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15 December 1:54 pm

Have FC Dallas fired newly retired former captain Daniel Hernandez just three weeks after naming him an assistant coach? That what's being reported by the folks over at 3rd Degree, who say they've got confirmation from Hernandez himself.

If it's true, it's a puzzling move given how much faith Schellas Hyndman has put in the Texas native over the years, dating all the way back to their time together at SMU.

Check back later for details on this one as they emerge.

14 December 7:38 pm

The "As the Beckham Turns" soap opera took its latest twist on Friday with the former LA Galaxy star apparently shutting the door on a reported move to Australia.

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage told the A-League's official website that he ran into Beckham in London during a performance of the Spice Girls' new stage musical (obviously) and — let's give the man some credit — had the stones to corner him with the Big Question.

"I got the chance to chat to David and, of course, I asked him about coming to Australia," Sage told footballaustralia.com.au. "He looked me in the eye and basically said, 'That would be nice, but it's too far away from my businesses.'"

The former England captain and two-time MLS Cup winner had been linked to Perth, while rival A-League clubs Melbourne Heart and Central Coast Mariners also expressed interest in bringing the 37-year-old Down Under. But Sage doesn't see any of that working out.

"It would have been great to have him at Perth Glory, but it looks like that won't be happening," he said. "I just don't think he'll be coming to Australia, full stop."

So where to, Becks? Those reports of a return to England — or France, or China or the Middle East — are all still floating around.

13 December 1:24 pm

All MLS fans are familiar with the feelings Rafa Márquez elicits. He couldn't help his team win, he undermined them in crucial moments. Most people would say he wasn't worth his Designated Player status.

But that's all over now. Rafa is on his way back to Mexico, after negotiating his release from the Red Bulls and signing a two-year deal with Club León on Thursday that officially ends his tumultuous two-and-a-half seasons with the New York Red Bulls that yielded no trophies, several suspensions, and a lot of headaches.

Still, when we read your comments at the bottom of Monday's report that the move was due to go down, even we were surprised with the amount of vitriol Márquez received, especially from Red Bulls fans! Which got us to thinking:

Is Rafa the biggest villain in MLS history? Vote in the poll to the right, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

25 November 8:35 pm

From Will Bruin's opener in Chicago all the way to Robbie Keane's crafty penalty kick in Seattle, we've seen a juicy 30 goals since the MLS Cup playoffs began. And KICKTV's got all of 'em in this handy compilation for your viewing pleasure. 

Which was your favorite? Was it Darren Mattocks' poach job vs. LA? Nick DeLeon's back-breaker vs. New York? Eddie Johnson's careful finish past Josh Saunders? Watch them all right here.

15 October 7:18 pm

Julian de Guzman hits the nail right on the head: For the members of Canadian national team, this is "the most important game of our lives," according to the the FC Dallas midfielder.

Check out this video from the Canadian Soccer Association that takes you inside training down in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, ahead of Tuesday's critical World Cup qualifier (4 pm ET, Sportsnet). With a point, Canada reach the Hexagonal for the first time since 1997. Anything less, and it's back to the drawing board.

No pressure, right?

25 July 12:32 pm

PHILADELPHIA – Frank Lampard must have known this was coming.

Since appearing in a suite at The Home Depot Center alongside David Beckham a few weeks ago, the speculation about a possible move to the LA Galaxy has only heated up. And he can’t dodge the questions now, not with Chelsea on a two-week tour of the United States and American journalists only too happy to keep seeking clues.

Lampard keeps playing diplomat, of course, repeating that he’s under contract with Chelsea and happy with the European champions. But the England international did get a laugh in Tuesday’s press conference when asked if he’d like to play alongside his former captain in LA.

“I think that he might not want me, I don’t know,” Lampard said to laughs.

Galaxy fans can take heart in that he didn’t close the door on a future move if his services were deemed surplus to Chelsea.

“I’m waiting to speak to Chelsea [about a new contract] and we’ll see what happens,” he said.

WATCH: Chelsea's Lampard, Di Matteo laud evolution of MLS

19 July 9:00 pm

Roy Lassiter isn’t the only one with Wondo envy.

Former Golden Boot winner Taylor Twellman – who once made his own assault on Lassiter’s single-season scoring record – thinks the San Jose Earthquakes star is going to get it done as well.

But the former New England Revolution man still thinks it’s going to take a herculean effort from Wondo.

“I didn’t even know what the record was in 2002, to be honest with you,” he told MLSsoccer.com of his own haul a decade ago that ultimately came up four goals short of the record. “Twenty-seven is a ridiculous amount of goals. It really is ridiculous.”

Twellman also finished one goal behind Carlos Ruiz for the scoring title that season. But he can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the circumstances in New England were just a little bit different.

“I would’ve absolutely loved – and I always wondered what it would have been like – to play with a target man,” he said. “Somebody like Brian McBride, where he’s more the target and you can be the second striker.”

That’s the difference, he believes, this season for Wondo, who is benefitting from the hard work in the box of big men like Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon.

Twellman never had that kind of partner during his eight-year MLS career, spending most of it alongside Pat Noonan – productively, it must be said. Twellman's 101 career regular-season goals has him ranked at No. 6 on the all-time list.

But just humor his fantasy here for a second: a front-line duo of Twellman and McBride in their prime? Who on earth could stop that one-two punch?

10 April 11:25 am

Well, at least it’s something to take back from Mexico. The US U-17s topped El Tri 1-0 in the fifth-place match on Monday at the Mondial Minimes tournament in Montaigu, France.

New York Red Bulls Academy product Wesley Wade scored in the 59th minute for the decider, the forward’s second strike of the tournament for Richie Williams’ side.

The US U-17s finished 1-1-1 in Group B of the prestigious youth tournament, with a dominant 4-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates, a 1-0 loss to Portugal and a 1-1 draw with Japan (a 4-3 penalty-kick victory in the finale saw them advance to Monday’s fifth-place match).

Williams named seven MLS Academy products to the 18-man squad for his first tournament in charge of the team. Wade was one of three RBNY youngsters, and Chivas USA Academy forward Bradford Jamieson also scored a pair of goals in France.

Portugal won the 12-team tournament with a penalty-kick shootout victory over Russia in the final. England placed third while Japan came in fourth.

02 March 5:33 pm

TUCSON, Ariz. – Juan Agudelo returned to New York Red Bulls practice here on Friday, walking a little taller. Literally.

The 19-year-old striker scored the US Olympic team’s opener in their 2-0 win over their Mexican counterparts in Texas on Wednesday – his first goal in a US shirt since his strike against Argentina nearly a year ago.

And Agudelo gives full credit to the bleached mop rising off the center of his scalp.

“It was just a play that we drew up the day before at practice, actually,” he explained to MLSsoccer.com. “Just a near-post cross off a corner kick and I was able to get my head on it with the Mohawk.”

If that ‘hawk looks like an homage to a certain Wesley Snipes movie to you, you’re not alone. Apparently Agudelo’s ‘do immediately reminded US Under-23 head coach Caleb Porter of the Stallone/Snipes sci-fi action classic Demolition Man.

 

 

And right there, folks, is where the generation gap between the 37-year-old coach and the teenage striker becomes apparent.

“Caleb told me about that – I didn’t really know about Demolition Man,” Agudelo admitted.

Fair enough. He wasn’t even a year old when the movie came out in 1993.

“I searched on Google images and it was like I was staring at myself,” he continued. “It wasn’t what I was going for, but that’s the way it worked out.”

Maybe it's time to add "Simon Phoenix" and "Demolition Man" to Swagudelo's growing list of nicknames.

WATCH: Agudelo on his time with the US U-23s

01 March 6:09 pm

TUCSON, Ariz. – Lionel Messi. Arjen Robben. Sebastian Velasquez?

Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman made that lofty comparison of the Colombian-born, South Carolina-raised rookie attacker who has been impressing in preseason camp.

It’s that left-footed unpredictability that has Beckerman – and all of RSL – excited.

“He’s got that lefty whatever it is,” Beckerman said on Wednesday night. “I can’t pinpoint it but Messi has it, Arjen Robben. These lefties. Fabián [Espíndola] has it. They’re able to skin players.”

Not bad company for a guy who played junior college ball. But then again, not even Messi or Robben scored 55 goals over 33 games, like Velasquez did at tiny Spartanburg Methodist College.

What do you think? Is Velasquez the real deal?