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Report: Queens Park Rangers make bid for Tim Ream

Queens Park Rangers has submitted a bid to Bolton Wanderers for Tim Ream, and it is reportedly worth $1.56 million.

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SBI MLS Player of the Month: Sebastian Giovinco

Sebastian Giovinco provided five goals and three assists in the month of July to earn honors as SBI MLS Player of the Month.

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Report: Emerson Hyndman generating transfer interest from top leagues

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Emerson Hyndman is reportedly drawing interest from some of the world’s top leagues.

Sounders sign Austrian international Ivanschitz from Levante

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In the midst of a rough stretch, the Seattle Sounders have bolstered their midfield with the signing of a La Liga and Bundesliga veteran.

The Sounders announced Tuesday that it has signed midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz from Spanish club Levante. An Austrian international, the 31-year-old midfielder has 69 career caps and scored 12 international goals

“Andreas is a player who is creative in the attack and dangerous on set pieces, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can contribute to the group,” said head xoach Sigi Schmid. “As we head into the final months of our season and begin CONCACAF Champions League play, we welcome Andreas’ experience and poise at this critical time of year.”

Ivanschitz joins the Sounders after making 49 appearances for Levante in two seasons. Prior to his move to Spain, the midfielder featured for Mainz in the Bundesliga, as well as Panathinaikos, Red Bull Salzburg and Rapid Vienna.

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Cyle Larin

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When it comes to this season’s MLS rookies, Cyle Larin is in a class all his own.

The Orlando City forward made that very evident in the month of July en route to earning honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Month.

Despite missing time due to the Gold Cup, Larin asserted himself with one of the best rookie performances of all time in his first start back with the Lions. The Canadian star provided a hat-trick, just the third all-time for an expansion franchise. The second youngest player to score three time sin one game, Larin demonstrated his ability to score in a variety of ways, finishing from both close and long range.

Now with a rookie record-tying 11 goals on the season, Larin has notched another honor in the form of July’s SBI MLS Rookie of the Month, beating out Matt Polster and Fatai Alashe.

What do you think of Larin’s recent performances? How impressed are you with what he’s done? Which rookie stood out to you in July?

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Report: Queens Park Rangers make bid for Tim Ream

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Back-to-back seasons as Bolton’s best may yield a move to another Championship club for Tim Ream.

Queens Park Rangers is looking to bolster its back line and has submitted a bid of $1.56 million for Ream, according to a Tuesday report from ESPN FC. Ream, 27, is coming off consecutive seasons in which he was named Bolton’s top player, but only just finished the first of three years on his current deal.

Ream has made 114 league appearances for Bolton since joining the club in February 2012, appearing in both Premier League and Championship games. Last season, the versatile defender started 42 of the 44 games he appeared in.

Ream was most recently with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and played in two matches in the tournament.

What do you think about QPR’s interest in Ream? Should he switch clubs or is the move a lateral one? Think MLS should make a push for him to return?

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SBI MLS Player of the Month: Sebastian Giovinco

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Lauded as one of the biggest signings in league history, Sebastian Giovinco lived up to his reputation with the performance he put forth in the month of July.

The Toronto FC forward provided five goals and three assists in four July games, earning the Italian recognition as SBI’s MLS Player of the Month.

Giovinco’s magnum opus came in the team’s July 12 thriller against New York City FC, as the forward single-handedly lifted TFC to a thrilling draw. Providing three goals in nine minutes to go with a late-game assist, Giovinco put on one of the best performances in recent memory before adding a pair of one-goal, one-assist performances in the ensuing weeks against the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew.

In the absence of Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, Giovinco stepped up and provided performances that were tops in the league, beating out fellow Designated Players Robbie Keane and David Villa for July’s Player of the Month honors.

What did you think of Giovinco’s performances this past month? Which was your favorite? What other players stood out to you in July?

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Report: Emerson Hyndman generating transfer interest from top leagues

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having impressed on both the club and international level in recent months, U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Emerson Hyndman is beginning to earn some looks from across Europe’s top leagues.

Goal USA reported Monday that Hyndman, who is entering the final year of his contract with Championship side Fulham, is now drawing interest from teams in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and Eredivisie. However, to this point, no team has been able to reach Fulham’s valuation of the 19-year-old midfielder.

Last year, Hyndman was the subject of loan offers from Spanish clubs Almeria and Elche as well as Dutch club SC Cambuur. Bundesliga club Stuttgart was also among the teams to make an offer, but Hyndman remained with Fulham for its entire season.

Hyndman made his first team debut for the English club last season, and went on to appear nine times before missing out on the action due to a combination of injury and international commitments.

Internationally, Hyndman is coming off the U.S. U-20s’ World Cup quarterfinals run in which he led the charge as the team’s captain. The midfielder has also earned one senior cap, featuring in last September’s friendly against the Czech Republic.

What do you think of the interesting being generated by Hyndman? What leagues and teams would you see being a good fit? Is it the right time to make a move?

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MLS Ticker: Timbers part ways with Fernandez; Sounders hoping Martins can return this week; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In comes one Argentine, and out goes another.

A little more than two weeks after signing Lucas Melano to a Designated Player deal, the Timbers announced on Monday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with attacker Gaston Fernandez. The 31-year-old Fernandez, who signed with the club in January 2014, had been limited to just six league starts this year.

“We would like to thank Gastón for his contributions to the club the past two seasons,” said Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson in a statement. “We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

In his year-and-a-half at the club, Fernandez played in 53 MLS games. He scored nine goals, two of which came this season, and delivered four assists.

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AZ and Werder Bremen agree on Johannsson transfer

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Aron Johannsson looks set to be the latest U.S. Men’s National Team star to make a major move.

The forward’s current club, AZ Alkmaar, announced Tuesday that an agreement has been reached with German club Werder Bremen for the transfer of Johannsson. The 24-year-old forward has been left off AZ’s traveling roster as he is now free to negotiate personal terms with the Bundesliga club.

“It’s always nice to make the next step and to go to the Bundesliga, it’s one of the best leagues in the world,” Johannsson said. “In that perspective, it’s very nice, but it’s also mixed feelings. It’s a little sad to leave AZ, to leave my friends that I’ve had for the last two-and-a-half years. It’s a very exciting period ahead of me, and I just can’t wait to get started.

“Once they came and were interested, it was a pretty easy choice to decide to do it. I want to play for a better team in a better league. The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in the world, so it’s a step in the right direction for me and, hopefully, it will go well.” Continue reading »

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Jack McInerney traded to Columbus Crew

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Already boasting one of the most potent attacks in MLS, the Columbus Crew could be even more dangerous after the addition of another attacking piece.

The Crew acquired forward Jack McInerney from the Montreal Impact in exchange for the team’s second round pick in the 2016 MLS Draft. The move gives the Crew another young attacking option, as the 22-year-old McInerney has already scored 36 career MLS goals.

“We believe Jack McInerney is going to make an immediate impression on the club and feel that his qualities will help him assimilate easily into our system,” said Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter. “He’s a young player that possesses great timing with his movements and has a talent for scoring goals. His track record so far in this League has been outstanding, and we look forward to him contributing on the field for us.”

The move was a necessary one for the Impact, who were forced into a deal due to roster constraints. Following the signings of Didier Drogba and Johan Venegas, the Impact were required to free up space on the roster, prompting the deal. Continue reading »

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