Orlando’s path to MLS cleared the final major hurdle Tuesday when county officials approved funding for a downtown stadium. I’ll have more on the city’s imminent entry into MLS later today. For now, a video report:
*Americans abroad updates:
As I reported yesterday on Twitter, U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones has engaged with a U.S.-based agency to explore the possibility of signing with MLS as early as this winter. Jones is in the process of moving his family into a home in Los Angeles (it’s apparently quite a place), a plan hatched well before the MLS initiative started.
Jones has done well for himself financially in Germany and is prepared to accept a pay cut to play in MLS. It’s about family and lifestyle, not a contract. A blue-collar player without broad name recognition, he would not garner the type of deal awarded to Robbie Keane, Clint Dempsey or Thierry Henry. But as a national team regular with Champions League experience — he started and played 71 minutes against Chelsea on Tuesday — MLS would have to pay him designated player cash ($500,000, perhaps?).
His preference clearly is to play in Southern California. Whether the Galaxy or Chivas USA would be willing to make room for him is another matter. The Galaxy already has three DPs: Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez.
Meantime, Washington native Oguchi Onyewu has found a new club after separating with Sporting Lisbon: Queens Park Rangers in England’s second tier.
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht are seeking their first Champions League victory after a pair of defeats when they host Paris Saint-Germain today (2:45 p.m. ET, www.foxsoccer2go.com).
Midfielder Brek Shea is eager to go on loan from Stoke City.
Former University star Brian Span, 21, has been dropped by Djurgarden after two seasons with the Swedish top-flight club.
*D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers are in talks to renew their partnership in 2014, DCU General Manager Dave Kasper said. United assigned several young players to the third-division side during various stretches of the USL Pro campaign this year. United chose to affiliate with Richmond instead of playing in the MLS reserve league.
*Maryland, ranked 12th in this week’s men’s coaches’ poll, recovered from Saturday’s home loss to Wake Forest with a 1-0 non-league victory over Drexel. Ninth-ranked Georgetown will host DePaul at 3 p.m. today at Shaw Field.
*The ACC has announced starting times and TV details for the men’s tournament final four at Maryland SoccerPlex:
Nov. 15: semifinals at 5:30 and 8 p.m. on ESPN3.com
Nov. 17: final at 2 p.m. on ESPNU
Ticket information is here.