As we wait for news as to whether or not D.C. United have signed Fabian Espindola, check out this morning's links from around the world of soccer:
Monaco confirmed today that Colombian striker Falcao will need surgery on his left knee. The news isn't good for what hopes Colombia had in this summer's world cup, but MLS.com's Simon Borg seems to think it could open the door for loaned out Seattle Sounder Freddy Montero, who could step up for Colombia in the scenario that Falcao would miss the World Cup.
Orlando traded its lowest 4th round SuperDraft pick in 2017 to acquire Cuban striker Yordany Alvarez from Real Salt Lake. Alvarez has spent the last two seasons with RSL and will be on loan to Orlando from RSL in their final season outside of MLS.
I mean, the New York Knicks tried to trade their 2019 draft pick, who says Orlando can't trade their 2017 pick?
It's not Xavi, but the Red Bulls acquired a player with Barcelona connections, signing Armando. The former captain of Barcelona’s B side is headed to join our hated rivals to the north and while the details of the deal haven't been released yet, but it appears the Red Bulls are determined to improve their back line this off season.
Chelsea and Manchester United come closer to an agreement to send Spanish forward Juan Mata to Man U. He is expected to make his debut for Man U on January 28.
Our neighbors to the north have decided to enter their name in the bidding for the 2026 World Cup.
From the Sports Illustrated article:
"I don't want unfair attacks to negatively affect management or the image of the club. This is why I think my time here has come to an end," Rosell said, while insisting for a second time this week the deal to bring Neymar to Barcelona was legal.
Looks like Maurice Edu may end up in Philadelphia after all.
Steven Goff's news and notes for our beloved club from the past few days.
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