Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio says that he is aware the players who will be selected for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Mexico are not expected to make much of an impact in the World Cup due to the colder climate. The national team had the best opportunity to make a huge impact in the previous World Cup in Brazil but the team were once again eliminated in the round of 16. Mexico have faced an exit at exactly this point in the World Cup since 1994. The last time they went beyond this stage was in 1986 when Mexico reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup, which was held on home soil.
Osorio was brought to the national team after stints with the likes of São Paulo andAtlético Nacional. He came to the national team in October 2015 and will be experiencing World Cup for the first time. The 56-year-old has been able to succeed in major cup competitions like the Primera A, and he came close to winning the Copa Sudamericana in 2014. However, the World Cup is a completely different animal with the squad selection having to play a major role in the success of a team. Mexico have to take a well-balanced squad that can handle the rigours of frequent matches in a short span of time.
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…)
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…)