Torres wins 2016 Latino del Año

Sounders’ Roman Torres won 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 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’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.


The Guardian name the Major League Soccer (MLS) and English Premier League veteran the greatest American player of all time this summer.

Landon Donovan retired in 2014 after playing the game extensively in many countries for club and country. When he announced the retirement, the praise and acclaims were over the roof.

Donovan enjoyed a decent level of success in his over 15-year career, holding the record of highest goals scorer in the United States Men National Team history with 57 goals in 157 games. He helped the national team to three World Cup tournaments. After he was excluded from the list that played in Brazil, he knew his time in the national team was over. The last two years before his retirement was sad as his performance had declined, but looking back at the career he had, he is arguably the best American soccer player.

He broke into the limelight at the Under-17 level when eh featured at the World Cup in New Zealand, winning the Player of the Tournament and Adidas Golden Ball Award. He decided to move overseas to play for Bayern Leverkusen signing a six-year deal. He couldn’t impress as much in Germany, so he moved back home to play for San Jose in the MLS. He became the face of the league and moved to LA Galaxy where he played second fiddle to English superstar David Beckham. He led the national team to the 2002 World Cup, winning back lost supporters of the American team.

His passion remains obvious despite many years in the game. He is one of the figures that the advancement of the MLS owes it success. Despite being retired, he is active in football in sport punditry roles and recently accepted the offer from Swansea new owners to act as adviser.

Landon Donovan Supports Women’s Soccer

Landon Donovan continues to be a major figure in the world of US soccer.

Besides leading a home grown team for MLS and coaching the national team, he also voices the concerns of the US soccer teams, whether they are of the male or the female categories. He has been calling games in the Copa America and Sprint and feedback has been encouraging to say the least from the soccer fans. It is said that he might have found his calling. For instance, Chile won in the finals of the Copa America and Donovan spoke about a new chapter before the finals came on. He talked about wage discrimination for women when it came to US soccer.

He says that he is excited to be commentating for the games as Fox had made the offer to him. As he was getting good feedback on the kind of commentator ship he has been doing, he says that it will definitely be one of the things she can do. Being 34 years of age, taking on the coaching assignments is foremost in his mind these days.

Many will remember the moments when he inaugurated special games like in 2014 when he played the ball for the first half of the MLS cup match that was played in StubHub center in Los Angeles. He states that motor for the game should not be perfection but progress. As in other sports which have developed over decades, US soccer also needs to develop over time. He would be commentating for the 2016 Olympic Games that would be held in the next month. He talks about the US women’s team being his favorite. He wanted to highlight the fact that equal pay for the women’s team should be focused upon by the soccer authorities in the country.

Landon Donovan believes that the United States is close to winning the World Cup

United States star player Landon Donovan has stated that the United States might win the World Cup during his lifetime.

He believes that the team is progressing well and that it will not be long before they will be able to lift the trophy.

The United States will be participating at the centenary edition of the Copa America. For him, the United States need to get out of the group stage to prove that they are progressing.

Landon Donovan believes that you need some luck in addition to good preparation if you want to win the World Cup. The United States soccer team is doing everything they can in order to prepare themselves for the World Cup and that soon they will be able to field a side that should be able to rival the top nation.

He believes that there need to be an improvement in coaching in order for the young players to progress. At the moment, there is a lack of qualified coach in the United States and he believes that there need to be an improvement at this level if they want to reach their goal of winning the World Cup.

Landon Donovan hopes that he can bring his own contribution to the development of young players in the future. He said that he will need to prepare well before taking on coaching and that he will seize the opportunity if ever it arises in the future.

According to him, the United States team is on the good path and that sooner or later it will show in the results at international tournaments. The players have to believe in themselves and continue to prepare themselves well if they want to make their dream of winning the World Cup come true.

Landon Has Faith That US Will Qualify For The World Cup

USMNT has had its share of star players who continue to be faithful to the club even if they do not represent the club anymore on the fields.

One illuminated example is Landon Donovan. Recently, in an attempt to put back faith in the team amongst the fans, Donovan tweeted that the team still has potential and fans should not be disheartened from the loss that the team suffered on Friday when they lost to Guatemala with a score of 2-0.

Donovan stated that he understood the feelings of disappointment among the fans, but that did not mean that they should lose faith in the club they support. He tweeted that he had full confidence that the team will be able to get back on their feet and be able to better perform in the upcoming games. With World Cup qualifying rounds coming up, much is hoped for the club. Donovan is definitely doing his bit to keep up the faith among the fans on behalf of the club.

As per statistics, US is third in position in Group C and they have gained four points in three games. The semi final rounds start on Tuesday when they will play the remaining games. There is another upcoming game with Guatemala at the Columbus Crew stadium. Los Chapines was defeated by the US which has put them in good position for qualifying in the Hexagonal. They will play two more games against Tobago and Trinidad in the month of September.

What is required is bolster of the spirits by legends of soccer and Landon is definitely one of the inspirational celebrities out there. US definitely needs his support as do the under age football groups. Recently Landon praised the goal achievement of Christian Pulisic who is a seventeen year old player of US Soccer team.

Landon Donovan claims sides for Increase in Women’s National Team

Former United States captain Landon Donovan claims that the women’s national team of United States are right to deserve a pay rise in line with the men’s team.

There has always been a disparity in wages based on sex. This has existed in different sports. The likes of Tennis recently witnessed restructuring so as to eliminate disparity in this regard. Women from other forms of sports have also started making their claim for an equal pay. The women’s soccer team of the United States is the latest to combat this disparity by lodging a complaint at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In 2015 alone, the women’s team has produced revenues of $ 20 million for the US Soccer Federation. US Soccer recently went to war with the women’s national team players union over a labour dispute. Responding to the complaint, US Soccer issued a statement saying that they are disappointed to learn about this development since they have been one of the pioneers of improving women’s game across the world. Donovan, who recently retired from all forms of football, says that he wants far pay more than equal pay to be the topic of debate. He also suggested that the pay should be based on the revenues generated by individual teams.

“We understand the Women’s National Team Players Association is filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against U.S. Soccer. While we have not seen this complaint and can’t comment on the specifics of it, we are disappointed about this action. We have been a world leader in women’s soccer and are proud of the commitment we have made to building the women’s game in the United States over the past 30 years,” said the statement from US Soccer. “Both USMNT and USWNT should be paid commensurate w/ the revenues they produce, not based upon what the other makes,” said Donovan.

Luka Modric has cleared the air on his situation

Luka Modric has cleared the air on his situation and has stated that he doesn’t intend to go anywhere from Madrid in near future.

Since the time Carlo Ancelotti has been named to take charge at Bayern Munich post the current season, the reports had been circling around in the press that he would try and attract Modric to join him there as he related pretty well with the midfielder during his working days at Santiago Bernabeu.

However, according to Modric, Ancelotti’s stint at Bernabeu brought fantastic results to the Whites and he enjoyed a strong bonding with each and every player in the team. But, there is no truth to the stories that he is interested in having him at Bayern.

In the words of Modric, “Carlo was a coach who got along well with the whole team and was liked by everyone. And in his time, we played quite well too at all the levels. He was highly successful. But, I haven’t been told by him that he wants me at his new club or anything like that. I have come to know about this only from some of the recent news reports.”

“As far as I am concerned, nothing about transfer is going on in my mind at the moment. I would like to see off the contract that I currently have with Madrid.”

Modric also spoke highly of Zidane and suggested that he was enjoying working with the France legend.

When asked for his take on the new boss, Modric said, “He is not a man of too many words. He always prefers to come straight to the topic and makes sure he conveys his message to the team in a proper way. It’s been so good so far.”

Steven Gerrard is emphatic about joining LA Galaxy and accomplishing what Donovan did

Landon Donovan has a playing career which stretched for over 11 years and during this period of time, the retired footballer performed with a number of different clubs including: Bayern Munich, Everton and Bayer Leverkusen just to name a few of them but it was when he played for Los Angeles Galaxy where he truly managed to stand out and make a name for himself after scoring over 100 goals and making around 247 appearances for the MLS club.

Steven Gerrard is the latest high profile player that LA Galaxy has signed as the former star of Liverpool penned an 18 month long contract which is worth $9 million and Gerrard has revealed his excitement in joining the MLS club and following in the footsteps that were left behind by the retired Landon Donovan who announced his intention to hang up his boots on August of 2014.

LA Galaxy’s summer signing Steven Gerrard said: “First and foremost I’d like to thank the club for getting me here. The club and head coach Bruce Arena were very aggressive in making me come here and I’m very excited to be here.I’m really excited to be with the LA Galaxy and you mentioned two names there, David Beckham and Landon Donovan, who’ve contributed terrifically well for this football club and if I can follow in their footsteps I’ll be very, very happy.’’

Gerrard continued on saying that both Donovan and Beckham are 2 of his heroes as some of the players which he tried to emulate as a way to improve his own playing career. The former captain of Liverpool, Gerrard is now aiming to add more silverware to his collection and lift a few more titles before eventually deciding to hang up his boots and retire.

Jeff Cassar seems Team wont effect after Departure of Lagerwey

Jeff Cassar reckons there would not be too much of an effect of the departure of the GM Garth Lagerwey on the Real Salt Lake Squad.

Lagerwey had been associated with Real Salt Lake as GM for a long time, but, at the end of the last season, he decided to sign for Seattle Sounders.

Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders are the arch rivals in the Western Conference of the Major League Soccer.

So, Lagerwey’s decision to move there did not please the Real fans that much. But, Cassar is pretty cool.

The Royals boss, though, admitted that Lagerwey was the vital cog in the team management and he had a great coordination with him.

But, according to Cassar, that’s how the professional Football works and not much fuss should be created about Lagerwey joining Seattle.

Cassar believes the new man in that role, Mr. Craig Waibel, is a great man as well with huge knowledge of the game and he can fill in the shoes of Lagerwey pretty efficiently.

Speaking in the press conference the other evening, Cassar said, “Garth and I got along pretty well. He is a great friend and it’s obvious for me to feel a little bit sad to see him going away, but, we have to move on.”

“Craig, I think, is the right person to take over the responsibility. I enjoy a good tuning with him too as we have worked together quite a bit. He is an organized man and makes his decisions pretty calmly. He knows a lot about the game.”

Real Salt Lake was three in the Western Conference table in the regular season in 2014. They trailed by 8 points to Seattle which topped that conference and later, won the Supporters’ Shield as well.

Real Salt Lake’s first game in the 2015 Season is against Philadelphia Union on 14th of March.