Today US Soccer announced this year's inductees to the US Soccer Hall of Fame. Sporting KC coach, technical director, and former player, Peter Vermes was one of two people inducted in the class of 2013, along with Joe-Max Moore (who coincidentally was once potentially coming to Kansas City).
Vermes started his career as a forward and played in Hungary, Holland, and Saping before moving to back to the US to join Major League Soccer in 1996.
Chivas USA finally made official what had long been expected as head coach Robin Fraser and several staff members were fired on Friday. Assistant coach Greg Vanney, technical director and head scout Simon Elliott and head athletic trainer Brian Lee [...]
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Tuesday the Colorado Rapids announced the signing of midfielder Hendry Thomas, who will occupy
an international player slot on their roster.
The Honduran international spent his last three seasons with Wigan Athletic of the English
Premier League. Thomas appeared in 55 matches for the Latics during the three-year stint with the
The Portland Timbers added a familiar name to USL Timbers fans to their coaching ranks on July 16
when the team announced the hiring of former defender Sean McAuley. McAuley joins current
assistants Amos Magee, Mike Toshack and Cameron Knowles on intermin coach/technical director Gavin
Wilkinson's staff once his international paperwork has been approved.
The wheeling and dealing north of the border continues.
The Montreal Impact dealt defender Tyson Wahl to the Colorado Rapids Friday, acquiring an
international roster spot for the 2014 season.¬ The Impact originally acquired Wahl from the
Seattle Sounders for allocation money on the day of the expansion draft.
The Portland Timbers relieved John Spencer of his coaching duties effective immediately, as
announced on July 8 by Timbers owner Merritt Paulson. Technical Director Gavin Wilkinson will
assume the coach role on an interim basis with another assistant being brought on to aid in
scouting and help Wilkinson and the three current assistant.
Michael Emenalo is someone who had unheard of before his appointment as Chief Scout under Avram Grant at Chelsea. When Ray Wilkins left the club, he was promoted to Assistant First Team coach in November 2010 working with Carlo Ancelotti. In July 2011, Emenalo was appointed Chelsea's Technical Director.
Over the last few years, we have come to worry more than a little about the well-being of the FA
Cup. Semi-finals at Wembley Stadium, falling television audiences for the final and dwindling
crowds for matches involving Premier League clubs have all taken their toll on this most venerable
of sporting institutions, but at least we can console ourselves with the fact that it still has a
grip over the smaller clubs that enter it.
Rafa Benitez is beloved by Liverpool fans. He can't help but tell them exactly what they want to hear, even when he's starting a new job at a completely different club. The Spaniard used his first round of interviews as Chelsea's interim manager to hit out at former Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Inter Milan
starlet Luc Castaignos after the forward's former club Feyenoord pulled out of the race to sign
The 19-year-old joined Inter last summer after scoring 15 goals in his first two seasons at
Feyenoord, but the forward was sparsely used last term, making just one Serie A start, and
Liverpool and Everton are reported to be monitoring his availability.
Once Sunday's game with Chivas USA is in the books, the first year of Fernando Clavijo, at least the on-field aspect, FC Dallas' technical director will conclude. Clavijo is himself a former MLS coach, having guided the Rapids not all that long ago and as a former player in MLS, he has seen a bit of everything when it comes to the beautiful game.
Rumors were abound this weekend about the possibility of the Philadelphia Union swapping Freddy
Adu for FC Dallas' Brek Shea, but nothing came of it. However, it was another possible Union
related player move that was discussed over the weekend that will more likely happen.
According to multiple sources, the Union's Chief Executive Officer and President flew out to
California to talk to a former member of the team for a future role on it.
As a native of Uruguay, South America is a place that FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo
knows quite well. In fact, the ex-Rapids head coach recently returned from there on a trip to scout
possible future acquisitions for FCD. He had plenty to say about his trip back to his home
continent, but the most interesting tidbit might be the following.
QPR have written a formal complaint to Leeds United demanding an apology after 'keeper Paddy
Kenny allegedly sent 'abusive' text messages to¬ QPR technical director Mike Rigg and chairman Tony
Fernandes or 'doing a Kevin Pietersen' as it's known in the trade.
Former QPR goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has been accused of drunken late night communication with his
ex-employers to gloat at their 5-0 opening day hammering against Swansea. QPR have made a formal
complaint to Kenny's new club Leeds after technical director Mike Rigg and chairman Tony Fernandes
reportedly received abusive text messages from Kenny.
Earlier this week, we saw John Spencer's reign come to an end. It was a little sad, despite the
recent performances of the team. When he first came on last year I thought that this could be a man
who is with the team for years, makes his mark and leaves on his own terms. But alas, it was not to
We all knew it was going to happen since this morning, but the 2:30 press conference made it
official: the Portland Timbers have fired John Spencer, the team's first coach of the MLS era.
Gavin Wilkinson will serve as interim coach until the end of the season. Club owner Merritt Paulson
and General Manager, Technical Director and Interim Head Coach Gavin Wilkinson made the
announcement jointly at Jeld Wen Field today.
The Portland Timbers are in a bad spot. Timbers fans are rightly frustrated with their team's
recent performances, and they've been searching for the responsible party. Many have focused their
frustration at John Spencer, with a vocal minority calling for him to be sacked immediately. A few
have laid the blame solely on the players, while others blame the lack of quality on Gavin
Wilkinson's choices as General Manager.
Peter Nowak's departure from the Philadelphia Union appeared to have a limited impact beyond
whatever interim head coach John Hackworth could affect on-and-off the field, but recent events,
and internal developments, have shown that it may be a domino effect.
In addition to Nowak leaving, so have Diego Gutierrez, former the team's Sporting Director, and
Alecko Eskandarian, Youth Technical Director for a year, left the club by decision of Hackworth,
according to the team manager at his conference call today.
Liverpool U18s are preparing for their opening game on Monday in the prestigious Al Kass Cup in Qatar, in which they'll be competing against the likes of Real Madrid and Inter Milan. Steve Cooper's lads face local side Aspire Qatar in their opening group clash and the tournament promises to be a fantastic experience for the Academy youngsters.
The Seattle Sounders Women announced on Tuesday that University of Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore would join the club as its new technical director.
"The Sounders organization provides and has provided a lot of positive influence in the Seattle soccer community, and I‚Äôm honored to be even a small part of that positive influence and growth," Gallimore said in a club press release.
Rumours are surfacing in Italy that Inter Milan's Dutch star Wesley Sneijder could be joining Inter's city rivals in January.
Sneijder is Inter's highest paid player and Inter have told him to take a pay cut or sit in the stands.
Last week Inter's technical director Marco Branca said that the Nerazzurri are in discussions with Sneijder over a new deal and that Sneijder will be left out of the team until he accepts the new contract put on the table.
It appears that not only Sydney FC fans are excited by the arrival of Italy superstar Alessandro del Piero because now Melbourne Victory managing director, Richard Wilson, has argued on news soccer networks for a rethink on the number of visa players A-League clubs can sign.
Football Federation Australia and its technical director, Han Berger, have stuck steadfastly to the principal that the quota of foreigners allowed to play Down Under should be cut.
Buriram United v BEC Tero 1-1
Bangkok Glass v Chonburi 1-0
Ratchburi v Wuachon 2-0
Muang Thong v TOT 1-2
Sven Goran Eriksson's time as BEC Tero's Technical Director or what ever began with a useful 1-1 in
Newin Country. The only team from outside the TPL, Ratchburi. defeated the recently invented
Wuachon at home.
It's not that uncommon to see a famous face on the streets of Amsterdam; in the past, I've run
across the likes of Nelly Furtado, Gary Lineker, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Tisdale (though I had no
earthly clue who she was at the time). Still, it was quite a surprise just now to happen upon none
other than USMNT youth technical director Claudio Reyna out for a stroll down Leidsestraat during
Famed for missing that crucial spot-kick against Germany back in 1996, Gareth Southgate has quit
his post as The FA's Head of Elite Development, thus ruling himself out of the running for the
organisation's Technical Director job.
The former Aston Villa defender released a statement on The FA's website which said:
The FA can today confirm that Gareth Southgate will not be continuing in his role as Head of
Elite Development and no longer wishes to be considered for the role of FA Technical Director.
The ex-England star Gareth Southgate, who is now heavily involved with the FA and is tipped to be
their next technical director is a bit worried about the future of the senior England side, and
doesn't think there enough home-grown stars being brought through in the Premiership compared to
the other big European teams.
The Ajax Technical Director has today said that their¬ full¬ back/midfielder¬ Vernon Anita will not
be joining¬ Newcastle¬ United, unless the¬ Tyneside¬ club make an improved offer. Vernun Anita 23
year-old Dutch International There was news a couple of weeks ago that Newcastle had a ‚ā¨5M offer
rejected by Ajax for the Dutch¬ International, who can play left full back, ¬ and last¬ season¬
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Changing the way things are done at Loftus Road
The challenge facing Mike Rigg is to build an infrastructure that is fit for purpose.