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The Fire added another potentially important piece to the 2017 roster by signing former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho on loan from Club Tijuana in Mexico. In order to get him they had to move up in the Allocation ranking after Atlanta passed. Chicago sent their #3 Allocation spot, their natural second round pick in the upcoming SuperDraft, and General Allocation Money to Minnesota in order to complete the move.
For the second time this week, the LA Galaxy have said goodbye to an important member of the club.
The Galaxy announced on Thursday that they havetransferred three-time MLS Cup winner Juninho to Liga MX side Club Tijuana. The departure of Juninho comes just two days after the Galaxy sold stout centerback Omar Gonzalez to Pachuca.
Anselmo Vendrechovsky Junior, mejor conocido como "Juninho" es el nuevo capitán de Tigres con la partida del medio campista argentino Lucas Lobos. Junior, defensa brasileño de origen polaco, ha demostrado a lo largo de los ocho torneos que lleva con el club felino, su capacidad de liderazgo en la zaga defensiva del club dirigido por Ricardo Ferretti, ganándose así el gafete de capitán del equipo universitario.
Como bien sabemos, esta semana han salido las noticias de las lesiones de Juninho y Hugo Ayala. A todos nos tiene preocupados. En las Ãºltimas temporadas, la defensa felina ha sido catalogada como una de las mejores del paÃs. Recordemos aquel torneo donde Tigres solamente recibiÃ³ nueve goles en temporada regular.
La próxima temporada Tigres podría contar en la cancha con un mexicano más. Juninho, defensa del conjunto felino estaría cerca de conseguir su naturalización tras varios años militando en nuestro país y contando con el respaldo y el beneficio de las nuevas reglas de la Liga MX sobre la naturalización.
Ayer por la maÃ±ana fue Juninho, ayer por la noche en el juego de la SelecciÃ³n fue Hugo Ayala. Antes de ellos dos habÃamos perdido a DamiÃ¡n Ãlvarez, y Salcido pidiendo descanso por fatiga muscular. Mucho antes que ellos, perdimos a Villa mÃ¡s de un mes.
Los problemas y complicaciones en el seno felino parecen brotar mÃ¡s rÃ¡pido que las flores. Lesiones, golpes y demÃ¡scircunstanciasestÃ¡ndejando al plantel de Tigres diezmados para cada juego del fin de semana.
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke inherited a midfield rich in talent. Before he could even make a move to improve the roster, he already counted Designated Player Tim Cahill, 2012 hero Dax McCarty and veteran Brazilian playmaker Juninho as his immediate starters.
If anyone knows a thing or two about losing your head in the heat of a match, it's New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke.
Is it any surprise, then, that he feels a little compassion for Juninho? The 38-year-old playmaker lost his cool in the waning minutes of last Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City, kicking a dead ball in the penalty area at goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
See, Juninho shouldn't do this and only because he's Juninho. Perhaps he's the type who doesn't understand his own strength, or has never really understood how good his free kicks really are. Not everyone can hit a ball like him. Obviously, the greater crime is Jimmy Nielsen completely hamming it up.
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill will not be in the New York Red Bulls' starting lineup this weekend and there is a chance that Juninho won't be either.
Having recently returned from a calf strain that forced him to miss one game already, Juninho is somewhat of a concern ahead of the Red Bulls' battle withthe undefeated Montreal Impact at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
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Legendary Brazilian free kick specialist Juninho plays for New York now and though he hasn't scored his first goal for his new club yet, he has earned his first red card for kicking the ball an unsuspecting goalkeeper.
With New York down 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City, Juninho's night ended in the first minute of injury time when he showed off his dead ball skills by kicking what was supposed to be a goal kick at keeper Jimmy Nielsen for no good reason.
If ever evidence were needed that English football was changing, it came on 8th October, 1995, when 22-year-old baby-faced Brazilian starlet Juninho swapped the hustle and bustleof the world's thirteenth largest city, Sao Paulo, for the somewhat contrasting, altogether more industrial pleasures of Middlesbrough.
Now that Landon Donovan is retired, it won't be easy for him to stay in shape. There's no more constant running like in practice and for matches. Most soccer players do have an offseason workout set up, though. That helps them as they ease into retirement, to do whatever they usually did in the offseason when they didn't practice and play regularly.
The Portland Timbers and Los Angeles Galaxy have produced some wonderfully fiery matches in their regular season meetings in Portland, and the May 11 match was no exception. After a tightly played, back and forth affair through the first 89 minutes, the teams exchanged goals in stoppage time that eventually led to a 1 all draw in front of another capacity crowd at Providence Park.
Dax McCarty of New York Red Bulls (Wikimedia Commons)
The New York Red Bulls will look to stretch their unbeaten run against the Vancouver Whitecaps and will have to do so without Tim Cahill in the midfield. As the Aussie is off on international duty, Juninho and Dax McCarty must pick up the slack in order to continue their unbeaten run.