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  • Sounders hire former MLS striker Razov as assistant coach (The Associated Press)

    SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Sounders have hired former MLS striker Ante Razov as their new assistant coach.

  • Mix Diskerud signs with New York City FC but not as a Designated Player (FC Yahoo)

    Mix Diskerud was one of three no-shows on the first day of the U.S. men's national team's training camp on Monday. The midfielder, along with Clint Dempsey and Marc Pelosi, had some business to take care of before joining the USMNT at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Now, we know what Diskerud's deal was. The 24-year-old Diskerud was busy putting pen to paper on a contract with MLS expansion side New York City FC and mugging for the camera with club sporting director Claudio Reyna. #NYCFC sign #USMNT ’s @MixDiskerud Read: http://t.co/c5L48YEGTM pic.twitter.com/IcLyZIqfJB — New York City FC (@NYCFC) January 13, 2015 The big coup here is that Diskerud agreed to join NYCFC as a non-Designated Player. That allows the club to use its third and final DP spot on one more big-salaried star to join current DPs Frank Lampard and David Villa. Officially, NYCFC acquired Diskerud as a free transfer through the club's No. 1 position in the MLS Allocation Order . He gives coach Jason Kreis a playmaker in the NYCFC midfield until Lampard joins the team this summer. The signing ends the limbo of Diskerud, whose contract with Norwegian side Rosenborg expired at the end of last season. He had been linked in the past with other MLS clubs, namely the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers. Diskerud is just the latest USMNT player to leave Europe and choose to play in MLS. Last month, winger Brek Shea decided to put his disappointing Premier League stint at Stoke City behind him and sign with MLS expansion side Orlando City . Striker Jozy Altidore, whose struggles in England with Sunderland have been well-chronicled , is being linked with a summer move to Toronto FC . Diskerud told NYCFC that he "can't wait to live in New York," which he's visited quite frequently and where his favorite baseball team plays, according to ESPN's Doug McIntyre. Diskerud has long had love affair with NYC (the city, not the team): Visits annually, collects Yankee hats (had 74 as of last May). #usmnt — Doug McIntyre (@DougMacESPN) January 13, 2015

  • Jurgen Klinsmann has more surprises for USMNT's January camp roster (FC Yahoo)

    Nothing United States men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann does should really surprise us anymore. In the last year alone, he has called up a college player and another from the second-tier North American Soccer League. But on Friday, jaws dropped even further than biologists and respected surgeons the land over thought was possible, when the German announced his annual January camp roster. As ever, he will assemble his domestic-based national teamers and those in their offseasons abroad. After 12 days of practice in Los Angeles, the team will travel to Chile for a friendly on January 28. Upon returning to California and some more practice, they close out camp with a second friendly, against Panama this time, on February 8. [More USMNT: 2015 should be a year of change for Jurgen Klinsmann's USA ] But none of that is what catches the eye. Rather, the eclectic mix of 28 players Klinsmann called up is. He retained just eight players from last year's January camp and a mere seven players on the roster played in last summer's World Cup. Half the players called in have never represented the USA, and a full 19 of them were born in the 1990s – including seven in 1993. Sprinkled in with veteran stalwarts like Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones – still listed as a defender – and Clint Dempsey are some highly regarded prospects as well as little-known or totally unknown newcomers. [More FC Yahoo: Gedion Zelalem and the dangers of being America's Next Big Thing ] Defenders Steve Birnbaum and Shane O'Neill have been on the serious USA fan's radar for a while, as have midfielders Perry Kitchen – also listed as a defender – Luis Gil, Dennis Flores, Marc Pelosi, Dillon Serna and Wil Trapp. Forwards Tesho Akindele, the 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year, and Gyasi Zardes, scorer of 16 regular season goals in MLS last year, were also due for a look. But then there are those, like goalkeeper Alex Bono, defenders Christian Dean and Oscar Sorto, and forward Julio Morales, who are largely anonymous for their lack of exploits at senior-level professional soccer. Klinsmann's reasoning for putting together such a haphazard roster is his desire to simultaneously prepare for the summer's senior team Gold Cup and the under-23's Olympic qualifying, for which a dozen players on the roster are eligible. "When putting this roster together, a lot of different pieces kind of came together and came into place," he sort of explained. "One, we definitely want to have a competitive group together that plays two friendly games. … The other big thought was, ‘How can we continue building the Olympic team cycle early enough to build that group towards the Olympic team qualifiers by the end of the year?' That's kind of how we put the process together." Alrighty, then. Here is the roster in full: Goalkeepers: Alex Bono (unattached), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy) Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (out of contract), Dennis Flores (Club Leon), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC) Forwards: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

  • Goal Report: USMNT’s Diskerud to join Lampard, Villa at New York City FC (NBC on Yahoo Sports)

    So Frank Lampard, David Villa, and Mix Diskerud walk into Yankee Stadium… That could be the situation come July, as New York City FC reportedly will sign USMNT midfielder Mix Diskerud to a contract in the coming days. [ MORE: Shocking report says NYRB fired Petke ] In what would be a dramatic turn of PR events for the club after the Lampard loan extension debacle, Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep is reporting that Diskerud will sign with NYCFC , and not necessarily as a Designated Player. If true, it’s a stroke of genius for NYCFC director Claudio Reyna and head coach Jason Kreis. From Goal.com : Multiple sources have confirmed to Goal USA that NYCFC and MLS are putting the finishing touches on the signing of U.S. national team midfielder Mix Diskerud. Currently out of contract, Diskerud was mulling offers from Europe but now appears ready to sign to play in MLS after two previous failed attempts by the league to secure his services. NYCFC holds the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order, which is used to determine which teams have first crack at the signing of U.S. national team players coming to MLS (with some high-profile exceptions). The team will use that top allocation spot to select Diskerud once MLS has succeeded in agreeing to a contract with the 24-year-old midfielder, sources tell Goal USA It’s a very interesting move for Diskerud, and you can’t help but wonder if he’s swayed by the seemingly easy pipeline to the Premier League. The 24-year-old midfielder has 25 caps and 5 goals for the United States and has played in the UEFA Europa League with both Stabaek and Rosenborg. MLS is a step up from the Tippeligaen, and can be a good pathway to bigger things. Diskerud had been linked with the Columbus Crew, Portland Timbers and Club Tijuana over the past few seasons, as well as a bevy of European stops including Celtic. Looks like both NYCFC and Orlando City are planning on being instant contenders in the East. Oddly enough, Diskerud made waves with a borderline non-sensical Tweet regarding people being critical of City Football Group’s handling of Lampard’s loan from NYCFC to Manchester City: Who’s got enough loose balls – to critizice either MLS or theme(s) by any New York’s Frankie boy, -before having seen the contract(s)? — Mix Diskerud (@MixDiskerud) January 4, 2015 Perhaps Mix’s says he’ll head to Manchester on loan for training? We kid… sort of. With Mike Petke’s reported firing by the Red Bulls , what a busy evening in the Big Apple. Follow @NicholasMendola

  • Columbus Crew signs Federico Higuain's to new contract (The Associated Press)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Crew have signed Federico Higuain to a new designated player contract.