ASN Morning Read: That Time We All Stayed Home
Two of Major League Soccer's biggest stars re-sign with the league, while another former one gets a nice prize after his World Cup success; the MLS All-Star team is here, watch out Bayern.
Sporting Kansas City, now with more Graham Zusi and Matt Besler. Well, at least with the same amount for longer: "Graham Zusi and Matt Besler signed long-term designated player contracts to remain with MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City, the club announced Saturday night. Both players had received interest from abroad after their strong performances in Brazil. 'Graham and Matt have both proven over the past almost six seasons that they are core players within this club,' Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said shortly before Saturday night's game versus the Los Angeles Galaxy."
Your 2014 Gameday MLS All-Star team:
July 21, 2014
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Goalkeepers: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez* (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)
Geoff Cameron got the key to Attleboro, Massachusetts, which, we suppose, is something.
DeAndre Yedlin isn't going to Roma but he might be heading to Napoli or Inter Milan. That sounds like trading up to us.
Claudio Reyna talked about the relationship between NYCFC and Manchester City, specifically whether any of the players from the English Premier League team would join the MLS franchise: "From [Man City manager] Manuel [Pellegrini] and [Man City director of football] Txiki [Begiristain], all the players that are there and in the first-team squad, they're there for the season. It's difficult. It's impossible. Those guys are there for the Premier League. But moving forward as we roll this forward for a couple of years, there could be some players in the current squad that might want to come here in their next step of their career, and that's something that we'll gauge as we move forward. It's pretty clear that those players are there for Manuel and the first team. We would love to have many of them, but that's not going to happen."
The United States U-20s won something.