Carl Valeri Reveals Support from Kevin Muscat for Signing New Contract

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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Luke Shaw compares his body-build to Wayne Rooney’s

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.”
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Landon Donovan happy for France

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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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.


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.

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).

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.


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.