Five MLS clubs set to battle for signing of former Liverpool and Chelsea star – report

Five Major League Soccer teams are set to fight for the signing of Spanish striker Fernando Torres this summer, according to Marca. The 34-year-old forward will be a free agent once his contract with Atletico Madrid comes to an end in June, leaving the former Liverpool and Chelsea star free to negotiate what will surely be the final move of his career.

Torres has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League but it’s understood he is not keen on making the move to Asia. He rejected the chance to join CSL side Dalian Yifang in February and would reportedly prefer a move to the United States.

With no La Liga sides making Torres an offer at this point, and just a month left of the season in Spain, Torres is looking to MLS. The five clubs who are reportedly interested in bringing him to the league are Chicago Fire, Montreal Impact, New York City FC, Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City.

A move to NYCFC would allow Torres to link up with former international teammate and good friend David Villa. The pair fired Spain to Euro 2008 glory as well as the 2010 World Cup title. New York City FC do not currently have a Designated Player slot free though, so Torres would need to accept being a TAM signing to move to the Big Apple.

Chicago and Montreal are the only sides of the five linked that have a DP slot available. It’s not certain that Torres would need to fill a DP slot, particularly at 34 years of age. But it will certainly help negotiations having that option.

The Fire are a particularly interesting option, given the fact that Torres played with Chicago head coach Veljko Paunovic during his first spell at Atletico Madrid. The pair spent two seasons together in 2003/04 and 2004/05.

On top of that, Chicago own the discovery rights to Fernando Torres if he does indeed move to MLS, according to league sources. The Fire have opened the 2018 season with just four points from their opening five games. They’ve scored seven goals but could undoubtedly benefit from partnering Torres with 2017 Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolic up front.

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Former Liverpool goal-machine: ‘Gerrard is the best I’ve played with’

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has claimed Steven Gerrard is the best player he has ever played with.

The statement from the 31-year-old Spaniard heaps an incredible amount of praise on Gerrard, as he was part of arguably one of the best World Cup and European Championship squads ever, playing with the likes of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.

“I would chose him above all if I had to have him in my team, if I had him behind me,” Torres told Marca. “Steven Gerrard is the best player I have played with throughout my career, therefore my ideal player would be very like him.”

Torres has played with some of the highest quality teams and players in Europe but Gerrard is his number one.

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“It is very difficult to choose because I have had the luck to play with a lot of great footballers. For me, the best is and has been Gerrard,”

Gerrard’s Liverpool career is almost over as he braces himself for the move to MLS with LA Galaxy this summer but he could have a fairytale ending with his boyhood club if Liverpool make it through their FA Cup semifinal this weekend.

The former England captain could lead his side out at Wembley in the final, which falls on the same day as his birthday, in his final appearance for the club before heading off to his exciting new challenge where Galaxy fans eagerly await his arrival.

Do you agree with Fernando Torres that Steven Gerrard is the best played he has played with?

Sporting Kansas City bolster attack with addition of Krisztian Nemeth

Sporting Kansas City have continued to rebuild their squad ahead of the 2015 MLS season by adding Hungarian international forward Krisztian Nemeth.

The news comes one day after the club re-signed star striker Dom Dwyer to a long-term contract and Peter Vermes is delighted to have another attacking option in place for next season.

“Krisztian [Nemeth] is a player who has extensive experience playing in a 4-3-3 system,” Vermes said.

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“He also fits well in the overall model of play for Sporting Kansas City and we look forward to his adaptation.”

Nemeth is a vastly experienced player having played in Hungary, England, Greece and most recently the Netherlands, but at 25, he has a long career ahead of him.

He joined Liverpool as an 18-year-old in 2007 and although he never played a competitive first-team game with the Reds, he was a star in the Premier League Reserve League – ending his first year as top scorer in the division.

He trained with the likes of Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Robbie Keane while at Anfield and he can’t wait to experience the new challenge of soccer in the US.

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“I am very excited to be joining Sporting Kansas City,” he said. “It’s an exciting time to join the club and MLS. Peter [Vermes] is a great coach and I look forward to working with him and the team.”

Nemeth has been without a club since leaving Eredivisie side Roda JC Kerkrade in July. He scored eight goals and recorded six assists in 24 games during the 2013-14 campaign and will hope to make a real impact with Sporting Kansas City in 2015.

Is Krisztian Nemeth a good signing for Sporting Kansas City?

Could an MLS move resurrect Fernando Torres’s career?

The once prolific World Cup winning Fernando Torres has been a shadow of his former-self in the past five years.

His loan move away from Chelsea to AC Milan had many predicting he would find his scoring form again, but it hasn’t worked out in Italy for the 30-year-old striker.

With just one goal in ten games, there has been speculation of him being handed back to Chelsea just five months since his two-year loan deal began.

As we know, he is a striker who thrives on confidence and instinct finishing – both have been missing for some time now.

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Major League Soccer could be a good destination for him to once again feel the love of devoted fans.

He can take many things from the David Villa move to New York City FC. Villa was his strike partner during the Spanish domination of international tournaments and his move has seen him become one of the most talked about players in America before he’s even played a game.

Torres can bring so much to a dressing room as well as to younger player in the squad. Despite a tricky spell during his time at Chelsea, he has a track record of success and would prove a move to MLS was the right option if there was any interest.

He scored in a number of big games for the Blues but could never quite find consistency.

Key moments for Torres:

  • 65 goals in 102 Liverpool games – Best strike rate in Liverpool’s history
  • Euro 2008 Final – Winning goal vs Germany
  • World Cup 2010 – Winner with Spain
  • Champions League Semi-Final 2012 – Vital equaliser vs Barcelona after long run
  • Champions League Final 2012 – Winner with Chelsea
  • Euro 2012 – Golden Boot winner and goalscorer in final win vs Italy
  • Europa League 2013 Final – First goal vs Benfica
  • 2013 Confederations Cup – Golden Boot winner

As for a destination, it’s not easy to say where Torres would be best suited. He thrived in his homeland with Atletico Madrid and a move back home will surely be an option.

Throughout the most successful periods of his career, his top scoring form has been while playing as a lone striker with supply coming from all over the field.

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Somewhere like the New England Revolution could be an ideal club, as he would suit their preferred formation of 4-2-3-1 with the likes of Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones feeding him constantly throughout the game.

Torres needs a fresh start, away from Europe, and a move to MLS would give him the chance to recapture his star status.

One thing we can be sure of is that people want to see him recapture the form we saw so much at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and throughout his international career.

Would MLS be a good choice for Fernando Torres?