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MLS: Galaxy sign McInerney; other MLS news

Signings, injuries and suspension galore!

The MLS is currently gearing up for Week 7 matches, but some players have made the news before the kick off.

The LA Galaxy are bringing back a former face of the MLS, signing Jack McInerney on Tuesday.

McInerney most recently featured in 2016 for the Portland Timbers, where he made 24 appearances, scoring five goals and totaling eight starts. McInerney started his MLS career back in 2010, when he signed with the Philadelphia Union. He left the Union in 2014 for the Montreal Impact, where he stayed until 2015. For the second half of the 2015 season, McInerney featured for the Columbus Crew SC.

Counting his time with the Timbers, McInerney has made 167 appearances, starting 97 matches. He has totaled 43 MLS goals and has notched six assists. McInerney has also totaled 19 yellow cards and two red cards during his career.

“Jack is a young and experienced player in MLS who has shown that he can score goals in this league,” said LA Galaxy general manager Pete Vagenas. “He will give our team valuable depth at the forward position throughout the season. We look forward to Jack joining the team this week ahead of Sunday’s game.”

While the Galaxy have made a signing, Toronto FC will be losing one of their own. Defender Drew Moor will be out for the future with a heart condition medical issue.

Toronto FC released a statement on Moor’s condition on April 14.

“During a medical examination following a training session this week, a cardiac arrhythmia was discovered in defender Drew Moor. Further testing is necessary to determine diagnosis and management, which will take place next week. As precaution, Moor will not travel to Columbus for this weekend’s match against Columbus Crew SC.”

Moor was signed by Toronto in the 2016 season. In his MLS career, which dates back to 2005, Moor has made 341 appearances, starting 328 matches, for FC Dallas, the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC. Since the start of his MLS career, Moor has scored 25 goals and has tallied seven assists.

Howard, Lefevre suspended

In addition to signings and medical conditions, two MLS players have been suspended for separate incidents.

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard has been suspended three games by the league for an altercation with a fan after the Rapids loss to Sporting Kansas City. Also after that match, Howard exchanged words with Sporting KC striker Dom Dwyer. However, that incident wasn’t accounted for.

The Rapids released a statement on the incident and the league’s decision.

“Tim Howard made a regrettable mistake for which he is being disciplined by MLS. While this is out of character for Tim, we do not condone these actions. We accept the league’s decision and look forward to moving past this. The incidents that took place during our match at Sporting Kansas City last weekend do not represent the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club or Tim’s character and beliefs, on and off the pitch.

Major League Soccer and all 22 clubs have taken the pledge with the ‘Don’t Cross the Line’ campaign, which is ‘dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and play our games, and to providing an environment in which our staff, clubs, players, partners and supporters are treated with dignity and respect.’

Everyone at the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club stands behind Tim and we look forward to welcoming him back to the pitch in the near future.”

Howard also has the backing from another group: The MLS Player’s Union. The Union is calling for the MLS to also call into question the fan code in place at matches.

In Montreal, the Impact were forced to suspend midfielder Wandrille Lefevre, after an Instagram post made by Lefevre holding up and air pistol. The post has been deleted, but not before the Impact saw and made action.

According to the MLS, there has been no timetable for Lefevre’s return, citing “pending further consideration of this matter.”


Photo of Jack McInerney courtesy of Fred Squillante/Columbus Dispatch via AP.

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Rachael McKriger
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