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Chivas confirm “Cubo” Torres transfer to MLS, subsequent six-month loan in Mexico

Chivas de Guadlajara announced Thursday that forward Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres will join the club for a six-month loan stint following his sale to MLS.

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Stoke City’s Hughes confirms Shea-to-Orlando deal in works

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes stated Monday that Brek Shea is finalizing a move to Orlando City.

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MLS Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 set for Thursday

Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft is set to take place on Thursday, with 56 players still available for selection.

NYC FC announce multiyear agreement with YES Network

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By FRANCO PANIZO

New York City FC have found a home. On a television network, that is.

NYC FC announced on Thursday morning a multiyear agreement with the YES Network, which will serve as the club’s flagship station and radio rights holder. The network — which airs games of club co-owner the New York Yankees — will televise all NYC FC’s regular season matches, home and away, within its traditional service area.

Additionally, all of New York City’s games will be streamed live and for free via the FOX Sports Go app to Cablevision and Time Warner Cable customers.

A radio deal with CBS Radio’s WFAN had been previously announced. WFAN has the rights to air all of NYC FC’s games, including friendly matches.

New York City will begin its inaugural season in MLS in 2015.

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Chivas confirm “Cubo” Torres transfer to MLS, subsequent six-month loan in Mexico

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Chivas de Guadalajara and Major League Soccer have spent weeks negotiating the future of forward Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres, and it now appears the two sides will get the best of both worlds.

The Mexican club confirmed Thursday that the former Chivas USA striker has been sold to MLS, but would immediately return to Chivas de Guadalajara for a six-month loan stint. The loan stint comes as a response to the Mexican side’s current form, which has the club in danger of relegation.

While Chivas’ announcement included no potential MLS destinations for the 21-year-old forward, Goal USA reported Wednesday that the Houston Dynamo were the frontrunners to land Torres after stepping up to meet the $7.5 million asking price for the forward’s services. The report added that the transfer fee could be dropped if Chivas retained Torres for the upcoming Clausura season, allowing Torres to join a new MLS club mid-season.

Torres scored 15 goals in 26 appearances for Chivas USA in 2014, while also earning three call-ups to the Mexican National Team, for whom he scored a goal.

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Stoke City’s Hughes confirms Shea-to-Orlando deal in works

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By RYAN TOLMICH

While Orlando City have remained quiet on a rumored move for Brek Shea, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has opted to spill the beans.

Hughes revealed Thursday that Shea is finalizing a move to Orlando for the franchise’s upcoming debut season. The deal is anticipated to be a complete transfer.

“We envisage Brek completing his move to Orlando,” Hughes said in a press conference. “It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but he was in the building yesterday trying to tie it up.”

Hughes’ comments come in the wake of reports from the Orlando Sentinel linking the American winger to the 2015 MLS expansion club. The move will see the 24-year-old Shea reunite with Orlando City after spending several weeks training with the team this past summer.

Shea, who last featured in MLS in 2012 with FC Dallas, has made just five league appearances during his time at Stoke City. Shea, who also had loan stints at Barnsley and Birmingham City during his time abroad, was an MLS MVP finalist in 2011 with 11 goals and four assists.

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Gomez returns to Puebla

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By DAN KARELL

With his career at somewhat of an impasse, Herculez Gomez has decided to return to the place where his career highlights began.

Puebla FC announced late Wednesday that they’ve signed Gomez ahead of the Clausura season this spring, which kicks off on Jan. 10. Gomez comes from Tigres UANL, where he only spent half a season.

Nearly five years ago, an out-of-contract Gomez took a risk and left MLS for Liga MX, signing with Puebla. The decision turned into gold as Gomez scored ten league goals, finishing tied for the goal-scoring lead in Mexico and breaking into the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2010 World Cup.

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Kljestan on the mark in Anderlecht’s Belgian Cup victory

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It wasn’t pretty by any stretch, but it counted all the same.

Sacha Kljestan found the back of the net on Wednesday to cap the scoring in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win over Zulte-Waregem in the first leg of their Coupe de Belgique quarterfinals series. Kljestan struck two minutes after entering the game, bundling a cross over the goal line with his knee in the 86th minute before celebrating it modestly.

The goal was the 29-year-old midfielder’s first since scoring in a Pro League tilt back on Oct. 29, and his second across all competitions in a season that has seen him struggle for consistent playing time. It came on the same day that fellow American John Brooks scored in a German Bundesliga affair.

Kljestan and Anderlecht will attempt to close out the series and move onto the tournament semifinals when they host Zulte-Waregem in the decisive leg on Jan. 21.

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Report: Gyau suffers setback as knee struggles with increased workload

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By FRANCO PANIZO

What was looking to be an incredibly quick comeback now appears to be a test of patience and mental fortitude for Joe Gyau.

Gyau was seemingly on his way to making a lightning-fast recovery from the left knee injury he sustained back in October, returning to full training for Borussia Dortmund in mid-November. But the 22-year-old winger suffered a setback during the past week, as his knee struggled to cope with an increased workload.

Gyau had recently been playing games for Dortmund’s second team, making three appearances since Nov. 21. He was left off this past weekend’s roster, however, due to the knee issues.

While it is not clear how much of a setback this is for Gyau, it seems unlikely that he will crack back into the relegation-threatened club’s first team until after the Bundesliga’s winter break. Borussia Dortmund play their final game before the new year this Saturday, and don’t return to action until Jan. 31.

Gyau made one substitute appearance for Dortmund this season before suffering his knee injury in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-1 draw vs. Ecuador on Oct. 10. He had surgery to repair the damage, and U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stated just before then that the speedy winger would be out of action until at least January.

What do you make of this development? Worried that Gyau might be trying to rush back too soon? What do you think are his chances of making the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2015 Gold Cup roster?

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