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Orlando City trades Ricketts to Galaxy for second round pick

After waiving Jaime Penedo, the LA Galaxy have acquired goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from Orlando City in exchange for a second round pick.

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MLS Ticker: Red Bulls nearing DP signing; Atlanta United close in on deal for $30 million training site; and more

The New York Red Bulls are nearing a deal for Argentinian attacker Gonzalo Veron, while Atlanta United is closing in on a deal for a practice facility.

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Green to remain with Bayern U-23s

Julian Green will not go out on loan after being tasked with helping the Bayern Munich’s U-23 team achieve promotion to the third tier of German soccer.

Orlando City trades Ricketts to Galaxy for second round pick

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The LA Galaxy have officially acquired the team’s newest goalkeeper.

Following the departure of Jaime Penedo on Wednesday, the Galaxy have acquired goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from Orlando City in exchange for a second round pick in the 2016 MLS Draft.

The move reunites the Galaxy with a familiar face, as the Jamaican goalkeeper, a sven-year MLS veteran, made 70 appearances for the club between 2009-11. During his first stay with the club, Ricketts helped the Galaxy claim the 2011 MLS Cup while also earning recognition as MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010.

“Donovan is one of the most experienced and successful goalkeepers in MLS,” said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. “He is familiar with our team and has proven to be a player capable of winning championships. We are happy that he is once again a member of the LA Galaxy and look forward to his contributions to our club.” Continue reading »

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Video: Impact fans welcome Didier Drogba upon Montreal arrival

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Landon Donovan open to continue coaching in future

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Landon Donovan had his first coaching experience on Tuesday, and he thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that he is considering doing it again.

Donovan led the MLS Homegrowns in their match vs. Club America’s U-20s on Tuesday night as part of MLS All-Star Week. His team lost on penalty kicks after surrendering its first-half lead, but not even the defeat could take away from how much fun Donovan had.

In fact, he had such a great time on the sidelines that you should not rule out seeing him there again in the near future.

“This was a week to sort of dip my toe in and see how it felt. I really had a great time,” said the 33-year-old Donovan. “I don’t know what the future holds. It depends, obviously, on a lot of things, but I really enjoyed it. If I get another opportunity, then maybe I’ll consider it, yeah.”

Donovan, wearing a polo shirt and some athletic pants after suggestions from his wife, admitted to have a little anxiety on the bench. A former player who was very determined to focus on the things he could control during his historic career, Donovan found it tough not being able to go out on the field to make an impact. He sat on the bench for much of the first half, but got up and became more animated as the match wore one.

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Salgado joins Rowdies on loan from Tigres

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After bringing in Freddy Adu earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Rowdies have bolstered their attack yet again with the signing of a another former top-overall MLS Draft pick.

The Rowdies announced Wednesday that the club has signed Omar Salgado on loan from Mexican club Tigres UANL for the remainder of the NASL season. The move sees Salgado reunite with Rowdies head coach Thomas Rongen, who previously coached the 21-year-old with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team.

“I’m delighted to have a young talent like Omar join the Rowdies,” said Head Coach Thomas Rongen. “He’s a classic #9, who can also play in the #11 position, and he’ll add quality in the final third. I’m very familiar with him as a player, having coached him with the U-20’s and he’s someone who will work hard to bring success to this club.”

Prior to joining Tigres this past Winter, Salgado made 26 appearances for the Vancouver Whitecaps, the team that selected him with the first overall pick of the 2011 MLS Draft.  Continue reading »

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All-Star Game inclusion latest step in Ethan Finlay’s remarkable turnaround

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Ethan Finlay struggled to fall asleep on Sunday. That night, Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter called Finlay to let him know he had made the MLS All-Star Game roster.

Finlay was left speechless and also extremely excited. It was a surreal a moment for him, but one that also served as a reminder of how far he had come in the past year and a half thanks to hard work and a necessary change in mentality.

Since the start of 2014, few players in MLS, if any, have made the kind of drastic improvements that Finlay has. The 24-year-old midfielder has gone from being a limited player who came off the bench and provided little to the attack to an every-game starter who consistently finds ways to make an impact.

Finlay’s turnaround has been nothing short of remarkable. His first two seasons in MLS  saw him fail to score or assist in 34 appearances. The two seasons since have yielded a much more gratifying return, with Finlay netting 18 goals and assisting on 19 others.

The introduction of Berhalter as Crew head coach in 2014 played a part in that turnaround, but was not the only factor.

“I think a switch kind of turned in me,” Finlay told SBI. “When your back is up against the wall as I felt like I kind of was I made a decision that I’ve got to pick it up. This is on me. The onus is on me.  I took that literally and made a great opportunity for myself and I’m thankful for Gregg and the staff for giving me the opportunity and I’ve tried to run with it.”

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DeAndre Yedlin unsure whether he will stay with Tottenham this season

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — DeAndre Yedlin will play for Tottenham in Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game. Whether or not he does so in the upcoming Premiership season has yet to be determined.

Yedlin is entering his first full season with Spurs after making the move from the Seattle Sounders last winter. Questions and speculation persist about whether he will go on loan, or stay with Tottenham and battle for playing time at right back, where the team has strong options.

The speedy fullback was limited to just a single appearance of 11 minutes during his first five months with Tottenham, and his role for the upcoming season is unclear with Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier on the roster.

There have been rumors in recent weeks about Yedlin potentially going out on loan in order to have a better shot at earning minutes, but the 22-year-old U.S. Men’s National Team player is uncertain as to what the future will hold.

“I’m not sure about the plan ahead for next season,” said Yedlin ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with the MLS All-Stars. “I’m still waiting on that, but right now, just focused on this game and the rest of preseason.”

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MLS Ticker: Red Bulls nearing DP signing; Atlanta United close in on deal for $30 million training site; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After announcing the signing of Shaun Wright-Phillips earlier this week, the New York Red Bulls do not appear to be finished making moves.

Empire of Soccer reported Thursday that the Red Bulls are close to signing San Lorenzo striker Gonzalo Veron as the club’s second Designated Player for a reported $2.2 million transfer fee.

A pacey forward that was a part of the club’s 2014 Copa Libertadores championship side, Veron has registered seven goals and six assists in 59 matches for San Lorenzo while playing both up front and on the left.

The 25-year-old as reportedly been scouted extensively by Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis, who reportedly flew to South America several times to complete the deal. Veron is likely to join the club in training next week and could feature as soon as August 9th at Red Bull Arena against New York City FC.

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Green to remain with Bayern U-23s

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After last year’s disastrous spell with Hamburg, Julian Green will not be going anywhere to start the 2015-16 season.

The U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder’s agent, Roman Grill, has confirmed that the winger “will remain at FC Bayern,” and will be tasked with helping lead the club’s second team, Bayern Munich II, win promotion to Germany’s third tier.

“The decision is final. Julian Green wants to assert himself at his hometown club FC Bayern,” added Katharina Schrott of acta7, Green’s representatives.”With this motivation and perspective in mind, he will give it his all also in the under-23’s. Another loan or even a transfer is out of the question.”

Green’s stay comes on the heels of a disastrous season with Hamburg, as the 20-year-old winger was limited to only five first-team appearances with the Bundesliga club while also spending time with the club’s reserves. Continue reading »

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