Total 90: American Football News For Jan. 18th
After a brief hiatus, Total 90 has returned with all of your MLS off-season news as well as updates on Americans currently playing in Europe.
With all of the recent speculation swirling around Brazilian superstar Kaka, I'd like to begin this edition with the wild rumour of another unlikely transfer. The Los Angeles Galaxy are allegedly preparing a $50.5 million bid for Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero.
The Galaxy can throw all the money they want at Del Piero and Juve, it still won't happen.
Del Piero is still scoring at a fantastic rate even at the age of 34 and would not give up a regular spot in the Juve lineup for the honor of lining up alongside washed-up goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
Furthermore, Juve's president Giovanni Gigli has announced that the club wouldn't sell one of their stars even if they were offered €120 million.
Come on Los Angeles, your problems last season wer in the back line anyway. How about preparing an audacious bid for somebody like Nemaja Vidic?
Speaking of Los Angeles, on-loan star Landon Donovan found the back of the net in an exhibition match for Bayern Munich. Donovan scored in the 91st minute of a match against Al-Wahda FC of Saudi Arabia. Donovan also registered an assist in his first appearance for his new club, feeding Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Despite Donovan's impressive performances early, Bayern manager Jurgen Klinsmann is still deciding where Donovan will fit in. There is a loaded roster with plenty of competition, but Donovan has acquitted himself well in the early going.
Might another young American be headed abroad? Sacha Kljestan, who came to prominence with his excellent performances at the Beijing Olympics, has left the US National Team training camp to spend a week in Glasgow training with Celtic. If Kljestan impresses, he could be on his way to Scotland on a $3.5 million transfer.
It's a rarity, an American in Europe who might not suit up for Fulham or Rangers.
Seattle Sounders FC have made their first ever selection in the MLS draft. They took striker Steve Zakuani, who was born in Africa, raised in England, and educated in Akron. New Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is said to have been impressed by Zakuani's speed and play-making capabilities.
It will likely be a rough first season for the entire Seattle franchise, but with the area's rampant interest in football, the Sounders could be a force in the MLS for years to come.
DaMarcus Beasley could be on his way out at Rangers. Beasley has struggled to maintain his form and this inconsistency has led him to struggle for a spot with the first team. With important World Cup qualifiers coming up over the next few months, Beasley has said that he must secure regular football in order to help the US MNT on their march towards South Africa 2010.
Lastly, some happy news for fans of the Chicago Fire. The club announced that star midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco will return for a third season with the club in 2009 after receiving a one-year contract extension.
"I'm excited to be back next season," Blanco told MLSnet.com. "I'm very happy in Chicago and I look forward to another year with my teammates. I'm optimistic about 2009 and will continue to work hard to bring a championship to our fans."
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