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Seattle Sounders

Clint Dempsey's 2018 season is in Garth Lagerwey's hands

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The Seattle Sounders hold a team option on their Designated Player, who would be a free agent if they decline.

While the Seattle Sounders can add a Designated Player in the upcoming transfer window, they are also looking towards next winter. After the 2017 season the team holds an option on Clint Dempsey's contract according to Sam Stejskal at MLSSoccer.

Tyrone Mears' green card means two open international spots

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Now that Tyrone Mears is a permanent resident of the USA (holds a green card) the Seattle Sounders have two international spots open. The club also has roster space for two signings of any kind, as well as space for another Designated Player.

Today's announcement means that the following players are considered internationals - Oalex Anderson, Oniel Fisher, Erik Friberg, Andreas Ivanschitz, Joevin Jones, Román Torres and Nelson Haedo Valdez.

Seattle's Alonso Suspended for Game vs Sporting

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The Seattle Sounders will be a little shorthanded for their game this weekend in KC against Sporting. Already without Brad Evans due to his call up to the US national team and Clint Dempsey's wife close to giving birth to their fourth child, they found out today that midfield designated player, Osvaldo Alonso will be suspended for Saturday's game for kicking out at Felipe Martins late in Seattle's 2-1 win over the Red Bulls.

Major League Soccer

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Talon’s New Year’s resolution

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Get aggressive.

Greetings, friends! I'm still very much in holiday/vacation mode, and I hope many of you are, too. If you're not, though, I hope real life is treating you well.

Let's talk soccer, yes?

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Hard agree.

Another Tweet and Fly with Robb Heineman

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Sporting KC's Robb Heineman gave another one of his Q&As on Twitter tonight, another #TweetnFly time as Heineman made his way down Tucson to observe some preseason there.

As expected, one of the topics that brought out the most questions was the current roster and fan concern over the loss of Krisztian Nemeth to Qatar.

Obafemi Martins leaves Sounders for China

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Seattle now has a Designated Player spot open.

With the season starting in just nine days Seattle Sounders FC will be without Obafemi Martins. Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League bought Martins from Seattle according to BBC Sport.

Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins has joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in a multi-million dollar deal, BBC Sport can reveal.

MLS Increases TAM, Homegown incentive

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MLS raises targeted allocation money while also handing out money for signing Homegrown players.

Wednesday, Major League Soccer announced that each club would receive an additional $800,000 in Targeted Allocation Money for the 2016 season and an additional $800,000 for the 2017 season. Previously teams received just $500,000 in TAM.

It’s time for MLS teams to bring in more Designated Player defenders

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Ever since its inception, Major League Soccer's primary goal has been growth, trying to cultivate an untapped sports fan group in this country. They've been relatively successful in that venture if you look at a variety of metrics, from number of teams to revenue to attendance.

A large part of that success can be attributed to the Designated Player rule.

It’s time for MLS teams to bring in more Designated Player defenders

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Ever since its inception, Major League Soccer's primary goal has been growth, trying to cultivate an untapped sports fan group in this country. They've been relatively successful in that venture if you look at a variety of metrics, from number of teams to revenue to attendance.

A large part of that success can be attributed to the Designated Player rule.

New England Revolution

Heaps confident goals are coming for Kamara

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Early reviews on positive for the Revolution's new Designated Player.

Kei Kamara has now been with the New England Revolution for three games and reviews are positive despite the fact that he hasn't scored yet.

On Saturday, Kamara contributed his third straight 90-minute performance for his new club.

If not May for de Leeuw, then July?

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The Fire are in need of scoring punch and the transfer deadline pursuit of Kei Kamara by clubs like Vancouver and New Englandspurred fan hopes via social media that Chicago would enter the fray for his services. That was never likely, given that the Fire currently have all three Designated Player spots spoken for.

Revolution Transfers 2016: Revs happy to wait until summer for new DP signing

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Xavier Kouassi won't join the Revs until July, but team officials think he's worth the wait.

The New England Revolution's new Designated Player isn't expected to arrive until July, but head coach Jay Heaps believes that he's worth the wait.

Xavier Kouassi first caught the attention of the Revolution coaching staff while they were scouting in Switzerland.

Revolution quiet, but excited, about new Designated Player

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The Revs aren't saying much about their new DP.

We know that the New England Revolution have signed a new Designated Player, and that's about all we know.

On Tuesday, club president Brian Bilello announced that the Revs had come to terms with a new DP. The deal, which included a pre-contract, came with a promise that details would be available in the future.

Seattle Sounders Sign Jordan Morris

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While New England Revolution fans are waiting for the naming of their recently signed Designated Player, the Seattle Sounders have been busy signing arguably the best American soccer player anywhere.

On Thursday the Sounders officially unveiled Jordan Morris, the 21-year-old reigning Hermann Trophy winner and U.

Revolution Transfers 2016: New England to add an International

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Another signing!

When it rains, it pours.

One day after announcing that the New England Revolution signed a Designated Player, club president Brian Bilello stated that the team will add an international. Bilello didn't reveal any additional details about the player, though he did tease that more information would be available later this week.

The Revolution have signed a mystery DP, and they aren't done

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Club president Brian Bilello hints that the Revolution will add a Designated Player.

It looks as though the New England Revolution will be adding a Designated Player.

On Tuesday, Revolution president Brian Bilello tweeted that the club "completed a DP signing this week." Bilello didn't reveal the player's name, but did state that the deal was a pre-contract, which might indicate that the player won't be available until a later date.

Revolution

ICYMI? Revs Reveal that JoGo Occupies DP Slot

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Xavier Kousassi may not have been on the field on Saturday's game against DC, but it turns out that the Revolution were aided by the presence of a designated player with ties to FC Sion nonetheless.

According to a tweet from revolutionsoccer.

Report: Kouassi’s Swiss Season Done After Knee Injury

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Barely a week after the Revolution unveiled him as their newest designated player signing, FC Sion midfielder Xavier Kouassi suffered a right knee injury on Sunday that could keep him sidelined for up to six months, according to a Swiss report.

Kouassi, who signed a pre-contract with the Revolution last month, suffered the injury in the 57th minute of Sunday's 1-0 win over FC Zurich.

Who’s the Mystery DP?

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On Tuesday, Revolution president Brian Bilello tweeted that the club had completed the signing of a designated player, butstopped short of revealing the player's identity.

While Bilello said that additional details will follow in the coming weeks, it wasn't long before speculation sparked about who the splashy signing could be, especially given the crumb of information concerning apre-contract.

Why Bengtson is No Longer a DP

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Who doesn't love a good mystery?

Last week, MLS updated its list of designated players and, curiously, Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson was classified as a "former designated player." With Bengtson currently on loan to Belgrano (Argentina), some wondered about Bengtson's status in New England.

Robb Heineman

Robb Heineman and the "Young DP"

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A week and a half ago Robb Heineman did another one of his Q&A sessions as he flew down to Tucson for part of Sporting KC's preseason. While Heineman was candid, answering many questions that fans had. Looking back on it in the time since though it seems like some of the answers have been combined into something that I don't think is actually happen.

Conflicting Stories on van der Vaart

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Over the past two days, a pair of conflicting stories have come out regarding Sporting KC and their potential new designated player, Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutch international has been linked with a summer move to Kansas City once his contract expires with German club Hamburg.

Yesterday, KC Star beat writer, Sam McDowell provided an update on the situation saying that Peter Vermes and SKC were still in contact with van der Vaart, but that the two had no movement in regards to a new contract.

Heineman Takes to Twitter Again

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Once again while killing time while on a flight, Sporting Club CEO, Robb Heineman took to Twitter again, conducting a Q&A with fans. Heineman answered a number of questions over an hour or so of Tweeting. There was lots of decent information in his tweets, but as always with these conversations you always have to take it with a grain of salt and remember Heineman's tendency to troll the fans on occasion.

D.C. United

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Bienvenidos Chino!

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We welcome the almost official Designated Player. look at news within D.C. United and Inter Milan, and speculate on Fargo, as one does.

Hi. I'm your replacement Jason today. He's busy, out doing things for Maryland. Which likely means losing an important sporting event despite providing the public some tasty seafood or something.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-1 Houston Dynamo: Starting From Scratch, To a Degree

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In which we exercise a bit of caution to the return of the shiny new Designated Player.

The last time D.C. United lost at home we were in the throes of a World Cup. And this season, the whole concept of Fortress RFK was reinforced, but after dropped points last week against the New York Red Bulls, the Black and Red cannot help but feel that another opportunity was wasted.

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Rapids Add Gashi As DP, Williams As Well

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BIG news from Commerce City today that nobody saw coming. Colorado announced their newest Designated Player, Shkëlzen Gashi. Who? Yeah, pretty much everyone had that reaction (and because of that ë I'm just going to refer to him as Gashi from now on).

Gashi is a 27 year old winger/striker from Zurich.

Ramirez Transferred to UD Almeria

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Looks like that rumor of Juan Ramirez to Almeria is official.
Juan Ramírez firma como nuevo jugador de la UD Almería #BienvenidoJuanRamírez
Ramirez was our second-ever Designated Player signing, coming in as a youth DP. 27 appearances, 15 starts, 1459 minutes, 3 assists, and 1 Rocky Mountain Cup winning goal.

Torres No Longer A Designated Player

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According to the Denver Post, who got confirmation from MLS, under the new roster rules that came out of the new MLS CBA Gabriel Torres is no longer a Designated Player. Torres was not a DP due to his salary ($262K last season) but due to the combination of his salary and his transfer fee (which is split up evenly over the length of the contract).

Rapids Sign Kevin Doyle As 3rd DP

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The Rapids just announced that they have signed Kevin Doyle as our 3rd DP. I never thought we'd see 3 DPs at once this season and this is a quality third one to add to the mix. It fills a huge hole we have at target striker and should be somebody Torres and Ramirez can play off of.

However there is a but.

Rapids Sign Juan Ramirez As Second Designated Player

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Long rumored but finally announced tonight. Juan Ramirez has joined the Rapids as their second Designated Player, taking up a young DP slot. Reports are he's already in tucson with the team and will be available for tomorrow's scrimmage with the Revs (5:30pm MST, coloradorapids.com). Ramirez is a 21 year old attacking left winger who joins from Argentinos Juniors.

World Soccer

Soccer Morning (7.30.15) Sam Kelly interview about Copa Libertadores

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Sam Kelly.

Welcome to today's episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis. Sam Kelly (ESPNFC) joins Jason to discuss the Copa Libertadores Final first leg and RBNY's new designated player signing.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Soccer Morning (7.30.15) Sam Kelly interview about Copa Libertadores

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Sam Kelly.

Welcome to today's episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis. Sam Kelly (ESPNFC) joins Jason to discuss the Copa Libertadores Final first leg and RBNY's new designated player signing.

Listen to the episode above or here.

The Rest

Sounders can win without Dempsey, because they already have

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At 2-1-2 since Dempsey missed his first game, Seattle already knows what they're doing.

News that Clint Dempsey will not play for the rest of 2016 is frightening. He has a significant issue with his heart. That is a major off-field problem that can only be addressed by medical doctors. What the Seattle Sounders have already figured out is how to play without their Designated Player - they've done alright.

Sounders scouring the globe for DP midfielder

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With the transfer window closing on May 11th, Sounders FC's Designated Player search is in "overdrive."

According to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated, the Seattle Sounders search for a new Designated Player is not confined to Sporting Director Chris Henderson and Head Scout Kurt Schmid. Wahl says that President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey is also on the hunt for a new DP.

Sounders could make Designated Player addition sooner than later

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Addition of TAM and a Grant Wahl report feed the rumor mill.

Ever since Obafemi Martins' somewhat surprising departure, the sense has been that the Seattle Sounders would take stock of the team, park Osvaldo Alonso in the open spot over the short term and likely look to add a Designated Player in the summer transfer window along with another Targeted Allocation Money player.

Sporting KC Signing Chilean Diego Rubio as a Young DP

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Robb Heineman and Peter Vermes have been talking about the club signing a new young forward to help with the load up top for Kansas City. Today reports started coming out of Spain that Kansas City was negotiating to bring in Chilean forward, Diego Rubio from Real Valladolid. Tonight, Heineman confirmed the signing was coming in the next day or so and later in the evening Sam McDowell from the KC Star confirmed the reports from Spain that KC was signing Rubio.

Some Soccer News for Feb 9, 2016

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It's Day 40 of 2016.


USWNT players union has responded to the lawsuit US Soccer filed against them last week. And it comes off as a pretty convincing argument. From Sports Illustrated.
  • US Soccer feels that the USWNT are preparing to go on strike before the Olympics.

Grading the Timbers: The Midfield and the Wingers

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On Tuesday we assessed the season that was for the Portland Timbers' goalkeepers and backline. Today we move up into the midfield and look at the Timbers' d-mids, attacking central midfielders, and wingers.

The Defensive Midfielders

Diego Chara, A: The Timbers' original designated player keeps justifying his status as the club's first big-time signing.

Heineman Talks DPs, Everton, the Offseason, and More

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Robb Heineman is always good for some interesting information in the majority of his interviews. Usually you can get information regarding the team's plans for the future and some insight into what the team is looking at. His recent interview with ProSoccer Talk that came out today is no exception as Heineman provides insight on new a new designated player, Everton, the offseason, the Swope Park Rangers, and other things.

OTF Roundtable: Do the Chicago Fire Deserve Harry Shipp?

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Harry shares the sports memorabilia in his old house. (via Chipotle's Being Homegrown)

Near the end of the Fire's third loss in a rowlast Saturday, Alexi Lalas doubled-down on his flattery of second year stand-out Harry Shipp by suggesting thathewas the Fire's only "real" DP, and further stating thatHarry may be"Too Good" to play for Chicago.