MLS x Futbol Artist Network

With Major League Soccer returning in about two weeks, the league collaborated with our friends at the Futbol Artist Network, using the anticipation from fans to garner a fair share of creativity. The result was a piece of art for each club in MLS, designed by fans for their respective communities. While we posted the best designs (in our opinion) above, you can check out the whole collection with information about the artists and their pieces here. [Posted by Eric]

Jonathan Bornstein: Moving On From MLS

Interview by Chi Huynh, Los Angeles

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk to the (now former) Chivas USA left-back Jonathan Bornstein a few questions about how he felt about leaving Chivas USA and leaving Los Angeles. Bornstein has been Bob Bradley’s pick at left-back for the US Men’s National Team over the past few years, however, the defender will now be heading across the border to play for Tigres in the Mexican Apertura.  Check it out!

(Source: cheekychip)

Grande Giuliano. Que golaco. Que craque.

Giuliano, the 20-year-old Brazilian star for Internacional, scored what would turn out to be the 3-2 match-winning goal (5-3 aggregate) in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against Chivas Guadalajara. Our Brazil-based writer Fernando Sell did a scouting profile on Giuliano earlier in the year, and this kid Internacional legend, who scored 6 Libertadores goals, clearly is set to emulate the great Brazilians abroad. Congrats to all Internacional supporters on the tremendous, stylish victory! Joga Bonito!

Javier Hernandez: Manchester’s Little Pea

By Oliver Sparrow, writing from London

In April, when Manchester United announced the £7m signing of Javier Hernandez from Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara, few people batted an eyelid. In fact, the more cynical side of me thought it might have been another of United’s not-so-subtle ploys to garner some more international ‘fans’ (shirt-buyers). Does anyone remember Dong-Fangzhuo, the Chinese striker who made the United first XI on the princely number of one occasion? He was shipped out to Belgium to play for United’s feeder club Royal Antwerp for two seasons as he was unable to attain a work permit to play in the UK. When he returned to England he was part of the United squad for one season before Ferguson decided he wasn’t good enough and sold him back to Chinese side Dalian Shide.

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Mexican international Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez to sign for Manchester United from Chivas de Guadalajara

By Eric Beard

Well if you’re a Mexico fan, then you have plenty of reasons to be ecstatic. If you’re a United fan, you probably need a few minutes to learn just who Javier Hernandez is. Just hours after crashing out of the Champions League Quarterfinals against Bayern Munich, Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to sign the 21-year-old Mexico starlet Javier Hernandez from Mexican superclub Chivas de Guadalajara. After passing a medical in Manchester earlier this week, “El Chicharito” (or Little Pea), is all set to join the Red Devils pending an approved work permit application. Hernandez has scored four goals in four appearances for El Tri, and part of the transfer deal was that United have agreed to play to inaugural match at the new 45,000-capacity Chivas Stadium in Guadalajara as part of United’s 2010-11 preseason.

Sir Alex Ferugson said, “I am delighted to haved a deal to sign such an exciting young striker. He has been in prolific form for both his club and his country. He will be a great addition to our squad and we look forward to welcoming our first Mexican player in the summer.”

Though United are currently facing injury woes, as Wayne Rooney’s ankle seems to have been aggravated against Bayern, Hernandez cannot join Rooney up top until after the World Cup, as he looks set to become a United player on July 1st. But not to worry, England fans & United faithful will probably get to see Hernandez’s Premiership-caliber talent when Mexico travel to Wembley on May 24th. 

Hernandez said in an interview with MUTV, “I feel like I am living a dream. All the impressions I have of the club are good and Sir Alex Ferguson is a great person, maybe the best coach in the world.”

Of the World Cup, Hernandez stated, “I hope to be at the World Cup. I have to work hard to win a place in the national team, then I might get a chance to play against England.”

If you cannot tell, Chicharito is going to be one to watch at this summer’s spectacle, especially when Mexico kicks off against South Africa on June 11th to start the tournament. Still not convinced? Check out the lad’s highlight compilation below.

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