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Buon Natale, A.J. Soares!!

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As it happens those “offers to play in Europe” that were rumored to be out there for now former New England Revolution defender A.J. Soares were true.  The 26 year old California native who has played for the Revs since 2011 will now play is football in…wait for it…Serie A!  It was announced today that Soares has signed a deal with Hellas Verona- currently in 13th position (mid-table) in the Italian top tier.

If Soares is able to avoid the pitfalls of being stuck in the reserve team, being left out in the cold after a change in managers, niggling injuries, etc. I think Serie A could be a good place for him as it has a reputation for defensive players who are afraid to be physical and who are will to get right up in the faces of their opponents, two things Soares does as well as anyone in MLS.  Worst case scenario is that he makes a ton of money compared to what he could have expected in MLS, he gets to live in a wonderful city, and who knows, maybe he’ll even get on Jurgen Klinsman’s radar.

In other news…

  • The Revolution resigned back-up goalkeeper Brag Knighton.  Meh.
  • Damarcus Beasley has announced his international retirement.  I was kind of hoping DMB might hang around long enough to threaten to playing another world cup, but apparently he’s not going to.  Great servant to his country over the past two decades.
  • Orland City signed Honduran international Bryan Rochez as their second designated player.  They might want to look at the league history of signing Central American players as designated players, especially when said player has not proven himself in a league better than Honduras’ Liga Nacional.  That being said, he is only 19 and he’s been good for a goal every other game over his first two years as a professional.   Of course, the same could have been said for Jerry Bengston…
  • Ally McCoist has resigned, Rangers and owner Mike Ashley are under investigation by the Scottish Football Association.  Also, due to the terms of his contract, once McCoist handed in his resignation his contract reverted to the full sum he signed for (he’s been working at a discount to help the club through its financial hard times) and Rangers can’t actually afford to pay him.  You reap what you sow, Gers, you reap what you sow…
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