ASN Morning Read: A Captain Comes Home
Carlos Bocanegra rejoins Major League Soccer, picking Chivas USA but definitely not because it's close to his house; the future of Jozy Altidore grows a little clearer; Clint Dempsey dances.
Carlos Bocanegra is going, going, back, back to Cali. The former national team captain is returning to MLS and will join Chivas USA, who traded its 2015 first-round pick and an international roster spot through 2014 to Toronto FC for the first allocation ranking. Bocanegra spent last season in Spain’s second division with Racing Santander, on loan from Rangers. Clearly, the former United States captain has a thing for stable clubs. He last played in MLS with the Fire back in 2004, before heading to England to join Fulham.
"I was ready to move anywhere in MLS," Bocanegra said. "Chivas came in and said it was important to sign with them. They're looking to turn things around, so hopefully this sends a good message. It had nothing to do with being in my hometown. It's awesome that it's an hour from my house, but that wasn't actually the thought at all. It just ended up working like this."
Gold Cup training camp assembled in San Diego yesterday. Josh Gatt had to leave Molde’s match over the weekend with a knee injury and is awaiting the results of an MRI. Meanwhile, Corey Ashe is day-to-day after taking a knock in the Dynamo’s loss to the Red Bulls on Sunday.
Jozy Altidore’s agent told MLSSoccer.com that an English team has taken the lead in in the race for Altidore’s services. Lyle Yorks wouldn’t name names, but said they were in “advanced discussions with the club." Meanwhile, British tabloids are throwing around Cardiff City, Celtic, Fulham, and Norwich City.
National team goalkeeping coach Chris Woods has officially been named goalkeeper coach at Manchester United, following David Moyes from Everton. As was originally planned, Woods will stay in England and won’t join the team for the Gold Cup.
It’s been floating around for a few years, but Deadspin was kind enough to break up the transfer window monotony by digging up a goofy video of Clint Dempsey having a “skills competition” with some teammates during his time at Furman. It's fun to watch Dempsey dance around, showcase some ball skills, and establish that he does indeed, “do it for the kids.” But the real question... where’s Trey “Sweet Feet” Sullivan nowadays?
July 02, 2013
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