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
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
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
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.” Continue reading MLS and FC merger on the Grow
LA Galaxy striker Alan Gordon has stated that all the players at the club are left extremely disappointed following the poor start to the season.
A 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Orlando City has seen the team slip out of the play-off places. Even though they have been able to recover from this defeat by managing a 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo in the subsequent match, the players are extremely concerned about the poor form that the team has been experiencing for the last couple of months. The win over Houston was the first LA Galaxy have managed after almost a month.
Gordon says that the situation will surely improve in the coming weeks as the club start getting back a number of players from the sidelines. One of the first to come back and improve the team was striker Robbie Keane, who contributed the assist in the win over Houston. Aside from it, the club are also looking forward to welcoming Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. The former England star has signed with the Galaxy for the next couple of years on a free transfer. José Villarreal also returned from the sidelines and he will help improve the team as well. Continue reading Alan Gordon has stated that all the players at the club are left extremely disappointed
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. Continue reading Javier Morales has been one of the best players of the 2015 MLS