Gulati: No lingering issues between U.S. Soccer and MLS after Klinsmann, Garber controversy

Sunil Gulati weighed in on the Jurgen Klinsmann/Don Garber back and forth, stating that both U.S. Soccer and MLS were on the same page while also backing his coach as the right man for the job.

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MLS Ticker: TFC’s Henry involved in transfer to Europe; Okugo exploring options; and more

Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney revealed Thursday that defender Doneil Henry has been sold to an overseas team but will remain at TFC for an indefinite period, raising more and more questions about the club.

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Torres scores free kick winner to push Tigres into Copa MX semis

Jose Torres pushed Tigres UANL into the Copa MX semifinals, scoring a winner on a perfectly-executed free kick in a 2-0 triumph over Toluca.

LA Galaxy, AEG set to invest $15 million into improvements for StubHub Center

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The LA Galaxy have had a reputation for trying to be the league’s biggest and best, and the club is now hoping to bring that idea to portions of their stadium.

The club announced Thursday that the StubHub Center will undergo $15 million worth of improvements, including a brand new LED video board that will become the largest of its kind in MLS. The board, which will measure 5,100 square feet, will be located in the stadium’s north end and will rival most of those seen in NFL stadiums.

“Our company philosophy is to reinvest in our core assets and these improvements will help to maintain the StubHub Center’s status as one of the best and most state-of-the-art facilities in North America,” said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of AEG, who owns the club. “When our team devised the plan for these enhancements, our focus was on improving the facility for our fans, our players and our sponsors.”

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Gulati: No lingering issues between U.S. Soccer and MLS after Klinsmann, Garber controversy

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati claims that both U.S. Soccer and MLS are all on the same page.

Gulati made his first public comments since MLS commissioner Don Garber blasted U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for comments that Garber claimed disparaged the league, and claimed that while he’d rather the comments have remained private, he understood why the conversation was happening.

“Given some of the comments, I wasn’t surprised it became a hot-button issue,” Gulati told the Washington Post. “But the fundamental views of all of us involved are: ‘We’re on the same page.’ We got diverted from that, so it will go on for a little bit. I don’t view this as there being an undercurrent going forward. There won’t be any lingering issues.

“We will get back to the job at hand, which is continuing to grow MLS, continuing to improve the national team, and the broader goal, which does both of those things.”

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MLS Ticker: TFC’s Henry involved in transfer to Europe; Okugo exploring options; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite having played the entire season for Toronto FC,  it has been revealed that defender Doneil Henry is not truly a TFC player.

Head coach Greg Vanney revealed Wednesday that Henry had been previously “sold to a club in Cyprus or a club in Europe” and has been on-loan at TFC for “an indefinite time.” It remains unclear exactly how long Henry will stay with TFC, or which club it was that acquired him before loaning him back. 

“For me, when a player wants to try to pursue things overseas, we want to be supportive,” Vanney told the Canadian Press. “At the same time, we wanted him here. It’s an arrangement where he is a Toronto FC player for as long as he and we agree on that.”

The 21-year-old Henry has made 20 appearances for TFC this season and became the first player from Toronto FC Academy to be called up to the first team when he originally signed as a Homegrown Player back in August 2010.

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CCL Preview: Sporting KC head to Costa Rica to take on Saprissa

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Sporting KC head into Thursday’s CONCACAF Champions League action in a very advantageous position.

Sitting atop Group 2, Sporting KC pay visit to the CCL’s most successful non-Mexican club, Costa Rica’s Saprissa, who has won the competition three times. However, for all of Saprissa’s past successes, Sporting KC enters Thursday as the heavy favorites to advance.

A win or a draw would see the MLS side through, as well as any two-goal loss that would see Sporting KC score two or more goals. There is an option for a potential stalemate, as a 3-1 Saprissa victory would send the group into a coin-flip scenario due to equal tiebreakers.

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Torres scores free kick winner to push Tigres into Copa MX semis

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Talk about a perfectly-executed set piece.

Jose Torres helped push Tigres UANL to the Copa MX semifinals on Wednesday night, scoring a winner off a stunning free kick in a 2-0 victory over Toluca. Torres netted the decisive goal in the 56th minute, curling a shot into the near top corner after teammate Juninho faked a right-footed shot.

It was the 26-year-old midfielder’s first goal of the season across all competitions, and first since March 30. Torres started and played 90 minutes in the home win on Wednesday, as did fellow American Herculez Gomez.

Tigres, the second seed in the tournament, will host No. 3 Santos Laguna in the next round with a chance to advance to the title game on the line. Michael Orozco’s fifth-seeded Puebla will receive a visit from No. 8 BUAP in the other semifinals fixture.

You can see the goal here:

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Chandler hindered by minor groin injury

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Timmy Chandler had begun carving out a more regular role with Eintracht Frankfurt in recent weeks, but has now endured a setback.

Chandler has picked up a minor groin injury and is expected to do only individual training until he is back to 100 percent. The 24-year-old right back now seems unlikely to be in uniform for Eintracht Frankfurt’s match on Saturday against VfB Stuttgart, but Eagles manager Thomas Schaaf believes Chandler will only miss a few days.

In his first season back at Eintracht Frankfurt, the U.S. Men’s National Team defender has played in six of the club’s eight games thus far. He recently started in three straight, but will now have to wait at least another week before getting cleared to play again.

What do you think of Chandler suffering a groin injury? Think he will be back by next week? Worried that it might be an injury that lingers?

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