Sunday, July 27, 2014

Exclusive: EPL defender Danny Gabbidon looking at making a move to MLS


"I love the Americans attitude to team sports and how the emphasis is always on the team and not one individual. This is something you don't always see in England and appeals a lot to me."

MLS Transfers had an opportunity to speak with highly rated Welsh defender Danny Gabbidon about his past, present, and future. He just wrapped up the Enlgish Premier League season with Crystal Palace where he played 23 games for the club that finished mid-table and was heavily involved in gaining points early in the season and even added a goal against Sunderland.

MLS Transfers: Talk a little about this past season with Crystal Palace. How do you think you faired and what were the manager thoughts about your performances?

Gabbidon: As a team, it was a great achievement for Crystal Palace last season staying in the Premier League and finishing high up in the table. I like to think that some of my performances helped to achieve that, I played the majority of the games last season and was happy with the form I showed. It was frustrating for me not to play much in the last third of the season getting dropped from the team after a run of four clean sheets from six games but this is football, I suppose the new manager had his own ideas. I think what the manager would say about me was that I still continued to show a good attitude and tried and helped and encouraged the team in anyway I could.

MLS Transfers: What leadership or responsibilities did you have on the team or with the Welsh national team?

Gabbidon: Crystal Palace have a lot of young players coming through and even a lot of the senior players there don't have much Premier League experience so I think a lot of the lads respected myself and saw me as someone who they could come to for advice or learn off. I had great relationships with a lot of the young players there and enjoyed helping them develop in the two years I was there. 

MLS Transfers: Why do you have an interest in playing in America now?

Gabbison: I've had an interest in playing in MLS now for a couple of years. I've enjoyed my time playing in England but I would love to experience something different. I still feel I have a lot to offer and can make a difference even more so in a league that is trying to develop and get better. This is important to me. First and foremost, I want to play. I'm not coming for a holiday! Secondly, I actually think that this league and the people here could teach me things. I love the Americans attitude to team sports and how the emphasis is always on the team and not one individual. This is something you don't always see in England and appeals a lot to me.

MLS Tranfsers: What experiences in the past can help you play and succeed in America?

Gabbidon: Well I think when I look back at my career there's not too much that I haven't experienced, highs and lows! I think being lucky enough to have played in the Premier League for a number of years against some of the best players in the world and also playing a lot of international football would certainly hold me in good stead coming to a competitive league like MLS.

MLS Transfers: In your most recent match, you played against the Netherlands who came in third place at the World Cup and fared very well against the likes of Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie. What do you attribute that to?

Gabbidon: I think I'd have to put that performance down to experience. I think it certainly helped that I had played against these guys before so I knew what to expect to a certain level. It was made a little bit more difficult for me because I hadn't played a full ninety minutes since March so I knew I wasn't as match sharp as I would have liked but this also told me a lot about myself and the level I feel I can still play at.

MLS Transfers: What do you know about MLS and what have past teamates or colleagues told you about the league?

Gabbidon: From speaking to people who have played out there and also managers I know that it is a very competitive league which is getting stronger each year. The league seems very professional. The stadiums look great, the training facilities are of a high standard and the numbers coming to watch the games are growing each year. I bumped into Thierry Henry a couple of years ago and was lucky enough to have a long chat with him about MLS. He gave me some good insight into the league and since then, it's certainly been in my mind as somewhere I'd like to come and play my football.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ronald Vargas to MLS?


Here's the latest report on Ronald Vargas from various sources within MLS and overseas.

The original Ronald Vargas report of his interest in MLS came from Pok-a-tok, a Venezuelan radio show. They suspected interest in the Union but have since changed that stance and insist it's actually the Colorado Rapids who are potential buyers.

Can't find anyone who can confirm or deny these reports but interesting news has come up from our friend, Daniel Prat who writes for Gerente Deportivo in Venezuela. He says that MLS is just an option for Vargas and a deal with the league is no where close to being done. Vargas' agent is working towards a possible deal with MLS because he enjoys America and has family is America which was brought up by MLS Transfers here in January.

Vargas has been in the United States for a few weeks now and has visited Las Vegas and Miami on vacation.

Another source has told MLS Transfers that undisclosed Brazlian and Dutch teams are inquiring as well.

There has been no word on who owns his rights in MLS, whether that be New York or any other team.

Click here, hereand here to see the full reports on Ronald Vargas when he was linked with the Red Bulls this past winter.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Rumors and Reports 6/9/14

Here's the latest run down of rumors and reports as MLS comes to a standstill over the next few weeks.

-MLS target Juan Agudelo is expected to sign with Hannover 96 as soon as this week. Reported first by MLS Transfers, a source says negotiations have been going smoothly and are expected to get done.

- Former Chelsea star Joe Cole is looking for a new club after he was let go by West Ham. His agent has offered him to numerous MLS sides and Orlando City might step up to the plate. We'll see what happens over the next few weeks.

- Frank Lampard to NYCFC looks like a done deal but French side Lille seemed like they were extremely interested as they held talks with his agent a week before the English national team left for Miami.

- Drogba is now club-less and despite reports of him going to Chelsea for a farewell tour, an MLS side is still interested. Not sure what next steps are being taken though as we've heard he hasn't had any contact with any MLS official in over 6 months.

- San Jose Earthquakes new stadium will be ready for 2015 and like we've been hearing for over a year now, they want to make a big signing to go along with it. Some names being thrown around? Mexico's Andres Guardado (though seems highly unlikely) and Columbia's Abel Aguilar (also unlikely).

-DeMarcus Beasley is almost guaranteed to join an MLS side as soon as the US National Team leaves Brazil this summer. Chicago Fire are in line for his services while NYCFC were interested some weeks back. That interest has since cooled though a source has said.

-Seems likely Julio Cesar is leaving Toronto after the World Cup. The likes of Porto, Flamengo and home club QPR are all set to want him (or want him back in QPR's case).

-French forward Djibril Cisse wants an MLS contract says a source overseas. Haven't heard anything on that front but be on the lookout for that.

- Orlando City President Phil Rawlins admitted to MLS Transfers that they have talked with both Kaka and Robinho. We're starting to think that Robinho is now first choice in Orlando.

- Philadelphia Union have been in search of a reliable goalscorer for some time now. Italy, England, Holland and more have been looked at over the past 8 or so months. No names have come up but I have a feeling that will be changing soon.

- World Cup players (besides the one's already named) some MLS clubs are looking at:

- Defender, Nic Lombaerts (Belgium)
- Midfielder, Jean Makoun (Cameroon)
- Midfielder, Jean Beausejour (Chile)
- Midfielder, Diego Calvo (Costa Rica)
- Midfielder, Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica)
- Defender, Walter Ayovi (Ecuador)
- Forward, Dirk Kuyt (Holland)