Liverpool's Academy youngsters suffered disappointment when they lost 3-0 to Barcelona in the final of the prestigious Soccer World Challenge in Japan. Led by coaches Stephen Torpey and Dave Rowe alongside Academy technical director and head of coaching Rodolfo Borrell, the U13 squad had produced a brilliant performance to beat Kashiwa Reysol 4-0 in the semi-final.
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.
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.Â 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.
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.
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.
QPR have written a formal complaint to Leeds United demanding an apology after 'keeper Paddy
Kenny allegedly sent 'abusive' text messages toÂ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Is Richard Garlick The Right Man For The Job? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Since Richard Garlick took over from Dan Ashworth as West Bromwich Albion's sporting and technical director, he has come under a lot of criticism from the fans for the transfer policy and the way the club has been run, but is he actually doing a bad job?
The Atlanta Silverbacks of the second-tier NASL have innovated in a way many thought not possible. They have opted not to hire a Head Coach to replace the terminated Brian Haynes who had been named 2012 NASL Coach of the Year. Instead they are allowing Technical Director Eric Wynalda to continue his work at FOX Sports in Los Angeles while more or less managing the team remotely.
The speculation is over in Montreal. The Impact announced today that Frank Klopas has been named the club's head coach and director of player personnel. Klopas will keep the assistant coaches in place but will also have a technical director to deal with and a sporting director above him. The question of how that hierarchy will operate or who will have the final say on player decisions can probably only be answered by owner Joey Saputo who downplayed rumors of a coaching move after our initial report that Klopas was interviewing with the club last Friday.
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenolo has been discussing how the Blues decide when and where to let their players go out on loan. Emenolo says the club has implemented a policy of sending out players on loan deals to help them to comply with Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules, but also to give regular first-team [.
Tottenham's summer transfer business is the inspiration for the excellent new GIF. Based on a scene from Leonardo Di Caprio's new film The Wolf of Wall Street, the GIF features features Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, technical director Franco Baldini and manager Andre Villas-Boas dancing with Gareth Bale (who the club hope to retain this summer), [.
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 Iâ€™m 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.