their loss in the previous game. The team had lost 2-0 to Western Conference leaders FC Dallas. Impact now suffered a loss against the bottom club from the Western Conference. Seattle lost their opening three matches in succession but they have now been able to get off the mark with this win. (more…)
Rio Ferdinand believes LVG doesn’t quite have the idea how to use the forwards to the best of their abilities.
Ferdinand is also of the opinion that the Dutchman should not have let go of Chicharito during pre-season transfer window.
According to Ferdinand, it was not the wisest of the calls as the Mexico international could have proved to be immensely beneficial to the club.
Chicharito has gone to Bundesliga and he is currently one of the top 5 goal scorers over there playing for Bayer Leverkusen.
Talking about LVG on a TV show, Ferdinand said, “As a manager, you must know how to handle the forwards.”
“The way Van Gaal works, I think it’s not well suited to the forwards. He has a reserved mentality.”
“You see none of the forwards has been able to flourish under him, whether it’s Robin, Chicharito, Janujaz or whoever.”
“Chicharito is absolute class. You can rely on him to produce goals. But, players like him need a bit of freedom. You have to let them play in the manner they want to.”
“Van Gaal obviously couldn’t adjust to his style. But, you See, Leverkusen has given him that freedom and he’s netting for them almost every game.” (more…)
San Jose Earthquakes manager Dominic Kinnear says that he is likely to utilise a similar squad in order to retain the identity of the team for the upcoming season friendlies. The MLS takes a small break in order to welcome teams like Manchester United and Real Madrid to North America. The International Champions Cup will provide a lot of exposure for MLS clubs to such high profile teams. Over the years, this tournament has gained a lot of respect and it has primarily been because of MLS clubs utilising their full strength teams. Kinnear admits that this will be difficult at the current point due to the several injuries faced by his team.
Further, San Jose Earthquakes have also lost a number of players to international duty over the last few weeks. Kinnear does not expect the situation to improve ahead of the friendlies with the likes of Club America and United. The club will have to focus on these friendly matches that will happen in between the MLS game against LA Galaxy. This is undoubtedly one of the biggest games during the season and one that could potentially decide their entry into the play-offs. Right now, the club are just outside the top six.
“You always want to try to have guys in the position where they’re the most comfortable. To have somebody play out of position in these types of games would be a bit of a mistake. You want guys to get minutes, you want them to get chances for confidence, but also you want to keep them hungry. It won’t be like, the guys who have been playing [as one whole unit] and then the guys who. I think we’ll try and mix and match, because somewhere down the line, we’re going to need those guys to play with each other,” said the manager.