Many of the victims were players and coaches from a small-town Brazilian soccer team that was headed to the finals of one of South America’s most prestigious tournaments after a fairy-tale season that had captivated their soccer-crazed nation. On Thursday, row upon row of caskets, many covered with white sheets printed with the logo of the Chapocoense soccer team, filled a Medellin funeral home in preparation for being flown home, as family members of some victims gathered there to say their final good-byes. “Profit brings greed,” Machado said, speaking in the Brazilian team’s hometown of Chapeco. Williams Brasiliano, uncle of midfielder Arthur Maia, said the crash was avoidable if the team had chosen a commercial airline to travel to Colombia — not a charter.
Despite links with transfer destinations in Germany, the Netherlands and Israel, USMNT center back Steve Birnbaum is staying with DC United. The Cal standout, 25, has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Black-and-Red, helping Ben Olsen’s quest to move up the Eastern Conference pecking order yet again. Birnbaum has nine caps and a goal for the USMNT, and has a good chance to further his import to the national team set-up under new coach Bruce Arena. “Through his work ethic and unwavering competitiveness, Steve has developed into a top central defender in MLS,” Dave Kasper, United general manager and VP of soccer operations, said. “Steve has become a leader in the locker room and has made a strong
Six months after leaving Aston Villa for Middlesbrough, Brad Guzan could be on the move again when the January transfer opens for business. His destination? MLS, perhaps, according to a report from FourFourTwo. After failing losing out on the starting job to former Barcelona star Victor Valdes at Boro, Guzan is reportedly “exploring a potential return” to MLS which would see him end his eight-and-a-half-year stay in England in favor of a non-Designated Player contract in MLS, according to the report. Even coming in below the DP threshold, which is set to surpass $475,000 in 2017 (it was $457,500 in 2016), Guzan would be one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in MLS should a move come to fruition