Italian great Andrea Pirlo says it's not his reputation that will help raise interest in Major League Soccer but his performance on the pitch with new club New York City FC.
Jose Mourinho is open to the possibility of one day coaching in Major League Soccer but says there is no chance of him heading Stateside while his hunger for success in European club football remains. The Chelsea boss, widely regarded as one of the best managers in world football, said he would be interested in coaching in the MLS to “give something back” to a developing football community. But just as Mourinho has rebuffed opportunities to coach at international level, he has ruled out a switch anytime soon. Asked if he ever saw himself coaching in the MLS, Mourinho told reporters: “One day, not now, for the same reason I say ‘one day, not now’ for national teams. “Because for national teams it’s one game every two months, one big competition every two years. “Yes maybe I would like that one day but not now. . “For the MLS, yes, one day. But why not now? Because I want to […]
Brazilian midfielder Kaka is the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer this season, taking home $7.167 million from Orlando City according to salary figures released Friday by the MLS Players Union. The former Milan and Real Madrid star edged Toronto’s Sebastien Giovinco, the former Juventus striker from Italy on $7.115 million, while such high-profile new arrivals as England’s Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard saw their compensation made public as well, the duo among 21 MLS players who will crack the $1 million mark this year. Midfielder Gerrard is assured $6.332 million from the Los Angeles Galaxy while Lampard will receive $6 million from New York City. And each of them have some well-paid new teammates as well. Italy’s Andrea Pirlo will be paid $2.315 million by New York City, which also shells out $5.61 million to Spaniard David Villa. Irishman Robbie Keane will receive $4.5 million from the Galaxy, who also will give Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos $4.1 million. […]
Didier Drogba, the 37-year-old striker who called it quits for Chelsea earlier this year, is being wooed by Major League Soccer but has competition from Qatar, ESPN reported Friday.
. Frank Lampard’s long-awaited Major League Soccer debut has been delayed after the former England and Chelsea star suffered an injury in training, it was confirmed Saturday. The veteran midfielder was due to play his first game for new club New York City FC against Toronto FC on Sunday at Yankee Stadium but has been ruled out after picking up a calf strain. “Ia m hugely disappointed to be missing out on Sundaya s game, which I have been really looking forward to,” Lampard said on NYCFC’s website. “Ia ve been feeling great in training and have loved working with the squad. Unfortunately I sustained a small strain to my calf during a session.” Lampard, who headed to New York after winding up his English Premier League career with Manchester City, said he would need a “few days” to recover from the knock. “As I say, ita s personally very disappointing for me but these things happen in football,” Lampard […]
. Steven Gerrard launched his post-Liverpool career with a low key cameo for new club Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday, playing 45 minutes for the Major League Soccer side in a 2-1 win over Mexican giants Club America. Just under two months after bidding an emotional farewell in front of 44,000 fans at Anfield, the former Liverpool talisman showed one or two glimpses of class before being substituted at half-time to applause from a 27,934-strong crowd. Gerrard’s full MLS debut is expected to come next Friday in a home fixture against the San Jose Earthquakes. Gerrard, 35, who has signed an 18-month deal with the Galaxy after spending his entire 17-year professional career with Liverpool, almost secured a fairytale debut goal in his best chance of the night. The midfielder produced a trademark burst into the penalty from midfield to latch onto a clever flick from Jose Villarreal, only to be denied after a fine save from America goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez. […]
Former Liverpool FC captain and legend Steven Gerrard vowed to prove critics of his move to the Los Angeles Galaxy wrong as he prepares to make his long-awaited debut for the Major League Soccer giants. The 35-year-old former Liverpool FC and England captain insisted he was motivated by the prospect of adding more silverware to his CV rather than a last bumper paycheck in the California sunshine. “It’s all about success for me. I’ve come here to win,” Gerrard told a press conference at the Galaxy’s StubHub Center stadium. “If there’s anyone out there who thinks I’ve come here for a holiday or a last paycheck they are going to be proved wrong.” The inspirational midfielder decided to follow in the footsteps of former England teammate David Beckham last November as it became clear he was no longer an automatic first choice at Liverpool. While many, including the likes of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, felt Gerrard could still have played […]
Italian World Cup-winner Andrea Pirlo has joined MLS side New York City FC on a two-and-a-half-year deal after being granted a free transfer by Juventus, both clubs and the player confirmed on Twitter on Monday.
. Chelsea FC midfield legend Frank Lampard worked out for the first time with his new Major League Soccer teammates on Wednesday, the long-awaited training session with New York City FC rated a success. The 37-year-old England star, with 106 caps in a 16-year international career, is expected to make his debut for the Manchester City-backed US club on July 12 at Yankee Stadium against Toronto. But his latest workout was about getting to know his NYC teammates, who have four wins and five draws from 17 matches for the third-worst record in the 20-team MLS. “Obviously he has had a fantastic career so far, but he’s just another guy out there,” midfielder Tommy McNamara said of Lampard on the MLS website. “It’s great to see that, great to see he knows everyone’s name already and how he interacts like one of the guys.” Lampard signed his MLS deal in January but was kept on at Manchester City and so […]
England midfielder Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool captain who has left behind the English Premier League for Major League Soccer, will be unveiled Saturday by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Gerrard will be welcomed to the club in a half-time ceremony at the July 4 Independence Day match against visiting Toronto, then take the field with his new teammates on July 7 for his first official workout with the Galaxy. Gerrard, 35, will become eligible to play for the Galaxy the next day when the international transfer window opens. Having spent his entire career at Anfield until now, Gerrard and his wife arrived by plane in Los Angeles on Saturday. He announced last January that he would be leaving for the MLS club once his contract with Liverpool expired. Gerrard follows in the footsteps of former England midfielder and Galaxy superstar David Beckham with the move, a billboard even touting his greatness before he takes the field. Beckham led the Galaxy […]