MLS Ticker: Van der Vaart, Martins, TAG Heuer partnership and more

MLS Ticker: Van der Vaart, Martins, TAG Heuer partnership and more

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MLS Ticker: Van der Vaart, Martins, TAG Heuer partnership and more

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The field has reportedly been narrowed for the services of a Dutchman, while MLS announced a new partnership on Monday.

Sporting Kansas City has once again been reported as the potential destination for Rafael van der Vaart, who currently plies his trade in La Liga for Real Betis. The report says the 33-year-old Dutch midfielder is ready to move on from the club. (REPORT)

Obafemi Martins moved from the Seattle Sounders to Shanghai Shenhua for a reported $2 million transfer fee, and the Nigerian forward will reportedly earn almost double the salary he received with the MLS side. He is expected to earn $6.6 million with the Chinese club. (REPORT)

TAG Heuer announced a new long-term partnership with the league on Monday. The watch manufacturer will become the official timekeeper of MLS as well as U.S. Soccer. (REPORT)

The Portland Timbers pounded NASL club Minnesota United, 4-0, in the 2016 Simple Invitational on Sunday. Fanendo Adi, Darlington Nagbe, Lucas Melano and Diego Valeri each scored a goal to lead the MLS Cup champions to victory. (REPORT)

Kaka netted twice to help Orlando City SC defeat Toronto FC, 2-1, at ChampionsGate. Jonathan Osorio scored the only goal for the Canadian club. (REPORT)

The Chicago Fire came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-2, on Sunday. John Goossens opened the scoring before Johan Kappelhof’s own goal and Cristian Techera’s tally gave the Western Conference side the lead. Gilberto then Kennedy Igboananike netted from the penalty spot to secure the preseason win. (REPORT)

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