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LA Galaxy has acquired rights to Quakes goalkeeper Bingham

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David Bingham is officially on the move from one Western Conference side to another, but his new club still has to sign the coveted MLS goalkeeper.

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On Monday, the LA Galaxy announced that the team has acquired the rights to the former San Jose Earthquakes shot-stopper in exchange for $200,000 in allocation money ($100,000 in TAM and $100,000 in GAM).

Despite now holding Bingham’s rights ahead of the 2018 MLS season, the Galaxy must still come to terms with the player in order for him to suit in the spring.

Last season, Bingham had a $190,000 base salary, per the MLS Players’ Union.

In the event Bingham doesn’t agree to terms with the Galaxy, another MLS club could potentially sign the experienced starter or he could move outside of MLS via transfer.

Bingham is entering his eighth season in MLS, after previously spending seven years with the Quakes.

The veteran keeper also has three caps with the USMNT, after earning his first start with the Yanks in 2016 against Canada.

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Report: Galaxy close to scooping up thrice-capped USMNT keeper

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The LA Galaxy may be turning to its Cali Clasico rival for a new goalkeeper.

Reportedly denied in its pursuit of longtime Vancouver backstop David Ousted, the Galaxy are said to be close to scooping up thrice-capped USMNT keeper David Bingham from San Jose, according to ESPN.

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The deal would reportedly cost LA between $200,000 and $250,000 in TAM.

Bingham, 28, lost his starting gig to Clemson product Andrew Tarbell this season, and the latter looks intent on keeping the position.

The Galaxy have not had a long-term answer in goal since Jaime Penedo left the club in 2015 (though 24-year-old Jon Kempin showed some very good things last season). Bingham would be a fine addition for a Galaxy team that hemorrhaged the second-most goals in MLS.

USMNT boss Arena says GK pool is nine deep

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There are nine goalkeepers in the discussion right now for United States men’s national team coach Bruce Arena.

Six are based in the United States, with three more abroad in the forms of Middlesbrough’s Brad Guzan, Club Brugge’s Ethan Horvath, and Leon’s William Yarbrough.

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None of those names are available for the USMNT’s upcoming friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica, nor are injured backstops Tim Howard (Colorado) and Bill Hamid (DC United). Camp member Stefan Frei is not yet eligible for U.S. selection.

So the options are a trio of already capped players in San Jose’s David Bingham (2 caps), Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando (21), and New York Red Bulls ‘keep Luis Robles (2).

Who will get the first look from Arena? It’s anyone’s guess. All three have been thorns in Arena’s side with the LA Galaxy, though Bingham is both the youngest and the most recent to see USMNT time. Might it be the 27-year-old’s time to shine vs. Serbia?

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USMNT-Iceland preview: Goalkeepers, stability, youth, Gudjohnsen, sheep eyes

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The United States men’s national team looks to continue to stabilize its footing as a program when its youth-heavy squad takes on Iceland on Sunday in California.

After losing five of six in depressing fashion, the Yanks picked up four of six points in their first two matches of World Cup qualifying.

Now Jurgen Klinsmann will look to keep the ship steady despite a roster featuring a majority of unproven players (at the international level).

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The USMNT hasn’t played Iceland since 1994, and has a 2-2-2 record in competitions dating back to 1955.

It’s Iceland’s only match-up of the international window, and comes on the heels of a 1-0 defeat of Finland and a 2-1 loss to UAE.

This is far from a full-strength squad for coaches Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson, who travel with 18 players. We won’t see Gylfi Sigurðsson (Spurs), Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (Nantes) or Alfreð Finnbogason (Olympiakos).

Former Bolton, Chelsea and Barcelona man Eidur Gudjohnsen will be in the mix for Iceland. Now with Shijiazhuang Ever Bright of the Chinese Super League, he’ll bring 83 caps and 25 goals to the match. Well-rated 20-year-old PSV Eindhoven center back Hjörtur Hermannsson will also be in the fold.

[ MORE: Klinsmann explains roster: “Make a point” ]

Matt Miazga left camp to get a medical with Chelsea, and he’s signed for the Premier League giants. In his place is Michael Orozco.

PST’s Andy Edwards has a nice post on five players with plenty to gain from this match — and Friday’s match-up with Canada — but we’ll proffer another thing to watch.

With Brad Guzan a backup at Aston Villa and Tim Howard growing older, three MLS keepers can make a statement. RBNY’s Luis Robles hasn’t been capped in ages, while Chicago’s Sean Johnson has yet to make a dent on the USMNT pitch. Could San Jose’s David Bingham get a look?

USMNT’s Icelandic-Alabaman, Aron Johannsson, won’t be playing in this match, but offered a rundown of views on Iceland to USSoccer.comAlso, sheep eyes:

I didn’t travel much around Iceland growing up, but people really like going to the mountains and enjoying the hot springs. You can’t find them many other places. I don’t like traditional Icelandic food, which includes sheep eyes, ears and tongues. Mostly just old people eat it. Instead, I grew up eating the same stuff as everyone like chicken and fish.

Oh, the “old people” of Iceland! So zany with their sheep eyes!

U.S. Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

DEFENDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (unattached), Perry Kitchen (unattached), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Tony Tchani (Columbus Crew SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 25

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Week 25 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and 27 goals in nine games later (including a couple five-spots — looking at you, LA Galaxy and Toronto FC), we can finally say it’s stretch-run time in MLS.

[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s Week 25 MLS coverage | Standings | Stats | Schedule ]

Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy and TFC land multiple players in the Week 25 Team of the Week — as do the San Jose Earthquakes — with the former nabbing an unheard of (but wholly warranted) four of eleven spots. Robbie Keane scored twice and set up two more goals; Giovani dos Santos scored one, set up another and was a terror for 90 minutes; Sebastian Lletget matched Dos Santos’ output and threw in a succulent backheel flick to tally his assist, just for good measure.

[ WEEK 25: LA 5-1 NYCFC | TFC 5-0 ORLRSL 2-0 SEA | VAN 1-0 FCD | CLB 3-2 SKC ]

David Bingham recorded to clean sheets last week as the Earthquakes won twice by a combined score of 7-0, on the back of three goals scored by Chris Wondolowski. Tasked with marking Kaka for the entirety of 90 minutes, TFC midfielder Collen Warner did exactly that while also accumulating 100 touches of the ball (TFC had a man advantage for 54 minutes).

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

[ MORE: 2015 MLS Team of the Week archive ]

MLS Team of the Week — Week 25

Goalkeeper: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes)

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Defenders: Maynor Figueroa (Colorado Rapids), Demar Phillips (Real Salt Lake), Robbie Rogers (LA Galaxy), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)

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Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Sebatstian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Collen Warner (Toronto FC)

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Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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