The New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and Toronto FC will compete in the inaugural Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic on Feb. 25-27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sport complex outside Orlando.
The Red Bulls will face the Houston Dynamo in one semifinal, with TFC and FC Dallas playing in the other semifinal, both on Feb. 25. The winners of those matches will meet in the final on Feb. 27, while the semifinal losers will face off in a third-place match.
AGUDELO WEIGHING OFFERS FROM MILLONARIOS, RED BULLS
U.S. Under-17 national team striker John Agudelo is in Colombia in training camp with Colombian side Millonarios and could sign with the club after receiving a contract offer, sources close to Agudelo told SBI on Thursday.
A member of the New York Red Bulls Youth Academy, Agudelo has already been given a contract offer by the Red Bulls, but the team's delay in hiring a head coach led Agudelo to pursue other options. He has landed in Colombia, where he has impressed after playing in a recent friendly with Millonarios.
Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler confirmed on Tuesday that the club has made an offer and is continuing to pursue the young forward, regarded as one of the top players in the Red Bulls academy.
LIVORNO CHASING LJUNGBERG
Just when you thought David Beckham and Landon Donovan would be the only MLS stars to go on loans this winter, now comes word from Italy that Livorno is trying to lure Seattle Sounders sensation Freddie Ljungberg to Serie A on a short loan.
There has been no word yet from Seattle on the likelihood of such a move, but Livorno has been very public with its courtship of the Swedish playmaker. Under current transfer window guidelines, Ljungberg could join Livorno in January and return to the Sounders in March, much like Landon Donovan is set to do with Everton.
ASHTON NAMED D.C. UNITED TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Chad Ashton was named DC United's technical director on Thursday, as the team will tap his ability to scout talent in hopes of returning to the MLS playoffs.
A former star at the University of North Carolina, former coach at Denver University and charter member of the Dallas Burn, Ashton was an assistant coach to Tom Soehn for the last three years and helped guide DCU to the Supporter's Shield in 2007 and the U.S. Open Cup title in 2008.
The announcement was the third of its kind this week, as 2011 expansion teams Vancouver and Portland have solidified their technical director spots as well. The Whitecaps have brought Soehn on board and the Timbers will rely on Gavin Wilkinson, current coach and general manager of the Division 2 USL Conference team.
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