The MLS season is just five days away, and a handful of notable cuts were made this Tuesday.
The LA Galaxy released defender Dan Gargan and forward Ignacio Maganto. Gargan leaves the Galaxy after two years of service. The 10-year MLS veteran is eligible for free agency, while Maganto leaves the club after being selected in the 2015 MLS Draft. (REPORT)
Sporting Kansas City and Marcel de Jong have mutually agreed to terminate the defender’s contract. The left back appeared in 15 matches across all competitions for Sporting KC last season. (REPORT)
The New York Red Bulls waived midfielder Mael Corboz. He was signed as a Homegrown Player in December after playing his final two collegiate seasons for the Maryland Terrapins. (REPORT)
Midfielder Rasheed Olabiyi was released by the Houston Dynamo. The 25-year-old made seven appearances in 2015 after joining the club in July. (REPORT)
Toronto FC has reportedly parted ways with 33-year-old striker Herculez Gomez. The former U.S. Men’s National Team forward appeared in seven games for TFC in 2015. (REPORT)
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Sunil doing what he does best.
Not related to this story but I thought this was interesting:
“By all accounts, Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer, played a pivotal role in the election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA president.
If you watched Fox Sports’ wall-to-wall coverage of Friday’s FIFA Congress in Zurich, you’d have watched via the “SunilCam” Gulati arguing projected vote totals on the executive committee stage with Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait, Sheikh Salman’s handler, as the first-round ballots were being counted and then huddling with Infantino between rounds before scurrying to find Prince Ali and Sheikh Salman voters and convince them to switch to Infantino in the second round.
What began as a three-vote advantage for Infantino over Sheikh Salman after Round 1 became a 27-vote victory in Round 2.
“Gulati got a FIFA president he wanted, and he showed that the U.S. has emerged as a force on the world scene,” reported SI.com’s Grant Wahl. “The United States played a key role in the intense lobbying that saw Gianni Infantino elected FIFA president on Friday,” wroteSimon Evans of Reuters in his post-election analysis. The headline in the Los Angeles Times: “Sunil Gulati pulls some serious strings to help soccer in the U.S.”
Just how many votes Gulati swayed — and from what confederations and what camps — is not known. All that you needed to see, though, was FIFA delegates coming up to congratulate Gulati to know what was the view from the floor.
Tellingly, Gulati smiled when the New York Times’ Sam Borden asked him what was the composition of Infantino’s voters: “I’m much more familiar with how it got to 115 than the first 88.”
The Congress floor theatrics would not have been possible without the key move: U.S. Soccer’s decision to stick with Gulati’s old friend, Prince Ali, whom it had nominated and supported in the May 2015 election against then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Some would argue there was no love lost between Prince Ali and Sheikh Salman, and Prince Ali’s voters would automatically have switched to Infantino. But Infantino needed someone to work the floor for him with Prince Ali’s blessing, and that’s where Gulati came in.
What’s next for Gulati? France Football reported Infantino would pick someone from Concacaf to be FIFA’s new secretary general as payback for its late support for him. Reuters reported speculation in Zurich was that Gulati would be a good choice for the FIFA CEO role.
It would be hard to imagine Gulati giving up his day job — Columbia University economics professor — to work at FIFA full-time. After all, his work at U.S. Soccer won’t be finished until it is awarded the 2026 World Cup and avenges the stinging defeat to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup hosting rights five years ago. (On Monday night, Gulati said, “We can host a World Cup relatively easily. We can do it overnight.”)
Gulati has been on the FIFA executive committee less than three years and he is already the ninth most senior member of the 25-person body that has been decimated by the FIFA scandal. (Twelve exco members who served with Gulati or quit before he was elected have been indicted or pleaded guilty to Federal corruption charges. And that doesn’t include former UEFA president Michel Platini or Blatter, who are serving six-year soccer bans.)
Gulati’s influence will only grow as the FIFA executive committee is dissolved and the 36-member FIFA council replaces it.”
Corboz was offered a contract for RBNY II
totally lame league