The performance of New England Revolution in the Major League Soccer has brought some praises for their head coach Brad Friedel. Indeed the team has experienced some major upheaval in the close season with the arrival of several new players as well as Friedel himself. The team has enjoyed a good start to the season and many pundits believe that this is down to the quality work made by the new manager.
Brad Friedel said that this is a team effort and that he has had some luck as well with the signings. He admitted that not every new player you bring in a team will perform well and that they work really hard in identifying players that can improve the team. He said that he has spent a lot of time looking for players that will help strengthen the team.
He said that there are many factors that you need to take into account when choosing a new player. He said that you need to assess the quality of the player and what he will bring to the team. He said that there are also cultural barriers as well that you need to take into account. There are some players that are good when playing in their home country but struggle when playing in a foreign country. He said that these are all factors that you need to consider before bringing a new player into the team.
Friedel said that his players have also been really good when it comes to following his instructions and that he hopes that they can continue to do so. He said that there is still a lot of work to be done and that they are working hard in training to address some weaknesses. He said that the season is a long one and that they will need to continue to fight hard.
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” Continue reading Orlando City unlikely to appeal Kaka’s playful red card
Several football stars are set to make up the list of a squad that would feature in the fan-chosen MLS All-Star team expected to go head-on in Chicago on August 2nd against Real Madrid.
The likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Tim Howard, Kaka, Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa are all to feature in the MLS Football team made up of stars.
Madrid is in top gear as they enter into preparations for the upcoming season. These preparations will see them go all out in matches against Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona in the International Champions Cup.
At the end of that, they would round off their U.S trip with a match against MLS All-Stars to be played at Soldier Field.
Supporters have been invited by Major league Soccer to take decisions on the first 10 players they believe should be included in the first 10 against the European champions.
The voting system only allows for fans to make a choice of one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and two forwards to be included in the first 10.
An update on the voting was recently released on Tuesday and it is expected to end on Friday.
The update sees NemanjaNikolic, MLS leading scorer topping the voting as Giovinco follows closely behind. Continue reading STARS TO FEATURE IN MLS ALL-STAR FAN XI
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. Continue reading VILLA SIGNS NEW DEAL
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. Continue reading KAKA OUT FOR SIX WEEKS
Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy has appointed Curt Onalfo as their new coach.
He will be replacing Bruce Arena that has left LA Galaxy to take charge of the United States national selection. Curt Onalfo has previously worked with D.C. and Kansas City and will be looking forward to the challenge of managing a side that has been so successful under Bruce Arena.
Curt Onalfo has worked with Bruce Arena in the past as an assistant and left to coach LA Galaxy II which is the equivalent of the reserve team. He has been quite successful with the reserve team, and this has prompted LA Galaxy to appoint him as their new coach.
Curt Onalfo also has good experience of international football as he has been an assistant to Bruce Arena when the latter was in charge of the United States national team from 2003 to 2007. Given that he is familiar with Arena’s methods, players and fans should not expect too much change in the playing style of the team when the season begins. Continue reading LA Galaxy name new coach
Bruce Arena is extremely happy that LA Galaxy’s game in the MLS Cup play-offs will take place at the StubHub Center.
FC Dallas will be the final opponent for LA Galaxy in the regular campaign. This will be followed by a game against Real Salt Lake in the final round of games to decide the play-off participants. Arena has been extremely disappointed with the form in the regular season and he has placed a lot of faith in ensuring that the team comes out as winners in the MLS Cup.
Arena has already placed a lot of pressure on the team by claiming that anything other than a MLS Cup title will be a poor season for the club. The manager has the right to demand a success given that the team has spent a lot of money on star players like Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane. Continue reading Bruce Arena Happy with Knockout Round atStubHub Center
Bastian Schweinsteiger is no longer a squad member at Manchester United after being forced to do train on his own by manager Jose Mourinho.
It has been viewed as very poor treatment of the player who has won numerous titles including the World Cup. Regarded as one of the finest midfielders of this generation, Schweinsteiger will find no shortage of interested clubs even though he is over 30. One of the potential destinations would be the MLS and the player himself has confirmed that the same. Only recently, he stated that United would be his last club in European football irrespective of Mourinho’s decision.
The Portuguese responded by claiming that Schweinsteiger was wasting his time by thinking that he would be recalled to the United first-team squad and given numerous first-team opportunities this season. Mourinho stated that he is more than happy to work with only 23 outfield players, thus leaving Schweinsteiger with little opportunity to return to the first-team selection. After spending the next six months at United, it is widely believed that Schweinsteiger will look for options elsewhere. The January transfer window will also coincide with the start of the new MLS season. The 32-year-old confirmed that he will not rule out the possibility of joining an MLS team.
Continue reading Bastian Schweinsteiger Does Not Rule out MLS Future
There have been increasing rumours in recent weeks that Seattle Sounders could be losing their star asset in the form of Clint Dempsey.
The former Fulham and Tottenham midfielder has reportedly been eyeing an exit, but those connected with Seattle Sounders have been quick to deny the rumours. Club captain Brad Evans has also been quick to dispel any solution that Dempsey is looking for a move. The rumours could not have come at a much worse time for the Seattle Sounders, as they are struggling to make a real impact in the 2016 MLS season.
The club were expected to be challengers for the title, but they look like they could even miss out on the play-off places if the poor form continues. After having managed just one win in the last five games, the club are ninth in the table and a whopping 10 points behind the Vancouver Whitecaps who occupy the final play-off spot. Even though Vancouver Whitecaps have played two more games than Seattle Sounders, they are definitely in a tight spot. Evans says that the team has been trying to push on in the hope of improved form. They are not being distracted by such rumours, according to the captain.
Continue reading Seattle Sounders could be losing their star asset Clint Dempsey
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.
Continue reading NicklasBendtner might make move to MLS expansion side Atlanta United FC