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ASN Morning Read: So Long, Farewell Jay DeMerit

The Vancouver Whitecaps captain is set to walk away from the game after a stellar and surprising career; where will Freddy Adu end up next?; a National Training Center in the middle of the country.
BY Noah Davis Posted
July 24, 2014
8:28 AM
  • Jay DeMerit will retire. The former United States national team center back won't go through a difficult rehab process on his torn achilles, instead opting for a job with the league and hanging out with his wife, Olympic gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor. Pour one out for DeMerit, who will be just fine in the next phase of his life.

  • Freddy Adu is moving to Serbian club FK Jagodina, which we bet had its best ever web traffic day from the United States on Wednesday. According to Goal.com, "Adu has spent 2014 weighing options in Europe. An extended trial with Blackpool failed to yield an offer, and after being passed on by Stabaek and AZ Alkmaar, Adu received a multitude of offers from, among other countries, Cyprus, Sweden, and India." The wandering continues:

  • Kansas City continues in its push to become Soccer Town USA, building a $65-plus million National Training and Coaching Development Center. "The training and development center—set to be designed by Kansas City’s Populous, which also designed Sporting Park—would feature a climate-controlled 100,000-square-foot indoor pavilion, beach training courses, running courses and 'futsal' courts," the Kansas City Star reports. "Futsal is a sized-down version of soccer that’s usually played five-on-five on a tennis court surface. Plans also call for the pavilion to be attached to a 125-room, extended-stay hotel."

  • Meanwhile, Sporting Kansas City lost to Manchester City in a friendly. Combine that with Toronto FC's 3-2 defeat against Roma and Manchester City's 7-0 destruction of the LA Galaxy and you don't have the best night in the world for MLS.

  • The English Premier League is coming... to a theater near you. That's right, you can watch a to be determined EPL game each weekend between August 16 and October 18 at a movie theater. Yes, we think this is weird as well.

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