A very interesting tidbit came out of Grant Wahl‘s latest report for FOX Soccer. He said a couple MLS teams could be interested in signing Santos Laguna forward Herculez Gomez, a U.S. international and former lower-leagues Sounder, in the summer transfer window.
Those teams? Sounders FC and Toronto.
Wahl goes on to note that Seattle already has a maximum of three designated-players, so some roster adjustment would be required. But we’ve seen that before in the signings of Christian Tiffert and Obafemi Martins.
Definitely something to keep an eye on, especially if the Sounders’ early season struggles continue.
Wahl has this mailbag on other issues in MLS and world soccer, so be sure to check that out, too.
What would you think of signing Gomez? Let’s get to some other links:
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— The big story in MLS recently has been the news that an expansion franchise in New York is expected to be formally announced in the next few weeks. The New York Times has a very comprehensive report on the details, particularly that Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is in final negotiations for the team, which could require a $100 million expansion fee, be called New York City FC and start play in 2016.
— U.S. U-20s coach Tab Ramos explains in this story why DeAndre Yedlin wasn’t more involved with the team until recently, including for the CONCACAF championships. Yedlin, who returned to Seattle on Sunday, remains on the rise in MLSsoccer.com’s Rookie Rankings.
— Sounders FC U-18 academy forward Jordan Morris impressed last week in U.S. U-20 camp. He had three assists in a midweek scrimmage and added another in a game against Cal FC.
— In some MLS news, the scoreboard at Crew Stadium caught on fire before Saturday’s game vs. D.C. United, the league won’t be implementing goal-line technology any time soon (too expensive, apparently), and Chicago’s Wells Thompson earned a retroactive suspension for this tackle.
— USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann chatted about a bunch of topics during a media day of sorts last week, and here are a bunch of highlights.
— Here’s a piece from GoalWA.net on a key figure in the Seattle soccer community: Cliff McCrath.
— The Sounders Women earned a dramatic 2-1 win over Seattle University in preseason action over the weekend.
— Lastly, the soccer world saw Robbie Rogers come out as gay earlier this year. This morning free-agent NBA center Jason Collins (an active player) has come out in this story for Sports Illustrated.