David Beckham has found a regular space in this column, but his swine flu-stricken teammate Landon Donovan hasn't been creating a lot of buzz.
All of that changed today, with a report that Donovan will be heading to Ligue 1 when the MLS season ends, specifically to Paris Saint-Germain. Details are still being worked out, and nobody knows yet whether this will just be another loan spell or a permanent transfer. Keep your eyes peeled for an official announcement in the near future.
If Donovan does move, this could be his best chance to stick in Europe. The French league should suit his style much better than the physical Bundesliga. He'll have a chance to play a more attack-oriented game, and he'll be getting playing time with a club that missed out on the Europa League by one spot.
Clint Dempsey version 2.0, anybody?
New York Red Bulls fans, you can start singing joyfully from the rooftops. Embattled head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has resigned as of today. After guiding New York to the MLS Cup Final last season, Osorio and New York have sputtered to a 2-16-4 record, the worst record in the league by seven points.
“It has been a difficult season for Juan Carlos and he felt that it was in the best interest of the team to step aside,” said Red Bulls Managing Director Erik Stover in a statement released on New York's official Facebook page.
Replacing Osorio on an interim basis is Assistant Coach Richie Williams. Williams has been at the helm of New York once before, going 4-3-2 in the summer of 2006 while the club searched for a replacement for Mo Johnston.
When asked to comment, the Red Bulls' fan base could only weep joyfully and mumble praise for the decision around mouthfuls of champagne.
But wait! The good news for New York doesn't end there!
According to an unnamed source—as reported on bigapplesoccer.com—the Red Bulls might be up for sale. To Barcelona.
Before the final expansion sites for 2011 had been decided, it was rumored that Barcelona was in the running to purchase an expansion franchise. That deal never materialized, but if these rumors have any credibility at all, Barcelona still wants a piece of the MLS action. Perhaps their recent American tour opened their eyes to the possibility of the Beautiful Game in this country.
The Houston Dynamo are making a push to strengthen their roster before the playoffs. Mexican international Luis Angel Landin is set to become the club's first designated player, pending receipt of a work visa. Right now, Landin is joining the club on a loan deal until the end of the 2010 season, with an option to move permanently after the loan expires.
With the Landin signing, it seems very likely that we'll see Houston and the Columbus Crew meet in the MLS Cup Final this season.
According to reports out of Portugal, Freddy Adu's proposed loan move to the Danish club Odense BK has fallen through. Adu's current club Benfica was searching for a club that could take on Adu's entire wage bill, but Odense simply can't afford it. The quest for first-team action for Adu will continue, as Benfica's coach has informed Adu that he won't be a part of the club's plans for the upcoming season.
Freddy, you might want to consider a move to Spain or the Netherlands. Maybe even France. If you want to play in the next World Cup, you've got to find some playing time.
Lastly, in a bit of news that nobody in their right mind should be surprised by, apparently the United States and Iran won't be meeting in an international friendly. Wow, total shocker there. I had thought that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would have relaxed his anti-American rhetoric just long enough to squeeze in a match.
Sources: Soccer by Ives, MLSNet.com, Goal.com, soccer365, FootballBlips
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