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MLS Ticker: Nocerino to Orlando City, Dallas terminates Watson and more


Another former AC Milan midfielder has joined Kaka in Orlando this afternoon as Orlando City SC signed Italian defensive midfielder Antonio Nocerino.

Nocerino was signed this afternoon by Orlando City. Nocerino played with Kaka at AC Milan for the 2013-14 season. Orlando enabled itself to sign Nocerino by obtaining his discovery rights in a trade with DC United in which the Lions gave up targeted allocation money and general allocation money. (REPORT)

Defender JeVaughn Watson left FC Dallas today after the club agreed to terminate his contract. Watson made 23 appearances last season for Dallas. (REPORT)

The Houston Dynamo acquired defender Abdoulie Mansally in a trade that sent a conditional third round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft to Real Salt Lake. The Dynamo will be Mansally’s third MLS team after stints with the New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake. (REPORT)

Minnesota United FC will need to change its team name when it joins MLS in 2017 or 2018, as Sports Illustrated reported yesterday, and MNUFC supporters group The Dark Clouds has responded with its opposition to a name change. Minnesota United is being asked to change its name because the Atlanta franchise, Atlanta United FC, is poised to begin playing in 2017 and the league will not want two teams with such similar names. (REPORT)

What do you think of Orlando City’s new signing? Thoughts on Watson’s terminated contract?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. If I’m Minnesota, I would strongly oppose that notion and keep the name. First of all, they had a club, name, and history before Blank bought his MLS team. Second, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Minnesota get their expansion granted before ATL did? The supporters should make as much of a fuss as possible because it’s not right. The Cascadia collective supporters won the battle against the league for their trophy rights, so hopefully these fans can win the right to retaint heir club name…

  2. Two teams? It would have been three, or did you forget DC United? You know, the team you wrote about in the first part of this post? Personally, I think it’s a poor choice in the US market to allow more than one United- but then no one really refers to DCU as ‘united’ so I trust the same will happen with Atlanta, maybe they want a nickname so they don’t have to type ‘Minnesota’ a bunch of times.

  3. This is ridiculous, the two names are completely different. If Vanilla Ice can have a melody similar to the Police then we can have similar but different names in MLS. Do people get confused with Whitecaps FC and Sounders FC? They both have FC so they must be the same club… give… me… a… break.

    • Hmmmm. Isn’t the Vanilla Ice sample you’re referring to “Under Pressure” by Queen (featuring David Bowtie). I realize this point is completely removed from the current discussion…But I couldn’t absorb the rest of your comment after I saw that.

    • What does Vanilla Ice have to do with soccer? Nothing. Poor analogy.

      Also, MLS teams should be able to come up with better names. Too many use the United/FC thing. Let the fans choose.

      • Atlanta United was picked by the fans. Most people grew up with FC teams and calling it Football or Futbol, I don’t see why it’s a bad thing for FC

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