KANSAS STRENGTHEN

March 13th, 2014

Sporting Kansas City have strengthened their midfield by bringing in Spaniard Antonio Dovale just ahead of the new MLS season. A total of eight international sports are available for Kansas City and they have used five of them so far. He is one of the players to have come through at the Barcelona youth academy, which is well-known as one of the best in the world. He played along with the likes of Giovanni Dos Santos, Bojan Krkic, and Thiago Alcantara during his youth days. Hence, this is a major coup for the club ahead of the new season.

The club has already been in one match of this new season. However, it ended in a 1-0 defeat against Seattle Sounders. The club will be hoping to put behind this poor start by revelling in the signing of Dovale. He has been playing in the top division of Spanish football since the 2011-12 season when his Celta de Vigo team managed to get promoted into the la Liga. He joined the club when they were playing in the second division. Sporting manager Peter Vermes praised the signing of the Spaniard by saying that his versatility will be key to the success of the club this campaign.

Dovale can play at central midfield and left back.

“We are happy to be able to add a player of his quality to our roster. He can play multiple positions within our system, and we hope that we can help him to adapt to our team and to Major League Soccer as quickly as possible,” said the club manager. “I am very excited to be in Kansas City. Sporting KC is a very ambitious and successful club and I look forward to helping them achieve their goals. My motivation is high to come here and improve as a player and help this club any way possible,” said Dovale.

CESAR JOINS TORONTO

February 18th, 2014

In an effort to get into the Brazilian team for the World Cup 2014, QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar will be joining the MLS outside Toronto. This news has been confirmed by Brazil’s national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Cesar recently moved to QPR from Inter Milan in the hope of trying a new challenge. He had been one of the best goalkeepers in the world for a few years at Inter Milan. During this period, he won numerous titles including the Champions league. However, his performances dipped around the 2011 season.

This led to his departure from Inter Milan and into QPR where he struggled for most of the period. The club was also relegated to the Championship after just two seasons in the top division. In the Championship, manager Harry Redknapp has been preparing the services of goalkeeper Robert Green over Cesar. This has put the future of Cesar at national level in jeopardy. Brazil are also not strong in this area, which left Scolari with no other option but asking Cesar to play regular football if he was to get into the national team.

Cesar appears to have agreed to this prospect after Scolari announced recently that the player will be joining Toronto before the start of the new season.

“Julio is in our group, he should be officially introduced to his new club. Toronto should be finalising the last few details and he should be in great condition. There will be no problem with him. Lots of players arrives in the United States thinking it will be easy and then end up not playing. They stay for four or five months and then leave. We wish he were playing and now he will be. The MLS is not the end of [a] career,” said Scolari about the future of Cesar.

GONCALVES ON LOAN

January 14th, 2014

The Brazilian international Samuel Rosa Goncalves has been placed on loan to the Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy. He had been linked with some other clubs as well, but, eventually, it’s Galaxy who managed to secure his services on a temporary basis.

Samuel has performed really well for his parent club Fluminense in the last couple of seasons and he is believed to have impressed the scouts of a lot of clubs around the world. There is a good possibility that people see him playing in a really big league in about a year or so.

The talented striker who is just 22 years of age at the moment has so far made 63 league appearances for Fluminense and has found the back of the net 13 times.

Although Galaxy has already got a couple of good strikers in the form of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, but, neither of these two guys are young anymore and they are not as quick as they once used to be. On quite a few occasions in the last season, Galaxy had missed the presence of somebody really quick up front and that’s the main reason why they have gone for Samuel. The Brazilian youngster has got sharp reflexes and he is capable of creating regular opportunities.

Talking to the reporters about Samuel in a press conference yesterday, the Galaxy boss Bruce Arena said, “Samuel is a striker filled with potential. Our scouts had watched him play a few times in the past and they reckoned that he was the sort of guy who would be perfect for us. So, we decided to bring him in. Hopefully, he performs well and wins us some games.”

Galaxy’s first match in the next MLS season will be against Real Salt Lake on 8th of March.

KREIS BACKS RSL

November 12th, 2013

Real Salt Lake will be taking on LA Galaxy the second leg of the conference semifinal. Ahead of the match, Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis has said that LA Galaxy are in a great position despite the home advantage of his team. Kreis has said that LA Galaxy are a team who play extremely well on the counter-attack. He has also said that Bruce Arena makes his team defensively well-organised. Due to the 1-0 advantage they bring into the match, this match will be perfect for LA Galaxy according to Kreis.

Real Salt Lake have been on an excellent season so far, but they need to get past this difficult tie in order to show for their efforts this season. Sean Franklin scored the only goal of the game in the first leg. LA Galaxy are expected to put men behind the ball in the hope of protecting their advantage. In recent times, this has been a major source of problem for Real Salt Lake, as they have struggled to break down opposition with this tactical attitude. Captain Kyle Beckerman is staying positive because they have done well in order to reach this level.

He is confident of progress to the finals by beating LA Galaxy.

“I think that this game, unfortunately, plays to the Galaxy’s strength. We understand that we are in a dangerous position. But, so what?” It’s what they do well. They defend very well, and they counter very well,” said Kreis. “No reason to be down. We also played the whole season to be in a situation to get into a position where you have the second leg at your place. It’s all there for us,” said RSL captain Kyle Beckerman to the reporters.

Real Salt Lake have not been involved in league matches since the last week of October.

Larentowicz Key to Chicago

November 4th, 2013

Jeff Larentowicz knows what it takes to take a team from the cusp of a playoff elimination to winning a trophy and the midfielder will be hoping to repeat that feat again now with the Chicago Fire.

Larentowicz tasted MLS success in 2010 with the Colorado Rapids, and the 30-year old looks set to be an important part of Chicago’s plans of repeating that achievement with the Fire this season. Read the rest of this entry »