MLS Offseason Notebook: Nocerino drama, St. Louis’ prospects, more

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MLS tells Orlando to back off Nocerino: DC United holds the discovery rights to AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino, and so by league rules Orlando City is forbidden from negotiating with him. The league made this clear after reports that the Lions were attempting to woo Nocerino towards Orlando. This is not the first time Orlando has been accused of tampering; Adrian Heath landed in hot water last year for comments he made about SKC’s Dom Dwyer.

League places expansion focus on St. Louis: With the St. Louis Rams having officially fled for Los Angeles last month, MLS has put in renewed efforts to explore the possibility of expansion to St. Louis. The market has a long history with soccer, and provided solid support for St. Louis FC in their first season in the USL. But the lack of an investor has always put a damper on St. Louis’ expansion hopes. Don Garber has expressed hope that the timing is now right for St. Louis soccer.

Union sign Roland Alberg: The Philadelphia Union have signed Dutch midfielder Roland Alberg from ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie. The transfer required the use of targeted allocation money. Alberg, 25, had eight goals and nine assists for Den Haag in 2014-15.

RSL reportedly close to signing Elder Torres: According to a Spanish-language report, Real Salt Lake is looking to acquire 20-year-old Honduran midfielder Elder Torres. Torres has been a regular with Honduras’ youth national teams, playing in last summer’s U-20 World Cup.

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  • Guy Fieri

    It is kinda funny, seeing teams like Orlando, and NYCFC, mostly the newer teams trying to acquire players how a team in a normal structured league would do so, but end up getting in trouble or just left out in utter confusion. I think a lot of the teams currently joining MLS that are foreign owned will not understand the system.

  • Cam newton

    If you don’t live under a rock, then you must know
    St.louis, Indy and Charlotte have one foot in MLS, leaving one spot in the east.
    In the west, it’s more of a who wants it more.
    Sacramento, San Diego, Phoenix,Vegas, Austin, San Antonio, and okc.

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