The midfielder rumor that won’t go away meets another engine room target for Major League Soccer, as Frank Lampard and Estaban Cambiasso are both in the rumor mill today.
England’s The Daily Mail has a report that the Los Angeles Galaxy are willing to offer Frank Lampard nearly $6.7 million a year to run their midfield, as the 35-year-old Englishman is out of contract with Chelsea this summer.
The report adds that Chelsea’s offer to Lampard is a one-year deal and a transition into a coaching role.
Meanwhile, 33-year-old Inter Milan mid Cambiasso is said to be expecting a transition to Major League Soccer as well. This comes from River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio (say it out loud… just rolls off the tongue), who was explaining why the Argentine club won’t land the Argentine star.
Here’s what D’Onofrio told Argentine national newspaper Telam:
“I would really love to bring him back here, but I can say with certainty that, when Cambiasso leaves Inter, he will continue his career in the United States.”
With certainty! Get some, MLS clubs looking for a holding mid. Cambiasso recently made his 300th Serie A appearance for Inter, where he’s played in 414 matches overall. He’s scored 51 times since arriving fro Real Madrid in 2004. He finished his international duty in 2011 after earning 52 caps for Argentina.
Indulge the rumors: Could Lampard, then 36, join MLS for the stretch run after the World Cup? Wouldn’t Lamps, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane be a treat? As for Cambiasso, where could you see him playing?
Los Angeles FC selected five players in the MLS Expansion Draft, including Costa Rican national team star Marco Urena.
Whether they’ll make their way to the City of Angels is another story.
The first pick from general manager John Thorrington was goalkeeper Tyler Miller from Seattle Sounders.
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Going next was Latif Blessing from Sporting KC, an electric attacker who netted thrice with an assist last season.
Next was Urena from San Jose and the Costa Rican national team, a huge addition, and then Columbus left back Jukka Raitala before closing up the draft with Raheem Edwards from Toronto FC.
LAFC has already announced the signings or acquisitions of Carlos Vela, Walker Zimmerman, Carlos Alvarez, Monday Etim, and Guillermo Vizcarra.
The club will also loan Omar Gaber from Basel and Rodrigo Pacheco from Lanus.
Chelsea visits the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town in one of three Premier League fixtures this chilly Tuesday in December (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
The Blues are now 14 points back of Manchester City, and three points clear of fifth place.
Meanwhile there are a pair of matches on NBC Sports Gold: Burnley looks to keep pace with its Top Four ambitions when it hosts struggling Stoke City, while in-form Crystal Palace seeks a home win that would move it out of the drop zone. In its way? Dangerous, attack-minded Watford.
Burnley vs. Stoke City — 2:45 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]
Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea — 3 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]
Crystal Palace vs. Watford — 3 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]
ZURICH (AP) FIFA has banned Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona for five matches for making a discriminatory gesture with his eyes toward a South Korean opponent.
FIFA will allow Cardona to serve the ban in friendly games, so he should be available for Colombia’s World Cup opener against Japan on June 19.
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Cardona has also been fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,150) because of the incident last month in a friendly in Seoul.
Cardona apologized at the time, saying he “didn’t mean to disrespect anyone, a country or a race, but if anyone felt offended, or interpreted it in that way, I am sorry.”
Spurs finally got a bit of good news this weekend with a blowout of Stoke City.
That was a followed by a tough draw against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, and bad news on an old injury.
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Center back Toby Alderweireld is going to be gone into February, extending his time on the sidelines with a hamstring injury suffered Nov. 1 against Real Madrid.
Spurs were 6-2-2 in league when Alderweireld went down, and are just 2-2-2 since the injury. The Belgian has missed losses at Arsenal and Leicester, draws against Watford and West Brom, and wins over Crystal Palace and Stoke.
Tottenham did win both of its UCL matches since the injury.