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FC Cincinnati acquires Garza, selects five in Expansion Draft

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FC Cincinnati added plenty of MLS experience on Tuesday in their Expansion Draft, also making two trades involving internationally-capped players.

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FCC picked up forwards Darren Mattocks and Kei Kamara, then trading the latter to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for an international roster spot.

The club also drafted winger Roland Lamah from FC Dallas, midfielder Eric Alexander of Houston, and young center back Hassan Ndam from the New York Red Bulls.

FCC also acquired USMNT left back Greg Garza from Atlanta United in exchange for $250,000 in Target Allocation Money and $200,000 in General Allocation Money.

Kamara has 112 MLS goals including 14 with five assists last season in Vancouver and will give Colorado a big target man while allowing FCC a valuable extra international slot as most of theirs were taken with players retained from the USL.

Mattocks scored 10 goals for DC last season, while FCC has the rights to Lamah, who is out-of-contract after scoring eight goals with five assists last season.

LISTEN: Greg Garza talks ATL, MLS ASG with Beyond the Pitch

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Only two Atlanta United players have hit the pitch for more minutes than Greg Garza on his debut run through Major League Soccer, and our friends at the Beyond the Pitch have Greg in the house for a podcast ahead of the All Star’s appearance versus Real Madrid.

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Scott Nicholls is joined by Atlanta United defender and MLS All-Star Greg Garza to discuss his career journey, including the many countries he has played in, almost walking away from the game, how he ended up in Atlanta and what it means to be voted an All-Star.

Report: Greg Garza will make his way to MLS with Atlanta United

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According to Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep, US international Greg Garza will make his way home to Major League Soccer with a move to Atlanta United.

Garza is currently contracted to Club Tijuana, but has hardly played in the stretch run, making the bench just once in their last 15 matches of the Apertura as his team topped the table.

Just a week ago, Garza made it known he wanted to move to the United States, and he made it happen. “It’s been made clear here in Mexico that the door is just slightly open, and there’s not much that I can do,” Garza told Goal a week ago. “The league’s new foreign player policy caused me to take a big hit as well, especially coming off injury, so it opens the door to go back to the U.S.”

According to the report by Goal, Columbus held the discovery rights to Garza, but wished not to sign him, instead trading those rights to Atlanta for cash compensation.

The 25-year-old left-back had surgery to repair a hip injury in 2015, and it has set him back since.

It’s understandable that Garza would want to do all he can to make his way back into the national team fold. New manager Bruce Arena specifically tabbed left-back as a position of need during a Facebook Live chat a week ago, mentioning that he was bringing in 34-year-old DaMarcus Beasley into January camp as a result. However, Garza has looked shaky in most of his nine USMNT caps, the last of which came in a 1-0 win over Haiti in the 2015 Gold Cup.

Atlanta United is making moves of late, acquiring Michael Parkhurst and Harrison Heath from other MLS clubs as well as Kenwyne Jones who signed back in July.

US players react to Jurgen Klinsmann’s firing

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With Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as United States head coach coming to an end, a number of players made their thoughts known on social media in the immediate aftermath of the news.

It’s clear that, while some are happy about the news, many others were given a chance under the German, and others just hurt to see a man lose his job.

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First up was Landon Donovan, who retired last year but made a comeback with Bruce Arena’s LA Galaxy this season. Landon was famously left off the USMNT roster for the 2014 World Cup by Klinsmann, but now with Arena expected to take over as U.S. manager, could Landon make a comeback on a national level? He offered his thoughts on the news.

While Landon stayed professional, others didn’t hide their true feelings. Benny Feilhaber, who has been infamously shoved aside in the national picture by Klinsmann, made it clear how he felt about the decision.

Ruthless. Feilhaber has 41 U.S. caps, although he was last a regular in 2010, featuring only twice since, and not since 2013.

25-year-old Greg Garza, currently with Liga MX club Tijuana, gave thanks to Klinsmann for handing the Texas product his debut cap back in September of 2014.

Garza has nine caps, all coming under Klinsmann.

Finally, Bundesliga lifer Joe Gyau who has two USMNT caps, showed appreciation for Klinsmann, who supported Gyau through a rocky period. After Gyau suffered a knee injury in 2014, Klinsmann was there to support him and help him heal.

As the news only came down a few hours ago, there are sure to be others who come forward with public opinions.

Beasley’s out of retirement as Klinsmann makes trio of moves for Gold Cup’s knockout rounds

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DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona and Alan Gordon are now member of this summer’s USMNT Gold Cup squad, as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks to tidy up his squad a messy but successful group stage.

Gone are Jozy Altidore, Greg Garza and Alfredo Morales. Altidore “just wasn’t there yet”, according to Klinsmann.

Klinsmann is probably looking to push Fabian Johnson forward with the addition of Beasley, Houston’s dynamic left back who also can play as a winger. Beasley had been retired from international play for less than a year, and will look to build on his 121 caps and 17 goals.

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Morales has struggled mightily for the USMNT on several occasions, and Monday’s tie with Panama might’ve been his toughest outing yet. In adding Corona, Klinsmann snares a Gold Cup winner who’s scored twice in the tournament.

Garza leaves after being a last-minute replacement for Brad Davis. Gordon gives Klinsmann cover at forward, and the big 33-year-old striker has only one cap for the U.S. (in 2012 against Antigua & Barbuda, where he picked up an assist).

The Gordon move will confuse some, but the big add is Beasley. His experience and leadership is invaluable, and he can be a marked upgrade in certain situations.