Despiteannouncing Xavier Kouassi as their latest Designated Player a week ago, the New England Revolution received some bad news regarding their new signing on Monday.
Kouassi has reportedly suffered an ACL injury, and will miss roughly six months of action. The 26-year-old, who is still with Swiss side FC Sion, sustained the injury in the team's 1-0 win against FC Zurich on Sunday.
The first weekend of February was filled with preseason friendlies and scrimmages, but most of the buzz surrounded D.C. United, which released its new jersey and is reportedly close to signing a new Argentine.
D.C. United is reportedly nearing a deal to add 21-year-old, 5-foot-3 Luciano Acosta on loan from Argentine club Boca Juniors.
Krisztian Nemeth's transfer from Sporting Kansas City to Qatari club Al-Gharafa drew the confusion and ire of many, and the Hungarian international has spoken out as to why he chose to move there.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Nemeth expressed his disappointment with how Sporting KC handled his attempt at negotiating for a new contract, and signing with Al-Gharafa "was the only way to get out of it.
In the wake of recent news regarding an NFL team relocating from St. Louis to Los Angeles, the MLS commissioner has emphasized his interest in possibly expanding to Missouri.
Don Garber wrote a letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon explaining his desire to expand there, saying: "I look forward to working with you, your staff and local leaders to explore ownership candidates and to investigate viable stadium solutions to bring MLS to St.
The end of the MLS transfer window is in sight, and teams like the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact are making some interesting moves.
Portuguese defender João Meira will reportedly join the Fire ahead of the 2016 season. The 28-year-old has reportedly signed for two years and is quoted as saying: "I'm pretty happy with this my new challenge that I will face with the expectation of the great club that is the Chicago Fire.
While many are eagerly awaiting the upcoming 2016 MLS Combine, some news around the league came out on Tuesday:
Emanuel Pogatetz signed with FC Union Berlin on Tuesday after his contract with the Columbus Crew expired in December. The 32-year-old centerback's new deal with the German club runs through the end of the 2.
The Chicago Fire are handing their coaching keys to the man who helped Serbia win the Under-20 World Cup this summer.
The Fire announced on Tuesday that they have appointed Veljko Paunovic as head coach. Paunovic takes over for interim boss Brian Bliss, who led the club during the final weeks of the 2015 season after replacing the fired Frank Yallop.
The "OriginalRecipe" OTF Roundtable returns. Preseasonpracticehas begun,the team looksconsiderably younger and(dare wesay it), there are even some signs of hope. Evensome of OTF'sperma-skeptics may be coming around to the team ... maybe.
Today's roundtable question:
What is one prediction about the 2016Fire season that you aresure will come true?
The Chicago Fire's general manager has stayed true to his word this offseason, with Nelson Rodriguez clearly focused on improving what was the worst defense in MLS last season.But there's much more than meets the eye going on in the Fire transformation, with Rodriguez citing mentality as the most important factor in the team's recent additions.
The Chicago Fire know that history has not been kind to foreign coaches in MLS, but they are convincedVeljko Paunovic has all the qualities and enough familiarity with the league to be a rare success story.
In fact, the Fire were so impressed with Paunovic during their coaching search that they began to compare other candidates to him.
WhileFire nation waspatiently waiting for Nelson Rodriguez'sThanksgiving announcement of their new coach, they went ahead and axed a lot of people. Like... a lot of people.
CHICAGO(November 19, 2015) Chicago Fire Soccer Club today announced changes to the soccer staff, parting ways with Goalkeeping Coach Aron Hyde, Strength and Conditioning Coach Adrian Lamb and Head of Scouting Trevor James.
Jordan Morris might be the most well-known MLS Homegrown Player to sign a deal this offseason, but he is far from the only talented prospectin this year's class.
The last couple of weeks have been dominated by talk of Morris and whether he would sign with the Seattle Sounders and MLS, but what seemed to belost in all the hubbub was the fact that several other promising up-and-comers also agreed to contracts with their respective hometown clubs in the league.
The Dynamo opted to not select any players available from the 1st stage of the 2015 MLS Re-Entry Draft
The Houston Dynamo haven't had a quiet offseason as they've resigned a few key players and have traded for the attacking talents of Andrew Wenger and Cristian Maidana, but have remained quiet during the Waiver Draft that took place earlier this week and the 1st leg of the Re-Entry draft.
Although the MLS Draft has come and gone, the transfer window is still open and a couple of clubs have made some deals.
On Monday, Toronto FC announced the acquisition of 26-year-old goalkeeper Clint Irwin from the Colorado Rapids. The Western Conference club will receive targeted allocation money as well as two MLS Draft picks one in 2016 and one in 2017.
After lifting the MLS Cup trophy just last Sunday alongside Liam Ridgewell, former Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson is in search of a new club.
The Timbers are reportedly shopping Johnson, who is ready to leave Portland after three seasons. He has become expendable in the wake of Caleb Porter's shifting of Darlington Nagbe into a central midfield role.
Yesterday's rumored trade is finally complete, with D.C. United acquiring Patrick Nyarko.
After rumors all of yesterday, and speculation from our own Adam Taylor a few weeks ago, D.C. United has officially acquired winger Patrick Nyarko from the Chicago Fire. Contrary to what we all thought yesterday, D.
The Black-and-Red appear to be on the verge of adding another speedy wide player from within MLS.
A report from Soccerwire.com's Charles Boehm says that D.C. United will be making a trade to acquire Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko. Per Boehm's reporting, the terms of the deal are likely to involve non-player assets (e.
Mike Magee looks ready to leave his hometown for the place where he enjoyed the most successful stint of his career.
Magee is set to make a return to the LA Galaxy, according to a report from ChicagoNow.com. The 31-year-old free agent forward was reportedly drawing interest from Sporting Kansas City, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Chicago Fire, buthas chosen to reunite with Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena in Los Angeles.
Looks like the Seattle Sounders won't be picking in the first round of today's MLS SuperDraft, as it was just announced that they traded the pick to Chicago for an unnamed player. The Sounders' remaining picks, bar any other last-minute trades, will be 27th and 35th overall. The traded player is unnamed as of now, as MLS Commissioner Don Garber noted that all parties will be notified before the names are announced on television.
LAUDERHILL, Fla. Mum is the word for the Chicago Fire right now, but they are hoping to make some roster announcements in the coming days. They could certainly use that, too.
The Fire are just two weeks away from the start of their first preseason under new head coach Veljko Paunovic, but there are only 14 players currently on the roster and all of them are 28-years old or younger.