It turns out the duo that helped the US earn their first-ever victory at Estadio Azteca may yet be reunited at club level.
Maurice Edu has been looking for a destination away from fourth-division Rangers for much of the summer, and manager Ally McCoist revealed on Tuesday that a suitable club may have gotten the process started by contacting the American's representatives.
Of course, that's no indication of a done deal -- or even the beginning of earnest negotiations -- but it does seem to be a good sign for a player desperately in need of a new home.
Would Stoke City be a good move for Edu? Let us know in the comments sections below.
Fresh off selling Michael Bradley to Roma, it seems Chievo Verona are eyeing another talent who made a name for himself in MLS.
That would be Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero, who has scored 41 goals and dished out 30 assists during league play in three-plus seasons in the Pacific Northwest.
One of the brightest young talents in the league, Montero has never shied away from expressing a desire to test himself in Europe. In 22 games this season, Montero has scored seven goals to go along with four assists.
Would a move to Chievo make sense for the Colombian? Make your voice heard in the comment section below.
If you believe the reports, Clint Dempsey may very well land on Merseyside in England.
Just perhaps not in Liverpool FC colors.
The Daily Mail says that "Everton are considering rivaling Liverpool in the race to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham."
David Moyes and Everton, big fans of American players over the years, have landed a windfall of cash after the transfer of Jack Rodwell to Manchester City and apparently are looking at potentially throwing some Clint's way as a replacement for Tim Cahill, who recently joined the New York Red Bulls.
It's probably not what the 29-year-old US national team star had in mind with one year remaining on his Fulham contract after making it abundantly clear he wanted to play in the UEFA Champions League.
The news out of England point to a disparity in Fulham's valuation on a transfer (reportedly $14 million) and what the likes of Liverpool and others are willing to offer (circa $7 million).
Dempsey was not called up by Jurgen Klinsmann for Wednesday night's US friendly in Mexico and he continues to train with Fulham's youth squad, apart from the first team.
According to the latest reports, the ex-New England Revolution player won't be there when Fulham opens the English Premier League season at home against Norwich City on Saturday.
"God with me partnerAin't no one for me to fearHindsight 20/20Future not as clear" (T.I.)
— Clint Dempsey (@clint_dempsey) August 14, 2012
It's been one of the bigger questions of this summer: Where will all the Americans at bankrupt Rangers wind up?
We learned this week that Alejandro Bedoya joined Helsingborgs -- where, as fate would have it, he'll have the chance to face former Rangers rivals Celtic in the Champions League preliminary round. And on Saturday Carlos Bocanegra suited up for the reconstituted bottom-tier version of Rangers in a 2-2 draw at Peterhead.
So what of Maurice Edu?
It appears the US international is headed to English Championship side Ipswich Town on a £300,000 move. “We are interested in a midfield player but we don’t want to comment on speculation as he’s a Rangers player,” manager Paul Jewell said, coyly.
Last week it was Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal that were rumored to have interest in D.C. midfielder Andy Najar, this week it's Wigan Athletic, Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion.
That list might grow even larger now that Honduras are into the quarterfinals with a date against Brazil and Neymar, a group that's sure to have a few interested eyes monitoring their progress in London.
Najar may not be having his best season in black and red in 2012 – contributing two assists in 13 games, 10 of which were starts – but he's still just 19 years old and one of the most promising prospects in Major League Soccer. And, of course, success on an international stage certainly can't hurt his stock.
Is he ready for an overseas move? If so, what would the best fit? Let us know in the comments section below.
New York's acquisition of Australian attacking midfielder Tim Cahill was expected to have some knock-on effects. Looks like the first victim in the game of dominoes could be Mehdi Ballouchy.
According to this report on BigAppleSoccer.com, the Red Bulls are set to ship the Moroccan midfielder -- who was acquired from Colorado in 2010 -- to the San Jose Earthquakes. Nothing is confirmed by either club, and no word yet on what the Quakes are giving in return.
Ballouchy has made 16 appearances for NY this year, scored one goal, and posted two assists. In his two and a half seasons at Red Bull Arena, he has made a total of 51 regular-season appearances and five playoff appearances. He has scored four goals and added four assists.
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.
The Seattle Sounders currently have three Designated Players under contract – Álvaro Fernández, Fredy Montero and Mauro Rosales – but Germany is abuzz with the news that FC Kaiserslautern midfielder Christian Tiffert is on his way to the Pacific Northwest.
Rumors in recent weeks have linked Fernández with a move to Deportivo Cali in Colombia, and those rumblings are starting to make more sense as a DP slot would have to be cleared for Tiffert to be added to the Sounders roster.
That seems to be almost a certainty at this point, with agent Richard Motzkin confirming Tiffert's imminent arrival.
CORRECTION: D.C. United has not yet clinched Carolina Challenge Cup championship. I apologize for the confusion. #MLS
— Andrew Wiebe (@AndrewWiebe_MLS) March 3, 2012
So who makes way for Tiffert? Will Fernández move on? Will Montero finally get a move to Europe? Is this the right move by Sigi Schmid?
Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
The rumored deal that was set to send Seattle Sounders Designated Player Álvaro Fernández to Colombian side Deportivo Cali has fallen through.
That's the news according to this report in Colombian daily El Pais, which now claims that the club is looking elsewhere for attacking help.
Fernández addressed the situation only yesterday with the Seattle Times in this blog post.
When it's splashed all over the cover of Spanish sports daily Marca, we've got to take notice.
Here's what the headline says: "Red Bull gives Kaká wings" (thus the photo).
The rest of it: "The team from New York wants the Brazilian. The player appeals to the US league. ... But it would pay half [his salary]. Yesterday he didn't travel to Oviedo with Madrid. Saturday is d-day."
On Saturday, the Red Bulls also play in Montreal (7 pm ET, MLS LIVE).