MLS Rundown: Rumours, Rumours and more Rumours

POTENTIAL TO MLS #1

Artem Kravets is nearing the end of his current contract with Dynamo Kiev and has been linked with a move to North America.

Kravets, 28-years-old, is a centre forward with seven goals in 19 appearances for his country and in the past has been compared to the legendary Andriy Shevchenko. A member of Dynamo’s first team dating back a decade, his exploits for the club earned him loan moves to German side VfB Stuttgart and Spain’s Granada over the past two years.

Ukrainian reports have suggested that “several clubs in MLS” are interested in signing him once he becomes a free agent at the end of the season, though he’s also been linked to Turkish teams in addition. Rundown is sporting a straight face.

POTENTIAL TO MLS #2

Sami Khedira is once again being linked with a move to MLS.

Italian outlet Tuttosport reported this week that the German midfielder is considering a move to the league when his Juventus contract expires in the summer of 2019. Again, straight face. Khedira, 30, has three goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season. He scored five goals in 31 league games for Juventus last year.

The former Real Madrid man has been linked with an MLS move previously. A full German international since 2009, Khedira has amassed 72 caps on the international stage, helping Germany to become 2014 World Champions.. In addition to his World Cup medal, Khedira has won two Serie A titles, one La Liga crown and one UEFA Champions League. He has said in the past that he would one day like to play in the US.

POTENTIAL TO MLS #3

Monterrey defender Efrain Juarez is in negotiations to possibly join MLS, Rayados manager Antonio Mohamed has told reporters.

Juarez wasn’t in the squad for Monterrey’s Liga MX opener against Monarcas Morelia on Saturday, with Mohamed saying that he was left off out of the game due to his ongoing negotiations with MLS.

“Efrain Juarez has the possibility of going to the MLS, he is in negotiations and for that reason he is not with the squad,” Mohamed said.

Juarez, 29, joined Monterrey from Club America in June 2013. The right back has appeared in 96 Liga MX matches with the club, including 10 in the recently-completed Apertura campaign. The former Real Zaragoza, Celtic and Pumas player has 39 caps with the Mexican national team, but none since 2012.

POTENTIAL TO MLS #4

If you’re tired of the joke by now, imagine how Rundown feels. It’s like saying Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha is interested in a move to England. Oh yeah? Big place, narrow it down. The madness continues as Chilean outlet Dale Ablo report that Macnelly Torres could be on his way to MLS.

According to Dale Albo, Torres, who currently plays for Colombia’s Atletico Nacional, is receiving interest from Chilean club Colo-Colo and has offers from Brazil and MLS.

It was reported last summer that FC Dallas were interested in the 33-year-old attacking midfielder. NYCFC were also rumoured to be interested in him in October, with a Colombian outlet reporting that the team made an offer for Torres.

Torres has spent the bulk of his career in his native Colombia, but played for Colo-Colo from 2008-10. He’s been with Atletico Nacional since May 2015, recording six goals in 41 appearances across all competitions in 2017 and helping the club to the 2015 Clausura, 2017 Apertura and 2016 Copa Libertadores titles. He has three goals in 39 internationals with Colombia, with eight of his caps coming in the country’s recent successful qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.

Any Other Business…

More news in Chile as Dale Albo report that Atlanta United’s veteran defensive midfielder Carlos Carmona will return to his native Chile to sign with Colo-Colo at the start of this week… Interim United States national team manager Dave Sarachan is humbled by his current position… Due to a lighthearted wager with their Atlanta United counterparts on social media, Los Angeles FC have donned black, red and gold as their twitter avatar colours when the Atlanta Falcons overcame Los Angeles Rams in an NFL wildcard game.