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MLS Ticker: Ridgewell, Crew, NYCFC and more

Photo by Steve Dykes/USA Today Sports
Photo by Steve Dykes/USA Today Sports

While the MLS transfer window is slowly coming to an end and teams are starting preseason camps, one member of the 2015 MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers is hoping to stay in England for a bit longer.

Timbers center back Liam Ridgewell, 31, hopes to extend his loan spell with Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion, saying: “It saves me going back and doing pre-season – I can do it here and get to play in the Championship.” (REPORT)

The Columbus Crew officially revealed 24-year-old winger Emil Larsen as its latest signing on a reported two-year deal. The Danish international played several seasons with Danish Superliga club Odense Boldklub, scoring 17 goals and providing 13 assists in 114 league and Danish Cup appearances. (REPORT)

New York City FC acquired 23-year-old Argentine left back Diego Martínez on a free transfer from River Plate today. The defender spent the previous two seasons on loan with Atlético Patronato, where he started in 32 of his 43 appearances. (REPORT)

Nigel Reo-Coker is reportedly seeking a move back to England, according to his agent. The Montreal Impact midfielder played three seasons in MLS after coming over from Ipswich Town. (REPORT)

The New England Revolution acquired 6-foot-1 defender Sambinha on loan from Sporting Clube de Portugal. The 23-year-old Guinea-Bissau international center back served as Sporting B captain, and appeared in 25 games this season. (REPORT)

FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo revealed via social media that his cancer is in full remission after almost two years of treatment. (REPORT)

The Philadelphia Union announced the re-signing of 30-year-old defender Fabinho on Friday. Since joining the team mid-season in 2013, he has scored two goals and recorded seven assists in 59 appearances. (REPORT)

Danish midfielder Jacob Schoop, 27, will trial with Orlando City. (REPORT)

Former LA Galaxy and U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan thinks an MLS team in Las Vegas would be great for the city and league, saying: “If all of the pieces are right, there’s no reason why a city like this shouldn’t be successful if they were to get an MLS team.” (REPORT)

Real Salt Lake announced the signing of 24-year-old forward Emery Welshman, who played for the club’s USL side Real Monarchs in 2015. (REPORT)

How long do you expect Ridgewell to stay with Brighton & Hove Albion? What do you think of Clavijo’s good news? Think Las Vegas is a good city for an MLS team?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Any idea how long Ridgewell is trying to extend his deal?

    I’m never a fan of these MLS pre-season loan deals. Seems like the player routinely asks to extend it against the original agreement.

  2. Dateline: January 22, 2025

    At a hastily arranged press conference MLS Commissioner-for-Life Don Garber announced the 35th and 36th MLS franchises, in Charlotte and Phoenix. “The logic of infinite expansion is built into MLS’s business model,” said Garber. “Ever since I came on board, the league has encouraged every reasonably well financed ownership group to submit an application. And really, when you think about it, doesn’t every soccer fan deserve a home-town team in the top league?” Asked whether the league’s single-game round-robin schedule makes it impossible to build real rivalries, Garber sniffed, “This concept of ‘rivalries’ is so 2015. The key is to grow the game. We actually think we have surpassed the big leagues of Europe. Any child can tell you that 36 is bigger than 20.”


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