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Talking DPs Busts

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Is Kris Boyd the biggest DP bust of 2012? (Getty Images)

Everyone loves this debate these days which Designated Player was a bust or not?

I've seen a ton lately on Kris Boyd up in Portland and how his days there in the Rose City are likely numbered. It makes sense, the last two times I watched him play (one in person, the other on TV) I wasn't impressed.

Whitecaps add Miller as third DP

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Fresh off of moving Davide Chiumiento and Sebastien Le Toux, the Vancouver Whitecaps added a potent attacking weapon to their disposal by signing Scotland national team captain Kenny Miller on Monday.

The Whitecaps signed Miller as their third Designated Player, and the 32-year-old striker will provide another lethal scoring threat up top for head coach Martin Rennie.

Major League Soccer

Red Bulls Notebook: McCarty talks Cahill partnership, Marquez update, and more

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The New York Red Bulls latest Designated Player, Tim Cahill, has been outspoken about his transition into Major League Soccer but what does his new partner Dax McCarty think?

The 25-year-old veteran of the American top flight has found a solid form all season long while teaming with a plethora of different options in the middle.

"Off The Bench" Episode 27: Guest Grant Wahl (SI), Daniel Paladini (Chicago Fire), the new NASL season and our MLS Predictions

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In this episode Luke is joined by Sports Illustrated journalist Grant Wahl to discuss the state of US Soccer in both the men's and women's game. Wahl shares his views on Donovan, Dempsey, Solo and the possibilities of a fourth DP in Major League Soccer. Daniel Paladini of the Chicago Fire also drops in to talk about his resurgence in the line up, battling for a playing spot and the team aspirations for the year.

Vancouver Whitecaps Scouting Report: No Excuses Not To Dominate

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As the Seattle Sounders prepare for this weekend's match with the Whitecaps, it feels as if we've transitioned into a new phase of the season. For one thing, the team is coming back from the first full week break since after the Chelsea friendly in mid-July. The relatively long rest has given the team and the fans time to mentally prepare for the stretch run.

Christian Tiffert Officially Signed By Seattle Sounders

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Christian Tiffert was officially unveiled as the Seattle Sounders' newest Designated Player on Friday. News of the signing first leaked out earlier that morning when German outlets were reporting the deal and became all but official after the Sounders announced they had traded Alvaro Fernandez to the Chicago Fire about 45 minutes earlier.

Seattle Sends Fernandez To Chicago

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Seattle trades another DP to Chicago. (Getty Images)

It's Friday afternoon, and lately that has meant it's trading time.

The Chicago Fire announced Friday that the club has acquired Alvaro Fernandez from Seattle Sounders FC in return for allocation money. Fernandez will occupy a Designated Player slot.

Calen Carr voted MLS Player of the Week

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Soccer by Ives may have picked some English guy in Los Angeles to win the honor, but MLS had other ideas, announcing today that Houston Dynamo forward/midfielder Calen Carr was voted MLS Player of the Week.

What a fitting honor for a guy who is just back from injury, saw his team sign the excellent Boniek Garcia as a DP to fill what had become his position and after recovering from concussion he received in his Chicago Fire days, had serious doubts he might ever play again.

Stars beginning to align for the Galaxy

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In a match this past weekend that saw a total of eight goals, including four consecutive goals scored by the Galaxy in a span of nine minutes, the fans at JELD-WEN Field in Portland were treated to an attacking showcase between Los Angeles and the Timbers.

Ultimately, MLS Cup holders Galaxy prevailed with a dramatic 5-3 win away from home.

"Off The Bench" Episode 15 is Live

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Goals, All-Stars and DP's
The Official Podcast of MLSReserves.com. In this episode Luke and Pedro discuss the recent trend of high scoring matches in Major League Soccer, the amazing play of Chris Wondolowski and what it takes to be an MLS All-Star. Debated were Eddie Johnson's inclusion and whether Dax McCarty deserves a spot.

Help on the way for injured Red Bulls

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Last weekend, the Red Bulls fell to the New England Revolution 2-0, failing to create quality scoring chances while playing without six of their regular starting eleven.

The Red Bulls currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference while battling injury woes all season long.

After the disappointing loss to the Revs, NYRB finally received some good news on Wednesday with word of a few key players returning.

Revs sign Honduran striker as newest DP

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Yesterday, the New England Revolution officially announced the signing of 25-year-old striker Jerry Bengtson, who had been playing for the Honduran club CD Montagua. Reports had the Honduran forward linked with the Revs as early as Monday, until the official news came Thursday morning.

Bengtson will become the Revs second DP, along with captain Shalrie Joseph, and will also occupy an international slot on the roster once he receives his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

Nesta, Impact Verbally Agree To Deal

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Alessandro Nesta could be joining the Impact. (Getty Images)

Just call the Montreal Impact the Little Italy of MLS.

Alessandro Nesta was at Impact training on Thursday, the two sides verbally agreed to an 18-month deal today.

The center back will not be a Designated Player however according to MLSSoccer.

New England Land Honduran DP

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Jerry Bengtson, with Revolution head coach Jay Heaps, holding his new Revolution #27 jersey. (Photo credit: New England Revolution)

The New England Revolution has signed Honduran forward Jerry Bengtson on a transfer from Honduras' CD Motagua.

Bengtson recently led La Liga Nacional de Honduras in scoring for three straight seasons will make his way to MLS and is the club's second Designated Player on their roster.

New York Red Bulls

FIFA 13: The Trailer

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FIFA 13 hits stores next month, and EA released a trailer Tuesday of what fans and gamers can expect from the latest edition of the popular video game (watch for the cameo from New York Red Bulls DP Tim Cahill). Enjoy:

Dynamo vs. Red Bulls: Your Running Commentary

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The top two teams in the Eastern Conference battle for first place as the Houston Dynamo welcome the New York Red Bulls to BBVA Compass Stadium (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network) in a Friday night bout fit for primetime.

The match -- the first of two consecutive ones between the two clubs -- marks the MLS debut of New York Designated Player Tim Cahill, who went 45 minutes and drew a penalty kick against Tottenham in Tuesday night's friendly.

Spurs beat Red Bulls in Cahill's debut

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Tim Cahill managed to make an impression in his debut with the New York Red Bulls, but that did little to save them from dropping this encounter.Â

Tottenham had the better of possession and play throughout the night and took home a deserving 2-1 victory over the home side.

Cahill set to debut against Tottenham

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New York Red Bulls fans may be days away from seeing the team's latest Designated Player, Tim Cahill, in action.

Though he won't be used against the Montreal Impact on Saturday, the former Everton star will likely be debuting much in the same manner like his New York DP predecessor Thierry Henry did just two years ago; in a friendly against Tottenham.

BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Fire sign Sherjill MacDonald

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As has been widely speculated for the past few weeks, the Fire have officially announced the signing of Sherjill MacDonald. Sherjill will begin training with the team today, but can't officially be added to the roster until an International Slot becomes available. The Fire currently have all 8 slots filled.

Tim Cahill About To Run With the Red Bulls

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Bit of a personal note here.

Tim Cahill was very much the reason that Everton FC is a frequent watch at TSG headquarters. The now 32-year-old who joined the Toffees in 2004 epitomizes the club.

In his younger days, he had the perfect concoction of two parts lunchpail, one part creativity that made him perhaps one of the most complete squad players anywhere in the Prem.

New York Red Bulls Scouting Report - Farewell to the Atlantic

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Cross country trips are never good for MLS teams. At one point last season coastal teams were completely winless playing on the opposite coast through some amazing amount of games and I started referring to it as the Coast To Coast Curse. That eventually ended, but those 3,000 mile trips remain brutal for teams.

Soler "downgrades" DP talk, extends wait for Rodgers

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Things certainly change quickly in the world of the New York Red Bulls.

Earlier this week, Head Coach Hans Backe told gathered reporters about the team's "ongoing" discussions with a potential Designated Player. By week's end, General Manager Erik Soler was busy putting the brakes on any such talk.

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Fascinating Happy Hour With Rapids Executives

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Tonight I was invited along with other bloggers and press to a happy hour with Rapids President Tim Hinchey, Rapids General Manager Paul Bravo, Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja. Rapids Director of Media Relations David Lindholm organized the event and was also present. There were 8-10 of us talking with the Rapids leadership trio.

Sigi Schmid Faces Tough Lineup Choices

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Wednesday's 6PM US Open Cup Final is just another lineup challenge for Sigi Schmid in a year that has seen the Seattle Sounders play on short rest several times already. But this is the first time in 2012 when those choices literally have a Cup on the line. The Sunday night lineup was not weakened in order to rest anyone.

Alvaro Fernandez

Alvaro Fernandez - A bit of analysis

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As you are all now well aware of Alvaro Fernandez has been acquired by the Chicago Fire for allocation money. This can only be described as a huge boost for the Fire organization. Fernandez has been a main stay in the very good Seattle offensive attack over the last few years. His production has fallen off from last season to this season.

Alvaro Fernandez Traded To Chicago Fire For Allocation Money

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The other shoe in the Christian Tiffert signing has dropped and it's Alvaro Fernandez's departure. The Seattle Sounders midfielder, who first announced that he was leaving the team via Twitter, has been traded to the Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money, the team announced on Wednesday. The move presumably clears the way for Christian Tiffert to be announced as the team's newest Designated Player.

Transfer Rumor: Alvaro Fernandez Possibly Joining Deportivo Cali On Loan

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Ever since the Seattle Sounders started talking about being open to adding a Designated Player during this transfer window, speculation ran rampant about who might be moved in order to make room. If a report out of Colombia is to be believed, it appears that player is Alvaro Fernandez. The reports, which remain unconfirmed by official sources, suggest Fernandez would go to Colombia's Deportivo Cali on a one-year loan.

The Rest

Frings out for season with hip injury

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Toronto FC started the season with three Designated Players. None of the three will finish the season on the field with the club.

With Julian de Guzman traded to Dallas and Danny Koevermans out for the season with a torn ACL comes word that captain Torsten Frings will be forced to miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury that requires arthroscopic surgery.

Post-Game Hangover: Reflections on Revs @ Crew

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Well, at least we scored some goals, right?

Seriously, though, despite the loss, the Revs weren't all that bad in this one. Granted, the defense was clearly the weak link, falling back into old habits and what have you, but at least there were a few bright spots. And, if you've read this segment before, you know I like the bright spots.

What a Difference

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If you've ever doubted the lack of depth in MLS, the value of an MVP and DP, and the complete superstar skills of David Ferreira... then the performance of FCD since El Torito's return should have elimited those doubts. 80% says Hyndman, and DF's still the best there is.

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Saturday Orange Slices: Dynamo Prep For Vital Home Stand

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Dynamo News

  • New Dynamo DP is having an easier than expected transition from the Honduran League to MLS. He has already help set up a goal and has played "well on both sides of the ball" in three 90 minute shifts. (MLS Soccer)
  • Jonathon and Eddie discuss the upcoming home stand, players returning from injury, and DC United.

Hot Cast In Old Town #3: ...And Four for the Road

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Hot Cast In Old Town #3: ...And Four for the Road

"In this week's installment of the Hot Time In Old Town podcast, our four-man crew discusses the four-point road swing against Kansas City and Houston, contintue to debate the fates of the four internationals with questionable roster status, and preview the game against a Los Angeles team that has a fourth DP waiting for a roster spot to open.

Sherjill MacDonald joining the Chicago Fire: His Own Words

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We first put something up about Sherjill MacDonald on June 26th and it's slowly coming together. Fox Soccer already has MacDonald listed on their transfer list for the summer. Multiple reports have come out of the Netherlands confirming MacDonald's exit. This morning, Sherjill MacDonald tweeted in his own words in addition to sharing words of congratulations for well-wishers.