The Union depart for Orlando this morning for the next phase of preseason training. First kick is only 26 days away.
The latest Daily Doop checks in on what was happening at Friday’s practice and says the trialist Jordi Vidal’s “speed is as impressive…but you can see he’s still a newbie trying to get the hang of it all.”
In the latest ASN 100, Jack McInerney drops two spots to No. 59, Sheanon Williams stays at at No. 84, Amobi Okugo drops one spot to No. 96, and Michael Farfan drops two spots to No. 100. That guy who is on the Union but is not drops three spots to No. 65.
Following the news that FC Dallas were negotiating with Toronto to secure Eric Hassli, a rumor appeared on Twitter on Saturday that Toronto were looking to let go of Hassli in order to make space for Freddy Adu. This was followed by a post from the Brotherly Game late on Saturday night that eventually got around to saying a “team official” told TBG “the two sides had progressed in their preliminary negotiations on moving Adu out of Philadelphia. The official went so far as to say that it’s possible that a trade could occur relatively soon.”
Philly.com’s Jonathan Tannenwald sent out a series of tweets on Sunday morning that said a source told him “there is no truth to the reports of a potential deal between the Union and Toronto FC to trade Adu.” He further tweeted, “There have been offers for Adu from multiple MLS teams but I am told that Adu and his agent have turned them all down.” These deals were contingent on the Union “eating a big chunk” of Adu’s salary. He added, “Am told that the Union also got offers from teams in foreign countries and Adu’s side turned them down,” continuing, “Foreign team offers came from countries Adu did not want to go to. I don’t know what countries.”
So, is that the end of this particular rumor? Who knows.
Gay4Soccer interviews Chandler Hoffman.
The Inquirer has a great profile on local soccer apparel company Live Breathe Futbol.
Should PDL teams like Reading United be compensated for helping to developing players who are drafted into MLS? At Newsday, Daniel Casey argues the case.
Looking at the number of MLS players that went to Europe in the January transfer window, Sigi Schmid says, “This might be the turning point in terms of the acceptance and recognition of American soccer. Where there’s been the isolated occurrence in the past, whether it was Clint Dempsey or Jozy Altidore or whoever, but with the number of players now with Kamara, Shea and Najar maybe it is a situation now where the recognition given to the football that we play has increased.”
Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew are expected to announce today a trade that will see Dominic Oduro headed to Ohio for Dilly Duka and the rights to Robbie Rogers.
Portland Timbers have officially parted ways with Scottish Designated Player Kris Boyd.
Sporting Kansas City defeated Portland 1-0 on Friday at the Tuscon Desert Friendlies.
Houston Dynamo are talking to “at least five” potential new shirt sponsors after they announced on Friday that they had amicably ended their deal with Greenstar Energy, which was recently bought by Waste Management, eleven months early.
Speaking of sponsors, the New York Post reports that Herballife, LA Galaxy’s shirt sponsor, is the subject of a probe by the Federal Trade Commission.
Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 24-player roster for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier in Honduras this morning. Jeff Parke will be joining the Union in Orlando.
ASN has a list of the Top 5 US Hexagonal heroes.
At Goal.com, Zac Lee Rigg takes a look at Klinsmann’s assistant coaching staff.
The LA Times looks at how the Gold Cup may provide opportunities for MLS stars like Chris Wondolowski and Brad Davis to see more time on the field with the USMNT.
Following a 18 month long investigation, Europol says 425 people from more than 15 countries—”including club and match officials, current and former players”—are suspected of conspiring to fix 680 matches. The New York Times reports, “Those matches included qualifying games for both the World Cup and European Cup, and two Champions League matches, including one in England.” More on the story from the Guardian, ESPN, and Goal.com.