5 takeaways from a thrilling MLS weekend

There were 35 goals scored in the nine MLS matches this weekend, with three teams netting five. We look at five key things we took away from this weeks action.

 

1. What a weekend for rookies.

Three rookies stood out this week and all got on the scoresheet. Harry Shipp got off the mark in MLS, and did so in style as he netted three against New York on Saturday night. Shipp has been brilliant and stood out once more, with a hat-trick and an assist in Chicago’s 5-4 win against the Red Bulls.

Patrick Mullins had another good weekend, and got his second goal of the season in New Englands 5-0 thumping of Seattle. The striker also netted in last week’s 2-1 win at Toronto and is certainly making the Revs attack a more threatening proposition. His direct style of play allows those in behind to find space around the box, and Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury certainly did that against the Sounders.

And finally, Mark Sherrod got his first MLS goals as Houston lost 5-2 to Real Salt Lake on Sunday night. The 23-year-old lead the attack for the Dynamo in place of Will Bruin who missed out with a knee injury. Sherrod made his mark however, with his two goals and was evidently delighted to get off the mark, but he and his Houston teammates will be disappointed by the heavy defeat.

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Harry Shipp enjoyed an incredible weekend, and one he won’t forget in a hurry. Photo: USA TODAY Sports

 

2. Hat-tricks are fun.

There were three hat-tricks this weekend as defences didn’t fancy turning up for the majority of games. The aforementioned Harry Shipp, as well as Bradley Wright-Phillips and Javier Morales all got three goals. There were two in the 5-4 thriller between New York and Chicago, the first time there has been two hat-tricks in a single game in MLS history.

Javier Morales was in fine form for Salt Lake, and he didn’t waste any time getting started, as he netted after just 15 seconds; the fourth fastest goal in MLS history. Morales completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 88th minute, and also got an assist in a dominant performance.

 

3. The Sounders are not unbeatable.

The Sounders were humiliated in New England as the Revolution won 5-0, preventing Seattle from making it six-wins in a row. They had also scored at least once in every game prior to Sundays match, and the shut-out will concern some fans who are dreaming of an MLS Cup win already. New England were tactically perfect against Seattle, they contained their attack and just countered them over and over, and it will be interesting to see if more teams adopt the same approach now.

 

4. Martin Chavez makes Colorado pay for their trade.

Colorado traded away Martin Chavez to Chivas USA last week, and clearly didn’t look ahead to the fact that they were playing Chivas just days later. The Honduran came on just before the hour mark in Colorado, and made some start to his Chivas career.

He scored twice against his former team to help Chivas to a 3-1 win, their first win since the opening day of the season back in March. Chavez finished nicely on two occasions, and his goals will be a welcome boost to the side, as they have been relying on Erik Torres too heavily.

Chavez came back to haunt Colorado just days after leaving the club

Chavez came back to haunt Colorado just days after leaving the club

5. Columbus still can’t win, or even score.

Vancouver Whitecaps are the latest side to beat the Columbus Crew, and their form is pretty awful now. Columbus are not playing well. After winning their first three games of the season, they haven’t won since March, and have now lost three on the bounce. The Crew haven’t scored in their last three and only have three goals in their past seven games. It’s concerning for Columbus and they can’t come up with an alternative game plan as Federico Higuain is being marked out of games by opponents now.

They travel to Portland at the weekend in a game between two sides desperate for a win, and will hope they can finally get three points on the board.

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Dorman shuts out Dempsey as New England stun Seattle

By Louis East

New England Revolution stunned the Seattle Sounders as they put on a show to stroll to a 5-0 win at the Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.

Going into the game, many expected it to be a tight contest, and Seattle were aiming to add to their five-game win streak.

Though it didn’t pan out as thought, with Seattle lethargical throughout, and the Revolution in their best attacking form of the season.

Clint Dempsey was returning to New England for the first time since leaving the club in 2006, and faced up against his former teammate in Welshman Andy Dorman.

Dorman and the Revs defence kept Dempsey and Obafemi Martins at bay, and kept a clean sheet against free-scoring Seattle, something no other team have been able to do this season.

New England manager, Jay Heaps, set his side out to absorb the Seattle pressure before hitting them on the counter-attack with their young attacking talents, and it worked perfectly.

The Revolution had less than 40% possession, but made it count as they punished the Sounders on the break time and time again.

Seattle started the game the brighter of the two, and should have been one up in the first five minutes, as Obafemi Martins headed into the hands of Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth with the whole goal to aim at.

New England made them regret that missed opportunity in the fourteenth minute, as Patrick Mullins opened the scoring with his second goal of the season, tapping in after Teal Bunbury’s effort had come back off the post, following an excellent cross from Chris Tierney.

Mullins was dangerous all night and added to the fine goal that he scored against Toronto FC last weekend, and the rookie is looking good.

Patrick Mullins

Not long after, New England made it two as Diego Fagundez collecting a fine ball from Tierney again, before beating Stefan Frei at his near post for his first goal of the season.

Seattle were in trouble, and it got worse as Bunbury made it 3-0 on thirty-five minutes, scoring from a tight angle after his initial shot was saved by Frei.

Seattle continued to get forward, but the Revs kept on punishing them on the break and they added a fourth before half time.

Fagundez added his second of the game with a great finish across Frei, after a great ball from Bunbury found him on the edge of the box.

The Sounders might have hoped to improve in the second-half, but those hopes were quashed less than a minute into the half, as New England made it 5-0 thanks to an own-goal.

Bunbury crossed the ball in from the right-hand side, but it deflected off of Chad Marshall and into the back of the net.

The result was settled, and the game slowed down in the second-half, with Dempsey having a couple of shots blocked by the resolute Revs defence as the Sounders tried to get on the scoresheet.

Two late efforts from Steve Neumann and A.J. Soares could have added to New England’s tally, but it finished 5-0, a result very few could have seen coming prior to the match.

Seattle were clearly affected by the long journey to Foxborough, as well as the fact that they had played a mid-week game, but take nothing away from the Revs who were brilliant.

They have now beaten Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and Seattle in their last three and are looking a real threat as they moved joint-top of the Eastern Conference with Kansas City.

The Sounders still lead the Western Conference, but are just two points in front of Real Salt Lake who have played one game less.

Highlights via Major League Soccer’s YouTube channel:

Kansas City stroll to the top of the Eastern Conference

By Jamie Ives

Sporting Kansas City topped the Eastern Conference last night, with a seemingly routine performance from last seasons MLS Cup champions, in which they beat the Montreal Impact 3-0 away from home.

Englishman Dom Dwyer grabbed another brace against the Impact, just as he did earlier in the season when these two met.

Paulo Nagamura chipped in with the other goal as Sporting took three points away from the Stage Saputo.

Much of the game belonged to Kansas City as they had a very impressive 78% of the possession. A mean feat in any game.

Dom Dwyer highlighted the dominance on Twitter after the game:

The task was made much easier when Collen Warner was sent off in the sixteenth minute for handball on the goalline that prevented a certain goal, and Kansas were awarded a penalty.

Up stepped Dwyer to bury it in the bottom corner for his fifth goal of the season.

The lead was doubled in the thirty-fourth minute when a cross from the right by Chance Myers evaded everyone, but Nagamura was waiting at the back post and his scuffed shot found the far corner.

The second goal had pretty much sealed the Impacts fate, but Kansas City went on to get a third through a beautifully worked goal from Dwyer again.

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Dom Dwyer celebrates after scoring another brace against Montreal (Photo: Joel Lemay/ Agence QMI)

Playing out from the back, the ball found Antonio Rodriguez, who played an intricate through ball which Dwyer finished superbly.

The game was all but over as USMNT star Graham Zusi was substituted, but a late chance fell to Seth Sinovic who fired over from no more than six yards.

The Impact also had a late opportunity to get on the scoreboard, with a Justin Mapp strike missing the near post by inches.

Sporting Kansas City now top the Eastern Conference but will have to deal with the imminent losses of Zusi and star centre-half Matt Besler, who seem certain to go to the World Cup with the USMNT.

Montreal will be licking their wounds after another heavy defeat at the hands of Kansas, and will be looking to overturn the 2-1 deficit in their Canadian Championship second leg on Wednesday against FC Edmonton.

Highlights via Major League’s Soccer’s official YouTube channel:

 

Toronto can score the goals, but they need to shore up their defence to achieve success

By Simon Pyne

The second-leg of the Amway Canadian Championship takes place this Wednesday between Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC, and gives the Reds a great opportunity to reach the final and up their current form.

Toronto head into Wednesday’s game with a slender one-goal advantage from the first leg of the tie, after a 2-1 win, and will be looking to improve on their recent performances to give a boost to their loyal supporters.

It will also give new signing Jermain Defoe another chance to show why Toronto made such a bold acquisition.

The Reds fans will be hoping the star duo of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley continues to shine, to enable their progression to a place in the final.

Defoe has continued playing in the vein he is remembered for in Britain. He is the 14th highest all time goalscorer in the EPL with 124 goals and has also scored 19 goals for the English National side.

He is known for forming successful partnerships with attacking teammates and it appears him and Bradley are already starting to gel.

His current form will keep him in the limelight though, and Reds fans should be hoping Defoe doesn’t get the call from the England Manager, Roy Hodgson, to join the World Cup squad, as Toronto will need his goals in the coming weeks.

Coach Ryan Nelsen of course knew all about Defoe, from his own time as a player at Tottenham Hotspur where he watched the prolific striker hit the back of the net regularly.

Toronto showed their interest in October 2013 and following negotiations, and a couple of phone calls from Canadian rapper Drake, the deal was completed in January this year.

This was a shrewd buy for Toronto and providing JD stays injury free it will pay dividends in the coming seasons.

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(Photo: Jermain Defoe can score goals, but Toronto need to improve defensively)

The new signing of Luke Moore shows further intent of their attacking intentions but scoring one more goal than your opponent is a dangerous tactic and the Reds need to shut up shop in defence and make those goals count.

It’s worth noting that the deal to acquire Luke Moore involved Toronto trading a central defender, in Gale Agbossoumonde to the Colorado Rapids, so the emphasis is clearly on attack.

In their first three games they only let one goal in, but then followed this up by letting five hit the back of the net in their last three games.

The late goal by the Whitecaps at BMO Field in the first leg may yet come back to haunt them in this competition.

Although a place in the final is going to be a confidence boost for The Reds, it is their MLS form they need to turn around.

After a flying start to the season they have now suffered three losses in a row, so the talent within the team must endeavour to turn this form on its head.

They have three to four games in hand over the teams above them and must ensure they make those count, even with the loss of key players to the World Cup.

If they can achieve that turnaround there should be no reason why they can’t then kick on and get into a solid playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Whitecaps may just be the first fly in the ointment however. They are unbeaten in their last four MLS games and will relish the chance of beating Toronto to the final, and gain bragging rights over their rivals.

The winner of the tie will have a chance of silverware and the entry into the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Reds then have league games against NY Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City, two teams who have been scoring for fun and both will attack the Reds defence at every opportunity.

Ryan Nelsen’s side need to be strong and show they are up for the challenge ahead and prove they can achieve success and honours.

One honour they have already acquired is unfortunately the ubiquitous one of having the most expensive tickets in the Eastern Conference.

There is no doubt Toronto have the talent on the pitch, they now just need to prove to their loyal fans they are worth that extra money.

Chicago get first win of the season as New York Shipp five in goalfest

By Louis East

Chicago Fire survived a late New York fightback to record their first victory of 2014 in a simply pulsating game, that saw nine goals and two hat-tricks.

The Red Bull Arena hosted the most incredible game of the MLS season so far on Saturday night, as the Fire beat the Red Bulls 5-4.

Chicago’s Harrison Shipp and New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips each bagged a hat-trick in a dramatic goalfest that provided a perfect advert for Major League Soccer.

It is the first time a MLS game has seen two hat-tricks, and the unrelenting nature of the game left viewers breathless at the final whistle.

The game started as it meant to go on, with drama present from as early as the third minute.

Harry Shipp fired a shot from the edge of the box, with Mike Magee clearly in an offside position, and the ball found its way past Red Bulls goalkeeper, Luis Robles, and in to the bottom corner.

Referee, Kevin Stott allowed the goal to stand despite the fact that his assistant had raised his flag, much to the fury of Red Bulls players and fans alike.

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Photo: USA TODAY Sports

New York didn’t waste much time thinking about the early setback, as they equalised just two minutes later, with Tim Cahill rising high in the box to head in from Eric Alexander’s cross.

The frantic start to the game did slow down for a while after, with both sides struggling to gain control of the match.

Chicago then had a great chance to take the lead in the thirty-seventh minute, as Shipp sent Magee through on goal, but the striker watched his shot sail agonisingly wide of the post.

Chicago were punished straight-away, as Thierry Henry carried the ball forward with purpose before crossing to Bradley Wright-Phillips, who scored his seventh goal of the season to put the Red Bulls in front.

The teams went in at halftime with New York deserved leaders, with Chicago left disappointed to have thrown away their early lead in such a short space of time.

Though Fire coach Frank Yallop clearly said the right things at halftime, as Chicago came out firing in the second period.

They managed to tie the game once again in the forty-eighth minute, as Quincy Amarikwa was able to get on the end of a Jeff Larentowicz cross to make it 2-2.

The away side looked confident, and New York left stunned.

Just five minutes later, they took the lead once again, courtesy of rookie Harry Shipp for the second time in the match.

Some poor New York defending helped the ball through to Shipp, who found space in the box and fired past Robles.

The Red Bulls looked rattled, and they gifted Chicago with their next goal, as Jamison Olave and Kosuke Kimura’s over-relaxed defending led to the latter being dispossessed by Shipp, who grabbed his hat-trick and put Chicago 4-2 up.

Good fortune then went the way of Chicago, who added a fifth goal in the sixty-third minute, thanks to a mis-cued cross by Patrick Nyarko which found its way over Robles and into the net.

New York manager, Mike Petke, had to change it up and try and get back into the game, and the introduction of Jonathan Steele and Peguy Luyindula put the Red Bulls back in the driving seat.

Three minutes after conceding the fifth goal, Bradley Wright-Phillips volleyed home to instil some life back into the side, as Steele’s cross was chested into the path of Wright-Phillips by Lloyd Sam.

The home crowd roared their side forward in search of another, and they got a penalty in the seventy-sixth minute after Thierry Henry was brought down in the box by Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.

Wright-Phillips stepped up and blasted the ball in for his second hat-trick of the season and took his tally for the season to nine, making him the league’s top scorer.

Photo: Smiley N. Pool/AP

Photo: Smiley N. Pool/AP

Chicago were now stunned once more, and thoughts of last week’s late capitulation against Real Salt Lake must have been creeping into their minds.

Though goalkeeper, Sean Johnson, made sure his side stayed in it on eighty-one minutes, as he stopped Henry one-on-one to prevent what looked like the equaliser.

A last minute bicycle kick from Wright-Phillips couldn’t find the back of the net, with Sean Johnson pouncing on the ball to ensure that Chicago would pick up their first win of the season.

New York will be deflated after putting so much in, and to score four goals and not get a point is quite incredible.

They remain just three points behind Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference but will see the game as a missed opportunity, especially when they were leading at halftime.

For Chicago, it’s the much needed break they’ve been waiting for, and the result leaves them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

A truly wild night of MLS action in the Red Bull Arena, and one that fans won’t forget in a hurry.

Highlights courtesy of Major League Soccer’s YouTube channel:

Dempsey heads back home to New England, but will the Dorman let him in?

By Simon Pyne

Clint Dempsey will be going back to his old team, New England Revolution, on Sunday as a Seattle Sounder, for the first MLS game he has played there since 2006. This will also be the first time he has played against them.

He left the Revs to go to the English Premier League and successfully play for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur before heading back to MLS with the Sounders, where he is currently displaying scintillating form.

He is already amongst the early contenders for the Golden Boot and so far is showing no let up in his endeavor to succeed back in MLS.

The Sounders have had a great start to the season and are forging ahead at the top of the Western Conference with 22 points collected from 10 games played.

They have scored 11 home goals and 11 goals on the road, and won their last five games so they will be heading into this game instilled with confidence.

The Sounders form needs no introduction, they are playing some great football at the moment and their flowing attacking style is a joy to behold.

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(Dempsey will look to get all three points with the Sounders when he returns to New England on Sunday)

The Revs will not be a walkover however, these may be billed as the underdogs but they are stiff opposition for sure.

They have not let a goal in at the Gillette Stadium this season and haven’t lost in their last four games.

They come into this tie with back-to-back wins over Toronto and Kansas and currently sit atop the Eastern Conference, tied with Kansas and Houston so they will be keen to take three points from this tie.

The Revs showed their spirit last week against Toronto, as they came from a goal down to steal all the points with a 2-1 victory. The first time they have ever won at BMO Field, and it was well deserved.

One Revs player who knows Dempsey well enough is defender Andy Dorman as the Welsh international played with Dempsey for over two seasons with the Revs and will have a good insight into what makes the Sounders playmaker tick.

Dorman has also played in England, for Crystal Palace, and in Scotland for St Mirren before returning to MLS in 2013.

Dorman’s return to the Revs as holding midfielder has coincided with them shoring up their defence, and should prove a fair challenge for the Sounders cavalier attackers to try and breach.

If the Revs can steal an early goal they may well try to park the bus across the front of goal.

Though if the Sounders go in front it should be a real ding-dong battle to take the points in this epic tie.

You can see the game on Sunday at 23:00pm UK time.

David Beckham, the man with a plan

By Simon Pyne

David Beckham is set to introduce his very own team into Major League Soccer, and after such a great playing career, his Miami side will surely be a success.

There’s not a lot that hasn’t already been written about David Beckham. A true icon of world football and a name synonymous with immense skill and unbridled passion for the game.

From the moment he appeared on the back pages, he was never really off them during his glittering 20-year career.

From his early days in East London, to the success he achieved at Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint-German and LA Galaxy, he has always showed the same determination to succeed and has put in the hard work required to achieve his goals.

For the English National team, he always showed a desire and passion to play for his country, and although this has been seen before amongst the likes of Stuart Pearce and Terry Butcher, it has arguably not been seen since.

He collected 115 caps, which was a record for an outfield player, and he still says one of his greatest achievements in football was captaining his country.

A true legend of his time in world football, but what was left for him to strive for once he finally hung his boots up?

He has been an ambassador for the sport and his country, and is carrying out the same role for UNICEF as well as Chinese football, but the desire for success and a new challenge would be gnawing at him internally.

So perhaps we should not be surprised he is now striving to build his own MLS team in Miami and is attacking the challenge with the same passion and enthusiasm he showed during his playing career.

There are huge challenges in store for him, as the problems with the new stadium location are already showing, with local business heavyweights objecting to the current proposal.

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Photo: Miami’s proposed soccer stadium (Miami Beckham United)

The new team are hoping to join MLS in 2017 and are perhaps taking the biggest gamble of all due to the previous Florida soccer teams; Dolphins, Panthers and Marlins all struggling with attendance figures in past seasons.

Miami will have to win games and then some in order to draw the fanbase they will require to enable success, and although “Brand Beckham” will be a draw they will still need big name players to bring in the crowds.

Of course Beckham has some great contacts to draw on, after playing for some of the biggest teams on the planet, and this will be a massive boost for the Miami team and MLS in general, as household name players are bound to appear for him.

It should follow that more supporters will be drawn by this influx of stars, so it has to be a win-win situation for the sport and MLS when, and not if, he succeeds in his plan.

One thing is for sure, David Beckham will put his heart and soul into his new venture in the same way he did during his playing career, and if all goes to plan with the stadium, we will all be talking a lot more about MLS and Miami very soon.

Should British prospects consider stateside soccer?

With Major League Soccer continuing to develop, more and more British youngster’s should look to play football across the pond. Jamie Ives explains why…

The growing demand for soccer in America is escalating, and as a result, standards of players are set to rise.

With this being said, the major sports in America such as American football, basketball and baseball will always tend to appeal to young American athletes.

And although more are looking to soccer, the opportunity for young British players is there for all to see.

With MLS steadily growing, and with the introduction of expansion teams, more players will be required, and rosters are going to get bigger.

With the growth, this can become a route into the beautiful game for young British players who struggle to make it in the Premier League.

With the current set up in the UK, less than 10% of academy players in England will turn professional.

So what options do they have?

Most of these players will take up full time occupations, some of them will coach, and some will go to university. But where?

Each year, American scouts scour Britain for players that will improve their college squads in America, with the aim to offer them a full scholarship.

The prospect of playing in MLS, or any form of professional football in America should not be viewed as a ‘step down’, as there have been many cases where Englishmen have excelled in the United States.

David Beckham may have started the trend, but there are now more and more English players looking to Major League Soccer.

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(David Beckham’s Miami team would certainly bring more English players to MLS)

Nigel Reo-Coker, Bradley Wright- Phillips and Jermain Defoe are just a few familiar names that have played in the Premier League, and are all currently playing in the US

The league has restrictions on the number of players a team is allowed over the age of 25, and so the opportunities are there for youngsters.

There will always be critics that suggest MLS will not take off, but with new teams continue to join the league, and David Beckham’s Miami-based club possibly joining in a few years, interest here in the UK is set to climb.

From a financial and academic standpoint, the American scholarship system has to be worth a look at for any players in Britain that have struggled to get a break in the UK.

DaMarcus Beasley looking to return to MLS

By Louis East

DaMarcus Beasley is looking to follow some of his fellow US National team stars by returning to MLS and could return after the World Cup.

Beasley left Major League Soccer in 2004, when he joined PSV Eindhoven from Chicago Fire and stayed in Europe until 2011, when he joined current team Puebla FC in the Mexican Primera Division.

After spells at Manchester City, Rangers and Hannover, the American returned to North America but rather than playing in the US, he chose Mexico.

Though according to reports in Mexico this week, the 31-year-old has told Puebla president Jesus Lopez Chargoy that he wants to quit the club and return to Major League Soccer.

Diario Cambio is a publication based in Puebla, and claims that Beasley is looking to sign for a MLS side after the World Cup this summer.

Beasley is an experienced member of the US National team squad, and will certainly travel to Brazil if he can recover from a hamstring strain he picked up a few weeks ago.

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(Photo: Beasley has made 114 appearances for the USMNT and should be a part of their World Cup squad)

The winger has been used at left-back by USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann on several occasions and will likely start in defence at the World Cup this summer.

Though if he were to return to MLS, Beasley would most probably be utilised in his preferred position on the left side of midfield.

It is also more than probable that Beasley would have to become a designated player, so a move to a club with slots available would appear to be the likely path.

The American is currently training with North American Soccer League (NASL) club Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who are based in Florida, as he works on his fitness ahead of the World Cup.

Luke Moore joins Toronto FC in MLS merry-go-round

By Louis East

Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew and Toronto FC were all involved in a series of trades on Thursday, which saw former Aston Villa striker Luke Moore move to Canada.

The former Villa, West Brom and Swansea forward joins Jermain Defoe at Toronto, in a trade with the Rapids that saw defender, Gale Agbossoumonde, move the other way.

Moore started the day as a Chivas USA player, after moving to the club in February, but has made just two starts in MLS this season.

Chivas traded the 28-year-old with Colorado for Honduras international Marvin Chavez, before Moore was then traded once again with Toronto.

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(Chavez has five years experience in Major League Soccer, joining his fourth MLS club in Chivas)

Chivas also secured the services of 23-year-old forward Ryan Finley, who joined from Columbus in return for a conditional second-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

By adding two attacking players, Chivas will now support striker Erick Torres who has scored seven of the team’s nine goals this season.

“Chávez is one of the best wide midfielders in the league and is very versatile at creating scoring opportunities. Finley will fit perfectly in our plan as a center forward, as his mobility and approach to the game will support and complement Erick Torres’ skills up top,” head coach Wilmer Cabrera said in a statement.

Colorado have bolstered their defence by adding Gale Agbossoumonde. The 22-year-old has represented the US national team on one occasion and played across Europe before joining Toronto last season.

“We’re excited to welcome Gale to our squad, as he’s a talented young player who can add depth to our back line,” said Paul Bravo, the VP of Soccer Operations at Colorado.

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(Agbossoumonde will add to a Colorado defence that has already kept five clean sheets this season)

Toronto were willing to part ways with Agbossoumonde as they have enough depth in defence, and by adding Luke Moore, strengthen their attack.

Moore has six MLS appearances to his name for Chivas USA, but is vastly experienced, having played nine seasons in the Premier League.

With Jermain Defoe possibly heading to the World Cup and Gilberto struggling to make an impact, Toronto needed to add to their strikeforce.

“With our current depth in defence we felt that the opportunity to acquire an attacking player like Luke Moore was the right decision to make at this time for the club as we approach the World Cup break,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko.

He added: “With Luke’s experience, he will be a welcomed addition to our squad and provide more options for us upfront.”