[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN]
The fields for the four MLS preseason tournaments are set with the announcement that Brazilian club Fluminense's U-23s will play at the Walt
Disney World Pro Soccer Classic. All but the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas will compete in one of the four tournaments that extend over the final two weeks of the preseason.
The young team from
Flu, which was relegated to the Brazilian second division, will be joined by six MLS teams and Orlando City at at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Orlando City will play its last year in USL PRO
in 2014 before moving to MLS.
Along with the Disney tournament, the Carolina Challenge Cup, Rose City Invitational and FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup will serve as the final tests for MLS
teams before they open the 2014 season on March 8. MLS: Updated Preseason Schedule REPORT.
How much did other MLS
teams bid for Michael Bradley
? Goal.com reported
on Monday that Sporting Kansas
City offered $40 million while Colombus and Philadelphia each offered $15 million. None matched Toronto FCs outlay of excess in $45 million in salary and transfer for the Roma midfielder.
MLS Transactions: Columbus: Deals with Revs for Parkhurst rights LA Galaxy: Signs Canadian forward Rob Friend HOMEGROWN WATCH.
Chicago Fire signed its second homegrown player of the offseason, reaching a deal with 23-year-old Northwestern midfielder Chris Ritter
, who scored 14 goals and
13 assists in his four seasons with the Wildcats. Ritter, a fifth-year senior, was the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. 2014 Homegrown
Class: TEAM: PLAYER (TEAM, YEAR) Chicago:
M Harrison Shipp (Notre Dame, sr.) Chicago:
M Chris Ritter (Northwestern, sr.)
D Ross Friedman (Harvard, sr.) Columbus:
M Matt Walker (Xavier, sr.) D.C. United:
D Jalen Robinson (Wake Forest, soph.) Real Salt
M Jordan Allen (Virginia, fr.) Seattle:
M Aaron Kovar (Stanford, soph.) Seattle:
F Sean Okoli
(Wake Forest, jr.) Toronto FC:
F Jordan Hamilton (KIA Toronto FC Senior Acad., h.s.) COMBINE FINALES.
The adidas MLS Player Combine concludes Tuesday with the third pair of games in Lauderhill, Fla. The morning kickoffs will allow players, coaches and agents to head up to Philadelphia
ahead of Thursday's MLS SuperDraft
. adidas MLS Player Combine
Schedule: Jan. 12 in Lauderhill, Fla.
Game 5: adiZero vs. Predator, 10 am ET
Game 6: Nitro Charge vs. Brazuca, 11:55 am ET From @SoccerInsider: