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In MLS, the highest salary a player can be paid due to salary cap restrictions is $350,000. So, when the MLS wanted to branch out and look elsewhere outside their comfort zone for talent, nothing in the United States could entice big name players. However, when David Beckham showed interest in the Los Angeles Galaxy, the MLS tried to adjust to hasten his move over. Thus, the Designated Player Rule was created, or commonly known as the Beckham Rule.
Typically, the USA does moderately well in the qualifying for the World Cup, having qualified for every World Cup since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. However, with their last Third Round game just around the corner, their fate in qualifying is certainly in their own hands. In their last game, they play host to Guatemala who were able to equalize against USA in the 81st minute in their previous group stage match up. This game will be the last of the group stage (Third Round), with the top two teams of each group advancing to the Fourth Round, which will play itself out a year from now.
The 17th annual season of the MLS is nearing it’s end. Most teams only have two games remaining and the playoffs are in sight. Only five teams from each conference will reach the MLS Cup Playoffs, so this is crunch time for many teams on the brink of qualifying, or just simply trying to hold on. We see many familiar teams on the brink of qualifying, and some not on the grand stage often.
Jeff Cunningham of the Columbus Crew recently set an outstanding MLS record. After scoring on a penalty kick against the Seattle Sounders, Cunningham now has the most goals scored of any MLS player in history. Tallying at 134 goals, this most recent one broke the tie with Jaime Moreno and put Cunningham at the top of the list. The 35-year-old has been playing in the MLS since 1998, and thoroughly deserves this milestone.
This has been a summer transfer window full of many great signings, and with only a little over a week remaining, I expect the shocks and cheers are not over for teams in the English Premier League. The money spent by each team varies greatly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the talent they’ve brought in equates to the money spent. So, even with time still left, and more transfers imminent, who’s had the best transfer session this summer?
Robbie Keane, the pinnacle of Irish football. Keane has just recently completed a move to MLS side the Los Angeles Galaxy. Aged 31, he will be playing alongside former Premier League player David Beckham, and will face another famous forward of the Premier League, Thierry Henry. Keane has performed excellent football in the English Premier League, and now he has decided that it was time to move on. Having spent loan spells most of last season, he was becoming a “second-string” Tottenham player. In Los Angeles, he will be regarded as the extraordinary forward he is.
Luis Suarez – Suarez knows how to make goals happen on the pitch. He’s scores regularly for Uruguay, he did so at Ajax, and now with a summer behind him at Liverpool, I’m sure he’ll bring great quality to Liverpool’s attack. Earlier today, he scored against Sunderland to make Liverpool’s first goal of the season. Expect Suarez to be near the top of the Goal Scoring List most of the season.
Manuel Neuer – Arguably the top goalkeeper in Europe last season, and certainly the most popular German goalkeeper, Neuer has been traded to Bayern Munich this summer. Also, with a better defense that he had at Schalke, expect even less Read On..
Real Madrid’s latest summer signing comes somewhat unexpected. They’ve signed seven-year-old Argentine Leonel Angel Coira. Coira will start training on 6 September, and will play in the youngest division for Real Madrid.
Coira stated that he prefers gathering up assists instead of scoring goals, and that his favorite player is Real Madrid dream-breaker, Lionel Messi. Real Madrid scooped up on the youngster after hearing of interest in the player from other top name clubs, including city rivals Athletico Madrid.
Coira always has a Facebook page including pictures on his visit to Madrid. This isn’t the only “youth scouting” being done. In fact, VVV Venlo in the Netherlands reportedly “signed” an 18-month-old toddler Read On..
Sixth – Tottenham, Despite making three signings thus far, Tottenham have yet to acquire any players that will help “push them up” to the next level. And with talks of their creative midfielder Luka Modric heading to Chelsea, fighting for anything above sixth will be difficult.
Fifth – Arsenal, Arsene Wenger made it clear that he knew that signings needed to be made this summer. It seems like he’s let more players go then brought in. Gervinho is the only player that might add something special to the squad. With the sale of Gael Clichy to Manchester City, they’ve lost a quality defender who was a part of a defense needing Read On..
Only a few days after Bob Bradley was fired as manager of USA’s national team, Jurgen Klinsmann has been named as the manager for the national team. Klinsmann comes well proven for the team, and to have him coach the team is a blessing. After he had spells managing Germany and Bayern Munich, coming to coach in the USA seems a sort of step back for him. However, Klinsmann has lived in the USA for 13 years, and has made great strides in helping the sport grow in America.