MLS Ticker: Sounders land Neagle, Galaxy name Klein team president, and more

MLS Ticker: Sounders land Neagle, Galaxy name Klein team president, and more

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MLS Ticker: Sounders land Neagle, Galaxy name Klein team president, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Lamar Neagle and the Seattle Sounders just cannot get enough of one another.

Seattle re-acquired Neagle on Sunday in a trade with the Montreal Impact, marking the third time the 25-year-old midfielder will play for the Sounders. In exchange, the Sounders gave the Impact an international roster spot through the end of the 2014 season.

Neagle, who scored two goals and has two assists last season, played for the Sounders in 2009 and 2011. He did not make any appearances in 2009, but scored five goals and had two assists in nine matches in 2011.

“We are very excited about bringing Lamar back to Seattle,” said sporting director Chris Henderson said in a statement released by the club. “He is an attacking midfielder who plays smart and adds versatility to our club. Lamar scored a few key goals for us in the past while being a very consistent player. He is a great teammate and positive presence in the locker room.”

Here is some more news from around the league:

KLEIN APPOINTED AS GALAXY PRESIDENT

A former member of the LA Galaxy will be stepping into a big front office role this coming season. Retired midfielder Chris Klein was appointed Galaxy president on Monday, and one of his main tasks is overseeing the business operations of the club. Klein, who played for the Galaxy from 2007-10, had previously served as the Senior Director of the Galaxy Academy before being promoted to vice president in February 2012.

“We have always been impressed with Chris’ commitment and desire to excel on the business side of sports, and we have great confidence and faith that he will take the LA Galaxy to new levels,” said AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke in a statement. “We admire his passion and loyalty to the brand and his desire for the Galaxy to be the greatest soccer club in the history of this sport in this country.

“What makes Chris even more valuable to the Galaxy is his ability to understand our academy system, our development system and the partnership he has with Bruce will allow the Galaxy to continue to compete for championships year after year.”

REVS, RHINOS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

The New England Revolution are the latest team to announce a USL Pro partner for the upcoming season, revealing on Monday that they have launched an affiliate program with the Rochester Rhinos. As part of the partnership, the Revolution will have to loan at least four players to the Rhinos for the season.

“We are pleased to formalize what we believe will be a beneficial partnership for both the Revolution and Rochester,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. “This affiliate agreement will allow a number of our players to gain increased and meaningful playing time in the Rhinos’ USL PRO schedule while we can monitor their development in conjunction with Rochester’s staff.”

Members of Rochester’s coaching staff are expected to travel to Tucson to meet the Revolution for the next stage of the team’s training camp to observe and collaborate with Revolution coaches

WHITECAPS FORMALLY ADD KOBAYASHI

The Vancouver Whitecaps finally made it official on Monday: They have signed attacking midfielder Daigo Kobayashi. The 29-year-old joins the Whitecaps after having most recently played for Japanese outfit Shimizu S-Pulse. Kobayashi has also played for Tokyo Verdy, Omiya Ardija, Stabaek and Iraklis Thessaloniki in his career.

“We’re really pleased that Daigo is going to be joining us,” said Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie in a statement. “He’s technically very gifted and he’s got an excellent final pass. He can create goals for us and he’s got a lot to prove. Those are the type of players we want in our squad.”

QUICK KICKS

Philadelphia Union defender Carlos Valdes got his loan to Colombian side Santa Fe off to a flying start, scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 Colombian Super Cup victory against Millonarios. (REPORT)

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Honduran World Cup midfielder Walter Martinez is on trial with the Colorado Rapids. (REPORT)

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Former San Jose forward Khari Stephenson and former Toronto FC forward Peri Marosevic have both joined Real Salt Lake on trial.

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What do you think of Neagle returning to Seattle for a third time? Who would you like to see the Revolution loan to the Rhinos? Expecting Kobayashi to do well in MLS?

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