Archive for January 6th, 2012

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Whitecaps say hello to Martin Bonjour

The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Argentine defender Martin Bonjour.

The club announced the signing on Friday.

Bonjour had a cup of coffee with Polish side Lech Poznan, but made a name for himself in Uruguay. While Uruguay and Argentina’s national sides are bitter rivals, many Argentines have crossed the border to benefit their professional careers.
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Former U.S. U-20 coach Rongen takes over as head of TFC Academy

Thomas Rongen

On the one-year anniversary of Aron Winter being named Toronto FC’s Head Coach and Technical Director, the former Dutch international made a quiet announcement about another addition to club’s personnel.

It was almost an afterthought as most media gathered at a press conference Friday morning to discuss TFC’s CONCACAF Champions League match as well as the MLS Combine and SuperDraft. Winter had to interject and matter-of-factly announce that the club had just hired Thomas Rongen as the new Academy Director.

Rongen may not be a household name in Canadian soccer circles, but he is very well known in MLS and the U.S.. Not many questions were raised about the hiring — and it may be seen now by some as a low-key addition — but he could have quite the impact on the team in the years to come. He brings considerable coaching experience but it’s his background and familiarity with the league and the North American game that will prove most beneficial for the Reds.
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Jalali, Froese Gonzalez won’t be present when FC Edmonton begins January training

Sadi Jalali and Kianz Froese Gonzalez won’t be on the pitch next Monday when FC Edmonton ends its holiday break reconvenes its off-season training.

FCE confirmed Thursday that, as scheduled, the two teenagers have ended their training stints with the club.

Jalali and Froese Gonzalez had been training with FC Edmonton before the Christmas break after signing unique deals in early November. Both had committed to join German clubs — Jalali with Kaiserslautern and Froese Gonzalez with FSV Mainz. But, while they waited for the paperwork to be processed and the January international transfer window to open, the duo agreed to join FCE. The deal? That both would pledge their North American pro futures to FCE. So, if the German deals fell through, the players’ rights would revert back to FCE.
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Ching relents, will report to Montreal

Brian Ching

He has yet to manage his club through an MLS game, but Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch earned his first major “W” on Thursday.

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle (CLICK), striker Brian Ching said he will back down on his retirement threat and report to the Montreal Impact’s training camp. This will either give the Impact the flexibility to use Ching… or trade him.

Ching was taken by the Impact with the club’s first overall pick in the expansion draft, even though Ching had warned Marsch that he would rather retire than report to Montreal. The Impact, strangely, was criticized on many fronts for taking Ching, when all the club did was select a veteran player who was left unprotected.
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