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Report: Emerson Hyndman generating transfer interest from top leagues

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Emerson Hyndman is reportedly drawing interest from some of the world’s top leagues.

May 30, 2015; Commerce City, CO, USA; Portland Timbers forward Gaston Fernandez (10) celebrates his goal in the first half of the match against the Colorado Rapids at Dicks Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Aron Johannson’s club, AZ Alkmaar, has reached a general agreement for the transfer of the forward to Germany’s Werder Bremen.

Report: Emerson Hyndman generating transfer interest from top leagues

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having impressed on both the club and international level in recent months, U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Emerson Hyndman is beginning to earn some looks from across Europe’s top leagues.

Goal USA reported Monday that Hyndman, who is entering the final year of his contract with Championship side Fulham, is now drawing interest from teams in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and Eredivisie. However, to this point, no team has been able to reach Fulham’s valuation of the 19-year-old midfielder.

Last year, Hyndman was the subject of loan offers from Spanish clubs Almeria and Elche as well as Dutch club SC Cambuur. Bundesliga club Stuttgart was also among the teams to make an offer, but Hyndman remained with Fulham for its entire season.

Hyndman made his first team debut for the English club last season, and went on to appear nine times before missing out on the action due to a combination of injury and international commitments.

Internationally, Hyndman is coming off the U.S. U-20s’ World Cup quarterfinals run in which he led the charge as the team’s captain. The midfielder has also earned one senior cap, featuring in last September’s friendly against the Czech Republic.

What do you think of the interesting being generated by Hyndman? What leagues and teams would you see being a good fit? Is it the right time to make a move?

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MLS Ticker: Timbers part ways with Fernandez; Sounders hoping Martins can return this week; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In comes one Argentine, and out goes another.

A little more than two weeks after signing Lucas Melano to a Designated Player deal, the Timbers announced on Monday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with attacker Gaston Fernandez. The 31-year-old Fernandez, who signed with the club in January 2014, had been limited to just six league starts this year.

“We would like to thank Gastón for his contributions to the club the past two seasons,” said Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson in a statement. “We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

In his year-and-a-half at the club, Fernandez played in 53 MLS games. He scored nine goals, two of which came this season, and delivered four assists.

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AZ and Werder Bremen agree on Johannsson transfer

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Aron Johannsson looks set to be the latest U.S. Men’s National Team star to make a major move.

The forward’s current club, AZ Alkmaar, announced Tuesday that an agreement has been reached with German club Werder Bremen for the transfer of Johannsson. The 24-year-old forward has been left off AZ’s traveling roster as he is now free to negotiate personal terms with the Bundesliga club.

“It’s always nice to make the next step and to go to the Bundesliga, it’s one of the best leagues in the world,” Johannsson said. “In that perspective, it’s very nice, but it’s also mixed feelings. It’s a little sad to leave AZ, to leave my friends that I’ve had for the last two-and-a-half years. It’s a very exciting period ahead of me, and I just can’t wait to get started.

“Once they came and were interested, it was a pretty easy choice to decide to do it. I want to play for a better team in a better league. The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in the world, so it’s a step in the right direction for me and, hopefully, it will go well.” Continue reading »

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Jack McInerney traded to Columbus Crew

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Already boasting one of the most potent attacks in MLS, the Columbus Crew could be even more dangerous after the addition of another attacking piece.

The Crew acquired forward Jack McInerney from the Montreal Impact in exchange for the team’s second round pick in the 2016 MLS Draft. The move gives the Crew another young attacking option, as the 22-year-old McInerney has already scored 36 career MLS goals.

“We believe Jack McInerney is going to make an immediate impression on the club and feel that his qualities will help him assimilate easily into our system,” said Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter. “He’s a young player that possesses great timing with his movements and has a talent for scoring goals. His track record so far in this League has been outstanding, and we look forward to him contributing on the field for us.”

The move was a necessary one for the Impact, who were forced into a deal due to roster constraints. Following the signings of Didier Drogba and Johan Venegas, the Impact were required to free up space on the roster, prompting the deal. Continue reading »

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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 22)

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In a weekend that provided plenty of goals, the Western Conference continues to be shaken up week after week.

Last week’s top side, FC Dallas, sputtered on Sunday, falling, 2-0, to the Chicago Fire to end a five game winning streak. Meanwhile, the teams right on their heels picked up points, as the Vancouver Whitecaps and LA Galaxy each picked up big-time victories to climb up the table.

In the East, D.C. United maintained the status quo with an uncharacteristic shootout win over Real Salt Lake, while the New York Red Bulls continue to make a push towards the top of the table with yet another victory.

Elsewhere, the Seattle Sounders continue to struggle, the Columbus Crew slumped in a loss to Orlando City and the Montreal Impact stayed hot with a win over New York City FC.

Here are the SBI MLS Power Rankings for Week 22, as voted on by SBI’s editorial staff:

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MLS Ticker: D.C. United hires Populus for stadium design; Impact sign Costa Rican Venegas; and more

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United has hired one of the top sports-stadium architecs to build and design their new home.

The Washington Post reported that in late July, D.C. United hired Populus, formerly known as HOK Sport, to design their future MLS stadium.

“This stadium should be transformative not just for the soccer fans but for the neighborhood,” Joe Spear, a Populus senior principal told the Post. “This should make that the place to be.”

Populus was the designed behind many of the world’s biggest and best stadiums, including the Arena Das Dunas World Cup stadium, the Emirates Stadium and Olympic Stadium in London, and MLS venues in Houston, Kansas City, Commerce City, Colorado, and the future Orlando City SC stadium.

Last June, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. United came to an agreement over a stadium deal, with the city providing approximately $150 million to acquire land on Buzzard Point for D.C. United to build their stadium, of which the construction would be privately financed.

D.C. council has until Sept. 30 to finalize the land swap agreements with various property owners, including real estate company Akridge.

Here are some more stories to catch you up around MLS:

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Vancouver Whitecaps

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The Vancouver Whitecaps made short work of one of their biggest rivals to storm atop the Western Conference Saturday.

Facing off with a returning Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders at a hostile CenturyLink Field, the Whitecaps cruised, picking up a 3-0 victory while earning recognition as SBI MLS Team of the week.

Led by a brace from Pa Modou Kah, the Whitecaps were the dominant team from the opening whistle, taking it to their local rivals with a trio of highlight-reel finishes. Kah and Pedro Morales provided the firepower while David Ousted provided a trio of saves to further establish themselves as one of the teams to beat out West.

The victory moves the Whitecaps one point above FC Dallas for the West’s top spot, while earning SBI MLS Team of the Week recognition over Orlando City and the Chicago Fire.

What did you think of the Whitecaps’ performance? Which team stood out to you this past weekend?

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Pa Madou Kah

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By AARON CRANFORD

The Seattle Sounders had a chance to clinch the Cascadia Cup vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday, but a brace from an unlikely source helped the latter to a dominant 3-0 road win.

Veteran centerback Pa Madou Kah found the back of the net early in both halves for the Whitecaps, tripling his MLS total for goals scored and earning him SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

Kah tallied his second career MLS goal in just the sixth minute in front of 53,125 at CenturyLink Field, volleying a short effort into the back of the net after a deflection in the box. Four minutes into the second half, the Norwegian international flashed a bit of skill not often seen by defenders to score, backheeling an effort after receiving a pass from Cristian Techera near the six-yard box.

With his two-goal performance, along with helping his backline secure a clean sheet, Kah won the SBI MLS Player of the Week, as voted on by the SBI staff. He just edged out D.C. United forward Chris Rolfe and Montreal Impact playmaker Ignacio Piatti.

What did you think of Kah’s performance? Which MLS Player impressed you the most this past weekend?

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