MLS Releases Video on Nigel De Jong After Transfer from LA Galaxy to Galatasaray

Nigel de Jong completed a move to Turkish side Galatasaray on Wednesday, and it's fair to say that Major League Soccer's official Twitter feed were not fans of the Dutchman, based on the video they released to mark his departure from the LA Galaxy. Here is the video, which contains a series of digs at the midfielder's stats from his brief spell in the United States: While goals and assists aren't what the midfield enforcer was brought in for, his lack of discipline will not come as a surprise to those familiar with him from his time in Europe. MLS weren't the only ones to bid him farewell with a video—KICK shared a compilation of his typically robust challenges: Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson also enjoyed a joke at the 31-year-old's expense: Meanwhile, former United States international Alexi Lalas believes De Jong has been a little hard done by, but the Galaxy had to move him on to avoid the risk of him becoming a designated player: Tim Steller of the Arizona Daily Star offered a different reason for Los Angeles to part with him: Given his age, a move to MLS felt somewhat premature for De Jong anyway—he still has the potential to make an impact ...
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Toronto FC Investigation Launched After Lewd Banner Unveiled vs. Montreal Impact

Major League Soccer club Toronto FC have launched an investigation after a fan displayed a banner depicting a woman performing oral sex in their match with Montreal Impact on Saturday.  According to the Mirror's Liam Corless, the banner—which included the caption "Montreal sucks"—was produced by a supporter during the game at BMO Field, and the club have appealed to any fans who have information that could identify the person responsible. Here is the banner, courtesy of Twitter user blackbetty07: Per Corless, Toronto released a statement after the game apologising for the banner, branding it "insulting to many including our opponent, the City of Montreal, and their fans." The club further condemned those responsible: It was an embarrassment to our club and to our supporters and will not be tolerated. We sincerely apologize to the Montreal Impact, the City of Montreal, and all fans for this disgraceful act. We are currently investigating through all available security and social media footage and strongly encourage fans with any information to assist us in identifying those involved so that they can be held responsible. The two sides met in the Eastern Conference, with the Impact claiming the 1-0 victory thanks to Ignacio Piatti's second-half winner.Read more MLS news on
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MLS All-Stars vs. Arsenal: Start Time, Live Stream, Form Guide and Predictions

Arsenal will be the opponents in this year's MLS All-Stars game as the Gunners continue their pre-season preparations ahead of the 2016-17 campaign. The north London outfit have played just one friendly thus far—a 1-1 draw with French side Lens—while the All-Stars come together annually for a showpiece game, which typically pits them against an illustrious side from Europe. The All-Stars have won their last two matches, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in 2015 and Bayern Munich by the same scoreline the year prior. A 3-1 defeat to AS Roma in 2013 was preceded by a thrilling 3-2 victory over Chelsea, meaning three of the last four have gone the way of the Americans. Read on for a closer look at how the match might play out, but first here are the details you need to catch the game.         Date: Thursday, July 28 Time: 4:30 p.m. (Local), 7:30 p.m. (ET), 12:30 a.m. (BST, Friday) Venue: Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), Watch ESPN (US) TV Info: Sky Sports (UK), ESPN (US)         All-Stars Look to Maintain Winning Streak Major League Soccer's best have not won three successive All-Star matches since claiming four in a row from 2005 to 2008 when the opponents became European sides rather than the previous East-West ...
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Tim Howard to Colorado Rapids: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will join MLS team Colorado Rapids this summer after 10 years with the Toffees. The club announced the news via their official Twitter feed on Sunday: Howard arrived at Goodison Park from Manchester United and has so far made over 400 appearances for Everton.   Uninterrupted first broke the news on Twitter: Howard spoke of his love for the Toffees, per Everton's official Twitter feed: Everton chairman Bill Kenwright hailed his time with the club: Major League Soccer welcomed the American, who has made 105 appearances for the United States national team: The Times' Henry Winter wished Howard luck, while Goal USA's Thomas Floyd noted the "buzz" his capture will bring to the Rapids: Everton will now be left with the choice of replacing the 37-year-old in the transfer market or with backup stopper Joel Robles. The Spaniard has enjoyed run-outs in cup competitions and recently in the Premier League this season. He looked fairly assured, so he may get the nod—particularly if he can continue to stake a claim in the side for the remainder of the campaign.Read more MLS news on
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Nigel De Jong to LA Galaxy: Latest Transfer Details, Comments and Reaction

The L.A. Galaxy announced the signing of AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong on Wednesday.   In a statement on the club's official website, the Galaxy confirmed the capture of the Dutch international, who will join the club as an International player. Per the statement he will join the squad "pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa." De Jong believes now is the right time to make the switch to MLS. According to Adam Serrano of the club's official website, he said: "I thought that it would be the perfect time for me to go to the States because of my age. Instead of being a little bit older, I’ll be heading over in the best part of my career. That's when I decided that I wanted to go to the Galaxy." He added: If you see the last couple years of my career, on the pitch you can see that I’m 100 percent and dedicated to the game no matter what club that I play for. I take no prisoners, but I always play with respect. I do my best for the team. At the end of the day, it’s about winning. No matter how you play, it’s always about three points. I think ...
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Steven Gerrard Speaks on Retirement, 1st Season in MLS

LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard has suggested he could retire at the end of next season after reflecting on a somewhat disappointing first campaign in MLS.  According to Adam Serrano for LA Galaxy's official website, he said: "It could be my last season as a footballer. ... I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m feeling right now come next year. I’d love to go out on a high. It’s a long season and I only came here for the last four months, but I’ll certainly be better for the experience next year." Gerrard's Galaxy side—which also features the likes of Robbie Keane and Giovani dos Santos—looked like a strong candidate to triumph in the play-offs only to lose 3-2 to the Seattle Sounders, denying the 35-year-old a long-awaited league title after failing to do so with boyhood club Liverpool.     To make matters worse for the Englishman, he likely felt a nightmarish sense of deja vu after being personally culpable for Seattle's second goal after he allowed Nelson Valdez to race onto Andreas Ivanschitz's free-kick. Former United States and MLS goalkeeper Tony Meola and ESPN's Taylor Twellman were among those to highlight his part in the goal: Gerrard's error came just 18 months after ...
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LA Galaxy vs. New York City FC: Score and Reaction from 2015 MLS Match

The LA Galaxy beat New York City FC 5-1 in a star-studded affair to top the standings in the Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield. A brace from Robbie Keane and goals from Giovani dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget and Gyasi Zardes completed the rout for LA, while David Villa's penalty served only as a consolation for New York. As ESPN's James Tyler reports, the match was an extremely one-sided affair: Frank Lampard was the notable absentee from the match, with both sides otherwise fielding strong teams. Football writer Nick Chavez believed Lampard's absence was a blessing in disguise: However, New York clearly missed the Englishman's presence, as they were overwhelmingly outplayed by LA, although the midfielder would not likely have saved his side here. The Eastern side did have the better of the opening exchanges, though, with Andrea Pirlo and Villa linking up well, as the Spaniard registered some early efforts on goal. LA soon grew into the game and replied with a number of dangerous chances of their own. Keane's goal-bound strike was deflected out by Jason Hernandez, before Lletget's lob forced a smart save from Josh Saunders. The Irishman threatened again from the resulting corner, rattling the crossbar with a powerful close-range effort. Lletget had the ball in ...
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