Rumor Central

FEELING BLAS: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Noted Colombian journalist Diego Rueda has tweeted that Blas Pérez – a foe US fans know all too well – "will play in MLS." The Panamanian national team striker and journeyman of the Colombian and Mexican leagues is looking for a new address after his current team, Indios de Ciudad Juárez, announced they'll be dissolving due to financial problems. (Twitter - Dec. 27, 2011)


OTRO CATRACHO? Another Honduran national-teamer could be headed to MLS, as sports daily Diez quotes World Cup and three-time Gold Cup veteran winger Óscar Boniek García as claiming that MLS is "a good option" for the next stage in the 27-year-old's career. (Diez - Dec. 28, 2011)


FIRE CHASING GREEK STRIKER: Financial problems at Greek club PAOK mean they've got to move some of their bigger-name players. That leaves an opening for MLS, and it seems the Chicago Fire are targeting striker Dimitris Salpigidis. The 30-year-old has more than 50 caps for Greece, and scored the nation's first World Cup goal against Nigeria in 2010. (Sport-fm.gr - Dec. 26, 2011)


SERENGETI STRIKER: Tanzanian international and Azam FC striker Mrisho Ngassa may yet get his move to Seattle, according to reports in Africa. Ngassa was on trial with the Sounders last summer and made a cameo appearance against Manchester United. The striker is hoping for another trial to show what he can do. (The Citizen - Dec. 25, 2011)


TRADING SWEDES: Seattle may have lost Erik Friberg this offseason, but that doesn't necessarily mean they've lost their Swedish connection. Reports across the pond are linking right back Adam Johansson to the Sounders, and claim he has signed a three-year deal the the MLS club. (Gothenburg Post - Dec. 27, 2011)


Combine Fodder: Ex-Arsenal, Blackburn and Liverpool youth Jason Banton said on Twitter that he's been invited to participate in the MLS Combine next month. The 19-year old represented England at the U-17 level, but has failed to find a permanent home in Old Blighty. (@JasonBanton - Dec. 26, 2011)


The Speed Option: It's looking more and more like the Sounders have targeted Trinidadian youngster Cordell Cato as their next signing. The T&T U-20 is described as a Sanna Nyassi-type who can play up top or on the wing, but needs time to develop. (Sounder at Heart - Dec. 26, 2011)


ABRAHAM IN THE LAND OF LINCOLN?: Frank Klopas is revamping the Chicago Fire for 2012, and he might have his sights set on a Spanish center midfielder with Barcelona on his CV. Abraham, 26, is currently with Alcorcón in the 2nd div., but is reportedly talking to the Fire. (Sport.es - Dec 25, 2011)


GUNNING FOR HENRY?: Here we go! The silly season rumor mill was looking for grist, and now it's got it: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger discussed a possible loan deal for NYRB's Thierry Henry: "Short term is ideal for us," Wenger said, "but I haven't made any enquiry yet." (The Telegraph - Dec 24, 2011)


MAS COLOMBIANOS: Might FCD turn their trio of Colombians into a quartet? Yes, according to Independiente Medellin defender Hernan Pertuz, who says he's on the verge of joining countrymen David Ferreira, Jair Benitez, and Fabian Castillo in Dallas. (elHeraldo.co - Dec 23, 2011)


ONE BAD BOFO: It's been rumored for years, but several Mexican reports are indicating it could actually happen: former Mexican national-team and Chivas star Adolfo "Bofo" Bautista's move to MLS. The colorfully coiffed attacker is out of contract and cannot join another Mexican side. A jump north remains a high possibility. (El Universal - Dec. 23, 2011)


SAMBA MAGIC FOR LA?: As the David Beckham saga continues, rumors have surfaced that the LA Galaxy have again set their sights on 31-year-old Brazilian magician Ronaldinho. The former Barcelona and AC Milan superstar hasn't been paid by current club Flamengo in a while and could be heading out in 2012. Will LA be his next destination? (ESPN LA Soccer Blog - Dec. 22, 2011)


LEKIC OR NOT: Just when it seemed as though Rajko Lekic had started to settle in at New England, he might actually be on his way out. The Danish striker revealed on Twitter that it looks as though he won't be re-signing with the club. Revolution GM Michael Burns told MLSsoccer.com that "negotiations are ongoing with Rajko at this stage, although we're unsure if we'll reach an agreement." (Lekic's tweet - Dec. 22, 2011)


PACK YOUR BAGGIO: Reports out of Sweden suggest that newly named Hammarby head coach Gregg Berhalter has targeted his first signing – and it's right out of MLS. Former Chicago Fire midfielder Baggio Husidic is supposedly being eyed by the Swedish club. (fotbollskanalen.se - Dec. 21, 2011)


ROGERS HAS OPTIONS: Robbie Rogers' agent tells The Columbus Dispatch that Leeds United and Blackburn are both interested in the out-of-contract Crew attacker, but that a decision isn't imminent and that "there's a chance he could stay" in Columbus. (Columbus Dispatch - Dec. 20, 2011)


"HE SAID YES": That's reportedly what the headline of the Wednesday edition of Le Parisien will read as, according to the French newspaper, David Beckham has agreed to an 18-month deal with Paris-Saint Germain. A spokesperson for the 36-year-old midfielder, however, denied the agreement. (Yahoo! France Sport - Dec. 20, 2011)


JUNINHO HEADED HOME? According to multiple sources in Brazil, São Paulo FC aren't just calling time on Juninho's loan to the LA Galaxy, they're locking him up. The midfielder is supposedly headed back to the club where he grew up on a three-year contract. (Globoesporte.com - Dec. 20, 2011)


HONDURAN TUG OF WAR: It appears a battle has broken out between Olimpia of Honduras and an MLS club for the services of Catrachos midfielder Danilo Turcios. The midfielder's manager in Honduras claims he won't leave, but no deal has been struck. (Goal.com - Dec. 19, 2011)


"MAJOR INTEREST" IN GONZO: Less than a week after a reporter claimed that Club America in Mexico were interested in signing Omar Gonzalez, SkySports.com says "there is major interest from the Premier League in the 23-year-old." Apparently his Galaxy teammate David Beckham has been giving a "glowing reference." (SkySports.com - Dec. 20, 2011)


TICO TIME: In addition to Marcelo Sarvas, there could be two more players from Costa Rican champions Alajuelense that make the move stateside. Reports from the Central American country say Allen Guevara and Geancarlo Gonzáles are transfer candidates. (Costa Rica Hoy - Dec. 19, 2011)


HENRY HOMECOMING? The Red Bulls say they're not entertaining any loans, but The Times of London, as venerable a daily as they come, says Thierry Henry could be headed back to North London on a one-month deal with Arsenal, who will be without several stars during January's African Cup of Nations. (The Times, Dec. 19, 2011)


NO DEAL FOR DAVID: Sky Sports has a report that says despite all the talk of David Beckham being in France this weekend and close to a deal with Paris Saint-Germain, it just ain't so. But what about those rumors of Victoria searching for a new place in Paris? Stay tuned. (Sky Sports, Dec. 17, 2011)


FRENCH CONNECTION France Football is reporting that LA Galaxy star David Beckham is on the ground in Paris, and that the drama surrounding his potential move to Paris Saint-Germain should come to a conclusion soon. (France Football - Dec. 17, 2011)


WILL DIOUF DO IT? El Hadji Diouf has bounced around from club to club in Europe since 2008, but it appears at least one MLS team could be interested in bringing him to the US. Diouf tells the media in Dakar that the Galaxy have reached out. (Yahoo Sport - Dec. 17, 2011)


FROM RAFA TO RAFINHA: Another MLS player rumored to be going to Club América is Rafael Márquez, who made an appearance on Jorge Ramos y Su Banda and conducted an interview in which he admitted his agent is speaking with Brazilian side Flamengo: "I spoke to NYRB at the end of the season that if the offer is really good that we would take a decision together." (ESPN Deportes - Dec. 15, 2011)


IS OMAR GONZO?: USMNT call up or not this January, MLS Defender of the Year Omar Gonzalez could be plying his trade south of the border in 2012, according to ESPN Deportes' Fernando Schwartz. He reports that Club America in Mexico are after the Galaxy man to shore up their back line. (@fersch_espn - Dec. 15, 2011)


AUSTRALIAN CONNECTION: Remember Carlos Hernandez, who showed well against the LA Galaxy in their Asia Pacific tour? He says "I don't know if I'll stay in Melbourne" when his contract expires in March. Brazil and MLS are the reported potential destinations. (Skynews.com.au - Dec. 16, 2011)


BECKHAM TO VISIT PSG THIS WEEKEND: Reports in France say David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, will visit Paris this weekend as the midfielder mulls his next career move. The LA Galaxy have been clear in their desire to keep Beckham in MLS. The report says monied suitors PSG expect an answer from the global icon between Christmas and the New Year. (Eurosport.fr - Dec. 15, 2011)


PHILADELPHIA TO SIGN PANAMANIAN?: Los Canaleros midfielder Gabriel Gomez is reportedly weighing a contract offer from the Philadelphia Union. Philly.com's Kerith Gabriel says sources have confirmed that the club has offered a deal to one of Panama's stars from this summer's Gold Cup. (Philly.com - Dec. 15, 2011)


DIOUF SAYS GALAXY IN CONTACT: Journeyman striker El Hadji Diouf says Russian giants Anzhi Makhachkala have contacted him about a possible move from Doncaster Rovers, and also mentioned that LA has inquired about his services as well. The controversial Senegalese striker is under contract with the Championship club until January 2012, meaning his future will likely be sorted out sooner rather than later. (Supersport.com - Dec. 13, 2011)


SPEAS ON CREW'S RADAR: While Schuler weighs his options, The Columbus Dispatch's Adam Jardy quotes Brian Bliss on the Columbus' next acquisition target, fellow North Carolina forward Ben Speas: "He's certainly jumped near the lead (of our list) because of what he's done the last couple of weeks." (@AdamJardy - Dec. 15, 2011)


SCHULER BYPASSING MLS?: North Carolina striker Billy Schuler would appear to be a prime candidate for a Generation adidas contract, but it seems MLS will have plenty of competition for the redshirt junior's signature. Ives Galarcep reported clubs from Scandinavia, Greece and Germany were at the College Cup to scout talent, and overseas interest in Schuler is growing. (SoccerByIves - Dec. 14, 2011)


SOMETHING'S UP IN INGOLSTADT: Edson Buddle has been dismissed by his club, Ingolstadt, until after the winter break. Why? No one seems to know. Squabble with the coach? Impending move? Stay tuned. (Kicker - Dec 16, 2011)


HOW MUCH INTEREST CAN OZZIE BEAR?: According to Seattle's Osvaldo Alonso himself, "several teams in the Premier League" are looking at him. But he's "concentrating" on playing for the Sounders. (El Nueva Herald - Dec. 15, 2011)


THIS MORTAL COYLE: Bolton manager Owen Coyle is playing coy, but despite NY's "hands off" statements, he's clearly still got eyes for Tim Ream. "Would we like to have him at the football club? Absolutely," Coyle said. (FoxSoccer.com - Dec 15, 2011)


TWO NAMES, ONE GOAL: Former NY Red Bulls goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has played well enough for Atletico Clube de Portugal to receive inquiries from Sporting Lisbon and "one or two other clubs" that have an interest in the American-Australian. (FoxSoccer.com - Dec. 14, 2011)


CRESPO EYES MLS: He may be on the fringes at Parma, but Hernan Crespo says he would like to make one more stop in his illustrious career. Tuttomercato quoted the Argentinian striker as saying Qatar or the US were options before he hangs up his boots. He also said he will retire in June, which makes an MLS adventure extremely unlikely. (Goal.com - Dec. 14, 2011)


RAFA ON THE MOVE? The Brazilian press reports that famed club Flamengo - home of Ronaldinho - is "negotiating a contract" with RBNY Designated Player Rafa Marquez. Of course, they manage to get a few facts wrong, so feel free to take this news with a grain of salt. (Globo.com - Dec. 13, 2012)


CONDE WANTS BACK: Another player working on a termination agreement with Atlas is ex-MLS All-Star Wilman Conde, who won't return to Guadalajara after a long injury layoff. Reports say that he wants a return to MLS. The Chicago Fire would have the first right of refusal. But don't forget his former Fire coach Juan Carlos Osorio is now leading Puebla in Mexico, so don't rule that possibility out. (Record.com - Dec. 12, 2011)


KEPA BLANCO: Recreativo Huelva forward Kepa Blanco is waiting for firm offers before making a decision on his future, which could feature one of three MLS teams. (Albiazules.es - Dec. 13, 2011)


LACERDA DONE WITH ATLAS: Uruguayan central defender Jonathan Lacerda is reportedly close to landing a contract with an MLS club. He's leaving Atlas of Guadalajara, reportedly furious about missed payments by the club. (Record.com - Dec. 13, 2011)


REAM GOING NOWHERE ACCORDING TO RBNY: Although New York center back Tim Ream has been linked to a loan move away from Red Bull Arena – with West Bromwich Albion the most vocal suitor – sporting director Erik Solér put that rumor to bed on Tuesday. (MLSsoccer.com - Dec. 13, 2011)


SARVAS, HOME GROWNS AND MORE: Expect the LA Galaxy to announce the signing of Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas in the next couple of days. He could be joined by a pair of academy prospects, one of whom is said to be highly-touted US U-23 Jose Villarreal. Oh, and as for that David Beckham fellow? Nothing's final yet. (100 Percent Soccer - Dec. 12, 2011)


RANGERS DON'T WANT TO BID ADIEU TO EDU: With 18 months remaining on his Glasgow Rangers contract, the Scottish giants want to lock up American midfielder Maurice Edu even longer. Manager Ally McCoist says he has already reached out to Edu's agent: "He's one of these guys who doesn't always catch the eye but if you ask his teammates about him, they'll say he always gives performances that are helpful to the side. We've been very pleased with him." (SkySports.com - Dec. 12, 2011)


CONDOR TAKES OFF: Ex-Columbus Crew forward Andres "El Condor" Mendoza is heading South of the Border, spreading his wings with Mexican side Atlante. He says his goal is to make it back to the Peruvian national team. (Peru21.pe - Dec. 12, 2011)


HERCULEZ, HERCULEZ: For the fourth time in two years, American striker Herculez Gomez is on the move south of the border. Sources told MLSsoccer.com on Sunday that the American striker will be introduced at Santos Laguna next week, following his sale from Estudiantes Tecos. (MLSsoccer.com - Dec 11, 2011)


EVER GREEN: The Seattle Sounders are reportedly looking to fill one of their holes with Honduran defender Ever Alvarado, of Real Espana. Once the Honduran Apertura finals (12/11 and 12/17) is done, the 19-year-old will supposedly contemplate a move north. (Goal.com - Dec 10, 2011)


RESTREPO GETTING OFFERS: America de Cali goalkeeper Diego Restrepo says that he already has received a bid for his services from rival side Millonarios. "I got a couple offers from other clubs. I'm looking at my options. My contract runs out in 20 days. As of now I'll probably stay in Colombia. I think I can play here and be a player that stands out in this league." (USA10Kit.com - Dec. 9, 2011)


HERC-Y JERKY: According to Reforma reporter Gabriel Tamayo, Herculez Gomez is moving from Tecos to Mexican league finalist Santos Laguna. The move would pit the American striker against his former MLS coach Sigi Schmid and the Seattle Sounders in the CCL quarters in 2012. Tecos will apparently pay off outstanding debts with the transfer fee. (@GabrielTamayof - Dec. 9, 2011)


BERHALTER HEADING TO SWEDEN?: Reports out of Sweden claim that Gregg Berhalter will be named head coach of Swedish club Hammarby. AEG, owners of the LA Galaxy, are also part-owners at Hammarby (yes, the club where Charlie Davies once played). The article says Berhalter would coach the team alongside Roger Sandberg. (Sport Bladet - Dec. 9, 2011)


GUZAN NOT GOING ANYWHERE: Ahead of his first start of the season for Aston Villa in place of the injured Shay Given, manager Alex McLeish says he has big plans for American goalkeeper Brad Guzan: "Brad did hint that possibly he was looking to go elsewhere and play first team football but, even before Shay got injured, we told him we needed him and we valued him ... We'd been talking about a new contract and I guess that will probably be talked about in the coming few weeks." (Daily Mail - Dec. 9, 2011)


CHELSEA'S AVB TALKS FRANKLY: Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been snubbed in recent weeks with his EPL club, leading to speculation he could be on his way out with the LA Galaxy at the top of the list. But his manager, Andre Villas-Boas, was not fueling the fire: "I have no idea. There is nothing from our side ... We have a lot of competence in the team. Everybody is challenging for their place. The conversation for Lamps is exactly the same for all of the players." (SkySports.com - Dec. 9, 2011)


OLSEN HAS A LIST, CHECKING IT TWICE: D.C. United manager Ben Olsen reveals that he has visited Switzerland and England in his European scouting travels. "I came back with some good prospects," he said. Assistant coach Chad Ashton traveled to Ghana and Pat Onstad made the trek to South America. (DCUnited.com - Dec. 8, 2011)


COULD LA LOSE 3RD MIDFIELDER?: With a chance of losing David Beckham and Juninho this offseason, Chris Birchall tells SkySports that while he's "loved" his time at the LA Galaxy, he is open to a switch: "LA Galaxy is a great club but I will see what offers come from back home in England before making any decision on my future." (SkySports - Dec. 9, 2011)


TIMMY CHANDLER ON THE MOVE?: German publication Bild reports that VfB Stuttgart are eyeing a move for USMNT fullback Timothy Chandler, who plays for FC Nürnberg. But the player confirms that his current club, which sits fourth from bottom in the Bundesliga, has offered him an extension on his contract which runs through 2013. FC Nürnberg say they are not in selling mode like they once were. (Bild - Dec. 8, 2011)


EVERTON NOT HOLDING THEIR BREATH FOR LD: The LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan has said that he will wait to see how he feels before deciding on whether he will entertaing playing on loan during the MLS offseason. But Everton captain Phil Neville is not counting on Donovan making a return to Goodison Park: "Everyone loved Landon. We enjoyed having him here, and he used Everton running up to the World Cup to stay fit. I think that was the only reason he came, or maybe he would have come the year after." (SkySports.com - Dec. 8, 2011)


LEBANON WOOS SKC PHENOM: Sporting Kansas City teenager Soony Saad confirmed that he has received an invitation from the Lebanese Football Federation to participate in training ahead of World Cup qualification. This is what Saad, a recent US Under-20 player, said on Twitter: "There is truth and yes I would consider coming to play." (The Daily Star - Dec. 8, 2011)


MADE FOR HOLLYWOOD: England's Daily Mail makes the case as to why the LA Galaxy would be the ideal destination for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who has now been relegated to benchwarmer status at the EPL contenders. Even his wife, ITV presenter Christine Bleakley, could stand to benefit from a move to Hollywood. (Daily Mail - Dec. 8, 2011)


MILKING A RUMOR: The Columbus Dispatch shoots down a rumor that "Simply Pure Milk" is about to be named a jersey sponsor for the club. That did not stop some fans to re-work the current jerseys, however. The report says a sponsorship deal is likely to be announced. (Columbus Dispatch - Dec. 8, 2011)


HOMEGROWN HINTS: Speculation in Philadelphia is that Christian Hernandez is close to signing with the Union. A report cites a tweet by player representative Michael Wheeler as a strong hint that Hernandez, who is ranked as a Top 10 high school recruit by ESPN, could become the Union's second homegrown signing. (BrotherlyGame.com - Dec. 8, 2011)


WHO DAT-OLO?: La Liga club Espanyol wants to offload Argentine midfielder Jesús Dátolo and Spanish daily Sport says that MLS or the Mexican league could be his likely destination. A return to Argentina could also be in the cards, according to the report. (Sport - Dec. 7, 2011)


BY GEORGE: The representative of FC Dallas central defender George John confirmed to Goal.com that there is continued international interest in the player, specifically from Greece and England, but that a move this winter is not expected. Ted Philipakos says that he expects another overseas bid to be made for his client this summer. In the meantime, he stated that talks will begin with FC Dallas about a potential contract extension as well: "I believe we'll be talking more this month." (Goal.com - Dec. 7, 2011)


GALAXY TARGET HOLDING BACK: With a final still to be played for Alajuelense in Costa Rica, midfielder Marcelo Fazzio Sarvas does not want to pronounce his decision on where he will play in 2012 although his agent has confirmed it will be with the MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy. According to a report, he will get a significant pay raise in MLS: "I haven't signed but there is something ... A player looks for stability. This could be my last contract and you have to look at the financial side," Sarvas said. (Al Dia - Dec. 7, 2011)


EX-POMPEY AND SAINTS MIDFIELDER TO MLS?: 33-year-old Colombian international midfielder Jhon Eduis Viáfara, who has also played in England and Spain, is out of contract after playing with Deportivo Pereira and says he's analyzing offers from Colombian side Deportivo Cali, La Equidad, from Peru and from MLS. "I haven't decided anything. I have to speak with my family to take the best decision ... On the 15th I go on vacation and around this date I hope to have arrived at an arrangement." (El Pais - Dec. 7, 2011)


IS THE PRICE RIGHT FOR RAJKO?: Revolution forward Rajko Lekic, whose option was recently declined by the club, tells Danish media that he has received a new contract offer from New England to return in 2012. He admits in the report that he will have to take a salary hit but now the ball is in his court. (MJA.dk - Dec. 7, 2011)


WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME?: Former Revolution attacker Marko Perovic is reportedly back on his feet again with the club where he was formed: Red Star Belgrade in Serbia. He apparently signed a one-year deal to play for Robert Prosinecki. (Sportska Centrala - Dec. 7, 2011)


MONITORING THE RADAR: The papers in Cary, N.C. indicate that the Railhawks' prolific Maltese goal-scorer Etienne Barbara is destined for MLS and Montreal Impact manager Jesse Marsch has confirmed that Barbara is "on our radar." The first-year MLS coach said "He had a very good season last year. We're going to see where this takes us." (Journal de Montreal - Dec. 6, 2011)


TALE OF MORE TICOS: In Costa Rica there's yet another article indicated two more names of players who are entertaining offers from MLS: Esteban Granados and James Scott of Orión FC. (YashinQuesada.com - Dec. 7, 2011)


ONE LAST SPOT ON THE CAROUSEL: ESPN.com revealed the names of candidates interviewed thus far for the vacant head coaching position in Colorado: ex-Rapid Denis Hamlett, USA Under-18 manager Richie Williams and former LA Galaxy manager Steve Sampson. The latter said taking the Rapids gig was "not in the cards." The same report indicated that the team was hoping to hire the replacement for Gary Smith by Christmas. (ESPN.com - Dec. 6, 2011)


MORE MORA UPDATES: Costa Rican international Heiner Mora confirms to daily Al Dia that there are advanced conversations with the Seattle Sounders: "It's a good offer. They've spoken to me. I've left everything to Santos and Saprissa, who own my pass ... It [Seattle] would be a nice option. I believe that I'm at a mature point in my life and clearly I would like to be able to support my family." (Al Dia - Dec. 7, 2011)


MLS OPTIONS STILL OPEN FOR GUTI: The ex-Real Madrid star, Guti, has not closed the door entirely to a chance to play in MLS. He mentions three specific destinations during a radio interview in Spain: "First, I would like to play in China. Another option would be some Arab team, specifically in Qatar, and also I am contemplating going to the United States." Guti recently terminated his contract with Besiktas after falling out of favor with the manager. But he makes it clear he wants a new cultural experience to end his professional career. (ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com - Dec. 5, 2011)


ARTURO HEADING SOUTH OF THE BORDER?: There is talk that Salvadoran international Arturo Alvarez is seeking a move to Mexico even after getting picked by Chivas USA in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft on Monday. "I think there is a possibility that Arturo has had an eye for leaving the league for a long time," Chivas manager Robin Fraser said. "The word on him is that he's always wanting to go overseas. Hopefully, he's interested in staying." (ESPN Los Angeles - Dec. 5, 2011)


PAYING HIS DUES: Herculez Gomez cleared up the confusion surrounding his absence from Tecos training on Monday, saying that he made a trip to Mexico City to pay taxes as required by the US government. He also made it clear that he wants to stay in Guadalajara with Tecos despite interest from several clubs: "It's a complicated situation ... It would be very difficult to leave this great city, but that's part of life and soccer." (Mediotiempo.com - Dec. 6, 2011)


PEN TO PAPER? Despite denials out of FC Dallas, Colombian side América de Cali are claiming they're just a signature away from claiming David Ferreira for 2012. The attacking midfielder was MLS MVP in 2010. (@AmericaOFICIAL - Dec. 6, 2011)


RED CARPET TREATMENT: The owners of Paris St. Germain are taking care of all the details for a potential move by David Beckham to Ligue1. A report in Le Parisien says the school for Beckham's kids has already been picked out (British School of Paris) as have a pied-à-terre and a villa. The hang-ups in the talks are apparently in the merchandising split, according to the article. (Le Parisien - Dec. 6, 2011)


NEW BOSS IN COLORADO: After Jeff Plush was moved out as manager of the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday, former Colorado head coach Fernando Clavijo tweeted that the new man in charge is Jim Martin, Chief Executive and President of Kroenke Sports Enterprises. (@FClavijo - Dec. 6, 2011)


TRUTH OR RUMOR?: Chivas USA manager Robin Fraser spoke about two rumored foreign acquisitions that the Goats have been linked to in recent days: While he says he doesn't "have knowledge" of Isidro Metapan striker Andres "Ruso" Flores, Fraser did admit his admiration for Ecuadoran midfielder Oswaldo Minda. "He's a talented, intense, focused player that we've identified that we have interest in," he said. (ESPN Los Angeles - Dec. 5, 2011)


SUPER PIPPO UP FOR GRABS: Reports out of Italy have narrowed down the options for AC Milan's out-of-favor striker Pippo Inzaghi to the following destinations: MLS, Serie A (Napoli, Udinese, Parma or Lazio), EPL (Blackburn or Stoke City), Cyprus (APOEL), Japan or the United Arab Emirates. That narrows it down! (SporteVai.it - Dec. 6, 2011)


BACK TO BRAZIL: Former Sporting Kansas City midfielder Jeferson is headed back to Vasco da Gama, the club that arranged for the six-month loan to Sporting in the first place. Sporting had an option to purchase his contract but declined. (FutNet - Dec. 6, 2011)


MYSTERY TARGETS: New England have been scouting in South and Central America and are ready to pull the trigger on a a few players although technical director Mike Burns is not naming names. Also, he did not rule out that the team could re-sign Rajko Lekic and Monsef Zerka. Discussions continue. (Boston Globe - Dec. 6, 2011)


SCORES GOALS, WILL TRAVEL: One of the most prolific goal scorers in the Mexican league in recent years, Miguel Sabah, says that MLS is a potential option for him now that his contract has run its course with Monarcas Morelia South of the Border: "It's an option, along with several others. "For now what comes first is resting, being with family and having a cool head to make the next step."(Provincia - Dec. 5, 2011)


THURK-ISH DELIGHT: Reports in Germany say a 35-year-old forward could be in the offing for Vancouver and Philadelphia fans. Frankfurt native Michael Thurk is said to be weighing offers from four Bundesliga second-division sides as well as the Philadelphia Union and Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS. (Frankfurter Rundschau - Dec. 6, 2011)


FORWARD THINKING: Montreal Impact Sporting Director Nick De Santis reveals that the club is focused on landing a "high-level striker." Here's the exact quote: "Our energies are now focused on the SuperDraft and we're always looking for a high-level striker." (@ImpactMontreal - Dec. 6, 2011)


BRAVO SAGA TAKES TWIST: ESPN Deportes' Jorge Ramos is reporting that Sporting Kansas City designated player Omar Bravo will not play any more for the club due to "problems with the head coach." Ramos suggests teams in Mexico, including Club America, are interested. (@ESPN_JorgeRamos - Dec. 5, 2011)


AU REVOIR NICOLAS: Ives Galarcep is reporting that the Montreal Impact's bid to lure former French international Nicolas Anelka to MLS is dead. He says that all signs point to Anelka signing with a Chinese club. (@SoccerByIves - Dec. 5, 2011)


NOW IS IT OFFICIAL?: After photos emerged of his arrival into Vancouver on Sunday, ex-EPL fullback Lee Young-Pyo has announced via Twitter that he has signed for the Whitecaps in MLS. (@FromTheLine - Dec. 5, 2011)


ONE MAN'S LOSS, ANOTHER'S GAIN: According to one Colombian outlet, Deportivo Independiente de Medellin forward Jaime Alberto Castrillón wants out of the club when his contract expires on December 31, given the club's troubles on and off the field. The report claims that he is weighing the option of heading to MLS or joining his former coach at Once Caldas, Juan Carlos Osorio, at Puebla in Mexico. (Nuevo Estadio - Dec. 5, 2011)


ANOTHER FLORES FOR CHIVAS?: Isidro Metapan forward Andrés "Ruso" Flores indicated that he held talks with representatives from Chivas USA, who are interested in his services. (El Mundo - Dec. 4, 2011)


AS GOOD AS DONE?: Hidden in a La Republica game summary about the Alajuelense vs. Saprissa playoff semifinal match in Costa Rica is a very definitive line about rumored Philadelphia Union target Josué Martínez: "He played his last game for Saprissa as he goes to the Philadelphia Union in MLS." (La Republica - Dec. 5, 2011)


GENERATION 2012: Ives Galarcep takes a stab at 15 names that are most likely to leave college before their senior years to go pro. He says the consensus No. 1 player in this group is Duke's Andrew Wenger. (SoccerByIves - Dec. 3, 2011)


TIMBERS ENTER FRAY: Costa Rican soccer expert Jorge Caamano says that the Portland Timbers have joined Norwegian side Aalesunds FK in the bidding for Costa Rican Heiner Mora. He says the Seattle Sounders have already made a formal offer. (@JorgeCaamano - Dec. 3, 2011)


BEST GUESS: We expect an impending Kurt Morsink signing by D.C. United given the fact that he was not on the Re-Entry Draft list for Stage 1. (@TravisMClark - Dec. 3, 2011)


WISH LIST: Columbus Crew manager Robert Warzycha makes it clear what he's looking for this offseason: two strikers, a midfielder and a field general. The latter will likely come via trade or international signing, according to the "Polish Rifle" himself. (Columbus Dispatch - Dec. 4, 2011)


LEE TO MLS? Former US international Lee Nguyen seems to be ahead of the game here, telling the world that he is joining MLS in 2012. Nothing confirmed by the league. Big question: Where would he fit? (Twitter.com/LeeNguyen24 - Dec 5, 2011)


IMPACT IMMINENT: "We did meet with Nicolas Anelka. The discussions were very good." That's new Montreal head coach Jesse Marsch talking to Goal.com about the French superstar, who recently handed in a transfer request to Chelsea. The Blues are only too happy to see him leave, according to reports.
(Goal.com - Dec. 4, 2011)


WORK AHEAD: According to this report by reporter Marc Tougas, the Montreal Impact and Canadian international Patrice Bernier have a ways to go before coming to any sort of agreement. Bernier is quoted as saying that the offer he received from Montreal was "ridiculous." (La Presse Canadienne - Dec. 2, 2011)


LEFT BACK IS BACK: Chivas USA are set to re-sign Ante Jazic, which takes him off the list of players available via Re-Entry Draft that kicks off with Round 1 on Monday. (@AdamSerrano - Dec. 2, 2011)


EDDER IS BETTER: Word on the street is that of the four Real España players that were being scouted by the Seattle Sounders, the MLS club has settled on 25-year-old Edder Delgado. They are apparently working on setting up a trial for him. (@Winner_MLS - Dec. 2, 2011)


DEL PIERO WANTS BIG MARKET: The Montreal Impact have revealed they've been in touch with Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero. But Sporting Director Nick De Santis says the player's focus "is turned toward New York or Los Angeles." (Canoe.ca - Dec. 1, 2011)


STAYING POWER: Sounds like Orr Barouch will be sticking around in Chicago based on this tweet by player representative Chris Megaloudis: "Congrats to my man Orr Barouch and his move to chicago fire!" (@ChrisMegaloudis - Dec. 2, 2011)


NEW TREE FOR TIMBERS?: Minnesota Stars center back Kyle Altman spent some time with the Portland Timbers after the MLS season as John Spencer looks for options at the position. "He said he'd be in touch," Altman tells InsideMNSoccer.com. "I know Portland is looking for at least one center back ... I hoping to get another trial lined up with someone." He's also applied to medical school in case things don't work out. (InsideMNSoccer.com - Dec. 2, 2011)


KINNEAR SNIFFING IN MIDDLE EAST?: In Israel they're writing about the Houston Dynamo's interest in Israeli international forward Roberto Colautti although it clarifies that no formal approach has been made and he still has a year left on his Maccabi Tel Aviv contract. The Houston Chronicle says that the team has a right midfielder and forward at the top of their offseason acquisition list. (One - Dec. 2, 2011)


"DEER" IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Columbus Crew forward Emilio "El Venado" ('The Deer') Renteria is currently in Venezuela where he's working out with his former club Caracas FC. While down there, he told the club's official site that he wouldn't be against helping his team in the early phases of the Copa Libertadores if the Crew gave him the green light before the MLS season. (CaracasFutbolClub.com - Dec. 1, 2011)


GOAT BAIT: Robin Fraser and Chivas USA are reportedly dangling a three-year deal to Deportivo Quito midfielder Oswaldo Minda. Here's what the man himself says: "It's a good opportunity for my career and my family because if it happens it would be a definitive transfer with a contract for three years, which also assures revenue for Deportivo Quito." (Universo - Dec. 2, 2011)


JUNINHO INSURANCE?: Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Fazzio Sarvas says he is torn between a 2-year contract from the LA Galaxy and the 3-year deal presented to him by his current club Alajuelense: "I didn't make a decision yet, I'm postponing it as long as possible because the truth is that I don't know what decision to make. The economics (of the Galaxy deal) is very good. They're offering me two years." (La Nacion - Dec. 2, 2011)


LAMBE SERVED IN TORONTO: The Royal Gazette reports that 20-year-old Bermudan international Reggie Lambe is "set to put pen-to-paper on a lengthy contract" with Canadian side Toronto FC in the coming days. (Royal Gazette - Dec. 2, 2011)


SWEDISH SIGNING FOR 'CAPS?: Anton Hysén, son of former Liverpool defender Glen Hysén, has been offered a contract by the Vancouver Whitecaps, according to Sportsbladet in Sweden. The outlet also says that the player has been in talks with Sporting Kansas City. Hysén, who plays in the Swedish 2nd division, made news a few weeks back after going public with the fact that he is gay. (Sportsbladet - Dec. 1, 2011)


IMPACT-FUL NEWS: Montreal continues to buzz with player activity ahead of their MLS expansion season. Manager Jesse Marsch says he's in discussions with several Canadians, including Patrice Bernier. The team also says negotiations continue with ex-Sounder Miguel Montano. Meanwhile, Le Journal de Montreal is reporting that the Impact hold the rights to Carolina Railhawks duo Etienne Barbara and Brad Rusin. (Le Journal de Montreal - Dec. 2, 2011)


BALLACK NOT JUST A RUMOR: Another agent to come out publicly is Michael Ballack's agent Michael Becker, who tells Goal.com that MLS "is a possibility" after his contract with Bayer Leverkusen runs out in June 2012. Becker goes on to compare his client to "an American quarterback ... something the MLS hasn't had yet." We've always wondered what a QB could do in MLS. (Goal.com - Dec. 1, 2011)


CIAO, CIAO CHARLIE: The Washington Post spoke to the agent of Charlie Davies who says "more than likely Charlie will not return to MLS" in 2012. Instead the player is in "advanced discussions" with a non-MLS club. (Washington Post - Dec. 2, 2011)


SOUNDERS TAKE OVER HONDURAS: The Seattle Sounders are infiltrating Honduras. A club scout was photographed at Real España camp, where reports say they're eyeing four young players: Alfredo Mejía, Edder Delgado, Mario Martínez and Luis Lobo. A Real España executive also revealed that the Sounders are interested in taking young players to develop back home in the Seattle academy. The report also says that the club will be looking at players from Olimpia and Marathón. (Diez - Dec. 1, 2011)


STERN RE-AWAKENING: Get ready for a possible return to an MLS field near you of ex-Columbus Crew legend Stern John, who last played in the league back in 1999. He spent more than a decade playing in England and was recently back in his native Trinidad & Tobago where they say he's coming to the US "to hold talks with a couple clubs in the MLS and the USL First Division which have expressed interest in his services." (Trinidad Express - Dec. 1, 2011)


GIVE ME #10 AND #21: After their 1-0 win against an Indonesian select squad, LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena said two players on the other team caught his eye: "Player No. 21 (Andik Vermansyah) played very well ... No. 10 (Greg Nwokolo) also showed a good performance. Maybe they could be considered to follow a trial in LA Galaxy," he's quoted as saying in some choppy English. Hmmm. (Goal.com - Dec. 1, 2011)


TRAIN ROLLIN' AGAIN? Gotta love Timbers owner Merritt Paulson. He's fearless in stoking the fire. Here's his latest Twitter hint about a new player. The rumor is that it's Colombian Jose Adolfo Valencia, the son of ex-NY striker "El Tren" Valencia.


BLANCO TO PLAY STATESIDE?: It may not be long before we see another Blanco in MLS. This report from Spain says three MLS clubs have tabled offers for Kepa Blanco, who is working on a release from Recreativo Huelva. Here are the teams: Philadelphia, LA Galaxy and NY Red Bulls. (AlbiAzules.es - Nov. 30, 2011)


PSG OR MLS?: No. We're not talking about David Beckham here. It's former French international William Gallas, who can't get on the field at Tottenham and says he wouldn't say 'no' to a move to Paris St. Germain but could be tempted by MLS. (Sport.fr - Nov. 30, 2011)


'KEEPER SWAP: Stefan Frei was relegated to back-up status in Toronto at the end of 2011 and could be on his way to 'keeper-desperate Seattle and New York if reports in Canada are to be believed. Toronto would replace him with Gambian shot-stopper Pa Dembo Touray though the Crew and Red Bulls are also said to be in the running. (Daily Observer - Nov. 30, 2011)


WHITECAPS SIGN KOREAN INT'L?: Reports from South Korea claim that Vancouver have signed left back Lee Young-Pyo, a former left back for Tottenham Hotspure in the EPL and for PSV in the Eredivisie. (EightySixForever.com - Nov. 29, 2011)


MLS AN OPTION FOR INZAGHI: Italian media say that striker Pippo Inzaghi could be leaving the Italian champions during the winter transfer window with four potential options: MLS, the United Arab Emirates, Japan and a possible stay in Europe with another club. (Corriere Dello Sport - Nov. 30, 2011)


CLARENCE SEEDORF UPDATE: French outlets claim that with his contract set to expire in June 2012, Seedorf could venture into Brazilian soccer with MLS still proving an option. (Football.fr - Nov. 28, 2011)


MLS INTEREST IN LAI?: Swedish midfielder Valentino Lai claims that there is interest in his services from the USA after five seasons in Denmark. He says Switzerland and Israel are other possible destinations. (Fotbollskanalen.se - Nov. 27, 2011)


UNION LAND COSTA RICAN STRIKER?: According to web site F-B.no, the Philadelphia Union have beaten Norwegian side FFK in the race for Costa Rican striker Josue Martinez of Saprissa (F-B.no - Nov. 29, 2011)


SEATTLE AFTER ANOTHER TICO?: MLS-Rumors.net cites a source as saying that Sampdoria Costa Rican Gilberto Martinez "probably has a chance" at Seattle. (MLS-Rumors.net - Nov. 30, 2011)


DONOVAN WANTED IN MEXICO: ESPN Deportes reporter Heriberto Murrieta is quoted as saying "Donovan could arrive to Club America this season." (AmericaMonumental.com - Nov. 23, 2011)


MATERAZZI SPOTTED IN MONTREAL?: Speculation surrounding a possible move by former Italian international defender Marco Materazzi to the Montreal Impact is fueled by a spotting of the 2006 World Cup champion on the streets of the city. (25Stanley.com - Nov. 22, 2011)


VENEZUELAN GK TO NEW YORK?: With the departure of German DP Frank Rost, there is the rumored arrival of Venezuelan international netminder Renny Vega from Caracas FC. (FutbolReport.com - Nov. 24, 2011)


COSTA RICAN #10 FOR LA?: Long rumored to be a target of MLS clubs, Saprissa playmaker Walter Centeno is linked to a move to MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy by MLS-Rumors.net (Nov. 30, 2011)


DEL PIERO UPDATE: The representative of Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero tells the Italian program "Controcampo Linea Notte" that the USA is the likely destination for the Juventus standardbearer. He also cites Seattle, Chicago and the LA Galaxy as having approached him. (SportMediaSet - Nov. 21, 2011)


HEINER MORA UPDATE: Seattle Times quotes Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer as saying Mora is "definitely a player we like." The news originally broke on MLS-Rumors.net. (Nov. 28, 2011)


ANOTHER COLOMBIAN TO PORTLAND?: An online report has the Portland Timbers tracking Colombian midfielder Edwin Movil of Boyacá Chicó. (Goal.com US Latino - Nov. 25, 2011)


DYNAMO ON AVILA'S TRAIL?: Guatemalan sources say that MLS Cup finalists Houston are in hot pursuit of CSD Municipal winger Marvin Ávila. (@DeporteGuate - Nov. 28, 2011)


BALLACK WANTED IN USA: German reports claim that adidas is a proponent of Bayer Leverkusen's Michael Ballack moving to MLS at the end of the Bundesliga season. (Berliner Kurier - Nov. 28, 2011)


DROGBA TO LA GALAXY?: Agent for Chelsea forward tells reporters that "LA Galaxy are a possibility among many others" after refusing loan deal to AC Milan and contract extension at Chelsea FC. (The Sun - Nov. 29, 2011)


WELCOME, WELCOME: Honduran international forward Georgie Welcome could move to MLS from Atlas (La Tribuna - Nov. 28, 2011)


THROWN FOR A LOOP: Reports indicate that Akron forward Darren Mattocks will be accepting a contract in Scandinavia and passing on the chance of becoming one of the top selections in the 2012 SuperDraft. Another college striker, Virginia's Brian Ownby, is also apparently testing the waters in Europe. (SoccerByIves - Dec. 12, 2011)