If Luke Rodgers has his way, he will soon be back playing in MLS with the New York Red Bulls.
In an interview with Soccer by Ives posted on Monday, Rodgers said that he would like to return MLS, preferrably with the Red Bulls, now that has been released by League One club Shrewsbury Town and is a free agent. Rodgers (above, with Portsmouth in 2012) also stated that the US embassy recently told him that getting his work visa – which proved quite problematic in 2012 – would not be an issue.
While the 31-year-old forward would love to be back with New York, that ship may have already sailed. Under new management, the Red Bulls decided against signing the diminutive Englishman back in December and they recently acquired French forward Péguy Luyindula.
Rodgers, however, could still prove servicable to other MLS teams in need of bolstering their front lines. Rodgers scored nine times and assisted on three others in 23 games in his only season in MLS in 2011.
Coventry City may soon have a more American feel to it.
US-based property tycoon Preston Jaskell IV is looking to take control of the League One club, which is currently seeking promotion to England's second tier. Jaskell and his associates have a deal in place to take the half share currently owned by the Alan Edward Higgs charity in Arena Coventry Limited and they also agreed to buy a share of the Ricoh Arena, which is based in Coventry.
The 46-year-old Jaskell reportedly was interested in buying into Leeds United last year, but the move never transpired and he is now hoping to gain control of Coventry City with the idea that he can help it eventually move up into the Premier League.
Jaskell was born in Florida but is now based in Sweden. His fortunate is estimated to be at $249 million.