The big news that is pretty much blotting out the rest of Major League Soccer: Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley have officially both joined Toronto FC. It certainly was a "bloody big deal," as the $100 million spending spree should give Toronto (on paper) two of the best players in MLS next season.
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These aren't over-the-hill players coming to MLS as a final contract. Defoe scored in the Premier League on Sunday and Bradley is the best American midfielder in the world right now (in my estimation). It's a coup for MLS and, perhaps, a sign of things to come. If you want to play in the next era of MLS, you might have to pony up some big money.
As Goal.com reported early on Monday, Sporting Kansas City put up a $40 million bid to try and capture Bradley -- who would've been a perfect fit as a box-to-box and ball-winning midfielder. Toronto, in the end, put up the better monetary offer and got the deal done.
On the list of things that most soccer fans in KC couldn't imagine in 2006: Its ownership group putting up $40 million for a single player. (BTW, that number was the total for a transfer fee and his salary.)
Sporting KC learns Disney tournament
On Monday, the final teams were revealed for the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando. Sporting Kansas City was drawn into Group B with New York Red Bulls, Montreal Impact and Brazil's Fluminense FC U-23 team.
Kansas City's schedule:
vs. New York, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19
vs. Fluminense FC U-23, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
vs. Montreal Impact, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26
The consolation and championship matches will be Saturday, March 1.
The other four teams, drawn into Group A: Orlando City SC (hosts), Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew and Toronto FC.
The MLS college entry draft is scheduled for this Thursday, with the coverage on ESPNews starting at 11 a.m. (Central). Only the first two rounds of the four-round draft will take place live in Philadelphia. The third and fourth rounds will take place via conference call on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
What does this mean for Sporting Kansas City? As of right now, it means KC will have just one pick -- the very last one, #38 -- on Thursday.
Kansas City traded its natural first-round pick to New England for Benny Feilhaber last year. Based off the early reports out of the draft combine, having a first-round pick might not be a necessity this year. A source told ESPN's Jeff Carlisle that the talent on display was "vanilla." Not really a ringing endorsement.
Five Sporting KC players travel to Brazil for U.S. training
Jurgen Klinsmann is taking all 26 players called into the January national team camp to Brazil for a "dry run" training for the 2014 World Cup this summer.
All five Sporting KC players in camp -- Chance Myers, Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber -- were included in that trip.