Mike Petke: As the New York Red Bulls begin renovating their organization, Petke falls victim to several staff cleanings. Earlier this morning Mike Petke was sacked, a surprise to many. The sacking of Petke is shocking since, in his only two seasons in charge, he was able to lead the Red Bulls to the playoffs in both campaigns. In his first year, the Red Bulls had the best regular season record. And, last year, the Red Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference Final.
Former Montreal Impacts manager, Jesse Marsh, will overtake the vacant managerial position at the New York Red Bulls.
"We strongly believe he is the right candidate to lead our team going forward," said Ali Curtis. Curtis is the New York Red Bulls Sporting Director who was in charge of the firing of Mike Petke, and hiring of Jesse Marsh.
Steven Gerrard: The Englishman and Liverpool FC star has made his MLS destination official, announcing he will be taking upon a new chapter in his life in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Galaxy rarely fail to attract stars from overseas, as they add Gerrard to their list of top level players.
"My next team’s going to be LA Galaxy," said Gerrard, speaking to the club's official website. "I’m really excited for a new challenge in my life, that’s the team I’ll join at the need of the season.
“Their pursuing me was very aggressive, the talks I’ve had with them have been very positive, they’ve basically told me what I wanted to hear.
"They’ve told me about the winning mentality of the club, told me about their aims and goals for the future.
“I think it’s the right time for a new challenge, a fresh challenge in my life and I think it’s an exciting one as well.
Jozy Altidore: Rumors have been in the air for the American striker that three MLS franchise's have been in the hunt for his signature. The rumored teams are Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls, and Toronto FC. Altidore is suffering from a goal draught that has been stretched on for longer than a year. The Barclays Premier League is seeming too much for the young American and he might seek a fresh start in the MLS.
Jozy Altidore started his career in New York, as a teenager in 2006. He was then sold to Spanish-side Villareal for a club record $10 million. With the departure of Thierry Henry, the Red Bulls might be very eager to sign the American to replace a gaping hole, and keep up with big spending rivals New York City FC.
Liverpool FC have confirmed on Saturday morning that Steven Gerrard will be moving across the Atlantic to play in the MLS once his contract expires in June. The only question remaining is with which club will he sign?
Many speculations surrounded Gerrard’s future after announcing he will be leaving Liverpool upon the expiration of his contract. However, while speaking to Liverpool’s official television station earlier today, he confirmed that he would be travelling to the MLS.
“I can tell the supporters at the moment that it will be America,” he confirmed.
“I’ll be going to play in America. But I’m not over the line with any team just yet.
“I’m close and as soon as I know, I’ll make the announcement, I’ll do the bits and bobs that I need to do.
“Then we try to go and win a trophy and forget about Steven Gerrard for a bit.”
It is widely assumed that the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Redbulls are competing to bring the star player to their franchise. With Thierry Henry announcing his retirement from soccer after the 2014 season, the Redbulls will look to bring in the Englishman to help alleviate the hole that will be left with Henry’s absence.
Steven Gerrard hopes to return to Liverpool in the future, however. Being a part of the Liverpool organization since the age of nine years old, he wishes to continue his history with the club as a coach of some capacity.
“I think that’s more in hope – I’ll only come back and serve the club if I feel as if I can help,” Gerrard added.
“I’ll always be a fan, of course, no matter what happens in the future. But I think that’s something I’ll have to consider.
“I think when you’ve been part of a club like this for so long and you’ve contributed in the way I’ve tried to, I’d always want that to stay the same in the future.
“I wouldn’t like to come back just to be Steven Gerrard the player and just be around. I’d like to help in whatever capacity that may be.
“If I sit down with the people who are running the club at that time and they see a role for me where I can help the team or help young kids to become players, of course I will consider it because, as you say, it’s been such a big part of my life.”