Nigel de Jong

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MLS Ticker: De Jong to leave Galatasaray, Impact re-sign Jackson-Hamel, and more

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Nigel De Jong is set to leave Turkish side Galatasaray this January, opening the door for him to join up with D.C. United, according to Yeni Safak in Turkey.

De Jong was linked with D.C. United during the club's spending spree in the summer transfer window, but a deal was not reached.

D.C. United took a big first step towards catching up with the rest of MLS

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This transfer window wasn't just a fluke

Stepping back for a second and looking at a hectic two weeks that saw D.C. United get attached to World Cup veterans (Nigel De Jong, Gary Medel) and club players with national team experience in Europe (Marcus Olsson, Krisztian Nemeth), they eventually "settled" on adding a Young Designated Player from CONCACAF with Liga MX experience (the United States' Paul Arriola), his US youth teammate (Russell Canouse, recently with Hoffenheim and Bochum in Germany), a teenager with caps for a CONMEBOL national team (Bruno Miranda), and a left wing with experience in UEFA competition (Zoltan Stieber) over the course of the last five days of the secondary transfer window.

Transfer rumors, Gold Cup reflections, and more: Freedom Kicks for 8/1/17

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plz no nigel de jong

Whaddup, friends! It's Tuesday, it's Freedom Kicks, it's soccer. In case you missed it, there was quite a bit flying around yesterday about D.C. United—are they going after Nigel de Jong? Krisztian Nemeth? Marcus Olsson? The closure of the transfer window is nigh, so we'll know soon enough, but in the meantime rumors are fun, aren't they?

MLS Ticker: Jelle Van Damme linked to Royal Antwerp, Nigel de Jong in talks with D.C. United, and more

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With the league neck-deep in the last few weeks of the silly season, a pair of big name moves are circulating around MLS.

First comes a potential move out for a defensive star, as LA Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme has reportedly been offered a contract by Belgian side Royal Antwerp at the end of his contract this year.

Major Link Soccer - Zardes Out for Season

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Also, MLS suggest to Nigel De Jong that he not to let the door hit him on his way out.


Despite our most recent result Lodeiro's impact on the team has still been enormous. Four Four Two goes as far as to describe it as historic in the context of MLS midseason signings.

The official Sounders site asks the (presumably rhetorical) question of if the Sounders defensive line will see a shakeup during this break.

Nigel De Jong: MLS Post Weird, Slightly Bitter ‘Farewell’ Message After Dutch Midfielder Joins Galatasaray (Video)

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As you may have seen, Nigel de Jong made the move to Galatasaray amid the hustle and bustle of transfer deadline day, signing a two-year deal with the Turkish side.

The free transfer brought to an abrupt end De Jong'sfairly brief stint in MLS, having signed for LA Galaxy just under eight months ago in Februaryof this year.

Report: Galaxy looking to deal Nigel de Jong

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The LA Galaxylook ready to part ways with midfielder Nigel de Jong.

According to multiple reports that emerged on Monday, Nigel de Jong is set to sign for Galatasaray, nearly sevenmonths after he joined the Galaxy from AC Milan. According to Goal.

MLS Disciplinary Committee adds to De Jong suspension; fines Villa

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Nigel de Jong has earned the ire of the MLS Disciplinary Committee once again, as the LA Galaxy star is set for another suspension.

MLS announced on Wednesday that de Jong will serve an additionalone game suspension for his red card last week, and will now sit out a total of two games.

SBI Question of the Day: What's your reaction to De Jong red card?

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By now MLS is well aware of Nigel de Jong, specifically his physical and sometimes violent temperament on the field.The veteran Dutch midfielder made headlines once again on Monday night, earning himself a straight red card for a late challenge on Vancouver Whitecaps attacker Blas Perez.

Rowe's heroics preserve Galaxy tie against Rapids

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Brian Rowe was a man on a mission in net on Wednesday night, while the Galaxy attack continued its struggles in front of goal.

The LA Galaxy and Colorado Rapids played to a 0-0 tie at StubHub Center, as both sides failed to find a way past the opposing goalkeeper.

Major Link Soccer: Nigel De Jong suspended three games

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The midfielder will not appeal, and will be away from the Galaxy for almost a month.

Major League Soccer:

Don Garber made mention of Nigel De Jong's suspension getting announced soon when speaking to the media yesterday, and true to form, the league announced they would suspend him for three games.

MLS Week 7 Open Thread

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Portland will play on Saturday evening but there will be plenty of action all weekend long across the league. And our beloved leader is currently out of the country so you get to enjoy me this weekend! Here are the matches coming up this weekend.

Friday Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy

Watch it on: UniMas & MLS Live

Kickoff: 4:00 PM PDT

One sentence review: It's the first match of 3 that Nigel De Jong gets to sit and think about what he claims he didn't do.

Nigel de Jong handed three-game suspension by MLS

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Nigel de Jong will be watching the LA Galaxy from the sidelines for close to one month after the MLS Disciplinary Committee officially suspended him on Friday.

The league handed De Jong a three-game ban for his challenge on Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe.

Arena unhappy with 'hysteria' surrounding Nigel de Jong tackle

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LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is not happy with the way in which the media has covered Nigel de Jong's tackle on Darlington Nagbe at the StubHub Center.

On Sunday, the Portland Timbers midfielder was forced off the field in a wheelchair after receiving a studs-up challenge from De Jong in the 73rd minute.

Major Link Soccer: Thursday, must be a Serie A firing

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Serie A fires coaches like it rains in Seattle, oh and Kobe Bryant retired.


It's confirmed, Nigel de Jong will be suspended for his tackle but we still do not know for how long it'll be. Oh and the man that gave the yellow, Allen Chapman, will not be on the field this week.

Sporting Kansas City, better known as the KC Wizards, are finally accepting their past bringing back some "beautiful" jerseys.

From the Stump: The Timbers Need to Get Tougher to Get Calls

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The Portland Timbers are good sports. Throughout their time in MLS, the Timbers have rarely been instigators or enforcers. They're never among the league leaders in red cards, and have rarely been the subject of Disciplinary Committee action.

And that's a good thing.

But right now it's killing them.

SBI Reader Poll: How long should Nigel de Jong be suspended?

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MLS fans and followers have been clamoring for action in regards to Nigel de Jong's challenge on Darlington Nagbe on Sunday, and the league will have to make an important decision this week regarding his eligibility for upcoming games.

In the 73rd minute of the LA Galaxy's 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers, De Jong used a studs-up tackle on Nagbe.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 1-1 Draw at LA Galaxy

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The Portland Timbers should feel good about a hard-fought, well-managed draw in Los Angeles. The Timbers are the first team to go into Stub Hub Center this season and emerge with a point.

Under ordinary circumstances, Portland would feel good coming away from Carson, California with a point.

MLS Week 6: Red card not given at StubHub

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A yellow instead of a red became the story in week 6, with Nigel de Jong staying in the game for LA after a foul on Darlington Nagbe. Read More

D.C. United

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC staff and reader predictions

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You guys like conceding a bunch of goals, right?

Oh hey, it's time for another D.C. United game? Um...yay? Is this something we're excited about?

Toronto FC are in town. They're only, like, the best team in MLS right now, and D.C. United are only, like, the worst. What could go wrong!

D.C. United and Nigel de Jong, plus previewing Toronto FC: Filibuster

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We're here to help you get through your emotions

After another crushing defeat, the Filibuster podcast is here to help you with your sorrows. Jason, Adam, and Ben talk about D.C. United versus Minnesota United and the disaster that was defensive midfield. We talk about the turnover, the throw-ins, and how there is no answer currently on this team.

D.C. United ownership sales, player buys & more: Freedom Kicks for 7/31/17

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Really news, don't do this on a Sunday at 9pm anymore.

So I had a joke about the site posting in comic sans and that this option was explored, but then things got nuts Sunday night, and instead of having this done by 8 or so, it's 12:35 am Monday after some calls with folks and my usual life stuff.

D.C. United reportedly close to deal with Nigel de Jong

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Steve Goff of the Washington Post says the Black-and-Red are having "serious talks" with the former Netherlands international

Less than 24 hours after a humiliating defeat, D.C. United is being linked with Galatasaray midfielder Nigel de Jong. The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that United is "deep in discussions" with the 32 year old, who has 81 caps for the Netherlands.

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Union-Fire previews and other Union news, USA at SVG, more

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Union look to solidify their campaign to reach the playoffs. UNion Academy season begins on Saturday. US looks to advance to final round of World Cup qualifiers. More news.

Highlights from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, more

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Curtin confirms McCarthy will start against Chicago, Brian Carroll and Ilsinho "on trend now to be available" for the game. Other Union news and more.

Rosenberry named SBI Rookie of the Week and to MLS Team of the Week, other Union bits, more news

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Honors for Rosenberry. Union named SBI Team of the Week. More Union bits and other news.

LA Galaxy

Galaxy equipped with stars as international call-ups depart

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Robbie Keane had a flight to catch, and more or less ran straight off the pitch at the end of the second edition of the California Clasico into a waiting car. Chris Wondolowski and Gyasi Zardes chatted in the tunnel and traded flight information, as both are heading to Dallas to join the USMNT first thing in the morning.

Know Thy Enemy: Three Questions with Sean Steffan of LAG Confidential

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The LA Galaxy are on a bit of a hot streak, with Gio dos Santos leading the charge. Will the Western Conference continue their pounding of the East this week?

The New England Revolution are on the west coast for a Sunday afternoon national television game against he Los Angeles Galaxy. We chatted with site manager Sean Steffan of LAG Confidential about what's going right for the Galaxy recently and why the West seems so much better than the East.

Darlington Nagbe

Three things you should know before the Revolution face the Galaxy

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Nigel de Jong is back and two more things you should know.

The New England Revolution face the LA Galaxy this Sunday. Here are three things you should know before the 3:30 ET kickoff:

1. Nigel de Jong is back. Four weeks after delivering a crushing stomp to Darlington Nagbe, de Jong is scheduled to make his return.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS in Week 7. TV and Streaming Listings

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Jermaine Jones makes his Rapids debut in what could possibly be blizzard like conditions, Harry Shipp returns to Chicago and the LA Galaxy are depleted by injuries and suspension. Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View are here in your MLS Week 7 Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The LA Galaxy again feature on national TV, they were on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday in what will be known as the Nigel de Jong versus Darlington Nagbe's ankle game, this time with the Friday night UniMas game.

Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, midweek results, Olympic draw, new rules, more

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News, and lots of it.

Referee Alan Chapman Booted From Real Salt Lake Match

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The villain of the Portland Timbers 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy on Sunday was undoubtably Nigel de Jong for his dangerous and totally in-character tackle that injured Darlington Nagbe and will keep the Timbers' midfielder out for the foreseeable future. In a close second, however, was referee Ben Chapman, who elected to only give de Jong a yellow card for his actions.

Carroll set to make 350th MLS appearance, second walls, more Union bits, more news

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Carroll set to make 350th league appearance on Saturday. B.J. Callaghan on that second wall. More power rankings. More news.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2016 Episode 15

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Caitlin Murray of the Portland Tribune and The Guardian joins the show to look ahead to the NWSL season while Jamie and Chris look back at Nigel de Jong's brutal challenge on Darlington Nagbe and preview the Portland Timbers' challenging week ahead.

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Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas Match Preview

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Just three days after their 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy, the Portland Timbers are back in action tomorrow as they host FC Dallas in league play. With both teams playing games in quick succession -- Dallas played the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw on Saturday -- this match will be a true test of the depth and fitness of both sides.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Boo this man

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Also: choose your Chinese Super League club.

Yo, it's Tuesday, and I'm here to serve you guys up some soccerball links.

Black & Red United is having a meetup on April 16 - Black And Red United
That's this Saturday! Here's the Facebook event if you're into that. I promise we are fun and cool (that's what fun, cool folks always say).

Some Soccer News for Apr 11, 2016

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It's Day 102 of 2016.

The topic of the day is Nigel De Jong, many people's hatred of him, and this brutal tackle on Darlington Nagbe from Sunday night (and many other people on many other days.)

Yikes. This photo catches the exact moment De Jong stomped on Nagbe's ankle: https://t.

The Rest

The tale of KC and Rosenberry, other Union bits, more news

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Report says Sporting Kansas City led efforts to block Union's homegrown claim on Keegan Rosenberry. Other Union news. More.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 3-1 Meltdown Against Dallas

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What a ridiculous first-half performance that was from the Portland Timbers.

If anybody thought the Timbers would come into Providence Park with a chip on their shoulder after Nigel de Jong mugged Darlington Nagbe on Sunday, Caleb Porter's team dispelled that notion in short order by putting in a listless, sloppy effort in the first half that had Porter apologizing to supporters after the game.