New Galaxy signing Ashley Cole, who once dismissed MLS as a place players go to sit on the beach and then had to backtrack when he joined LA, is among a slew of 30-plus players coach Bruce Arena has signed to push for another MLS Cup.
All have plenty of experience — but some know little about the demands of MLS.
BTW: Steres was inspired by the luminary likes of Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and Carles Puyol, a Catalan who played for Barcelona, the pride of that fiercely independent Spanish region.
“I just like the tenacity that they played with,” Steres said. “I’m kind of a more calm, easy-going guy and I just like to watch them, how they get into tackles, how everything mattered with them, especially Puyol. He won every single ball, everything was just stuck in and hard and Ramos bought a little more flair.”
Bull Run: New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch — no stranger to budget constraints at cheapskates Chivas USA — has reunited with former teammate Sacha Kljestan and molded the once much-maligned franchise as a matter of necessity into a model for MLS (Associated Press file photo).