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Mid-Day Ticker: Rogers on Leeds transfer list, Cameron set for Azteca & more

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It appears Robbie Rogers' brief tenure with Leeds United could be coming to an end.

The U.S. national team midfielder has been placed on the club's transfer list, manager Neil Warnock said. Rogers signed with Leeds as a free agent in December after five years with the Columbus Crew. But he suffered a concussion in his February debut and ended up making just four appearances in the League Championship before an ankle injury ended his campaign.

"You have to look at what you can do," Warnock told the club's website. "We're looking at forward players and it might be that we have to move one or two on."

Here is some more news to keep your Thursday going:


Geoff Cameron's move to Stoke City was just finalized Wednesday, but it appears he already has a return trip across the pond scheduled.

Stoke assistant David Kemp said the centerback will be traveling to Mexico City for the U.S. national team's friendly Wednesday against El Tri at Estadio Azteca. It had been unclear whether U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann would choose Cameron for the match while the player is attempting to break in with his new squad.

"It's been frustrating for him not being able to play in the pre-season games," Kemp said to BBC. "And he's got to go back there next week to play for the USA in a game in Mexico. It means more unnecessary travelling, and we're still not sure how quickly we can get him playing. But he's just keen to get started."


Three days after suffering a gut-wrenching 4-3 extra-time loss to the U.S. in the Olympic semifinals, the Canada women's national team rallied to defeat France 1-0 on Thursday to claim the bronze medal.

Midfielder Diana Matheson scored in stoppage time to give Canada the win in Coventry. The players now will travel about 100 miles to Wembley Stadium to receive their medals after the U.S.-Japan final later today.


Tottenham manager Andres Villas-Boas has reportedly held talks with the agent of Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar in hopes of acquiring the Brazilian veteran.

Villas-Boas seems to be looking for an upgrade over 41-year-old incumbent Brad Friedel. He also reportedly is targeting Lyon's Hugo Lloris, but the Frenchman may be too expensive.


Are you disappointed to see Leeds place Rogers on the transfer list so quickly? Do you think the U.S. should call up Cameron while he's trying adjust to a new club? Are the Canada women worthy recipients of the bronze medal? Does Tottenham need an upgrade over Friedel?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. 1. Exactly, that’s my point.
    2. He does, but I think he needs the experience with his teammates at Stoke, at this point, more.
    3. Our game is on the 15th, Stoke plays on the 18th. Granted, I’m sure your point is that he’ll have the entire rest of the season, but I guess, personally, I would rather him get acclimated with Stoke.

  2. So all those Hondurans are racist because they call him by his nickname ? What Chino Recoba??? Is that racist too?

    Have you ever been outside of the US?

  3. Ugh… Third sentence should have read, “How many black players have had bananas tossed in their direction?”

    I didn’t mean to insinuate that we have or should catapult black players into the terraces at monkey sounding “supporters”. That would be rather absurd.

  4. Sorry. You can’t be a fan of world soccer and NOT get this connotation. How many incidents have there been of “supporters” directing monkey sounds at black players? How many black players have been tossed in their direction? You’d have to have your head in the sand to miss it.

  5. I don’t think it’s so bad.

    1. He just got approval to join Stoke yesterday, so he hasn’t been able to play any matches with his teammates.

    2. He needs the experience against Mexico in a hostile environment for upcoming WCQ matches.

    3. The EPL season hasn’t started yet, so he’ll have plenty of time to catch up.

  6. Warnock loves his forwards and always signs piles of them, I wouldn’t necessarily read too much into Rogers’ being on the transfer list, how many players are listed when a new manager comes in. Part of the game.

  7. Who knows. Goodson had the best showing against Canada, but he wasn’t particularly impressive in any other match.

    Cameron might get the start alongside Bocanegra.

  8. if you were black (which I dont know but I sincerely doubt) you would 100% for sure be much more sensitive to these sorts of comments, as you’d have heard them all of your life. So stay out of it because you dont know what you’re talking about.

  9. i think it’s a terrible idea to call up Cameron. he should stay with Stoke. not because he isn’t good, but because he needs to gel with his team. and those comments don’t make the coach sound happy he is coming. and i don’t care if it is a FIFA date.

  10. I think that someone (like, apparently, most people on here) who sees ‘ape’ and automatically thinks ‘black person’ is more likely to be racist than someone (like ashanti) who doesn’t get the connection.

  11. Maybe it wasn’t racist…. Maybe its facial hair hatred (sidechops) that Gooch was sporting for awhile.

    Still, should be careful throwing that word around.

    And if it was hatred of facial hair, then I am offended

  12. Hehe you are right about Kahn. What about Maradiaga, one of the former coaches of Honduras, who was nicknamed ‘Primitivo’, i.e.,
    cave man. 🙂

    Primitivo looked like one of those guys who just stepped out of the Amazon forest or from some lost tribe in Borneo.

  13. You cannpt be serious…

    What he wrote is awful blatent racism…and if you cannot see that then I wonder about you too…

  14. He isn’t going anywhere. Liverpool claim they have an interest but they have been burned so many times for buying players in that mid-price range… those players add up in cost real quick but never, ever are accepted by fans who want players in the top price range. Former coach Rafa B. actually spent more net money that United and Chelsea during his stay but he spent it all on mid-price players that didn’t perform like high-price players and were let go at low-prices.
    As for Clint, Fulham is only going to let him go for a decent price and unless a big team come in for him they’re not going to get it… and no, financially speaking Liverpool are NOT a big team.
    It would be a move backwards, but I could see Aston Villa making a bid for him if Lerner gets the Cleveland Browns sold quickly.

  15. Looks to me like you need a history lesson about racism in America to rid yourself of your ignorance.

    The term ‘ape’ has been used for centuries by racists to equate black people with an identity that is less than human. Its implies a lack of intelligence on the part of black people, suggests that its okay for white people to treat blacks like animals, and overall, puts white people on a higher evolutionary plane than blacks.

    Lets keep the racist comments off of this soccer blog and instead talk about why Dempsey hasn’t been transferred yet.

  16. Too bad for Rogers. At least he had the guts to try it. Difficult when you get knocked cold your first game and the coach who signed you is fired. News stories in the German press say that Hamburg SV is still looking for young and very cheap attacking midfielder and a striker. Probably a long shot for Rogers but who knows.

  17. Why is it racist? If someone actually looks like an ape, it has nothing to do with race.

    Oliver Khan looks like ape. It’s not because of his race. He just looks like an ape

  18. I can’t tell if this is racist or not but it sure is unnecessary hatred towards someone that was a very solid centerback until a serious injury set him back and he just hasn’t been able to regain his form.

  19. “Useless ape looking creature”. Nothing like keeping it classy. Nice life, truth teller. What time is your Klan meeting?

  20. Cameron isn’t the first choice? LOL… I would rather have him that useless ape looking creature who managed to fool everyone into thinking he was actually a good CB

  21. What an easy flippant, internet comment. Sorry dude, I don’t know you and I’m not having a go but your comment borders a bit on the wreckless.

    Dude got injured and his manager, who has pressures and risks of his own, didn’t take a chance on him. Same thing happened to Holden but his gaffer took a chance. Roger; Boss didn’t. Not say he’s a good as Stu (which is why he was worth the risk) but there are several factors involved here the most defined being “he got hurt” and never had a chance the sufficient chance to show his worth. Crappy situation and when you have other things stacked up against you the outcome ended up being unfavorable. the word “flop” and perhaps even worse the intent of it’s use do nothing more than to cheapen the situation while easily overlooking the other factors.

    Yeah Robbie’s not liked around here from a MNT perspective, but even with all the strides we are making it’s hard for an American to get a fair shot in England. So when a guy gives it an honest go and it doesn’t work out for some reason I’d prefer to give him more kudos for the effort than write him off flippantly as a “flop”

  22. Glad to say Cameron playing abroad now. what are the chances he starts next weekend?

    and he’s automatically 3rd or 4th on our CB depth.

    Boca, Goodson, Gooch, Cameron.

    any news on John or Gonzalez?

  23. I also have a feeling that part of the appeal process was the argument that “well, he’s part of the national team noooooow……….” and now they can say “see?”

  24. No worries, I’m sure Rogers will come back to MLS and be picked up by either LA or NY in the allocation order after everyone else decides not to take him.

  25. Maybe Rogers can trial with Manchester United.

    I hear they’re open to trialing people with little skill and a lot of speed.


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