A dozen moments to remember from the 2015 MLS season

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A picture is worth a thousand words, so a moving picture is worth, like, a million or something. I don’t know — math is hard.

The point is, it’s a lot. And while I’m a fan of great sports photojournalism, I tend to remember each year’s pivotal or definitive moments in 5-to-35-second-long sequences rather than in momentary snapshots.

And so, here we are: 12 moments to remember 2015 by. I hope this year was as much fun for y’all as it was for me.

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Without Didier Drogba, Montreal has a building problem

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 30, 2015) US Soccer Players – While there’s nothing official yet, rumors persist that Didier Drogba will soon be leaving the Montreal Impact for a return to his spiritual home, Chelsea. What role Drogba might take back with his old English club is unclear. From an Impact perspective, it hardly matters. Losing out on a full season of Drogba leading their attack will require a hard turn in a new direction as the Impact prepare for the 2016MLS season.

Montreal pushed all of its chips in on Drogba, and rightfully so. All the striker did upon his arrival in Quebec last summer was score a goal for every regular season appearance he made. Drogba reformed the team in the process of pushing them into the playoff on a rocket ship of momentum. If 2015 was the preview, 2016 is the full show. Now there might not be a show at all.

Therein lies the problem of building a team around such a large central figure. In the age of the Designated Player, there’s a temptation for MLS teams to sign a talented, aging, marketable name and make him the lead character in their program. It’s a bet that his influence will help turn the side into a contender. With that gamble comes the acknowledgement that if the player in question doesn’t fully commit, or worse yet bails on the project early, the club is back to square one.

It’s not possible to “rebuild” when the load-bearing column is no longer in place. The whole edifice comes crashing down. For clubs that are not adept at forming a competitive team under the MLS salary constraints, the removal of such a key figure can send the team reeling.

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Happy new year to all of the GFY visitors!

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Hi everyone,

We would like to take this moment to wish you a happy 2016. We would also like to thank you for visiting our website and for following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Our website  will always be a “work in progress”. We will continue to add useful content to our website to make it a destination point for the local soccer community.

We hope that you will come back time and again to monitor our efforts to deliver a website that will help you keep up to date with the Montréal Impact, the MLS and the Europeans leagues. We have upcoming plans for additional website functionality and content for you, so please stay tuned! 

To our current followers and readers, we appreciate your support and expect to continue to earn it. To prospective followers, give us a try. We will work, hard, to give you a reason to visit us! If you have any further questions or would like more detailed directions feel free to contact us using Twitter or Facebook.

We look forward to talking to you.

Sincerely,

Lizzy & Franky


Le Bilan 2015 de Footafrica365.fr

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Gardien Idriss Carlos Kameni (Cameroun – Malaga)
Désigné joueur de la saison 2014-2015 par les supporters de Malaga, toujours préféré à son pourtant brillant homologue mexicain Guillermo Ochoa, le portier camerounais a cette année été, avec Vincent Enyeama (Lille), le portier africain le plus régulier. Revenu en équipe nationale au moment où le Nigérian renonçait aux Super Eagles, l’ancien champion olympique a marqué les esprits toute la saison durant. Reste particulièrement en mémoire son immense match face au Real Madrid, où il réussit huit sauvetages contre Cristiano Ronaldo et ses coéquipiers.

Egalement nommés : Adam Kwarasey (Ghana, Portland Timbers), Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisie, ES Sahel), Felipe Ovono (Guinée Equatoriale, Orlando Pirates).

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Mario Balotelli jugé trop sévèrement?

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Source: Lequipe.fr

Mario Balotelli ne serait pas jugé aussi sévèrement s’il était blanc, a déclaré ce jeudi son agent Mino Raiola, qui estime dans une longue interview accordée au quotidien sportif italien Tuttosportque le racisme reste un problème majeur dans le football italien. L’attaquant, prêté par Liverpool à l’AC Milan mais qui n’a plus joué depuis septembre à cause d’une blessure, fait l’objet de nombreuses critiques depuis le début de sa carrière pour son supposé manque de discipline et ses performances irrégulières.

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Paul Pogba worth more than €100M

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Agent Mino Raiola claims “€100m won’t be enough” to prise Paul Pogba from Juventus, advises Simone Zaza to stay and expects Alvaro Morata at Real Madrid.

The transfer guru gave a lengthy interview with Tuttosport newspaper covering a range of topics, including one of his most famous clients.

“Juve made the coup of the summer by keeping Pogba. Manchester United overpaid the most with €80m for Anthony Martial, so Monaco made a great deal there.

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Updates on Roderick Miller Montréal arrival

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Roderick Miller will be playing in the playoff game for the Copa América Centenario. The game will be on January 8th 2016. Source telling me that’s why Roderick not joining Montréal the same day as Pedro Janine. Pedro Janine will be arriving in Montréal January 9th.

We are all very excited for their arrival to Montréal. The Montréal Impact hasn’t yet communicated a press release.

Jack Todd: Price, Bouchard and Drogba captivated city’s sports fans in 2015

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It was the best of times and the worst of times — and that was just for the Canadiens between October and December.

It was the year Genie Bouchard went from Golden Girl to litigant in a lawsuit against the U.S. Tennis Association without passing Go. It was the year the Alouettes fired another coach, brought Jim Popp back to coach yet again and missed the playoffs.

It was the year Carey Price took home enough hardware to stock the shelves at Home Depot, the year the Canadiens fell in the second round to Tampa Bay, the year Didier Drogba lit up the soccer world with the Impact, the year the Blue Jays almost made it to the World Series before parting ways with Montrealer Alex Anthopoulos.

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MLS: L’équipe type Africaine

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Source: Mathieu Lemée, à Montréal (Rédaction Football365/FootSud) 

Avant de vous livrer comme chaque 31 décembre son équipe type africaine de l’année, Footafrica365.fr vous propose pour la première fois un onze de rêve établi sur la base de la saison écoulée en Major League Soccer.

Beaucoup de joueurs africains et d’origine africaine se sont signalés au cours de la saison 2015 en MLS. Choisir un onze type n’a donc pas été si simple, surtout avec autant d’éléments et de facteurs à considérer au-delà des statistiques, comme la constance, ce que le joueur a apporté au club etc. Néanmoins, voici notre équipe type des Africains en MLS.

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HIDDINK: DROGBA WOULD BE WASTED IN AN AMBASSADOR ROLE

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink feels Didier Drogba would be wasted as an ambassador and wants the club legend on his coaching staff.

Drogba now plies his trade for Montreal Impact in MLS, but Hiddink – who replaced Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season earlier this month – is eager for the 37-year-old to return to west London.

Speaking at a media conference on Wednesday, Hiddink said: “A few days ago before the Sunderland game I said that those rare kind of former players with this status would be very good for any club to have. Especially him because he’s a Chelsea legend, but for the moment we have to respect his contract with Montreal. It depends on the player himself, you need to give them time and opportunities to find out what the best is for them.

“It may be on the coaching staff or maybe as an ambassador, but that is too official and functional for me,” Hiddink added. “They need to go into the squad and help players with their experience.

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Many Solid sources: It’s almost confirmed Didier Drogba will leave IMFC! ( Not yet confirmed by IMFC)

Please note: The Montréal Impact has not yet confirmed if Drogba is indeed leaving. Please wait for an official confirmation before believing anything.

This tweet from RDS journalist states that the deal is sure to be settled.

Guardiola’s contract got cancelled hours after signing him

Guardiola’s contract hours after signing him

Barcelona terminated the contract of midfielder Sergi Guardiola just hours after he signed because of a series of “offensive” tweets, the club said on Monday.

Guardiola, 24, signed to play for Barca B on Monday, and the team announced the move on their website, complete with photos.

But by the end of the day they had taken down that report and soon posted another that said the contract was no longer valid.

La galaxy playing big!

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Transfer Watch: LA Galaxy reportedly “close” to signing English World Cup veteran Ashley Cole

The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that the LA Galaxy are “close” to announcing the signing of former England international defender Ashley Cole. Head coach Bruce Arena told the media on Monday that reports of the club’s negotiations with the player, who is out of contract and was most recently with Italian giants Roma, are “fairly accurate.”

Cole, 35, has not played a competitive match since March, when he made his 11th and final league appearance for Roma, although he did play in several summer friendlies. His contract with Roma was terminated in August, despite having one year left on the deal.

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Vancouver Whitecaps sign Japanese striker Masato kudo

The Canadian side added to its attacking ranks by signing Kashiwa Reysol’s all-time leading goal-scorer

The Vancouver Whitecaps have announced the signing of striker Masato Kudo on a free transfer from Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol.

Kudo, 25, joins on a multi-year deal. He has spent his entire career with Kashiwa Reysol, where he is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with 92 goals in 260 total appearances.

“Masato has a very good goal-scoring record and we are always looking at adding to the group,” Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said in a club release. “He has a natural ability to find space in the box, which generates goal-scoring opportunities. He is technically good with both feet and, as always required, he is a hard working player.”

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Drogba’s future in Montréal seems unsure

Seemingly each report regarding Didier Drogba‘s future in Montreal makes it clearer that he doesn’t have one.

Source: nbcsports.com

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Source: Twitter account @didierdrogba

The Impact’s star striker looks set to rejoin Guus Hiddink at Chelsea, beginning a coaching career he’s oft-discussed in the press.

Ryan Tolmich of SBI Soccer reports that Drogba’s “unlikely” return has Montreal looking at other options. Given their success with veteran big names like Drogba — and even with the money spent, the move was a success — and Marco Di Vaio, who will Montreal target to join a strike corps of Dominic Oduro and Andres Romero?

Montreal selected UCF forward Romario Williams with the third overall pick in the 2015 SuperDraft, and have Homegrown striker Anthony Jackson-Hamel, a Canadian U23 player. Cameron Porter is coming off an ACL tear.

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Drogba quittera possiblement Montréal

Les chances de revoir Didier Drogba à Montréal la saison prochaine seraient très minces

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Tout indique que le joueur étoile Didier Drogba ne sera pas de retour avec l’Impact de Montréal la saison prochaine, a appris RDS lundi soir.

Drogba est tenté par le projet de Chelsea de lui confier les rênes de l’équipe à moyen terme, soit lorsqu’il aura passé ses licences d’entraîneur.

Les chances que Drogba honore le reste de son contrat seraient de l’ordre de seulement 10 pour cent. L’Impact serait d’ailleurs activement à la recherche d’un attaquant pour le remplacer.

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Presque sûre que Drogba ne jouera pas avec IMFC en 2016

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Patrick Friolet : “On me dit qu’il est presque garanti que Drogba ne jouera pas avec l’Impact en 2016. #IMFC activement à la recherche d’un attaquant #RDS”

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