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Seattle Sounders coach proud of his players

Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said that he is proud of his players so far this season.


 

He said that they had made a poor start to the season but they have recovered magnificently in recent weeks and they are performing well on the pitch.

 

He said that the players are responding well to their training and that they are performing better on the pitch. He admitted that there is still some improvement to be made at the back, but he feels that they are on the right patch.

 

He wants his players to believe in themselves as they have a great chance of winning a trophy this season. The only downside is that their opponents seem to be playing more aggressively towards them and may have found a way to slow their playing tempo.

He agrees that football is a contact sport and there are times that foul are inevitable, but he feels that his players are being targeted. He said that they need to find a way around this and he has asked his players to be quicker on the ball.

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Brian Schmetzer said that his players are all ready for the challenge and that they want to continue their performance on the pitch. He said that there is a great atmosphere in the team and that they want to win the title.

 

He believes they have the potential to achieve that, but they need to become more consistent. He said that they need to perform against the smaller teams as they do against the big sides. He said they need to become more determined and fight for every ball.

Brian Schmetzer said that the team would become stronger when the players that are currently injured get time to full training.

MLS UNDERVALUING PLAYERS FROM LOWER DIVISIONS

Players join the top flight of American club soccer the Major League Soccer (MLS) every season.


 

There is even a rave now Josef Martinez. The Venezuela international had a terrible time in Turin but has scored five goals in his first three games upon moving to the MLS.

 

Player regularly move from South America and Europe to form the bulk of the team in the MLS; happens every time! This year more players moved up domestically from the lower leagues to the MLS, according to reports.

 

NASL domestic star Christian Ramirez had scored 51 goals from 2014 to 2016 – the most for an American striker in the second division yet he was snubbed by scouts until expansion side Minnesota United signed him alongside Brent Kallman. In his 12 games in the top flight, he has scored seven times. Read more

New York City FC has officially entered the world of eSports

Valencia CF, West Ham United and Wolfsburg are a few of the top European clubs that have recently signed eSports players but there was a MLS outfit that has opted to enter this world as New York City FC decided to sign Christopher Holly who is going to represent the American club for their upcoming FIFA tournaments.


 

Schalke 04 is another one of the European clubs that have also recently signed aneSportsteam which was specifically made to compete in the multiplayer online battle arena video game (MOBA) League of Legends.

 

eSports is short for electronic sports which refers to professional players who compete against each other in a vast array of video games and this has been on the rise with more and more people watching these kinds of tournaments as well as participating and even streaming through platforms like Twitch and Mobcrush just to name a few of the streaming services that are out there available. Read more

LA Galaxy player announced retirement

LA Galaxy forward Herculez Gomez has announced his retirement from football after spending more than 15 years in professional football.


 

He was a member of the LA Galaxy team during the period 2002-2006 where he will make an instant impact. Although he was signed on a developmental contract by the LA Galaxy team, he will find himself quickly in the first team due to his good performance.

 

He would take advantage of the fact that Landon Donovan was called to the national team and he will establish himself as a major striker in the LA Galaxy team.

 

Herculez Gomez will go on and have a great period with the LA Galaxy team where he will manage to win the 2002 and 2005 MLS Cup.

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NAGBE HAILS CELTIC DESPITE BARCELONA DEFEAT

Darlington Nagbe, was formerly with the Cleveland Internationals but moved in 2011 to MLS Football outfit, Portland Timbers.


 

The son of Joe, former Liberian Captain, has been linked with a move to Champions League club, Celtic after Brendan Rodgers, Celtic’s boss showed interest in the player.

 

Brendan Rodgers, who joined the Hoops in the summer, looks forward to strengthening his midfield in preparations for the second half of the season. As part of his plans to lure the Portland Timbers midfielder to the club, Rodgers had him invited to Celtic’s Champions League game against Barcelona.

 

The game which saw Barcelona defeat the European outfit 2 goals to nil did not deter the player as he was wowed by the Celtic Park atmosphere and the kind of support fans of the club were dishing out.

 

The player tweeted a video of the atmosphere at the stadium and captioned it “wow”. The midfielder has had a total of 10 caps for the United States since making his debut back in 2011.

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Portland Timbers in a fresh move has however warned Celtic that Nagbe was not for sale, despite reports coming in from several quarters earlier this week that the player would be available for a price of about £1.5million.

 

Nagbe is contracted to the MLS football outfit until 2019 and Portland chiefs have said that the price is quite small, considering their valuation of the player. However, if the midfielder demands a move to Celtic, a fee of about £2m should be more than palatable for the club.

 

A club official when speaking to American Newspaper The Oregonian said that they expect him to be with them until 2017, while another claimed that the player was “just visiting” Celtic.

 

The midfielder has scored 24 goals for the MLS outfit and has a total of 25 assists to his name.