Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders have officially traded forward Eddie Johnson to D.C. United, the team announced:
OFFICIAL: The #Sounders trade Eddie Johnson to @DCUnited in exchange for allocation money. http://t.co/gM3TP4HRY1
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 17, 2013
Good luck to @eddie_johnson7 as he continues his career with @dcunited. Thanks for two great seasons!
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 17, 2013
SI.com's Brian Straus initially reported the deal and said Johnson was dealt for exchange for a "large amount of allocation money."
Straus adds that Johnson is expected to sign a new contract with United that will pay him more than the estimated $156,333 he earned last season in the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle fans will certainly be sad to see the 29-year-old go, but his surging production and the arrival of Clint Dempsey in August has left the franchise between a rock and hard place. Dempsey's salary demands, "roughly 30 times greater than Johnson's," according to Straus, made the front office's decision that much easier and United are sure to benefit as a result.
Johnson, who spent several years in the Premier League with Fulham, is an elite goal scorer, recording 29 goals in all competitions during two seasons with the Sounders.
Former Sounders teammate Steve Zakuani ...
David Beckham's playing days may be over but the next chapter of his career in football is about to begin, as the owner of a Major League Soccer side.
Official announcements have not yet been made, but it looks like Miami will play home to the latest incarnation of "Brand Beckham."
But why South Florida, when will this happen and is LeBron James really involved? Over the following slides, we answer these questions and give you the lowdown on Becks' proposed franchise. Begin Slideshow
Some unexpected fireworks were created on Thursday during Stage One of the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft.
The first stage of the re-entry process featured 57 eligible players with D.C. United containing the first pick.
However, it was not D.C. that sent shock waves throughout the league with their pick, as that job was done by the Portland Timbers.
Just before the re-entry draft began at 3 p.m. ET, the Timbers traded defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste and the No. 17 pick in the re-entry draft to Chivas USA for the No. 2 pick and Jorge Villafana.
After the deal was announced, the Timbers got down to business and opted to choose former Seattle Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani with their pick.
The pick of Zakuani, who has not been the same player since breaking his leg in 2011, thickened the plot of one of the biggest rivalries in North America just a bit more.
Zakuani's selection was later deemed a necessity by most as it was revealed that Rodney Wallace had undergone surgery for a torn ACL that was suffered in the playoffs against Real Salt Lake.
Zakuani will be able to fill the void left open by Wallace in midfield, and he will look to attain the success he had at ...
Stage One of the MLS Re-Entry Draft saw an unusual amount of activity this year. Since the draft was created in 2010, the first stage of the draft rarely saw more than a couple picks. This year, a total of five selections were made.
Before the draft began, a few big names were pulled out of the pool of players who were eligible for the Re-Entry Process. Toronto FC's Bobby Convey, FC Dallas' Kenny Cooper and New England Revolution's Kevin Alston were removed from the draft. The full list of eligible players was cut down to 57.
With the first pick of the draft, D.C. United selected former LA Galaxy defender Sean Franklin. The 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year and two-time MLS Cup champion will enter his seventh year in MLS with a D.C. team that is hoping to rebound after one of the worst seasons in team history.
D.C. also selected former Houston Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell in the second round of the draft. All of a sudden Ben Olsen's back line already looks much better than last year's woeful defense that allowed 59 goals.
Chivas USA had the second overall pick in the draft but traded it to the Portland Timbers. ...
It has been customary for a team of MLS All-Stars to face a top team from Europe in the MLS All-Star Game on a yearly basis, but it can be argued that the MLS will face its toughest test yet in the summer of 2014. According to the Portland Timbers' official Twitter account, the All-Stars will take on Bayern Munich.
The 2014 MLS All-Star Game will be held at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore., next summer, and the fans will certainly be in for a treat.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge initially announced on Dec. 8 that his team would be involved in the MLS All-Star Game, according to Tim Polzer of SI.com via SportBild.
We were the first German club (to receive) an invitation to the MLS All-Star Game. We have accepted the invitation. We are discussing plans to go for a week in the U.S. and to play two matches. The DFL (German Football League) has great interest that we travel to the U.S.
The talent level has increased significantly in MLS over the past several years as the sport continues to gain traction in the United States. With that said, Bayern Munich are arguably the best team in the world right now, ...
The best action of the 2013 MLS Cup final was highlighted by Jimmy Nielsen and Kyle Beckerman, but what about the worst?
Plenty of candidates met the criteria in Sporting Kansas City's shootout victory over Real Salt Lake. Mother Nature intervened. Referee Hilario Grajeda continued the farcical trend of poor officiating in MLS. Both clubs failed to deliver the quality of play worthy of a cup final.
Read on for all the beautiful and painful details. Begin Slideshow
On Saturday night, Sporting KC defeated Real Salt Lake in the MLS Cup final. After 120 minutes, the teams remained tied at 1-1 and Sporting outlasted RSL 7-6 in 10 rounds of penalties to claim the title.
Sporting KC is one of the class organizations of Major League Soccer. They have a terrific stadium, a terrific fanbase, one of the best coaches in the league and a bevy of top-class players. But, were they lucky to win the title on Saturday night?
Should Aurelien Collin Even Have Been on the Field for His Goal?
On Saturday, with Sporting KC trailing 1-0 in the 76th minute, Sporting center-back Aurelien Collin scored the tying goal, forcing the game into extra time.
Collin was huge for Sporting throughout their playoff run, scoring three goals in their five playoff games. But, should he even have been on the field to score his goal against RSL?
All match long, Collin was engaged in a battle with RSL forward Robbie Findley. Findley’s pace caused Collin problems, which Collin handled on multiple occasions by simply taking Findley out.
In the 22nd minute, Collin tackled Findley hard and from behind, but there was no call on the play. The only possible explanation was that ...
Sporting Kansas City beat Real Salt Lake in penalties on Saturday night to claim the 2013 MLS Cup title.
After 90 minutes of regulation, 30 minutes of extra time and two nice goals from Alvaro Saborio and Aurelien Collin, Sporting managed to edge RSL 7-6 after 10 rounds of penalties.
Here are six thoughts from the game.Begin Slideshow
Sporting Kansas City came out on top in a 10-round shootout following a 1-1 tie to defeat Real Salt Lake and win the 2013 MLS Cup on Saturday at Sporting Park.
This is the second time, and first since 2000, that Sporting KC have hoisted the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.
This wasn't the most beautifully played match, but it was exciting.
There was also a decent reason for why the players weren't performing at their peak ability. It was insanely cold for this match:
With a matchup of MLS' highest scoring team, Real Salt Lake, and the league's stingiest defense, Sporting KC, fans witnessed a tale of two halves.
The first was a defensive affair inspired by the strong defensive pressure of Sporting.
Salt Lake took just three shots in the half and none were on goal. Conversely, Kansas City took 10 shots with three coming on goal in the first half.
Sporting was the far more aggressive side in the half and it helped them take Real Salt Lake out of their game. RSL likes to control possession and build a rhythm. Sporting kept them from doing that with intense on-the-ball pressure and wound up winning 52 percent of possession for the first half.
Were it not for the stellar ...
After a grueling but successful playoff run, two of Major League Soccer's best in Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake are all set to square off in the winner-take-all 2013 MLS Cup this weekend.
Kansas City will host the event since they finished with more points during the regular season.
Both clubs have won the MLS Cup once in the past, with Salt Lake hoisting the crown most recently in 2009. Kansas City is playing for its first title since 2004, but looking to win its first since 2000, back when they were still known as the Wizards.
Eastern Conference champions Kansas City has been made the favorite by the oddsmakers (per Bovada), but a strong case can be made for both squads.
With talent across the board, highlighted by stars like Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman, Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber, Saturday's championship showdown is sure to feature a number of twists and turns and produce plenty of fireworks.
With kickoff right around the corner, let's get you set with everything you need to know for MLS Cup 2013.
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Start Time: 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. local time)
Where: Sporting Park, Kansas City
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Sporting Kansas City: 51.0 percent
Real Salt Lake: ...