Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri has been able to make a U-turn to sign a one-year contract with the club until June 2019. His decision to reverse a potential exit came around just a few weeks after the club romped to their fourth title in May. The midfielder was expected to leave the club at the end of the last season when the club managed to win the championship by getting away victories over Sydney and Newcastle. Even though Melbourne Victory were keen on keeping the player for another campaign, the veteran was not ready to sign a new deal.
As Melbourne Victory took to the field for the Grand Final, it was still unclear if the player would be staying on. Now, he has revealed that manager Kevin Muscat played an influential role in convincing the player to stay at the club beyond the campaign. One of the reasons forValeri delaying his decisionby a substantial period is the concerns about playing them that he would receive in the 2019 campaign. At 34 years of age, he may not have much to offer in the game and there was a danger of the captain being sidelined. Now, it appears that Kevin Muscat has given him enough guarantees that he will remain as an important member of the squad.
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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has stressed that his body has never been out of shape and his figure could be compared to former Red Devil Wayne Rooney. Shaw has struggled to secure a regular role under Jose Mourinho owing to concerns regarding his attitude and fitness but he is keen to prove a point during the upcoming campaign.
Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “People think because of the way I’m naturally built I’m bigger than I am. People can say I’m fat but I know my own body. Of course, I always look big because I’m bigger built. You could say a Wayne Rooney type of body. But of course I worked hard and not just for them [the critics], I wanted to for myself, get in the best shape and that wasn’t my best shape.”
Continue reading Luke Shaw compares his body-build to Wayne Rooney’s
Major League Soccer legend Landon Donovan said that he is happy for France after they have won the World Cup in Russia. He said that France deserved to be champions as they have been the much better team throughout the tournament and that they have played some scintillating stuff at times.
The former LA Galaxy forward said that Didier Deschamps has managed to find a tactic and playing style that suits France squad and this is the reason why they have won the tournament. He said that very often when you have so many talented players in a team you run the risk of having a bunch of individuals playing together rather than a team but in the case of France it was different.
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Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said that he is happy with his new player Alex Roldan first game. He said that this is the only positive that he could find in a game that his team lost 3-0 against FC Dallas. Seattle Sounders played with 10 men in this game after veteran striker Clint Dempsey was sent off and was missing several players because of injuries.
Brian Schmetzer said that the only positive that he could find in this game was Alex Roldan debut. He said that the youngster did everything that was expected of him and showed his potential during the game. Alex Roldan said that it is always hard to make your entry into a game when your team is losing but he is happy that he has been able to contribute. He said that he followed his coach’s instructions and did everything he can to help the team. Continue reading Seattle Sounders Coach Praises Alex
The Major League Soccer (MLS) has called for a press conference for Wednesday in Nashville. The MLS is expected to announce Nashville the new expansion franchise. The Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, the Mayor of Nashville Megan Barry and the league Commissioner Don Garber are all expected for the landmark event at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The lead owner for the franchise, Billionaire John Ingram is expected to be present as well as other member of the ownership group. Nashville is expected to enter the MLS in the 2020 season after being picked as the first to join the expansion drive. They were part of the four finalists including Detroit, Sacramento and Cincinnati. One other city would pick the 26th expansion offer but the MLS are yet to name them.
Continue reading MLS CALLS FOR PRESS CONFERENCE IN NASHVILLE
Minnesota United FC visited the Pacific Northwest, a place they have had a huge lack of success in, for the third and final time this year.
Coming into this game MNUFC had lost to both Portland and Seattle by a combined 9-1 out west, and that luck didn’t change tonight.
The Loons were short a few players as Francisco Calvo was back home in Costa Rica as he and his wife welcomed their newborn son into the world a few days ago. Kevin Molino was out due to illness while Christian Ramirez started the match as a sub, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in July.
In normal fashion for a MNUFC match, the opponents started off dominant holding possession for most of the first five minutes.
In the 5th minute the Whitecaps Marcel de Jong fired a beautiful long pass from the midfield line to the top of the box where Yordy Reyna took a touch and chipped it over Bobby Shuttleworth for the first goal of the night. Continue reading LOONS FLOUNDER IN MATCH AT VANCOUVER
Ashley Cole has revealed that he might sign for Birmingham City before the end of the transfer window.
The player who is now playing in the Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy said that he is opened to a return to England and that Birmingham is a club that is interested in him.
Ashley Cole is close to the end of his contract with the Major League Soccer team, and he said that he might consider a move to England as he has been seduced by Harry Redknapp’s project.
Ashley Cole has reportedly told reporters that he only has six months left on his contract with LA Galaxy and that he is keeping all his options open, and this might include a return to England.
LA Galaxy initially denied the rumors and said that the player would stay in the MLS after the end of his contract, but it now appears that Ashley Cole might be interested to return to his native England. Continue reading Cole might leave LA Galaxy
Not too far off there seemed to be final whistle set to be blown on David Beckham MLS club ownership dreams.
However, after getting approval to get the land his ownership group required to build a stadium life was breathed into those dreams again.
The former LA Galaxy player pictured owning a top team in the glitziest of cities in America – Miami. It was a viable retirement job but after series of issues, he most likely never anticipated it would be this difficult.
“Our heart is to be one of the best franchises in Major League Soccer and a great neighbour, partner and leader here for kids that are playing soccer in this community,” the chief negotiator for the project Tim Leiweke said. He added that within the next few weeks the group hoped that the MLS would accept Miami into the fold.
The next agenda would be to secure MLS approval for the planned 25,000 seat, open roof stadium. The plan is for fans to walk along picturesque waterfront boulevards to a state of the art stadium in “the world’s most vibrant city.” Continue reading BECKHAM CLUB OWNERSHIP AMBITION RECEIVES HOPE