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So often looked at as a stepping stone to a bigger league, for some Major League Soccer is the bigger league, and the Gold Cup is the league’s showcase.

1) Gold Cup as MLS Showcase

Before the Cup began Belize’s American coach Ian Mork openly discussed getting some of his players into MLS. His best player, striker Deon McCaulay had previously trialed for Portland, but no luck yet.

Rodolfo Zelaya was able to shine in his teams 5-1 defeat.. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Rodolfo Zelaya was able to shine in his teams 5-1 defeat.. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

More likely to find an MLS home is El Salvador trickster Rodolfo Zelaya. Match commentator Eric Wynalda claimed that seven MLS sides were looking at the exciting prospect. There may be more after Zelaya’s standout effort against the U.S., even as his team fell 5-1.

2) Peter Vermes to Stay at Sporting KC.

Sporting KC have recently re-signed star players Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Kei Kamara and now they have locked up coach Peter Vermes. SKC seem to have done everything right as they have built a team that should succeed in both the long and short term.

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(Vermes (R) has committed to Kansas City until 2017 (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Vermes has been central to all of that in his dual roles as Coach and Technical Director. Kansas City’s TD since 2006, Vermes doubled up in 09. His new deal keeps him in both capacities until 2017.

3) Chicago Fire Sign New DP

The Fire have signed Ecuadorian attacker Juan Luis Anangono as their new DP. Anangono played in the Argentine top flight last season, scoring five goals in 32 games, after tallying 30 times in 72 matches in his homeland.

Mike Magee will hope he can guide  (Getty Images)

Mike Magee will be boosted by the Anangono signing. (Getty Images)

The Fire saved their season when they brought Mike Magee home from L.A. recently, now they hope that Anangono can give Magee some help as they try to chase down a playoff spot.

The Fire also are, no doubt, hoping that the new guy does a better job than Sherjill MacDonald, last year’s savior, brought in from the Netherlands, and reported to be on the way out.

4) What’s the Deal with the Red Bulls?

On Saturday the Red Bulls played to a 0-0 tie with dreadful Toronto FC, one game after thumping second place Montreal by a score of 4-0. Toronto, incidentally, was coming off of a 1-0 loss to Chivas USA, just three days earlier.

Henry (C) has had a quiet season thus far.(Getty Images)

Henry (C) has had a quiet season thus far.(Getty Images)

So what do we make of NYC 1? These are their six most recent league results, starting with Saturday. Tied TFC 0-0, beat Montreal 4-0, lost to Colorado 2-0, beat Houston 2-0, lost to Philadelphia 3-0 and lost to Vancouver 2-1.

That is 2-3-1 since June 1st. 0-2-1 on the road. The Bulls are still likely a playoff team, but this club led by Thierry Henry and including Tim Cahill, was meant to be challenging for a title. At the moment, that’s hard to forecast.

5) MLS Stars Shine For USMNT

This American Gold Cup side continues to be a fine advertisement for Major League Soccer.  Six of the USMNT starters in Sunday’s quarterfinal beat down of El Salvador were MLS players, and Eddie Johnson came off of the bench. Three of the five U.S. goals came from MLSers, Clarence Goodson, Johnson and Landon Donovan. Donovan chipped in three assists, Chris Wondolowski and Johnson adding one apiece.

Clarence Goodson celebrates his goal with Donovan the provider. (Getty Images)

Clarence Goodson celebrates his goal with Donovan the provider. (Getty Images)

When Omar Gonzalez joins the panel for Wednesday’s semi final in Cowboy Stadium, 13 of the 23 players on the U.S. roster will be members of Major League Soccer. If, as expected the U.S. goes on to claim the Gold Cup, it will be due in large part to the U.S. domestic league.

 

About Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan is a staff writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, covering MLS and other US leagues, He's GotSoccer's chief National Team Correspondent.
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