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By DAN KARELL
Unable to ink an MLS contract this winter, Heath Pearce has gone against the strong current of Americans returning from Europe and signed with a club in Sweden.
IFK Goteborg announced on Thursday that they’ve signed Pearce to a five-month contract, with an option to extend. Pearce was a free agent, after his contract with the Montreal Impact expired at the end of the season and no teams selected him in the MLS re-entry draft. Pearce had recently been training with Orlando City.
“He can play at any position in the defensive line,” Goteborg sporting director Mats Gren said in a statement. “He’s experienced, strong, skillful game, great physics and has a good pass.”
The 30-year-old Pearce spent 2005-2009 abroad, playing for FC Nordsjælland in Denmark and Hansa Rostock in Germany, before joining FC Dallas in late 2009. He helped lead FC Dallas to the MLS Cup final in 2010, and since then has played for Chivas USA, the New York Red Bulls, and the Impact.
Goteborg finished second in the Swedish Allsvenskan last season, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. The 2015 Allsvenskan season begins in early April.
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By DAN KARELL
Roberto Mancini is hoping to be reunited this summer with one of the best midfielders in the English Premier League.
The Inter Milan boss has revealed his interest in signing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure during the summer transfer window. Mancini originally brought Toure to the Etihad Stadium in 2010 back when the Italian was Man City boss.
“Yaya is one of the strongest players in the world,” Mancini told the Italian newspaper Il Giornale. “He still is. He has played in so many teams. He has been in leagues in Belgium, Russia, Spain and England. Italy is the one missing. This could be the right opportunity for him to come and try.
“We are building a team. There are players that change the look of a team, and Yaya is one of them. Next year we could try. We need to bring three champions, and we will see that we will be ready to fight for the scudetto.”
Mancini took over for Walter Mazzari last November but Inter have remained mired in mid-table life in Serie A. They’re currently in 10th place in the league, one place ahead of arch rivals AC Milan.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Sacramento Republic’s bid to join the ranks of Major League Soccer has received a major infusion of cash.
The ownership group of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, led by Vivek Ranadive, has made an investment in the USL Pro club with aims in making a move to MLS.
“Vivek and the Kings have brought visionary leadership to Sacramento,” said mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson. “They are the perfect partners for the City of Sacramento and Sacramento Republic FC in this transformational opportunity.
“All of us are building Sacramento into a city that will set the example for the way sports and culture interact with American cities in the future.” Continue reading
By FRANCO PANIZO
A new formation at the start of a new year showed some promise, but the U.S. Men’s National Team couldn’t avoid starting 2015 with another winless result.
The U.S. began 2015 with a 3-2 road loss to Chile on Wednesday evening, falling prey to a second-half brace from Mark Gonzalez at Estadio El Teniente. Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore gave the Americans two separate leads in the first half, but the U.S. faded after switching formations at halftime and failed to come out victorious for the fifth straight match.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side, which started the friendly in a new-look 3-5-2 lineup but switched to a 4-4-2 in the second half, was punished by Gonzalez’s excellent play on the Chile left flank.
Gonzalez set up the hosts’ first equalizer in the 10th minute, and went on to beat U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando with a pair of strikes in the second stanza that came nine minutes apart.
By RYAN TOLMICH
Jozy Altidore is set to embark on a new chapter in his club career, but on Wednesday in Chile he reminded us how productive he continues to be for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
The newly acquired Toronto FC forward scored a goal Wednesday, his third in four games, as the U.S. Men’s National Team dropped a 3-2 decision to Chile. Altidore was a consistent threat to the Chile defense in the first half, and his attacking performance was enough to earn the forward recognition as SBI USMNT Man of the Match.