Morning Ticker: Gerrard to stay with Liverpool, Ralston to retire and more

Morning Ticker: Gerrard to stay with Liverpool, Ralston to retire and more

USSF Division 2

Morning Ticker: Gerrard to stay with Liverpool, Ralston to retire and more

Gerrard

By TRAVIS CLARK

After the addition of Joe Cole yesterday, Liverpool fans have another reason to celebrate this morning.

Talisman and captain Steven Gerrard indicated Tuesday that he wants to stay at Anfield, after speculation about his future arose in the past few weeks. Gerrard was linked with a move to Real Madrid, and had yet to speak about his future at the club.

The 30-year-old joined Liverpool for training just this week, getting extra time off to rest after competing with England at the World Cup. He met with new manager Roy Hodgson to discuss his future and looks certain to stay with his hometown club.

Here are a few other stories for Tuesday:

RALSTON TO RETIRE

The whirlwind that is Steve Ralston's 2010 looks set to finally end. The MLS assist leader started this year signing with hometown club A.C. St. Louis in the USSF Division 2 league, before the club's financial woes forced him into a return to New England. Ralston then dislocated his elbow in a friendly against Benfica on June 13, sidelining him again — he had tore his ACL last year.

As a result, Ralston has indicated that he is going to announce his retirement tonight, with New England set to continue its SuperLiga campaign against Morelia at Gilette Stadium.

ZIZZO SIGNS WITH MLS

U.S. International Sal Zizzo is set to return home. The 23-year-old has signed a deal with MLS, and will be allocated via a weighted lottery.

The former U.S. U-20 and U-23 star excelled at the 2007 U-20 World Cup, before moving to Hannover 96 in Germany. He's recently returned to full health after tearing his ACL last October, and will look to get his career back on track in the United States.

SHORE TAKES OVER IN MIAMI

Former Chicago Fire assistant coach Daryl Shore was named the coach of USSF Division 2 side Miami FC earlier this week. Shore replaces Victor Pastora, who had led Miami to a 2-6-9 in the second division, good for fifth place in the NASL Conference. It wasn't good enough for the front office, particularly after the Blues had beefed up with the additions of Christian Gomez and Abe Thompson prior to the season's start.

Pastora had been with the club since 2006, assuming head coaching duties prior to the start of the 2010 season.

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What do you think of the news of Gerrard? Sad to see Ralston go? Who will land Zizzo? Can Miami turn their season around under Shore?

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