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WEBB ENJOYING MLS FOOTBALL VIDEO TECH INITIATIVE

Retired referee Howard Webb says he is enjoying his video technology introduction experience in the MLS.


The man who officiated the 2010 World Cup final and retired in 2014 is enjoying the thrill and challenges of spearheading the video technology implementation in the league.

He says he is working hard to ensure the smooth running of the system in the North American top flight league. Webb is the Manager of Video Assistant Referee Operations, where he oversees the development, education, assessment and assignment of VARs.

“It’s amazing this journey that football takes you on,” he says.

The man, who started his refereeing experience in Rotherham’s local leagues before growing into one of the most respected officials in the game, says it is still incredible that he is heading the video review project in New York.

Webb says he was approached by the MLS football officials to join the development and implementation of the video review project. The former match official said he was interested in the opportunity to combine his on the field experience with his recent work in television so he accepted.

MLS FOOTBALL CLUBS HOPING TO SIGN IBRAHIMOVIC

Major League Soccer sides are hoping to lure Zlatan Ibrahimovic to North America this summer.


The Swede left Manchester United as his contract ended after he picked up an injury. The free agent is in recovery for knee injury at the club’s training ground.

While the Red Devils have not ruled out re-signing the 35-year old on a short term basis, the likelihood is very low. Los Angeles sides LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC are reportedly keen on signing the former Barcelona, Milan and PSG striker.

The former Swede international is expected to make a decision on his next career move soon. There is a high chance that he would move to the MLS where he would end his illustrious career. He would have spent more time at Old Trafford but for the cruciate knee ligament injury he sustained against Anderlecht in a Europa League fixture in April.

KAKA IS HIGHEST PAID IN MLS FOOTBALL

Brazilian star Kaka is the highest paid star in MLS football, according to recently released figures.


The former AC Milan and Real Madrid player retains the spot for the third year running with a weekly average of £108,000. Kaka has a deal with Eastern Conference leaders Orlando City that involves a salary of £5.6 million in annual wages.

Second on the list of highest paid MLS football stars is Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco who receives £5.5 million in wages. Toronto offers Michael Bradley £5.1 million per year so he sits third on the list. New York City player David Villa £4.4 milion and Andrea Pirlo £4 million and they both make up the top five on the list.

Giovani dos Santos, Bastian Schweinsteiger and JozyAltidore playing for LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire and Toronto follow in sixth, seventh and eight respectively. Clint Dempsey and Diego Valeri make the top ten highest paid stars in the MLS.

DONOVAN TRYING TO LURE MLS TO SAN DIEGO

American soccer star Landon Donovan has joined the group trying to lure the Major League Soccer to San Diego, according to reports.


The player is the league’s all-time leading scorer. He spoke on Facebook last week, revealing that he has joined FS Investors – the group behind the league’s expansion franchise.

The group is advocating that San Diego take over the vacant 166-acre Qualcomm stadium as the NFL’s Chargers relocate to the LA area. The group is proposing a 30,000-seat stadium for the MLS team, with the state benefiting from a n active football programme.

The Chargers spent 56 seasons in San Diego but recently announced that this season would be their last ahead of their move. Many opine that with the rate at which the league is expanding, then there would be a premier league and a second-rate league, as common in Europe.

Arena will make use of MLS players

New United States national team coach Bruce Arena has indicated that he will be taking full advantage of the talents that play in the Major League Soccer.


Indeed the national team is planning a training camp in January that will allow the new coach to assess the resources he has at his disposal.

Bruce Arena said that he estimates that there are around 10 to 20 players that currently play outside the United States and that might be eligible to play for the national team. As a result, he feels that the majority of the players will be coming from the Major League Soccer.

When asked whether players playing in European leagues are better than the ones in the Major League Soccer he said that it all depends on whether the players are getting enough playing time. He said that you might be in the biggest club in Europe but if you are spending most of the time on the bench then this might not be useful.

After reaching 2nd place last season, Columbus Crew has disappointed

During the 2015 campaign of Columbus Crew, they managed to secure the 2nd spot of the Eastern Conference after being able to collect 53 points in 34 matches but it has been a completely different story in the latest season in 2016.


In the season of 2016, Columbus Crew has underwhelmed in comparison to their previous campaign after only being able to secure 36 points in 32 matches and the manager of the club Gregg Berhalter has expressed his disappointment in how his squad has been performing as the 43 year old American manager said:

“We had high expectations this season and it’s plain and simple, we didn’t meet those expectations and we’re disappointed. I told the guys it wasn’t about tonight’s game. If we would have had that type of intensity that type of effort all season we would be having a different conversation.”

Columbus Crew even managed to reach the finals of the 2015 MLS Cup where they faced off with Portland Timbers and ultimately lost 1-2 but nonetheless it was still an achievement being able to reach so far and coming so close to win the piece of silverware.

Minnesota’s expansion club will compete in the MLS by 2017

It was confirmed by the MLS that Minnesota would get an expansion club by March of 2015, even though this announcement was made by the head officials of the American League, the expansion couldn’t immediately compete in the MLS as they were still working out their plans of building a new stadium.

Minnesota United FC are currently in the process of constructing a 20,000 seat venue and this stadium will become their home ground after it’s finished. The expected total cost of constructing this stadium is expected to be around $150 million.

The MLS board of governors have voiced their desire to expand the American League to up to 28 teams and it’s already expected that by 2020 the league will have 24 teams which is 4 more teams than what are currently competing in the season of 2016-17.

Dr.McGuire is the majority owner of Minnesota United FC and he has recently talked about the stadium which is being constructed and he said: “We have designed what will be a state-of-the-art facility that is ideal for soccer and will optimize the experience for our diverse and passionate fans, as well as that of the players. It complements the Snelling-Midway neighborhood and community, and we are confident that it will drive additional investment and development in the area.”

About Home Grown Team MLS 2016

There has been a lot of talk about the home grown team for MLS which is being spearheaded by Landon Donovan among other notable features.


Recently Aaron Guilen has also joined this team, being an ex star player of FGCU. He is a defender in FC Dallas and also a member of FGCU men’s soccer. Having been named as the defensive player of the year at the Atlantic Sun Conference last year, he is now being made part of the homegrown team of MLS 2016. The team is being headed by Coach Landon Donovan.

There are about 20 players to make the team and hence Guillen would be looking at traveling to Chiptole MLS Home grown game which would take part against the Under 21 national team of Mexico. This would be part of the All Stars event that would be held by MLS in San Jose.

ORLANDO CITY PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE SHOT DEAD IN THE SHOOTING

Major League Football team, Orlando City FC paid tribute to the 49 people shot dead at a nightclub recently.


The paid the tribute during their game against San Jose Earthquakes. The game, which ended in a 2-2 draw, was a very emotional one for everyone present.

The club paid tribute by stopping play in the 49th minute so players and fans could honour the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting with a minute’s silence. The game saw #OrlandoUnited written on the shirts of City aside the rainbow wristbands they wore. The visiting Earthquakes team wore black armbands and Orlando Pride badges to honour the dead.

In the game, Orlando scored first through a Seb Hines goal but it was cancelled out when Chad Barrett netted in the 85th minute. Orlando went back ahead through Julio Baptista in stoppage time but there was still time for Shea Salinas to grab a point in the final minutes.

The game, which was the first since the mass murder incident, witnessed the first responders from the incident join the teams before the kickoff, joining in on the field to the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”

Bruce Arena pleased with Emmanuel Boateng so far

LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said that he was pleased with Emmanuel Boateng so far.

The player was signed in January from Swedish club Helsingborgs but has yet to earn a regular place in the starting line-up.


Bruce Arena said that he was impressed by Boateng’s pace, and this is what has motivated him to sign him. He said with his pace he can cause a lot of problems for the opposition defence and can also be useful on a counter-attack.

However, the LA Galaxy coach believes that Boateng needs some time to adapt to the League and once he is fit we will be able to see his abilities. So far, he is pleased with his progress and development and believes that with time he will become even better.

Boateng already made a name for himself in the game against Real Salt Lake, which LA Galaxy won 5-2. The 22-year old player scored one goal and made 2 assists during the match and won the MLS Player of the Week award.