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MLS Ticker: Van der Vaart linked, Minnesota stadium and more


After receiving interest in 2015 over a potential move to MLS, a certain Dutchman is again being tabbed to America.

Ex-Hamburg player Rafael Van der Vaart has reportedly been in contact with several MLS teams, including Sporting Kansas City, Columbus Crew SC and the New York Red Bulls. The veteran midfielder was previously linked to Sporting KC as a DP option last season. (REPORT)

While the timing on Minnesota United FC’s arrival in MLS is uncertain, if the team does join the league in 2017, the club is reportedly leaning towards playing its home matches at TCF Bank Stadium. (REPORT)

D.C. United has signed rookie midfielder Paul Clowes. The former Clemson Tiger was selected 32nd overall in the 2016 MLS Draft after having played for Manchester City’s youth academy. (REPORT)

Liam Ridgewell has returned to the Portland Timbers after spending time this offseason on loan with English Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion. (REPORT)

MLS will experiment with instant replay this weekend during the Simple Invitational in Portland. The tournament will feature the Timbers, NASL club Minnesota United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Chicago Fire. (REPORT)

The Seattle Sounders have announced they have installed new field turf on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders will christen their new pitch on Feb. 23, when the side faces Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. (REPORT)

Which team should Van der Vaart join if he does move to MLS? When do you think Minnesota will join the league?

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  1. Van der Vaart doing just below average with Betis. I know La Liga is top league (not riches league but the best league), and MLS is very below La Liga level but MLS is very physical and violent league, and Van der Vaart lost his impact on the game.


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