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Kenny Cooper to Plymouth Argyle?

Posted on 28 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Kenny Cooper in his FC Dallas days

1860 Munich striker Kenny Cooper, who has been sidelined with an injury since November, is apparently pining for a loan deal to English Championship side Plymouth Argyle. So says a report in Germany’s kicker magazine.

At issue is playing time–or lack of it–as Cooper hopes to win a spot in Bob Bradley’s U.S. squad for South Africa. The kicker piece attributes Cooper’s desire for a move to 1860 manager Miki Stevic. A (English-language) story by Sky Sports makes the same assessment, quoting Cooper’s agent, Kon Schramm.

Plymouth Argyle is now managed by a guy who probably knows Cooper pretty well from his days in Major League Soccer: Former New England Revolution assistant coach Paul Mariner.

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Carlos Bocanegra to Saint Etienne?

Posted on 18 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Boca at USMNT practice ©ASN/Julie Harper

Storied French side AS Saint Etienne is working on a deal that would bring U.S. Men’s National Team defender Carlos Bocanegra to the club, according to French media reports.

The move was first mentioned on French TV station Canal Plus last Saturday night, the above story says. It adds that Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti said all players who figured in the team’s recent match with Lens were “un-transferable” but that Bocanegra, who has started at left back since the start of the season, did not play in that game. Therefore it would stand to reason that a loan until season end could be worked out.

Bocanegra has been playing for Ligue Un side Rennes since 2008. He previously spent four years with English Premiership side Fulham. The Upland, Calif., native was drafted by Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire in 2000 and spent four years with the club. He has been capped 74 times and is the current captain of Bob Bradley’s side.

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Coyle passes on Holden after trial, Braga next?

Posted on 18 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Holden appears headed for sunny Portugal

Bolton Wanderers new head coach Owen Coyle has turned down the chance to sign U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Stuart Holden after a two-week trial, allowing the 24-year old to sign with Sporting Braga, Mirror Football reported tonight, Jan. 18.

Holden was originally meant to trial with Coyle’s former club Burnley, but went along for the ride when he made the switch after new year’s. Holden reportedly did well at the trial but was ultimately deemed no better than any of Coyle’s current options .

ASN will follow this developing story.

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Michael Orozco appears Philadelphia Union-bound

Posted on 16 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Orozco: Union bound?

Michael Orozco, 23-year old American defender, looks set to join the Philadelphia Union from San Luis of the Mexican First Division according to reports south of the Rio Grande. His playing time at San Luis has dwindled and Orozco is evidently ready for a move up north. The move would be a smart one for Orozco as it would put him firmly on Bob Bradley’s radar heading into the 2010 World Cup.

ASN Philly has more on the developing story.

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Mike Magee to Steaua Bucharest?

Posted on 11 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Mike Magee: Bucharest bound?

LA Galaxy midfielder/forward Mike Magee is close to a deal with Romanian side Steaua Bucharest, reports out of Romania indicate (links to Google-translated version of story). A different Romanian Web site says Magee is only one of a few players the club is considering.

Magee just completed his first season with the LA Galaxy after six with the New York Red Bulls and Metrostars. He scored the opening goal of MLS Cup 2009 in the team’s losing effort to Real Salt Lake.

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Stuart Holden to trial with Burnley Bolton?

Posted on 01 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Stuart Holden, in one of his USMNT appearances

Houston Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden is apparently close to a trial with Bolton Wanderers after a previously-reported deal with Burnley fell through. Holden was due to start training with Burnley shortly after new year’s, but was put in limbo by the move of its head coach Owen Coyle to Bolton. Mirror Football now reports Coyle’s new employer is close to a similar loan deal with Holden.

The move to the English Premiership is partly intended to buy more time for contract negotiations with the Dynamo, according to the report by My Fox Houston. The 24-year old U.S. international’s contract with Major League Soccer expired yesterday, Dec. 31.

During his trial Holden will be able to play for its reserves team. The length of the trial has not been disclosed. Holden was born in Scotland and has a U.K. passport, which removes the bureaucratic headache of having to procure working papers.

Holden has been subject of transfer rumors for some time. In November, reports linked him to Scottish Premier League clubs Rangers and Aberdeen, among others. Burnley is also said to be interested in Holden’s Dynamo teammate Ricardo Clark.

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Ricardo Clark to Burnley? Celtic?

Posted on 27 December 2009 by ASN Staff

Ricardo Clark

The Clarets-Mad.co.uk Web site says Burnley boss Owen Coyle is keen to add Clark “on a loan deal,” while Celtic would presumably seek an outright transfer.

Sky Sports previously reported “a host of Premiership clubs” would try to sign Clark, though the article’s authenticity might be doubted seeing as they literally weren’t able to spell Clark’s name and didn’t quote primary sources.

Last summer there were numerous reports out of Italy that Clark would sign with Livorno, with at least one saying the deal was already done. But nothing has been heard of that since.

Whatever his destination, re-signing with the Houston Dynamo is apparently not an option. Clark told the team he had no intentions to re-sign with MLS last month, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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Jeremiah White to Philadelphia Union?

Posted on 14 December 2009 by Breton Bonnette

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About a week ago, TV 2 in Ostjylland reported that Jeremiah White is, in fact, done with AGF Aarhus paving the way for a move back to Major League Soccer. There have been no definitive reports on where he is heading but it’s hard not to think the 27-year old winger doesn’t have the Union at the top of his list. His contract expires next summer and he did not feature in this past weekend’s game suggesting that a move is imminent.

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Dustin Corea to Arsenal? Barca?

Posted on 11 December 2009 by ASN Staff

Former U-17 Bradenton, Fla., academy prospect and U.S. youth international Dustin Corea could be close to taking a major leap across the pond. The 17-year old “has had two way conversations with Arsenal and Barcelona,” according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.

The newly-minted Oregon 6A State Player of the Year has a full-ride scholarship to Oregon State University but has told local media he is “probably going to turn professional.” A move to Major League Soccer could also be in the offing, though a Generation Adidas nod seems unlikely at this point, according to ASN’s source. “Adidas which is also in his home area, just does not seem to be co-operating, or perhaps they’re too busy,” he said.

Corea’s story is already remarkable regardless of what happens. His parents moved to southern California to escape civil war in El Salvador. Corea grew up in a tough neighborhood in south central Los Angeles where it was literally not safe to leave the house. His family moved to Oregon ahead of his freshman year in high school.

This weekend, Dec. 11-13 Corea will play in the ODP interregional NCAA showcase with the Region IV ODP team, where it is rumored that European clubs will be watching.

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Landon Donovan appears set for Everton loan move

Posted on 09 December 2009 by ASN Staff

Will Donovan kiss California goodbye for a fourth time?

LA Galaxy and U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan is all but set to join Everton FC on a three month loan spell, according to reports out of the U.K.

“Sources at Everton have confirmed that negotiations are at an advanced stage with the 27-year-old, the USA’s all-time leading scorer with 42 goals from 120 games and a countryman of the Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard,” the Guardian reported Dec. 9.

“Everton are closing in on the three-month loan signing of USA striker Landon Donovan, BBC Sport understands,” says a BBC.

“The Los Angeles Galaxy star is believed to be in advanced discussions with the Premier League side about a three-month loan switch as he bids to maintain his fitness before the World Cup in June,” added Sky Sports.

The reports come 13 months after Donovan joined German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich on a similar deal. He previously spent two brief periods at Bayer Leverkusen.

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Dec. 10: Soccer By Ives reports the deal has been finalized.

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