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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Daily MLS Rumors - Expanded MLS playoff field hasn't diminished intensity of regular-season games

Daily MLS Rumors - Expanded MLS playoff field hasn't diminished intensity of regular-season games


Expanded MLS playoff field hasn't diminished intensity of regular-season games

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 06:52 PM PDT

This weekend is a vivid example of how radically things can change in MLS, and how changing playoff ... last month got his first chance to field Erick "Cubo" Torres, who played on loan to Guadalajara until June. Coyle also acquired Sheanon Williams from Philadelphia during the trade/transfer period.

Man Utd : Wayne Rooney considering MLS move

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 01:37 PM PDT

The pair's transfer to america has given the MLS its largest spice up since David Beckham's choice to go away Actual Madrid for LA Galaxy.

Tottenham Player Profile: DeAndre Yedlin

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 01:15 PM PDT

... were in the midst of a playoff push to win the MLS Cup. It would be announced as a four-year deal for his transfer, but become a half-season loan.

Surging Whitecaps look to extend unbeaten streak in Kansas City

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 12:41 PM PDT

While other teams signed big-name players lately during this summer's Major League Soccer transfer window, the Whitecaps opted to stick with their ...

Jozy Altidore Returns

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 11:56 AM PDT

In 2006 the Metrostars made good on a 2005 trade with Real Salt Lake ... Altidore helped the team qualify for both the 2006 and 2007 MLS playoffs. ... time since the 2008 transfer that Altidore ran into the Red Bulls during MLS play.

SBI Question of the Day: Which MLS team had the best summer <b>transfer</b> window?

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 09:51 AM PDT

Clubs all across MLS made big moves this summer, but with team had the most impressive transfer window? Continue reading ». Source: WWW.

Ranking the best signings of a busy MLS summer <b>transfer</b> window news

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 06:58 AM PDT

Major League Soccer's creation of Targeted Allocation Money allowed teams to buy in the summer transfer market like never before. Here are t News ...

Ranking the best signings of a busy MLS summer <b>transfer</b> window

Posted: 14 Aug 2015 04:35 AM PDT

Major League Soccer's creation of Targeted Allocation Money allowed teams to buy in the summer transfer market like never before. Here are the best ...

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Posted: 13 Aug 2015 12:28 PM PDT

Like I get why it's written, but, for example, Tottenham had "the best transfer window by far" the summer they lost Bale and bought Lamela/Solado.

MLS rumor mill: LAFC chasing Cristiano Ronaldo

Posted: 12 Aug 2015 09:46 PM PDT

MLS rumor mill: LAFC chasing Cristiano Ronaldo

RSL crashes out of Cup, but wins a “Burrito” consolation prize

Posted: 13 Aug 2015 12:34 PM PDT

Martinez is RSL’s newest Designated Player

Real Salt Lake has had a busy 24 hours.

Despite the team’s US Open Cup bid ending in Kansas City last night, the club announced the long-awaited signing of Juan Manuel “El Burrito” Martinez on Thursday.

The signing of Martinez has been rumored for weeks, as various reports had RSL in negotiations with the former Argentine international during the transfer window.  However, as the 29-year-old striker was out of the contract, the deal could be completed after the window closed.

The ex-Boca Juniors man, who found himself surplus after Carlos Tevez’s return to Argentina, will join RSL pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.  Real used the newly-implemented Targeted Allocation Money to lower Kyle Beckerman’s budget charge, allowing the team to add Martinez as a Designated Player.

However, the announcement was small consolation for fans in the wake of the team’s defeat in the semifinals of the US Open Cup to rival Sporting Kansas City.  SKC got a hard-won 3-1 victory over RSL at Sporting Park, which ended not only Real’s Cup run, but perhaps its only opportunity for a trophy this season.

Olmes Garcia scored RSL’s only goal of the match in the first half, in which both teams had long spells of possession and scoring chances.  However, in the second half, Real’s makeshift defense fell apart, and Sporting was able to score twice in the final 10 minutes of the match in order to secure the victory.

The Open Cup loss came at the end of RSL’s 11,000-mile, three-competition, four-city, four-time zone road swing that stretched from Guatemala to Canada, as the team dealt with MLS play, the Open Cup, and the start of CONCACAF Champions League play.

Injuries have continued to plague RSL, as Joao Plata was left at home after injuring his hamstring in training on Monday.  Would-be starters Chris Schuler and Jamison Olave are still rehabbing, and Jordan Allen remains doubtful with a hamstring injury as well.

Real finally returns to Rio Tinto Stadium for a meeting with the Portland Timbers on Saturday night, as the team will try to get back on track in hopes of getting back into playoff contention.  A win over the Timbers would be a massive boost, particularly in the wake of the Open Cup defeat and last weekend’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps.