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MLS Ticker: John Terry discusses MLS, Atlanta United send trio on loan, and more

Following the end to his Premier League career last Sunday, Chelsea defender John Terry discussed Major League Soccer in Sirius XM’s ‘The Football Show’.

The 36-year-old’s 19 year career will come to an end this weekend as Chelsea face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. The Blues lifted the 2016-17 Premier League title under new boss Antonio Conte, clinching the title in a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion back on May 12. Terry lifted five Premier League titles, five English FA Cups, and one UEFA Champions League title in his time at Chelsea.

“Anything is possible, but I’m going to take a week off after the final, and really consider my options as a player,” said Terry. “I’ve made it very clear I want to continue playing, and the MLS is a weighted option. I’ve spoke with Frank (Lampard) and its a great place, to me its fantastic over there.”

Terry will look to start for Chelsea in Saturday’s all-London FA Cup final, but will hope to end his English career on a winning note.

“I have seen their (MLS) matches now that they are on Sky Sports, but the standard has gotten better and better. Most importantly to me, I am going somewhere to win and improve the football club. That’s my hunger inside of me,” said Terry.


Atlanta United announced on Wednesday that a trio of players will join USL’s Charleston Battery on loan for the remainder of the week. Midfielder Chris Goslin and defender Miles Robinson join goalkeeper Alex Tambakis for the Battery’s upcoming two matches.

Each player will be available for selection for the Battery’s match on Thursday against the Bethlehem Steel, and Sunday’s showdown with the New York Red Bulls II. Both Goslin and Robinson could make their regular season professional debuts with an appearance for the Battery. Tambakis spent the 2016 season on loan with Charleston, starting 21 games and making 70 saves in the season.

Each player will return to Atlanta United first team training following the match on Sunday.


The National Soccer Hall of Fame Construction Timeline at Toyota Park, has been adjusted for the remainder of 2017 and the full 2018 year. In the winter of 2017, South end zone seating should be in place for the start of the new season.

Summer 2018 will feature the likes of locker room construction, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Hall of Fame club, the team store, box office, and press conference areas. Winter 2018 will be the final installment as the concourse level Hall of Fame Club and Museum should be completed.

“The Main Street design harkens back to the history and tradition of soccer around the world,” said FC Dallas president Dan Hunt. “We are thrilled to bring the most important soccer museum in North America to Frisco, TX.”


The LA Galaxy blamed the artificial turf at TFC Bank Stadium for several of their players’ injuries during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Minnesota United.

Midfielder Baggio Husidic suffered a broken leg while sliding on the pitch, which was the worst of the injuries. Midfielder Joao Pedro tweaked his hamstring, while defender Jelle Van Damme reported pain in his knee after the match.

“Honestly, with all respect, this is the worst field I ever played on in this league,” Van Damme said to ESPN. “It can only cause you injuries. I think soccer needs to be played on grass.”

The injuries leave the Galaxy short in midfield, with US internationals Jermaine Jones and Sebastian Lletget out with long-term injuries.

“I don’t think the turf helped… and I think that stuff needs to be looked at closer,” Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo said. “The surface doesn’t make for a great soccer game and we picked up a pretty nasty injury so we are pretty upset about it.”


One of the hottest teams in MLS will be without a key member of their attacking front. Winger Fabian Herbers will be out between 2-4 weeks after picking up a groin injury in last Saturday’s 2-1 home win over the Colorado Rapids.

The German international left Saturday’s match after 27 minutes, making his fourth start of the season. Herbers, 23, has one goal and one assist in 12 appearances this season for Jim Curtin’s side.


  • Helium-3

    Nothing new here about the turf issues. Now its a legit issue because pros are complaining? Even Seattle Sounders trains on GRASS before their away game against Portland. BS? Look up the pics on google in one of their away games last year and you will see they are clearly training on grass when they play against an opponent (Portland) whose home has turf.

    What does that say if these pros can’t train on turf every day, like some apologist claimed otherwise here that they do in Seattle.

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    • Quit Whining About Soccer in the US

      What are the stats of injuries on turf compared to grass? I don’t believe the numbers are there. Just wishful thinking on the hate artificial turf guys.

      I believe the Sounders train on grass all the time actually, where they practice is almost all turf, but I believe I read they train on grass.

      My players like the turf better than grass, but in Seattle they grew up playing all of their years on artificial turf of course. It is a different game, keep the ball on the ground, faster pace type of game. Not as good for ball control and makes the game tougher to watch especially for the less skilled.

      The thing that should tick people off, and I am very neutral on grass versus turf, is that Seattle voted for a grass soccer and football stadium. The stadium probably doesn’t pass without the Sounders vote back then. But big money football ruled the day and they ignored the vote, except the part of actually building the stadium, they did that part….then put in turf.

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      • Helium-3

        Who’s talking out of their ass now? Is the NY Times fake news ? What does the caption say and pic show? Looks like they’re training on real GRASS in Tukwila before a Timbers game.

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    • SilverRey

      If you want to see how turf affects a game, watch the Revs-Crew game from Sunday and watch how many times a player gets totally stuck in the surface. Whether trying to kick the ball, make a cut or even just trying to run normally, these guys were being grabbed by turf monsters throughout the game.

      And this is on the ‘latest and greatest’ Field Turf out there.

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  • Quit Whining About Soccer in the US

    John Terry calling Lampard and asking how MLS worked out is one of the funniest things that I have ever read.

    What was his answer, they paid me $10 million, I stunk when I played, which wasn’t very much.

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  • BAJ

    Issue with how alot of these affiliations work. Multiple players going to Charleston for what looks like two games. Not good for a club to have players coming in and out so willy nilly. If you are going to do a loan you should have it be at least a couple months.

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  • Lost in Space

    As someone who’s played on turf & grass, I preferred grass. Whenever I played on turf we always had issues with rug-burns, blistering from radiated heat, to go along with jarring impacts from landing on surfaces that were unforgiving.

    Properly maintained grass fields are easier on players joints, don’t cause burns, and appear to have fewer instances of players getting stuck in.

    The only benefits of turf I can think of is that it’s easier to maintain (no cutting, patching, seeding, etc…) and drains better (no stagnant pools or bogs).

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