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Major League Soccer

The Salary Cap – Love It or Leave It?

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As the playoffs begin and fans of teams not in competition begin to look toward next season the salary cap will be the talk of the MLS town this off-season. The 2014 cap was set at $3.1 million, compared to $2.95 million in 2013 and $2.81 million in 2011. Now,..

Management 101: Toronto FC, Júlio César, and Matías Laba

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After a week of rumor and speculation, Toronto FC officially announced on February 14th, the signing of Júlio César on loan from Championship side Queens Park Rangers. The move was first reported by Brazil's O Globo, and spread on Twitter by TSN soccer host Luke Wileman. Even though the Brazilian international player is considered to be one of the world's top goalkeepers, he has yet to play a league game this season for QPR.

You Get What You Pay For

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It is that time of year when season ticket holders are eagerly awaiting to receive their tickets and scarves in the mail. There is a great deal of time and money spent off the field and behind the scenes to get you into those seats. Nonetheless, it is the product on the field that we are concerned with the most.

The Undervaluing Case of Maurice Edu

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By: Rescinded Red

There seems to be an issue for some over the rumored $1.2 million salary Maurice Edu was offered by the Philadelphia Union. Whether the Major League Soccer front office actually blocked the signing for financial reasons or simply used it as a negotiation ploy will hopefully come to light in due time.

The Undervaluing Case of Maurice Edu

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There seems to be an issue for some over the rumored $1.2 million salary Maurice Edu was offered by the Philadelphia Union. Whether the Major League Soccer front office actually blocked the signing for financial reasons or simply used it as a negotiation ploy will hopefully come to light in due time.

The Undervaluing Case of Maurice Edu

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By: Rescinded Red

There seems to be an issue for some over the rumored $1.2 million salary Maurice Edu was offered by the Philadelphia Union. Whether the Major League Soccer front office actually blocked the signing for financial reasons or simply used it as a negotiation ploy will hopefully come to light in due time.

MLS Low Salaries Benefiting Biggest Rivals

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By: Rescinded Red

The twenty-five year old 2013 Golden Boot winner, Camilo Sanvezzo, leaving North America for a stronger league would be a coup for Major League Soccer. Aside from Camilo and his family attempting to obtain permanent residency in Canada so he can dawn the maple crest, a flight from MLS is imminent.

Falling apart or coming together? Chicago Fire 1 TFC 0

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A good game from TFC's back-up keeper.

A sense of duty brought me to the tube this evening. Chicago was hosting TFC in their last road game of the season. Chicago came into the game in the midst of a playoff battle.

Future News: Man City buy MLS, eliminate league’s salary cap

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Manchester City Football Club have announced that they have purchased Major League Soccer. This comes days after it was revealed that the Premier League club owned by Sheikh Mansour will co-own MLS's 20th franchise, New York City FC, which will begin play in 2015. And according to Man City, the decision to buy the whole league arose from their desire to eliminate its tight salary cap.

A Couple Changes To MLS Roster Rules

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Just like with every year, Major League Soccer tweaks and updates various roster rules and regulations to begin their new season. The 2013 season will be no different as several updates have been made to the roster rules.

Here is a look at key elements of MLS's 2013 roster rules.

  • The 2013 salary cap is now at $2.

FC Dallas Series: Building For 2013

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I meant to post this here a week ago and totally forgot. But I wanted to mention a series of posts that I recently did at BigDSoccer.com that dived into the tricky salary cap mess that each MLS team has to deal with. I looked at each positional area for FC Dallas and broke down what kind of potential salary cap space the club would have to work it.

MLS Economics – End The Salary Cap Mystery

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Must we perpetually deal with the cloak-and-dagger nature of the salary cap situation in Major League Soccer? There is nothing like watching international players enter the league, primarily to the Big Two teams of Los Angeles and New York, when ...

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Pappa leaves Chicago for Heerenveen

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Plans change, and the Chicago Fire's Marco Pappa is now a member of Eredivisie club Heerenveen rather than waiting until after the Major League Soccer season. "This was a very difficult decision to make, however, we feel it is the best move for the club and the player at this time," Chicago president Javier Leon said in a press statement.

Pappa's transfer from Fire to Heerenveen takes immediate effect

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If the Chicago Fire are to reach the playoffs and go on a postseason run this season, they will have to do so without Marco Pappa.

The Guatemalan midfielder's transfer to Dutch club Heerenveen has been expedited, and he will leave the Fire with immediate effect. The Fire had originally planned on sending Pappa to Heerenveen following the conclusion of the MLS season after the transfer had been agreed upon earlier this month.

Juan Toja Re-Signs With MLS

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You want an interesting nugget going into Friday? Here is one from Kyle McCarthy:

Former FC Dallas midfielder Juan Toja has signed with #MLS and will join the league through the allocation process, per a league source.

- Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) August 23, 2012

Now since FC Dallas sold Toja a couple years ago and will go through the allocation process (see the current allocation order here).

MLS Players Union

THE STARTING 11: Other ways Toronto FC player's salaries could be spent

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Put some Wellie on it!
Late last week, the MLS Player's Union (which shockingly doesn't include the three construction workers on Columbus' badge) released the latest salary list for their members. When these numbers come out it is always fodder for supporters to argue who is a bargain and who is a burden on their club's strict cap.

Salary Cap Generator Fun

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Article By: Anders Aarhus The boys over at SounderatHeart, have created a pretty cool roster generator that will entertain you for hours.
Put in a salary cap limit between $1.5 million and $18 million and the generator will spit out a roster based on the latest salaries released by the MLS Players Union.

Portland Timbers' 2013 Projected Salary Cap Hit

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File this article under the "major speculation" category, but we thought it might be fun to peer into the salary cap of the 2013 Portland Timbers. Keep in mind that the current squad will most definitely change between now and then. Caleb Porter is certainly not done wheeling and dealing. Regardless, here is our methodology for these numbers:

  1. The 2013 MLS salary cap will be $2.

D.C. United

Salary cap to prevent D.C. United from signing Jan Frederiksen?

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Two news reports, one out of Denmark and one out of Poland, are saying that Jan Frederiksen will not be signing with D.C. United due to salary cap considerations. An earlier article said that while D.C. United wanted to sign him, it was only going to be on their terms. United were only willing to offer a one year contract at $80,000 per year, at least according to the Danish media, whereas Frederiksen wanted more money and a longer contract.

Union and Perlaza Go Separate Ways

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The Philadelphia Union have announced that they have agreed to a mutual contract termination with forward Jorge Perlaza. Perlaza joined the Union this season in a trade which sent MLS Superdraft first overall pick Danny Mwanga to Portland. This move should come as a surprise to no one. Perlaza had not played or been available as a sub for the last ten Union games.

Impact, Timbers swap goalkeepers Ricketts, Perkins

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Two teams on the outside of the playoff race looking in have swapped goalkeepers in an unusual mid-season deal.

The Montreal Impact sent goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to the Portland Timbers for Troy Perkins in a straight-up trade that sees both veteran goalkeepers get a change of scenery.

Summer Transfers 2012: Revolution Waive Jose "Pepe" Moreno

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The New England Revolution have waived Colombian striker Jose Moreno this morning, according to the team's official twitter feed. "Pepe" Moreno, 30, made seven appearances in 2012 (five starts), scoring one goal.

New England acquired Moreno on loan from Once Caldas in February, but it took over a month for the striker to arrive in Foxboro.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders' roster and salary-cap outlook now looks manageable

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The picture might not be quite as rosy as we'd all like to think after the Seattle Sounders lost their best defender and one of their best scorers, but it sure looks a lot better than it did the last time we looked. Based on a fair amount of educated guesswork and using last year's roster-rules as base, it would appear the Sounders are now about $170,000 over the 2013 salary cap of $2.

Sounders appear to be about $250,000 over estimated 2013 salary cap

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When Adrian Hanauer said the Seattle Sounders were feeling the salary-cap crunch during his postseason press conference, there were definitely some skeptics. Their total team salary was only the eighth highest in the league, after all. How bad could it be?

Well, we decided to run the numbers and it appears the Sounders GM was giving it to us pretty straight.

The U23s, the Huskies, and the Seattle Sounders Talent Pipeline

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MLS teams have very cramped rosters. You can argue whether the MLS obsession with parity is a good thing or a bad thing, but it's the law of the land and teams need to find ways to work around it. With a limited roster size and a salary cap, teams that want to compete don't have the luxury of carrying players that can't help in the short term.

Chicago Fire

Wells Thompson apparently traded to the Chicago Fire

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Rumors about Wells Thompson being traded to the Chicago Fire started yesterday. That's weird I thought. Wells Thompson is a guy that this team doesn't need. The rumors persisted today but the move seemed so odd, I brushed it off. I don't have that luxury anymore as Wells Thompson went to Facebook to post a picture of himself in the Fire's locker room with the words, "Breaking News: Newest Member of the Chicago Fire Team!

Fire announce Marco Pappa transferred to SC Heerenveen now; not later

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The Chicago Fire announced on Thursday that midfielder Marco Pappa will be transferred to Dutch side SC Heerenveen immediately as opposed to at the end of the season.

The idea that a European club would essentially wait half a season to get a player seemed a bit farfetched at the time. We may never know if this was the plan all along or if Heerenveen made a last-minute offer that the Men in Red couldn't turn down.

Manchester United

Salary cap restrictions on the table for the Premiership

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There seems to be for the first time a serious debate on introducing salary cap restrictions a la NFL into the Premiership. This comes on the heels of a strengthened TV deal that would generate £3bn to be shared by all 20 clubs towards player transfers and wages.

The bottom line is that increasing and out of control wage demands have eaten into that pie leaving clubs with less to spend.

Financial Fair Play, Salary Caps & The Polarisation Of Footballs Financial Model

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People, it is probably fair to say, are troubled by the current financial imbalance in the Premier League. That only three or four clubs can realistically end up as the champions of England is a situation that has vexed many over the last few years, and even the thin veneer of tightness that the end of last season brought us can mask the fact that both Manchester City and Manchester United finished nineteen points ahead of Arsenal in third place at the end of last season.

Houston Dynamo

Some Soccer News for Tue Aug 21, 2012

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STARTERS

In a time when everything about American soccer is growing, we just finished the first round of the new season in the English Premier League and the only 2 American players to see the field were both goalkeepers. Feels like a step backwards doesn't it?

STORY OF THE DAY

The always amazing Steve Sirk has a great tribute to recently deceased Kirk Urso from the Columbus Crew.

Geoff Cameron's Work Permit Approved

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It was announced this morning that Geoff Cameron's work permit has been approved and the former Dynamo defender is now officially a member of Stoke City. Congratulations to Geoff on having the opportunity to pursue this incredible personal opportunity and we wish him all the success in the English Premier League.

MMCB: Building A Rico Case

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If you've ended up here for a discussion of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, I apologize, this post isn't for you. If you've ended up here to discuss the return of Ricardo Clark to the Houston Dynamo, then you're in the right place.

Unless you've been away from the Internet for the last couple weeks, you've probably heard the news that midfielder Ricardo Clark has re-signed with the Dynamo after over two years in Germany.

The Rest

The Good, The Bad... The Overpriced - MLS player salaries illuminate unbalanced TFC

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"The boys at Lambda Lamda Lamda will not be pleased!"
Toronto FC loves them a good bargain. They have turned a lame bird act into their own version of Bargain Harold's Benfica, they always sell players well before their expiry date (well, well before) and no one knows how to turn a 5-Year Plan into an 8-Year Plan with such simple calculations!

THE STARTING 11: Ways that Ryan Nelsen plans to "frighten" opponents

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The Diego Forlan announcement.. IN 3D!!!
After his predecessor rolled out such tender chewy sound bites as "the best finisher in the modern era" and "like a son that needs a slap", you'd think that TFC manager Ryan Nelsen may choose his words more carefully. But alas, the increasingly agitated Kiwi let fly last week that once TFC got rid of those pesky salary cap issues (that apparently no other MLS club has ever encountered) there would be "a few frightened teams" in MLS.

National Women's Soccer League Update: Portland Thorns FC Coach, Salary Cap, Players and More

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While the Portland Timbers have been making waves in the last few weeks with regards to an ever changing roster, as well as some juicy rumors, the Portland Thorns FC and their respective league have also been making waves as they prepare to get everything in order for next year's kick off. Here's what has happened in the last few weeks:

Merritt Paulson hints at Portland Thorns head coach

With a tweet sent out yesterday, Merritt Paulson stated:

Look forward to announcing @ThornsFC head coach tomorrow.

Galaxy sign Swedish veteran Wilhelmsson

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The Los Angeles Galaxy are gearing up for the stretch run of their MLS Cup title defense, and they've added a Swedish international midfielder with valuable experience to help them in the final months of the season.

With 10 days to go until the MLS roster freeze deadline, the Galaxy announced the signing of Christian Wilhelmsson, adding a 32-year-old wide midfielder who was part of the Sweden Euro 2012 team and also played in the 2008 European championship, 2006 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

QPR Report Wednesday: QPR CEO Philip Beard on Premiership Finances...Ex-QPR Phil Parkes Turns 62...On This Day Flashbacks: Milanese & Rehman Signings...Seas

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- Arguably QPR's Greatest-ever Goalie Phil Parkes Turns 62. (Also Damion Stewart Turns 32)

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- On This Day: Season Openers vs Leeds and Blackpool at Home and Away to Sunderland.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Practice Without Perkins

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After the big news of Troy Perkins' trade today the Timbers still practiced at their Beaverton training facility. Perkins was sighted briefly before practice as he stopped by to say goodbye to his teammates and clean out his locker.

Donovan Ricketts, who was picked up in exchange for Perkins, will practice with the team for the first time on Friday, according to Gavin Wilkinson.

Ricardo Clark returning to Dynamo, pending ITC receipt

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The Dynamo are finalizing an agreement with former U.S. national team midfielder Ricardo Clark, pending the receipt of an international certificate. Now, the club must figure out a way to fit Clark under MLS' salary cap. Because Geoff Cameron will remain on the roster until he gets a UK work permit to seal his move [.