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07 March 11:41 am

Sporting News soccer scribe Brian Straus spotted it during Wednesday night's broadcast of the Tigres UANL vs. Seattle CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg.

American midfielder Jose Francisco Torres, who plays for Tigres and goes by the nickname "Gringo" in Mexico, has apparently embraced the moniker and prefers it over his actual name on the back of his jersey (photo above by Brian Straus). It dates back to his days in Pachuca, where he played from 2006-12.

Some give the move a thumbs up: Below were some of the comments on the photo that was tweeted out by the Sporting News writer.

Are you in the same camp? How do you feel about the use of the nickname on the jersey?

03 March 3:26 pm

Could Miami be back in the picture for a future Major League Soccer expansion franchise? It appears so, according to Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl, who says MLS Commissioner Don Garber is eyeing a team in South Florida once again after the Miami Fusion entered the league in 1996 and eventually folded in 2001.

MLS Vice President of Communications Dan Courtemanche responded to Wahl's tweet with this...

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

22 February 3:39 pm

Leading into MLS's first-ever Jersey Week, we asked fans to turn to art for inspiration. To give fans an avenue to express their passion for their local clubs, we launched a contest called #TrueColors, following on the heels of our partnership project with the Futbol Artist Network (FAN)

Fans were encouraged to create a piece of art that would demonstrate their passion for their team using their favorite Club’s color scheme. After receiving lots of entries, we have randomly selected a winner. He has certainly embraced the spirit of the campaign and some serious enthusiasm for the upcoming 2013 season.  

Congrats to Javier Peino, who won the official MLS 2013 jersey of his choice. Any guesses what jersey he'll pick? A preview of his artwork is pictured above, and you can see the full image by clicking the Instagram link below. 

Here's a look at a couple others we really enjoyed:

Joanne, D.C. United
Jake, Seattle Sounders 
F
rank, Montreal Impact
O
rlando, LA Galaxy

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest, your submissions were fantastic!

06 February 2:48 pm

Chad Barrett appears to be ready to wear the New England Revolution's colors in 2013, if you're a believer in his Facebook posts. Barrett was taken by the Revs in Re-Entry Draft in December after spending the past two seasons in LA, where he scored eight goals in 35 appearances. Barrett was loaned out to Norwegian club Vålerenga in July.

The Revs would be the  fourth MLS team of  Barrett's career dating back to 2005, when he was taken third overall in the MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire.

04 February 3:03 pm

If the trailer for American Football left you hungry for more, you're in luck.

Just in time to get Sounders fans revved up for their March 2nd season opener, Levy Films released a rough cut of their unfinished feature-length documentary on Seattle Sounders FC. The footage takes you even deeper into the world of Sigi Schmid and what it means to play on his team.

Even if the Sounders aren't your team, this video will leave you longing for the return of Major League Soccer, which is now only 26 days away. Enjoy!

WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE

15 January 3:52 pm

US international Robbie Rogers’ contract with Leeds United has been terminated by mutual consent, so what does that mean for the winger’s future? Could a return to MLS be in the cards?

The Columbus Dispatch has some early details for those wondering. For now, though, Rogers' agent is staying mum on the subject of potential destinations for the former Crew star.

The 25-year-old joined the Championship side 12 months ago after a successful trial period, but a head injury and ankle injury limited his involvement to just one start and three further appearances as a sub.

Rogers left MLS on a free transfer after five seasons with the Crew and is free to sign with any team overseas, but his rights belong to Columbus after the club made the left-footed winger a qualifying offer after the 2011 season.

Should Columbus bring him back? Or should Rogers look for another landing place in Europe?

15 January 11:46 am

It was a Dog Day Afternoon in Istanbul, when two sporty labs decided they wanted off the bench during a friendly between Galatasaray and the 2. Bundesliga's VfR Aelen.

The adorable pups made their way onto the field and, in true friendly match style, showed equal affection to both clubs. 

After security awkwardly carried the dogs off, the game resumed without any further animal interruptions.

Imagine that happening during MLS rivalry week...

11 January 12:26 pm

Rumors have been flying about the future of the US international and Chivas USA striker Juan Agudelo ever since he trained at Celtic in November. Now, it seems the 20-year-old's future could be close to decided.

Although vague and unsourced, Sky Sports reported Friday that Celtic are close to signing one of MLS' most-promising forward prospects. While nothing has been confirmed by Agudelo or Celtic, Agudelo's retweet of the Sky Sports article seems to add some veritas to the rumor.

Chivas USA, meanwhile, told Big Apple Soccer back in November that they weren't interested in transferring the young talent. Agudelo, who is currently training with West Ham before arriving in US camp, would likely welcome the move, if his comments while with the Glasgow club are any indication.

Agudelo told STV at that time that he would love to play for Celtic: "This kind of move has been on my mind for as long as I can remember playing soccer. Going and playing in Europe is what I would like to do. This is, right now, where the best football is being played. I would love to play here."

What do you think? Is it just a matter of time before Agudelo makes the move? Is it the right move for the young striker?

09 January 7:06 pm

The National Women’s Soccer League has released the list of 55 American, Canadian and Mexican players that will be allocated to the eight clubs in the newly formed league. Club assignments will be announced on Friday, January 11.

“The allocation will provide each club with a foundation of talent to build a competitive roster," said NWSL executive director Cheryl Bailey. "Ultimately, the goal is to pair the teams and players in such a way that we achieve a fair distribution of talent across all eight teams.”

To ensure the teams are as balanced as possible, each club will be assigned two Canadian national team players, two Mexican national team players, and all clubs but one will receive three US women’s national team players.  The inaugural season is set to kickoff this spring. 

Here’s the list of available players:

USA PLAYERS
Pos., Player Name
GK, Nicole Barnhart
M, Shannon Boxx
D, Rachel Buehler
M, Lauren Cheney
GK, Ashlyn Harris
M, Tobin Heath
D, Ali Krieger
D, Amy LePeilbet
F, Sydney Leroux
M, Lori Lindsey
M, Carli Lloyd
GK, Jill Loyden
D, Heather Mitts
F, Alex Morgan
D, Kelley O'Hara
M, Heather O'Reilly
D, Christie Rampone
M, Megan Rapinoe
F, Amy Rodriguez
D, Becky Sauerbrunn
GK, Hope Solo
F, Abby Wambach
M, Keelin Winters

MEXICO PLAYERS
Pos., Player Name

D, Alina Lisi Garciamendez Rowold
M, Veronica Raquel Perez Murillo
M, Teresa Noyola Bayardo
F, Maribel Dominguez Castelan
F, Monica Ocampo Medina
GK, Aurora Cecilia Santiago Cisneros
M, Lydia Nayeli Rangel Hernandez
F, Renae Nicole Cuellar Cuellar
M, Teresa Guadalupe Worbis Aguilar
F, Anisa Raquel Guajardo Braff
M, Dinora Lizeth Garza Rodriguez
D, Jennifer Marie Ruiz Brown
D, Luz del Rosario Saucedo Soto
D, Rubi Marlene Sandoval Nungaray
GK, Pamela Tajonar Alonso
D, Marylin Viridiana Diaz Ramirez

CANADA PLAYERS
Pos., Player Name
D, Melanie Booth
D, Robyn Gayle
M, Kaylyn Kyle
GK, Karina LeBlanc
M/F, Adriana Leon
M, Diana Matheson
D/M, Bryana McCarthy
GK, Erin McLeod
D, Carmelina Moscato
M/F, Jodi-Ann Robinson
M, Sophie Schmidt
M, Desiree Scott
D, Lauren Sesselmann
F, Christine Sinclair
D, Rhian Wilkinson
D, Emily Zurrer

08 January 4:25 pm

The New Year may bring another much-needed move for Maurice Edu, the former Toronto FC No. 1 pick and 2007 MLS Rookie of the Year .

In August, Edu jumped from Rangers to Stoke City in hopes of gaining valuable Premier League experience. Unfortunately, he’s only seen 10 minutes of playing time with the club. 

With World Cup qualifiers inching closer and closer, Edu simply can’t afford to be sitting on the bench. But sources are reporting that Edu may be in luck – Stoke City are open to loaning him out by the end of January, so the versatile defensive midfielder doesn’t jeopardize a spot on Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup qualifying roster.

Where exactly Edu would end up is still up in the air, but there has been chatter suggesting he could join up with EPL sides poised to lose players to the African Cup of Nations as well as several Ligue 1 clubs. 

If you were Edu, where would you want to end up on loan?