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MLS Ticker: Kaka day-to-day with injury; Garber hopes for players like Rooney in MLS; and more

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It seems that the injury that kept Kaká out of action during Brazil’s friendly against the U.S. on Tuesday may linger for some time.

Orlando City SC announced Thursday that the star midfielder sustained a muscle strain injury during his international call-up and will be evaluated by club physicians from Orlando Health while being listed as day-to-day.

“We are incredibly disappointed with this recent development for Kaká and for our fans,” said Orlando City general manager Paul McDonough.  “He has played 25 games for us so far this season, over 2,100 minutes, without any major issues or concerns. To the contrary, he undergoes one training session and match with the Brazilian National Team and he is injured.”

Orlando, who is standing in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and two points out of sixth, returns to action this Sunday at the Citrus Bowl to host Sporting Kansas City.

Here are some other news and notes around the league:


MLS commissioner Don Garber wants Wayne Rooney to become the latest English star to join the league, but he is willing to wait until the time is right.

Garber, speaking with the Manchester Evening News, revealed that he hopes the new all-time leading scorer for England would make a move to the United States when his contract expires with Manchester United.

“He’s under contract at Man U. … To be even be talking about it while he’s under contract I guess speaks to the way we operate. We don’t do that. We wouldn’t do it,” Garber said. “We would love players like Wayne Rooney, and those who have been able to be really successful at the highest level, to be thinking about Major League Soccer. Today, that’s perhaps in their-30s and maybe, sometime in the future, that’s in their mid-20s.”

Rooney, 29, scored his 50th goal for England on Tuesday to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton as the top scorer for his country. His current deal with United does not expire until the summer of 2019.

During United’s preseason tour in the U.S., Rooney said MLS is not something that is out of question for him down the road.

“I’m obviously concentrating on Manchester United. When that time comes, that (MLS), that will be something that I will think about,” Rooney said according to Manchester Evening News. “I’ll sit down with my wife and children and decide if it would be right for me.


The third and final clash between New York City FC and Toronto FC this regular season will be aired on national television.

The schedule page on NYCFC’s website changed the broadcast for the Wednesday, Sept. 16 game between the two clubs to ESPN2, moving from the regional coverage of the YES Network within the United States.

Barring any late injuries or changes, players such as Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa are all expected to take the pitch for that contest.

The two sides were previously featured on ESPN during their July 12 clash that resulted in a wild 4-4 draw, with Giovinco notching a hat trick and Villa recording a brace.


Pace and speed have been an integral part of many FIFA video gamers’ gameplay experience over the recent years and EA Sports revealed the top 20 fastest players in this year’s edition — which drops in two weeks — with three MLS players featured on the list.

Dominic Oduro of the Montreal Impact topped that trio by claiming the No. 8 spot on the list, with the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Kekuta Manneh following at No. 9 and  San Jose Earthquakes’ Innocent Emeghara coming in at No. 11. All three possess a pace rating of 94.

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott topped the list with a pace of 96, followed by Matthis Bolly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ernest Asante, Jürgen Damm, Gareth Bale and Jonathan Biabiany before Oduro’s appearance on the list.


LA Galaxy forward and Mexican national team member Giovani dos Santos is getting festive this weekend.

According to the Galaxy, dos Santos has been named Grand Marshall of the 69th edition of the East LA Mexican Independence Parade that is set to be held this Sunday.

The annual parade, which is billed as “the biggest and most unique” of its type in the country, is being organized by the Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico, a nonprofit organization devoted to maintaining Mexican traditions, and the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles. The parade will be broadcast live on Univision beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.

Dos Santos signed with the Galaxy on July 15 this season, coming over from La Liga side Villarreal. In five appearances across all competition for LA, dos Santos has notched a total of three goals and five assists, with two goals and three assists coming in MLS play.

The night prior to the parade, dos Santos and the Galaxy will take on Didier Drogba and the Montreal Impact at the StubHub Center.


  1. Increae the salary cap by 2020 to at least 5 million if not 10 million. MLS is secure enough for such a vast jump

    And i really approve with what an earlier poster mentioned about promotion for DPs moving to smaller markets like Columbus or Salt Lake

    Honestly we need to be collecting more talented latino and african players on the cheap

  2. …and of course, Opening direct African scouting pipelines too is a longer term goal, but in meantime, we should be grabbing any Pokus out there who are already in residence in U.S. Or Canada and thus unknown to existing networks in Europe

  3. Garner is nothing if not an uncompromising visionary regarding his league’s potential to compete globally. Great example of executive leadership, despite his penchant for unilateral manipulation of strategy, personnel moves. MLS should be aggressive in pursuing the best international talent available. His statement is overly ambitious now, but if the league can offer both competitive wages and sufficiency aligning exposure for international call ups, world class talent will come.

    For now the realistic model is late stage Euro stars and undervalued youngish talent from South/Cent Am & Caribbean. Goal should be to close the age/quality gaps on both ends of

  4. when does rooney’s contract expire? i totally agree with the commish on this one, i’d love to see rooney in mls. sure, build academies, let mls teams develop their own talent. at the same time, why not bring in rooney? work the problem from the top and the bottom, so to speak. i mean whether he’d succeed or fail, certainly, either way, he’d draw lots of fans and make things very interesting for a while, yes?

  5. today is the anniversary of 9/11. if ives will permit? i would like to say a few words.

    a few years ago, i used to have a website dedicated to 9/11 truth. i don’t have time for this anymore. but at one point i had spent maybe a year and a half of my life on this subject. i read thousands of 9/11 news headlines and i chose (imo) the best ones and i shared hundreds of these “top” 9/11 news stories via my website (which is no longer up). who am i? i am nobody, no big deal. just an ordinary guy who is aware of the fact that, yes, 9/11 is a BIG LIE.

    what is 9/11? it was a very sophisticated FALSE FLAG ATTACK.
    what is a false flag attack? it is a kind of a deception. a nation attacks itself and blames another nation.
    why do this? to initiate war.
    why would people in usa government want to start war with iraq and/or afghanistan? a quick internet search yielded this excellent external link.

    i am not trying to turn ive’s soccer website into a political blog. today is the anniversary of 9/11, may i share this link?

    read: “why did the usa go to war? pipeline to 9/11”

    it’s a little long, apologies. you can skim around it.

    “The oil pipe should go South to the Indian Ocean, ending at the port of Gwadar in Pakistan. The gas pipe would turn East to Multan in the middle of Pakistan. From Pakistan an extension is planned to Bombay (Mumbai, India), where a US company with close ties to father and son Bush, Enron, has built a power plant. [6]

    Contracts for pipelines are not just multi-billion dollar projects to build them. The main contractor generally also buys and sells the oil or gas going through them. With contracts he disposes of it, determines how much the supplier gets for it, and how much fee is paid to crossed countries. He determines who gets it, how much, when, to which price and in which currency it has to be paid.

    In fact, he determines a lot in the economical developments of both the selling and the buying countries. With Turkmenistan eager to sell its gas, Pakistan eager to buy it and Enron in India hoping to see it arrive as soon as possible, the pipelines through Afghanistan are of high interest.”


    in my experience talking to people about 9/11 – and when i say “people” i mean my own friends, my neighbors, my own family – there is a lot of resistance. people just can’t seem to accept that there are people in the usa government who would actually conspire together to pull off such a sophisticated crime. i don’t really have an answer for this. my neighbor used to have a photo of george bush on the mantle over his fireplace. you try to show him some information about something like this and they just don’t want to hear it. everybody has their “sacred cows”, i guess.

    we all love our country, yes? but please don’t let patriotism make you blind. also, a word of caution: there is a lot of misinformation out there about 9/11. it can be quite tricky to try to determine which is the truth and which are the lies. (and i am not the expert, either!)

    i don’t think we, the ordinary citizens have to solve this crime. that’s not our job. in high school geometry class, we were taught that “one counterexample disproves a theorem”, yes? do you see where i am going with this? we all have our sacred cows. but if you learn just one fact about 9/11 (steel framed buildings don’t fall due to fire) that contradicts the official account (al qaeda/terrorists/hijackings), then congratulations! you have disproved their “theory”.

    do you understand what i said? we don’t have to solve this crime. with just one good, solid fact, we can disprove the entire official theory. then, we, as citizens, can ask for a new 9/11 investigation.

    • a key point in the above linked story about oil/gas pipeline:

      “and in which CURRENCY it has to be paid.”

      search the internet for this term: “PETRO DOLLARS”. (also FIAT MONEY) if the oil or gas must be bought in us dollars, then, the us dollar holds value (despite that fact that it is no longer backed by gold or anything anymore). it just has value because… uh… we said you have to have it to buy oil, and every nation needs oil. see?

      if i may share a link, here is one that looks okay imo:

      The Petrodollar Wars 105: The Global Currency of Reserve

      preserving the us dollar as the world’s RESERVE CURRENCY.

      so to review:

      9/11 was a FALSE FLAG ATTACK. falsely accusing certain nations (especially afghanistan, iraq) of crimes which they did not commit. the purpose of 9/11 was to start war with these nations. one important goal, apparently, was to construct this TAPI PIPELINE. ancillary to this object, apparently, was to preserve the US DOLLAR as the world’s RESERVE CURRENCY.

      if you want to understand 9/11, imo you have to talk about these things (oil/gas pipeline, petro-dollars). al-qaeda (whatever that is?) doesn’t really exist. it’s just a list of people’s names in the CIA’s database. it’s not an organization. al qaeda is the patsy. don’t let people waste your time talking about patsies. that’s just a distraction from the real perpetrators of the 9/11 crimes.

      • I think the most disturbing aspect of this ridiculous post about 9/11 conspiracy is that you either a) don’t know what a fiat currency is, or b) think that a fiat currency is some sort of shadowy conspiracy.

        Fiat currencies are incredibly basic and stable economic mechanisms that will be accepted regardless of the state of gas and oil. You even cited the gold standard, which was still a fiat currency. Since gold is too soft and malleable to have widespread application in production processes, it only held value in so far as people accepted it had value, which is by definition fiat money.

        Please take a moment to press the little “X” at the top of your InfoWars browser, close your laptop, and maybe go outside and get a little sunlight. Maybe go to a library, pick up a book written by people actually capable of coherent thought, and learn something before you spew utter bile and nonsense across the internet.

      • “Fiat currencies are incredibly basic and stable economic mechanisms that will be accepted regardless of the state of gas and oil.”

        i am not an economic expert. suppose this statement is correct.

        this justifies:
        – launching a FALSE FLAG ATTACK?
        – to decieve the american people and the world?
        – and to falsely place blame on, primarily, afghanistan and iraq (two nations that did not attack us)?
        – and then to order our usa military personnel to risk their lives fighting in these nations?
        – and to cause the death of how many afghanistan and iraqi people (military and civilian, combined)?
        – and to depose their governments?
        – and to put puppet governments in their place (in afghanistan)?
        – and to take their natural resources (war profiteering)?
        – and let’s not forget to build the pipeline, after all

        because, as you say, “Fiat currencies are incredibly basic and stable economic mechanisms that will be accepted regardless of the state of gas and oil.” so therefore it naturally follows that the usa should do all of the above things, yes?

        i think the most disturbing aspect of your ridiculous post is that you seem to think that this is some kind of an intellectual discussion. it isn’t. a crime of epic proportions was committed. i’m not feeling that you “get” that in your comment.

      • thank you, ives.

        if i may? i leave you, dear sbi readers, with this link:

        patriots question 9/11 website

        and also, since someone mentioned books, this author: david ray griffin. he has written more than a few scholarly books about 9/11.

        and this famous quote: “all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men and women to do nothing.”


  6. MLS should aim to bring in as many Italian and Spanish players as possible. Players that can play attractive football.

    Even though the team hasn’t had much success, how awesome has it been to see David Villa and Andrea Pilro in action!

  7. It would be better for all MLS teams to have an academy, top notch training facilities, above average stadium and specially a OWNER WHO SPENDS AND HAS A VISION FOR THEIR TEAM.
    Then players like Rooney will easily come earliest at 30 years old or even 29.
    Besides increasing the salary cap and dps.
    By the way, besides LA,NY,Miami which are markets that every DP wants to go, cities like Denver,Columbus, San Jose, Dallas, Houston, Montreal, Philly need to advertise their market more with future dps.
    If I was Xavi, I wouldn’t mind leaving in San Jose. More than likely I would have a mansion, have a condo in San Francisco, send my kids to the best charter schools and then to Stanford.
    Many of the European players don’t know if you’re rich in America, you will have a very good life.
    Good housing, good schools for your kids, safety, good universities, American sports like nfl or nba and best of all, we have pretty good holidays.
    Look at Mexico, they get good players and they say they love the safety in exist and schools, wtf……. Right.
    Imagine here in the U S A.

    • I think the lifestyle is what brings the European player to the US, but I think places like Columbus, San Jose, and Minnesota will always be tough sells and I think his kids could probably get into Stanford no matter where he lives as long as their reasonably intelligent. Denver doesn’t want to spend the money and Dallas focuses their international money on Hispanic players.

      I agree with you everyone focuses on the cap, but without spending on academies and training facilities, and scouting it won’t help to bring in aging DPs like a 35 year old Rooney. At this point players like Jon Obi Mikel more useful than Rooney. Mikel will only have one year left on his contract after this season so an MLS team maybe able to pick him up cheap or even free if Chelsea decides to let him go like Giovinco.

      • What I mean, is that every MLS team needs to have a STRONG front office.
        A very intelligent advertising and marketing group in order to pursue talent like Beckham or giovinco.
        If you ask me, all MLS cities are all equal, besides your typical LA or NY or Miami.
        It’s like recruiting an athlete to join your NCAA sport. They offer you everything they can and of course, good education.
        Most of European cities are boring, except for the the top tourist cities and soccer players do it for the money in Europe.
        If I was some unknown DP but very good player from planet earth, and MLS tells me, Columbus, Denver, want you and are giving you good $$$, I would definitely pick the team who advertise me more the city, from safety to education for my family and of course the vision of the team.

      • If you are trying to recruit African or South American players yes safety and education can sell, but Europe is pretty equal on those counts. And sorry look at all major sports in America if its not a big market they aren’t attracting free agents (DPs). Those teams have to build from within. Certainly other larger markets could spend more if they wanted such as Boston or Chicago, but as NYRB proved in the past just signing DPs is not always successful.

      • If say a kid is in the Sounders U-14 team how is it any different from say some other local soccer club team? How much time a week did Morris really spend at the Sounders facility? I’m just curious if anyone knows.

      • There will always be outliers like Morris, but the benefits of being on a Sounders academy team as opposed to Peugeot Sound FC or what have you, are numerous indeed…exposure, first and foremost…proximity to players of actual and proven quality, better coaching/training/facilities, etc.

    • Interesting numbers about MLS:

      “48.97 percent of the league is made up of foreign players (248 of 564). The nation with the most talent in the league after the US and Canada was Argentina with 28 players. England is second amongst foreign countries with 21, Brazil is next with 19, and Colombia and France round out the top five with 18 and 16, respectively.

      Now, filling your roster with foreign-based talent does not necessarily guarantee success or failure. The New England Revolution have just six foreign players per the survey, and are healthily in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. However, the leaders in foreign talent, the Vancouver Whitecaps, sit atop the league standings. The Whitecaps have 20 foreign players.”

  8. “MLS commissioner Don Garber wants Wayne Rooney to become the latest English star to join the league, but he is willing to wait until the time is right.”

    See you in 2022, Rooney!


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