Summer is always an exciting period in soccer because of transfer rumors, and this silly season (the summer transfer window) might be one of the most intriguing in MLS history.
Teams are scrambling to pick up game-changers, expansion franchises are looking at the options for the upcoming season and big name players are pondering whether a move to Europe would serve them better.
Are big name signings on the horizon?
What do Frank Lampard, Xavi Hernández and Robinho have in common? They are all linked with a move to one of the expansion clubs – Orlando City and New York City FC.
According to reports, Lampard’s move to NYCFC could be completed next week. The Chelsea legend will definitely sign as a Designated Player. The 36-year-old scored six league goals in his last season with the Blues.
Do you think his acquisition means MLS is still a retirement league?
Three teams – NYCFC, New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders ‒ are rumored to be vying for Xavi’s signature. The 34-year-old is nearing the end of his illustrious career, but is addition could bode well for those teams.
It looks like Robinho will reunite with his Brazilian pal Kaka in Orlando City. The tricky attacker is currently negotiating a deal that would see him leave AC Milan for the expansion side.
Who wants Jermaine Jones?
Jones has made it clear that he wants to join the MLS, but there isn’t a clear frontrunner for the German-American midfielder. Almost all teams in the league are linked with the 32-year-old.
If Jones goes through the Allocation Ranking process, his destination will be Toronto FC. It would reunite him with his national team colleague, Michael Bradley. A Bradley-Jones midfield tandem will certainly make Toronto one of the best and most popular teams in the league.
Chivas USA is another destination seeing that he already owns a home in LA. Jones would definitely fit in well in Chivas. The experienced US international will have the freedom to be a box-to-box midfielder.
Sporting Kansas City’s desire to be the greatest team in the world is taking shape
Sporting KC’s president Robb Heineman said: “This club has the desire to be one of the greatest in the world. I think right now, we’re the greatest in MLS. Frankly, I think there’s no question that we’re the greatest in MLS. And we’re going to do everything that we can to try to continue to advance the vision of the club over time.”
They took a big step by resigning star players Matt Besler ‒ who was linked with a move to Europe – and Graham Zusi as DP’s. The US internationals were delighted to sign multi-year contracts.
The club also acquired Jorge Claros and Martin Steuble on free transfers.
A homecoming in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Union fans, do you remember Carlos Valdés? You should because he was your captain before he decided a move to Colombia would give him a better chance of making Colombia’s World Cup squad. His move paid off and he played once in Brazil.
Now that he’s achieved his dream, the center back could return to the Union next week. The talented defender will definitely feel like a new signing for a defense that’s conceded 35 goals.
Deandre Yedlin’s sweepskates continues
At the moment, it’s seems like every team in Serie A are trying to sign the highly-rated fullback. The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to Napoli, AS Roma, Bayern Munich, and the list goaes on.
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