MLS Ticker: Boca Juniors’ Erviti considering MLS move; Sounders offer contract to Levante defender; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Obafemi Martins’ recent positive comments about Major League Soccer clearly show a recent trend. More and more foreign players, with plenty left in their game or just at the start of their careers, are jumping at the opportunity to play in the United States.

Following in the footsteps of countrymen Diego Valeri, Claudio Bieler, and Matias Laba this past spring could be Boca Juniors midfielder Walter Erviti, who is considering an offer from MLS, and is likely to accept it over a move to Ukraine, according to reports out of Argentina.

Erviti has been at Boca since January 2011, following a move from nearby Banfield. The 33-year-old midfielder spent 2002-2008 at Liga MX side Monterrey, where he starred in the center of the park for the Rayados. Since moving to Boca, Erviti has been a key player for the side in the domestic league and the Copa Libertadores campaigns, starting 23 games over the past two seasons as Boca has made deep runs in the tournament.

Here are some more stories from around MLS:

SOUNDERS AFTER LEVANTE’S NAVARRO

The Seattle Sounders are set to raid Spanish club Levante again.

According to reports out of Spain, the Sounders have offered a contract to 33-year-old centerback David Navarro, who just wrapped up his second season at Levante.

Navarro, who came through the ranks of Valencia and spent nearly his whole career at the club, would be the second Levante player to don the neon green of the Sounders, following in Obafemi Martins’ footsteps.

The Levante defender, despite his age, played 43 times last season for the club in all competitions, including eight matches in the Europa League.

RIVERO SUFFERS YET ANOTHER INJURY

Though it’s not known how serious it is yet, Martin Rivero is back on the sidelines once again, just days after returning from his latest injury.

On Wednesday, the Colorado Rapids midfielder limped off early in the second half of their 2-1 defeat to the Chicago Fire with a quad injury, adding to the early season foot injuries that have forced him out of nine matches this season.

Last season’s leading assist man has hardly had time to gain match fitness, making just four starts and seven appearances so far this season. Rivero broke his foot in a pre-season match last February, and in late May he felt pain and discomfort in that same foot, forcing him to the sidelines once more.

The Rapids will evaluate the fresh quad injury further on Friday.

STOKE CITY ANNOUNCE FRIENDLY MATCH AGAINST UNION

English Premier League side Stoke City will wrap up their tour of the United States with a match against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on July 30, before they head back to the UK.

Stoke will already be playing FC Dallas on July 24 and then the Houston Dynamo on July 27 in matches that will be homecomings for Stoke players Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron. The friendly match will be the Union’s second home friendly against international competition after playing UNAM Pumas last March, winning, 1-0.

The match for the Union comes in between games at the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 27 and at home against the Chicago Fire on August 3.

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What do you make of these notes? Do you see Erviti coming to MLS? Would Navarro be a good fit in Seattle? What do you think of Rivero’s injuries?

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11 Responses to MLS Ticker: Boca Juniors’ Erviti considering MLS move; Sounders offer contract to Levante defender; and more

  1. Scott e Dio93 says:

    Erviti, he could be use for San Jose, Houston, Seattle, Chicago and any L.A.’s teams.

  2. Steevens says:

    Another aging CB for the Sounders? I’ll admit I was skeptical about Traore, but he’s been solid after settling into the team.

  3. John says:

    I do not know anything about Erviti or Navarro but both are near their mid 30s. Anyone have thoughts on their play? Do they still have much left in their tank?

    • FRANK FROM SF says:

      Erviti is actually an attacking midfielder, the typical #10. Problem is he got moved to play on the left since Riquelme is Boca’s 10. He just mentioned in a interview a couple of days ago that at his age he can’t really play game in & game out giving 100% on the flanks because of all running that position requires. He’s become a fan favorite at Boca, and I believe if he were to sign in MLS and play behind the forwards he would be very good pick up for any team looking for a traditional playmaker………for instance my Quakes could use him ;)

    • Lucas says:

      You don’t know anything about football. Erviti (33) is one of best midfielders of argentine league!

      • FRANK FROM SF says:

        y vos de donde sos pe_lotudo, nunca dije que Erviti era malo?? conosco muy bien a Boca y Erviti. no me digas ya se, amargo, sos gallina , no???

        “Me cuesta llegar bien a los partidos. Termino muy cansado. Estoy al límite en lo físico. Mi idea es volver a jugar como lo siento, me tuve que sacrificar a una nueva función siempre pensando en lo mejor del equipo”, dijo el zurdo que con Riquelme en la base del equipo, se tiró a jugar por izquierda haciendo un ida y vuelta incansable.

        link to ole.com.ar

        why don’t you read a little before talking shi…!

  4. Gary Page says:

    Should be going after players younger than 33. MLS has shown in recent signings that they can get decent players in the 27 year old range who have European first division experience. The more they can get, the easier it will be get others. I think it won’t be long before MLS will be on a par with Liga MX because most Europeans will prefer to come here instead of Mexico. Also, MLS has been drawing from a wider area than Liga MX.

  5. martin says:

    If youre better than your competition, it doesn’t matter how old you are.

  6. Ramon says:

    Navarro is leaving Jane’s Addiction for the Sounders?