MLS News Roundup – December 3rd

Here’s a roundup of today’s top stories from across the globe regarding Major League Soccer:

1. Bradley Wright-Phillips rewarded for great season with Designated Player contract.

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The New York Red Bulls have moved quickly to fill the void left by Thierry Henry by signing Bradley Wright-Phillips to a designated player contract in time for the 2015 season.

Read more: Bradley Wright-Phillips replaces Thierry Henry as designated player with Red Bulls

2. Bill Hamid named as MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.

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The DC United shot-stopper has been named as Major League Soccer’s Goalkeeper of the Year. Bill Hamid enjoyed a great season and was also named a 2014 MLS All-Star and MLS Best-XI goalkeeper.

3. Chicago Fire make second signing in as many days by bringing in Joevin Jones.

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Chicago Fire continued to restructure their squad ahead of the next campaign by announcing the signing of Trinidad and Tobago defender Joevin Jones, just one day after securing the services of Kennedy Igboananike.

4. Pedro Morales wins MLS Newcomer of the Year award.

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Vancouver Whitecaps playmaker Pedro Morales earned the MLS Newcomer of the Year award today, beating the likes of Jermaine Jones and Stefan Ishizaki. The Chilean led the team in both goals (10) and assists (12) in 2014.

5. Yannick Djalo linked with Orlando City switch as Benfica allow him to look for new club in January.

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Benfica are looking to offload Yannick Djalo in January and Orlando City are being linked with a move for the 28-year-old who spent 2014 on loan with the San Jose Earthquakes.


What we can takeaway from San Jose’s victory over FC Dallas

Saturday was the tale of two halves as all the action took place in the first half. San Jose held out after coming from behind to win 2-1 on Saturday night for their second win against Dallas in a month. Here are the things we learnt from game:

1. Both teams are susceptible from crosses and corners.

Both teams struggled in the first half to deal with crosses into the box, having great difficulty clearing the ball.

Both Blas Perez and Atiba Harris‘s goals were put into the box before ending up in the net. A weakness that MLS sides should be looking to exploit in the coming weeks.

2. FC Dallas couldn’t handle Yannick Djalo.

Djalo was San Jose’s main threat going forward, using his pace time after time to put the Earthquakes on the front foot.

Dallas were exposed on many occasions and failed to handle the on-loan Benfica forward, and eventually Adam Moffat collected his second yellow card after bringing Djalo down once again.

3. Fabian Castillo is a touch of class.

The young Colombian winger has the ability to make the ball look like it’s glued to his boots when he’s dribbling. At one point, he weaved through six men and then won a penalty.

Jon Busch saved the subsequent spot-kick but Castillo has a lot of potential, and it can’t be long before European clubs start taking notice of the pacey winger.

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4. Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi can strike a ball.

The Frenchman scored his first Major League Soccer goal last night and what a screamer it was, already a contender for goal of the season.

Since joining the Earthquakes from AC Ajaccio, he has played eight times. No game more memorable than last night as his strike won the game. Be sure to check it out in the highlights below: