Eidur Gudjohnsen, Joan Verdú, Nelson Haedo Váldez, Javier Saviola ... it's hard to know which rumors are real and which are mere rumors in the Emerald City.
But the Sounders are clearly up to something, as GM Adrian Hanauer told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday that the club hopes to have news on a Designated Player soon. Earlier Tuesday, Steven Goff of The Washington Post offered up an interesting appetizer:
Seattle Sounders in hunt for Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins? Just a little somethin' I heard today. Thoughts? #mls
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) February 19, 2013
No indication of if that "little somethin'" has legs or not, but Martins is certainly a pedigreed forward who could help Seattle immensely. He's played in all of Europe's "Big Four" leagues and currently is taking a star turn at Levante in Spain's top flight.
What do you think? Would a mercurial Nigerian speedster with nearly 100 career goals for clubs and country be the right fit for the Sounders?
CHARLESTON, S.C. — What a day for Warren Creavalle.
One minute you're in the shower, getting ready to relax after a tough training session, and the next you're left sitting under the sink, locked in the bathroom, wondering if you'll make it out while teammates, coaches, hotel maintenance staff and local officials try with all their might to save you.
I WANT OUT!!!
— Warren Creavalle (@warrenspeak) February 19, 2013
— Bobby Boswell (@bobbyboswell) February 19, 2013
In his first public interview since escaping from his bathroom at the Hampton Inn on Daniel Island, Creavalle sat down with us to talk about what went wrong, and where he plans to go from here:
Good times had by all last week with the whole crew MLSers who made the pilgrimage to NYC for the Media and Marketing Tour. Even better times had by Steven Lenhart, Drew Moor and Michael Farfan, who got to roll to Upper 90 Soccer in Brooklyn to film a little somethin' somethin' for The Dan Patrick Show while they they were here.
The finished product came out today, starting with a few penalties. Paul Pabst is the man:
Things got real good from there. Moor provides one of the best Zizou impressions we've seen while Lenny, well, Lenny just does Lenny.
Good morning from Chucktown, everybody. We arrived yesterday with just enough time to get the lay of the land here in The Palmetto State. Tucson and Orlando get the bulk of the attention this time of year, but from what we can gather everyone who comes through these parts wishes they could return. Here are a few tidbits from a fun first day for us at the Carolina Challenge Cup:
The Three Lions Club is awesome.
Our first stop was Blackbaud Stadium, where the Dynamo trained (Alligator-free) and Chicago's U-18s were taking on the Battery academy on the main stadium pitch. Thanks to Chicago-Fire.com's do-it-all editor Jeff Crandall, we were able to get a peek at the crown jewel that is the Three Lions Club. Situated on the second floor of the stadium, TLC is home to one of the most impressive collections of soccer memorabilia we've ever seen. Seriously, you know you're legit when you have an autographed 1994 U.S. National Team World Cup poster displayed prominently on the wall, framed, in all its glory.
A familar face in a new place.
There wasn't a huge crowd out at Houston Dynamo's training session, but there was one guy you might have recognized. After leaving MLS to join the Carolina Railhawks last year, Jason Garey appeared on the sidelines Monday. Only thing was, Garey was in street clothes, not training gear. So what's the former Columbus and Houston striker up to now? Putting that finance degree from the University of Maryland to good use as a wealth manager for a few of his former MLS colleagues. Not a bad transition if you ask us.
The seafood here is alright.
After training wrapped up yesterday, most everyone for all the teams here had the afternoon and evening off on their own. For many of the players, that meant getting out of the hotel and into downtown Charleston, which is where you want to be. We did so, too, meeting up with the Chi-Town quartet of Daniel Paladini, Chris Rolfe, Steven Kinney and Arne Friedrich.
— Daniel Paladini (@PaladiniXI) February 18, 2013
Of course, seafood was the play, and Pearlz Oyster Bar was the place. Epic. Shrimp, crab, mussels, the works. Friedrich even got to try clam chowder for the first time. His North American education continues.
How can the LA Galaxy persuade Frank Lampard to make the leap across the pond? Let him head back to Europe for an offseason loan, according to The Mirror.
The British tabloid claims the Galaxy are willing to let Lampard join a European club for up to three months next winter (sound familiar, LA fans?). The goal is for him to enter 2014 with the best chances of making England's squad for the summer trip to the World Cup in Brazil.
And that's not the only perk Lampard would get from this rumored offer, said to be for $4.5 million annually over two-and-a-half years. According to the report, Lampard would get benefits such as a free house and free flights to the UK.
The 34-year-old midfielder is rumored to want to stay at Chelsea, but his contract with the reigning European champions expires in June and the Blues have yet to make a new offer, leading to plenty of questions around his future.
A Galaxy spokesperson declined to comment on the report.
And bear in mind... it's The Mirror.
À deux semaines de la reprise de la compétition, les matchs amicaux se succèdent et ce week-end a été on ne peut plus rempli. Mais en marge de ces duels, il y a aussi eu des nouvelles très intéressantes concernant des vedettes de la MLS.
La plus attendue concernait l’avenir de Landon Donovan, qui reprendra finalement les entraînements avec le LA Galaxy lors de la dernière semaine de mars. Pendant ce temps, ses coéquipiers ont fait match nul 0-0 contre les Sud-Coréens de Gangwon.
À Tucson, la Desert Diamond Cup s’est poursuivie avec la victoire de Seattle 2-1 contre Salt Lake, et celle de New England 3-1 contre New York, dont la maigre consolation est l’excellente prestation de l’ex-Lyonnais Juninho, qui a marqué son premier but pour ses nouvelles couleurs.
Le tournoi de Portland s’est ouvert par un spectaculaire partage 3-3 entre le club hôte et San José, alors que Dallas et les Suédois d’AIK ont aussi fait match nul, mais sans marquer. Début également de la Carolina Challenge Cup, à Charleston, dont les deux premières rencontres ont fini sur le même score, 3-2, l’une en faveur de Vancouver face au club hôte, l’autre en faveur de Chicago contre Houston.
Enfin, la finale du tournoi Disney opposera Columbus, difficile vainqueur d’Orlando 3-2, à Montréal, qui a partagé 1-1 avec DC United sur fond de rumeurs de départ de Marco Di Vaio et d’Alessandro Nesta en fin de saison. Dans les autres rencontres, Kansas City a battu Tampa Bay 1-0 et Philadelphie s’est imposé 3-0 contre Toronto.
The soccer news cycles chews managers up and spits them out. But some of them will always have a place in our collective memory.
Former NY Red Bulls manager Hans Backe falls in that category and thanks to EmpireOfSoccer.com's Dave Martinez, we now know what he's up to these days.
Apparently he's serving as a color analyst for Swedish TV and those unique intonations we all grew to enjoy come to life all over again (video below).
Whether you enjoy the Harlem Shake or not, it's now infiltrated MLS clubs. The Seattle Sounders, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Houston Dynamo (a special edition with the Dynamo Girls) are the latest to join the viral video movement.
Where would you rate Jimmy Conrad and his KICKTV crew in the American soccer Harlem Shake hierarchy?
Short, sweet and unambiguous support for Robbie Rogers:
Statement on @robbierogers: “As a Federation we support all our athletes who have had the courage to address this deeply personal topic."
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) February 16, 2013
.@ussoccer statement contd: "We are proud of Robbie. He has been an outstanding representative of our National Team program for many years."
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) February 16, 2013
"...We support him and wish him great success in the future."
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) February 16, 2013
WATCH: MLSers react to Rogers coming out
It's been an emotional day for all of MLS and US soccer, but doubtless nobody's gone through the wringer quite as thoroughly as Robbie Rogers.
Here's his 13-word response:
Thank you everyone for all of the support and love. Wasn't expecting this.
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) February 16, 2013
But from where I sit, the best part of today is that the next guy (or gal) to debate whether or not to come out can expect "this." It's a more tolerant and loving world than we all thought it was nine hours ago.