Transfer Watch: Swiss veteran Tranquillo Barnetta reportedly drawing interest from Philadelphia Union
Free agent winger Tranquillo Barnetta is weighing his options for his next club move, and apparently one of them is an MLS club.
CARSON, Calif. -- The last time the LA Galaxy took the field at the Rose Bowl, they watched Manchester United pummel them in a 7-0 debacle that delighted the vast majority of the nearly 85,000 on hand.
Now they're taking on Barcelona, the consensus choice as the world's best club, in Tuesday night's International Champions Cup friendly at the 93-year-old shrine in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco. It's a challenge they're excited about, but also one they don't want ending like last year's match.
AMSTERDAM – A trio of American exports made news in Europe on Tuesday, with Sarpsborg 08 starting netminder Quentin Westberg making a surprise move to Ligue 2 battlers Tours.
The 29-year-old former US Under-20 backstop, who was born and raised in the suburbs of Paris, returns to France on a two-year deal with the Loire Valley side. Westberg was 0-3-1 in four league games with struggling Sarpsborg, but starred in their NM Cupen round-of-16 penalty kicks defeat of Brann.
Steven Gerrard wasn't happy with the way things played out in his first competitive game for the LA Galaxy, a face-off against Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup. He wasn't happy with his one-on-one miss, either. Still, he carried a “cheeky smile” on his face after getting his first real taste of Major League Soccer.
AMSTERDAM – Cesar Romero and FC Pyunik eased into the second qualifying round of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory (4-2 on aggregate) over second-leg hosts Folgore.
The impending free agent, who scored in the home leg, drew saves with three of his nine shot attempts and delivered several tempting restarts.
If Romero does not sign elsewhere by next Tuesday, he will be available to Pyunik when they begin the next round of qualifying away to Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK.
AMSTERDAM – Before the US national team gathers our attention for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, there's time for a quick offseason check on club matters for the senior and youth internationals working overseas.
Samir Nasri hasn't been shy about expressing his desire to play in MLS one day.
The Manchester City midfielder again stated that he could see himself in MLS in the future, telling Sky Sports over the weekend that he'd be more likely to make a move to North America than return to Ligue 1 in his native France.
AMSTERDAM – Though various English reports have Tottenham right-sider DeAndre Yedlin all set to leave White Hart Lane on loan, MLSsoccer.com has learned that nothing has been decided about the US international's immediate club future at this time.
Major League Soccer was well represented in UEFA European Championship qualifying on Saturday, with the Chicago Fire’s Shaun Maloney and Scotland drawing 1-1 at Robbie Keane’s Ireland and Sporting Kansas City forward Krisztian Nemeth helping Hungary to a 1-0 win against D.C.
With a FIFA window for international matches set for early June and several international tournaments coming up, here's a running list of MLS players called up to their national teams, to be updated as squads are announced: