Acquisitions

D.C. United

Union and Perlaza Go Separate Ways

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The Philadelphia Union have announced that they have agreed to a mutual contract termination with forward Jorge Perlaza. Perlaza joined the Union this season in a trade which sent MLS Superdraft first overall pick Danny Mwanga to Portland. This move should come as a surprise to no one. Perlaza had not played or been available as a sub for the last ten Union games.

Seattle Sounders vs Chicago Fire Scouting Report: That's Not What Rolfing Means

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No team is as reliably almost-but-not-quite great as the Chicago Fire. After their MLS Cup winning expansion season in 1998 they made the playoffs in 10 of the next 11 seasons, but never won it again - a stretch that included 2 finals losses and a grueling 5-year run from 2005 to 2009 of losing in the conference finals 4 times.

New England Revolution

Arrieta, Higuain propel Crew past Revs

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The Columbus Crew spent half the season struggling to generate goals as their defense and goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum kept the team afloat, but times have changed in Columbus thanks to the team's newest attacking acquisitions.

Costa Rican striker Jairo Arrieta and Argentine midfielder Federico Higuain scored two goals apiece, including two Higuain set piece strikes and Arrieta's game-winner to erase an early two-goal deficit and lift the Crew to a 4-3 victory against the New England Revolution at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.

Columbus 4:3 New England – Here Comes The Crew

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A couple months ago, you might have circled a Columbus Crew match on your schedule as one that you might want to avoid. Jairo Arrieta and Federico Higuain should make you think otherwise. Each of these two recent acquisitions for ...

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MLS transfer window closes today

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The summer MLS transfer window has been marked by some serious acquisitions, with Designated Players like Houston's Oscar Boniek Garcia, Vancouver's Barry Robson and Kenny Miller, Montreal's Marco Di Vaio, New England's Jerry Bengtson, Chicago's Sherjill MacDonald and New York's Tim Cahill among the new crop of stars joining the league.

Revolution Midseason Grades: The FO Has Built a Great Product But Needs to Focus on the Big Picture

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The mysteries of a front office in MLS are always intriguing. For the past few years, it has appeared that the New England Revolution's FO has received mostly negative feedback from its supporters. Poor player acquisitions, poor advertisement of the product, poor hiring of coaches and poor interactions with fans had led to a bad team and a disenfranchised fan base.

Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

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Fire forward Dominic Oduro is one player the Revolution defense will have to keep tabs on come Saturday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

(Editor's note: Prior to each Revolution match, New England Soccer Today will invite a reporter who covers the Revolution's upcoming opponent to provide greater insight on what to expect on gameday.

Shot out

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Photo: Nicolae Stoian

In 2011, the Union had scored only 5 goals in the first seven games but their record was 4–2–1 instead of 2–4–1 as it is now. The defensive solidity that marked 2011 was unexpected and proved decisive for the first half of the season as the Union struggled to find consistent goalscoring.

Early Returns

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Saer Sene (left) and Jose Moreno may give the Revolution a formidable one-two punch up top this season. (Photo of Sene: Joshua Pearson. Photo of Moreno: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. For the first time this season, the Revolution finally featured what could be considered a legitimate first-choice striking tandem on Saturday.

Manchester United

Another year, Another Arsenal Saga. Is this though their most beneficial sale?

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So this year's Emirates transfer saga is finally over, as RVP will put pen to paper on a four year deal for arch rivals Manchester United. Gooners fans have been on an emotional rollercoaster with this story all summer long, with many Arsenal fans stating their former golden boy "wasn't
that good" and the classic "he's injury prone".

Snapshot: Sir Alex Ferguson Gets Around To Unveiling Shinji Kagawa & Nick Powell

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By Chris Wright

Here's Sir Alex Ferguson welcoming his latest acquisitions to the flock earlier this afternoon; Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell, bought in from Borussia Dortmund and Crewe Alexandra respectively, and welcomed to Old Trafford with a personalised tablecloth each.

Who Is Leaving This Summer?

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David Gill has told Manchester United fans to expect an "interesting time" this summer ahead of the transfer window opening.

"The work goes on all year round but obviously intensifies as we come to the end of the season in terms of players," Gill said. "There's various contracts we've got to do, we'll look at some acquisitions and there will be some players who will leave.

Portland Timbers

Behind the Axe – Has the luster fallen off for the Portland Timbers?

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Behind the Axe looks at the news surrounding the Portland Timbers from the past few days. Since their last match against FC Dallas at home, the team has altered its roster despite fan comments. The Timbers are hoping their new acquisitions plus extra time off is enough for them to secure their first road win of the 2012 season, either in Toronto on August 15 or New York on August 19.

UPDATE: Portland Timbers Relieve John Spencer of Duties with Club

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We all knew it was going to happen since this morning, but the 2:30 press conference made it official: the Portland Timbers have fired John Spencer, the team's first coach of the MLS era. Gavin Wilkinson will serve as interim coach until the end of the season. Club owner Merritt Paulson and General Manager, Technical Director and Interim Head Coach Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement jointly at Jeld Wen Field today.

Jorge Perlaza Appreciation Thread

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Today we say good bye to another polarizing figure in the Portland Timbers' MLS history, striker Jorge Perlaza.

Signed on March 7, 2011, Jorge Perlaza was the first of many Colombian acquisitions for General Manager Gavin Wilkinson. His previous campaign with Deportes Tolima gave Timbers fans hope that they'd have a goal scoring machine on the pitch, having scored 15 goals in 31 matches.

Arsenal

Liverpool Target Snubs Anfield Interest To Pen New Deal

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Borussia Dortmund star Jakub Blaszczykowski has snubbed rumoured interest from Liverpool, by agreeing a new four-year deal with the Bundesliga champions.
In a statement on Dortmund's official website, it was announced that the Polish international put pen to paper over a new long-term deal, effectively ending any such chances Liverpool had of luring him to Anfield.

When are Arsenal going to start getting rid of the deadwood?

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Arsenal are struggling to make room for new signings by BA Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have done great work in the transfer market this summer. Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud are great acquisitions and Gooners are even looking forward to next season with confidence. What worries me is that we have not managed to offload [.

Do Arsenal Deserve Third Place?

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If we retain the precious third spot after next weekend, will we, as fans, really be celebrating?

I don't mean celebrating as if we won a cup, or the league. But will we really feel satisfaction or accomplishment? I know, that with about eight weeks left, looking at the run in for ourselves, Spurs, Newcastle and Chelsea, it was exciting.

Do Arsenal Deserve Third Place?

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If we retain the precious third spot after next weekend, will we, as fans, really be celebrating?

I don't mean celebrating as if we won a cup, or the league. But will we really feel satisfaction or accomplishment? I know, that with about eight weeks left, looking at the run in for ourselves, Spurs, Newcastle and Chelsea, it was exciting.

New York Red Bulls

Red Bulls GM Soler discusses new acquisitions, Rodgers and more

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BY DAVE MARTINEZ

It didn't take long for Sebastian Le Toux to make an impact for the New York Red Bulls. His game tying strike, and a steady performance from goalkeeper Bill Gaudette guided New York through brutal heat en route to a 2-2 tie against the visiting Seattle Sounders.

MLS transfer window opens today

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MLS front-office personnel, get out your checkbooks. Silly season has arrived.

The MLS summer transfer window opens today, with teams able to bolster their rosters in hopes of making a postseason push in the coming months. The New York Red Bulls, for one, have already suggested that they are closing in on a major DP signing to assist their attack, while the Columbus Crew are also reportedly on the DP hunt.

Union-DCU Preview: A Chat With Black And Red United

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The Brotherly Game talked with Martin Shatzer of Black and Red United, SB Nation's D.C. United site, ahead of tonight's Philadelphia Union-D.C. United game at PPL Park. For more on the game, and United, head over to Black and Red United.
The Brotherly Game: Last year it was a ridiculous run by Dwayne De Rosario that helped to make D.

Red Bulls Notes: Transfer deadline looms, Henry honored, and more

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Will reinforcements be joining the New York Red Bulls soon? As of now, it doesn't seem likely.

With the April 15th transfer deadline only days away, Coach Hans Backe remains skeptical about the options he may have available to join his side.

Roy Hodgson

Burgers

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Poor Romelu Lukaku.  He's improved in training, he's done okay in matches. He's even eaten fewer hamburgers. What more can a man do?!

Just goes to show though, doesn't it? Teams can spend a lot of money on players then never use them. Chelsea can cover this sort of thing, but arguably, Fulham can't.

Burgers

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Poor Romelu Lukaku.  He's improved in training, he's done okay in matches. He's even eaten fewer hamburgers. What more can a man do?!

Just goes to show though, doesn't it? Teams can spend a lot of money on players then never use them. Chelsea can cover this sort of thing, but arguably, Fulham can't.

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Liverpool Plan To Bring Park To Anfield

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Liverpool have identified Celtic's chief scout John Park as a leading candidate to replace Damien Comolli as director of football, it has been claimed.
Comolli was relieved of his duties last Thursday following a number of failed signings, and with the Reds faltering in the Premier League.
The Frenchman was responsible for bringing the likes of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing to Anfield for exorbitant fees, and paid the price for the failings of the pitch of his numerous expensive acquisitions.

Comolli leaves Liverpool by mutual consent

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Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool FC confirmed today that Director of Football Damien Comolli has left the Club by mutual consent.

Principal Owner John Henry said: "We are grateful for all of Damien's efforts on behalf of Liverpool and wish him all the best for the future."

Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner added: "The Club needs to move forward and we now have a huge game on Saturday.

The Rest

2016 State of the Roster: Have the Revolution Improved From Last Season?

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This offseason, the Revs made a handful of quiet-but-purposeful acquisitions. Is the club in better shape than it was a year ago?

The Revolution approached the 2016 offseason with purpose and intent. The club didn't chase aging free agents or yield to Jermaine Jones' contract demands; instead, it made subtle acquisitions in the form of Xavier Kouassi, Gershon Koffie, Sambinha and Jordan McCrary, among others.

Fantasy Premier League Preview Articles Warehouse

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We'll continue previewing the upcoming Fantasy Premier League season this week looking at potential acquisitions and of course culminating with our standard "Gameweek Preview" at the end of the week, and when we do we will constantly update ... Continue reading →

Chicago Fire- A look at the current roster

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Although we play Toronto FC tonight I thought this would be a good time to look over the current roster we have after the transfer window has closed. We added some pieces and we certainly have some new looks to the team. This got me thinking about some of the possibilities that we may see in the immediate future.

Big Test For Newcastle Center-Back Next Season

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Michael James Williamson has turned out to be a stellar buy for Newcastle one of the best acquisitions over the last three years, and the center-back cost just £1M from Portsmouth. Mike Williamson first time in Europe next season Since signing on at Newcastle in January of 2010, Mike Williamson has been a regular starter, apart form the first half [.

Clavijo: Many South American Players Consider MLS a Viable Option

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As a native of Uruguay, South America is a place that FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo knows quite well. In fact, the ex-Rapids head coach recently returned from there on a trip to scout possible future acquisitions for FCD. He had plenty to say about his trip back to his home continent, but the most interesting tidbit might be the following.

Kit Launches: From The Sublime To The Rapdiculous

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New kits are coming thick and fast, and while most are going with the standard 'cute boy in a clean shirt' approach, Leeds United are enticing their fans with something a little different.

Tell us, Kickettes: do you even buy replica shirts?

Rapids Sign Harrison Henao On Loan

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Colorado has just announced that they've signed midfielder Harrison Henao on loan from Once Caldas of Colombia. No terms were released but reports in Colombia say its until December and almost all MLS loans include an option to buy. Henao is a 25 year old player who's been a pro since 2006. Early indications are that he's a defensive midfielder, which may not be a positive sign for Pablo's recovery.