There are always offseason rumors flying around the Red Bulls, but with this one there seems to be no ambiguity:
"There is no shadow of a doubt, I am eager to come back," Cahill reportedly told the Liverpool Echo about his desire to return to Everton on a short-term winter loan. "Hopefully something can be done. It would be nice but it is not down to me. I have to respect that sometimes the ship has sailed."
Cahill, one of three Designated Players on the New York roster, scored one goal in 12 regular-season and two postseason games after arriving from the Toffees, and was hobbled by a calf injury throughout. In his last 55 club games across all competitions, the 32-year-old attacker has four goals and six assists.
New York's Rafa Márquez has already made it clear that he wants to go out on loan this offseason.
And he's made it pretty clear that Atlas — his original club, which is struggling mightily in the Liga MX these days — is his preferred destination.
And now Atlas are flirting back:
Atlas VP on new signings: "Rafa Marquez will always be our first option. His home is Atlas and it will be all his life."
— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) Nov. 16, 2012
This, of course, doesn't mean that anything is, as yet, official. But there's certainly a lot more to this one than one stray press release.
Does this even qualify as a rumor? It's not coming from The Sun or The Daily Mirror or some obscure web site out in Asia.
This is Didier Drogba himself talking.
Here's what Chelsea's 2011-12 UEFA Champions League hero tells SuperSport about his MLS plans.
“If I’m able to achieve my objectives at the end of my contract with Shanghai Shenhua in 2014, I’d love to attempt another adventure, maybe in the United States.
“I had some proposals last summer but they all looked like what I had in England. I wanted to move far way to another culture. I’ll be 37 then and I think I can still play because I’m always a young man in front of the ball,” he said.
Will an MLS club be willing to take a chance on a "young" Drogba at age 37? Why not?
A Roger Espinoza move to the English Premier League has seemed like a fait accompli ever since Honduras' impressive run in the London Olympics — one that ended with the Sporting KC midfielder receiving a standing ovation from the fans at St. James' Park after earning a controversial second yellow against Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Among those singing his praises the loudest was Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez. And now it looks like the outspoken Spaniard will get his man, as according to The Daily Mail, Espinoza is heading to Wigan once the winter transfer window opens.
Espinoza, who's spent his entire professional career with Sporting, is currently nursing a sprained ankle and is expected to miss this weekend's showdown with New York.
Newly named New York Red Bulls GM Jerome de Bontin was non-committal when he was asked last week about the future of current manager Hans Backe.
But Backe himself sounds like he knows what's happening when his contract expires at the end of the current season.
According to a report in Swedish outlet Expressen, Backe indicated that he plans on moving back to Sweden in December.
"My contract runs out and I have not heard anything, so I will be moving home in December," Backe said, according to an online translation of the article. "There has been a reorganization which brought in Gérard Houllier and Jerome de Bontin and Erik Solér has been fired."
Add to that last week's rumors that tie Harry Redknapp and Gary McAllister to the Red Bulls job and it makes for a pretty major disruption for a team that still hasn't clinched a playoff berth with two matches remaining.
We'll see how the club responds in the coming days.
When an England-based media outlet gets a chance to sit down with MLS Commissioner Don Garber, the question du rigueur these days is about Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard.
After his participation in the Leaders in Football conference in London on Thursday, Garber fielded the "Lampard to MLS" question and was bullish about his one day joining the US top-flight (see the video below):
"What a great player," Garber said about Lampard. "It would be great to see him in Major League Soccer but I'm not aware of any conversations going on."
And the Commissioner also shared his thoughts about ex-New England Revolution and current Tottenham Hotspur forward Clint Dempsey, who will lead the US national team in two crucial World Cup qualifying matches.
"For me, personally, I'd love to have Clint Dempsey in Major League Soccer," he said. "I think that the top American today and playing in our league and being an idol for young kids all across the country would be good for Major League Soccer."
See the entire interview below:
Jurgen Klinsmann has had some pretty good luck importing dual-nationality Yanks from around the globe. Save for the occasional Timmy Chandler swing-and-a-miss, his main squad-building technique seems to be roping in as many "possibly maybes" as he can.
And now he'll have a new target:
Just spoke with Aron Johannsson, leading scorer in Danish Superliga. Born in Alabama, playing for Iceland U21s, open to USA. More to come
— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) September 5, 2012
Johannsson's a big guy, standing just a shade over 6-foot, but is actually more of a winger than a center forward. And he looks a lot like Kevin Bacon. Google him if you dare.
Highly caffeinated Seattle Sounders beat writer Jeremiah Oshan got confirmation from SSFC general manager Adrian Hanauer that former Chelsea, Barcelona, Tottenham, Monaco, Fulham, Stoke City, AEK Athens and (insert 10 more clubs here) attacker Eidur Gudjohnsen will be training with the team this week. No promises made beyond that yet.
Is Roger Espinoza Wigan's next Honduran hard man?
The Mirror seems to think so, reporting that the Sporting KC midfielder has caught the eye of Latics manager Roberto Martinez. If Wigan want to secure the services of the Honduran international before January, they'll have to move quickly as the international transfer window closes on Aug. 31.
Espinoza impressed for his country in the London Olympics, scoring against Brazil in the quarterfinals before receiving a standing ovation after being sent off in the final minutes. He's been a starter for Peter Vermes in Kansas City since 2010, gradually working his way onto the list of the best box-to-box midfielders in MLS.
What do you think? Would Espinoza fit at Wigan? Can Sporting afford to lose him after Teal Bunbury was lost for the season with a torn ACL?