The New York Red Bulls have kicked off the week with a eye-catching transaction. The team announced the signing of Brazilian star Juninho on Monday after several weeks of reports linking both parties.
There was no mention of Juninho being a designated player in the news release, though you might remember that was also the case with Mauro Rosales‘ re-signing last year, and he ended up being a DP. I wouldn’t be surprised if New York is keeping its options open regarding Juninho’s status, but we’ll see.
The Red Bulls, of course, are still without a head coach. And in this latest report, it sounds like Thierry Henry won’t be joining Arsenal on loan. But that issue has gone back and forth several times, it seems.
Let’s get to some links:
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— The U.S. men’s national team will host Canada in a Jan. 26 friendly in Houston. It’s the final tuneup before the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying kicks off. Think a Sounder might be involved?
— Here’s a reminder of Hope Solo‘s appearance at a Tacoma area Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday.
— Also, the Sounders FC U-23s have confirmed they will be participating in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup as the winner of the Northwest Division last season.
— 2013 ECS memberships are on sale, but the group has asked you to consider waiting if you’re not buying them as a gift for the holidays. Don’t wait if you are.
— Around the league, Vancouver might be looking to bring Davide Chiumiento back, Mix Diskerud‘s dad confirmed there’s some interest from MLS and Portland in his son (though is this an indication it didn’t work out?), and here’s a look at the success of players brought back to a team for the second time (e.g. Sebastien Le Toux in Philadelphia).
— Out of Honduras, here’s another report mentioning Seattle’s interest in defenders Wilmer Crisanto and Jose Velasquez Colon. Those two, plus Mario Martinez, could be on national team duty next month.
— Looks like former Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza, another Honduran, is closer to joining Wigan of the Premier League.
— Around the world of soccer, Brazil’s Corinthians upset Chelsea in the final of the Club World Cup, Messi is up to 90 goals in 2012, and I guess this group of Russian fans thinks not wanting black players on the team doesn’t make them racist.