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21 February 8:16 pm

There's been a bit of a hullabaloo about Landon Donovan's Wednesday night talk with a USC sports journalism class, which based on the transcripts from some intrepid student journalists, sound like some of his most candid public comments since, well, The Beckham Experiment.

Now, there is some video to go along with some of the quotes floating around, recently posted by Donovan's agent, Richard Motzkin, on his Twitter account. Take a look for yourself:

Yes, he actually said it. But if/when Jurgen Klinsmann will call him in is another matter entirely, but we know Donovan, when on form, should be a shoo-in for the USMNT.

When do you think Klinsmann will call the USA's all-time leading scorer back in? Will Donovan make the difference in World Cup qualifying? Have any other burning Landon-related thoughts? Chime in below!

21 February 6:46 pm

All soccer specific stadiums are beautiful. Even ones that have the camera on the wrong side.

Check out Louisville's planned soccer specific stadium here. It's pretty great - it really is.

The one issue is that, if the mock-ups are accurate, the camera will be pointing toward the "open" end instead of the filled grandstand. That's a shame, because it absolutely will take something away from the TV broadcast/online stream.

But hey, they're all beautiful. Even when the camera's fixed on the wrong part.

21 February 5:13 pm

It's that time again. If you haven't already, head over the MLSsoccer.com Fantasy home page and create a team.

Once you've done that, sign up for the ExtraTime Radio league using the code below and battle for prizes (yet to be determined, but suggestions welcome in the comments section below) against your friends while you try to one up the guys from the show.

21 February 3:03 pm

The Harlem Shake is everywhere. It's hit clubs here and abroad, giving soccer fans some really entertaining videos to watch. 

And now the craze has even taken over MLSsoccer.com. Don't worry, it's only for a few seconds. Enjoy!

21 February 11:42 am

On dit que le mercredi est le jour des enfants. Hier, c’était davantage celui des remplaçants puisque plusieurs entraîneurs ont utilisé les matchs amicaux pour offrir du temps de jeu à des éléments qui n’en auront pas forcément beaucoup en cours de saison, histoire de voir à quel point leur effectif est étoffé.

Ce fut notamment le cas au tournoi de Portland, où le onze de départ du club hôte contre Dallas n’avait rien en commun avec celui de son dernier match. Les Texans avaient de leur côté aligné de nombreux titulaires et se sont imposés 1-0. Frank Yallop avait aussi décidé de faire tourner son effectif pour San José - AIK, qui s'est soldé sur un nul vierge.

À la Desert Diamond Cup, Seattle a aligné une équipe mixte contre New York, et les joueurs habituellement sur le banc ont saisi leur chance, puisque ce sont eux qui ont scellé la victoire 2-0. En finale du tournoi, les hommes de Sigi Schmid affronteront Salt Lake, vainqueur 3-2 de New England lors d’un match riche en rebondissements.

À la Carolina Challenge Cup, Chicago a commencé avec son onze de base mais Frank Klopas a remplacé presque tout le monde à la mi-temps et a vu ses hommes s’imposer de justesse 2-1 contre Charleston. Dans l’autre rencontre, Adam Moffat a encore marqué un but dont il a le secret - un tir à distance surpuissant - pour offrir la victoire à Houston contre Vancouver (2-1).

Notons aussi que Montréal, avec de nombreux jeunes, s’est incliné 2-1 à Orlando alors que Toronto et Kansas City, eux aussi avec leurs meilleurs éléments au repos, se sont quittés sur un spectaculaire 3-3.

20 February 10:53 pm

The pick didn't make waves on draft day, but Chicago's selection of Yazid Atouba looks plenty good right now.

Atouba's electric play (He was roasting dudes.) was the talking point after the Fire's 2-1 win over Charleston tonight, we caught up with Frank Klopas to get his thoughts on the Cameroonian winger and where things stand on the contract front: 

20 February 10:32 pm

Landon Donovan has a history of insightful, personal interviews. He just hasn't given very many of them lately.

That seems to have changed on Wednesday night, as the US national team and LA Galaxy legend answered questions in public for the first time since helping lead his team to the 2012 MLS Cup. Donovan appeared at a Q&A session titled "The Competitive Edge" on the campus of the University of Southern California.

One promising young scribe proceded to live tweet the event. We can't vouch for the veracity of his transcription, during which Donovan talks about everything from his relationship with his dad to that time he almost quit soccer in 2006 (which, from memory, was right before kickoff vs. Ghana), but I guarantee you we'll all be talking about this out-of-the-blue appearance by LD for the next 48 hours:

Here's the best part, if you're a US fan:

And here's the part that's Landon being Landon to, like, the Nth degree:

20 February 8:00 pm

Just out of the postgame media scrum following Houston's 2-1 turnaround victory over Vancouver at the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston. We caught up with Martin Rennie, Dom Kinnear and The Man Who Only Scores Spectacular Goals, Adam Moffat. 

First, Rennie, who was happy with his side's effort: 

We then got real classy and waited for Moffat in the parking lot. Turns out him and Will Bruin were talking before they came on about how they were both going to score. They backed it up:

And finally, Dom Kinnear, who touches on the improved play of Jason Johnson, Moffat's ballstriking ability and how it's just dandy that there is very little difference between the 2012 and 2013 versions of the Houston Dynamo: 

20 February 12:15 pm

À dix jours du coup d’envoi de la saison, ce mercredi sera une nouvelle occasion de peaufiner les réglages lors de nombreux matchs amicaux.

Déjà qualifié pour la finale du tournoi de Tucson, Seattle, qui après Shalrie Joseph convoite d’autres renforts, se mesurera à New York plutôt décevant durant cette période de préparation. L’autre rencontre opposera Salt Lake, où Joao Plata semble avoir rapidement trouvé sa place, à New England, qui compte sur ses renforts hivernaux pour solidifier les bases construites l’an dernier.

Autre transfert récent, celui du jeune défenseur international hondurien Johnny Leverón à Vancouver, qui affrontera aujourd’hui à la Carolina Challenge Cup une équipe de Houston qui a jeté son dévolu sur l’ailier écossais Andrew Driver. Hôte du tournoi, Charleston se mesurera à Chicago qui a réussi à consolider son arrière-garde cet hiver sans aller chercher de nouveau défenseur.

Pour le deuxième match de son propre tournoi et quelques heures après l'embauche de Mikael Silvestre, Portland voudra confirmer son renouveau face à Dallas, qui a transféré deux nouveaux joueurs ce mardi. San José - AIK sera l’autre affiche de la soirée.

Notons aussi deux duels amicaux à Orlando : Toronto et son effectif maigrichon contre Kansas City, qui ne veut pas mettre la pression sur Bieler, ainsi qu’Orlando - Montréal.

19 February 9:13 pm

We've seen plenty of German-Americans come into the US national team fold since Jurgen Klinsmann took the reins in 2011. But could Klinsmann and Co. could be turning their eyes south to Argentina to unearth two more dual-nationality players for the Stars and Stripes?

Affirmative, according to ESPN's Jorge Ramos:

In English, that's: "Jurgen Klinsmann has called Rogelio Funes Mori and Michael Hoyos and asked them if they would accept a call-up from the United States."

Both players spent a significant portion of their developmental years in the United States – Funes Mori (above, left), a forward, moved to Texas at the age of 10, where he attended high school and won the Sueño MLS contest, earning him a spot with FC Dallas' academy side. However, he returned to Argentina shortly thereafter and signed with River Plate, where he remains along with twin brother Ramiro.

Hoyos (above, right), a midfielder, was born and raised in Southern California, attending high school there before moving back to Argentina at age 15 and signing with Estudiantes de La Plata shortly thereafter, where he also remains. He was reportedly approached by the US U-20 side for a camp a few years ago, but opted to remain with his club team.

Both players have represented Argentina at the U-20 level and Funes Mori made a recent appearance in a friendly for the Albiceleste's senior team, but both could file a one-time nationality switch with FIFA to play for the US.

Do you think either player would make the switch? Would they be good additions to Klinsmann's US national team? Chime in with your thoughts below!