Well, the day is here. An entire summer's worth of internet rumors and manager tongue slips dissected 5000 different ways comes to an end today.
August 31st is the last day for clubs in most leagues to be able to transfer players from other countries into their squad. MLS is slightly different as clubs can only bring in international players tied to other clubs from June 27 to July 27. However, as we saw yesterday, European clubs can make moves for MLS players until the former's deadline closes. With Marco Pappa of the Chicago Fire headed to SC Heerenveen and other rumors including Roger Espinoza of Sporting KC on the move to Wigan, it can be a day for MLS clubs to do everything possible to convince their players to stay. Also keep in mind that MLS clubs can sign out-of-contract players until September 15th.
There may be a shock or two in store though. Earlier this week, rumors surfaced that Rangers and United States Men's National Team defender Carlos Bocanegra would be rejoining the Men in Red. It now looks as if the USMNT captain is headed to Racing de Santander of the Spanish second division. And yet, that could all change by day's end.
Some of us also have English Premier League affiliations in addition to our Fire fandom. Myself and Nick Fedora are huge Fulham supporters and waiting anxiously to see if our beloved Whites can seal the signature of Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov. Ryan Sealock is also a Newcastle supporter, for which I feel very sorry for him.
So feel free to join us as we discuss potential and completed moves as they relate to the Fire, MLS, EPL and the entire world. This day is madness every year. This year shouldn't be any different.