Another week of former player updates. First, former KC defender, Josh Gardner has retired from one man volleyball and has taken a job as the U14 academy coach for the Sporting KC academy as the team restructured a little bit and got each of their teams a separate coach.
Also this past week, the transfer window for MLS closed, and two former KC players are back in MLS.
Mexican club, Puebla may be relegated this year, but they'll go down as Copa MX champions. This week, Herculez Gomez and his club Puebla won the cup competition in Mexico with a 4-2 win over Chivas. Gomez was an unused sub for Puebla in the game as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Chivas came back to tie at 2-2 before Puebla scored two more to win 4-2.
The MLS season is supposed to start in a little over a week, which means more former Sporting players will be back in action. While that's going on, another looks set to attempt to continue his career in the lower divisions, Christian Duke, who had been in camp with Sporting KC for a while was in the Oklahoma City Energy squad today that took on HB Køge from Denmark.
Two more former Sporting KC players have new clubs. Recently released, Toni Dovale has joined CD Lugo in the Spanish second division. He made his debut this past weekend, playing 17 minutes as a substitute. Another former player, Kyle Miller, has joined the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL. After spending last season with the Oklahoma City Energy, Miller has moved on to Atlanta, joining the second division side.
I missed this a few weeks ago,but Alex Martinez has moved to join his brother, Enzo in the NASL. Martinez signed on with the Carolina Railhawks ahead of the NASL roster freeze. Martinez played his college ball in North Carolina and now will get to play with his brother, who had been drafted by Real Salt Lake, but never made an appearance for the club.
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MLS Davy Arnaud - DC - Started and played 90 minutes in DC's 4-2 win over Colorado.
Back in August we heard about a Jamaican player failing a drug test after their game against Honduras. We've now learned what player that was. Former Wizard, Jermaine Hue was handed a 9 month ban for testing positive for a banner substance. He'll play no further role in Jamaica's World Cup qualifying campaign, and at 35 years old you have to wonder if he'll come back after the suspension is over.
Herculez Gomez left the US team after the group stage of the Gold Cup to return to his club team, Tijuana. Now we find out that Gomez is going to miss more time after having his knee cleared out. He'll miss a few weeks before being available. Here's the rest of this week's update.
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MLS Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 90 minutes in Montreal's 0-0 draw with Dallas.
After last week's 4-3 loss to Colorado, things took an ugly turn support wise for Davy Arnaud. Arnaud was dispossessed by the Rapids in the lead up to the Rapids winning goal. After the game one Montreal fan made some threats towards Arnaud including "I hope your family dies in a fire." Today word came down that Montreal and MLS have filed a compliant with the police regarding the comments made towards Arnaud.
It was announced on Wednesday that Atlas has signed Castillo via a full transfer from Xolos, who Castillo leaves after two-and-a-half seasons.
Castillo was a regular for Tijuana this past campaign, starting in 28 of the 32 Liga MX matches he played in over the course of the Apertura and Clausura campaigns, but will now play for his seventh first division Mexican club since 2006.
After a rough first season at Club Tijuana, Herculez Gomez is on the move with the hopes of earning more playing time.
Gomez is currently undergoing medicals with Tigres UANL andis set to join the club ahead of its Apertura campaign in Liga MX. There is no word yet on whether Gomez is signing with Tigres via a loan or an outright transfer, but he will reunite with fellow American and former Pachuca teammate Jose Torres at the club.
For the first time since having surgery on his worrisome right knee, and joining a new club, Herculez Gomez made an appearance in the colors of Club Tijuana.
The U.S. Men's National Team forward played the opening 45 minutes for the Xolos U20 squad in a 3-1 victory against his Cruz Azul counterparts, registering no goals but playing his first minutes in a 1-0 win against Costa Rica for the USMNT at the Gold Cup on July 17.
My best friend is from Venezuela, and the news of unrest in that country has grown. I was curious if it affected Cesar Farias, the Venezuelan Xolos coach who previously coached the country's national team, known as the La Vinotino for their burgundy uniforms.
I didn't get to ask Farias himself if he was following the protests, but I did ask Herculez Gomez if the coach seemed concerned or worried about the events in his home country.
Heading into the final three rounds of the Liga MX Apertura campaign, both Club Tijuana and Tigres UANL are on the outside looking in.
One of the two clubs, who face each other at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana on Friday, will move one point away from the final place in the Liguilla, or playoffs following the conclusion of the regular season.
The Seattle Sounders face the New York Red Bulls, and Portland Timbers take on the Los Angeles Galaxy, in a pair of marquee match-ups during a crucial Week 32 of MLS action we break down in the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I break down all the weekend MLS matches, and also discuss the exploits of Americans Abroad.
The news all across the American soccer twitterverse, in case you missed it, is that Clint Dempsey is leaving Tottenham Hotspur to return to Major League Soccer with the Seattle Sounders. But the mechanics of the deal is where the rest of the league should take note: it now seems that Designated Players are exempt from the allocation order for returning national team players.
On Sunday, at least three Americans could take the field in a Liga MX match.
Club Tijuana travels to struggling Puebla looking to win their first league road match of the season. Assuming all are fit, the game could feature Edgar Castillo starting for Club Tijuana, while Michael Orozco and DaMarcus Beasley could start for Puebla.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he would make some changes to his Gold Cup roster and on Wednesday night we learned that he made more changes to his roster than any other team left in the Gold Cup. More, in fact, than all other seven Gold Cup quarterfinalists combined.
A place in the knockout rounds of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup awaits for the U.S. Men's National Team if the Americans can beat Cuba, as expected, when the sides clash at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah today (3pm, FOX).
The Americans come in riding high after their second straight blowout win, a 6-1 thrashing of Belize in their Group C opener.
It was a tale of two midfields on Friday night as the U.S. Men's National Team overcame a disappointing start to turn in a dominating second-half effort in demolishing Guatemala, 6-0, in a Gold Cup tune-up match in San Diego.
Halftime subs Stuart Holden and Mix Diskerud helped drive the U.
SEATTLE -Herculez Gomez came into the U.S. Men's National Team camp with a knee injury that threatened his availability and now he is leaving with it.
A U.S. Soccer spokesman announced during the U.S. team's press conference on Monday that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has released Gomez from the squad to allow the forward to further rehabilitate his knee.
The U.S. Men's National Team has never won a World Cup qualifier in Jamaica. Not once. Ever. Not in any of the previous five trips to the Caribbean for qualifying have Americans returned with three points, and their last visit to the Island saw them suffer their first qualifying loss to the 'Reggae Boyz'.
It took about a year longer than expected and probably not in the manner that he was expecting, but KC's second round draft pick, Adnan Gabeljic played his first game as a professional in Kansas City. It wasn't for Sporting KC, or any other MLS or outdoor team. Gablejic came to KC as a member of the MASL's St.