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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Daily MLS Rumors - MLS giants are keen to extend Manchester City defender loan spell

Daily MLS Rumors - MLS giants are keen to extend Manchester City defender <b>loan</b> spell

MLS giants are keen to extend Manchester City defender <b>loan</b> spell

Posted: 20 May 2015 03:25 AM PDT

According to the New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis comments MLS giant are keen to extend Manchester City defender Shay Facey's loan ...

Chelsea transfer news and rumours: Blues line up shock bid for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Posted: 19 May 2015 11:33 PM PDT

The Blues though will face competition for the player's signature from AC Milan and several MLS clubs. Elsewhere, central defender Raphael Varane ...

West Brom transfer news: New deal for Saido Berahino? Spartak Moscow striker linked with <b>...</b>

Posted: 19 May 2015 11:33 PM PDT

... striker has scored 24 goals in 55 games for Spartak Moscow and is valued around £67m. It is thought that the striker is eyeing up a move to the MLS.

Wigan Athletic's James McClean talks about his future: "This next move is going to be the most ...

Posted: 19 May 2015 11:22 PM PDT

An alleged $3.9 million price tag is something of a deterrent, at least to MLS clubs not traditionally associated with paying out substantial transfer fees ...

New York City FC keen to extend Manchester City loanee Shay Facey's spell

Posted: 19 May 2015 11:11 PM PDT

The 20-year-old defender's MLS stint is due to end on June 30 but head ... FC are keen to extend Manchester City defender Shay Facey's loan spell, ...

MLS Medical Laser Systems GmbH

Posted: 19 May 2015 10:50 PM PDT

Provision of consulting and brokerage services in the commercial, medical, therapeutic and sporting events as well as trade in products of all kinds, ...

ICYMI | MLS: Altidore's injury leaves Toronto in bind

Posted: 19 May 2015 09:07 PM PDT

He isn't eligible to return until the secondary transfer window in mid-July. That leaves Luke Moore and Jordan Hamilton as the only options unless ...

New York City loan Akira Fitzgerald to NASL's Carolina RailHawks

Posted: 19 May 2015 08:33 PM PDT

The 27 year old goalkeeper had spent four seasons with the Cary, NC side before signing with NYCFC. He has yet to log his first minutes in MLS.

Will Johnson could fittingly return at BMO Field

Posted: 19 May 2015 07:37 PM PDT

"I re-signed with the Timbers after 2013 when I was an MLS Best XI player. I make a good ... Bright Dike, who is out on loan with San Antonio, can't be recalled by Toronto FC until July 15 due to MLS transfer rules. Altidore has six ...

Sounders forward Chad Barrett honored as MLS player of the week

Posted: 19 May 2015 06:41 PM PDT

Barrett was named the MLS player or the week for scoring two goals in the ... However, Schmid said the first team wants to loan players cautiously, ...

Steven Gerrard Transfer To <b>MLS</b> Makes Liverpool Fans Sad But Midfielder Wants Reds To Move <b>...</b>

Posted: 19 May 2015 06:07 PM PDT

There is no stopping Steven Gerrard transfer to top American soccer league MLS. Last Saturday, the English midfielder was given a well-deserved ...

Property Listing Details for 76 Trade Court In Keystone, Colorado 80435

Posted: 19 May 2015 04:58 PM PDT

76 Trade Court in Keystone, Keystone, Colorado 80435 | Detached Single Family property listing details on Denver Home Value Realty | METROLIST ...

Property Listing Details for 59 Trade Court In Keystone, Colorado 80435

Posted: 19 May 2015 04:58 PM PDT

59 Trade Court in Keystone, Keystone, Colorado 80435 | Detached Single Family ... $3,450,000 MLS#: 8212948 ... Not Part Of Knc, No Transfer Tax.

Chelsea transfer news: Blues set to make Zlatan Ibrahimovic offer

Posted: 19 May 2015 04:48 PM PDT

AC Milan and several MLS clubs are keen on his services, but Tuttomercatoweb says Chelsea are ready to make an offer to bring Zlatan to the ...

Toronto FC's Options after Altidore Injury

Posted: 19 May 2015 04:26 PM PDT

Due to the MLS window now being closed recalling Dike from loan will not be an option until mid-July. But maybe Dike's absence is more an indication ...

Gossip column: Sterling, De Gea, Falcao, Cech, Beckham, Wenger

Posted: 19 May 2015 03:47 PM PDT

The striker is currently on a season-long loan at Manchester United from Monaco but has only scored four times. ... Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber will travel to Miami to meet with members of David Beckham United, ...

333 Trade Street, 1800, Charlotte, NC 28202 (<b>MLS</b> # 3087152)

Posted: 19 May 2015 01:41 PM PDT

Rare corner unit in the Trademark building. Over 1300 square feet 2 bedroom 2 bath with balcony overlooking the uptown skyline. In walking distance ...

Major League Soccer commissioner calls St. Louis a 'great soccer market' and 'long term project'

Posted: 19 May 2015 01:37 PM PDT

ST. LOUIS • The commissioner of Major League Soccer called St. Louis a "great soccer market" on Tuesday, boosting hopes that an open-air football ...

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Kitchen situation shows MLS is still a ‘selling league’

Posted: 19 May 2015 07:22 AM PDT

D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen had two goals in the club's 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday (Image Credit: Simon Heseltine/Wikimedia Images)

D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen had two goals in the club’s 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday (Image Credit: Simon Heseltine/Wikimedia Images)

Should I stay or should I go?

This is the decision that D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen is currently grappling with as it has been rumored that he is drawing interest from clubs in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. It is an enviable position that he finds himself, being wanted by clubs from some of the top leagues in the world. But at the same time it is not one where an easy decision can be made.

While many players have made the jump from Major League Soccer to Europe over the past 20 years, Kitchen is unique because of his experience, age, and pedigree. At just 24 years old, he already has 140 caps with D.C. United. He, along with goalkeeper Bill Hamid, was directly responsible for United's stifling 21 goals allowed last season and helped rejuvenate a lagging club.

So why leave now? Why leave when D.C. United appear to be close to reaching peak form? There is no real one answer to point to when looking at this conundrum. It could be anything from salary to wanting to play in Europe to looking to enhance his spot in the United States Men's National Team. All appear to be plausible explanations but there still seems to be something missing.

The cog missing in this line of thinking is the acknowledgement that Major League Soccer is a seller's league. In world football there are essentially two types of clubs: buyers and sellers. Buyers are the major footballing powers who can purchase any player that fits their fancy. The likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City fit this model. Meanwhile, sellers are clubs that cannot afford to keep up with the bidding wars against the major powers so they deal away their top players for large sums.

For all of the progress that Major League Soccer has made in the past 20 years in changing the quality of the product on the pitch. It is still very far behind the dominant European clubs in terms of revenue, salary, and player personnel. The proof is in the salaries. According to a report released by the Major League Soccer Players Union, the Toronto FC  had a base salary of $15.6 million in 2014. Not a cheap dollar figure. However, if one were to put that team in England then the Sounders would have the 45th highest salary in English football.

Now it is not all doom and gloom for being a seller team. If the club can sell the player and use the transfer fee to invest in their future then the deal will pay off in the long run. United has already done this in the past with both Bobby Convey and Andy Najar, turning both of their young prospects in for significant transfer fees. United even received a $50,000 bonus for Najar's appearance in the 2015 World Cup for Honduras.

If United can sell Kitchen to a European club in all likelihood that means they will earn a transfer value. While $1.7 million might not sound like much for a club like Real Madrid for D.C. United it is a godsend. Assuming that the club is willing to spend that $1.7 million and not pocket it that is a significant victory for the team.

Now the question for D.C. United and the rest of Major League is if it is to possible to change from sellers to buyers. It is certainly possible for United to become buyers within MLS, given the addition of their new stadium in 2017 no longer having to pay $12 million a year in rent for RFK Stadium. Typically United have been pretty dreadful in terms of making major free agent signings.

Anything beyond that is a bit difficult to forsee. D.C. United and MLS operate within  a very different set of rules than the rest of the world. The single-entity model in MLS, where the league negotiates player contracts and tightly controls movement, simply does not exist in other parts of the world. If Real Madrid were unable to sign a major player because they were #12 in an allocation order that may very well cause chaos in the streets of Madrid.

Compromise seems to be the best course in remedying this situation. While many would see the recent round of labor negotiations between the players and owners as a failure, that the owners were willing to budge on free agency indicates that it was anything but. In order to preserve the league ownership recognized that they would have to give players some rights. In politics this is referred to as the science of muddling through, where two actors engaged in negotiations are trying to achieve their goal by avoiding giving up as much of their stuff as possible. It may not be the huge windfall that will lead to a free-flowing European market but it is a start.

Whether or not Perry Kitchen will move is anyone's guess. But his situation is a further reminder of the disconnect that exists between what MLS and US Soccer puts out in terms of hype and the cold, hard truth of where the league stands in the footballing world. There is nothing wrong with being a seller's league; but there is something wrong with being ashamed of it.