Kaka Is Still the Highest Paid in MLS

Soccer America Daily

by Paul Kennedy
For the third year in a row, Brazilian Kaka is the highest-paid player in MLS. The Orlando City star, who has been sidelined since the start of the season, earns $7,168,000 in guaranteed compensation in figures released by the MLS Player Union. The ranks of MLS's millionaires have grown to 28 players, almost double the number three years ago. ...Read the whole story
by Mike Woitalla
Dynamo Dresden's Aias Aosman quite incredibly scored with a volley off his thigh from edge of the penalty area -- but into his own goal. His spectacular miscue proved the difference as SpVgg Greuther Furth won the German Second Division game, 1-0. Watch for his teammate's supportive response. ...Read the whole story
by Paul Kennedy
While the number of MLS players making more than $1 million a year in guaranteed compensation has increased by a third from 21 to 28 players in two years, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of players making above the league maximum and below $1 million -- from 24 to 58 players -- since Targeted Allocation Money spending was injected. ...Read the whole story
by Paul Kennedy
Health issues have dogged U.S. national team defender John Brooks all season -- back issues, then a sinus infection sidelined him for three of the six World Cup 2018 qualifiers the USA has played in 2016-17 -- and now he's sidelined again with a hip injury. ...Read the whole story
by Paul Kennedy
Omar Gonzalez looks to make history as the third American to win the Concacaf Champions League Wednesday when Pachuca hosts Tigres in the second leg of Wednesday's final. ...Read the whole story
by Paul Kennedy
For the first time, Twitter will carry the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League final, streaming Wednesday's second leg between Pachuca and Tigres (kickoff: 10 p.m. ET). Twitter will also stream the knock-out rounds and final of the Concacaf Under-17 Men's Championship in Panama. ...Read the whole story
by Soccer America
Canada was eliminated from the 2017 Concacaf U-17 Championship when it lost its second game, a 2-1 decision to Cuba. Costa Rica became the first team to clinch a berth in the next group stage with a 3-0 win over Suriname. The USA faces Mexico on Wednesday. ...Read the whole story

 
"I'm used to traveling with the team, whether I'm going to be involved in the game or not, and I'm not used to being left behind. So it's hard; I'm not going to lie. I'm going through a tough time right now. But it's a professional environment. You don't control anything; all you control is how hard you work and your performance. Maybe it's not been at the level that I need to be at, and that's on me as well."

-- Kekuta Manneh, who has not played for Columbus Crew SC since being traded from Vancouver and tweeted (since deleted) he had hit "rockbottom" after not being included in the travel roster for the Crew's game at Red Bulls. (MLSSoccer.com)

 
"I think the Swansea name will get bigger and bigger in America and elsewhere. I think most likely every preseason should be in America. That makes sense for a lot of reasons. You have to keep building the profile and promoting it. Eventually the hope is that this becomes America's club one day."

-- Landon Donovan, named an adviser by Swansea City's American owners, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, after they acquired the EPL club last summer. (SwanseaCity.net)
by Mike Woitalla
For Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga title is beyond reach and it's out of the UEFA Champions League, leaving the German Cup as the last chance for BVB and its American teenager Christian Pulisic to lift ... ...More

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