Continuing on with our Major League Soccer offseason news, Sigi Schmid‘s Seattle Sounders have signed forward Andy Craven and goalkeeper Tyler Miller to 2016 contracts following a successful outing with Sounders FC 2, their USL affiliated second team.
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“Andy is a player that provides great speed and athleticism in the attack, either up front or on the wing,” Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said in a club statement. “He was making good progress for us this past year before his injury, and we look forward to having him in camp and healthy for the upcoming season.
“Tyler has great potential as a goalkeeper and showed promise in the limited time we had to work with him last season. We’re excited to continue that development in 2016 as he works further with our staff and the rest of the goalkeeper group.”
Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is being courted by David Beckham to be their first designated player in his South Florida-based team.
“If Ibrahimovic is still active, then I want to buy him right away. He is a magnificent physical specimen, so it’s entirely possible,” Beckham said of the Paris St-Germain striker to Aftonbladet, a Swedish newspaper. “Who does not want a man who is prepared to kill to win?
“I’ve played with or against the very best in the world I have never met anyone who was so serious during both practice and games. When I came to Paris I knew that he was an incomparable talent as a player, but he’d be so tough and merciless on himself at all times, I had no idea. He is a born winner. He is a beast with huge self-confidence, and I’m one of his biggest admirers.”
Finally, the Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes will be taking part in a preseason friendly in February at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Also, the Galaxy will be hosting Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera’s Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente on Feb. 9 at StubHub Center.