Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2009

Altidore set for Xerez loan

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Jozy Altidore is set to join Spanish second division club Deportivo Xerez on loan, while a proposed transfer has been scrapped by both Altidore and Villarreal manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Villarreal general manager Jose Manuel Llaneza revealed to Spanish daily AS on Friday that Altidore's potential transfer to Xerez won't be happening because neither Altidore or Pellegrini wanted it to happen.

Altidore completes loan move to Xerez

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Jozy Altidore's loan move to Spanish second division leaders Deportivo Xerez is now official, a source close to Altidore confirmed on Friday.

Altidore joined his new club today for the start of a half-season loan that should afford him the opportunity for much more playing time than he has been receiving with Villarreal.

Red Bulls practice report

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Juan Carlos Osorio has long been known as a coach who is always looking for good left-footed players, whether to play in defense or on the left flank, but the New York Red Bulls coach is opening up to the possibility of playing a right-footed player on the left flank, where Dave Van Den Bergh roamed in 2008.

Shrewd Revs land goalkeeper

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The New England Revolution might have found an understudy for standout goalkeeper Matt Reis and didn't even cost them a draft pick.

The Revs signed UMass goalkeeper Zach Simmons on Friday, landing one of the most highly-regarded college goalkeepers in the nation last season.

So how did New England swing that one?

Red Bulls Update (Osorio to look at European-based trialists)

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By DYLAN BUTLER

The New York Red Bulls will be heading to Bradenton with a total of 35 players, including several trialists hoping to make the 24-man roster.

D.C. United parts with Gallardo

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Argentine playmaker Marcelo Gallardo has left Major League Soccer for good.

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Donovan's Bayern Bundesliga debut (Running Commentary)

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Landon Donovan has just made his Bayern Munich Bundesliga debut, coming on in the 77th minute with Bayern trailing Hamburg 1-0. Here is a running commentary of the action (Live on GolTV):

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FINAL- Hamburg 1, Bayern Munich 0.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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That sound you hear is Manchester United beginning to run away with the English Premier League.

Yes, they are only two points ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool, but the Red Devils could widen the gap as the Blues and Reds square off in a battle to stay in the title race.

Chelsea-Liverpool is the marquee match-up in a very good weekend of soccer action.

Grella on verge of Leeds deal

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By DYLAN BUTLER

Following a successful two-week trial, former Duke University standout Mike Grella has been offered a contract to play with English League One side Leeds United, sources told SBI on Friday.

No Celtic for Kljestan

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Sacha Kljestan will not be heading to Celtic, at least not yet, and a winter transfer move is looking unlikely.

Kljestan's potential January move to the Scottish champions has been scrapped after Celtic decided that it could not afford the asking price for the U.S. national team midfielder, a package worth up to $3.

Donovan's Bayern Bundesliga debut (Running Commentary)

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Landon Donovan has just made his Bayern Munich Bundesliga debut, coming on in the 77th minute with Bayern trailing Hamburg 1-0. Here is a running commentary of the action (Live on GolTV):

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FINAL- Hamburg 1, Bayern Munich 0.

This weekend's Soccer on TV

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That sound you hear is Manchester United beginning to run away with the English Premier League.

Yes, they are only two points ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool, but the Red Devils could widen the gap as the Blues and Reds square off in a battle to stay in the title race.

Chelsea-Liverpool is the marquee match-up in a very good weekend of soccer action.

Grella on verge of Leeds deal

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By DYLAN BUTLER

Following a successful two-week trial, former Duke University standout Mike Grella has been offered a contract to play with English First Division side Leeds United, sources told SBI on Friday.

No Celtic for Kljestan

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Sacha Kljestan will not be heading to Celtic, at least not yet, and a winter transfer move is looking unlikely.

Kljestan's potential January move to the Scottish champions has been scrapped after Celtic decided that it could not afford the asking price for the U.S. national team midfielder, a package worth up to $3.

D.C. United parts with Gallardo

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Argentine playmaker Marcelo Gallardo has left Major League Soccer for good.

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Red Bulls Update (Osorio to look at European-based trialists)

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By DYLAN BUTLER

The New York Red Bulls will be heading to Bradenton with a total of 35 players, including several trialists hoping to make the 24-man roster.

Shrew Revs land goalkeeper

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The New England Revolution might have found an understudy for standout goalkeeper Matt Reis and didn't even cost them a draft pick.

The Revs signed UMass goalkeeper Zach Simmons on Friday, landing one of the most highly-regarded college goalkeepers in the nation last season.

So how did New England swing that one?

Altidore completes loan move to Xerez

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Jozy Altidore's loan move to Spanish second division leaders Deportivo Xerez is now official, a source close to Altidore confirmed on Friday.

Altidore joined his new club today for the start of a half-season loan that should afford him the opportunity for much more playing time than he has been receiving with Villarreal.

Red Bulls practice report

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Juan Carlos Osorio has long been known as a coach who is always looking for good left-footed players, whether to play in defense or on the left flank, but the New York Red Bulls coach is opening up to the possibility of playing a right-footed player on the left flank, where Dave Van Den Bergh roamed in 2008.

Altidore set for Xerez loan, no transfer in the works

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Jozy Altidore is set to join Spanish second division club Deportivo Xerez on loan, but anything beyond that looks unlikely.

Villarreal general manager Jose Manuel Llaneza revealed to Spanish daily AS on Friday that Altidore's potential transfer to Xerez won't be happening because neither Altidore or Villarreal head coach Manuel Pellegrini wanted it to happen.

Altidore loan move to Xerez scrapped

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Reports linking American striker Jozy Altidore to a loan move to Spanish second division side Deportivo Xerez were just a tad bit premature.

Villarreal general manager Jose Manuel Llaneza revealed to Spanish daily AS on Friday that Altidore's reported loan deal to Xerez wasn't happening because neither Altidore or Villarreal head coach Manuel Pellegrini wanted it to happen.

Gallardo ready to return to River Plate?

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There is lucky, and then there is D.C. United lucky.

D.C. was prepared to head into the 2009 season with the injury-prone Marcelo Gallardo and his bloated and roster-sinking salary, but now it appears that United might catch the mother of all breaks.

Gallardo has found interest in his services from his former club River Plate, a rich club in just enough trouble to think that a desperate grab for Gallardo is a good idea.

USA vs. Mexico Countdown: Bradley calls in 20 for training camp

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U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley called in a 20-man training camp roster ahead of the U.S. team's World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Feb. 11.

The group is made up almost entirely of players who were part of the national team's January camp, with veteran right back Frankie Hejduk the new face in the mix.

Beckham show could be sidelined

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The David Beckham love-fest at AC Milan may have to be put on hold as the former LA Galaxy midfielder tries to recover from a leg muscle strain in time to play in Milan's match against Lazio on Sunday.

Beckham has scored goals in two straight matches, leading to a surge in speculation that he will stay with Milan rather than return to Major League Soccer.

Freddy Adu's struggle for minutes continues

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By SULAIMAN FOLARIN

Can anyone explain why American sensation Freddy Adu is not getting more playing time with mid table AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1?

This is one question that bothers and still perplexes this writer. Yes Adu did not dazzle in MLS when he played for DC United or Real Salt Lake, but amongst young talents in Canada at the FIFA U-20, especially against Brazil, he dominated that game which paraded Pato and Jo.

USA to announce World Cup bid plans

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U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has scheduled a conference call for Monday to announce U.S. Soccer's bid intentions for the upcoming FIFA World Cups. Gulati will reveal which World Cup U.S. Soccer will make a bid for (2018 or 2022) and will also introduce Executive Director of the bid committee.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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By GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Jose Francisco Torres' resume continues to grow more impressive with each passing month. Torres added to his international experience on Wednesday by starting in Pachuca's Copa Libertadores clash against Universidad de Chile.

After falling behind early, Torres almost hit the equalizer for the visitors with a 25-yard blast but Universidad goalkeeper Miguel Pinto would have none of it as he tipped the ball over the crossbar with a one-handed save.

USA-Mexico Countdown: Tickets SOLD OUT

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If plan on attending the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier in Columbus, Ohio on Feb. 11 you better have your tickets already.

Tickets for the highly-anticipated match went on sale on to the general public on Wednesday and promptly sold out in 90 minutes.

Now, if you still don't have tickets, and have some cash to spend, there are still some Ultimate Fan Ticket packages available on USSoccer.

Beckham scores again for Milan

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David Beckham is REALLY liking his time in Italy.

As if his comments earlier in the week weren't evidence enough, Beckham added some fuel to the growing speculation that he will stay at AC Milan by scoring his second goal in two matches on Wednesday.

Beckham's free kick strike was the only goal for Milan in a 1-1 tie vs.

Galaxy and Quakes set to battle for Convey?

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The battle for American winger Bobby Convey is going to be waged on the West Coast.

While the San Jose Earthquakes' interest in Convey has been well documented this month, now there is word that the Los Angeles Galaxy also want the former World Cup midfielder.

Clarifying the Felix Garcia signing

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The Houston Dynamo's acquisition of U.S. Under-20 national team striker Felix Garcia came as a surprise to some who weren't expecting a team like the Dynamo to just be able to land a prospect like Garcia, but details about the transaction should provide some clarity.

Garcia was not acquired via the discovery process as we first reported, but rather through the regular MLS Allocation process.

2009 MLS schedule announced

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The 2009 MLS schedule was released this afternoon and it offers plenty of intriguing match-ups. The New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders kick things off in Seattle on March 19th.

Here are just some of the top match-ups that should have people circling their calendars:

  • April 5th- New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire

  • April 25th- Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew

  • May 9th- FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo

  • May 24th- Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls

  • May 30th- Toronto FC at Houston Dynamo

  • May 30th- Columbus Crew at Seattle Sounders FC

  • July 18th- Houston Dynamo at Toronto FC

  • August 23rd- FC Dallas at New York Red Bulls

  • October 2nd- Seattle Sounders FC at Columbus Crew

Here is the full 2009 MLS schedule.

An MLS family's fight against leukemia

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After 11 seasons with six different teams, it is safe to call Jamaican playmaker Andy Williams an MLS lifer. His skill has dazzled countless fans and earned him a solid career of more than 300 games in MLS as well as for the Jamaican national team.

Torres and Pachuca set for Copa qualifier

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Jose Francisco Torres had himself quite the 2008, getting capped by the U.S. National Team in a pair of World Cup qualifiers and playing in the FIFA Club World Cup. 2009 has a chance to be even better for the Mexican-American, starting today in South America.

Torres and his club side Pachuca take on Universidad de Chile tonight (5pm, Fox Sports Espanol) in the first leg of a home-and-home series in the preliminary round of the Copa Libertadores.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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By GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan made his first appearance in an official match in Europe in four years on Tuesday and while he did not score,the appearance was still significant.

Donovan played 23 minutes in Bayern Munich's 5-1 blowout win over VfB Stuttgart in DFB Pokal (Germany's nation-wide tournament) action on Tuesday.

CONCACAF Abroad: Dos Santos done at Tottenham?

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

After a poor first half in the Premiership don't be surprised if Tottenham looks like a completely different side a week from now. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has been quite active during this winter transfer window and is now looking to off-load Giovanni Dos Santos.

CONCACAF Abroad: Jones inks new deal with Sunderland

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By GIANFRANCO PANiZO

Sunderland fans will be happy to know that forward Kenwyne Jones will remain with the Black Cats after the Trinidadian inked a new four-and-a-half year deal earlier today. The new deal provides a sigh of relief for the Sunderland faithful after days of speculation on his future with the team.

Red Bulls practice report

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 The first thing you notice when watching the New York Red Bulls train this week is the speed.

MLS Ticker: McCarty deal nixed, Sounders land Cuban and league bosses meets Ottawa group

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The San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas had the framework in place for a trade involving out-of-favor FCD midfielder Dax McCarty but the deal fell apart after Dallas tried to extract more out of San Jose.

USA-Mexico Countdown: El Tri fans turn to voodoo

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Now you know Mexican fans are worried.

A  Mexico City newspaper offered fans of the Mexican national team a coupon they could use to receive a voodoo doll in the likeness of a U.S. national team player, with the premise being to help Mexico defeat the United States in the Feb. 11 World Cup qualifier in Columbus.

Houston Dynamo signs U.S. Under-20 striker Felix Garcia

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The Houston Dynamo didn't have a high pick in the 2009 MLS Draft but the Western Conference power still might boast one of the most exciting young players coming into MLS this season.

The Dynamo has completed the signing of U.S. Under-20 star Felix Garcia, acquiring his rights from the PDL Laredo Heat for an undisclosed transfer fee, sources confirmed to SBI on Tuesday night.

Houston Dynamo signs U.S. Under-20 striker Felix Garcia

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The Houston Dynamo didn't have a high pick in the 2009 MLS Draft but the Western Conference power still might boast one of the most exciting young players coming into MLS this season.

The Dynamo has completed the signing of U.S. Under-20 star Felix Garcia, acquiring his rights from the PDL Laredo Heat for an undisclosed transfer fee, sources confirmed to SBI on Tuesday night.

USA-Mexico Countdown: El Tri fans turn to voodoo

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Now you know Mexican fans are worried.

A  Mexico City newspaper offered fans of the Mexican national team a coupon they could use to receive a voodoo doll in the likeness of a U.S. national team player, with the premise being to help Mexico defeat the United States in the Feb. 11 World Cup qualifier in Columbus.

MLS Ticker: McCarty deal nixed, Sounders land Cuban and league bosses meets Ottawa group

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The San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas had the framework in place for a trade involving out-of-favor FCD midfielder Dax McCarty but the deal fell apart after Dallas tried to extract more out of San Jose.

Red Bulls practice report

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 The first thing you notice when watching the New York Red Bulls train this week is the speed.

CONCACAF Abroad: Jones inks new deal with Sunderland

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By GIANFRANCO PANiZO

Sunderland fans will be happy to know that forward Kenwyne Jones will remain with the black cats after the Trinidadian inked a new four-and-a-half year deal earlier today. The new deal comes as a sigh of relief for the Sunderland faithful after days of speculation on his future with the team.

CONCACAF Abroad: Dos Santos done at Tottenham?

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

After a poor first half in the Premiership don't be surprised if Tottenham looks like a completely different side a week from now. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has been quite active during this winter transfer window and is now looking to off-load Giovanni Dos Santos.

Milan set to make MLS an offer to keep Beckham

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It isn't much of a surprise that AC Milan would like David Beckham to stay in Italy beyond his agreed-upon short loan spell, but now the Italian powerhouse is moving toward making an offer to MLS to keep the English star.

Milan is set to meet with Beckham's representatives about buying his rights from MLS and a £4.

San Jose lands Amway as jersey sponsor

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The San Jose Earthquakes have completed a three-year deal with Amway to have the company be it's jersey sponsor. The deal is believed to be worth between $2 and $3 million a year.

San Jose joins clubs such as Los Angeles, Chivas USA, Real Salt Lake, Houston, Chicago, Columbus and D.

Amway to be San Jose jersey sponsor

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The San Jose Earthquakes have completed a three-year deal with Amway to have the company be it's jersey sponsor. The deal is believed to be worth between $2 and $3 million a year.

San Jose joins clubs such as Los Angeles, Chivas USA, Real Salt Lake, Houston, Chicago, Columbus and D.

Milan set to make MLS an offer to keep Beckham

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It isn't much of a surprise that AC Milan would like David Beckham to stay in Italy beyond his agreed-upon short loan spell, but now the Italian powerhouse is moving toward making an offer to MLS to keep the English star.

Milan is set to meet with Beckham's representatives about buying his rights from MLS and a £4.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If you don't have many plans today, I suggest you don't make too many because today is filled with great soccer action to watch.

What sort of match-ups are we talking about? Try Tottenham-Manchester United in FA Cup action, Fiorentina and Juventus in Serie A and Boca Juniors and River Plate in Argentina's ultimate rivalry.

USA vs. Sweden: Live Commentary

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Every great journey starts with a first step and for the U.S. men's national team, which is about to embark on a exciting and challenge-filled 2009, that journey begins tonight at Home Depot Center against Sweden (8:30p.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Good afternoon folks. Apologies for the late posting of Soccer Sunday but the day isn't over yet in the soccer world.

Plenty has already taken place this morning, from David Beckham scoring his first Serie A goal for AC Milan to the Liverpool Derby kicking off for the second time in a week, but there are still matches to watch today.

USA 3, Sweden 2: The Highlights

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The U.S. men's national team got 2009 off to a good start on Saturday night as Sacha Kljestan's hat-trick helped propel the Americans to a 3-2 win against Sweden at Home Depot Center.

Will Beckham stay at Milan?

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David Beckham scored his first Serie A goal for AC Milan on Sunday, and caused even more of a stir by hinting that his return to the Los Angeles Galaxy after a loan spell with Milan is not assured.

"I can't say what will happen," Beckham said after Milan's 4-1 win vs. Bologna. "Even if my contract says that I'll be here until March.

Nobody can stop Messi

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There are still 11 months to go in 2009 but you can safely say Lionel Messi has every intention of running away with World Player of the Year honors this year.

His latest display of amazing skill helped lead Barcelona to another romp, this time a 4-1 drubbing of Numancia on Saturday in a match that went into halftime scoreless.

Monday Morning Centerback: Who should the USMNT start vs. Mexico?

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After beating Sweden on Saturday night in its first match of the year and only tuneup before World Cup qualifying begins, the U.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The Mexican national team is going to have a tough time beating Tim Howard if the U.S. goalkeeper's recent hot form is any indication.

Howard delivered one of the best performances of the weekend by posting an eight-save effort in Everton's 1-1 tie vs.

Your Questions Answered (Part 2 of 5)

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Good afternoon folks. Apologies for the lack of posts today. I'm using the relatively slow news day to take care of some SBI business.

MLS Ticker: Boswell re-signs with Houston, Ianni dealt to Seattle and more

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The Houston Dynamo moved a big step toward keeping together the league's stingiest defense on Monday after re-signing free agent central defender Bobby Boswell to a new long-term contract.

Boswell had finished out his contract with the Dynamo and had been pursuing opportunities overseas, but ultimately chose to return to MLS after enjoying a strong season in 2008.

MLS Ticker: Boswell re-signs with Houston, Ianni dealt to Seattle and more

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The Houston Dynamo moved a big step toward keeping together the league's stingiest defense on Monday after re-signing free agent central defender Bobby Boswell to a new long-term contract.

Boswell had finished out his contract with the Dynamo and had been pursuing opportunities overseas, but ultimately chose to return to MLS after enjoying a strong season in 2008.

Your Questions Answered (Part 2 of 5)

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Good afternoon folks. Apologies for the lack of posts today. I'm using the relatively slow news day to take care of some SBI business.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The Mexican national team is going to have a tough time beating Tim Howard if the U.S. goalkeeper's recent hot form is any indication.

Howard delivered one of the best performances of the weekend by posting an eight-save effort in Everton's 1-1 tie vs.

Monday Morning Centerback: Who should the USMNT start vs. Mexico?

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After beating Sweden on Saturday night in its first match of the year and only tuneup before World Cup qualifying begins, the U.

Nobody can stop Messi

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There are still 11 months to go in 2009 but you can safely say Lionel Messi has every intention of running away with World Player of the Year honors this year.

His latest display of amazing skill helped lead Barcelona to another romp, this time a 4-1 drubbing of Numancia on Saturday in a match that went into halftime scoreless.

USA 3, Sweden 2: The Highlights

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The U.S. men's national team got 2009 off to a good start on Saturday night as Sacha Kljestan's hat-trick helped propel the Americans to a 3-2 win against Sweden at Home Depot Center.

Will Beckham stay at Milan?

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David Beckham scored his first Serie A goal for AC Milan on Sunday, and caused even more of a stir by hinting that his return to the Los Angeles Galaxy after a loan spell with Milan is not assured.

"I can't say what will happen," Beckham said after Milan's 4-1 win vs. Bologna. "Even if my contract says that I'll be here until March.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Good afternoon folks. Apologies for the late posting of Soccer Sunday but the day isn't over yet in the soccer world.

Plenty has already taken place this morning, from David Beckham scoring his first Serie A goal for AC Milan to the Liverpool Derby kicking off for the second time in a week, but there are still matches to watch today.

USA vs. Sweden: The Pre-Game

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Every great journey starts with a first step and for the U.S. men's national team, which is about to embark on a exciting and challenge-filled 2009, that journey begins tonight at Home Depot Center against Sweden (8:30p.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If you don't have many plans today, I suggest you don't make too many because today is filled with great soccer action to watch.

What sort of match-ups are we talking about? Try Tottenham-Manchester United in FA Cup action, Fiorentina and Juventus in Serie A and Boca Juniors and River Plate in Argentina's ultimate rivalry.

Your Questions Answered: Part 1 of 5

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Yes, I know, one of my New Year's resolutions was to starting doing these Q&A sessions more quickly.

Brunner among seven selected from Red Bulls tryouts

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By DYLAN BUTLER

Call it "Survivor -- Red Bull" or "So you think you can play professional soccer." The reality show that was the New York Red Bulls tryouts came to an end Friday afternoon with seven players voted on to the next round.

Five cities left as MLS pushes back expansion decision to March

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After months of having January as the target for a decision on expansion in 2011, MLS will now wait until March to make its final decision on which two markets will be given expansion teams in 2011.

The five remaining candidates are Miami, Portland, Vancouver, St. Louis and Ottawa and all except for Ottawa have been visited by MLS officials in preparation for a decision.

Sounders complete Montero deal

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The Seattle Sounders took a major step toward making their first season in MLS a memorable one by completing the acquisition of young Colombian forward Fredy Montero.

Seattle reached an agreement with Deportivo Cali for Montero, with Montero's acquisition of a P-1 visa being the last obstacle to the move being completed.

Top Five USMNT matches in 2009

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With the United States Men's National Team set to take on Sweden on Saturday you would figure the 2009 opener would draw more excitement. While the match will draw attention, this is the only game on this year's schedule that is listed as a friendly.

Donovan does it again, scores two more for Bayern

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Landon Donovan can't stop scoring.

Yes, it is still the pre-season, but Donovan added two goals and an assist to his growing tally, starring in Bayern Munich's 5-0 pasting of Mainz 05 on Wednesday. The two goals give Donovan four in five pre-season matches for Bayern.

Here are both Donovan's goals:

Even the staunchest Donovan hater has to start giving the guy some credit.

Red Bull Arena won't open until 2010

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If you are a New York Red Bulls fan who was already thinking of attending home games at Red Bull Arena later this year, you are going to have to wait a while longer for that experience.

Red Bull Arena will not be completed in time to open during the 2009 MLS season, meaning the Harrison stadium will now open in 2010.

USA-Mexico Countdown: Marquez latest to be injured

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Just three days after seeing Andres Guardado go down with an injury that will keep him out of Mexico's World Cup qualifier against the United States on Feb. 11, 'El Tri' are faced with another potential major absence from its already depleted squad.

Barcelona defender and Mexican national team captain Rafael Marquez is set to miss two weeks after suffering an injury during Barcelona's Copa Del Rey clash on Wednesday.

The Dwayne DeRosario press conference

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Here is today's press conference of Toronto FC introducing Dwayne DeRosario (courtesy of the Toronto FC website). Enjoy:

FC Dallas set to deal McCarty to San Jose

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U.S. Olympic team midfielder Dax McCarty has played his last game for FC Dallas.

The Hoops are set to deal McCarty to the San Jose Earthquakes, a source with knowledge of the deal told SBI on Thursday.

Red Bulls give rookie free agents a look

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It has been just a little more than two months since the New York Red Bulls lost in their first MLS Cup final appearance and the work is already underway to try and get the team back to the championship game.

MLS Notes: Veris trials with D.C., Hertel finds a club and Seattle signs Graham

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Good morning everybody. As MLS teams begin to report for rookie training camp and full training camp in the coming days and weeks, we here at SBI will try to keep you posted on any news and notes that emerge from those camps.

Veris on trial with D.C. United

Former Los Angeles Galaxy defender Kyle Veris has joined with D.

USA-Mexico Countdown: Guardado out six weeks

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If Mexico is going to defeat the U.S. national team in their World Cup qualifier in Columbus on Feb. 11, 'El Tri' will have to do so without their most dangerous player.

Mexican winger and Deportivo La Coruna standout Andres Guardado is set to miss six weeks after suffering a ruptured tendon in his left leg during Depor's 5-0 smashing by Barcelona on Saturday.

MLS Notes: A big step for the KC stadium, Franklin has surgery and Petke introduced by RBNY

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The above photo might just look like a construction mess, but to Kansas City Wizards fans the image is a thing of beauty.

The photo is of the construction site for the future Kansas City Wizards stadium. The Bannister Mall, which was located on the stadium site, is being torn down as the first step toward building the 18,500 Wizards stadium began on Wednesday.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Sweden?

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The first U.S. men's national team match of the year is finally set to kick off this Saturday (8:30pm, FSC/Galavision) and while most of the national team's top players won't be there to face Sweden, the match should still give us a chance to see some of the top young U.

Michael Bradley's dream goal

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With most people (including those of us on SBI) focused on the MLS Draft and Landon Donovan's performances with Bayern Munich last week, you might have missed the other American player who beautifully scored for his German club side. The author of the fascinating goal?

Wilson Palacios: CONCACAF's newest big money player

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You can add Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios to the exclusive club of CONCACAF players to draw an eight-figure transfer fee after Tottenham completed a £14 million transfer move with Wigan for Palacios on Wednesday.

Palacios joins the likes of Jozy Altidore, David Suazo and Nery Castillo on the very exclusive list of CONCACAF players to draw $10 million or more in a transfer.

You Write the Caption: The Beckham-Arab Edition

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Good morning folks. It has been a while since the last installment of You Write the Caption but it is time bring the contest back. We at SBI will be looking to keep it in the weekly rotation for those of you who think you are talented enough to provide some comedy on a regular basis.

This week's contest is brought to you by Objectivo Apparel, which will reward the winning caption writer with a t-shirt from it's collection.

The Best MLS Draft Speech Ever

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If you didn't happen to be one of the few people still in the ballroom at the St. Louis Convention Center when the fourth and final round of the 2009 MLS Draft wound down, you probably missed your chance to see one of the best speeches delivered in MLS draft history (or at the very least, the best draft speech this year).

Sanneh joins Galaxy for pre-season

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When the Los Angeles Galaxy revealed its pre-season roster on Tuesday there weren't very many surprises. There were newly-acquired veterans Dema Kovalenko and Mike Magee, as well as rookie draft picks Omar Gonzalez and A.J. De La Garza. There was one surprising, yet familiar name that Bruce Arena did include.

Grella on trial at Leeds, scores hat-trick in reserve match

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When Mike Grella passed on the 2009 MLS draft, it was unclear where the Duke striker would test the professional soccer waters. It appears his quest for a professional contract has landed him in England.

Grella is on trial with Leeds United, and scored three goals in Leeds' reserve match against Barnsley on Tuesday.

(The rest of) Your Post-MLS Draft Questions Answered

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Good afternoon folks. For those of you who have taken a break from all the inauguration coverage (or a break from work), here are the answers to (most of) the rest of your post-draft questions.

TFC to introduce DeRosario on Thursday

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Toronto FC will introduce Canadian national team star Dwayne DeRosario as its newest player on Thursday afternoon in Toronto, signaling the long-awaited return of the local standout and putting an end to speculation that DeRosario might not come home after all.

Donovan scores another for Bayern

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The Landon Donovan show continued for Bayern Munich on Monday as the U.S. national team star came off the bench and scored a goal in Bayern's 2-0 win vs. Kaiserslautern on Monday.

Donovan came off the bench in the second half, replacing Miroslav Klose, and put the friendly out of reach with his perfect header from close range.

Kaka staying with AC Milan

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In the end, money wasn't enough to get Kaka to leave.

The proposed record-breaking transfer of Kaka to Manchester City has fallen apart as the Brazilian star has decided to stay with AC Milan.

As if things couldn't get any worse for Manchester City, now comes word that Robinho has left the club and is unhappy for some undisclosed reason (I'm sure the HUGE money thrown at Kaka has nothing to do with it).

MLS Primetime Thursday is gone: Good news or bad?

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If the weekly ESPN broadcast of MLS Primetime Thursday was a regular part of your viewing schedule two things are clear. You are in a very small minority, and you will need to find something else to watch on Thursday nights (at least on some occasions).

The Sports Business Journal reported today that ESPN has scrapped MLS Primetime Thursday, opting instead to continue a weekly airing of MLS matches on a variety of days ranging from Wednesday to Saturday.

Voting for Philly MLS team name officially begins

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Okay Philadelphia MLS fans, it is time to vote.

The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News is hosting the official ballot to name the 2010 MLS franchise in Philadelphia. The four choices are the same ones revealed two weeks ago, along with a write-in category that voters can chose to select something different.

Ogunbiyi won't show for Red Bulls camp, Brunner will

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A central defender drafted by New York with a second round pick will be taking the field this week when the New York Red Bulls begin training for rookies and non-roster invitees, but it won't be the player you were expecting.

Some of your Post-Draft Questions Answered

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The 2009 MLS Draft has come and gone and while it didn't boast the myriad of trades we thought there would be, there was still plenty of action.

For those of you who haven't seen it, here is my piece on ESPN.com on some of the deals that almost took place. Also, here is my ESPN.com piece with the MLS Draft grades for all 15 teams.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

After two solid weeks of impressive performances to start the new year, Americans playing abroad ran into a wall this past weekend.

The majority of Americans Abroad either sat on the bench or did not dress last weekend, while many of the players who did see time struggled with results and their own performances.

The Special One is Back

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Just when you thought The Special One was gone for good, now we get word that he could be back and better than ever.

EPL Talk has revealed that I'm On Setanta Sports is coming backin its new form as a new show on Setanta Sports called Special 1 TV. No word yet on when or how often the new show will air but it is heading to the airwaves soon.

Parkhurst called up to USMNT camp

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With the amount of defenders getting nicked up during the U.

Kaka's Milan farewell?

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It wasn't difficult to read the anguish on his face and the burden that he bears.

WhenKaka left the field on Saturday after AC Milan's 1-0 win over Fiorentina, he left to a chorus of pleas to stay and a long line of hugs from teammates that made the moment feel every bit like a farewell.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning all. There is a full slate of games on tap today in Europe, with only Germany among the major leagues still on break.

While the top EPL matches have already been played, there are plenty of other matches on display, including a can't-miss showdown between AC Milan and Fiorentina (FSC, 2:30pm).

Atlanta drops out of MLS expansion race

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And then there were five.

Atlanta dropped out of the MLS expansion race last week, citing trouble getting commitments from its potential partners for a 2011 target date. The news, which got a bit lost during MLS Draft week, means that St. Louis, Miami, Portland, Vancouver and Ottawa are the lone remaining candidates for the two expansion slots for 2011.

Alvarez ineligible for El Salvador

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

When American-born San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Arturo Alvarez stated his public desire to play for the El Salvador National Team last week, it was upsetting news for USA fans who considered him a viable left wing prospect and thought they were losing yet another prospect to a foreign country.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning folks. There has already been quite a bit of soccer action on TV this morning, but there are still matches to watch. Here are some of today's remaiing matches that you may be watching today (assuming you aren't also an American football fan who will be watching NFL Conference Championship games).

Kaka's Milan farewell?

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It wasn't difficult to read the anguish on his face and the burden that he bears.

WhenKaka left the field on Saturday after AC Milan's 1-0 win over Fiorentina, he left to a chorus of pleas to stay and a long line of hugs from teammates that made the moment feel every bit like a farewell.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning folks. There has already been quite a bit of soccer action on TV this morning, but there are still matches to watch. Here are some of today's remaiing matches that you may be watching today (assuming you aren't also an American football fan who will be watching NFL Conference Championship games).

Alvarez ineligible for El Salvador

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

When American-born San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Arturo Alvarez stated his public desire to play for the El Salvador National Team last week, it was upsetting news for USA fans who considered him a viable left wing prospect and thought they were losing yet another prospect to a foreign country.

Atlanta drops out of MLS expansion race

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And then there were five.

Atlanta dropped out of the MLS expansion race last week, citing trouble getting commitments from its potential partners for a 2011 target date. The news, which got a bit lost during MLS Draft week, means that St. Louis, Miami, Portland, Vancouver and Ottawa are the lone remaining candidates for the two expansion slots for 2011.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning all. There is a full slate of games on tap today in Europe, with only Germany among the major leagues still on break.

While the top EPL matches have already been played, there are plenty of other matches on display, including a can't-miss showdown between AC Milan and Fiorentina (FSC, 2:30pm).

Colorado acquires rights to Matt Pickens

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The Colorado Rapids have parted ways with goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul, but have found a replacement in none other than former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

The Fire traded Colorado the rights to Pickens in the trade that saw them swap second-round picks and acquire Baggio Husidic. The Fire also secured an allocation in the trade.

Kljestan heading to Celtic for trial

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Sacha Kljestan could be the next MLS player heading for a transfer to Europe, but it could be contingent on him impressing one storied and interested club

According to sources, Kljestan has left U.S. national team camp to join Scottish champions Celtic on a trial that could lead to a sale of the Chivas USA midfielder.

Mendoza leaves Chivas USA for Guadalajara

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The Chivas USA midfield could wind up looking very different in 2009. While Sacha Kljestan is preparing a training stint/trial at Celtic, Francisco "Panchito" Mendoza has completed a move to Mexican power CD Guadalajara, the sister club if Chivas USA.

Mendoza departs after four seasons with Chivas USA, playing 111 matches over four seasons, the most ever played in MLS by a Mexican-born player.

Franklin ruled out of Sweden friendly

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

You can add Los Angeles Galaxy defender Sean Franklin to the list of defenders who have been bitten by the injury bug during the United States Men's National Team camp.

Friday Ticker: Ibisevic out for season, Kaka to City gains steam and Calderon quitting Real

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Good morning/afternoon folks. I know we here at SBI have been neglecting your craving for European soccer news in the past few weeks with the MLS Combine and Draft taking center stage, but we assure you that we are putting Europe back on the menu going forward, and just in time for plenty of big news.

Post-Draft Q&A

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Good afternoon folks. I am making my way back to New Jersey. For those of you who missed it I did my draft grades for ESPN.com. I can't link now but you should be able to find it easily enough. Now, since I know a lot of you have draft-related questions I will do Post-Draft Q&A. Send your questions and I will answer select questions over the weekend.

Franklin ruled out of Sweden friendly

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

You can add Los Angeles Galaxy defender Sean Franklin to the list of defenders who have been bitten by the injury bug during the United States Men's National Team camp.

Friday Ticker: Ibisevic out for season, Kaka to City gains steam and Calderon quitting Real

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Good morning/afternoon folks. I know we here at SBI have been neglecting your craving for European soccer news in the past few weeks with the MLS Combine and Draft taking center stage, but we assure you that we are putting Europe back on the menu going forward, and just in time for plenty of big news.

Post-Draft Q&A

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Good afternoon folks. I am making my way back to New Jersey. For those of you who missed it I did my draft grades for ESPN.com. I can't link now but you should be able to find it easily enough. Now, since I know a lot of you have draft-related questions I will do Post-Draft Q&A. Send your questions and I will answer select questions over the weekend.

Mendoza leaves Chivas USA for Guadalajara

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The Chivas USA midfield could wind up looking very different in 2009. While Sacha Kljestan is preparing a training stint/trial at Celtic, Francisco "Panchito" Mendoza has completed a move to Mexican power CD Guadalajara, the sister club if Chivas USA.

Mendoza departs after four seasons with Chivas USA, playing 111 matches over four seasons, the most ever played in MLS by a Mexican-born player.

Kljestan heading to Celtic for training, could lead to transfer

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Sacha Kljestan could be the next MLS player heading for a transfer to Europe, but it could be contingent on him impressing one storied and interested club

According to sources, Kljestan has left U.S. national team camp to join Scottish champions Celtic on a trial that could lead to a sale of the Chivas USA midfielder.

Colorado acquires rights to Matt Pickens

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The Colorado Rapids have parted ways with goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul, but have found a replacement in none other than former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

The Fire traded Colorado the rights to Pickens in the trade that saw them swap second-round picks and acquire Baggio Husidic.

Pickens, who spent part of the 2007/2008 season with Queens Park Rangers, has signed with MLS and is expected to step in and be the Rapids new starter.

MLS Draft Q&A

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Good evening folks. I am heading to St. Louis and I know many of you still have plenty questions. That being the case I have decided to do an MLS Draft Q&A. Send your draft questions my way and I will answer select questions tonight. And no, I haven't forgotten the last Q&A. Those are coming soon. Now, fire your draft questions my way.

Greetings from St. Louis (MLS News & Notes)

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Good evening folks. I am coming to you from St. Louis, which is experiencing downright Arctic conditions right now (at least it feels that way after four days in sunny Florida).

Tonight is the night when most of the big trades surrounding the MLS Draft will take place and there are few scenes more entertaining than the one at the league's hotel bar on the night before the draft.

(Some of) Your MLS Draft Questions Answered

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Good evening folks. We're less than half a day away from the 2009 MLS Draft and you all have plenty of questions heading into the event. Here are some of those questions answered:

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MZ- Who pays for players to attend and stay at the combine and attend and stay at the mls draft?

2009 MLS Draft set to kick off

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The 2009 MLS Draft is finally here and things aren't any more clear today than they were a month ago as far as how the draft order will wind up shaking out.

Teams have spent the past few weeks talking trade but none of the deals for the high picks in the first round have been completed yet, leaving the draft's outcome a total mystery just hours before it will kick off.

2009 MLS SuperDraft (Live commentary)

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By Dylan Butler

Welcome to the Soccer By Ives live commentary for the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. The SBI brain trust is set up inside the ballroom and the there's a lot of discussions going on at the team tables, a lot of BlackBerry checking, surely some last-minute dealing going on.

2009 MLS SuperDraft (Live commentary)

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By Dylan Butler

Welcome to the Soccer By Ives live commentary for the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. The SBI brain trust is set up inside the ballroom and the there's a lot of discussions going on at the team tables, a lot of BlackBerry checking, surely some last-minute dealing going on.

2009 MLS Draft set to kick off

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The 2009 MLS Draft is finally here and things aren't any more clear today than they were a month ago as far as how the draft order will wind up shaking out.

Teams have spent the past few weeks talking trade but none of the deals for the high picks in the first round have been completed yet, leaving the draft's outcome a total mystery just hours before it will kick off.

(Some of) Your MLS Draft Questions Answered

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Good evening folks. We're less than half a day away from the 2009 MLS Draft and you all have plenty of questions heading into the event. Here are some of those questions answered:

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MZ- Who pays for players to attend and stay at the combine and attend and stay at the mls draft?

Greetings from St. Louis (MLS News & Notes)

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Good evening folks. I am coming to you from St. Louis, which is experiencing downright Arctic conditions right now (at least it feels that way after four days in sunny Florida).

Tonight is the night when most of the big trades surrounding the MLS Draft will take place and there are few scenes more entertaining than the one at the league's hotel bar on the night before the draft.

MLS Draft Q&A

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Good evening folks. I am heading to St. Louis and I know many of you still have plenty questions. That being the case I have decided to do an MLS Draft Q&A. Send your draft questions my way and I will answer select questions tonight. And no, I haven't forgotten the last Q&A. Those are coming soon. Now, fire your draft questions my way.

SBI MLS Mock Draft (Version 5.0)

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The MLS Draft is less than 24 hours away, meaning it is time to focus on the final MLS Mock Draft.

As you have figured out by now, none of the several trades expected to take place involving draft picks have been made official yet, or even consumated yet (save for the FC Dallas-New York deal involving the 11th and 13th), so we still don't know what the actual final draft order will look like.

MLS Hot Stove: Seattle ready to deal, Revs eyeing Gomez and Red Bulls finalize more deals

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Good morning folks. It is the day before the 2009 MLS Draft, which generally goes down as the busiest day of the year for transactions. With draft pick trades, and deals for veterans flying, the chances are very good that your team will look very different two days from now.

This is what we have been hearing in the past day or so:

Seattle is openly courting offers for the No.

MLS Combine's Top performers

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

That's it, that's all. All the (potential) future MLS players have made their cases and now just have to sit back and wait to see if their number is called.

SBI MLS Mock Draft (Version 5.0)

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The MLS Draft is less than 24 hours away, meaning it is time to focus on the final MLS Mock Draft.

As you have figured out by now, none of the several trades expected to take place involving draft picks have been made official yet, or even consumated yet (save for the FC Dallas-New York deal involving the 11th and 13th), so we still don't know what the actual final draft order will look like.

MLS Combine's Top performers

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

That's it, that's all. All the (potential) future MLS players have made their cases and now just have to sit back and wait to see if their number is called.

MLS Hot Stove: Seattle ready to deal, Revs eyeing Gomez and Red Bulls finalize more deals

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Good morning folks. It is the day before the 2009 MLS Draft, which generally goes down as the busiest day of the year for transactions. With draft pick trades, and deals for veterans flying, the chances are very good that your team will look very different two days from now.

This is what we have been hearing in the past day or so:

Seattle is openly courting offers for the No.

Red Bulls eyeing deals

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The New York Red Bulls have been among the busier teams this weekend, trying to secure some deals before the MLS Draft and now two of their midfielders could be on the move.

Toronto FC eyeing No. 1 pick

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Toronto FC currently holds the No. 2 and No. 4 picks in the MLS Draft, but that may not be enough for TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston's liking.

MLS Combine: The field takes shape

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After two days of the MLS Combine two things are clear. This year's draft really is deep with solid prospects and there will be more wheeling and dealing this week than perhaps any other draft week in MLS history.

MLS Hot Stove: Marmol leaves Fire, Houston waits on Ngwenya and no DP rush for KC

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The curious case of Lider Marmol has come to an end in Chicago.

The Paraguayan defender/midfielder has been granted a release from his contract with the Chicago Fire so that he can join a team in his native Paraguay, sources told SBI over the weekend.

U.S. National Team Camp Update

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With so much focus going on the MLS Combine and MLS Superdraft (Thursday, 2 p.

Donovan strikes in Bayern Munich victory

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan is having himself quite the time at Bayern Munich. Just two days after enjoying his debut with FC Hollywood, the U.S. National Team all-time leading goal scorer accomplished another feat. He scored for the German giants.

Donovan, who replaced Luca Toni at half-time, trapped the ball in the 91st minute before turning and burying i

t to the bottom left corner.

Red Bulls deal Van Den Bergh to FC Dallas

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Dave Van Den Bergh is on his way to Dallas.

The trade that first came to light over the weekend became reality late last night as the New York Red Bulls traded Van Den Bergh and the No. 14 overall pick in the MLS Draft to FC Dallas for forward Dominic Oduro, the No. 11 and the No.

D.C. United re-signs Namoff

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D.C. United will head into Thursday's MLS Draft with one less need to address after signing one of its top defenders.

D.C. has signed right back Bryan Namoff to a new contract, sources told SBI on Tuesday.

The lowdown on the Van Den Bergh trade

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So why exactly did the New York Red Bulls trade away Dave Van Den Berg, arguably their most valuable player of 2008?

They traded him because he asked to be traded.

According to sources, Van Den Bergh approached the Red Bulls soon after MLS Cup and asked to be traded to FC Dallas, with one of the key reasons being Van Den Bergh's wife has family in Dallas which could help them with the care of their oldest son, who has been battling an undisclosed illness.

USA-Mexico tickets go on sale on Jan. 28

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Attention U.S. national team fans: tickets for the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier in Columbus on Wednesday, Feb.

USA-Mexico tickets go on sale on Jan. 28

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Attention U.S. national team fans: tickets for the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier in Columbus on Wednesday, Feb.

The lowdown on the Van Den Bergh trade

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So why exactly did the New York Red Bulls trade away Dave Van Den Berg, arguably their most valuable player of 2008?

They traded him because he asked to be traded.

According to sources, Van Den Bergh approached the Red Bulls soon after MLS Cup and asked to be traded to FC Dallas, with one of the key reasons being Van Den Bergh's wife has family in Dallas which could help them with the care of their oldest son, who has been battling an undisclosed illness.

D.C. United re-signs Namoff

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D.C. United will head into Thursday's MLS Draft with one less need to address after signing one of its top defenders.

D.C. has signed right back Bryan Namoff to a new contract, sources told SBI on Tuesday.

Red Bulls deal Van Den Bergh to FC Dallas

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Dave Van Den Bergh is on his way to Dallas.

The trade that first came to light over the weekend became reality late last night as the New York Red Bulls traded Van Den Bergh and the No. 14 overall pick in the MLS Draft to FC Dallas for forward Dominic Oduro, the No. 11 and the No.

Donovan strikes in Bayern Munich victory

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan is having himself quite the time at Bayern Munich. Just two days after enjoying his debut with FC Hollywood, the U.S. National Team all-time leading goal scorer accomplished another feat. He scored for the German giants.

U.S. National Team Camp Update

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With so much focus going on the MLS Combine and MLS Superdraft (Thursday, 2 p.

MLS Combine: The field takes shape

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After two days of the MLS Combine two things are clear. This year's draft really is deep with solid prospects and there will be more wheeling and dealing this week than perhaps any other draft week in MLS history.

MLS Hot Stove: Marmol leaves Fire, Houston waits on Ngwenya and no DP rush for KC

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The curious case of Lider Marmol has come to an end in Chicago.

The Paraguayan defender/midfielder has been granted a release from his contract with the Chicago Fire so that he can join a team in his native Paraguay, sources told SBI over the weekend.

Red Bulls eyeing deals

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The New York Red Bulls have been among the busier teams this weekend, trying to secure some deals before the MLS Draft and now two of their midfielders could be on the move.

Toronto FC eyeing No. 1 pick

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Toronto FC currently holds the No. 2 and No. 4 picks in the MLS Draft, but that may not be enough for TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston's liking.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With only a handful of Americans participating in this weekend's soccer festivities, most fans might assume it was a relatively quiet weekend. It wasn't. The number of players may seem miniscule but there was plenty to talk about when the weekend came to a close.

MLS Combine: Day One Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

The first day of the MLS Combine had its highlights and lowlights, but while some of the MLS draft's top prospects struggled pretty badly, there were also players who helped increase their stock.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Liverpool may be in first place in the English Premier League, but today's clash between Manchester United and Chelsea (11am, Fox Soccer Channel) is the glamour showdown you wait all season to watch.

The two bitter rivals are doing battle today, with the winner moving that much closer to Liverpool, which stumbled in tying Stoke on Saturday.

Donovan's Bayern debut a successful one

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

U.S. national team and LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan went the full ninety minutes, tallied his first assist and drew a pivotal free kick which led to a goal in his debut for Bayern Munich, a 3-2 victory over Al Jazeera on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Galaxy player, currently on loan until March, found German international Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 31st minute with a simple yet effective pass.

Lopez re-signs with KC, won't be a DP in 2009

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The Kansas City Wizards have pulled off one of the better moves off the MLS off-season,re-signing Argentine winger Claudio Lopez to a new contract that will remove Lopez from the team's Designated Player slot.

The end of The Special One

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Say it ain't so Joe-Say.

I'm On Setanta Sports aired its final episode on Saturday, ending a great run of comedy that may never be repeated. Now, that's assuming this isn't just a ploy. Can it really be the end? I refuse to believe it.

If it is the end, then here is the final episode of perhaps the funniest soccer skit ever, enjoy it:


Apocalyptic!

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Good afternoon folks. There is a full schedule of matches today on TV and with the MLS Combine kicking off this afternoon, today will be a pretty busy day on the soccer scene.

Here is the schedule of the rest of today's matches on TV:

  • 12:15pm- Setanta USA- Swansea City at Burnley

  • 12:30pm- FSC- Liverpool at Stoke City

  • 2pm- GolTV- Sevilla at Deportivo La Coruna

  • 2:30pm- FSC- Cagliari at Inter Milan

  • 2:55pm- Setanta USA- Marseille at Auxerre

  • 4pm- GolTV- Villarreal at Valencia

  • 4:30pm- FSC- Torino at Genoa

  • 5pm- Setanta USA- Manchester City at Portsmouth

  • 6:45pm- Setanta USA- Hull City at Everton

  • 8pm- FSC- Sunderland at Middlesbrough

  • 11pm- FSC- Racing at Independiente

  • 2am- FSC- Wellington Phoenix at Sydney FC

If you are watching today's matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

SBI is heading to Florida (MLS notes)

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Hello folks. I am on a plane and about to take off for lovely Ft. Lauderdale, Florida ahead of this weekend's MLS Combine. It should be an interesting event and certainly a better Combine than last year, when Day 1 was the soccer equivalent of watching paint dry.

For those of you wondering where the soccer TV schedule is, I will be posting it on Saturday morning.

SBI MLS Mock Draft (v. 4.0)

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And down the stretch they come.

We are exactly a week away from the 2009 MLS Draft and this weekend all 15 MLS teams will be in Ft.

Good Morning from SBI

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Today is shaping up to be a good day.

With the MLS Combine just two days away, it is time to start focusing on the MLS Draft and everything that goes into this time of year. It isn't just a time to evaluate the incoming draft talent, but also time to prepare for wheeling and dealing and the potential movement of several veteran players.

Villarreal says 'No Thanks' to Everton bid for Altidore

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Everton's search for a striker has led them to none other than Jozy Altidore, but Villarreal isn't interested.

According to Sky Sports, Everton has had an initial offer for Altidore turned down, with Villarreal wanting the 19-year-old Altidore to settle in Spain.

Altidore has seen limited playing time for Villarreal, earning a pair of starts just before the winter break only to return to the bench, but he told SBI just last month that he was happy in Spain and enjoying his time with Villarreal.

MLS Hot Stove: Trade talk galore ahead of draft

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There may not be a busier time of year for trade talk than early January, as teams posture and prepare for the MLS Draft. Teams all over the league are talking about deals involving draft picks and veterans they want to unload.

A lot of trades won't be made until after the MLS Combine and just before the draft, but here are just some of the tidbits (some new, some old) I have come across in my conversations with the league's movers and shakers:

FC Dallas has a surplus of young players and is trying to unload at least a few of them ahead of the draft.

Philadelphia settles on finalists for team name

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Philadephia fans still have to wait more than a year for their expansion MLS team to take the field, but they are finally closer to knowing what that team's name will be.

According to sources within MLS, the Philadelphia expansion team has settled on four finalists for the club's name.

If you love soccer, vote for SBI

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Just when you thought we were done with the shameless self-promotion and lobbying for votes, SBI is back to count on you, the American soccer fan, to make your sport gets the respect it deserves.

Yes, I know, that last sentence was just a little overboard, but I wanted to get your attention and let you know that thanks to you, the SBI Readers, Soccer By Ives has moved into second place in the Best Sports Blog competition being sponsored by the 2008 weblog awards.

Tracy set to sign with Aalborg

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When Marcus Tracy passed on Major League Soccer's last offer, and decided to skip the MLS Combine and Draft for a chance at European soccer, he wasn't expected to wait too long to find interest from abroad.

Donovan stands to benefit as Podolski move looms

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The long and ugly saga that Lukas Podolski's inevitable transfer has become appears to be reaching a conclusion and the outcome could be great news for Landon Donovan.

The U.S. national team star stands poised to take advantage of some more avalable playing time during his loan spell with Bayern Munich now that Podolski is moving closer to a transfer back to FC Cologne, his former club.

Villarreal: Jozy isn't going anywhere

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Just a day after reports surfaced about an Everton move for Jozy Altidore, Spanish club Villarreal has stepped forward to let it be known that the young American striker isn't going anywhere.

Villarreal manager Manuel Pellegrini made it clear that he intends to keep the 19-year-old striker around and still intends on using him in the second half of the La Liga season.

SBI MLS Mock Draft (v. 4.0)

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And down the stretch they come.

We are exactly a week away from the 2009 MLS Draft and this weekend all 15 MLS teams will be in Ft.

Villarreal: Jozy isn't going anywhere

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Just a day after reports surfaced about an Everton move for Jozy Altidore, Spanish club Villarreal has stepped forward to let it be known that the young American striker isn't going anywhere.

Villarreal manager Manuel Pellegrini made it clear that he intends to keep the 19-year-old striker around and still intends on using him in the second half of the La Liga season.

Donovan stands to benefit as Podolski move looms

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The long and ugly saga that Lukas Podolski's inevitable transfer has become appears to be reaching a conclusion and the outcome could be great news for Landon Donovan.

The U.S. national team star stands poised to take advantage of some more avalable playing time during his loan spell with Bayern Munich now that Podolski is moving closer to a transfer back to FC Cologne, his former club.

Tracy set to sign with Aalborg

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When Marcus Tracy passed on Major League Soccer's last offer, and decided to skip the MLS Combine and Draft for a chance at European soccer, he wasn't expected to wait too long to find interest from abroad.

If you love soccer, vote for SBI

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Just when you thought we were done with the shameless self-promotion and lobbying for votes, SBI is back to count on you, the American soccer fan, to make your sport gets the respect it deserves.

Yes, I know, that last sentence was just a little overboard, but I wanted to get your attention and let you know that thanks to you, the SBI Readers, Soccer By Ives has moved into second place in the Best Sports Blog competition being sponsored by the 2008 weblog awards.

Philadelphia settles on finalists for team name

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Philadephia fans still have to wait more than a year for their expansion MLS team to take the field, but they are finally closer to knowing what that team's name will be.

According to sources within MLS, the Philadelphia expansion team has settled on four finalists for the club's name. AC Philadelphia, Philadelphia City, Philadelphia Union and Philadelphia SC.

MLS Hot Stove: Trade talk galore ahead of draft

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There may not be a busier time of year for trade talk than early January, as teams posture and prepare for the MLS Draft. Teams all over the league are talking about deals involving draft picks and veterans they want to unload.

A lot of trades won't be made until after the MLS Combine and just before the raft, but here are just some of the tidbits (some new, some old) I have come across in my conversations with the league's movers and shakers:

FC Dallas has a surplus of young players and is trying to unload at least a few of them ahead of the draft.

Villarreal says 'No Thanks' to Everton bid for Altidore

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Everton's search for a striker has led them to none other than Jozy Altidore, but Villarreal isn't interested.

According to Sky Sports, Everton has had an initial offer for Altidore turned down, with Villarreal wanting the 18-year-old Altidore to settle in Spain.

Altidore has seen limited playing time for Villarreal, earning a pair of starts just before the winter break only to return to the bench, but he told SBI just last month that he was happy in Spain and enjoying his time with Villarreal.

Good Morning from SBI

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Today is shaping up to be a good day.

With the MLS Combine just two days away, it is time to start focusing on the MLS Draft and everything that goes into this time of year. It isn't just a time to evaluate the incoming draft talent, but also time to prepare for wheeling and dealing and the potential movement of several veteran players.

Mendes re-signs with Red Bulls

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After losing Jeff Parke to the expansion draft and seeing Diego Jimenez return to Mexican club Tecos, the New York Red Bulls needed to start taking steps toward building their defense and that is what they did on Wednesday when they re-signed veteran Carlos Mendes to a new deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Daniel Cruz signs Generation adidas deal

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UNLV and U.S. Under-20 striker Daniel Cruz has become the ninth player to sign a Generation adidas contract, making him available for the 2009 MLS Draft on Jan. 15, sources confirmed to SBI on Tuesday

a sophomore at UNLV, Cruz has emerged as one of the most highly-regarded players in the U.

Cast your vote for SBI

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Thanks to you, the SBI readers, Soccer By Ives was able to bring home the Best Blog Award from U.S. Soccer for 2008. Now, we're looking to take on the big boys in all the major sports.

SBI has been named one of 14 finalists for the Best Sports Blog award, presented by the 2008 weblog awards.

Beckham makes Milan debut in friendly

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David Beckham made his AC Milan debut on Tuesday, playing 45 minutes in Milan's exhibition draw vs. Hamburg in Dubai. Milan won the friendly in penalty kicks, 4-3.

Beckham's appearance was largely quiet, with a mistake nearly leading to a Hamburg goal. He came out at halftime for French midfielder Mathieu Flamini.

USMNT Training Camp: New defenders added, Holden interviewed

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The U.S. men's national team added a pair of defenders on Tuesday to cover for the absences of Clarence Goodson and Cory Gibbs, and it was a pair of defenders you might not have expected to see.

San Jose fullback Jason Hernandez and Colorado central defender Ugo Ihemelu were called in by U.

Messi being Messi

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While 2008 was Cristiano Ronaldo's year to scoop up all the awards, Lionel Messi wasn't too far behind the Manchester United star. It looks as though Messi is ready to make 2009 his year after kicking off the new year in spectacular fashion for Barcelona with a hat-trick in his first match, a 3-1 Copa Del Rey win vs.

Trader Mo and TFC are ready to deal

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When Major League Soccer's coaches and technical directors converge on Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this weekend for the MLS Combine, there will be one man who will be as popular as any of the players on display.

That man is Mo Johnston.

The Toronto FC director of soccer is holding some big cards in this year's draft.

MLS unveils Generation adidas class (Tracy, Grella missing from Combine roster)

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Major League Soccer has unveiled its 2009 Generation adidas class and the nine-player list didn't have any surprises.

Led by Akron striker Steve Zakuani, here is the Generation adidas class, which should look familiar:

  • Steve Zakuani

  • Omar Gonzalez

  • Rodney Wallace

  • Jeremy Hall

  • Baggio Husidic

  • Kevin Alston

  • Stefan Frei

  • Peri Marosevic

  • Daniel Cruz

The one player not on this list who was still in talks with MLS is UCLA midfielder Michael Stephens.

Adu earns rare start for Monaco vs. Juventus

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

When Monaco faced off against Juventus in a friendly on Tuesday, many American fans were pleasantly surprised to see Freddy Adu's name in the starting line-up.

In the 36th minute the teenage midfielder, who has struggled to find playing time for his French club this season, dribbled past a pair of defenders before being tripped up by a third.

Burch re-signs with D.C. United

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One fullback down, one to go.

D.C. United moved a step closer to building its defense for 2009 by re-signing left back Marc Burch to a new contract.

What remains unresolved is D.C. United's talks with free agent right back Bryan Namoff. SBI spoke with D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper on Tuesday and Kasper stated that the team was still in discussions with Namoff, but that there was nothing new to report on the talks.

Mendes re-signs with Red Bulls

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After losing Jeff Parke to the expansion draft and seeing Diego Jimenez return to Mexican club Tecos, the New York Red Bulls needed to start taking steps toward building their defense and that is what they did on Wednesday when they re-signed veteran Carlos Mendes to a new deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Burch re-signs with D.C. United

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One fullback down, one to go.

D.C. United moved a step closer to building its defense for 2009 by re-signing left back Marc Burch to a new contract.

What remains unresolved is D.C. United's talks with free agent right back Bryan Namoff. SBI spoke with D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper on Tuesday and Kasper stated that the team was still in discussions with Namoff, but that there was nothing new to report on the talks.

Adu earns rare start for Monaco vs. Juventus

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

When Monaco faced off against Juventus in a friendly on Tuesday, many American fans were pleasantly surprised to see Freddy Adu's name in the starting line-up.

In the 36th minute the teenage midfielder, who has struggled to find playing time for his French club this season, dribbled past a pair of defenders before being tripped up by a third.

Trader Mo and TFC are ready to deal

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When Major League Soccer's coaches and technical directors converge on Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this weekend for the MLS Combine, there will be one man who will be as popular as any of the players on display.

That man is Mo Johnston.

The Toronto FC director of soccer is holding some big cards in this year's draft.

MLS unveils Generation adidas class (Tracy, Grella missing from Combine roster)

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Major League Soccer has unveiled its 2009 Generation adidas class and the nine-player list didn't have any surprises.

Here is the group, which is the same group we showed you on Tuesday:

  • Steve Zakuani

  • Omar Gonzalez

  • Rodney Wallace

  • Jeremy Hall

  • Baggio Husidic

  • Kevin Alston

  • Stefan Frei

  • Peri Marosevic

  • Daniel Cruz

The one player not on this list who was still in talks with MLS is UCLA midfielder Michael Stephens.

Messi being Messi

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While 2008 was Cristiano Ronaldo's year to scoop up all the awards, Lionel Messi wasn't too far behind the Manchester United star. It looks as though Messi is ready to make 2009 his year after kicking off the new year in spectacular fashion for Barcelona with a hat-trick in his first match, a 3-1 Copa Del Rey win vs.

USMNT Training Camp: New defenders added, Holden interviewed

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The U.S. men's national team added a pair of defenders on Tuesday to cover for the absences of Clarence Goodson and Cory Gibbs, and it was a pair of defenders you might not have expected to see.

San Jose fullback Jason Hernandez and Colorado central defender Ugo Ihemelu were called in by U.

Beckham makes Milan debut in friendly

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David Beckham made his AC Milan debut on Tuesday, playing 45 minutes in Milan's exhibition draw vs. Hamburg in Dubai. Milan won the friendly in penalty kicks, 4-3.

Beckham's appearance was largely quiet, with a mistake nearly leading to a Hamburg goal. He came out at halftime for French midfielder Mathieu Flamini.

Cast your vote for SBI

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Thanks to you, the SBI readers, Soccer By Ives was able to bring home the Best Blog Award from U.S. Soccer for 2008. Now, we're looking to take on the big boys in all the major sports.

SBI has been named one of 14 finalists for the Best Sports Blog award, presented by the 2008 weblog awards.

Daniel Cruz signs Generation adidas deal

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UNLV and U.S. Under-20 striker Daniel Cruz has become the ninth player to sign a Generation adidas contract, making him available for the 2009 MLS Draft on Jan. 15, sources confirmed to SBI on Tuesday

a sophomore at UNLV, Cruz has emerged as one of the most highly-regarded players in the U.

Generation adidas draft class all but set

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The 2008 MLS Draft is just ten days away and the MLS Combine begins on Saturday, meaning the Generation adidas draft class should be revealed very soon. Sources are telling me the list has been all but finalized.

A total of nine players have been signed to Generation adidas contract, with a potential tenth still being discussed.

Jimenez latest to benefit from leaving Red Bulls/MetroStars

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New York Red Bulls fans are all too familiar with the tradition.

Players (and coaches) have a habit of seeing their careers take off once they have played (and many cases played poorly) for the Red Bulls/MetroStars.

USA fans can start ordering USA-Mexico tickets

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If you are a U.S. men's national team fan waiting anxiously for USA-Mexico World Cup qualifying tickets to become available, the wait appears to be over.

Donovan's Bayern loan FINALLY confirmed by LA

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The loan deal everybody knew about, but had yet to be acknowledged by the player's own team, was finally made official on Monday as the LA Galaxy finally made official confirmation of Landon Donovan's loan move to Bayern Munich.

Yes, Donovan had already been in Dubai with Bayern Munich for some time, and there had been multiple reports about the move (including an interview with Donovan), but the Galaxy went all Tariq Aziz and waited until well after the deal was done to actually acknowledge the obvious.

Tickets for the USA-Mexico qualifier are NOT on sale yet

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If you find yourself repeatedly checking the internet, waiting anxiously for any word on when tickets for the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier in Columbus, Ohio will go on sale, don't worry.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

With the majority of the leagues in Europe still enjoying their "winter breaks", a myriad list of tournament match-ups were on display. The Americans Abroad contingent participated in England's FA Cup, the Coupe de France and even the Mexican InterLiga this past weekend.

It's Camp Time for the USMNT

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This morning will mark the kickoff of the U.S. men's national team training camp in Carson, California, a camp that should offer plenty of storylines and some good insight into how the U.

Monday Morning Centerback: Time for MLS to add St. Louis

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With the New Year upon is, it is time to start thinking about which two lucky cities will be granted MLS expansion franchises. While the FC Barcelona-backed Miami bid has received plenty of attention in recent weeks, it isn't the bid that makes the most sense.

The bid that remains the best of the bunch is the St.

Hyndman: Cooper staying put for 2009

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Those of you wondering just where Kenny Cooper might transfer to this winter might want to find another American to follow this transfer window.

FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman recently revealed that he has been told Cooper will be staying in MLS for the 2009 season, a major positive for a club that missed the playoffs in 2008.

Edu's future safe despite Rangers' looming fire sale

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

When Maurice Edu made a move from Toronto FC to Scottish powerhouse Glasgow Rangers in August of 2008, big expectations awaited him.

In his first handful of months with the Scottish Premier League giant, the former U.S. Olympic standout has only amassed 64 minutes in one lone appearance this season.

SBI MLS Mock Draft (Version 3.0)

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Call it a major mock draft shake-up.

Plenty has happened since the last SBI Mock Draft, from word that Ike Opara would be staying in school to the latest news that Baggio Husidic would be available.

Husidic signs Generation adidas deal

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The upcoming MLS Draft was already stocked with talent, but that talent pool will be a little deeper after Major League Soccer was able to sign one of its top targets.

University of Illinois-Chicago midfielder Baggio Husidic has signed a Generation adidas contract and will be available in the 2009 MLS Draft on Jan.

The Donovan-Bayern loan: The deal nobody wants to announce

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Last summer, Landon Donovan revealed his desire for another taste of European soccer. After half a year of repeatedly expressing his ambitions, Donovan is set to join one of the top teams in Europe.

No, the loan deal everyone has known about for months (but nobody has bothered to make official) hasn't "happened yet.

Trouble in Philadelphia?

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Fans of the expansion Philadelphia MLS franchise are probably treading a bit nervously after comments attributed to Nick Sakiewicz about the expansion team's stadium project, which was originally set to be ready in time for when the team begins play in 2010.

"I wish we could give you hard commitments today, but we're not even sure the stadium is going to be built," Sakiewiecz told the Delaware County Times.

Who do you want your team to draft?

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You may not have realized it in your post New Year's Day haze but the 2009 MLS Draft is less than two weeks away.

A look back at the 2005 USMNT January Camp

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The annual U.S. men's national team January training camp is always filled with young MLS standouts looking to impress the U.

New Year's Day Thoughts on SBI's Birthday

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Good evening folks and Happy New Year to all of you. Along with this being the first day of the new year, today also marks the first birthday of the new Soccer by Ives.

These 12 months have just flown by and as much fun as it was, I'm hoping 2009 will be even better. I do have some changes in store for the site, but none that I will share now.