In the short hours since it was made known that Aston Villa opted not to offer Eric Lichaj a contract extension, I've seen and heard a lot of hopeful questioning over whether he could potentially turn up in MLS. In fact, I can report that this option does exist for the defender. Naturally, he also has English parties interested, so it's a wait-and-see situation.
It may have escaped your attention, but there will be an American playing in tonight's Champions League final. That's right... USWNT ace Megan Rapinoe will suit up for Lyon's ladies when they go for their third straight title against Wolfsburg. - Greg Seltzer
Lost in the shuffle of this huge deal for New York FC are the Cosmos, who have now gone from hoping to one day be the city's second team to hoping against hope that one day in the distance future the league assumes a pro/rel structure. Pipe dreams. It seems only appropriate now to look back on my piece from last year on the Cosmos' strange history and how now they must enjoy life in the second
Sheik Mansour is watching you sleep. America's fifth professional sports league announced its 20th team Tuesday. Major League Soccer dropped a bombshell when it announced the New York Yankees and Manchester City Football Club will be joint partners in the founding of New York City Football Club, which will enter the league as an expansion franchise in 2015.
A fresh release, check the area in boldface... CHICAGO (May 21, 2013) - In advance of the Centennial Celebration Match, the U.S. Men's National Team will host a public training session Saturday, June 1 , at 3 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium. Admission and parking for the event is free. The Germany National Team - currently ranked No.
New York is getting a second MLS club, which will be a Yankees/Man City joint. Early discussions have them checking out a stadium site in Queens, near where the U.S. Open tennis tournament is played. This should be interesting on many levels, to say the least.- Greg Seltzer
I just spoke with the agent of Alabama-born AZ striker Aron Jóhannsson, and it seems he is actually not quite a USMNT lost cause. Of course, I previously offered my guess that the Icelandish-American (seriously, how cool is that?) looked a solid bet to join his European national team after missing a World Cup qualifying call-up solely due to injury last fall.
Yep, Conor O'Brien hit FC Nordsjælland's 1-0 closing day winner against Esbjerg. Just past the half hour, the American capitalized on a keeper gaffe for his fifth goal of the Superliga season.And my goal clip debt grows...- Greg Seltzer
I now owe you all three 2.Bundesliga goal clips. In addition to the Alfredo Morales title-clincher I've yet to find, both John Anthony Brooks and Bobby Wood rang the bell today.Wish me luck finding them all...- Greg Seltzer
Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan has become just the fifth American Abroad to celebrate consecutive top flight league crowns in Europe, going the distance as the 10-man hosts hung on for a 1-1 draw with chasers Zulte Waregem.So... who can name the other four?- Greg Seltzer
Sacha Kljestan has put Anderlecht ahead 1-0 at closing night hosts Lokeren. The midfielder got to the end of a free kick on 25 minutes for his second goal in as many championship hex matches against the underdogs. Remember: a Mauves win clinches the title repeat, which would make Kljestan just the sixth American to win it all back-to-back in a European top flight.
As you'd likely guess, there's a lot going on here that is beyond me. That's not to say I would call the coach's selection is poor - but it's definitely begging a few questions. G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting KC)
First, Rio and Sir Alex, now this. Yep, PSG star David Beckham has announced his retirement, causing us to check reaction on both sides of the Atlantic - and then from the man himself. - Greg Seltzer
... which is what the title to this post would be if NSC was authored by Jan Brady. I will have another Jozy quick chat article up at MLSS tomorrow, but for now let's cover a couple things I a) saw recently & b) forgot to mention earlier.First, we learn that Michael Bradley had a fair part in getting Altidore to AZ.
Only one day after this groovy announcement, we learned that MLS trading cards are on the way back to Topps. De. Luxe. Check out a couple other examples below. - Greg Seltzer