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Orlando City unlikely to appeal Kaka’s playful red card

Major League Soccer club Orlando City have reportedly hit back at the decision to give Kaka a red card after his playful interaction with his former teammate.


The Brazil international received only his second red card of his career during the 3-1 defeat to New York Red Bulls after he grabbed the face and neck of Aurelian Collin who previously played for Orlando.

The duo were in jovial mood immediately, however, after consulting the league’s new video referral system, referee Jorge Gonzalez deemed the veteran’s actions to be worthy of a sending off. As a result, Kaka will miss at least one game and Orlando announced on Monday that they would not appeal against the red card although they disagree with the decision.

A club statement said: “After much deliberation, which included conversations about the global attention this incident is receiving from fans and media alike, the club will respect the decision made by the Video Assistant Referee, the Professional Referee Organization and Major League Soccer to avoid further unjustified consequences that may come from appealing the decision made on the field. Moreover, we also do not believe he deliberately ‘struck’ an opponent or any other person on the head or face with his hand or arm during the match. The captain will accept the one-game suspension and help our club and fans focus on the next task” Read more »

VILLA SIGNS NEW DEAL

Former Barcelona striker David Villa has agreed to a new deal to remain at MLS football club New York City, according to reports.


The club, which is set to plat Atlanta United this weekend, agreed to retain the Spaniard for at least another year following his big contributions to the team.

Villa wants more football action as he kicked out the idea of retirement even at 35 year. Since moving to the MLS side, he has scored 46 goals in 70 games to become the top scorer. He scored the club’s first ever goal at the Yankee Stadium and he was picked as the skipper immediately he joined in 2015. Just recently, the striker scored an impressive goal from a distance when City played Philadelphia Union. Read more »

KAKA OUT FOR SIX WEEKS

Brazil football legend Kaka is set to be sidelined for the next six weeks after he picked up a hamstring injury in the season’s opener against New York City FC in the Major League Soccer.


The Orlando City star has been confirmed out for that long by the club’s spokesperson, according to ESPN.

Kaka, who is the highest paid star in the league, played just eleven minutes before he limped off in the game and Coach Jason Kreis has confirmed that the former Real Madrid playmaker’s injury is “pretty serious.”

“We don’t have an MRI back there in the locker room but it looks like this could be a pretty serious injury. I am very, very disappointed for him, He’s worked extremely hard in the offseason and hard in the preseason.

“This could’ve been a huge night for him. I think everyone could see the energy he was already putting into the game in those eleven minutes. I thought this was going to be a special night for him,” Kreis said. Read more »

NicklasBendtner might make move to MLS expansion side Atlanta United FC

There is news that former Arsenal player might make a move to Atlanta United FC.


The player who has been released by Wolfsburg is available on a free transfer and could be the first signing for the MLS expansion side who is supposed to start playing in 2017.

It is believed that Atlanta United FC technical director Carlos Bocanegra has already begun discussions with the former Arsenal player’s agent, but they have yet to make a formal offer to the player.

NicklasBendtner joined Wolfsburg in 2014 when Arsenal released him, but he has failed to make an impact for the German club. In fact, he was renowned for the off-field problems that he created at the club. Indeed, the player was banned from entering the training ground as he was reported for causing havoc in the dressing room.

During his time at Wolfsburg, he managed 47 appearances for the club and scored nine goals for them. He did not feature in the team for at least three months before he was released by the club.
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MLS and FC merger on the Grow

On April 14, MLS and FC might be making a merger which would become a rather large expansion. The league and club made the announcement this past Thursday and announced that Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbot would be visiting the Sacramento Republic FC joined alongside with Major League Soccer Comissioner Don Garber.

Republic manager and partner Kevin Nagle will be meeting with Abbott and Garber to discuss a proposed new stadium that would reside in the Railyard area of the city. The new soccer stadium has a considerable cost and both sides need to meet up to evaluate the cost and if they feel the new stadium would be worth it.

“MLS Commissioner Don Garber is looking forward to visiting Sacramento on April 14 and discussing Sacramento Republic FC’s proposal to join MLS as an expansion club,” read a league statement. “During the trip, Commissioner Garber will meet with Sacramento Republic FC owner Kevin Nagle and tour the proposed site for a new soccer stadium in the Railyards development.” Read more »

Major League Soccer will spend more cash to bring top players

When it comes to expenditure, the Major League Soccer isn’t a league which is known for spending huge amounts of cash and luring in young world class player. Clubs from the MLS have a tendency of signing veteran players who are nearing the final stages of their career but it has now been announced that the American League has allocated more money as a way to bring in more top class players and possibly younger ones as well.

A few days ago it was confirmed that the MLS is investing an additional $32 million in salaries during the upcoming 2 years for players as a way that can help upgrade the quality in the teams of the league.

This investment is known as Targeted Allocation Money and the main objective of this cash is to create a deeper roster for the clubs in the MLS with the long term goal of turning the MLS into one of the top leagues in the world by 2022. Read more »

Sebastian Giovinco turned out to be one of the stars of the MLS

Former Juventus striker Sebastian Giovinco turned out to be one of the stars of the MLS weekend after scoring a hat-trick in the recent 4-4 draw against New York City.

Toronto were looking to close the gap on second placed New York Red Bulls, but they failed to do so after earning only a point from this game. Still, it felt like a major victory for Toronto, but home supporters of New York City were extremely disappointed to see their team drop two more points. The team has now managed only one win in the last five matches and this is threatening to disrupt the aspirations for the season.

Summer signing David Villa once again proved his capabilities by scoring two goals, but he was outshined by another European import. Villa had given the lead for New York City after just 17 minutes, which was then doubled following the own goal byPerquis. However, the home team were unable to maintain this impressive advantage for long. A brilliant hat-trick fromGiovinco – with one of the goals coming from a penalty – set them on the path towards a victory. However, Mullins’ equaliser with six minutes of normal time remaining levelled things up once again. Read more »

Javier Morales has been one of the best players of the 2015 MLS

Javier Morales has been one of the best players of the 2015 MLS season so far. He continued his impressive run by managing a goal against San Jose Earthquakes last weekend.

This helped the club’s second consecutive league victory and this has moved the club to third place in the table after four matches. Despite being 35 years of age, the midfielder has been showing his pure quality in the recent matches. His long-range effort against San Jose helped differentiate both teams and Dominic Kinnear admitted after the match that his team could do nothing about the effort fromMorales.

The Argentine has created two goals and set up another two in his first four matches this campaign.Morales is someone who is used to scoring goals but not at the rate he is doing currently. Last season, he managed to 9 goals throughout the whole campaign and it was just one short of what he had achieved in the 2013 season with Real Salt Lake. His amazing start to this campaign – in terms of scoring goals – is set to see him break the records of the last two seasons. It is an amazing advantage for Real Salt Lake to have a midfielder contributing such a large number of goals. Read more »

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