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11
Dec 14

MLS GROWING

The MLS is going through a growth with new clubs being introduced into the American League. By 2015, the MLS will be debuting 2 new teams which are going to be New York City FC and Orlando City but the board of directors has also approved Los Angeles and Atlanta as those last 2 clubs will be entering the MLS in 2017.

After all of these clubs have completed their process of entering the MLS, the league will have a total of 22 teams but even more teams will be added on with David Beckham also trying to be the owner of a club in the MLS and now all that is left for the former Manchester United star to do is get the approval of building a new stadium in Miami.

The staff members of the MLS have expressed their desire on various occasions of expanding their league by 2020 and have a total of 24 teams by that year. They are already taking bids and considering which club will take the 24th spot. If David Beckham does get approval for the construction of the stadium of his franchise team, that club will be the 23rd in the MLS.

The 24th spot of the MLS is expected to be contested between Sacramento and Minnesota with both sides having to make their official presentation and launch their respective pitches in front of other MLS league owners on December 6th at the site of the host city of the MLS Cup championship game. The decision on which team will become the 24th of the MLS will not be officially made until 2015.

Las Vegas has also launched an official bid and will also be competing with Minneapolis and Sacramento to turn into the 24th MLS club.


6
Nov 14

DC DEFEAT

DC United suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first leg of the MLS cup semi-final against New York Red Bulls. This defeat has put them on the verge of being knocked out of the competition, but head coach Ben Olsen continues to remain defiant about his team’s opportunities. DC United were expected to struggle in this away match against one of the top teams in MLS. They were unable to hold on at least for a draw after conceding a goal in each half. The first goal came in the 43rd minute courtesy of McCarty. In their efforts to chase the game, DC United suffered another setback when Luyindula scored in the 73rd minute.

History does not appear to DC United much of a chance since only two teams have managed to come back from a two-goal deficit in the first leg and got to the next round. Despite this statistic, Olsen told our Yacht Charter Scotland manager-come-football-Journalist that he feels his team has a chance if they managed to make an early goal in the second leg. United have come through several tough situations over the course of 2014, but this could be their biggest yet. United not only have score two goals, but three in order to get back into the tie.

“We have broken through plenty of ceilings. Again, I think we – and I’m included in that – we’ll go back and try to fix a few things and get ready for the game [in DC on Saturday afternoon]. This thing isn’t over. Know that. I do believe in the resiliency of this team and the staff, so I have no doubt we’ll make a real push and make things real interesting,” said Olsen. “What gives me hope is the fact that there are a bunch of warriors on this team,” said goalkeeper Bill Hamid.


22
Sep 14

Porter THinks Players Were Better Than Scoreline Suggests

Caleb Porter, the man in charge of Portland Timbers, doesn’t think the scorecard of last weekend’s Cascadia match between his team and the Seattle Sounders is telling the real story.

He reckons his boys were better than what the eventual numbers suggest.

The game which had taken place at the Timbers’ home ground was dominated entirely by the visitors before the half time break as they struck twice to race to a lead of 2-0, but, once the players are back after the break, the spectators got to see great resilience from the hosts.

The Timbers still ended on the wrong side though as the score line was favouring Seattle by 4-2 when the final whistle was blown.

According to Porter, his side didn’t play badly enough in the first half to be trailing by 0-2 at the end of it.

In the words of the 39-year old American, “People would obviously see the score and say that we were poor, but, I don’t think we were that poor. Yes, we could have been better, but, I am not sure we should have lost by 2-goal margin.”

“Especially in the first half, we were decent enough, but, we just didn’t have any luck going our way. It was one of those days when almost every attempt by the opposition was going into the net.”

Porter’s frustration about the first half can be understood by the fact that his boys had more possession than the opposition in that half. They played more shots as well than Seattle, but, still, they conceded a couple which would disappoint any manager.

The scorers for the Seattle Sounders in the first half were Obafemi Martins (set up by Brad Evans) and Clint Dempsey (set up by Martins).


11
Aug 14

Mourinho Stated He Will Not Sell Cech

Chelsea boss José Mourinho has clearly stated that he would not like to sell Petr Cech despite transfer rumours linking the Czech Republic goalkeeper with a move to Monaco. The 31-year-old’s place as the first-team regular at Chelsea is under threat after the club’s decision to recall Thibaut Courtois from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid. The 22-year-old is widely regarded as the future of Chelsea between the sticks. Even though Cech is at the prime of a goalkeeper’s career, Chelsea believe that Courtois is the way forward.

The Belgian international has clearly stated that he will not remain a Chelsea if he would be the second choice. The decision to retain him at the club is an indirect hint that Courtois will start against Burnley in the opening Premier league match. Despite the transfer rumours, Mourinho says that Cech will not be sold. He says that having two top goalkeepers in the form of Courtois and Cech is a major boost to the squad, while Chelsea also have Australian international Mark Schwarzer as a backup.

Mourinho has previously had two top goalkeepers at the same time. A number of clubs are also going down the same route. Barcelona recently brought in Claudio Bravo to work along with German Ter Stegen as well.

“To have Cech and Courtois, the best young goalkeeper in the world and one of the top three or five experienced keepers, for me and Chelsea it’s perfect. There’s no story. One will play and Chelsea will be in safe hands for good because both are very good players. The window is the window but I’m so happy with the situation. For a coach the problem is when you don’t have good players. Then we’re in trouble. We have to make decisions but we’re paid to make them and I’m really happy with the situation,” said Mourinho.


1
May 14

MATTOCKS STRUGGLES

Vancouver Whitecaps have been unable to get the best out of striker Darren Mattocks this season. The forward has managed no goals in the five matches he has played, but despite this poor run of form, the club are not giving up their faith in him. Manager Carl Robinson has sensationally claimed that Mattocks has been great for the club this season despite not scoring so far. He says that scoring goals is not the only requirement of a striker. On the other hand, Mattocks has been working incredibly hard, while he has also helped his teammate’s linkup much better with his intelligent movement.

It is extremely hard to defend against the statements made by Robinson because Vancouver Whitecaps have made a strong start to the season after being unbeaten in the first four matches of the campaign. This has put them third in the table – just two points behind table leaders FC Dallas. Robinson has warned that it will not be long before Mattocks returns to form and he only needs the luck to change in his favour in order to do so. The manager has also claimed that the club are not worrying about the lack of goalscoring touch from Mattocks as long as the team is winning.

“He’s been great. He really has. His work ethic’s been fantastic. His team play has been second to none, and no, he hasn’t got any goals as of yet, but I think once one goes in off his backside or he scores, then a flow will come. But Darren’s been great so far, obviously, without the goals, but that’ll come. I don’t care who scores. Jay DeMerit can be the top goal scorer in the team for all I care, as long as we win games of football,” said the Vancouver Whitecaps manager.


13
Mar 14

EXTRA TOUCHES

San Jose Earthquakes have put finishing touches to their squad after adding Benfica midfielder Yannick Djaló on a loan deal till the end of the season. The 27-year-old will significantly improve the quality of the team due to his experience of playing in top level football in Europe. He has been at Benfica since 2012. Last season, however, he was on loan at French outfit Toulouse. They are in the top division of French football and Djaló was an important contributor. He has also played in the Champions League, while he has won an international appearance for the Portuguese national team.

Due to their involvement in the Champions League, San Jose earthquakes’ do not play in the league until next week when they take on Real Salt Lake at home. The Champions League match will be against Toluca with the first leg at home. Earthquakes head coach Mark Watson said that the club are extremely excited to announce the signing of Djaló. He says that the player has enough pace to not only trouble the defences in front of him, but also get in behind them as well. He is also extremely versatile according to the manager.

The club’s general manager also welcomed the signing, who is expected to increase the quality of the midfield.

“We’re excited to announce the signing of Yannick. There was a lot of work and time spent scouting in the offseason, and we feel like we have a very good player in Yannick. He adds a versatile, attacking dimension to our team. He can operate as an attacking midfielder, but also has the pace to get behind defenders,” said the club manager, Mark Watson. “I’m excited to bring in a player of Yannick’s quality. His attacking flare and experience should be a welcome addition to the team,” said Earthquakes general manager.


18
Feb 14

DOUGIE BACKS THE BOYS

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has expressed his confidence that they will be able to keep US international Stuart Holden despite the star struggling with several injuries in the last few years. The 28-year-old is regarded as one of the finest US international players, but he recently suffered yet another anterior cruciate ligament injury. He is recuperating from this injury, but his Bolton future still remains a major doubt since his contract runs out at the end of the season. The club are in debts of more than £ 150 million and the fact that they are closer to the relegation zone could spell trouble for the player.

Bolton will be unable to afford the player of Holden’s stature in the League One. However, Friedman, who is coming under increasing pressure says that the club is hoping to find a solution. The former Houston Dynamo man has been a Bolton Wanderers player since 2010. However, he has featured in only 30 matches for the club as he has suffered injury after injury. He recently had a short-term loan deal at Sheffield Wednesday where he made four appearances. There have been suggestions that Holden may return to MLS football, but the player is yet to make any comments on this prospect.

“I have spoken to Stuart and I will keep that conversation private on what I have said about next year. But what I said did ease him a little bit. I haven’t put Stuart under any pressure to play. It’s unfair for me, as coach, to do that because of what’s happened to him in the last couple of years. I wouldn’t rush him back or make him do extra as in most cases because that could be detrimental to his other muscles, not just the knee,” Bolton manager Dougie Freedman said.


7
Jan 14

ROBINSON TAKES OVER

Carl Robinson has been appointed as the new manager of the MLS club Vancouver Whitecaps. He had actually been with the club since the last couple of years as an assistant coach, but, after the departure of Martin Rennie, he has now been promoted one position higher.

Just a few years back, Robinson was active as a professional player. He announced his retirement at the end of the 2011 MLS season and after that, he didn’t take long to come in the field of coaching. He joined the Whitecaps at the start of 2012 and he must have done his job perfectly well there, otherwise, he wouldn’t have got the promotion.

As far as Whitecaps’ performance in the last season is concerned, it was not that good. Although their winning percentage wasn’t that poor, but, their losing percentage was pretty high too and because of that, they drifted down quite a lot in the Western Conference points table. The total no. of points that they had in the bag after playing all their 34 games was just 44.

Announcing the appointment of Robinson yesterday, the chairman of Vancouver Whitecaps Bob Lenarduzzi said, “It’s my pleasure to inform you guys that Carl Robinson is going to take charge as the head of our coaching staff. He has been with the club since a while and we have been very impressed by his work so far. He has got the qualities which are needed for the job of a head coach. We are hoping that he will be able to inspire the players and guide the team to a lot of success.”

The Whitecaps have been participating in the Major League Soccer since 2011 and they have managed to qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs only once so far.