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USMNTers in headlines on MLS transfer deadline day: Yedlin, Jones, Mix

Aug 6, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT

Mix Diskerud AP

Major League Soccer’s transfer window closes today, and there’s no shortage of rumors circulating regarding the comings and goings in the league.

Three of the biggest names that have been tossed around this summer have been United States men’s national teamers, which comes as no big surprise after the Yanks ran through a perceived Group of Death and into the Round of 16 before bowing out to Belgium.

The only confirmed movement of Yanks heading into Wednesday were the ‘old news’ move of DaMarcus Beasley to Houston, and the pair of extensions given to Matt Besler and Graham Zusi by Sporting KC.

[ MORE: What will Zusi and Besler’s DP deals mean for the future of MLS? ]

First, Seattle Sounders back DeAndre Yedlin could be set to put an exclamation point on MLS silly season by winding up in London… eventually. Taylor Twellman used Twitter to lay out a deal that would make a lot of Sounders fans happy in a bittersweet way, as Seattle could sell Yedlin but keep him for a few more months.

It’s definitely a victory for Seattle, who would get to plot its future knowing there’s money in the bank for their 21-year-old outside player.

[ MORE: All DeAndre Yedlin news ]

Meanwhile, Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated spilled the beans on the Crew’s hopes to bring Mix Diskerud to Columbus from Scandinavia:

Columbus thought it had a handshake deal on terms with U.S. international Mix Diskerud, only for his father/agent, Paal, to demand more money at the last second, according to multiple sources. As of Wednesday, the MLS summer transfer deadline, the two sides were still trying to work out a deal but had yet to reach one. A similar situation happened in early 2013 when Diskerud nearly joined Portland, only for talks to break down late in the game.

Way to go, Dad. It looks as if Columbus has moved onto plan B — not that they couldn’t have both — and could link up with Greek striker Dimitrious Papadopolous. The 32-year-old former international netted 14 times in 35 matches for Atromitos last season.

And Jermaine Jones to Chicago is not dead, at least not in the mind of Illinois hip-hopper Lupe Fiasco. The 32-year-old “Food and Liquor” rapper took to Twitter to plead with @JermaineJunior. And Jones was quick to Retweet his pleas:

[ MORE: Chicago confirms offer to Jones, unaware of any rejection ]

The rumors with Jones and Chicago have been that the Fire haven’t put enough money on the table for the player’s liking, and Wahl noted in his report that Michael Bradley‘s big contract is a part of the problem.

  1. mikeevergreen - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    They may say it’s money on Jones’ part, but I think that there’s something else involved here. Chicago just moved Jeff Larentowicz to central defense because none of the centerbacks they have is even so much as competent. That lack of competence at such a vital position shows a long-term NON-commitment to winning. If I’m Jones, I’m not signing with a team that doesn’t want to win, no matter how much money they flash.

  2. soundsofsuccess7 - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    MLS needs to get rid of the DP rule and salary cap and all that if it wants to contend for international talent.

    Competitive balance is great, but right now the MLS needs to forgo competitive balance for the sake of getting real talent in the league.

    Get the Jermaine Joneses over here, get the Mix Diskeruds over here, even if they’re with bigger market clubs. With more internationally competitive big market clubs, new owners will be drawn in and smaller market clubs will hopefully gain owners with a some cash and just like that the MLS is a half decent league.

    The DP rule and salary cap are holding the league back.

    • jdfsquared - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Nope. Slow and steady growth with a salary cap to keep small markets competitive is the way to go. In time, the TV and sponsor money will increase enough to up the level of play (this has already begun), and MLS will be the most competitive of all the top world leagues in 10-15 years.

    • bostonredsoccer - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      While the salary cap will increase, we really don’t need to drop it anytime soon. Otherwise, we’ll have *lots* of expensive talent that’s trying to get by on name alone.

    • konmtu - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      The DP rule and salary cap is what keeps MLS alive. Otherwise, it could/would become another NASL (80’s version) or USFL and flame out quickly. Unfortunately, sports team owners now want to make profits from their teams rather than see the value grow or use them like playtoys.

  3. packerken2000 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Any updates? I guess I’m spoiled by MLB and NBA and knowing about deadline deals as soon as they happen.

    • Nicholas Mendola - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      Yeah it’s a super bummer. Unfortunately, teams are pretty good about being tight-lipped.

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