MLS Ticker: Galaxy bringing back Juninho, Toronto FC sign Julio Cesar, and more

By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The Los Angeles Galaxy continued their successful offseason by re-signing a key player from their last two championship seasons.

In an interview with beIN Sport, Bruce Arena said that Los Angeles midfielder Juninho will return to the club for a fourth season.

“We’ve been fortunate we’ve been able to re-sign Juninho, so we’ll have him back and (Marcelo) Sarvas and (Mike) Magee back in the midfield,” Arena said.

It is unclear at this time whether this is another extension of a loan deal with São Paulo or a full transfer into MLS for the Brazilian midfielder.

Juninho’s return to the Galaxy midfield will help fill the void left by David Beckham’s departure, and Arena said later in the interview that “there’s a chance (Los Angeles) will get a designated player that can slip into midfield.”

Arena would not comment when asked about Frank Lampard, but said that Kaká “was not on the radar” for the Galaxy.

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TORONTO SIGNS FORMER SKC MIDFIELDER JULIO CESAR

Toronto FC has made its first move of the Kevin Payne and Ryan Nelsen Era, signing a veteran defender/midfielder with loads of MLS and European experience.

Julio Cesar, who spent the last two seasons with Sporting Kansas City, was picked up by TFC on Tuesday. The terms of the deal have not yet been released.

The 33-year-old Brazilian provided a tough defensive presence in the middle of the field for SKC during their 2011 and 2012 playoff runs. He made 54 appearances for Peter Vermes’s club and scored three goals. His only goal of 2012, a Goal of the Week-winning volley from a corner kick, came against his new club.

Cesar will move from one of MLS’s top defenses to one that allowed a league-high 62 goals during the 2012 campaign.

“It’s important that Toronto FC becomes a more difficult team to play against this year. Julio Cesar will be an important part of the backbone of our team in the middle of the field,” Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne said. “He’s a tough, experienced, committed player who was a big part of Sporting Kansas City’s success over the past two years, and we’re very pleased he will be a part of TFC this season.”

ROBBIE FINDLEY RELEASED BY NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Former Real Salt Lake striker Robbie Findley may be on his way back to Rio Tinto Stadium. The 27-year-old was released from Nottingham Forest by mutual consent.

Findley spent two seasons with the Championship side, but injuries caused him to only make 25 appearances and score three goals.

Findley, who scored the equalizer in RSL’s 2009 MLS Cup win over Los Angeles, was selected in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft by Portland. However, as reported last week on SBI, Portland has traded Findley’s rights back to RSL.

The speedy Oregon State product scored 29 goals in four seasons with the club, 12 of which came in 2009′s championship season.

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What do you think of these reports? How vital was it for Los Angeles to re-sign Juninho? Who do you think Arena was referring to when he talked about getting a new Designated Player at midfield? Think Julio Cesar will bring success to that struggling Toronto defense?

Share your thoughts below.

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16 Responses to MLS Ticker: Galaxy bringing back Juninho, Toronto FC sign Julio Cesar, and more

  1. Big Chil says:

    And the biggest story— the USMNT – Costa Rica game goes to…. COLORADO!

  2. Joamiq says:

    Off topic, but just saw that the Cosmos have unveiled their grand plans for a $400 mil stadium… in Elmont, New York. Which looks about twice as far from Manhattan as Red Bull Arena. Have fun taking the LIRR to Cosmos games.

    • Patrick says:

      You’re assuming all of cosmos fans will be non car driving NYC residents, which I think is wrong. There is a huge population in eastern queens and Nassau county that would/could support this club and wouldn’t need pubic transportation to get there.

  3. The Imperative Voice says:

    I thought for a second Julio Cesar meant the QPR GK, which would actually make sense considering where Nelsen is. Now THAT would be a signing.

    • Josh D says:

      NY showed DP goalies are a waste of resources.

      • The Imperative Voice says:

        Rost was 38. That to me is like signing a O-30 field player. I think if you’re going to make an intelligent keeper signing it should be someone more like Gspurning’s age, 31. Julio Cesar of QPR is closer to Gspurning than Rost.

  4. Gnarls says:

    Based on Juninho’s own “farewell message” to SPFC, it sounds like this is a permanent move. No official word from the Galaxy.

  5. Dinho says:

    Great news for the Galaxy. Juninho is vital for that midfield to flourish.

  6. GD10 says:

    Does Juninho have a green card?

    • Gnarls says:

      I doubt it. Sounds like Brazil is still his home. He probably has a P-1 visa like most foreign pro athletes.

    • Edwin in LA says:

      I don’t think he does…but Seattle manages to get their international players a Green card after a few months of playing here on permanent basis….lol so maybe if the Galaxy has SIGNED Juninho as opposed to just getting him on loan again then he can get a Green card soon..either way it’s a LONG way before he becomes a Citizen and eligible for the US….maybe in the Russia 2018 cycle….

  7. Liut says:

    Nice move, but LA still needs to address the losses of Beckham, Wilhelmsson, and Buddle.

    • TomA says:

      Buddle’s loss has been accounted for since the end of the 2011 season, and I won’t cry over Wilhelmsson – although it would be nice to bring a creative player (who can hold possession) into that position.