Sebastian Giovinco has one year left on his Toronto FC contract, but also wants his next contract sorted quickly.
That may mean a move abroad, as the Italian wizard considers interest from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.
Selling Giovinco would allow TFC to cash in on their star, and may also prod Jozy Altidore to the door — Liga MX? — ahead of a new contract as Ali Curtis reshapes the championship team reared by Tim Bezbatchenko.
Al-Hilal is managed by former Benfica and Sporting Lisbon boss Jorge Jesus, and has Bafetimbi Gomis, Andre Carrillo, and Jonathan Soriano on the books.
The move comes as Toronto is linked with oft-injured Darmstadt striker Terrence Boyd. The Reds acquired the top spot in the allocation order from FC Cincinnati this week in a trade for Nick Hagglund, and USMNT striker Boyd is believed to require allocation to arrive in MLS.
Boyd, 27, was one of the top American talents abroad when he sealed a 2014 move to RB Leipzig following a standout pair of seasons at Rapid Wien, but has played just 43 times for RBL and Darmstadt.
He scored four times in 24 Bundesliga matches during the club’s 2017-18 relegation campaign, but counts just one appearance of more than 15 minutes amongst his 13 times on the field for the 2.Bundesliga side.
Boyd was last capped in 2016.
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A former Seattle Sounders defender didn’t take long to put his stamp on 2.Bundesliga.
Joevin Jones scored in his Germany debut on Sunday, as his side — Darmstadt — went on to pick up a 1-0 victory over St. Pauli.
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The 26-year-old unleashed a shot from distance in the seventh minute, which found its way into the far corner, and proved to be the difference for his Darmstadt squad.
The Trinidadian joined Darmstadt earlier this month, after signing a pre-contract with the club back in July while Jones was still a member of the Sounders.
Jones and his side currently sit 16th in Germany’s second division, one point buried in the relegation zone.
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) Spanish midfielder Victor Rodriguez is training with the Seattle Sounders in the hopes the club can sign the 28-year-old later this week.
Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey said Monday that the club is hopeful it can complete the transaction before the close of the summer transfer window next week. Rodriguez most recently played for Sporting Gijon in La Liga 2, the Spanish second division. Rodriguez spent time as a youth in the FC Barcelona academy.
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Lagerwey said the club has scouted Rodriguez extensively and jumped at the opportunity to try to add him to Seattle’s roster for the second half of the MLS season.
Lagerwey also confirmed that defender Joevin Jones will join German club Darmstadt following the conclusion of the MLS season. Lagerwey said the club tried to lock up Jones to a long-term contract but Jones’ desire was to play overseas.
The Bundesliga season has claimed its first victim, as Darmstadt is headed for the drop.
That, and several stories of European qualification intrigue dotted the landscape of top flight German football on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Hoffenheim
Marco Reus scored early and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Robert Lewandowski atop the Bundesliga goal scoring race with his 28th goal of the season as BVB moved ahead of the visitors and into third place with a win. Andrej Kramaric scored his 13th of the season and ninth since mid-February for Hoffenheim. American teen Christian Pulisic got the night off for Dortmund.
Bayern Munich 1-0 Darmstadt
Juan Bernat’s 18th minute goal was the only marker of the match as the champions-elect won again, relegating American striker Terrence Boyd’s Darmstadt.
Hertha Berlin 1-4 RB Leipzig
Timo Werner and Davie Selke each scored twice to move the new boys six points clear of third place BVB, and Hertha opened the door to fifth place for Freiburg. Hertha’s only marker was an own goal.
Koln 4-3 Werder Bremen — Friday
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Wolfsburg — Gomez bags 15th
‘Gladbach 1-1 Augsburg — Hahn levels in stoppage time
Ingolstadt 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen — Kittel, Havertz score
Hamburg vs. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Freiburg vs. Schalke — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday
DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) Former U.S. President Barack Obama is apparently a Darmstadt fan and the struggling Bundesliga side has responded by inviting him to one of its home games.
The club says on Twitter, “Dear (at)BarackObama, since we are apparently already the only European soccer club you follow on Twitter: See you at our stadium?”
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In a video attached to the tweet, Darmstadt’s American forward Terrence Boyd presents a jersey with Obama’s name on it and says it’s a “huge honor” for the club to be followed by the former U.S. president.
Boyd is the likely reason Obama followed the club on Twitter. The 25-year-old U.S. forward scored in Darmstadt’s surprise 2-1 win at home over Borussia Dortmund last weekend.
Despite the win, Darmstadt remains bottom of the 18-team Bundesliga.