News on the CBA front has been scarce to nonexistent this week, with the deadline looming next Thursday, but here, Pat Martin of the Sports Network argues that players should scotch their demand for guaranteed contracts. Other reports have suggested progress on that particular issue, but we won’t know about their reliability until Feb 25.
There have been some on-field developments this week, most notable of which is the signing of U.S. U-17 star Luis Gil.
Having failed to come to terms with the midfielder before the 2010 MLS draft, the league hammered out a deal with him today, and Gil will be allocated to a team on Monday, through a weighted lottery.
Gil, who had four goals and four assists in 18 international appearances with the U-17s, had drawn interest from Arsenal and Real Madrid. Here’s a snippet of the kid in action for the U-17s (No. 10):
• In Florida, Toronto FC is giving a pre-season trial to 37-year-old Scot Paul Dickov, late of second-tier English side Derby County, where he scored two goals in 16 appearances this season.
• Red Bull New York announced it would host an international friendly between Turkey and the Czech Republic on May 22nd in its new Red Bull Arena. Related: Brian Straus of AOL Fanhouse toured the new stadium and came away impressed, saying the venue “gets everything right. It will be the continent’s finest soccer stadium when it opens next month…. The New York area has been waiting for a reason to pay attention to its soccer team. It now has one.” Click here for more on his visit.
• Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan, on loan to Premiership side Everton, was voted the Toffees’ Player of the Month for January by the team’s fans. Here’s the story on Everton’s website, where you can also check out photos of Lando’s signing session at the Everton store at Goodison Park. Donovan and MLS alum Tim Howard face Manchester United tomorrow, but they learned today that they’ll do so without attacking midfielder Tim Cahill, who was ruled out with a calf injury. The Toffees are also missing central midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who is scheduled for ankle surgery.