Sorting through the most recent DaMarcus Beasley-to-MLS reports

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Washington Post’s Steven Goff continues to beat the drum for the imminent return of DaMarcus Beasley to Major League Soccer, and now the reporter has more or less ruled out four clubs.

Meanwhile, Beasley spent the weekend attending an Indy Eleven game and celebrating “DaMarcus Beasley Day” in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., where he was honored for becoming the first American to appear in four World Cups.

Beasley, 32, was put up for sale by Puebla in May after a frustrating season that saw him and his teammates protest a lack of paychecks. He then showed up for Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT squad with a World Cup performance that was solid, perhaps adequate at worst.

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And after Tweeting on Monday that Beasley’s return to MLS was coming, Goff has eliminated four teams from the sweepstakes. One of those teams is his last stop in MLS, Chicago, where he left for PSV Eindhoven in 2004.

Beasley would almost certainly be a Designated Player — even at his age, he’s coming off a well-paying Mexican gig — but his destination is less concrete. Remember: just because a team has a player you like at his position doesn’t mean they don’t consider Beasley an upgrade.

The winger/back told the Fort Wayne News Sentinel that he would “literally play almost anywhere.”

That said, in addition to Goff’s four teams, feel relatively safe in casting aside the teams with three DPs already: Portland, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chivas USA.

Goff said Beasley might not be slated for allocation, but if he did things would likely be spicy in the trade market. With Toronto holding the No. 1 spot in allocation and three DPs, it would seem likely GM Tim Bezbatchenko would trade his priority slot.

Columbus sits second, but has promising Waylon Francis at left back and Michael Parkhurst next to him. If Beasley, as he’s quipped, is going to make it hard on Klinsmann to deny him an ‘improbable’ 2018 World Cup slot, then it would make sense for DB to play, well, LB.

Montreal could see Beasley move into the lineup ahead of Krzystztof Krol and San Jose might see him as an upgrade over fellow 32-year-old Jordan Stewart. Chicago could use him but the Fire seem to think he’s too pricey.

WATCH: Camila’s wicked swerving goal for Brazil

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The Tournament of Nations got underway earlier Thursday, with Brazil and Japan drawing 1-1 in Seattle.

While some in the crowd may’ve been waiting to see the United States women’s national team and Australia in the second game of the twin bill, they got an absolute treat from Brazil’s Camila.

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The Orlando Pride midfielder is yet to scoop up 10 caps, but blasted this 25-yard goal home with a wicked outside bend.

The aesthetics are terrific.

LA Galaxy’s second Dos Santos signing is a season-changer

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Remember this day, MLS fans, as one that perhaps helped determine an MLS Cup Finalist.

The LA Galaxy have signed Villarreal midfielder and Mexican national teamer Jonathan Dos Santos, and he’s the sort of player who could alter the landscape of the Western Conference.

Like Nicolas Lodeiro to Seattle last season and New England’s addition of Jermaine Jones in 2014, Dos Santos’ move comes with the distinct possibility of elevating LA into the next stratosphere.

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Take the Galaxy’s history of winning, and toss in a midseason coaching improvement from Curt Onalfo to Sigi Schmid, as well as MVP-in-their-own-right caliber teammates Giovani Dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, and Jelle van Damme.

Don’t sleep on the fact that Schmid might be gathering momentum from inheriting a talented and underachieving roster and a brand new game-changing midfielder, which feels a bit like karmic retribution for Seattle firing him and signing Lodeiro the next day last season. Seattle only went and won the MLS Cup.

Schmid has used any number of formations, but could deploy a 4-3-3 with Jona Dos Santos, Jermaine Jones, and Joao Pedro in the midfielder and Giovani Dos Santos, Alessandrini, and Gyasi Zardes up top (Sebastian Lletget could return at some point, too).

Now FC Dallas is very deep, Sporting KC looks powerful, and Seattle won it all last year — plus, may be adding Derlis Gonzalez?!? — but LA’s move to add Dos Santos creates a quartet of teams with proven mettle (Houston looks decent, too, but I have concerns about their first-time as a unit in the playoffs).

Joey Barton’s gambling ban lowered by almost 5 months

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Joey Barton’s 18-month ban for betting on almost 1,300 soccer-related events has been lowered to 13 months and one week.

Putting aside the hilarity of grown men and women discussing whether an extra week was necessary, the alteration means he’ll be eligible to return to football on June 1, 2018.

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While that still hampers the idea of the 34-year-old playing again — he’ll be 36 when the ban ends — it’s a significant change if he’s open to the idea of returning to the game.

Barton’s original ban expired in late October 2018, well into a season. From Sky Sports:

The appeal board also agreed: “It was clear that Mr Barton was not involved in any cheating, he did not influence any games and there was nothing suspicious about his bets.

“(The reduction) reflects the overall seriousness of the breaches and also the mitigation of Mr Barton’s addiction.”

Barton’s remarkably controversial career has including several suspensions and imprisonment, but he always found his way back to the field and was very good when in form. After time at Manchester City and Newcastle United, Barton fended off naysayers with stints at QPR, Marseille, Burnley, and a regrettable move to Rangers.

We may see him on the field in August 2018.

FIFA fines Qatar after players’ political support for Emir

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has fined Qatar’s soccer federation after national team players breached rules against political statements by displaying T-shirts of the country’s Emir at a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,800) fine and reprimanded Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.

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The incident happened in Doha on June 13, amid a dispute with regional rivals Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar’s players warmed up for a 3-2 win over South Korea wearing white T-shirts with an image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to show their support for him.

FIFA says the charges related to “displaying a political image” and “political displays” by spectators.