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MLS Ticker: Cahill named to Australia’s Asian Cup squad; Fire sign 6th Homegrown player; and more

Tim Cahill has been named to Australia’s final 23-man squad for the 2015 Asian Cup, set to begin next month in Australia.

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Adu parts ways with Serbian club FK Jagodina

Freddy Adu has parted ways with Serbian club FK Jagodina after just six months.

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NASL looking to be on forefront as talent development evolves in the USA

NASL commissioner Bill Peterson believes that the league’s focus on developing young talent will be crucial for both the league and the domestic game as a whole.

MLS Ticker: Cahill named to Australia’s Asian Cup squad; Fire sign 6th Homegrown player; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Tim Cahill will be keeping busy during the MLS offseason.

The veteran midfielder unsurprisingly made the final 23-man squad with the Australian national team for the AFC Asian Cup, which Australia is hosting from January 9-31. Cahill joins the likes of Mile Jedinak, Tommy Oar, and Mark Bresciano from Ange Postecoglou’s squad that competed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“In the end, I’m pretty pleased with the 23 we’ve ended up with,” Postecoglou said in a statement. “There’s a good combination of the core of the group that went to the FIFA World Cup, there’s some experience there, but also a sprinkling of guys who will enhance the squad we took to the FIFA World Cup.”

Cahill, who admitted that he was focused on country over club over the course of the 2014 MLS season, found himself outside of the Red Bulls lineup late in the season, and finished the year with just three goals and two assists in 28 matches, a far cry from his 12-goal, six-assist effort in 2013.

The Australia squad will meet up as a group on Dec. 27 for a tournament training camp. Australia is set to face Kuwait, Oman, and South Korea in their three group stage matches. Cahill, who captained the Socceroos in Brazil, is expected to wear the armband again in his native country.

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Adu parts ways with Serbian club FK Jagodina

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Freddy Adu is once again back on the open market.

Adu has parted ways with Serbian side FK Jagodina after making just one first team appearance, in a cup game, for the club. Adu’s time with the club lasted just five months.

Reports in Europe stated that Adu had been released, but the 25-year-old attacker took to Twitter on Monday to say that he had been expecting to move on for some time.

The former U.S. Men’s National Team player – who has played for 10 clubs in his career – did not make an appearance in a league game for Jagodina and saw just 13 minutes of action in a cup matchup back in September.

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NASL looking to be on forefront as talent development evolves in the USA

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By RYAN TOLMICH

NASL commissioner Bill Peterson is keeping an eye towards developing future talent.

For years, those connected with soccer in the United States have been working to put together the ideal academy system. While Europe and South America have developed ways of churning out talent fit for their region, the U.S. has struggled to find a proper system to produce players in the country’s current culture and climate.

In an attempt to forge their own system, Peterson and the NASL have left the league’s teams with certain freedoms when it comes to putting together each club’s respective academy. With no overarching system in place, Peterson has left it on each individual club to develop the system that works for them.

“You’re definitely going to see people getting serious about it,” Peterson told SBI. “Right now, from a league standpoint, we’ve sort of stayed out of any direction or any guidance because we’re trying to figure out what teams are going to find the best way to do it. It’s a very tough business and a lot of people have tried to do it a lot of different ways for many years.” Continue reading »

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Report: Henry receives work permit, set for move to West Ham

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Doneil Henry’s stint with Apollon Limassol will apparently be a short one.

Henry, signed by the Cypriot club earlier this year before being loaned back to Toronto FC for the 2014 MLS season, has reportedly acquired a work permit ahead of a move to West Ham United.

The 21-year-old defender has been coveted by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who revealed that his pursuit of the Canadian international comes following a recommendation from former TFC manager Ryan Nelsen.

Nelsen previously played for Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers.

“We are looking at the situation but it will be a tribunal, work permit situation which will happen next week,” Allardyce said. “He was recommended to me by Ryan Nelsen, my captain at Blackburn who was at Toronto and his is an opinion I respect.”

Henry made 93 appearances for TFC since joining the first team in 2010 while also featuring 10 times for the Canadian national team.

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Stoke City vs. Chelsea: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Two days after Manchester City pushed themselves to a tie atop the table, Chelsea head north for a visit to the always-pesky Stoke City.

Chelsea enter Monday two weeks removed from their first and only slip-up of the season, a 2-1 loss at St. James Park to Newcastle. After following the misstep with a 2-0 victory over Hull City, the Blues will need at least a point to maintain sole possession of first place heading into Christmas.

Stoke, meanwhile, enter with a mixed 1-1-1 record in their last three contests, with the highlight coming in an upset victory over Arsenal at the Brittania Stadium. Currently nestled in 13th, the club sits just four points out of the relegation zone.

Both sides are expected to see the return of key contributors, as Stoke playmaker Bojan Krkic and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois are in the lineup following injuries, while U.S. Men’s National Team defender Geoff Cameron is also in the Starting XI.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action.

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MLS Ticker: Galaxy set for preseason trip to Ireland; Fire add DP Accam; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Robbie Keane is set to kick off the 2015 season with a return to his hometown.

The LA Galaxy announced on Monday that the club will visit Ireland for a preseason friendly against Shamrock Rovers that is set for Feb. 21. The friendly will see Keane return to his hometown of Dublin, and more specifically the area of Tallaght.

Shamrock Rovers are the most successful club in Ireland, having won the League of Ireland 17 times while claiming 24 FAI Cups.

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