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MLS Ticker: Revs add Mancienne, LAFC signs Silva on loan, and more


The New England Revolution have acquired defender Michael Mancienne on a free transfer from League Championship side Nottingham Forest, the club announced on Friday.

The 30-year-old English defender made 135 appearances across all competitions during the past four seasons with Nottingham Forest. He most often plays centerback, but the right-footed defender has also spent time at right back.

Mancienne began his professional career with Chelsea, but he struggled to see consistent minutes and was sent on loan to Queens Park Rangers and Wolverhampton Wanderers. In 2011, he joined German side Hamburg, where he stayed until joining Nottingham Forest in 2014.

“Michael’s a defender who has played at the highest levels in both England and Germany throughout his career,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “We believe his experience will help him make immediate contributions to the club and allow him to become a leader on and off the field.”

LAFC sign Danilo Silva on loan

LAFC has signed defender Danilo Silva on a five-month loan from Brazilian side Internacional, the club announced Friday. The expansion side acquired Silva’s rights from New York Red Bulls for a fourth round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

Silva returns to MLS after previously spending time with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2005, where he was coached by LAFC head coach Bob Bradley.

The 31-year-old Brazilian defender spent the vast majority of his career with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev, where he scored three times and earned 19 assists in 222 appearances across all competitions, including the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

“Danilo is an experienced defender who will bring competition to our backline,” said LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley. “I’m excited to work with him again and I’m confident he will have an immediate impact with the rest of the group.”

Kaye to miss season after ankle surgery

LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye will undergo surgery to repair a fracture in his left ankle. The 23-year-old Kaye is expected to miss four to six months, the club said Thursday.

The midfielder suffered the injury in the first half of LAFC’s 2-2 draw against LA Galaxy on July 26.

Kaye has been one of LAFC’s breakout players in 2018. He joined LAFC after leading Louisville City FC to the 2017 USL championship, and has started 20 games tallying 1582 minutes for the black and gold. He has two goals and five assists on the year.

LAFC acquires international roster slot from Toronto FC

LAFC sent $50,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) to Toronto FC in exchange for an international roster slot, the club announced Friday.

The international roster slot was necessary in order to complete the loan of defender Danilo Silva.

Joao Plata fined by MLS’ Disciplinary Committee

Real Salt Lake’s Joao Plata has been handed down a fine from MLS’ Disciplinary Committee, the league announced.

The winger was punished for simulation/embellishment in the 40th minute of RSL’s 0-0 draw at San Jose on July 28th. No exact amount has been handed down yet to Plata, who made his 14th appearance of the season.

The Ecuadorian has six goals and three assists this season for Mike Petke’s team, two points off of his entire total from 2017.


  1. Also is there any news of LA Galaxy signing any new defenders? I feel like they could easily trade boatang or one of their lesser used attackers for a decent upgrade in the back

  2. I watched the Nashville, Cincinnati game last night. It was a rather dull affair, reminded me a lot of MLS in the nineties. Still we should support our lower level leagues. I hope the excitement there doesn’t dry up when mls stops expanding in a few years.

  3. Nashville SC Eager as FCC Rematch Arrives

    i am feeling a change. is anyone else here feeling it, too? all of a sudden, i feel like north america has TWO (english speaking) pro soccer leagues, and both are very important! mls and the usl. does anybody else feel that?

    i don’t suddenly follow all 33 usl clubs, but suddenly i am starting to feel like i want to/need to be following maybe the top four in each division (or something like that).
    it seems like “required reading/viewing” to me all of a sudden. anybody else here feeling like that?

    • and mls doesn’t have relegation (yet, unless maybe columbus becomes the first one?) but they certainly do have PROMOTION, and year after year we watch the top clubs (usually the league champs) making the leap to mls. so in a very real and practical way, it feels like euro style promotion is linking the top two tiers of the soccer pyramid here. yeah?

    • i mean, if mls westernbottom dwellers (and i’m not trying to be mean), colorado, have a game against eastern bottom dwellers orlando, would you rather watch/read about that game or a top of the table fixture in the second tier such as this one, nashville versus fc cincinnati? honestly, i think the high profile fixture in usl has become MORE RELEVANT than a (no offense) bottom of the table fixture in mls. does anyone else here also feel this way? this feeling has come upon me suddenly. even a short time ago, i did not feel this way.

  4. it often appears that mls is on the level of the english championship league. which comes first, the chicken or the egg? in mls this year, it seems that the attackers came to the league first, and then the clubs responded later by getting better defenders. kaye’s ankle injury, that sucks, hope he’ll be fit again next season.


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