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.

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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.”

 

Del Piero set for move to Major League Soccer

By Louis East

Alessandro Del Piero is set to continue his playing career by moving to Major League Soccer, with LA Galaxy or DC United his likely destination.

The Italian striker is a free-agent after he left Australian club Sydney FC last week and is thought to favour a move to MLS before he ends his career.

According to reports in Italy, LA Galaxy are keen to secure the services of the former Juventus captain, and he has emerged as their number one transfer target.

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(The Juventus legend looks set to be the next big name joining MLS)

Del Piero is currently in Los Angeles on holiday with his family, and is not interested in retiring or coaching yet.

DC United will rival LA Galaxy for his signature, with owner Erick Thohir keen to bring Del Piero to the Washington-based club.

The Indonesian businessman became the majority shareholder with Serie A side Inter Milan just six months ago, and he has reportedly made a move for the former Serie A star.

A move to DC would appear to be more realistic, as Del Piero would likely need to be a designated player.

DC currently over have one designated player in Eddie Johnson, and could have a dangerous attack if Del Piero were to join.

The Galaxy have all three designated player spots filled by Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez, and would either have to free up a spot on their designated player list, or keep Del Piero’s earnings within the salary cap.

Major League Soccer looks set to welcome another global star in Alessandro Del Piero and the 39-year-old will help the league continue to grow wherever he ends up.