By RYAN TOLMICH
DeAndre Yedlin will take the field with Tottenham on Wednesday in the MLS All-Star game, and head coach Mauricio Pochettino says that it may not be the last time that the 22-year-old is seen in a Spurs uniform this season.
For weeks, Yedlin has been linked with a loan move away from the club as the former Seattle Sounders star could struggle for playing time in a crowded Tottenham roster. Likely behind Kyle Walker and Kieren Trippier, minutes at right back may be hard to come by for the U.S. Men’s National Team speedster.
However, Pochettino insists that Yedlin will be given his chance to shine in the coming weeks and, in turn, earn a spot on the Tottenham roster heading into the 2015-16 campaign.
“I think that DeAndre is very young,” Pochettino said at a press conference ahead of the MLS All-Star Game. “He has a very good potential for the future. I think joining us in the middle of the season last season, he has an opportunity now to show his value and try to convince me to stay next season.
“And it’s like any other player. He has the same opportunity to show his quality and maybe — why not — stay on the squad for the next season to compete in the Premier League.” Continue reading
By DAN KARELL
In spite of winning the 2015 Gold Cup, Mexico National Team head coach Miguel Herrera’s fiery temper looks to have gotten the worst of him.
According to multiple reports in Mexico, Herrera allegedly physically assaulted journalist Christian Martinoli while the pair were walking through Philadelphia International Airport on their way back to Mexico on Monday. While Herrera has denied hitting Martinoli, the response from Mexican media, fans, and the sport’s financial backers has been nearly unanimous.
Jorge Vergara, owner of Chivas and one of the men that Herrera answers to as Mexican National Team coach, said that he believes Herrera should be fired for his actions.
“It is inexplicable (what happened),” Vergara said, via ESPN Deportes. “Very immature (behavior) is something that should not have happened. Imagine if celebrating when we win, I want to see when we lose. It is a bad example for El Tri and the country.”
Herrera will reportedly meet with the Mexican Football Federation this morning to learn his fate.
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By NAYIB MORAN
The Mexican National Team’s Gold Cup included everything. Confrontations between the media and the players, Miguel Herrera calling a journalist a clown after getting asked a really critical question about his team’s performance, and bad referee calls that lifted El Tri as it neared a possible elimination from the Gold Cup.
As El Tri celebrated the obtaining of another Gold Cup, understanding the true feelings of the Mexican players was difficult. They gave the impression of showing immaturity, of not knowing how to carry themselves in good and bad moments. By making the decision to not speak to the media, they turned the Gold Cup into a must-win tournament, no matter if along the way, there were murky decisions that helped El Tri get the wins.
There was a big difference between Mexico’s football in last year’s World Cup and this year’s Gold Cup. Last year, the joy on the pitch was evident, and one of the players that made it known was FC Porto’s Hector Herrera, who enjoyed a breakout tournament in Brazil. This summer perhaps the saddest player on the team was Herrera; it was more common to see him trotting on the field than sprinting into open space.
Miguel “Piojo” Herrera tried chalking up Hector Herrera’s struggles to club burnout, referencing the busy season he had at FC Porto, which was eliminated in the Champions League quarterfinals by Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich. Herrera was one of the few players for El Tri who had to play in different places of the pitch during the Gold Cup. At times he appeared on the right wing, other times he lined up in a defensive midfield role, but he didn’t offer great showings at either of the positions.
By DUNCAN BOCHICCHIO
It’s no news that Mexico Head Coach Miguel Herrera has a wild side to him, which was quite clear from his sideline celebrations in last year’s World Cup, but that wild side has now, allegedly, translated off the field.
Following Mexico’s victory over Jamaica in the Gold Cup Final on Sunday, Herrera confronted TV Azteca’s reporter Christian Martinoli in a Philadelphia airport. Martinoli claims that Herrera struck him on his neck, and former Mexico International and now-reporter Luis Garcia stepped in to stop the altercation from escalating further.
According to Azteca News, “El Piojo” denies ever hitting Martinoli, saying “Yes, I argued with him, but I didn’t hit him, I’m not that stupid.” Martinoli has been one of Herrera’s biggest critics, and the two argued over Twitter following Mexico’s early exit in this summer’s Copa America. Azteca TV’s David Medrano also reported that Herrera’s daughter slapped Luis Garcia as he stepped in to break up the exchange.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Facing off with the in-f0rm LA Galaxy, it was hard to pick a way in which the Houston Dynamo would be the better team in Saturday’s matchup. But then they were, in every single way.
The Dynamo put together a complete and commanding performance, throttling the Galaxy, 3-0, Saturday to earn recognition as SBI MLS Team of the Week.
Riding a five-goal performance against the San Jose Earthquakes, the Galaxy did nothing of the sort Saturday, finding themselves down a goal in just the ninth minute due to a Will Bruin strike. Finishes from Brad Davis and Lionel Miranda followed, putting an exclamation point on a statement win for the Dynamo.
The victory, which saw the debut of Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres, helped vault the Dynamo back into playoff contention while also earning the team honors as SBI MLS Team of the Week, beating out FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps for this week’s honors.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
After weeks of negotiations and navigating of MLS’ acquisition mechanisms, the Montreal Impact have their star forward.
The Impact announced Monday that the club has signed striker Didier Drogba after completing a trade with the Chicago Fire to acquire the former Chelsea star. A two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, Drogba ranks fourth all-time in Premier League history with 164 goals while also adding 88 assists.
“It’s an honor to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact,” said Impact President Joey Saputo. “From the first conversation I had with him, I felt that he really wanted to play in Montreal. This is one of the biggest days in club history and his arrival to the club will be beneficial in every aspect.”
Drogba’s addition reportedly came at a major price for the Impact, as reports released Monday state that the Canadian club paid a record fee of general and targeted allocation money to acquire the Ivorian from the Chicago Fire. Continue reading
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By AARON CRANFORD
Ottawa Fury FC continues its blazing run to start the NASL Fall Season.
The Canadian club now has four wins in five games after defeating the Carolina RailHawks, 2-1, Sunday. The win gives Fury FC 13 points in the Fall Season table, enough to see them sit atop the field and enough to see them leapfrog the New York Cosmos in the NASL Combined Standings.
While Ottawa doesn’t look to be slowing down and is five points ahead of second-place FC Edmonton, only six points separate the Eddies from the last-place New York Cosmos, who failed to win their first match of the Fall Season, tying Indy Eleven, 1-1.
Meanwhile, Freddy Adu made his first appearance for the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday, and while the U.S. international helped with an assist, he couldn’t lead the Rowdies to a comeback against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
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By MICHAEL WALLACE
In Orlando City’s first trip to Yankee Stadium, Cyle Larin almost single-handedly silenced a raucous Yankee Stadium crowd and spoiled Andre Pirlo’s debut.
Larin netted his first career hat-trick and scored all of Orlando’s goals in their 5-3 loss to New York City FC Sunday, earning honors as SBI’s Rookie of the Week.
For most of the second half, the game seemed to be NYCFC versus Larin as the Canadian youngster equalized twice after NYCFC had taken the lead. Five minutes after halftime, Larin used two skillful headed touches to charge ahead and gain position on defender Jefferson Mena before slotting home a left-footed shot in the bottom right corner of the net. Eleven minutes later, Larin picked on the debuting Mena again, losing his marker and finishing a low Carlos Rivas cross into the same corner, leveling the match at two apiece.
Larin gave Orlando City one last fighting chance in the 85th minute. His third and final goal was also his most spectacular, trapping a Kaká pass at the edge of the box, pulling the trigger early and lifting the ball with his right foot across the face of goal, past a diving Josh Saunders and into the top right corner.
The hat-trick is just the eighth by a rookie and third for an expansion team in MLS history. Larin needs just two more goals in Orlando’s remaining 13 games to match the MLS rookie record for goals in a season.
Larin beat out Chicago’s Matt Polster, San Jose’s Fatai Alashe and Seattle’s Cristian Roldan for this week’s SBI MLS Rookie of the Week crown.
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