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Kaka shines brightest at the All-Star Game
Orlando City SC playmaker Kaka stole the show in Wednesday night’s MLS All-Star Game, grabbing a goal and assist in a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at a sold-out Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The Brazilian superstar, who skippered the All-Stars during his 45-minute run-out, opened the scoring from the spot in the 20th-minute before setting up David Villa three minutes later with a driving ball across the face of the goal.
Harry Kane pulled one back for Spurs later in the first-half but the best of MLS held on for the victory, as the former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder took home the game’s MVP award.
“It’s not bad for my first All-Star,” Kaka told after MLSsoccer.com after the match.
Not bad at all.
Montreal Impact new boy Drogba gets a rousing welcome
It’s fair to say that Montreal is pretty excited about Didier Drogba’s arrival.
The Chelsea legend, who left Stamford Bridge earlier this summer after making 381 appearances in two stints for the Blues, received a hero’s welcome upon touching down in Canada to begin the next chapter of his career in MLS.
Hundreds of fans greeted the Ivorian striker as he made his way through Stade Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport ahead of linking up with his new club, where one suspects he won’t have a hard time winning over the supporters.
Galaxy cut ties with Penedo, but replacement already lined up?
The LA Galaxy delivered some shock roster-related news on Wednesday evening, announcing that they had agreed to mutually terminate the contract of goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
The Panama international, 33, signed for the club in August 2013 and was instrumental in helping them win the 2014 MLS Cup, racking up 61 league appearances and 21 clean sheets during his time at the StubHub Center.
Later taking to Instragram to explain the reasons for his sudden departure, Penedo wrote that "it was the decision that I had to make because of principles".
Nevertheless, it looks like head coach Bruce Arena already has a replacement lined up, with the Orlando Sentinel reporting that a deal is being worked on to bring Orlando’s Donovan Ricketts back to the West Coast.
The Jamaican stopper made 70 regular-season appearances for the Galaxy between 2009 and 2011, winning the 2011 MLS Cup and 2010 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, before being traded to the Montreal Impact.
He started the first 10 games of this season for expansion side Orlando while Tally Hall was recovering from a knee injury but has since lost his place to his fit-again teammate.
Orlando add reinforcements with Real Madrid product and Swiss winger
Orlando have also added a couple of players to their roster in the meantime, confirming the signings of Swiss winger Adrian Winter and Spanish defender David Mateos.
Mateos, 28, joins the club after climbing the ranks through Real Madrid’s youth system for nearly seven years, even playing alongside City captain Kaká, before moving to the Hungarian side Ferencvarosi in 2013.
Winter, meanwhile, arrives in Florida after spending the previous five seasons with FC Luzern, scoring 15 goals in 130 matches played with the club.
Philadelphia get a three-time World Cup veteran
Winter was not the only Swiss midfielder to arrive in MLS on Wednesday, though, with the Philadelphia Union announcing the signing of former Bayern Leverkusen and Schalke winger Tranquillo Barnetta.
Barnetta, 30, had been free agent this summer after his contract at Schalke expired, following a season in which he recorded three goals and five assists in 27 games for the Bundesliga side.
According to Sports Illustrated, the 75-times capped international was attracting strong interest from the likes of Leicester, Augsburg and Real Betis but decided to make a permanent stateside switch after visiting Philadelphia last week and training with the Union to get a sense of the team.
Argentine ace heading to Red Bulls?
The San Lorenzo winger, 25, would become the club’s second big-name signing this summer, having managed to reunite former England midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips with brother and star striker Bradley at Red Bull Arena this week.