According to Ives Galarcep, NBC has lost its bid to retain MLS broadcast television rights after the 2014 season. Jonathan Tannenwald added that ESPN and Fox will share MLS rights, beginning in 2015. Ives added on Twitter that ESPN is likely to secure online rights, so there should be a strong MLS presence on ESPN3.
In the midst of the news of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley being signed by Toronto FC, the team announced the signing of Dwayne De Rosario. Defoe will be unveiled on Monday, but he will remain with Tottenham until the MLS season begins in March.
The Bradley move to Toronto is being described as a "bellwether move" for the league. Landon Donovan praised the move by Bradley. The Bent Musket points out that, while many USMNT fans may not agree with the move, it was a deal Bradley couldn't refuse.
With the move, it's likely that the majority of the USMNT World Cup roster will consist of MLS players.
Prior to the move being finalized, Bradley was initially included in the squad list before being pulled once the transfer was official. Bradley's move to Toronto will likely require that Matias Laba be traded. Black and Red United wants DC United to make a move for him.
Toronto FC is also reportedly close to announcing an affiliation with the Wilmington Hammerheads.
Gregg Berhalter has added two assistants to his staff in Columbus. Robert Maaskant was hired as an assistant coach and Pat Onstad was named as goalkeepers coach. Onstad joins fellow former DC United assistant coach Josh Wolff on the Columbus coaching staff. Maaskant was Berhalter's teammate at FC Zwolle during the 1994-95 season.
The New England Revolution has secured a permanent transfer for Charlie Davies. Davies will remain in New England on a free transfer after Denmark's Randers FC terminated his contract by mutual consent.
Nelson Rodriguez, MLS vice president of competition, technical and game operations announced his resignation from his position yesterday. He will leave MLS on January 31 after working for the league for 14 years. Rodriguez was also in charge of the disciplinary committee.
MLS commissioner Don Garber was interviewed recently by Inc.com and had some interesting quotes on the growth of the league.
USMNT youth technical director and U20 manager Tab Ramos spoke with American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta about the current U20 camp. In the interview, he mentioned DeAndre Yedlin as an example of how they can miss out on the development of some U20 players:
If we’re going to compare it with an example from last cycle, a player like DeAndre Yedlin came in here early in the cycle and did not perform. It wasn’t until he went back and played in MLS after a full college season that we thought "Hey, I think we’re going to have to bring Yedlin back because he looks a lot different now than he did in January." For us to have to consider him again, it took 11 months for him to get back onto our radar. Unfortunately for us, this camp is so early in the cycle and for some guys it’s going to work out in the same way.
West Bromwich Albion named Pepe Mel as its new manager. Mel was fired by Real Betis last month.
After recently retired German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger came out as gay, Robbie Rogers wrote in the Guardian that his example is incredibly important for young athletes. A UK gay rights activist agrees with Rogers. Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben doesn't seem to think (link in German) Hitzlsperger's sexuality should matter. The Original Winger has Hitzlsperger's first televised interview after coming out.
Reigning Copa Libertadores champion Atlético Mineiro has renewed the contract (link in Portuguese) of Ronaldinho, effectively ending rumors connecting the Brazilian playmaker to a move to Turkey.
After transfer rumors and speculation in recent months, Lionel Messi reiterated his desire to remain with Barcelona for the rest of his career. Barca Blaugranes must be ecstatic at this news, going as far as comparing him to Michael Jordan.
National teams are beginning to line up friendlies to warm up for the World Cup. England will face Eucador, Honduras and Peru. The United States declined a friendly against England that would have taken place in Miami. Mexico will play Ecuador in Dallas and Nigeria in Atlanta.
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