Honduran striker Bengtson to join New England Revolution | MLS News | Tribal Football

Jerry Bengtson is set to join New England Revolution according to elheraldo.hn.

Jerry Bengtson is set to join New England Revolution according to elheraldo.hn.

The 25-year old Honduras international striker will sign a four-year deal with the Revs from homeland club Motagua.

Bengtson is looking forward to a new challenge but he has made it clear he wants to represent his country as one of three overage players at the 2012 Olympic Games.

“I am very happy that my employment is closed,” he said. “I have long been waiting for this opportunity and responsibility to assume the challenge, hoping that I do very well in that league.

“I will ask permission to the coaches and managers to let me be with the national team. The Olympic interests me and I hope to go to play official matches.”

 
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USA great Wynalda: America can embrace European champions Chelsea | MLS News | Tribal Football

Eric Wynalda is excited about seeing Chelsea play in the USA this summer as the Blues get set for their pre-season tour.

Eric Wynalda is excited about seeing Chelsea play in the USA this summer as the Blues get set for their pre-season tour.

The European champions travel Stateside later in July with matches against Seattle Sounders (CenturyLink Field, Seattle July 18), French giants Paris Saint-Germain (Yankee Stadium, New York July 22), the MLS All-Stars (PPL Park, Philadelphia July 25) and Italian powerhouse AC Milan (Sun Life Stadium, Miami July 28) all scheduled.

Wynalda, who was a star with the US national team throughout the 1990s, now works as a commentator for Fox Soccer and is looking forward to having the West London club plying their trade on US shores in a few weeks’ time.

“It’s a great opportunity for this country to embrace the European champions,” he told Chelsea’s official website.

“So many people in the United States get up early to watch games and live every single moment of the Premier League. When Chelsea come over there really are a lot of people looking forward to seeing them live, and not have to get up so early in the morning, it’s a great opportunity for the fans.

“They’ll be watching these guys in front of them, and it will be a great summer.

“I remember as a youngster I had the opportunity to play against the likes of Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Juventus, against some great players, and it opens your eyes, not just to their abilities but you get to see what football looks like at the pinnacle.

“Not just the money, but the prestige of what it is like to play for a huge football club, and it will instil that dream in our young players when Chelsea come across.”

 
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Ex-Chelsea, Leverkusen star Ballack again linked with NYRB | MLS News | Tribal Football

Fresh reports of Michael Ballack ending his career in Major League Soccer have emerged with Austrian website oe24.at reporting he could make the move next year.

Fresh reports of Michael Ballack ending his career in Major League Soccer have emerged with Austrian website oe24.at reporting he could make the move next year.

The former Germany international is out of contract after his deal with Bayer Leverkusen expired on July 1 and it is being suggested that he is holding talks with Red Bull Salzburg regarding a one-year deal.

Ballack has been heavily linked with MLS in recent months and that speculation has been revisited with notions that after his 12-month stay in Salzburg, he could move on to New York Red Bull in North America’s top flight.

 
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Bolton signs Mills from Leicester | Transfers | Tribal Football

Relegated Bolton Wanderers have secured the services of Matt Mills from Leicester City.

Relegated Bolton Wanderers have secured the services of Matt Mills from Leicester City.

The 25-year old defender has signed a three-year deal with the Trotters for an undisclosed fee after just one season with the Foxes following his move there from Reading last summer.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle, who signed Keith Andrews last week, has now added defensive quality and he was thrilled to add the former Manchester City, Doncaster Rovers and Southampton man to his squad.

“Matt is a player who has a high level of experience in the Championship,” Coyle told the club’s official website.

“We are delighted to have made this acquisition as he adds strength and quality into the mix.

“He is 25-years-old and has already captained teams at this level, so we know what he will bring to the squad both on and off the pitch.”

 
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Handful of inclusions has QPR’s Onuoha excited about next season | Premiership News | Tribal Football

QPR’s Nedum Onuoha feels manager Mark Hughes’ squad is shaping up well ahead of next season.

QPR’s Nedum Onuoha feels manager Mark Hughes’ squad is shaping up well ahead of next season.

The R’s have permanently signed Samba Diakite and have brought in Andy Johnson, Ryan Nelsen and Robert Green with Fabio da Silva joining on loan from Manchester United so far this summer.

With those five inclusions, and potentially more to come, Onuoha believes it is an exciting time at Loftus Road after warding off relegation last term.

“They all appear to be excellent signings,” he told the club’s official website.

“You’ve got to trust the manager to pick the right players for the club – he’s done that in the past.

“He’s helped all the teams that he’s been at become better sides. The players coming in will help the club to progress.

“All being well, this should be a better year for us. I’m very excited for the new season.

“Last season, there was so much tension in the final months.

“But now there’s hope and optimism and who knows what can happen?”

 

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Wigan chairman Whelan remaining calm regarding transfer market | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Wigan Athletic owner and chairman Dave Whelan says the club is no panicking despite a slow beginning to the summer transfer market.

Wigan Athletic owner and chairman Dave Whelan says the club is no panicking despite a slow beginning to the summer transfer market.

The Latics are yet to make any signings thus far but Whelan insists there will be action especially after losing the likes of Hugo Rodallega, Momo Diame, Steve Gohouri, Chris Kirkland and Hendry Thomas at the end of last season.

“There’s nothing to worry about as far as the fans are concerned, nothing at all,” he said.

“The lads are back in (for pre-season training) this week and that can sometimes move things along a bit.

“The truth is, we don’t really know how busy it’s going to be this summer. We lost five players from last year’s squad, and those will obviously all have to be replaced.

“But (manager) Roberto (Martinez) is already well on to the case. He’s always looking and I’m sure things are in good hands.”

 

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Lucas targets August return for Liverpool | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva could be back in action by the beginning of the new Premier League season.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva could be back in action by the beginning of the new Premier League season.

The Brazilian suffered a serious knee injury in November last year but is on the road to recovery by stepping up his rehab so he can be back as soon as the new campaign begins.

Short of that, Lucas expects to be playing again within a couple of weeks from the August 18 kick-off which for the Reds comes against West Bromwich Albion away.

“I think I am progressing very well in terms of the knee, strength and fitness-wise,” he said.

“I am working every week and trying to improve every week and the main target is to be fit for the new season, if not for the start then after a few weeks.

“To be honest, for a few moments I thought I couldn’t come back or even walk, because the way I looked at my knee I felt scared.

“But as soon as I started the rehab, it is unbelievable how your body reacts.

“My main target now is to be 100% recovered and be okay to play a part in next season.”

 

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