Yesterday was a big day for Toronto FC and pretty much all of MLS. The Ontario team announced the signing of Italian International striker Sebastian Giovinco, who will be coming over on a free transfer (in July might I add) after spending the last few years loaned around Italy from Italian giant Juventus. Giovinco is regarded as a quality signing, and due to not being "old," stands against the idea that MLS is a retirement league.
The Denver Post is reporting that Not-Seattle will again host the MLS All-Star game. 2015's version of Not-Seattle is cold, mountainous, and offers the same legal marijuana opportunities as our beautiful emerald city.
In other Not-Seattle-2015 news, Spanish midfielder Jose Mari is transferring from the mile high city to La Liga side Levante UD and Sam Cronin was just acquired from San Jose.
The Fire look likely to sign one of their top offseason prospects. Jeffery Carlisle is reporting that only a few final details bar Shaun Maloney's transfer from Wigan Athletic to the Chicago team.
It looks like Fabian Johnson's favorite position has finally been determined (for the third time). After signing with Borussia Monchengladbach on the condition that his favorite position was left midfield, Johnson told German newspaper Bild that he preferred to play right back, which angered his Gladbach coach. Well after Johnson scored a goal while playing at left midfield, his coach confirmed that left midfield is indeed Johnson's favorite position. For his part Johnson says that he doesn't care where he plays, as long as he's seeing the field.
The 2015 MLS Draft is not quite over, with the Supplemental Draft set to take place today. You can check out some of the top talent still available here.
You may know that not all of the drafts talent is filled out by players coming right from the college system, but perhaps you don't know where the other players are from. Toronto's first round pick Clement Simonin tells an interesting story of how he got to the draft.
Jordan Morris's decision to stay at Stanford instead of signing with the Sounders seemed a tad confusing to some. American Soccer Now sat down with Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn to make sense of the decision.
The Sounders are rounding out their series of tryouts for 2015, announcing open tryouts for both the Sounders U-23s and the Sounders Women yesterday. U23s tryouts will be held on March 21st and 22nd, and Sounders Women tryouts on March 28th and 29th.
Former Seattle Homegrown Player Sean Okoli finalized his move to Foxborough yesterday, signing a contract with Jay Heaps's team five days after his rights were traded away from Seattle. Okoli's trade also featured Seattle's acquisition of the 33rd overall SuperDraft pick, with which Seattle selected goalkeeper Tyler Miller. Unfortunately Miller has opted out of a deal with the rave green, instead electing to try his luck with German fourth division side SVN Zweibrücken.
What did you do yesterday morning? Lame. Whatever you said is lame. That is in comparison to Usain Bolt's morning, which was spent grading babies on how well they did his signature pose.
The Asian Cup is currently underway in Australia , and it's been a hotbed for very pretty photographs. Eight by Eight has kindly rounded up some of the best pictures here. I had a joke about North Korea here but decided to leave it out in fear of Sounder at Heart being hacked. You're welcome.
The Cyprus Referees Association has recently been victim to three bombing attacks by Cypriot soccer viewers. The association is considering halting their work. This serves as yet another reminder of how lucky we are to watch the beautiful game where we do.
Have you seen Norwegian team Sandefjord? Well unless you have quite a keen eye, you certainly aren't going to in the future: the team just presented camouflage third-kits.
If you think Sandefjord fans are unlucky, you weren't watching the League One game between Scunthorpe United and Bristol City, where both of Scunthorpe's netminders broke their arms. You also probably weren't at a Dutch amateur league match where the referee swung his arms to make a call, breaking a player's nose in the process.
Is there anything more embarrassing in soccer than getting nutmegged? It turns out there are two: getting nutmegged, rabona-ed, and then having a goal scored on you or being a Portland Timbers fan. The former is shown below.