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MLS Ticker: Jermain Defoe trains with Tottenham; Impact add River Plate’s Victor Cabrera; and more



It’s now clear where Jermain Defoe is headed — for one week, anyway.

The striker, who has been linked to several English clubs, has teamed up with his former club Tottenham Hotspur to train for one week to maintain his fitness. Toronto FC confirmed his stint was due to begin Thursday.

A Spurs statement said: “We can confirm Jermain Defoe will train with our development squad for the next week to maintain fitness during MLS close season.”

The trip to his former club comes as the heat turns up on his search to transfer from Toronto FC back to the English Premier League. In recent days, he has been linked to Leicester City and Liverpool.

Queens Park Rangers and Hull City have also had an eye on Defoe, but have hinted he may cost too much as his contract is reportedly worth as much as $50 million.

Here is the rest of the latest news and notes from MLS:


The Montreal Impact have acquired Argentine central defender Victor Cabrera, the club announced Thursday. Cabrera joins the Canadian MLS side on loan from River Plate for the 2015 season.

Cabrera, 21, played with the Primera Division club River Plate for the past two seasons, his first as a professional, but joins the Impact having been a starter for the reserve team.

“He comes from one of the two most prestigious clubs in Argentina, where a lot of good players are developed through their Academy,” said Impact coach Frank Klopas in a statement. “We’re adding depth to our defense with a strong and fast defender that we were able to see play in Argentina.

“He did not get enough playing time with the first team as he was behind high-profile players but he will now have the opportunity to continue to progress in Montreal.”


Chicago Fire forward David Accam has earned his first national team call-up for a major tournament.

The 24-year-old striker was named to Ghana’s 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off next week.

Accam is the sole MLS player on the Black Stars’ roster — Houston Dynamo defender Samuel Inkoom was on the 26-man provisional roster but did not make the final cut.

The tournament kicks off Jan. 17, with Ghana’s first group match set for Jan. 19, where they are joined in Group C by Senegal, South Africa and Algeria.

Accam joined the Fire in December as a Designated Player signing from Helsingborgs IF in Sweden.


Forward Jacob Peterson is returning to Sporting Kansas City. The club signed him to a new contract on Wednesday.

“Jacob Peterson is a player we feel fits very well for us on the field and within the culture of our club,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a statement. “We are thrilled to re-sign him and are looking forward to the start of pre-season later this month.”

A nine-year MLS veteran, Peterson had been staple piece of the Kansas City offense, making 22 appearances last season for two goals and one assist. Over the course of his MLS career, he has 15 goals and 14 assists in 199 regular season appearances. He joined Kansas City in 2012.

“I’m very happy to have re-signed with an organization as good as Sporting Kansas City,” Peterson said. “There was never really any other place that I wanted to go in this offseason so I’m glad that we could get a deal worked out.”


What do you think of these reports? What do you think of Defoe training with Spurs? Do you see Cabrera starting along the Impact back line next season? Impressed that Accam is headed to the African Cup of Nations?

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