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About two and a half weeks ago, former Sounders FC defender Tyrone Marshall was selected by MLS champion Colorado in the re-entry draft. Monday afternoon the club announced it had signed the 13-year veteran.
Even if his role has diminished a bit, Marshall should provide depth to a centerback position where the Rapids lost Julien Baudet (traded to Seattle) in the offseason.
The other local interest story from the last couple days has been the fallout of the Freddie Ljungberg move to Celtic. The Swede has been giving multiple interviews to various publications and a lot of interesting material has come from it.
First, Ljungberg provided a statement to Chicago — with some glowing words for the city, the Fire organization and, curiously, the style of play (which I could see being another veiled jab at Sigi Schmid). I haven’t seen anything similar regarding a statement through Sounders FC or much mention of the club.
In this interview Ljungberg gives credit to MLS for being an undervalued league but also said the passion for soccer was something that he missed here in America. Some have viewed that as a shot to Seattle, but I’m not sure anyone would argue that local support for soccer compares to Glasgow. The Sounders have great fans — the best in the league and noticed worldwide — but the city isn’t absolutely 100-percent soccer crazy. Other Ljungberg stuff here and here.
I think his comments are fair enough, and I’m not one to criticize someone for speaking their mind, but feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments section.
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Some updates on Portland and Vancouver: here are a couple reports on the Whitecaps gearing up for their first season. Elsewhere the Timbers topped 10K in season-ticket sales and have an update on their stadium renovations.
Lots of MLS players news
— There’s plenty of interest out there regarding David Beckham and a potential loan to Europe. Tottenham appears to be the favorite for his services if the Galaxy are interested. One national writer thinks Beckham needs to show L.A. and MLS some loyalty. What do you think?
— In some other Galaxy news, forward Edson Buddle continues to make the rounds in Europe and the team signed defender Frankie Hejduk, which it acquired in a trade after the re-entry draft. The veteran is looking forward to 2011.
— Here’s a feature on prospective MLS draftee Jalil Anibaba, who spent some time in Sounders FC training last season.
— Among all the names rumored to be interested in joining MLS, French midfielder Patrick Vieira might be the biggest.
— Lastly, here’s a Q&A with Sporting K.C.’s Davy Arnaud, the Crew announced a signing that had been expected for a while, here’s a story on D.C.’s new young midfielder Dax McCarty and another on coach Ben Olsen, Jeff Cunningham is in Norway training but remains hopeful for MLS interest and finally some pictures of Omar Cummings at Aston Villa.
Also a bunch of MLS team news
— Lots of confusion around Toronto FC news this morning, but it sounds like Dutchman Aron Winter and Paul Mariner will each be involved in some capacity regarding the open head coach and technical director positions.
— Also, Real Salt Lake assistant Robin Fraser appears on his way to fill the vacant coaching job at Chivas USA.
— The Seahawks crashing the NFL playoffs at 7-9 has some wondering if pro football can learn something from MLS.
— Can you guess the Sounder that was named a substitute on a collaborative media selection of New England’s all-time Best XI?
— Lastly, here’s an update on the RSL academy, here’s a look at the FC Dallas offseason checklist, San Jose has an update on a prospective new stadium, the league website has a look at MLS rivalries and Goal.com ranks the league’s top 10 moments in 2010.
Some USMNT notes
— A photographer takes us through his perspective of capturing the big Landon Donovan goal v. Algeria.
— Here are some year-end highlights of the USMNT, which will convene for its January camp tomorrow.
— ESPN’s Jeff Bradley pens a column on his relationship with brother Bob and nephew Michael.
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