David Beckham Urged to Sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Launch Miami MLS Franchise

Ex-Major League Soccer manager Ray Hudson has told David Beckham to make a "monster first signing" like Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he attempts to realise his dream of creating a Miami-based franchise. Commentator for beIN Sports, Hudson managed the Miami Fusion for a year prior to their 2001 dissolution and has advised Beckham to be bold in his recruitment for the massive task ahead, per the Sun's Jon Boon: A player like Ibrahimovic would be a monster first signing. Those types of players are going to be available to the Beckham lure. They are going to be coming to him. They are going to be attracted to his flame. Forget about Real Madrid, PSG, Milan. He had to show up and put his boots on and play the game — and just be Beckham. This is going to be a different environment entirely. It is monumental. This is going to be a real test and it is very easy for us all to imagine, well, it’s Beckham and his stadium, it’s the MLS — let it rock and roll! Ibrahimovic's contract at Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire next summer, leading to speculation over whether he'll extend his stay at Parc des Princes or move on to pastures ...
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New York City FC Launching Youth Academy: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

New York City FC has taken another stride toward becoming a force of Major League Soccer by announcing the launch of a new youth academy.    The club revealed on Tuesday its intention to craft "one of the leading youth talent development centres in the United States," with sporting director Claudio Reyna quoted by the club's official website as saying: I couldn’t be happier to announce our new Academy. We have been building the foundations over the past months to get us ready to launch the Academy and everything has come together to ensure that sustainable youth development can be at the heart of our Club. It is particularly pleasing for me to be involved with our Academy. I am passionate about developing young players; something I was very proud to be involved with as Youth Technical Director of the US Soccer Federation. This is another critical step as we build New York City FC. This is a Club, not just a team and we want to develop a long and sustainable future, rooted in our community. We want to show the world how much young talent there is in and around New York and make sure we are playing an active and enthusiastic role ...
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Tim Cahill, NY Red Bulls Mutually Part Ways: Latest Details and Reaction

Australia international Tim Cahill has left Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls by mutual consent, it's been revealed.    The club's official Twitter account announced on Monday that Cahill's contract has been terminated, allowing the veteran forward to sign for a new club before Europe's January transfer window closes: Per the official New York Red Bulls website, sporting director Ali Curtis was quoted as saying of the decision: This decision was not made lightly, and it is the result of many conversations between our staff, Tim, and his agent. After much deliberation, we have agreed that this decision is best for all involved. We thank Tim for his service to the organization. He positively impacted the growth of the beautiful game in the United States, MLS and for the Red Bulls. We are pleased that Tim will continue to be an ambassador for Red Bull moving forward. Sports journalist Pete O'Rourke confirms where Cahill will play next: Cahill signed for the Red Bulls in July 2012 after bringing an end to his eight-year tenure with Everton, the MLS outfit being just the third club of his professional career. Speaking on his time in New York, Cahill was quoted by the official Red Bulls account as speaking ...
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Steven Gerrard’s LA Galaxy Switch Shows MLS Still Boasts an Elite Allure

It's been confirmed that Steven Gerrard will move to the LA Galaxy this summer after agreeing to join the franchise as its third designated player. The Liverpool captain's deal at Anfield expires in June, and after already announcing that the 2014-15 campaign would be his last, the official LA Galaxy website posted footage of Gerrard talking about his move: I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy. The Galaxy are the most successful club in Major League Soccer history, and I am looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come. My discussions with Bruce Arena (manager) and Chris Klein (president) were extremely positive, and the future of the team is very bright. I am committed to helping the LA Galaxy compete for trophies and to having an impact in Los Angeles, and I will give my all for the club. In the meantime, I will continue to give everything for Liverpool for the remainder of this season before joining up with the Galaxy. It's a move that shows Major League Soccer retains its ability to draw world-class players, but the issue at hand is that not enough of those stars are coming ...
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