By CAITLIN MURRAY
The reigning champion Los Angeles Galaxy seem to be keen to stick with a winning formula.
Forward Alan Gordon, one of Galaxy’s off-the-bench weapons last season, has been re-signed, the Galaxy announced Tuesday.
An 11-year veteran of MLS, Gordon, 33, rejoined the Galaxy last year, featuring in 14 matches for five goals and one assist. Prior to that, he played four seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes, including in 2012 when he scored a career-high 13 goals and seven assists to help lead the Earthquakes to winning the Supporters’ Shield.
He started his MLS career with the Galaxy in 2004 and remained there for seven seasons, including when the Galaxy won the MLS Cup in 2005. He had brief stints with Chivas USA and Toronto FC.
Here are the rest of the MLS news and notes from Tuesday afternoon:
BRADLEY BRINGS RSL’S GROSSMAN TO STABAEK
It appears Bob Bradley has signed an American to join him in Norway.
Bradley revealed Tuesday he had signed Real Salt Lake midfielder Cole Grossman to join Stabaek, where Bradley recently started as head coach.
“He trained with us for seven or eight days at the end of last year, impressed everyone as a versatile, smart midfielder,” Bradley said of Grossman in a video blog, “and so we have already a signing, a player that I think our Stabaek fans will really enjoy watching throughout the year.”
Grossman was acquired by Real Salt Lake at the end of 2012 in the MLS waiver draft and appeared in 17 RSL games during the 2014 season, largely filling in for Kyle Beckerman, who was at the World Cup.
RSL has not confirmed the move.
IMPACT SIGN MALIAN DEFENDER, MLS VETERAN SOUMARE
The Montreal Impact announced Tuesday the signing of Malian central defender Bakary Soumare. He joins the Impact after being selected with the first overall pick in the second stage of last month’s re-entry draft.
Soumare, 29, from Mali, is a seven-year MLS veteran, having last played two seasons with the Chicago Fire in 2013-14 as a regular starter.
“We are very pleased to have concluded a deal with Bakary,” said Impact coach Frank Klopas. “He is a player that has a lot of experience both in MLS and internationally. He will be another good addition that will help our group.”
Soumare started his career with the Fire in 2007, after being drafted as the second overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft. The defender played three seasons with the Fire before transferring to French club US Boulogne, where he played more than 70 championship and France Cup games in three seasons in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.
He returned stateside and to MLS in 2012, where he was relegated mostly to the Philadelphia Union’s bench for two seasons.
FORMER RAPIDS MANAGING DIRECTOR TAKES HELM OF NWSL
Former Colorado Rapids managing director Jeff Plush is taking the helm of the top women’s soccer league in the U.S.
Plush has been named commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League, the league announced Tuesday.
He served as the Rapids from 2006-11 while sitting on the MLS Board of Governors. He joins NWSL from his position as a managing partner of Helium Sports Group, which provides strategic sports consulting.
“I am truly excited to build on the great work that has already been accomplished in the last two years,” Plush said in a press release. “I am extremely passionate about this sport and very excited to be a part of the women’s game, especially with the exemplary young women that play in this league who continually demonstrate a commitment to their fans and communities.
“With the continued dedication of our owners, players, coaches and staffs along with the support of the Canadian, Mexican and U.S. Federations, we will continue to grow this amazing product into a sustainable and vibrant league.”
U.S. Soccer founded the NWSL, which began play in 2013, through a partnership with the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. It is the league of choice for most players on the U.S. Women’s National Team and several on the Canadian and Mexican national teams.
NWSL Commissioner Cheryl Bailey left the position late last year.
WHITECAPS’ MATTOCKS JOINS BOURNEMOUTH FOR TRAINING
Vancouver Whitecaps FC striker Darren Mattocks has headed overseas.
Mattocks has joined Football League Championship side A.F.C. Bournemouth on a week-long training stint, the Whitecaps announced Tuesday. Bournemouth currently tops the table in the Football League Championship standing.
Mattocks has been with the Whitecaps since 2012 and scored six goals this past season for the club. He also recently helped lead his native Jamaica to the 2014 Caribbean Cup championship.
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