July 13, 2016
By Brian Trusdell
The Americas' League
Soccer News Net Contributor
MLS has long touted its efforts to lure home U.S. national team regulars from Europe. It may start adding their Canadian counterparts to that mission.
Vancouver announced this week that it acquired both Marcel de Jong and David Edgar, joining the five other Whitecaps who have seen at least some time with the Canadian national team in the past eight months.
The 29-year-old De Jong returned to North America last seasons after 10 years in the Netherlands and Germany, playing 13 games with Kansas City before the two mutually parted ways. He's played the last six months with Ottawa Fury, telling reporters “he liked it here.” Now he's apparently settled a little to the west.
The 29-year-old Edgar has spent the last 10 seasons in with six different teams in England and Wales, moving to Vancouver after being loaned by Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United in the past 18 months.
De Jong and Edgar are the third and fourth Canadian regulars now playing in MLS, joining Tesho Akindele in Dallas and Cyle Larin in Orlando. The NASL has another trio with the rest spread from Japan to Spain.
If MLS is slow to attract Canadians, it has no problems with Costa Ricans. Already, the league has Ticos Christian Bolanos (Vancouver), Waylon Francis (Columbus), Ronald Matarrita (New York City) and Johan Venegas (Montreal).
Now a report from a leading news outlet in of the Central American country says the Houston Dynamo are working to acquire 24-year-old defender Keyner Brown.
Brown already has won two Costa Rican league titles the past two years with Herediano after playing for the Costa Rican national team at the U-20 World Cup in 2011. He's made two appearances with the full national team and was a member of its Gold Cup team last year but didn't get any minutes.
Chased by Father Time?
DaMarcus Beasley, who missed only six games last year and one this season to date, appears set to miss several over the next month.
The 34-year-old midfielder/defender alerted Houston Dynamo fans via Instagram, and the team has confirmed, he will have surgery on his left knee this week to repair torn cartilage and remove loose particles.
The club has said the former U.S. national team stalwart will begin rehabilitation immediately so he can return to the field “in a timely manner.”
Beasley had to come off the field in the 67th minute of Friday's 0-0 draw in Orlando because of the injury, and was replaced by Sheanon Williams.
After departing Chicago over a decade ago for the greener stadia of Europe, Beasley faced several injury situations, notably at Man City and Rangers. He retired from the U.S. national team following the 2014 World Cup, yet came back for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup at the invitation of manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
Ilinsho has responded to a return to the Philadelphia's starting lineup, getting the first two goals of his MLS career against D.C. United, leading a 3-0 win and earning Player of the Week honors.
His exploits have made him the third Philly player to win POTW in the last five weeks, joining Ronald Alberg two weeks ago and Chris Pontius two weeks before that.
The 25-year-old Ilson Pereira Dias Junior, who moved to MLS in January after three years at Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk, began the season in the Union's starting lineup but after four games found limited if any minutes for an 11-game stretch.
Manager Jim Curtin restored him to the midfield four games ago and his performance helped Philadelphia win for the third time in five games.