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MLS Ticker: RSL acquires Lennon, Atlanta sign Carmona, and more

Brooks Lennon USATSI

Real Salt Lake completed a move on Monday that saw the return of a former academy product from Europe.

The team announced the acquisition of former RSL Academy midfielder Brooks Lennon on loan from Liverpool for the 2017 season. Lennon, who previously featured for RSL’s U-18 academy team where he scored 31 goals en route to the USSDA championship match, made the move to the Reds after his breakout season and has featured primarily for the Premier League sides’ U-23 team. The 19-year-old will now return to the U.S. and feature for the team that developed him for the 2017 season.

“Brooks is another in a long line of great stories from our Academy. They don’t all follow the same path, but we are proud to play a part in their development and get them on the field with Real Salt Lake,” RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said. “We’ve been following his development closely and to bring him back gives him a great opportunity to play first-team soccer.”


Atlanta United have been a runaway train of big signings this offseason, and there’s no sign of anyone applying the breaks.

The team announced the completed signing of Chilean international midfielder Carlos Carmona as discovery signing using targeted allocation money. The 29 year old formerly played for Atalanta and Reggina in Italy’s Serie A, where he made 155 appearances, scoring five goals and notching three assists. Carmona has also featured heavily for the Chilean National Team, making 47 appearances including appearances in the last two World Cups.

“Having represented Chile at each of the last two FIFA World Cups, in addition to his extensive experience in Serie A, Carlos brings veteran leadership and a versatile skillset to our club,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said. “He fits in naturally with our style of play and also addresses an area of need. We couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the club.”


Bad news for the San Jose Earthquakes, as a key defender is currently experiencing a scary issue.

Defender Marvell Wynne is currently being held out of training and games after an annual entrance physical picked up a heart abnormality that was confirmed in a subsequent follow-up evaluation. Eerily reminiscent of Clint Dempsey’s recent issues, the team is playing it safe rather than sorry and is holding Wynne out of activities until the issue has been fully investigated.

Wynne has started 63 of the Quakes 68 matches over the past two seasons, comprising an essential part of their back line.


Robbie Keane is surely eager to get back into action after departing the LA Galaxy, and has been spotted training with a new team.

The Irish national star has been featured in training photographs of Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli Dubai FC as he prepares to find a new club. The photos fueled speculation of a potential move to the middle east, but the Irish Times reports that no talks are currently occurring and Keane will not be joining the team, stating that Keane happened to be visiting the area and was invited by the club to train.


FC Cincinnati made huge waves in their first season in the USL, and they seek to continue that trend as they add pieces for their sophomore campaign.

The team announced the loan signing of Seattle Sounders striker Victor Mansaray for the 2017 season. The 19-year-old forward joins after appearing in 19 games for the Sounders USL team in 2016, where he scored five goals and two assists while being named the top U-20 player in the USL. Mansaray has also featured on the U.S. Men’s U-18 and U-20 National Teams in the past few years.

“We are pleased to add Victor to FCC, a young attacking player who is currently with our U20 National Team and voted as the No. 1 U-20 player in the USL in 2016,” said Head Coach John Harkes. “We are looking forward to working with him and accelerating his development.”

  • Helium-3

    You guys have no clue that Dubai is not part of Saudi Arabia?!? It’s 2017 man.

    I’m sure the club’s owner would be thrilled to think you acknowledge their club as being from Saudi Arabia.

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    • Hunky Dory

      Keano was making a cool 5 mil per year w Galaxy. Their 3 DP slots are now gone. He’s not gonna come back and play for TAM $$ (what would that be, 500K at best?) after leading the team in goals scored for four of the last five years. If anything, he’d take that money to go play for another MLS team (hello, Seattle) and enjoy sticking it to new golden boy Gio Dos Santos.

      But really at this point in his career, Keane’s just looking for a few more fat paychecks before he rides off into the sunset. Hello, China?

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  • Gary Page

    A really good pickup by Atlanta. If they put all the pieces together, they could have one of the best expansion teams ever.

    Liked by 1 person

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