It was one of the lowlights of the American soccer weekend: US youth international and Birmingham City defender Will Packwood suffered a leg fracture vs. Leeds United, which will rule him out for the foreseeable future. The video of the incident follows at the end of this post (warning: video is graphic).
The player himself gave an update on the surgery and his current condition via Twitter:
For those asking, it appears I have a double tib+fib fracture. Broken in as many as four places. Long road to recover...but not impossible!
— William Packwood (@WPackwood) January 6, 2013
Surgery went well this morning! Need to head back to Birmingham for another op tomorrow. My leg looks like bionic man!
— William Packwood (@WPackwood) January 6, 2013
Did you watch Sunday's 60 Minutes segment on the phenomenon that is FC Barcelona?
It's not everyday that a soccer team is profiled on one of the most revered news shows in America. What did you think of the piece by CBS News' Bob Simon? Were you expecting an interview with Barcelona's American youth player Ben Lederman or his parents?
What aspect of the piece struck you most? The names of past players on each locker? The chapel in the bowels of the stadium? The Catalunya secession angle?
Watch it again below and share your feedback in the comments section.
A few weeks ago we told you how Houston Dynamo star Oscar Boniek Garcia was talking up MLS to his Honduran compatriot Alexander López. But it wasn't necessarily clear that he was trying to recruit him to BBVA Compass Stadium.
We have our confirmation, from the player himself.
López spilled the beans to the Saturday edition of Honduran outlet La Tribuna.
“Yes, it's true that I have an offer from the Houston Dynamo," he said. "I think it would be a nice experience to play in that league [MLS]. I'm not going to deny that in a way it excites me, but I'm not desperate to leave; I'm young with my future ahead of me. I've been calm about everything."
Boniek Garcia was a former Olimpia player and is very familiar with López's abilities. It helps that the Dynamo and Olimpia faced off in the group stage of the current edition of the CONCACAF Champions League.
“As a player you always look at things in the short-term and I'd like to consolidate my place on the team [Olimpia] this year, although the offer from the United States is tempting," López said. "The Houston Dynamo manager saw me when we played them in the United States. I think it would be a nice experience that other Honduran players are already living."
So what do we make of this one?
There's a report that claims that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is mulling over a move for Sporting Kansas City forward C.J. Sapong. The Football Magazine goes as far as saying that a fee of nearly $5 million has been agreed upon with SKC with only personal terms left to be worked out.
When contacted by MLSsoccer.com, Sporting Kansas City had no comment on the report.
The news is so out-of-the-blue that many have already laughed it off. But work permit issues notwithstanding, why would it be considered so far-fetched? After all, the 24-year-old Sapong is one of the elite young players in MLS and captured the 2011 Rookie of the Year award. And Arsenal have made it a club policy to recruit young players.
Despite battling injury and losing his starting spot in 2012, Sapong still wound up with nine goals in 2012 MLS league action and now Sporting KC have what seemingly looks like a glut of forwards with new signing Claudio Bieler and the return of Teal Bunbury from a knee injury.
What do you make of the news? Comment below.
MLS clubs finished the 2012 year with an impressive line up of community appearances and favorite community moments. This New Year, clubs are starting strong in the community. Take a look at some of the highlights:
For more community news from around the League, visit the MLS W.O.R.K.S. news section.
You've probably read the rumors, and so have we: The New York Red Bulls are reportedly trading Joel Lindpere to the Chicago Fire in exchange for an international slot.
But as of Friday evening, neither club was saying anything, as both RBNY and Chicago declined to comment to MLSsoccer.com.
But given the amount of salary the Red Bulls are likely taking on for Juninho Pernambucano — further crowding up an already crowded midfield — and their suddenly open Designated Player slot thanks to the sale of Rafa Márquez, this move isn't much of a surprise. (Lindpere signed a hefty contract extension a year ago.)
Even less of a shock considering the clear-out of Hans Backe products that began as soon as the 2012 season ended and will likely continue as new sporting director Andy Roxburgh puts his stamp on the club. All that cap space is going to go somewhere, and if you factor in the extra international slot into the equation, well, you can take a guess as to what kind of math the Red Bulls are banking on.
Still, it'd be a bit sad to see the Estonian midfielder make his exit from Red Bull Arena. After all, he bagged the first goal ever scored there and was a fan favorite. If he's gone, by the way, that would leave a single player left on the roster from that March 2010 friendly against Santos, the debut match at RBNY's new home:
The times have changed in Harrison, indeed.
Uno de los problemas más graves de nuestra sociedad es la brecha que existe entre los ricos y pobres. La desigualdad económica provoca, entre otras cosas, que haya gente en el mundo sin hogar. El no tener un techo encima donde vivir, genera desolación, e impide que las personas tengan la posibilidad de comunicarse e interactuar con otros.
Con base en esto, los austríacos Mel Young, miembro del Foro Económico Mundial, y Harald Schmied, relacionista público, fundaron en 2001 la Homeless World Cup, una organización sin ánimo de lucro que busca empoderar a las personas sin hogar.
La organización realiza “el mundial para personas sin hogar”, y cuenta con 73 organizaciones afiliadas, que proveen educación y apoyo desde el fútbol a través de programas de desarrollo sostenible, generando un impacto positivo en la vida de sus participantes.
La Homeless World Cup se lleva a cabo anualmente, y cuenta con el respaldo entre otras organizaciones, de la UEFA.
El corresponsal del New York Times, Damien Cave, estuvo presente en la más reciente edición del evento que se llevó a cabo en Ciudad de México. Cave realizó un perfil de Ana Aguirre, jugadora de la selección de México, proveniente de Ciudad Juárez, quien participó en la Homeless WC. A continuación su historia:
La Homeless World Cup México 2012 fue la décima versión del evento anual que comenzó en 2003, en Bekasi, Indonesia, y que además del torneo principal, organiza varios alrededor del mismo, tanto para hombres como para mujeres. Personalidades del fútbol internacional como los mexicanos Jorge Campos, Hugo Sánchez, Jared Borguetti y el danés Petr Schmeichel, entre otros, han demostrado su apoyo con la organización.
Les écoliers ne seront peut-être pas d’accord avec une telle affirmation. Je ne parle évidemment pas des vacances scolaires mais bien de la reprise en MLS. Les supporters l’attendent avec impatience. Les joueurs aussi ont hâte de s’y remettre… ce qui ne déplaira pas aux employés dans les bureaux des clubs. N’est-ce pas, Antoine Hoppenot ?
The Portland Timbers certainly haven’t stood pat this offseason.
General manager Gavin Wilkinson and first-year coach Caleb Porter have already injected steel into the side – acquiring MLS vets such as midfielder Will Johnson from Real Salt Lake, versatile defender Michael Harrington from Sporting KC and Jamaican striker Ryan Johnson from Toronto FC – and now they could be poised to add some much-needed creativity.
At only 26, Valeri is entering the prime of his career and would be a promising acquisition for a Timbers side in need of a bit more attacking oomph. It also helps he seems to be out of favor at his current club.
Valeri currently plays for Club Atlético Lanús in the Argentine Primera División, where he’s made 156 appearances since debuting in 2003 and captained the team in their 2011 Clausura runners-up campaign, but hasn’t seen much time since ex-Columbus Crew star Guillermo Barros Schelotto took over as manager. Of course, that’s where Portland come into play.
Should the Argentine make the move to the Pacific Northwest, the Timbers could have the type of creative midfield presence that would allow Darlington Nagbe to shift permanently to the withdrawn forward role many believe will bring out the best in Porter’s former Akron prodigy.
He’s no stranger to foreign adventures, either. In July 2009, Valeri was loaned to Portuguese champions Porto, where he played one season, then spent six months on loan with Spanish second-division side UD Almería.
What do you think? Is Valeri the answer in Portland? Will the Timbers’ offseason moves pay dividends in 2013?
The Daily Mail – alarm bells already ringing! – reported Friday morning that current Queens Park Rangers vice-captain Ryan Nelsen was headed back to MLS as an assistant coach with former club D.C. United.
It didn't take long for The Washington Post's Steve Goff to get his journalistic biplane off the ground to effectively red baron those rumors.
Brit tabloid report that QPR's Ryan Nelsen is joining D.C. United coaching staff is "100 percent" not true, Ben Olsen says #dcu #mls
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 4, 2013
Just as quickly, others chimed in with another possible landing spot for Nelsen: Toronto FC, where former D.C. president Kevin Payne is reshaping the club.
Word I've heard is that Toronto FC could be the destination for Ryan Nelsen to begin coaching career, would re-unite him with Kevin Payne.
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 4, 2013
If Nelsen does land on an MLS staff, it would continue the ongoing trend of former players moving into assistant coaching roles. The New Zealander would certainly have plenty of experience to draw on, as well as an intimate understanding of the league and valuable contacts back in England.
What do you think? Would Nelsen be a good hire at TFC or D.C. United? For an MLS side in general?