Major League Soccer Transfer Rumors 2011-2012: David Bentley Possibly Seeking MLS Loan

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Luke Rodgers' Receives Visa, Joining Red Bulls In Mexico

The New York Red Bulls' offseason is suddenly not looking so bad. The latest piece of positive news comes in the form of Luke Rodgers receiving his long-delayed visa, according to the team website.

Forward Luke Rodgers, whose arrival to preseason camp was delayed due to immigration issues, had his U.S. visa approved. It is unclear when Rodgers will join the team in Mexico, but we’re happy to say that he will be a Red Bull in 2012.

This is a pretty significant development for both parties. Red Bulls coach Hans Backe had recently expressed some doubt that Rodgers' visa situation would ever be resolved.

If Rodgers had been unable to join the team, the Red Bulls would have been without one of their most consistent scorers from the 2011 season. Rodgers was the Red Bulls' second leading scorer with nine goals, despite playing in just 23 matches. With Rodgers, the Red Bulls' attack suddenly looks quite strong, even if Juan Agudelo is transferred.

For more on the Rodgers' situation, be sure to check out Red Bulls blog Once a Metro.


Union Reportedly Considering Trade Of Sebastien Le Toux Within MLS - Brotherly Game

The transfer saga of Sebastien Le Toux appears to have taken a highly unexpected turn. Citing an anonymous source close to the situation, Brotherly Game is reporting that Le Toux is heading back to MLS, but that the Philadelphia Union may trade him to another team. Right now, the most likely trade partner appears to be the Vancouver Whitecaps, although Le Toux is reportedly trying to remain with the Union.

News first surfaced a little more than a week ago that Le Toux was heading to Bolton on a possible transfer. But after trialling with the team for about week, Bolton has apparently decided to explore other options. That seemed to herald his return to the Union, who are facing a bit of a potential logjam at forward. In addition to Danny Mwanga continuing to press for minutes, they signed Saprissa standout Josue Martinez in the offseason.

Making Le Toux the odd man out in that situation would seem to be an odd choice, being as he's excelled as a forward. During two seasons with the Union, Le Toux has scored 25 goals and registered 20 assists, most of which have come while playing up top.


Faryd Mondragon Reporteldy Leaving Philadelphia Union For Deportivo Cali

Veteran goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon appears to be heading home to Colombia, likely speeding up Zac MacMath's career trajectory.


Red Bulls Targeting Wilman Conde As Tim Ream's Replacement

With the Tim Ream transfer now finalized, the New York Red Bulls appear to be moving quickly to find his replacement. That player is former Chicago Fire centerback Wilman Conde, according to

"With Conde coming in, to me, he’s one of the league’s best center backs," Backe said. "I think he’s massive with his experience, his physical ability. With the Swedish guy, too, we’ll have two solid center backs."

"The Swedish guy" would be 6-foot-3 Markus Holgersson. Combined with the 6-foot-2 Conde, the Red Bulls would have one of the bigger centerback pairings in the league.

Conde's MLS rights are still controlled by the Fire, who tried to re-sign him before he left for Atlas of the Mexican Primera. The Red Bulls would have to compensate the Fire in some way for Conde's rights, most likely with allocation dollars or a draft pick. That's likely more of a formality, though, as the league tends to help facilitate these kinds of moves.

During four seasons with the Fire, Conde established himself as one of the league's top defenders when healthy. Since signing with Atlas in December 2010, he's made 13 Primera appearances and even scored two goals.

For more on this move, check out Red Bulls blog Once a Metro and Fire blog Hot Time In Old Town.


Houston Dynamo Transfer Rumor: Scotland's Kris Boyd Reportedly Considering Offer

Kris Boyd may not be a household name among Major League Soccer fans, but his resume should be enough to perk up some ears. The 28-year-old Scotland international is reportedly considering an offer to come to the Houston Dynamo.

Boyd is a player well known to observers of European soccer. As recently as 2009-10, he scored 23 Scottish Premier League goals with Rangers. A year before that, he scored 27. In 143 league matches with the Glasgow giants, he found the back of the net 101 times. During five seasons with Kilmarnock, a much smaller SPL team, he scored 63 times in 153 matches. He's also scored seven goals in 18 senior team caps with Scotland.

The reason Boyd is even available, though, does raise some questions. Boyd is currently unemployed after he reportedly had his contract terminated with Turkey's Eskişehirspor. Boyd claimed to have never been paid by the club and has now started legal proceedings against them.

Prior to his time in Turkey, Boyd spent a season in the English Championship where he played to mixed results. In 37 matches, he scored 12 goals but he did it with two clubs: Middlesborough and Nottingham Forest. Those numbers might not seem bad, but it seems his stint in the Championship was deemed mostly a disappointment and there are signs that his work ethic has been questioned.

Still, it would seem that a player like Boyd could succeed in MLS. He appears to have the kind of size that plays well here, even if he's not a prototypical target forward, and the style of play in the United Kingdom tends to translate.

For more on Boyd's potential signing and all things Dynamo, be sure to check out Dynamo Theory.


MLS Transfer Rumors: Sounders Sign Swedish FB Adam Johansson

Adam Johansson reportedly joins the Seattle Sounders after playing most of his career in Sweden and making nine national team appearances.

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