AM Notes: New York sign Juninho Pernambucano, USMNT to face Canada

17 December 10:56 am

AM Notes: New York sign Juninho Pernambucano, USMNT to face Canada

By Adam Serrano

The New York Red Bulls have signed Brazilian dead ball expert Juninho Pernambucano.

The 38-year-old Brazilian midfielder has quite the resume having spent the peak of his powers with French club Olympique Lyon and lastly Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. The former Brazilian International is coming off the heels of a successful season with Vasco da Gama in which he generated seven goals and eight assists. 

NYRB has yet to announce a head coach, but multiple sources -- both Soccer By Ives and Big Apple Soccer -- have reported that the club's new head man will be Scottish head coach Gary McAllister. 

A few more news stories to get your morning going...

*The Canadian national federation has announced that they will take on the U.S. National Team on Jan. 29 in a friendly at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas

*Vancouver Whitecaps FC may be after an "oldie but goodie" of their own, albeit in a completely different sense. Vancouver PR confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that head coach Martin Rennie met with midfielder Davide Chiumiento over the weekend. Reports out of Vancouver have linked the midfielder with a potential return to BC Place. Chiumiento was a first team regular for Vancouver before being sold to Swiss club FC Zurich in July. 

*The father and agent of U.S. International Mikkel "Mix" Diskerud confirms that there has been contact between his son and Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter about a potential move to JELD-WEN Field. 

*Longtime FC Dallas captain Daniel Hernandez was fired by FCD just a month after transitioning into a full time assistant coach role with the club.

*Brazilian club Corinthians won the World Club Cup by defeating European Champion Chelsea FC 1-0 on Sunday. Mexican club Monterrey finished in third after defeating African champions Al Ahly. 

*Lionel Messi has now scored 90 goals during the 2012 calendar year after tallying two goals in FC Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid. 

*The new women's soccer league has a name and a logo. The new league, which begins in Spring will be called the National Women's Soccer League or NWSL for short. Follow the new league on Facebook and Twitter