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MLS Ticker: Nesta not yet ready to coach; Williams interviewed for Whitecaps job; and more

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Alessandro Nesta’s 20-year career came to an end on Thursday after the Montreal Impact defender announced his retirement. And, despite rumors that circulated earlier this week, he won’t be leading the Impact next year as the team’s coach.

Instead, the legendary defender will head to Miami to enjoy the sun, to study and to learn.

“I never spoke with the club to be the new coach. I didn’t ask the club to be the next coach,” Nesta told reporters on Thursday. “Those rumors are nothing. Nothing. There’s a coach, a second coach and so on.

“Now, I’ll go on vacation. I don’t know for how many months. I’ll go to Miami, to live there, and that’s it. Finished. Finished for maybe one year, to stay at home, study and see what I can learn. After, maybe I’ll try to coach. I don’t know where, but I’ll try for sure.”

Last Tuesday, Impact manager Joey Saputo denied the reports that the recently retired Nesta would become the Impact’s next manager as well. In a year-and-a-half with the Impact, Nesta played in 31 games, recording no goals and one assist. Nesta in the past has mentioned his desire to go into coaching, but it seems that he wants some time away from the game before he returns.

Here are some more notes from around MLS:


According to reports in Vancouver, Richie Williams, the U.S. Under-17 national team coach, was in British Columbia on Thursday for an interview with the Whitecaps over their vacant head coaching position.

Williams won the MLS Cup three times while the D.C. United, who he played for six years. He was capped 20 times by the U.S. Men’s National Team and won a gold medal in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He previously worked as a coach with the New York Red Bulls before joining the U.S. youth setup. Williams had a 6-6-4 record in two stints as an interim head coach for the Red Bulls.

The Whitecaps are in the hunt for a new coach after deciding not for renew Martin Rennie’ contract, which expired at the end of this season. Frank Yallop was supposedly the team’s first-choice for their new manager, but he took the open position in Chicago already. Assistant coach Carl Robinson is also believed to be a candidate.


Injuries to the right foot of U.S. youth international Omar Salgado has held his development hostage the past two years.

The 20-year-old forward has made just one appearance for the Vancouver Whitecaps since May 2012, and now that he’s finally back on the field he wants to get back to speed and playing again. And he doesn’t want to wait for next season.

“I don’t want to stop again,” Salgado said last week. “Hopefully I can get a little training stint somewhere for sure, three or four weeks more.  “It wasn’t much of a season for me. I learned other things off the field — patience, mostly — but it’s a year lost developing as a soccer player, so I have to work hard to get that back,” he continued.

Salgado has trained with Everton and Fulham of the English Premier League in the past. According to a report, Salgado’s agent and the Whitecaps front office are ready to talk about an off-season plan for the player. The good news for Whitecaps fans regarding the team’s first-overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Salgado finally feels healthy again and isn’t afraid of his injury.

“This time I just feel stronger. I feel like it won’t break again. I don’t think about it when I’m on the field,” he said. “I still feel like next year could be my year, hopefully. I think I can make a big difference in the team.”


Frank Yallop has a lot on his plate as the Chicago Fire’s new coach and Director of Soccer.

The two-time MLS Cup winning coach has to start by setting his staff in order after the club parted ways with assistant coaches Mike Matkovich and Leo Percovich and Goalkeeping Coach Aron Hyde — Strength & Conditioning Coach Tony Jouaux was the only member of Frank Klopas’ staff to keep his position with the Fire.

“There are quite a few positions to get filled,” Yallop told reporters on Thursday. “There are going to be two assistants for sure, maybe three with a bit of a different role – perhaps a scouting role. There will be a technical director or someone to help me out with all the paperwork and all the things that the league demands because I want to be on the field, which is my job.”

Yallop told reporters he expects to have the positions filled in two or three weeks and is looking at candidates with MLS experience. Last season’s MLS Coach of the Year also stressed that he will oversee which players the club brings in and which they let leave.


What do you think of these reports? Do you expect Nesta to coach in MLS someday? Do you see Williams receiving a head coaching job in the league this season? Do you believe that Salgado can return to 100 percent fitness this winter?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Travis

    Clearly Salgado is just not working out in Vancouver, the two parties need to find a way to separate whether it be a trade or a release.


      • Travis

        Its held him hostage for 18 months? Ok then if you want to believe that go ahead.


      • bryan

        ok, we will, because it’s the truth…

        “After initially injuring his foot while on duty with the United States U-20 national team in June, he aggravated the injury just days after making his initial comeback in October against the Portland Timbers, this time during a training session.

        Between the initial injury and the re occurrence, he’s spent about nine months rehabbing, so he’s hoping this latest foot complaint doesn’t put off his return for an extended period.”


        “The Vancouver forward broke his fifth metatarsal in a U-20 friendly against Uruguay last June, then reinjured it in an MLS Reserve League game after returning to the Whitecaps in late October. It’s supposed to be fine now, but there’s still pain and he’s made it clear in training the past week at the Home Depot Center that he’s nowhere near full strength.”


      • Travis

        i know a lot of journalists (ives included) were speculating that he was actually healthy at the beginning of this year and just wasnt playing but the team was blaming injuries. i just think a change of scenery is needed


      • bryan

        interesting, i don’t remember that. was it because Omar wanted to take it slow to avoid re-injuring it like he did the first time?


      • Travis

        i dont remember the reasons, i just remember ives talking about it a bit on a SBI show early on in the season.


    • The Imperative Voice

      I think a 6 4″ forward with some speed, a MLS goal, and a U20 pedigree will get quite a few chances, as long as he sounds like he’s not John O’Brien with all the injuries. He will be retained if but for asset value because someone that tall and fast is a commodity even if they’re struggling to progress.

      Since he’s this big a maybe a loan is probably appropriate. My two cents for his age playing time in games is more important than a training stint. If he can’t break into Whitecaps then why would an EPL team play him. I’d say Scandinavia where height and speed might be useful.


      • OPMG

        Wait what? Are you saying that because he’s a big player (meaning, tall) that a loan is appropriate for him? Maybe I misread that but what kind of logic is that?


      • Joe Timbres

        He’s saying that he is big and a loan would be appropriate and that a big, tall, target striker with a decent amount of speed would be attractive to other teams, despite his relative lack of experience. It’s not because he can’t hack it, it’s because he’s been hurt. If you are a Championship team, why the hell not? I’d take a flyer on a 20 yo former prodigy type player who can be had for cheap with a super cheap option to buy comparatively.


  • Matk

    Caps should sign Williams. After Yallop was taken by Chicago, Ritchie Williams was my first thought of who would be best. I remember him coaching the Red Bulls.


  • The Imperative Voice

    I was amused to notice there was a CFL ad for the big game in Regina on the Whitecaps article. Is this the Soccer Canada Ticker?


  • Jay Bonds

    Didn’t that clown Grant Wahl say he had sources that stated Nesta was the next coach? What a joke.


    • atd

      He also just whiffed on MLS call-ups for the Nov. friendlies. Good reporter, but it’s been a tough week.


  • doug

    Nesta is totally like, “I’m gonna take my talents to South Beach, catch up with my boy Becks and hit him up for a job coaching in the 305 with that new expansion team coming. If he says no, then I guess i’ll entertain coaching and living fulltime in Canada. French Canada at that.”


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