You know things have changed in how MLS recruits players when it becomes open news that USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones turned down a deal with the Chicago Fire. Chicago coach Frank Yallop addressed the Jermaine Jones issue in his post-match comments following his team’s 1-1 draw with Columbus. As Yallop said, part of recruiting players is the uncertainty of whether or not the deal will get done.
In the case of Jermaine Jones, the initial offer from the Fire appears not to be enough to get the deal done. What that means for the Fire is a good question. With or without Jones, the Fire have significant work to do right now in pursuit of a playoff spot.
“Unless a player arrives or we sign him then it’s more of a talking point. Speculation is speculation. We have no idea if he’s going to sign with us or sign with somewhere else. Until you get a contract signed, like I said a couple days ago, you don’t know what’s going to happen. They have options, good players have options. I said it to my staff earlier, we can sign bad players because it’s easy, but to sign good players it’s difficult because everyone wants them and that’s our issue.” Chicago Fire coach Frank Yallop.
- Over 100,009 fans show up for soccer at Michigan Stadium.
- The 2014 Guinness International Champions Club concludes in Miami.
- It’s time for the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.
- Belgium’s Pro League and Germany’s 2.Bundesliga are already up and running as the European leagues start the 2014-15 season.
- Lots of people interested in soccer and seeing a new NFL stadium with the San Jose Earthquakes drawing well at Levi’s Stadium.
MLS All-Star Game has evolved into league’s signature event – from The Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg: “We feel it’s one of the most compelling All-Star Game formats in professional sports … this is a real soccer game that people are excited to see.”
Tony Meola Exclusive: Former Star Talks MLS, USMNT and Life After Tim Howard – from Bleacher Report’s John D. Halloran: “From a goalkeeper’s standpoint, they’re not always fun,” Meola said laughing.
MLS All-Star Game caps USA’s fun two-week summer spectacle – from SI.com’s Grant Wahl: The biggest change in MLS over the past year has been the league’s long-term signing of top U.S. national team players.
Head of La Liga wants his clubs to outstrip Premier League in the US – from The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson: “I am very excited about US football, particularly their national team.”
Kings owners in talks to buy Sacramento’s Republic FC soccer club – from The Sacramento Bee’s Marcos Breton: Soccer also fits with Ranadive’s interest of investing in sports that can create excitement not only locally but also internationally.
Missed opportunity painful in tight race – from The Columbus Dispatch’s Adam Jardy: Twelve games remain for the Crew, and it arguably has the most favorable schedule in MLS for the stretch drive.
Bruin lifts Dynamo past D.C. United – from The Houston Chronicle’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz: Off to their worst start, the Dynamo were desperate for a win.
Frank Lampard: Manchester City will pay all of midfielder’s wages – from BBC Sport: “Is it a way to get around the fair play? I don’t know,” said Wenger.
Premier League 2014-15 preview No2: Aston Villa – from The Guardian’s Stuart James: It is little wonder that words such as turmoil, crisis and rudderless get banded about at Villa Park.
Aston Villa supporter clubs furious after being ordered not to criticise the club – from The Telegraph’s Matt Law: Point seven of the code of conduct has caused the most controversy.
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