A sign of global success? MLS doesn’t have to overpay for aging stars anymore

Major League Soccer’s pre-season has begun, so, like every year, it’s come time for some existential introspection. Where does the league stand? Where should it stand? And where does it stand relative to a year ago? And then the inevitable question: is the league on track to meet the objective of being one of the world’s best by 2022? Will it meet the absurdly nebulous target...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane prank Giovani dos Santos

Sometimes, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane like to have a little fun with their teammates. Their quest for a joke caught Giovani dos Santos by surprise over the weekend.LA Galaxy duo Gerrard and Keane sketched out a plot to prank dos Santos as he signed autographs. They even donned elaborate and ridiculous costumes to hide their identities before springing the so-called surprise...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

MLS Has An Age Problem

Consider the following names:Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Steven Gerrard, Kaká, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, David Villa. Five years ago, this list could easily have been mistaken for a portion of the FIFPro World XI. Their collective résumé includes numerous Premier League, Serie A, and La Liga crowns, multiple UEFA Champion League winners medals, three World Cup titles...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Why hasn’t Dele Alli gotten sucked into the English media’s hype machine?

In just a few short months, we will get to experience one of my favorite traditions that occurs about every other summer. No it’s not a major tournament such as the European Championships or the World Cup, it’s what happens right before that. I’m talking about when the English media completely overhypes the English National team prior to said major tournament, labels them as...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy adjust balance by signing Nigel De Jong

LA Galaxy spent the final months of last season searching for the right balance. Galaxy manager Bruce Arena landed Giovani dos Santos and Steven Gerrard during the summer transfer window and tried futilely to accommodate them in his team shape. Both players fell well short of their desired impact, while the team as a whole floundered when placed under stern examination. Those frailties...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Neymar Reveals American Dream, Wants To Play In U.S. ‘Later On’

The prospect of Neymar playing soccer full-time in the United States should excite soccer fans here, but they shouldn’t start holding their breath just yet. Neymar on Thursday revealed he’d like to play in the U.S. in the future, according to sky sports. The FC Barcelona and Brazil superstar opened up about his potential American move in an interview with Red Bull’s website...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole joins Champions League winners in MLS

With Ashley Cole having joined Steven Gerrard at the LA Galaxy, shines a spotlight on the UEFA Champions League… The post Cole joins Champions League winners in MLS appeared first on
Via The Soccer Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Jonjo Shelvey could be key to Newcastle’s fortunes

Why Jonjo Shelvey could be key to Newcastle’s fortunes - originally posted on Jonjo Shelvey has been on the verge of becoming England’s next greatest midfielder for a few years now. At Liverpool, despite Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard wanting him to stay, the player rightly decided to move on for he had to accelerate his career. Swansea appeared to be the perfect...
Via Soccerlens
23 days ago  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy midfielder Gerrard "open" to English FA role

Steven Gerrard has admitted that he would be happy to take a role with the Football Association when he decides to end his illustrious playing career.The former Liverpool stalwart has been linked with a return to his beloved Anfield in a coaching role and has spent time training at the club recently in the company of Jurgen Klopp.But the LA Galaxy midfielder told Sky Sports that...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Ex-Chelsea defender Cole set to join Gerrard at LA Galaxy

Former England defender Ashley Cole has accepted an offer to join LA Galaxy, according to various reports on Sunday.The former Chelsea left-back has had his contract canceled with Roma, having failed to make an impression at the Serie A club.Various reports both in the USA and Italy on Sunday suggest Cole is set to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, where he will...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Guardiola would ‘Pep up’ Premier League, says Steven Gerrard

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard on Wednesday said “world-class” Pep Guardiola would be a great addition to the Premier League after the much sought-after Bayern Munich boss said he wanted to coach in England. Guardiola, who will turn 45 this month, said Tuesday that the reason he was leaving the German giants at the end of the season was because he wanted to coach in...
Via World Soccer Talk
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy star Gerrard predicts Prem return for Benitez

Steven Gerrard can see his former manager Rafael Benitez returning to the Premier League after his sacking by Real Madrid.Gerrard played under Benitez at Liverpool between 2004 and 2010, winning the Champions League and FA Cup, but the Spaniard lasted just 25 games at the Bernabeu.And LA Galaxy midfielder Gerrard, speaking ahead of a Liverpool Legends match in Sydney, believes a...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Steven Gerrard On Course To Retire, Move Into Coaching After 2016 MLS Season

Steven Gerrard is simultaneously making up for lost time and figuring out what to do next, as his playing career winds down. It’s a tall order, but if anyone can do pull it off, why not the former Liverpool captain? In an interview with The Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe and The Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce, Gerrard on Friday all but confirmed his intention to retire as a player...
January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy: Steven Gerrard to retire after 2016, will pursue coaching license

According to reports, Steven Gerrard has stated that he will bid adieu to football at the end of the 2016 MLS season. “I’m not 100 percent sure but I think it will probably be my last year as a player.” He said, via The Telegraph. This news doesn’t come as a surprise as the 35-year-old’s form has dipped significantly over the last few seasons. He struggled with Liverpool...
January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Steven Gerrard eyes Liverpool coaching return in 2016

Liverpool great Steven Gerrard could return to the club in a coaching capacity as early as this year, he revealed in a British newspaper interview published on Saturday. Gerrard, 35, left Liverpool for the Los Angeles Galaxy last year, but he has been training on Merseyside during the Major League Soccer close season and is now eyeing a role on Jurgen Klopp’s coaching staff. “I’m...
Via World Soccer Talk
January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy's Steven Gerrard set to hang up his boots at end of 2016

Steven Gerrard is planning a move into coaching when he ends his playing career, most likely later this year, and has hinted at a future with Liverpool.Gerrard left Anfield in the summer, moving to Major League Soccer and the LA Galaxy, but has been back on Merseyside during the MLS close season and taking part in Jurgen Klopp's training sessions.The former England captain said...
Via Fox Sports
January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Former star: Steven Gerrard does not care about Liverpool

Former Senegal striker El-Hadji Diouf has remarkably stated that Steven Gerrard did not care about Liverpool, as reported by Inside Futbol Few can argue with the fact that Steven Gerrard is one of the best players to have represented Liverpool ... Read More
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December 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Do not sign Ashley Cole to the MLS

By now, you have seen the various reports that are linking former Arsenal, Chelsea and Roma left back Ashley Cole to MLS and the Los Angeles Galaxy. I don’t know who thought this was a good idea but Ashley Cole to MLS is terrible for all involved. Why does this move help MLS? When MLS and their teams go out to sign a world class player who is years past his prime, it is usually...
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December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Marko Grujic Transfer: Red Star Accepts Liverpool’s $7.5M Bid For Midfielder

Liverpool’s money has talked Red Star Belgrade into selling Marko Grujic — its prized asset. Red Star announced on its website Wednesday it has accepted Liverpool’s £5.1 million ($7.5 million) transfer bid for Grujic. The agreement on a transfer fee sets the stage to for Grujic to sign with Liverpool next month. “The board considered the offer and unanimously accepted the...
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Marko Grujic Agrees To Join Liverpool, Wear Steven Gerrard’s No. 8 Jersey

Marko Grujic will herald Liverpool’s new era on the field while he wears a number, which symbolizes a previous time, on the back of his jersey. Grujic has agreed to join Liverpool from Red Star Belgrade in a transfer worth £5 million ($7.5 million), The Mail’s Simon Jones and The Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce reported Monday. Grujic is expected to fly to England this week...
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

10 best Premier League Games of 2015

As the year 2015 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at a great year of soccer. Today, 32 Flags is focusing on the top ten Premier League games in 2015, from January all the way through December. That time period covers two different seasons. We’re not looking for the best games of the first half of this year, we’re looking at the ten best games for the entire calendar...
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December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Steven Gerrard: LFC Players Buzzing Under Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Brilliant’ Atmosphere

Steven Gerrard knows a good thing when he sees it — whether from up close or afar. In an interview with the London Evening Standard on Thursday, Gerrard enthused about the ways in which Liverpool has changed since Jurgen Klopp arrived as manager in early October. Gerrard was playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy when Liverpool hired Klopp but he has seen the German’s work up close...
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

FIFA stops Gerrard, Pirlo, Xavi from playing game in banned Kuwait

ZURICH --FIFA has stopped Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo and Xavi Hernandez from playing in a friendly in Kuwait because of the Gulf nation's ban from international soccer.Kuwait was suspended by FIFA in October because of government interference.The ban from international competitions extends to active players registered with clubs from taking part in the Football Champions Tour friendly...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

FIFA stops Gerrard, Pirlo from playing game in banned Kuwait

ZURICH (AP) FIFA has stopped Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo and Xavi Hernandez from playing in a friendly in Kuwait because of the Gulf nation's ban from international soccer. Kuwait was suspended by FIFA in October because of government interference. The ban from international competitions extends to active players registered with clubs from taking part in the Football Champions...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool legend: Arsenal star best midfielder in the Premier League

Liverpool legend: Arsenal star best midfielder in the Premier League - originally posted on Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has hailed Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey as the best central attacking midfielder in the Premier League. Ramsey was deployed in the central midfield in Arsenal’s crucial 3-0 win over Olympiakos. And the Welshman justified his manager’s faith...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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