It seems that Everton's Tim Cahill is on his way to New York.
Things may have just gotten a whole lot bleaker for the rest of the Eastern Conference in their quest to chase down the Red Bulls, as it appears that the Australian international is on a verge of a transfer to the Big Apple club.
According to a report from Everton's offical website, the 32-year-old will be heading to the United States to join RBNY within the next couple of days. The Red Bulls declined to comment at this time, and would not confirm the report.
Cahill found the back of the net 68 times in his 278 appearances on Merseyside, and 24 times in his 55 caps with the Australian national team.
Everton have reached agreement with the MLS for Tim Cahill's transfer to New York Red Bulls: http://t.co/TmQanB6r
— Official Everton (@Everton) July 23, 2012
UPDATE : The Red Bulls have put out a statement regarding the move:
HARRISON, NJ (July 23, 2012) – The New York Red Bulls released the following statement today regarding midfielder Tim Cahill:
"We are aware of Everton’s statement regarding midfielder Tim Cahill and our club. However, we have no comment at this time regarding him or any other non-New York player."
Could Polish goalscorer Ireneusz Jelen solve Columbus's scoring woes?
According to MLS-News.fr, Crew manager Robert Warzycha is interested in bringing his countryman to the side, which is currently in 8th place in the East and last in the conference in goals scored (17).
Jelen, 31, has been in France since 2006, spending five seasons with Auxerre and one with Lille. He has scored 49 goals in 153 league appearances in Ligue 1.
At the international level, he has 29 caps and five goals for Poland, making three appearances in the 2006 World Cup. But was not part of the recent EURO 2012 squad.
MLS is fast becoming a home away from home for Scottish players. First Kris Boyd inked a deal with Portland. Then his former Rangers teammate Steve Smith joined him in the Rose City. Ex-Celtic midfielder Barry Robson joined the Whitecaps last month, and now it looks like the rumored deal to bring international striker Kenny Miller to Vancouver is done.
“I told Kenny all about the club and he is excited about coming," Robson said, according to The Sun. “Kenny will be a great addition. He’s a top-quality player and everybody will be excited about his arrival. He is the type of player who would fit into any team. He is a goalscorer, he has talent and is intelligent. Kenny will offer a lot to the side with his pace, movement and goals. He is a top player."
Miller, who has spent time with Rangers, Celtic and Wolverhampton, among others, was most recently on the books at Cardiff City, where he scored 11 goals in 50 overall appearances.
“He’s a proven scorer at the highest level," Robson said, "and I’m looking forward to him becoming part of it all."
Julian de Guzman appears to be on his way out of Toronto after four years spent as one of the biggest names on the Reds’ roster.
Sportsnet in Canada is reporting that de Guzman has been traded to FC Dallas, although it’s unclear exactly what head coach Paul Mariner’s club will get in return for one of their three Designated Players.
De Guzman has appeared in 65 games for Toronto since signing as the first Designated Player in club history in 2009. Read the report here.
This Pardo is a little faster and a lot younger.
Chicago Fire veteran Pável Pardo may be sharing his last name with a Colombian forward if reports from Colombia hold true.
This article states that soon-to-be 22-year-old forward Felipe Pardo has a standing offer from MLS after becoming surplus to requirements at Independiente Medellín in Colombia.
Venezuelan international defender Oswaldo Vizcarrondo could be leaving América for America.
The US may be the destination for the current Club América player, who is ready to leave Mexico for MLS, although Uruguayan side Peñarol have also stepped up the chase, according to Venezuelan media.
Vizcarrondo's representative, José Luis Luraschi, says he's awaiting formal offers to come through this week in order to evaluate them with Club América, who will reportedly be expecting some sort of compensation.
Barcelona have the world's most storied — and prolific — youth program, the famed "La Masia," which has produced the backbone of both Barça and the Spanish national team, both of whom have had record-breaking success over the past six years.
Only the best of the best make it through to the first team, with many others finding places to ply their trade throughout the world.
For 20-year-old central defender Oriol Rosell, that could mean a move to MLS. So says MundoDeportivo, anyway.
What do we know about Rosell? Not much other than his age, height (5-foot-10) and position. He's also — according to Wikipedia, so please take it with a grain of salt — been with the Barcelona system since the age of 14, steadily moving through the ranks until his debut with the Barça B side last season (in Spain's second flight).
His ascent stalled there, however, as Rosell made only six appearances last year and now has been cleared to move away on a free.
Is a stop in MLS in the cards? If so, where do you think he'd best fit?
EDIT: The Twitterverse is apparently a step ahead of the game on this one, informing me that Rosell (as well as Johan Ramirez Neeskens — yes, he's the son of that Johan Neeskens) were on trial in KC at some point in June. Credit to The Washington Post's Steven Goff for the original scoop.
Brendan Rodgers has high hopes for Liverpool – and he's wasting no time trying to reinforce his squad for that pursuit.
The newly appointed manager is eager to make his first signing since taking over the Reds on June 1, and one of his first targets happens to be US international Clint Dempsey.
According to a report by the English newspaper The Mirror, Rodgers and the Liverpool front office are set to bid £7.5 million in an attempt to pry the English Premier League's fourth-leading scorer in 2011-12 away from Fulham's Craven Cottage and north to Anfield.
A deal could be completed as early as Wednesday, if you believe the report, as Liverpool hope to lock up Deuce before their trip to the United States next week.
If the transfer goes down, what do you think of the move?
After Sporting Kansas City's scoreless draw with Houston on Saturday, Carlos Bocanegra gave some insight into a situation still developing some 4,000 miles away in Glasgow, Scotland.
Like his Rangers teammates Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya, Bocanegra faces a decision about his future at Rangers after the club went into administration and is on the verge of being forced into Scotland's lower divisions. Unlike his teammates, though, the US defender has been consistently linked with MLS and spoke to SKC play-by-play man Callum Williams about that very possibility.
Watch the video above to see what Bocanegra has to say and check out this report with more insight into his thoughts on the current state of the club and Scottish football.
Joao Plata was at the "White House" on Friday afternoon and his former club in Toronto couldn't seem any farther away.
Although there has been no official word from Toronto FC, the Reds fan favorite was holding up a Liga de Quito jersey in a press conference held at the Ecuadorian club's Casa Blanca, where reports indicate he will remain through the end of the year.
Plata returned to Ecuador earlier this week unbeknownst to TFC, who were expecting him to show up to practice earlier this week although they admit they were investigating a potential loan deal with his former club.
The 20-year-old did not appear under new Toronto manager Paul Mariner, who took over for Aron Winter, and Plata told FutbolMLS.com earlier this week that he did not figure in the Englishman's plans.
But they were happy to have him in Ecuador, if this photo from Friday is any indication.
— Jonni Martinez (@DJJonniM) July 6, 2012