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MLS Ticker: NYCFC name David Villa captain; Miami nearing temporary home; and more

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New York City FC have added an experienced international to aid David Villa in mentoring the club’s young forward corps.

NYCFC announced Monday that the club has signed Slovakian international Adam Nemec, previously of 2. Bundesliga side Union Berlin. The 29-year-old forward has represented Slovakia 14 times and has scored twice, including one in November’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.

“I know that being part of an ambitious club like New York City FC will give me the chance to show what I am capable of,” Nemec said in a statement, “and maintain my place on the Slovakian National Team as we look to qualify for the Euro 2016 Finals.”

Nemec will now join up with fellow forward Villa, who was named as the club’s inaugural captain Sunday.

“I am honored to be your captain,” Villa said, “and I am proud to wear this armband.”

Here are some more of Monday’s MLS news and notes:


Miami expansion owner David Beckham announced late last week that the club was making moves toward securing a home, and those moves appear to be leading to a temporary solution.

The city’s Economic Development & Port Miami Committee passed a vote, 4-0, to recommend the opening of negotiations for the Miami team to play at Florida International University on a temporary basis. The vote is set to be passed on to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, who are set to convene Monday.

FIU Stadium, formerly the home of Miami FC in the USL, has previously hosted parts of the 2009 and 2011 Gold Cup and seats roughly 18,000.


Orlando City’s Brazilian contingent is reportedly close to adding a fourth member.

The club are reportedly in the process of finalizing a deal for Brazilian defender Paulo Andre, according the Orlando Sentinel, with a signing that is expected to be announced in the coming days.

“We do have Paulo André in the city,” Orlando City general manager McDonough told the Orlando Sentinel. “He is undergoing a medical this morning in hopes of finalizing contract negotiations.”

Andre, who last played for China’s Shanghai Shenhua, spent a majority of his career in Brazil. The 31-year-old centerback spent 2009-14 with Corinthians, with whom he won the league as well as the Copa Libertadores.

The centerback would join fellow Brazilians Designated Player Kaka, midfielder Pedro Ribiero and fellow defender Gustavo on the club’s roster.


A trio of MLS players have made the first call up list for recently appointed Honduras manager Jorge Luis Pinto.

The Houston Dynamo’s Oscar Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido will be joined by Sporting KC’s Jorge Claros for Honduras’ upcoming pair of friendlies.

“I am always excited to play with Honduras,” Claros said. “These are very important matches as we prepare for our Gold Cup qualification matches against French Guyana in March.”

Honduras is set to host Venezuela on Feb. 4 before facing the same opponent on the road one week later. Have a look at Honduras’ full roster below:

Goalkeepers (2): Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Donis Escober (Olimpia)

Defenders (8): Arnold Peralta (Olimpia), Wilmer Crisanto (Motagua), José David Velásquez (Nacional de Uruguay), Jhonny Leverón (Marathón), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Carlos Palacios (Marathón), Carlos Sánchez (Real España)

Midfielders (8): Luis Garrido (Houston Dynamo), Jorge Claros (Sporting Kansas), Edder Delgado (Real España), Byron Méndez (Olimpia), Bryan Acosta (Real España), Mario Martínez (Real España), Jorge Cardona (Honduras Progreso), Carlos Discua (Motagua)

Forwards (5): Romell Quioto (Olimpia), Oscar Boniek García (Houston Dynamo), Anthony Lozano (Olimpia), Rubilio Castillo (Motagua), Angel Tejeda (Honduras Progreso)


One week after retired baseball superstar Ken Griffey Jr. signed on as the club’s 10,000th season ticker holder, Orlando City announced that 1,000 more supporters have joined the cause.

The club announced Monday that the number of season ticker holders has surpassed 11,000 ahead of the club’s inaugural MLS season.

“The rapid increase in sales shows the growing demand of our passionate fans as the home opener rapidly approaches,” said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins. “To be only a few thousand tickets from our goal several weeks before the start of the season further validates why Orlando is the ‘Soccer Capital of the South.’

“We look forward to celebrating our march toward March 8th with our fans and can’t wait to hear the roar of the stadium when the first whistle blows and we make history for the

What do you think of NYCFC’s latest signing? What do you think of MLS Miami’s potential temporary stay at FIU? Impressed with Orlando City’s support?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Does anyone recall if the terms of Beck’s sweetheart ownership deal came with a time clause? Seems like he had to pull the trigger on his discounted franchise within a certain time frame- could be the reason he wants to get going ASAP, regardless of stadium deal, players, support, etc.

    • It did come with a time release clause and, if I’m not mistaken, may have already passed. Although the language falls right in line with MLS. “Pull the trigger” could mean “play starts by” or it could mean “signify with a wiggle of your ear that you want in”.

      • Beckham’s “discount” option expired at the end of December 2013. Garber, I thought, set a deadline for Miami to enter the league (with a SSS only) by 2017 or 2018. Well, 2017 is almost a no-go at this point (almost no way to get the financing together with the land deal in Miami) meaning that Beck’s has to get it done by 2018.

        But then again, it’s Garber and MLS…sooooo…the rules/ former statements can be changed on a whim.

  2. I love how all these original ultimatums are being slowly slid under the door for all these high profile expansions…

    Beckham should have gone the Vegas route when Miami gov’t clowns balked… Las Vegas is so hungry for a major professional team…

  3. FIU Stadium is nowhere near downtown Miami. Starting off there is a great way to get Miami to be apathetic to the team right off the bat.

    • I stayed away from the Miami, hate or love the idea….but this is really starting to feel like a stretch.

    • This is a great way to ensure that a stadium never gets built to MLS’s specifications. Once a team is already playing in a sub par venue the league loses all of it’s leverage and will get forced in to some crappy property that is not right for it.

  4. with the success of Orlando and other “promoted” expansion teams and now a temp stadium in hand can we expect MLS-Miami to start in USL next year?

    play in USL until the real stadium is complete, whenever that is. or you can play on turf or a baseball stadium for first decade..

    • I like this comment. From a practical standpoint, it would never happen… at least not anytime in the near future. But I think the idea has all kinds of benefits. Right now, it’s clear that Orlando City is head-and-shoulders above the other expansion groups when it comes to “knowing what they are doing”, and this is good for almost all parties involved.


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