Section: MLS

Premiership: Jermain Defoe: Sunderland sign England striker from Toronto

Toronto FC and England striker Jermain Defoe has completed his move to Sunderland, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

Defoe, 32, played alongside Gus Poyet during the first of his two spells at Tottenham, and was then coached by the Sunderland manager at White Hart Lane.

Poyet said: “His exceptional goal-scoring record speaks for itself.”

United States international Jozy Altidore, 25, moves back to the MLS with Toronto as part of the deal.

Defoe could make his debut against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday if international clearance is – as expected – received by 13.45 GMT.

“It is a great club and I’ve always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters,” the striker said.

“It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Defoe, capped 55 times by England, is 14th on the list of all-time Premier League goalscorers, with 124 from his time with Spurs, West Ham and Portsmouth.

He scored 11 times in 16 games in his first season with Toronto and had been training with Tottenham during the MLS close season.

Sunderland currently lie 16th in the Premier League, with only Aston Villa having scored fewer than their 18 goals.

Altidore departs having failed to score in 13 appearances this term.

The American striker netted just once in 42 games for Sunderland after arriving in a £6.5m deal from AZ Alkmaar in July 2013.

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Premiership: LA Galaxy confirm Steven Gerrard signing

MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy have confirmed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join the club in July.

In an interview with the LA Times, Galaxy manager Bruce Arena revealed the news, which was later confirmed via the club’s official website.

“Steven Gerrard arrives in July and by then we will certainly have a plan available,” Arena, who has led the club to three Major League Soccer titles in four years, told the newspaper.

“He’s a player of quality. I’m not concerned about how he’s going to fit in with our team.

“We have a club now with a proven history of success. All those things go hand in hand in making LA Galaxy a very attractive team for players such as Steven Gerrard.”

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Galaxy president Chris Klein described the Reds captain as “the perfect fit”.

“We just started thinking in the universe of players that are out there, we want to make a decision on what signifies a Galaxy-designated player.

“When we look at that, Steven Gerrard is the perfect fit with what he brings to us on the field and the character that he has off it.”

Read more at Yahoo Sport

Football: MLS: LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Robbie Keane’s extra-time goal gave Los Angeles Galaxy a record fifth MLS Cup win with victory over New England Revolution.

The 34-year-old ran clear and calmly slotted in with nine minutes to go to settle the encounter.

Extra time was needed after Chris Tierney’s late leveller for New England had cancelled out Gyasi Zardes’s goal.

The win ensured that all-time leading MLS scorer Landon Donovan ended his career with six championship titles.

The 32-year-old did not get a goal that would have added to his record total of 144 in the MLS, but the victory was an apt way to cap his impressive career, which has seen him play in three World Cups and score a national best 57 international goals in 157 games.

Keane has proven himself an equally valuable asset at the StubHub Center in recent seasons.

The Republic of Ireland forward, who scored 20 goals in 33 games as LA Galaxy claimed the Western Conference title to reach Sunday’s final, was a typically lively presence, twice forcing good saves from New England keeper Bobby Shuttleworth in normal time.

When his big chance came in extra time he did not spurn it as he showed alertness to latch on to a chipped ball forward and coolness to slot his shot past Shuttleworth and into the corner of the net.

It was a goal that earned the former Tottenham striker his third MLS title in four seasons.

For New England Revolution it was another cruel MLS Final defeat at the hands of the Galaxy, who beat them courtesy of extra-time goals in both 2002 and 2005.

This is the fifth time they have finished as runners-up, and they will reflect on how it could have been very different.

After Tierney had nipped in to slot in a late leveller and cancel out Zardes’ close-range finish earlier in the second half, they came within inches of what surely would have been a winner. Teal Bunbury’s speculative shot from the right side of the box floated over Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo but came back off the crossbar.

The full-time whistle gave LA the chance to rally and ultimately provided the platform for Keane’s winner.

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MLS: David Beckham: MLS wants progress on Miami franchise

David Beckham has been warned by Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber there needs to be signs of progress with his Miami-based franchise.

Former England captain Beckham, 39, had two plans for a 25,000-seat stadium in central Miami rejected last summer.

MLS will consider a report from the league’s expansion committee this weekend and Garber indicated some decisions would be made early in 2015.

“This can’t go on forever,” Garber said of the delays with Beckham’s franchise.

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Beckham, who hinted in the summer hemay come out of retirement to play for his un-named franchise, has been urged to ground share with an American football team.

Garber says the league is not performing as hoped financially and its franchises are combining to lose more than £64m ($100 million) annually.

He added that a Miami-based side remains an objective for MLS if the ground issue can be solved.

“The Beckham group continues to work to try and find a stadium solution that they believe will put them in a position to succeed,” Garber said.

The league will grow to 20 teams in 2015 with the addition of New York City FC and Orlando City FC followed by Atlanta and a second LA-based team in 2017.

Talks have also been held with groups in Minnesota, Sacramento and Las Vegas.

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MLS: Arsenal link as Thierry Henry leaves Red Bulls

Thierry Henry has decided to leave New York Red Bulls at the end of his contract, the former Arsenal forward confirmed on Monday.

Henry, 37, joined the Major League Soccer club in 2010 following a successful playing career in Europe, where he was an integral part of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ side and won the 2009 Champions League with Spanish giants Barcelona.

A member of France’s triumphant 1998 World Cup-winning squad, Henry revealed he would now “take the next few weeks to reflect” before deciding on his next career move, after the Red Bulls’ MLS Cup campaign ended with a 4-3 aggregate defeat to rivals New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Championship play-off.

“I am taking this opportunity to announce that unfortunately Saturday was my last game for the New York Red Bulls,” Henry said in a statement.

“The decision has always been that I would leave after the duration of my contract and although that was never going to change, I didn’t want it to distract from the progress of the team.

“I have immensely enjoyed my four-and-a-half years here and would like to thank everyone involved with this club who has made my time here so enjoyable.

“I will now take the next few weeks to reflect and decide on the next chapter of my career.”

Henry has retained close links with Arsenal, where he is the club record scorer, and trained at the Premier League club’s Hertfordshire base before a brief loan spell during January 2012.

Speaking ahead of Monday’s announcement, Henry hinted during an interview with L’Equipe he could be interested in a future coaching role with Arsenal.

“I have not taken any decision and speculation is not my thing. One thing is certain: I will stay in football, as a coach, a consultant or executive. We will see,” he said to the French newspaper.

“The second certainty is that I would love to see Arsenal win the Champions League. Whether that is from near or far does not depend on me, but it is sure I’d like to help.

“This is my club and, as a player, I was not able to give them the Champions League.

Read more at ESPN

Football: Spurs: DeAndre Yedlin signs from Seattle Sounders

Tottenham have signed defender DeAndre Yedlin from Seattle Sounders on a four-year contract.

The right-back, 21, will stay with MLS club Seattle until the start of the 2015-16 season before moving to London.

Yedlin has won seven USA caps and made three substitute appearances during the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

He said: “I’m very excited to come to the Premier League and challenge myself against some of the best players in the world.”

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Premiership : Frank Lampard : New York City FC sign ex-Chelsea midfielder

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has joined Major League Soccer side New York City FC on a two-year deal.

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Lampard, 36, was released by the Blues at the end of last season after his contract expired to end his 13-year association with the London side.

He moved from West Ham to Chelsea in June 2001 in an £11m transfer and became the club’s record goalscorer with 211 goals in his 649 appearances.

“New York ticks all the right boxes for me. It’s very exciting,” said Lampard.

“Chelsea will always have a huge place in my heart, but it’s now a new challenge.

“I had a fantastic 13 years there and can look back at that with pride, but it was a great time for me and Chelsea to move on.

“Having seen the vision of this club, I have seen a real long-term plan and I want to be involved and I want to keep on challenging myself.”

Newly-formed New York City FC will play in their first MLS season in 2015.

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