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Roundup: Red Stars Sign Kiwi Captain; Zelalem For USA?

Red Stars ink New Zealand defender; Kenny Miller cut loose; Raul linked to Cosmos

Martin Rose
Red Stars make a signing

The Chicago Red Stars have announced the signing of 24-year-old defender Abby Erceg of New Zealand. The deal is for the rest of the season and comes from playing most recently in Germany with other stops in Spain and Australia. Erceg is the captain of the New Zealand national team and has the most caps in history with 96.

Miller leaves Vancouver

With the two sides not able to agree to a contract extension, Kenny Miller and Vancouver have agreed to part ways. The Scottish international has been in and out of the team this year. I can understand Vancouver letting him go if he wanted big money because of the rise of Mattocks and Manneh.

USWNT friendlies

The USWNT will play France in two friendlies. The first one will be on June 14th in Tampa and the other game will be June 19th in Hartford, CT. It is possible that these friendlies will be the debut of a new coach. The French are the fourth best team in the world and should be a good test for the American women.

Raul linked to Cosmos

Legendary Real Madrid forward Raul has been linked to the New York Cosmos. This would be a big move for the Cosmos and I'm sure Raul could still make an impact in the NASL. He would be their second major signing behind midfielder Marcos Senna.

Showtime profiles USMNT

Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports will be doing a profile of the USMNT in their preparation for the World Cup. The piece will air on Showtime on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT. I don't expect anything shocking but should be some cool insight.

Bob Bradley update

Bob Bradley is under way in his first season coaching Stabaek in Norway. They currently sit in 9th place in the 16 team league and hopes to just avoid relegation this season.

Zelalem and USMNT

Jurgen may have convinced another promising youngster to join the USMNT. Geidon Zelalem is a highly touted prospect that is breaking into Arsenal's first team. The 17-year-old is reportedly in the U.S. finishing up getting his passport and citizenship. He was born in Germany and has been long rumored to be committed to the Germans but Jurgen might have stolen another promising German for the U.S.