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Juventus Beat MLS All-Stars On Penalties

Josef Martinez thrilled another record crowd in Atlanta by scoring in the MLS All-Star Game, but Italian champions Juventus prevailed on penalties after a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.

Juventus scored all five of their spot kicks in front of a 72,317-strong crowd, winning when Mattia De Sciglio drilled one into the upper-left corner past Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, who recently scored his 100th goal in the States, was the villain as his shot cannoned back off the post.

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Wayne Rooney To Sign For DC United On July 10

Former Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is expected to complete a move to D.C. United in early July.

Rooney currently has one year left on his contract at Everton, but the Premier League side will not stand in the way of Rooney moving to Major League Soccer.

Manchester United and England’s record goalscorer agreed a deal in principle last month but he cannot sign for DC United until the US mid-season transfer window opens on 10 July.

Provided there are no unexpected developments, Rooney will make his debut on 14 July, the day before the World Cup final, when DC United open their new 20,000-capacity Audi Field stadium against Vancouver.

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Rafael Marquez Among 22 Sanctioned For Drug Trafficking Ties In Mexico

Former Barcelona and New York Red Bulls defender Rafael Marquez is among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the United States Treasury announced on Wednesday.

The Treasury said in a statement that it will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a football team and casino. The sanctions freeze all US assets of the people and entities named and forbid US citizens from doing business with them.

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Schweinsteiger Frustrated By Lack of Quality In MLS

Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is struggling to adapt to the ‘huge’ step down in quality in Major League Soccer, saying he sometimes finds himself frustrated by his new team-mates.

Winning titles and World Cups with Bayern Munich and Germany for the majority of his career, Schweinsteiger grew used to sharing a field with world-class players.

He continued to test himself against the world’s best by moving to Manchester United, but took a big step down by joining Chicago Fire, who finished bottom of their division last season.

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Another Over The Hill European Player Moves To MLS

I thought MLS had moved past this. Signing over the hill European players for big money contracts? Wasn’t the way forward the signing of younger, up-and-coming stars like Giovani dos Santos and Sebastian Giovinco ?

Well it seems that the Chicago FIre did not get the memo, as the have just signed Manchester United reserve Bastian Schweinsteiger to a one-year designated player contract that guarantees him $4.5 million in 2017 and includes a mutual option for at least one more year.

That salary makes the World Cup winner one of the 10 highest-paid players in MLS this season.

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Don Garber Outlines MLS’s Latest Money Grab

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has announced that is all about the money. Well actually, he announced the leagues plans for the next round of expansion, with the process, timeline, but with an expected $150 million expansion fee, it is clear that expansion is being driven by dollar signs.

There are currently 22 teams in MLS, including Minnesota United and Atlanta United, which will start play next season. Los Angeles FC will start play in 2018, while expansion plans in Miami are “making progress” according to MLS, which would bring the total to 24 teams.

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Don Garber Says No Thanks To The Cosmos

They are still the most recognizable USA soccer club worldwide but Major League Soccer President Don Garber said on Friday that the New York Cosmos will not be joining MLS as a third team in the New York area.

The Cosmos, which became world famous club during the 1970s when the likes of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer played in the old North American Soccer League, was reformed five years ago but now faces an uncertain future.

A crisis in the modern North American Soccer League (NASL), US soccer’s second tier, has prompted the Cosmos ownership to terminate the contracts of its players.

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Beckham’s Miami MLS Franchise Dream Slowly Becoming Reality

MiamiIt’s fair to say David Beckham has found things more difficult than first expected when it comes to launching his own MLS franchise in Miami, but it seems as if there may finally be light at the end of the tunnel.

It was more than two years ago that the Beckham camp and MLS announced that the former LA Galaxy star had exercised an option to buy a MLS franchise for the cut-price sum of $25 million.

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Former Barcelona And Argentina Manager Heading To MLS

tata-martino-atlantaA huge win for Major League Soccer and expansion side Atlanta United FC, as the club announced that former Barcelona and Argentina coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino will oversee Atlanta’s first season in the MLS in 2017.

“This is an incredibly exciting and historic day for our club,” Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank said.

“Gerardo brings an unprecedented level of international experience to our head coaching position that will be a valuable asset to our players and demonstrates the continuing growth of Major League Soccer.

“We’re thrilled he’s chosen to join our club and look forward to welcoming him to Atlanta.”

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LA Galaxy Creating Room For Another Big Name Signing

de-jong-kickThere are some MLS sides that have no plan in place (hello New England Revolution) while someone like the LA Galaxy are always looking two or three steps ahead.

The Galaxy have realized that midfielder Nigel de Jong is not worthy of a Designated Player place and the player is in talks with Turkish side Galatasaray about joining before the European transfer window closes this week.

De Jong joined the Galaxy earlier this year, making 21 league and cup appearances. But his contract had him poised to become a Designated Player at the end of the campaign, taking the place of Steven Gerrard who is retiring.