Friday, January 30, 2015

Aguedelo Returns To MLS With Revolution

Free agent US Men's National Team forward Juan Agudelo posted on his Twitter account Thursday he has signed a four-year deal to return to Major League Soccer this season with the New England Revolution, where he scored five goals in 18 games during his last stint in 2013.

In 85 career MLS matches between the Revolution, New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA, he has scored 17 goals.

Agudelo spent part of last season in the Dutch Eredivisie with FC Utrecht.

Son Of MLS Legend Lassiter Signs With Galaxy II

LA Galaxy II of USL PRO, owned by defending Major League Soccer champion LA Galaxy, announced forward Ariel Lassiter, son of former league and US Men's National Team player Roy Lassiter, signed Thursday.

The elder Lassiter had 88 regular season goals, including a single season record 27 in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, a record tied twice recently by Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes and Bradley Wright-Phillips of the New York Red Bulls, and 13 playoff goals.

The younger Lassiter played one college season at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2013, then joined Sweden's GAIS in their second-level Superettan, where he scored a goal over 12 matches in 2014.

Gruenebaum Returning To SKC As Broadcaster, Team Liaison

Veteran Major League Soccer goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum announced Thursday he will return to Sporting Kansas City, where he ended his nine-year career after playing the first eight seasons for Columbus Crew SC, as a broadcaster on SKCTV matches and as a team liaison to help develop a youth soccer curriculum for their Sporting Club Network and their 59 affiliate teams.

SKC declined his contract option for the 2015 season and he was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the league's Re-Entry Draft but chose to retire over joining them for the preseason.

He ended his career with a 1.27 goals against average over 91 appearances.

Dynamo Names Former USWNT Goalkeeper Coach To Same Position

Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo Thursday hired former US Women's National Team goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers to the same position, replacing Phil Hughes, who stepped down due to personal reasons.

During his tenure from 2009-14, he led the team to the gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics and a third-place finish in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

WFAN Sports Radio Names NYCFC Match Announcers

WFAN Sports Radio in New York City Thursday named former Georgetown play-by-play announcer Tom Kelkor and former Rutgers University women's soccer coach Glen Crooks as their English announce team and Roberto Abramovitz as their Spanish announcer for coverage of Major League Soccer's New York City FC.

Sockers Sign Mundine To One-Game Contract, Will Play Against Stars Saturday

The San Diego Sockers of the Major Arena Soccer League Thursday signed 17-year-old midfielder Evan Mundine to a one-game, $2,000 contract for Saturday's home game against the Tacoma Stars at Valley View Casino Center.

The team received a one-game special roster dispensation from league commissioner Kevin Milliken to have Mundine, a long-time Sockers fan from Bastrop, TX, who, because of being born with Crohn's disease and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hasn't been able to play top-level soccer for the last few years.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

OKC Energy FC Signs Former Pumas Midfielder Sanchez

USL PRO's OKC Energy FC Thursday signed midfielder Jesus "Chuy" Sanchez, who played last season for the USL Premier Development League's Kitsap Pumas.