I thought that Gerrard could be a star in MLS like Beckham was. The former England captain arrived in LA with a lot of fanfare, but unlike Beckham, Gerrard seems to be in Major League Soccer more for the money than the challenge of winning trophies.
The New England Revolution and the Orlando City SC drew 2-2 draw in front of a season high crowd of 25,203 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for New England in the 7th minute, but Orlando City’s Kevin Molino equalized in the 30th minute. Juan Agudelo put the Revolution back in front just one minute after entering the match as a substitute in the 70th minute.
Conceding the late goal has been the Achilles heel of the Revs this season and it was again on Saturday. New England have drawn four times after either rallying or surrendering leads from the 89th minute on Saturday, allowing a 90th-minute goal by Carlos Rivas in extending their winless streak to five games.
Antonio Conte will be forced to get creative this summer as he will head to the Euro’s without the services of one of Italy’s key players.
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, capped 54 times by Italy, was stretchered off the pitch in the Bianconeri’s 4-0 victory over Palermo on Sunday and it has been confirmed that the Italian has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ruling him out of Euro 2016.
This is a blow for Conte, exacerbated by the fact another key central midfielder, Marco Verratti, has not played for Paris Saint-Germain since mid-February due to a persistent groin problem.
The draw specialists the New England Revolution were at it again on Saturday as they tied Toronto FC 1-1 at Gillette Stadium. The draw was the Revs fourth in their six games this, a remarkable number.
Kelyn Rowe put New England ahead in the 14th minute, finishing off a 18-pass buildup, when he headed home a terrific cross from Je-Vaughn Watson.
But the lack of a consistent goalscorer once again hurt Jay Heaps side as they were unable to get that second goal and Toronto took advantage in the 58th minute when the defense failed to close down Jozy Altidore and his pass found Sebastian Giovinco for the equalizer.
The action on the field translated into fans in the stands as MLS averaged 26,152 fans for 10 games on Sunday. That put MLS sixth in the world in average attendance over the weekend, ahead of such leagues as the French Ligue 1, Italian Serie A and Dutch Eredivisie.
Average League Attendance (March 4-6):
43,496 German Bundesliga
35,910 Mexican Liga MX
34,500 English Premier League
29,103 *Chinese Super League
26,864 Spanish La Liga
26,152 Major League Soccer
25,152 French Ligue 1
21,644 Italy Serie A
19,259 Dutch Eredivisie
*Friday and Saturday games only
Former Arsenal star Vieira, who was appointed NYCFC manager in November, said learning about the league’s structure has been “fascinating” ahead of his first game in charge on Sunday.
“I just think that coaching in the MLS is of course harder than in Europe,” Vieira told MLSSoccer.com. “Because of the salary cap and the roster, and the way you have to make things balanced in the squad, making sure you have the players you need.
The Eastern Conference in MLS is about to become even more competitive with the news that Paris St-Germain’s owners Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) are interested in buying a stake in David Beckham ‘s MLS franchise in Miami.
The Eastern Conference already includes New York City FC and their middle eastern owners the Abu Dhabi United Group and it looks Beckham is going after NYC FC’s rivals to jump-start his Miami bid.
With Steven Gerrard entering his last season, the LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager seems determined to see Gerrard off into the sunset with someone he never won in England, and that is a championship winning medal.
To do that Arena signed veterans Ashley Cole and Jelle van Damme earlier this week and today he completed a deal for AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong.
The 36-year-old Howard, who has been at Goodison Park since joining from Manchester United in 2006, has been heavily criticized by Everton supporters this season.
According to the article:
If all goes to plan in negotiations between Everton and MLS then Howard could sign this month but would only move to Colorado in May following the conclusion of the 2015-16 Premier League season.
The New England Revolution have signed 23-year-old defender Sambinha on loan from Sporting Clube de Portugal with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
“Sambinha is a big, strong center back who impressed both myself and Jay during our recent trip to Lisbon,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said.
“He will be able to help strengthen our defense and we are grateful to be able to work with Sporting in order to add a player of his quality to our roster for the upcoming season.”