Tonight, I’ll be joining the Yellow Card Podcast at 7pm to talk about Atlanta United and MLS in 2017. The show runs from 7:00-8:00 p.m., listen in at the link.
If you didn’t get a chance to read it, check out my interview yesterday with Atlanta United midfielder Kevin Kratz. I was struck with how excited he was about this opportunity to come to Atlanta and to play under Tata Martino.
What was most revealing to me was who he models his game after, former German national team star Bernd Schneider. Kratz definitely has a playing style from what I’ve seen like that of Schneider, an honest midfielder who works hard, but likes to create opportunities for others. Schneider was even called “The White Brazilian” in his career because of his technical ability. If Kratz can bring a mix of technique and bit to the middle of the park, he’ll be a great fit in Martino’s midfield.
Sporting Kansas City signs a new local TV deal (Kansas City Star)
San Jose is after Dennis te Kloese for their vacant GM role (ESPN)
Center back Aaron Maund re-signs with Salt Lake (RSL Soapbox)
Craig Waibel says MLS is adding two homegrown spots to rosters next year.— Matt Montgomery (@TheCrossbarRSL) December 20, 2016
A look back at the Dallas Tornado world tour (Soccer America)
MLS expansion to San Diego hits a snag (Soccer Nation)
The long rumored SoCal soccer team owned by @thejoesumner has finally happened. @cityofangelsfc will play in #NPSL Southwest Conf.— Chris Kivlehan (@kivlehan) December 20, 2016
Alex Morgan headed to Lyon in France (SI)
Canadian Premier League taking shape, chasing after Halifax (Local Express)
Antoine Griezmann wants to play for David Beckham’s MLS team in Miami in the future (ESPN)
Real Madrid’s transfer ban reduced to one window (Managing Madrid)