USMNT Releases Roster for Next Round of World Cup Qualifiers

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From Last Word on Soccer, by Joe Hojnacki Bruce arena has released the names of the 24 players that will fight for the USA’s first win in the final round of World Cup Qualifying. Arena’s first competitive roster features a lot of familiar names, including Tim Howard making his return to the squad. Foreign based […] READ MORE


Didier Drogba Debacle Highlights Rough MLS Offseason: TWC

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Didier Drogba's MLS contract doesn't expire until the end of the 2016 season. But the opportunity to return (again) and become an assistant coach at Chelsea has MLS on the verge of its seemingly annual high-profile player controversy. If this one ends in Chelsea's favour, MLS could be left reeling for the entire 2016 season and possibly beyond. READ MORE


LA Galaxy Off Season: What Is Going On?

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(Editorial) – It’s been a busy two days for the LA Galaxy front office. First center back Omar Gonzalez transfers to C.F. Pachuca. Now midfielder Juninho is on his way to Club Tijuana. These are two starters and core pieces to the team that are now gone. Now the rumor mill has multiple credible sources […] READ MORE


How The Omar Gonzalez Transfer Affects LA Galaxy

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Editorial – The biggest question of the LA Galaxy off season has officially been answered. The Galaxy have transferred Omar Gonzalez to C.F. Pachuca of Liga MX. This Omar Gonzalez transfer may come as a surprise to some, considering MLS announced $800,000 in Target Allocation Money (TAM) would be given to each club in 2016 […] READ MORE


LA Galaxy Transfer Omar Gonzalez to C.F. Pachuca

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CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015) – The following is a press release from the LA Galaxy. LA Galaxy Transfer Omar Gonzalez to C.F. Pachuca The LA Galaxy have transferred Omar Gonzalez to C.F. Pachuca in Mexico’s Liga MX, the club announced today. Gonzalez departs after making 180 MLS Regular Season appearances for the Galaxy. […] READ MORE


What The LA Galaxy Roster Changes Mean

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Editorial – The LA Galaxy have announced roster changes going into the 2016 season. As of December 7th, the roster sits at 20 players, with the vast majority of the team’s core still in tact. Most notably, the Galaxy chose to not exercise options on Edson Buddle, Tommy Meyer, and Donovan Ricketts. Alan Gordon is […] READ MORE




TWC: How Should We Feel About Targeted Allocation Money?

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A full breakdown of what TAM is can be found in MLS’ 2015 Roster Rules. From what I’ve read, here’s what’s important. Every team gets $500,000 of TAM over five seasons. On paper, it’s allocated as $100,000 per season. In practice, teams can use all of it right away. Teams have to use or trade the $100,000 they get each season in that season or the season following though. TAM is similar to regular Allocation Money in that it can be used to “buy down” a player’s salary budget charge, or reduce their cap hit in layman’s terms. Like regular Allocation Money, TAM can be traded. However, TAM and Allocation Money cannot be used together on the same player. TAM can only be used on players earning more than the maximum salary budget charge ($436,250 in 2015). Because of this, TAM is intended to be used to buy down an incoming player or existing player so that they don’t take up a Designated Player slot. However, if an existing DP is bought down with TAM, a club must immediately sign a new DP at a salary equal to or higher than what the old DP was making. In essence, it’s what many predicted would come out of the offseason CBA negotiations, just a few months late and with a bit more flexibility. Teams can use TAM to un-DP a player who under the old rules would have had the DP label but only a mid-level paycheque. If they have enough TAM and enough players in the right salary range, clubs could in theory un-DP multiple players, as clubs can use TAM on three players in a given season. READ MORE