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05 September 4:44 pm

Il souffle actuellement un vent du Nord sur la MLS. Le LA Galaxy vient d’engager l’international suédois Christian Wilhelmsson. Pour l’avoir suivi de près lorsqu’il évoluait à Anderlecht, je me souviens de sa vitesse et de ses qualités techniques. Son récent passage en Arabie Saoudite n’a pas trop altéré ses aptitudes. Il m’a laissé une très bonne impression lors du dernier Euro et je pense que si Wilhelmsson n’avait pas été cantonné à un rôle de remplaçant de luxe, la Suède aurait franchi le premier tour.

Un autre Scandinave pourrait le rejoindre bientôt dans notre compétition : Eidur Gudjohnsen, le membre le plus célèbre de cette grande famille de soccer en Islande, s’entraîne actuellement à Seattle.

Il y aura de l’action sur les terrains de MLS ce soir. L’intérêt sportif pour Colorado - Portland (21h00) est plus limité, par contre Columbus espère prolonger sa belle série à New England (20h00). De retour chez lui demain à 20h30, Houston veillera aux détails pour ne pas se faire surprendre par Salt Lake, où Justin Braun ne semble guère connaître plus de succès qu’à Montréal.

Les deux équipes seront privées de plusieurs titulaires, convoqués par leur équipe nationale. Qui sera le plus déforcé ? Nous en avons discuté dans la dernière émission Coup Franc. Je vous parlerai davantage des éliminatoires de la Coupe du monde dans les prochains jours. En attendant, les équipes se préparent à leur façon : pour les Américains, c’est avec du basket-ball et des annuaires téléphoniques.

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30 July 1:32 pm

A lot went into Tim Cahill's move to New York. And now that the former Everton midfielder is stateside, the journey is only just beginning.

In exclusive one-on-one interviews with NewYorkRedBulls.com, Cahill discusses his motives for joining Major League Soccer, how US internationals and Everton teammates Tim Howard and Landon Donovan influenced his decision, and what he's looking forward to the most in New York.

Check out each piece below. Does signing Cahill make the Red Bulls MLS Cup favorites?

Part I: Cahill's decision
Part II: Cahill's teammates
Part III: Cahill's drive
Part IV: Cahill's introduction 

27 July 1:15 pm

The New York DP carousel continues to turn. According to a new report from Brian Lewis at the New York Post, the long rumors linking former FIFA World Player of the Year Kaká to the Red Bulls are still very much a reality.

"He wants to play in Red Bull New York," his agent is quoted as saying. "But in the future. Not now."

The price tag would be a steep one – initial estimates top off around $10 million – but his entrance into the league would immediately make him one of the most high-profile players ever to wear an MLS jersey.

10 July 11:58 am

Cette semaine, Olivier Tremblay, collaborateur à MLSsoccer.com, se joint à l’équipe pour une émission à écouter ici et au menu encore très riche :
- Nick De Santis, directeur sportif de Montréal, nous parle des coulisses du transfert d’Alessandro Nesta, notamment du fait qu’il n’est pas joueur désigné. Il évoque aussi les renforts que son club cherche encore.
- Notre invité Aurélien Collin révèle les secrets de l’excellent début de saison de Kansas City, fait part de ses attentes en vue du Match des étoiles (All-Star Game) contre Chelsea et évoque aussi de sa passion, la mode.
- On analyse le Onze Populaire de la MLS, choisi par le public, avec Christian Schaekels de Vision du Jeu. Comment Ben Olsen doit-il compléter ce groupe, en fonction des qualités des joueurs choisis, du style qu’il prône et des qualités de l’adversaire, Chelsea ?
- Décevant sur le terrain, Portland limoge son entraîneur John Spencer.
- L’accolade entre Zakuani et Mullan après Seattle - Colorado.
- Les trois buts marqués par Saborio en un quart d’heure.

L'émission Coup Franc est disponible sur iTunes.

25 June 5:31 pm

The Scottish Premier League's loss just may be Major League Soccer's gain.

After the collapse of storied club Glasgow Rangers, their prized winger Sono Aluko is being linked with a move across the pond to the United States. According to a report from The Scottish Sun, the 23-year-old Nigerian international has declared publicly that he does not want his contract renewed, with the publication contending that the Houston Dynamo are leading the charge for his services.

According to the Sun, the New England Revolution are also in the hunt for the outside midfielder, who scored 12 goals in 21 appearances last season for 'Gers. The English-born Aluko spent three seasons playing for fellow SPL side Aberdeen – where he tallied seven times in 82 appearances  prior to joining Rangers. The report also mentions Championship sides Crystal Palace and Charlton as teams interested in Aluko's services.

If the Scottish Football Association agrees to transfer his registration, he could be set to make an immediate impact for whichever club he signs with.

11 June 5:09 pm

Andriy Shevchenko may be taking his talents to Major League Soccer.

The 35-year-old Ukrainian icon has been linked to MLS and says he has "several offers." In a report by The New York Times, Shevchenko — who is married to former American supermodel Kristen Pazik — is prepared to spend time with his two sons in the United States.

While he plans on waiting until after this month's European Championship to make any decisions, he has certainly proved he still has the scoring touch. In Ukraine's 2-1 victory over Sweden in the opening round game of Group D on Monday, Shevchenko scored twice in three minutes to overcome a 1-0 deficit and propel the co-hosts to the top of the leaderboard.

Sheva now has 49 goals in 109 caps for Ukraine, and after a quiet few years since his disappointing production at both Chelsea and AC Milan, a 2009 move to Dynamo Kyiv helped fuel his resurgence. With 23 goals in 53 games, it's become clear that despite his age, he refuses to go away quietly.

While we will not know for certain Shevchenko's intentions until he settles in after the Euros, his move to the States looks more like a "when" than an "if." With the type of numbers he is putting up, and the current form he is in, there are certainly no shortage of MLS teams who could use his firepower up front.

07 May 3:24 pm

As you can see above, Clint Dempsey is a company man, even if there is significant doubt as to his long-term future with Fulham.

Dempsey scored his 17th goal of the EPL campaign on Sunday – a total that trails only Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Agüero – by curling a free kick into the top corner in the London club's 2-1 victory against Sunderland.

And with the silly season rapidly approaching, media on the other side of the pond are already rounding into mid-summer form, linking the American striker with a move to Arsenal – potentially as a replacement for van Persie should the lure of Manchester City or another big-money suitor draw the Dutchman away.

Should that come off, it's safe to say the Gunners are going to have a serious uptick in interest in the US. Then again, Arsenal's Champions League credentials aren't yet secured either, leaving some doubt about their summer strategy and their ability to attract the big names needed to return to the highest rung on the European ladder.

Personally, I'd love to see an American ply their trade in La Liga, and this article makes a pretty convincing argument that Malaga wouldn't be a bad destination for Deuce.

Where would you do if you were Dempsey? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.