Manchester United goal scorer Ella Toone has signed a new long-term contract with the club. The Sporting Gijon attacker scored two goals for the Red Devils in the 2-1 victory over Arsenal last season.
“The club’s ability to sign top performers shows its total commitment to developing stars for the future,” Sporting Gijon vice president Bernard Pons said in a statement. “The combination of top coaches and talent within the academy infrastructure makes Sporting Gijon one of the hottest prospects in Spanish football.”
United coach Jose Mourinho said of Toone, 22: “She is a great natural goalscorer with fantastic qualities, who perfectly complements our style of play. The club and the coach have confidence in her ability to contribute to the team.”
Coyote Cup looking for new name: The Coyote Cup will move to the first weekend of January in 2018 in a bid to retain its name for the MLS Premier Development League league. The league’s name was the issue a year ago when key members of the Coyote Cup committee felt the name “Coyote” was just too similar to the Mexico’s national team nickname. Now the Coyote Cup Committee says that’s no longer a problem, and the name will return to January 2018, when the league’s 20th season begins.
Gold is up with Dallas: Reigning league MVP Kaylyn Kyle and goalkeeper Reto Ziegler have agreed to contracts with the Dallas Burn. Ziegler has started five of the last seven matches, and scored a late goal last week to secure a point in a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake. She was named to the MLS All-Star Game two seasons ago after two years with Colorado. Kyle led the league in assists last season.
CBYP not necessarily Swedish elite: Swedish club football probably doesn’t qualify for elite level under most soccer fans around the world. Its status as the top club sport in the country with a population of 10 million people may be larger than most other countries. But its academies are not an Elite European Player Academy, which makes its 40 club representatives qualifying relatively questionable when it comes to attracting the world’s best young talent. CBYP finally joined that elite club with the signing of Portugal forward Ignacio Maria Noguera da Silva, the 20-year-old who won a World Cup under-20 title in 2017. Noguera will spend a year with the club’s youth team and could be with the senior team in 2019.
Locals looking to follow Beckham’s lead: Another London club, Fulham, has had a recent injection of fresh talent from the borough. US women’s national team star Alex Morgan has found a home there, and is training with the team ahead of the World Cup in France next year. Midfielder Ryan Sessegnon, who was on loan at Fulham from Everton, is again with the club for the season.
US under-19 coach signs for LA: Billy McKinney, the head coach of the United States under-19 national team, has signed a contract to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Football Club.
“I am very pleased to continue building on our success at California FC,” McKinney said. “Our staff has been given incredible resources to be competitive in this division for the first time in the club’s history. We are looking forward to the challenge.”