US soccer legend Landon Donovan shocked many when he opted to return to the game despite announcing his retirement after leaving Los Angeles Galaxy. He returned in January to join a Mexican top flight team Leon. He agreed to play for them until the end of the current season.
Mindy Kaling has joined the Swansea City ownership, alongside 26 others. The American Consortium led by Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien bought 68% stake in the football club in 2016. Aside the duo, other investors include filmmaker and owner of Los Angeles Rams Chip Rosenbloom, Kevin Knight, Michael Harmon, Cliff Singer and Steven Yi.
When the takeover was completed in 2017, the list of investors was not in the open but BBC Wales now have the full list of names. The investors got the Premier League outfit for £75 million, meaning they have 68 percent controlling stake.
Retired USA soccer star turn Swansea City consultant Landon Donovan says that the Premier League club has money to spend to strengthen the club. There are reports that the club is trying to manage funds at its disposal hence not getting the needed reinforcement.
Swansea sanctioned the exit of Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton FC recently for £45 million. The player helped the side avoid relegation to the lower tier last term. With the team losing him, pundits claim Swansea would need to work hard to avoid going down this time.
Premier League top sides Chelsea and Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to land Everton star Ross Barkley this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur were the preferred side to land the top rated local talent but the big boys wants to muscle out the north London club.
There are reports that the defending league champs are monitoring the situation in case the purported move fails. Spurs have been trying to get the Toffees to lower their £50 million valuation but the Ronaldo Koeman led side is not having it.
If the Blues enter the fray or United submit a bid, it could tilt the situation significantly as Everton would strengthen the resolve on their valuation. Well, Everton allowed the deal enter its final year when they could have sorted it earlier.
Barkley and his reps have a decent case now as they can decide to allow the contract run down next year and leave as a free agent. They have the edge in the negotiations. Ahead of the player’s move to Spurs, there were reports that the player wanted £150,000 weekly. That salary band would make him the highest earner at the club, above Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris. The player and his reps refused to comment on those rumours, so the silence sent a message.
Everton have offered the player a new deal. Koeman has reportedly asked that Barkley gives the club a response on the offer soonest so they can prepare for the next move. At Tottenham, there is no guarantee that Barkley would be a regular as the youthful team is packed with top talents. Everton are a decent side with ambitions and recent strides as proof. It seems Barkley is just keen on moving away from his boyhood club. Koeman’s issue with him might have played a part though as Barkley was placed on a higher scale by Roberto Martinez.
With Paul Martin allegedly the player’s agent, it seems a big money move from Goodison Park is almost certain. Martin of Wasserman Media Group handled the move of John Stones, JoleonLescott and others. Well, he also managed Tim Cahill and Landon Donovan as well. Happenings all point to a move to Spurs this summer.
The San Diego Soccer City project to repurpose the Qualcomm Stadium site and build a 30,000 seat stadium is getting more and more support by the day.
More than 112,000 people signed the petition within 12 days. The proposal has been send to the City Council for the next stage of consideration.
The people of San Diego want to move past the loss of NFL side San Diego Chargers with the prospects of having a beautiful park along the San Diego River, a sport and entertainment district and a multiuse stadium. All of these would come at no cost to taxpayers hence the response.
There has been public review of the proposal with the media scrutinizing the move. Over sixty percent of the city favour the deal. Twenty five percent are against the idea while the rest sit on the fence. The ownership group are supposed to fundthe whole concept privately while paying fair market value for the site.
The jobs that would be produced would employ many while generating tax revenue for the city. It is a big win for the city that you would wonder who would oppose it. It costs USD12 million annually to maintain the rotting Qualcomm Stadium. The city can use the money for other ventures as the project would take over.
Landon Donovan and his ownership group have a long way to go for the high stakes project to come to fruition. The proposed stadium would serve the new MLS team, San Diego State football, high school football and championship matches. Concerts, events and others would also hold to generate funds and keep the city busy.
San Diego has grown into a soccer-loving city that the project seems just right. Donovan joined Shannon Mac Millan with the hope of creating a soccer academy in Soccer City to develop young talents. The blend of residential, commercial and fun centres is the way to go.
Netherlands are in danger of missing the 2018 World Cup in Russia after missing the European Championship in France.
Immediately after the 2-0 loss to Bulgaria, the KNVB opted to sack head coach Danny Blind.
While the governing body of the football giants think they have quickly reacted, it does not seem to have come early enough with Russia closeby.
“We have for some time seen an upward trend after the failure of last year. We were pleased. But we always felt that it was paper thin,” KNVB director Jean-Paul Decossaux said after Blind’s sack.
Blind remained in his role despite regularly overseeing a string of poor results. His record: seven wins, three draws and seven losses. Of the seven matches the Dutch side won in his tenure, only three were in competitive scenarios.
The selections he made were mind boggling and they always haunted him. On Saturday, he decided to play 17-year old Matthijs De Ligt despite the shaky defence. Many always questioned his credentials and his strategies were poorly though out. All of this is perplexing considering the impressive performance at the 2014 World Cup.
After the tournament, Louis van Gaal resigned as he accepted Manchester United’s offer. GuusHiddink was called upon ahead of the Euro 2016 where Holland had high hopes but they lost faith in him, firing him during the qualification campaign. The success of Germany with Jurgen Klinsmann and his assistant Joachim Low forced the resolve to give Blind a chance ahead of Russia 2018. However, the coach failed utterly.
Ronald Koeman was the first choice to support Hiddink with the hope of taking over, following his success at Feyenoord. The manager on the rise then rejected such moves and the KNVB stuck with Blind. Blind lacked the necessary basics with his managerial career being a one-year poor run in charge of Ajax in 2005/06. The way he took over a destabilized side after Hiddink’s methods failed forced the fans to be patient with him.
Netherlands have a mountain to climb with France, Sweden and Bulgaria ahead in the qualifying phase. The team lacks direction and confidence is at an all-time low.
It is believed that Salt Lake City has made enquiries about the possibility of signing Landon Donovan for the next season.
The player who came out of retirement at the end of last season to help LA Galaxy has yet to confirm these rumors.
Salt Lake City has stated that they are keen to sign the player as they want to build a team that will help them challenge for trophies in the MLS. They feel that Landon Donovan has the necessary skills and experience and that he will be a wonderful addition to the team.
Landon Donovan has however admitted that there are some teams in the MLS as well as abroad that have contacted him about a possible move next season. He said that he has not taken any decision and that he is still considering whether he will continue his career.
Indeed Donovan announced back in 2014 that he will retire from MLS and that he will not be playing again. However, he agreed to come back at the end of last season in order to help his former club LA Galaxy that was short on numbers.
Landon Donovan said that he stopped playing because he feels that he was enjoying his football anymore as it has become like a job for him. This is what prompted him to retire from professional football but when he made his return at the end of last season for LA Galaxy he fell the joy back, and it was a wonderful sensation.
However, he admitted that things have changed a lot during his retirement and that he now have to take care of his family. He said that any contract will have to be discussed with his wife and that he will need to take his family into consideration before taking any decision.
Sounders’ Roman Torres won FutbolMLS.com award on Sunday, making another award in a storybook 2016 for the Panamanian defender and his Seattle Sounder teammates.
After underperforming in the first half of the season, Seattle stormed into the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs with an incredible win run that took them all the way to their first-ever MLS title. Torres played a crucial role in the league triumph with a contribution on personal terms, returning from a severe knee injury in August to boost the Sounders’ defense.
Torres, who returned after a year out of action due to injury, coincide with the arrival of playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro and the impact of new coach Brian Schmetzer, sparked a rampaging side. Seattle sealed off an 8-1-3 record in matches in which the veteran Panama international featured, and he inscribed his name in the club history book by scoring the winning spot-kick in the penalty shootout that decided the MLS Cup after Toronto FC and Sounders played a goalless 120 minutes at BMO Field on December 10.
Torres won 53 percent of the total votes cast in the final round of Latino del Año voting, defeating NYCFC’s Costa Rican defender Ronald Matarrita (36%), Mexican star Giovani dos Santos of the LA Galaxy (10%) and Montreal’s talented Argentine Ignacio Piatti who has the lowest vote(2%). Torres also won the most votes cast throughout the week when the whole rounds of the competition (round of 16, quarterfinals and grand finale) are counted.
The award makes Torres the first Panamanian to ever the FutbolMLS.com award, although he’s the fifth Central American to be so recognized, and the third Sounder after Fredy Montero won it 2010 and Marco Pappa followed suit in 2014.
Introduced in 2010, Latino del Año is FutbolMLS.com’s annual poll to select the league’s top Hispanic footballer, based on a popular vote among MLS fans. It should be noted that Latino del Año is not an official MLS award, but just a recognition given by subscribers.
Former Everton striker Landon Donovan has declared that he is currently working in an advisory role at Swansea City.
The 34-year old, who scored 57 goals in 157 appearances for his country, has been brought to Swansea by the club’s new American owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien.
The former USA international revealed he had a talk with the new owners earlier this summer ahead of their takeover of the club.
“The new owners met with me a few months back and said this is likely going to happen and admitted that they didn’t know a lot about football,” the American told NBC Sports. “They said ‘we know that you know the game and you’re passionate about it, you played at Everton, spent time in world football and sort of understand it a little better, would you be willing to help us, advise us and consult with us on certain things?’ I responded yeah, that would be great and that’s something I am certainly open to.
“I made it clear from the very beginning that this isn’t going to be a situation where I am going to be in there telling them what players to sign. They have a chairman there in Huw Jenkins who has been arguably as valuable to a team as anybody in the Premier League. He has brought them from the lower leagues in England all the way to the Premier League”
The 34-year old remained tight-lipped over the specifics of his major role with Swansea but admitted he holds no influence over the club’s transfer policy this summer.
Swansea City are the latest in a number of Premier League clubs to be taken over by Americans and Donovan believes his compatriots have not always understood the implications of buying a football club in England.