One of the big weekend stories involves America’s most well known soccer player, Landon Donovan, and his decision to accept a short term loan deal to English side Everton. Though not a business story in the traditional sense, Donovan’s temporary move has the added benefit of shining a global light upon Major League Soccer and bringing attention to the league. Fans of Everton and other EPL sides will hear “MLS” whenever Donovan is mentioned and his presence in England should reflect positively on the league. Donovan’s loan continues a trend this off season of prominent domestic players spending a few weeks with teams overseas. While MLS has sent players to European clubs for years, Jurgen Klinsmann’s presence has added urgency and opportunities for those in the national team picture and MLS will benefit from its spreading league gospel across the pond.
The New York Times‘ Goal Blog weighs in with a detailed look at “Fox Soccer Report” the network’s nightly highlight show. John Doyle provides a substantial amount of depth in looking at the Canadian based program, including some information about why the show is based outside the United States. The blog post also reports in the chemistry between the assorted anchors, the history of the program and provides background on the various players. Fox Soccer Report is a program with which most American soccer fans are familiar and Doyle’s writing is definitely worth a read for fans of the show and those curious about how the highlight program comes together.
Finally, the MLS combine is just a few weeks away, with the event set to open on January 6. As a result, soccer publications are starting to publish lists of mock drafts, prospect rankings and more. Goal.com offers a look at senior prospects.
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