Who is Nicolás Martínez?

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The Union are rumored to be signing Nick Martinez on loan. We take a look at the attacking midfielder.

Who is Elías Aguilar?

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Elias Aguilar was training with the team in Chester yesterday, but what if it was more than just "training"?

Team News

Timbers roster adds Piquionne & Harrington earns USMNT call-up while fans wait for other moves

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The Portland Timbers officially added Frederic Piquionne to their 2014 roster after he signed a deal with the team on January 7, but the team still has several other rumors floating about regarding player moves. This could be a busy few weeks, especially with Portland having six draft selections in the 2014 MLS Super Draft taking place on January 16.

Another Yank on the Way?

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> Matilda and I are both Americans. The prospect of another Yank coming to play at BWFC is ridiculously exciting (although I may be more psyched for this than Mattie). Rumors are starting to circulate that Bolton are keeping tabs on AC Milan man Oguchi Onyewu. The big centre back has been a rock for the United States Men's National Team.


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. . . AAAAAAAAAAAAAND one more text makes it official!

Weeks in the making, the Red Bulls have finally put another "worst kept secret in soccer" to rest; Rafa Marquez is now officially a Red Bull.

Here he is speaking about his new American adventure on the Red Bulls site .


Chelsea Transfers: Fernando Torres Unfazed by Speculation

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Fernando Torres of Chelsea (Wikimedia Commons)

The future of Fernando Torres has been called into question many times this season, and with Chelsea wrapping up their Premier League third place finish, Roman Abramovich may axe the Spaniard. The Blues have already brought in Demba Ba whom is still in the process of adapting to the Chelsea way; however, Torres seemingly is ready to welcome any additional striker that signs for the Blues this summer according to ESPN FC.

Sir Alex Ferguson Insists that Wayne Rooney will Remain at Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney of Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The immediate backlash of why Sir Alex Ferguson chose not to include Wayne Rooney in his starting XI against Real Madrid has quickly led to rumors that the forward is on his way out of Manchester United.

Rumor Torpedo?

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In case you missed it...
On the other hand, UK rags have been busy claiming that Spurs defender Ryan Nelsen is in talks for a D.C. United return. This is strictly made up. He is not in such negotiations and I have been assured by his agent that the Kiwi man will be found in England next season.

Sergio Aguero To Juventus: The Old Lady’s Makeover

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Sergio Aguero: Striker, surely. Argentine, indubitably. Statement of intent? Quite possibly. After putting himself on the transfer market, via Twitter of all places, the Atletico Madrid striker has become one of the hottest strikers available, albeit with an immensely high price tag. If Juventus can somehow scrape the money together however, the move may pay off immensely.

Roma’s Mercato: Where’s The Defence?

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Thomas Di Benedetto is a stranger in a strange land. As an American in charge of an Italian football club Italy being infamously insular when it comes to calcio the Bostonian needs to make a strong and favorable impression immediately upon the minds of Romanisti. The club's most noticeable problem is a leaky defence, the likes of which is prone to spectacular mistakes in judgments.

Transfer Rumor Roundup

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Bolton are in debt. £90m in debt to be exact. We know this. Despite this, the club are determined to not lose Gary Cahill, Johan Elmander, or Ali Al-Habsi this upcoming transfer window and are instead looking to buy. The mighty Whites have been linked with a number of different names to purchase in January.

Reader Soundoff: Squad Security

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With supposed transfer target Mesut Ozil having inked a contract with Real Madrid, the Manchester United rumor mill seems to have cooled. Unless, of course, you trust anyone affiliated with The occasionally reputable website (pot... kettle... black...) is reporting that 1) FC Porto have left midfielder Raul Meireles out of their Europa League play-off squad which means that 2) his move to Manchester United is imminent.

EPL Transfer Rumor Update

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With deadline day steadily approaching the transfer gossip is heating up in the Barclays Premier League. To keep you informed we are bringing the latest round up of potential movers and shakers right here to The American Treble. Until the transfer windows closes, we will continue to update you on all the big stories of players moving to and from the Premier League.

Carlos cleared of serious injury & transfer rumors

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Just a quick post today regarding the injury Carlos Hernandez picked up during Saturday's...

Seeing Red! Podcast Episode 22.5 IS ON!

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Hey all,

As Nat Baker traverses the Tri-State area, it's me and Mark Fishkin manning the helm. We are taking a look back at the tie against the Chicago Fire, and we take your e-mail! A good short listen, as we hit you up with TWO count 'em, TWO episodes this week.

POLL: The Three DP Effect

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Today's announcement of the acquisition of Rafael Marquez completes the trifecta of Designated Players for the Red Bulls franchise; a first in Major League Soccer history.

Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel have already demonstrated the kind of headaches they may cause teams throughout the league with their creativity, experience and striking prowess.

Rafa Marquez Press Conference This Afternoon

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The Rafa Marquez Press Conference is scheduled for this afternoon, 1:15pm, live and direct from Red Bull Arena. If you are on Spring Break or can manage to coincide your lunch break with the conference, you can catch the announcement on MLSSoccer's live stream of the event.

For those who are not able to get the boss from looking your way, no fear!

Real Madrid

Can Real Madrid Push Past Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Semi-final?

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After a 1-4 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final first leg, Real Madrid will look to come out of the gates in full-force this week at the Santiago Bernabeu. Both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich asserted their German dominance over the coveted Spanish counterparts of Madrid and Barcelona and will look to do so again in the second leg as well.

Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid Eye Champions League Glory

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According to BBC Sport, Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid have their sights set on lifting the Champions League trophy at the conclusion of the competition and indicated that "It is not the same winning the Champions League with any other club as it is with Real Madrid."

Jose Mourinho (Google Creative Commons)

Winning the Champions League with Real Madrid would be quite a special feat for one of the best managers in the world.

£150m for AVB to spend in January - Who would you buy?

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It was interesting reading the other day when I spotted this article in The SUN stating that AVB will be given a £150 "war chest" from Roman Abramovich to spend in January as he is desperate to cut the gap to Manchester City and United in the title race.

According to the article, Chelsea are looking at Edison Cavani and Marek Hamsek of Napoli, Milos Krasic and Gary Cahill.

Rafael van der Vaart and Manchester United… Sitting in a Tree…

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Perhaps that little bit of schoolyard mockery doesn't quite do the Rafael van der Vaart/Manchester United situation justice (since it's only the former who's overtly pursuing the latter). Nevertheless, the Dutch midfielder seems to be slightly enamored with the Old Trafford club... From Soccernet:

"I could never play for another club in Spain and the truth is that if you are leaving Real Madrid, there is only one club you can join that is not a step down and that's Manchester United.


Frank Lampard Going to United?

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Much of the talk milling around this season is about Super Frank Lampard's future at the Club. The famous No. 8 has made it very clear to owner Roman Abramovich that he would like to stay at the Bridge (even accepting a pay decrease) and fans around the globe have shown that the feeling is mutual.

Ashley Cole's new contract?

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I posted the other week about some of our unsung hero's that don't make many headlines on the football pitch. One was Ramires as we all know how well he has been playing this season, the other was Ashley Cole who has been outstanding for us this season!.

His form has been consistently good and once again he is having an influence on our attacking play as much as defending.

Philadelphia Union

Philly Roster Talk: Contracts Galore

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 In case you haven't heard, Greg Jordan, Raymon Gaddis, Krystian Witkowski, Chase Harrison and Antione Hoppenot are all official. That's three mids, one defender and a goalie signing their lives away to the Blue and Gold. How does this affect the lineups?  That depends on the current presumed starters.

No Le Toux news, but plenty of talk

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It has been a busy and confusing few days for Union fans. Kerith Gabriel has an updated story on the Faryd Mondragon, Seba Le Toux and Roger Torres. So with the latest information, here is a quick rundown of where we are at:

Sebastien Le Toux rumors (Rumors = no confirmed sources)

  • The Union's all-time leader in goals, assists, minutes played, and hilarious goal dances will not be moving to England's Bolton Wanderers.

English Premier League

Our Reaction to Transfer Deadline Day

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Pretty much. Unless you're a QPR fan, nothing worth knowing went down. Though fake stories, false sightings of players on trains to [insert your city], and "Carlos Tevez to Aston Villa!!!" twitter hoaxes were in abundance. If you are interested, that's fine. Our friends at The World's Game summed up today's events succinctly enough.


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I think it's fair to say that Josh McEachran's minutes on the pitch in the first team this season have been limited to say the least. I fully expect McEachran to play tonight against Everton away in the League Cup but, as seemingly the case this season, a return to the bench for the Arsenal on Saturday.

Major League Soccer

Sebastien Le Toux, the one that got away

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Editor's note: Today, the staff here at PUT woke from a 3 month whiskey and BIMBO brand mini Kaiser roll-induced haze to the realization that face-of-the-franchise, leading scorer and all around exception to French stereotypes Sebastien Le Toux was gone.  His side of the closet was empty, his neon boots no longer by the door.

MLS Rumors: Finley to EPL's Wolverhampton?

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Rumors out of England have former Real Salt Lake forward and USMNT World Cup flop Robbie Finley catching the eye of Wolverhampton Wolves coach Mick McCarthy.

The Daily Mail (UK) reports that Finley impressed the Wolves manager during this past summer's World Cup.

We're all for Americans moving aboard if it helps their development, their contribution to the National Team, and raises the profile of the sport at home, but this little tidbit has us perplexed.

Colombian Keeper Mondragon to Philly?

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Reports today in the New York Post have furthered speculation about the potential MLS signing of Colombian International Faryd Mondragon. The 39 year old FC Köln keeper was rumored to be on his way to MLS this past summer, but has again shown interest in coming to the states. Some reports have even suggested that he was at MLS HQ in New York recently and can be considered as a likely signing this winter.

Rumors: Timbers To Announce Kit Sponsor

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Timbers to announce MLS jersey partnership Thursday morning at Portland International Airport

Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers will announce a major corporate partnership at Portland International Airport on Thursday morning. The announcement involves the team's jersey sponsorship as it prepares for its inaugural MLS season in 201

Could it be Alaskan Airlines?

Timbers Rumors: Timbers to announce signing of Kalif Alhassan?

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Gavin Wilkinson recently hinted on Talk Timbers that the Timbers would be signing a young prospect who they expect to make an impact in the MLS. Today John Strong tweeted "News coming today...check that St Louis box score again...". One thing that stands out on the St. Louis box score is that Kalif Alhassan is listed in the ineligible section.

Werder Bremen

The Busiest Time of Year for Felix Magath

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Transfer deadline day is just around the corner.

What Felix needs to know: all potential transfer targets need to be on the official DFL transfer list by 12pm tomorrow. All paperwork for the transfer needs to be send to the DFL headquarters by 6pm tomorrow.

Here is what Felix already got done since Saturday or is currently busy working on:

  • Signed Rasmus Jönsson.

Rumors: Goalkeeper Merry-Go-Round

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It began with coaches, it continues with goalkeepers. The Bundesliga is in quite a reshuffling mood at the moment.

  • Manuel Neuer to Bayern. This isn't really a rumor anymore, but rather a foregone conclusion, now that Neuer announced his Schalke exit during a teary eyed press conference.

The Rest

Why Tim Howard?

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This is a guest piece by Dave Wegner, C38 board member, Fulham fan, and generally good guy. Its long but worth your time to read. I'll have more tomorrow about the various rumors floating around and the Ramirez loan.

The recent rumors about the Colorado Rapids signing American and Everton goal keeper Tim Howard have certainly evoked substantial response from the fan base.

NTR: More Cosmos Rumors

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NTR: More Cosmos Rumors

As if you hadn't had enough. Claims they will be announced as the 20th team before the end of the year.


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John Terry is quoted today in The Telegraph speaking of speculation regarding our new manager. As you can imagine, he was asked on his opinions about all the names being linked with the club and in particular Guus Hiddink and Mark Hughes, especially as Hughes resigned from Fulham yesterday and is looking to manage a "bigger" club.

Whitecaps Pushing to Sign DeMerit*

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Marc Weber in Vancouver has an interesting story today; per his sources, USMNT defender Jay DeMerit is set to sign with the Vancouver Whitecaps as the the team's first Designated Player.

DeMerit's efforts to find a team after his contract expired have come to naught, and rumors linking him to Wolfsburg and Everton have proved to be nothing more than rumors.

Timbers to announce signing Kevin Goldthwaite within the hour

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The Timbers will be announcing the signing of defender Kevin Goldthwaite within the hour. The 27 year old defender was waived by the New York Red bulls in June. Goldthwaite has been on an MLS roster for six seasons, and has played in 74 MLS matches with the Red Bulls, Dynamo and Earthquakes.

Bradley to Villa: The Evolution of a Rumor

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Twitter has exploded this morning with word that not only has Bob Bradley resigned as US National Team coach, but that he's on his way to becoming Aston Villa's next manager. The former would be big news on its own, but combined with the latter, we're talking super-gigantic-mega story. Bradley as the first American coach in the Premier League is very much this soccer writer's dream come true simply for the fodder.