After a standoff with the Manchester United management, German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger agreed a move to America to feature for Chicago Fire.
His 20 month stay at Old Trafford was not as pleasurable as many would expect – well, at least he got good money for his time. In the whole of the 2016/17 season, the former Bayern Munich star played just 4 games.
The Chicago based outfit made Schweinsteiger one of the top ten earning stars in the MLS when they offered him £70,000 a week. After ten games, the 32-year old has fared better as he has scored twice, recorded pass accuracy of 84.6 with average overall rating of 7.30.
The midfield veteran seemed to have settled well in the MLS as his career winds down. It was just 17 minutes on the pitch on his debut when he netted to send a message to the fans. After an initial spark, the goals seemed to have slowed down.
The player spoke broadly about the league recently, claiming the MLS was different. He hinted that the teams were inferior but that he expected it. Continue reading “SCHWEINSTEIGER SO FAR IN THE MLS”
The MLS is a league that is generally considered to be as a football competition which is less intense and where the players don’t have to perform with so much pressure as well as stress in comparison to other leagues from around the globe.
Players who are out of their prime have been initiating a trend of making a move to the American League. One of the things that separates the MLS from other leagues is the fact that it’s the league in itself which establishes the budget that the clubs had to operate.
The majority of the top tier European leagues and football leagues in general allow their respective club owners to spend as much as they want without any real limit. Being able to spend so much money is something that has caused criticism to certain leagues, like the Spanish League, La Liga.
La Liga has traditionally been dominated by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletic Madrid with no other club really being able to compete at the same level as the respective owners of those clubs have a tendency of dishing out a significant large amount of money in order to sign their targets but other clubs don’t have that same kind of budget. Continue reading “MLS promotes healthy rivalries with their financial restrictions”
It has been reported that Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei has been sent home from the United States national team after having been injured during a training session.
The player was in a training camp in Los Angeles and has been sent back to Seattle for treatment.
This will be a disappointment for the player as he was looking to use this training camp to establish himself as a valuable member of the team. Indeed he has already attracted praises from the United States national team coach Bruce Arena who has described him as an accomplished professional.
Arena said that Stefan Frei has been quite impressive so far and that he has been consistent as well in his performance. Arena stated that he was looking to try Frei in competitive matches and see how he would behave in real games.
Stefan Frei said he is disappointed with the injury as he would have love to complete the training camp with the national team. He is, however, satisfied with the way he has performed during the camp and said that he had enjoyed the training. Continue reading “Frei leaves national team”
The Major League Soccer has changed the football landscape in Canada, and this was evident at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.
At least 61,000 soccer enthusiasts were at the Big O to see the game. Toronto FC supports were dressed in colourful matching attires. Montreal Impact came with their fans, and the Toronto supporters promised to win in the battle of chants for their various teams.
There was excitement in the air even as different fans bragged about their team’s capabilities. A Toronto FC fans Rachel Finan said: “It’s incredibly exciting, it feels like Christmas If we win the MLS Cup, it’s going to change football for the whole of Canada, I think.
“If a Canadian team wins the MLS Cup, we’re going to have the whole slew of football fans and it’s going to be amazing.”
Even as Finan was enthusiastic about the teams she supports, Impact fans were too, one even admitted to being nervous ahead of the much-anticipated clash. Continue reading “MLS CHANGING FOOTBALL LANDSCAPE IN CANADA”
At this point in time, Orlando City does not have any real motivation or purpose to continue fighting in the MLS as the team of Jason Kreis are just too far away from snatching a playoff position.
The head coach of Orlando City, Jason Kreis has himself admitted that the final matches that are remaining in this season of the MLS are simply going to be played for pride more than anything else.
“I would see it that we need to finish strong. There are two matches left; we have a team that’s good enough to win both matches. We need to show ourselves the right amount of respect, we need to play for pride and I think most importantly we need to play for our fans.”
“I’m very disappointed that we have taken some losses at home. It deeply affects me and I expect it should affect the group as well. We need to take more pride in playing in front of our fans and I think we owe them to go out and give everything we can in these last two matches.” Orlando City’s Jason Kreis said. Continue reading “Orlando City are playing for pride in their last 2 matches”