Major League Soccer Signings in January 2020

The Los Angeles Football Club confirmed that they’d acquired Kenneth Vermeer. The LAFC announced this information on January 15th, 2020. The Dutch Goalkeeper stands at 34 years of age, with most of his career being spent domestically in the Netherlands for the Eredivisie Football League. Kenneth Vermeer has spent the last several seasons with Feyenoord FC, where he left under the targeted allocation money offered by LAFC.

Kenneth Vermeer previously spent ten professional years playing with Ajax FC, where he was a substantial component in them acquiring four championship titles. Throughout his professional career, thirteen championship matches have been performed by Vermeer. This included five international appearances, where he became a noticeable entity for Los Angeles.

This announcement follows after the Los Angeles Football Club began their training camp without a starting goalkeeper. It marks the third season in LAFC history that this has happened, with Tyler Miller’s contract running out in December 2019. Analysts haven’t figured out why LAFC terminated Miller, with his previous season including 34 games won with 19 shutouts. It’s estimated that personal disputes resulted in him not being invited back, even after he assisted Los Angeles in winning the 2019 Supporter’s Shield. However, Miller was a significant component as to why the LAFC lost the MLS Western Conference Final.

Joel Waterman to Montreal Impact

Montreal Impact FC announced that they’d acquired Joel Waterman for the defender position. This marks the first time that an athlete from the Canadian Premier League has been selected for Major League Soccer. This permanent transfer was made for an undisclosed amount, which follows after Joel Waterman became the number one draft pick in the CPL. Throughout his professional career in the Canadian Premier League, Joel played more than 1900 minutes and acquired one goal, with three assists. His defender position will most likely be on the second lineup.

Aidan Morris to Columbus Crew FC

The final MLS signing that was confirmed this week came from Columbus Crew SC. They announced that Aidan Morris, a Midfielder for Indiana University, will be joining their organization for the 2020 season. This player being eighteen years of age will maintain a professional tutor going forward, allowing for his education to continue onwards in the MLS. Throughout his university season, Morris obtained two goals and eight assists throughout twenty-two matches. It should be noted that Aidan Morris previously trained with the Columbus Crew SC for their U-19 Development Academy.

The First Player in MLS History

Major League Soccer is set to see a milestone as a sporting organization as they celebrate their 25th-year anniversary. This has led many to wonder about the history of this ever-growing sport. Most don’t know that the head coach for the Houston Dynamo’s, Tab Ramos, was the very first player in history to sign on with Major League Soccer. He signed a contract to play in the MLS back on January 3rd, 1995, it was a nationally televised event that will forever go down in sporting history.. At that time, he was a prep star with New Jersey and signed on with his hometown team of the Metro Stars. Eventually, they would become the New York Red Bulls.

The alteration from the European league of La Liga to Major League Soccer was a significant leap of hope for Ramos. He played for Real Betis, while also being a substantial component for the US National Soccer team. Tab Ramos was a talented player that took his capabilities to the inaugural season of MLS, seeing the potential for what this league could become. Subsequently, Tab Ramos became part of the first US National Soccer Team in 1996, where he would play with formidable legends in the league. This includes Cobi Jones, John Harkes, Tony Meola and Alexi Lalas. With the assistance of these legends, Ramos would go on to become a three-time all-star player in Major League Soccer. Collectively, he experienced several professional seasons with MLS.

Tab Ramos Retires

The first fans of Major League Soccer were saddened when Tab Ramos retired from professional soccer, where he founded the first US Soccer Development Academy in New Jersey. It wouldn’t be until 2011 that he would return to professional soccer, except not in the player capacity but instead as the head coach for the US Under-20 national team. He’d continue coaching this organization for eight years, acquiring four championship titles. This allowed Ramos to become an inducted member with the US Soccer Hall of Fame. However, going forward, he won’t be coaching the U20 American national team. For the first instance in more than twenty years, Ramos is returning to Major League Soccer.

Houston Dynamo

The recent expansion period in Major League Soccer saw multiple new teams be implemented into the sporting organization. One of those teams includes the Houston Dynamo, who are slated to play their first matchup in 2020. When this team was publicly announced, it was confirmed that Tab Ramos would return to MLS as the head coach for the Dynamos. This provides the team with a formidable leader who’s acquired champions in the past and sees Ramos return to the MLS field in 15 years.

Matthew McConaughey’s Austin FC

Major League Soccer completed its expansion period last week, with numerous new cities acquiring their respective football club. Austin FC was one of the first teams acquired throughout the expansion period, with their first matchup now being played until 2021. However, this hasn’t stopped team executives or owners from creating buzz around the Texas-based football club. This is mainly because of Matthew McConaughey, who is one of the co-owners of Austin FC. The infamous Hollywood Actor often can be found at sporting events like Soccer or Formula One.

When appearing at Chelsea’s Playoff Matchup, he began speaking with reporters on Austin FC. He noted that they’ve acquired their general manager and that the stadium has already started being developed. Matthew mentioned that this stadium would seat 22 thousand fans, with future players already being contacted by team representatives. Many have begun speculating that McConaughey was looking for potential players at this matchup, where he was seen speaking with Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odio. Acquiring these two players would immediately make Austin FC a dominating force in MLS.

Matthew McConaughey expressed that he hopes the trend for American Players joining European Leagues will continue to grow. He emphasized that this shows MLS Academies are beginning to create formidable players, with youth soccer in the United States increasing by 10% annually. However, Matthew also expressed his commitment to Austin FC and has created a ten-year plan. The chances that Callum Hudson-Odio is moving to the Texas-based football club is growing, with his contract slated to end on December 31st, 2020. However, Christian Pulisic will most likely remain in the Premier League going forward.

The Plugs

This superstar mentioned how he has travelled the entire globe and that football can be found at any corner. This has led sports analysts to believe that Matthew McConaughey is seeking new talent in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Subsequently, a championship team could be created in their premiere year in Major League Soccer. The actor expressed that he believes in youth soccer and plans to develop numerous organizations worldwide, with the assistance of Austin FC, to promote this level of the sport. Subsequently, new talent that nobody would’ve anticipated could come in fifteen years.

None of the representatives with Austin FC, Team Owners, or Coaching Staff has provided any details of which official players there looking for in 2021. Any of the star players in MLS or the Premier League will immediately be taken into consideration. Will inform our readers when additional details are released.

Michael Bradley Resigns with TFC

Michael Bradley, the Captain for the Toronto Football Club, is remaining on with the team for many years going forward. This didn’t surprise fans of the football team, who knew that Bradley had full intentions of remaining in Toronto. TFC had been rumoured to make this announcement for some time but hadn’t confirmed it until December 12, 2019. Michael Bradley will see himself move over to the targeted allocation money bracket, which drops him down from the designated player status. However, this decision drops his yearly wages by a substantial amount. Starting in the 2020 Season, he will earn $1.1 million going forward. Before the 2020 Season, Bradley earned $6.5 million yearly.

When Toronto Reporters pressed Michael Bradley for more details regarding his contract, he elected to remain entirely about the contract status for 2020. Staying faithful to his behaviour as the TFC Captain, he didn’t want this issue to become a distraction from the upcoming season. However, Michael Bradley did note that money wasn’t an issue and that his love for Toronto remains evident.

Taking on this decrease in pay is the most significant act Bradley has ever displayed as the TFC Captain. Each MLS team is allowed to have three designated players, with those athletes earning a higher salary than all other members with the organization. The maximum that can be spent on a five-year contract is $35 Million, which was the previous figure maintained by Michael Bradley. Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Pozuelo are the two TFC players on the maximum salary budget cap, leaving officially one more player available for acquisition in 2020. Unfortunately, it isn’t known who the team will acquire.

Targeted Allocation Money

There is also another option that can playout with Michael Bradley’s recent decision. Instead of selecting a third player for the designated player allocation bracket, TFC’s Head Coach could use the $35 million to acquire multiple new players through the targeted allocation money bracket. Greg Vani hasn’t provided any details on which option he will select, with the acquisition period not beginning for another month. However, it is known that he intends to acquire another forward that can contend with Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Pozuelo.

It should be noted that Greg Vani is on his last legs as the head coach for the TFC. Last season there was a considerable losing streak, which luckily ended and saw them make it to the MLS Championship. Unfortunately, Toronto Fans were left disappointed when the reds couldn’t win their match against Seattle. Unless Vani can acquire some of the best players in the MLS or Premier League, he will find himself without a coaching position for 2021.