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Report: Juan Agudelo completes return to Revolution

Juan Agudel has reportedly signed a four-year deal to return to the New England Revolution.

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Report: Emerson Hyndman to miss time with broken collarbone

Emerson Hyndman reportedly suffered a broken collarbone in the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s victory over El Salvador last Saturday.

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Jurgen Klinsmann sees positives in formation change despite fitness concerns

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann saw formational positives from Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to Chile, although the coach still has concerns over his team’s fitness.

This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Chelsea hosts Manchester City with English Premier League in a battle of Premier League title hopefuls, a weekend packed with televised soccer.

The recent talk ahead of the one vs. two matchup is concentrated on who will not be on the pitch come Saturday. Man City will be missing Yaya Toure and new signing Wilfried Bony, who are still with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.

The Blues might also have personnel concerns since Diego Costa now faces suspension for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can during their League Cup semifinal on Tuesday. The FA could now suspend the striker for the matchup, which could have title implications in the long run.

Elsewhere, the Bundesliga is back with its own top of the table clash. Second-placed Wolfsburg hosts first place Bayern Munich to start the second half of the season on Friday. Borussia Dortmund’s task of climbing out of the relegation zone contains a difficult start with a trip to third-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

A full Saturday evening of Liga MX starts with America facing Tigres. First placed Veracruz, one of two teams to go unbeaten in their first three games, travels to Monterrey.

An African Cup of Nations quarterfinal between Ghana and Guinea highlights Sunday afternoon’s action.

Here is a full look at this weekend’s soccer on TV (schedule after the jump):

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Report: Juan Agudelo completes return to Revolution

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After nearly a year of inactivity, Juan Agudelo is set to return to the field by joining the club that he most recently said goodbye to.

Goal USA reported Thursday that Agudelo has signed a deal to return to the New England Revolution, for whom the 22-year-old forward played for in 2013. Agudelo has reportedly signed a four-year non-Designated Player deal worth roughly $400,000 a year.

Agudelo will now rejoin the Revolution on a contract worth less than the one previously offered when the forward departed MLS for a move to the Premier League’s Stoke City. Agudelo’s England move was repeatedly derailed by work permit issues, and he hasn’t featured since playing on loan for FC Utrecht last spring.

He reportedly turned down a recent contract offer from Bundesliga 2 side 1860 Munich, opting instead for an MLS return.

Agudelo, who started his career in 2010 with the New York Red Bulls, scored seven goals in 14 games for the Revolution in 2013. On the international level, the forward has earned 18 international caps and scored twice.

What do you think of Agudelo’s decision to rejoin the Revolution? How much do you think he is regretting his decision to not initially stick with New England? What do you expect from him this season?

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Report: Emerson Hyndman to miss time with broken collarbone

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Emerson Hyndman was a standout for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying campaign, but the success did not come without a major setback.

Goal USA reported Thursday that Hyndman will likely miss up to six weeks after suffering a broken collarbone late in the U.S.’s victory over El Salvador last week.

The 18-year-old could be sidelined until April, which would give the Fulham midfielder roughly a month to prepare for May’s Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The U.S. U-20’s are planning to hold a camp in March.

Hyndman, who has made nine appearances for Fulham this season, was arguably the U.S.’s strongest player throughout the CONCACAF U-20 Championships. The FC Dallas academy product’s play has reportedly drawn the interest of clubs in Germany and Spain, including La Liga’s Elche.

What do you think of Hyndman’s injury? How will it affect his immediate future on both the club and international level?

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Acquisition of Sacha Kljestan comes after ‘taxing’ process for Red Bulls

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By RYAN TOLMICH

It was a stressful 48 hours for Ali Curtis and the New York Red Bulls but, at the end of the day, the team got its guy.

The Red Bulls officially acquired Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan on Wednesday following a two-day span full of phone calls and negotiations. Kicked off by a Tuesday trade with the Montreal Impact, Curtis had been in constant contact with the league, Anderlecht and Kljestan’s representatives throughout a process Curtis called “complicated”.

“There was that trade component,” Curtis told reporters via conference call. “Also in the trade there was some time sensitivity and you also had other variables. You’re dealing with Anderlecht the club, you’re dealing wish Sacha and his agent and you’re dealing with the league office.

“That allocation process was taxing and it was complicated, but fortunately, it worked out and we’re elated to have Sacha join us.” Continue reading »

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MLS Ticker: Toronto FC sign Benoit Cheyrou; MLS sells KICKTV; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having already added Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC took the chance Thursday to add another player that has played the game on Europe’s highest level.

Toronto FC announced Thursday that the club has signed midfielder Benoit Cheyrou, formerly of France’s Olympique de Marseille. The 33-year-old, who made 304 appearances during his career in France, was a member of Marseille’s 2009-10 league-winning side while also featuring in a total of 37 Champions League contests.

“Benoit’s vision and his ability to distribute the ball are two very distinct qualities that have made him such a successful player throughout his career, both domestically in France and in European competition,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko in a statement. “He has a wealth of experience and success and is another important piece that complements the ones we currently have in place. We are very excited to bring him to Toronto FC.”

“I’m very excited to sign for Toronto FC,” Cheyrou added. “I cannot wait to wear the jersey and join my new teammates.”

Here are some more of Thursday’s MLS news and notes: Continue reading »

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Heath Pearce moves abroad, signs with IFK Goteborg

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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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What do you think of this news? Do you like the move for Pearce? Do you see him returning to MLS this summer?

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