Fox Soccer Channel has announced that a new, all-soccer channel will be added to their repertoire - Fox Soccer Plus. The feeds for games that currently run on Setanta are sublicensed from Fox, but those sublicenses apparently end at the end of February, at which point Fox is letting the license expire and will use the feeds to launch the new Plus channel on March 1.
The best news - High Definition soccer is finally coming across the pond. Yes, it's only about three years late to the party. But hey, better late than never! Only two and a half more months of grainy feeds!
Sources have told YA that USA defender Gale Agbossoumonde is on the verge of signing a deal with Portugese club Sporting Braga. While the deal has not been completely finalized, the parties remain close. At this time it is unclear if the pending deal is a loan or a full transfer.
YA has also been able to confirm that Agbossoumonde, 18, has been training with Sporting Braga since December 28, 2009. Sporting Braga are currently tied with Benfica for first place in the Portuguese Liga table. Both clubs have 33 points through 14 games.
The last week of 2009 saw a flurry of pre-transfer window activity for several Yanks, highlighted by Fulham's Eddie Johnson and former Aarhus winger Jeremiah White both hopping planes southward for the winter and spring.
Reports out of Great Britain have Ricardo Clark garnering interest from English Premier League side Burnley FC and Scottish powerhouse Celtic FC. The American midfielder's contract with Major League Soccer expires December 31st and he is set to move come the January transfer window.
After seven years in MLS, Clark is now keen on seeking a team abroad and, unlike his Houston Dynamo team-mate Stuart Holden, is not considering re-signing with MLS. The 26-year-old midfielder made it clear to the Houston front office via email that he will not return and plans to sign a contract with a European team.
Everton announced on Tuesday[/b] that Landon Donovan's work permit was officially granted for his ten-week stay with the club beginning in January. Considering Donovan's lengthy resume with the US National team, this formality was expected to be a piece of cake and never in any real doubt.
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