By AARON CRANFORD
MLS continues to increase its global exposure after partnering with Brazilian broadcaster Globosat, a Rio de Janiero-based cable and satellite provider.
The four-year deal will give the largest pay-TV operator in Latin America the opportunity to telecast at least two MLS regular season matches per week, including the All-Star Game, at least one Decision Day match, half of the MLS Cup Playoffs and MLS Cup.
“This new agreement with Globosat is further illustration of the growing demand for Major League Soccer in the global media rights marketplace. With Flavio Augusto da Silva’s ownership of Orlando City SC and with over 15 Brazilian players in MLS, including Kaká, there is clearly an increased desire for MLS content in Brazil,” said Gary Stevenson, president and managing director, MLS Business Ventures.
“We are excited to be partnered with such a powerful brand in Globosat and are confident that together we will create even greater awareness for the sport, our clubs and our stars.”
Every year, matches will alternate between Globosat networks SporTV 1, SporTV 2 and SporTV 3. MLS also retains the right to broadcast one game per week for free-to-air TV, which will give the league an opportunity to add to its ever-growing fan base in Brazil.
JERMAINE JONES JOINS NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Jermaine Jones has been recovering from a sports hernia injury in Los Angeles, but the New England Revolution midfielder is back in town.
The Revolution broke the news that the US international participated in training on Thursday.
“I would say the toughest part (of rehabbing) was to watch the games from TV,” Jermaine Jones told reporters at Gillette Stadium. “You’re a member of this team, so you want to help them in the beginning.”
While he is now training with the squad, Jay Heaps told New England Revolution on Wednesday that Jones will hopefully be “ready to go at some point in the next week or so.”
TIMBERS ACQUIRE ISHMAEL YARTEY ON LOAN FROM FC SION
The Portland Timbers continue to draw in the MLS season, but their attack just got a little bit stronger with the addition of Ghanaian winger Ishmael Yartey.
The 25-year-old hops across the pond from Switzerland’s FC Sion to join the Timbers on loan after making 27 appearances for the Swiss club since 2013.
Meanwhile, Ghana called up Yartey for two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification games in 2012, but he did not make an appearance and has yet to make his debut for the senior squad.
SAN JOSE ADDS GOALKEEPER TOMAS GOMEZ
San Jose Earthquakes inked third-round draft pick Tomas Gomez on Thursday.
The 22-year-old played four years at Georgetown University, racking up 36 shutouts in goal, a school record, and three All Big East Conference Team honors.
The rookie was originally drafted by Columbus Crew SC, but after they passed on the young goalkeeper, San Jose swooped in to sign.
PERK TO MISS 2015 MLS SEASON, LA GALAXY SIGN TREY MITCHELL AS REPLACEMENT
Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perk will miss the rest of the year after undergoing a successful surgery to fix his dislocated and fractured left ankle.
The 25-year-old played in two games for the Galaxy last season, wherein LA won both matchups. With Rowe being unavailable, LA also announced the signing of Trey Mitchell on Friday.
“Trey is a talented goalkeeper who can provide us with solid depth,” LA Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena told the Los Angeles Galaxy. “We are happy to add him to our roster and look forward to his contributions as a member of our team.”
CHICAGO FIRE ADD MIDFIELDER VICTOR PEREZ
Spanish Segunda Division side Real Valladolid have sent Victor Perez on loan to the Chicago Fire after three weeks MLS play.
“We’re pleased that we are able to have Victor join us in Chicago,” Fire head coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop said.
“He is a dynamic midfielder and fills a position where we were looking for added depth,” Yallop added. The loan is a great opportunity for us to bring in a quality player in the early portion of the season and when the time comes, evaluate our options in regards to extending his stay with the Fire.”
Perez has recently spent time on loan with La Liga’s Levante, making five appearances. Before the loan, he made 87 appearances and scored 11 goals for Real Valladolid.
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