One small sentence has captured the attention of Sounders FC fans everywhere:
Rayner Michael is a 21-year-old Brazilian who last played in Sweden who is in camp on trial. We’ll have more info on him as training camp progresses.
This via Matt Gaschk‘s blog on the team website, where he also posts a short report on a 12 v. 12 scrimmage that featured a bicycle-kick goal by Fredy Montero and a broken windshield.
In regards to Michael, not much is known about him yet — hard to find information on the young guy — but here’s a picture from the team of the Brazilian apparently fighting for position against James Riley.
— Also around the league, Steven Goff of the Washington Post had this update on the CBA.
[P]layers’ rights, so to speak — namely, free agency within MLS and contracts that are honored through the end of the season instead of subject to termination in July — appear to be the major sticking point. Based on things I’ve been hearing lately, it is unclear whether a resolution will be reached anytime soon.
One trusted Insider contact who is familiar with, but not involved in, the negotiations said ominously: “The players are 100 percent ready to not play if required. They don’t want a strike or lockout, but they aren’t willing to be the only ones to compromise to make sure that the a work stoppage doesn’t happen. The burden is on the owners to decide if they are also willing to compromise.”
The sides will continue talks Wednesday and Thursday in New York.
Not very encouraging, to say the least. Though MLS had showed it had the cash to hire a couple high-profile journalists to write for the league full-time and revamp some online coverage, so…