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18 February 5:36 pm

How can the LA Galaxy persuade Frank Lampard to make the leap across the pond? Let him head back to Europe for an offseason loan, according to The Mirror.

The British tabloid claims the Galaxy are willing to let Lampard join a European club for up to three months next winter (sound familiar, LA fans?). The goal is for him to enter 2014 with the best chances of making England's squad for the summer trip to the World Cup in Brazil.

And that's not the only perk Lampard would get from this rumored offer, said to be for $4.5 million annually over two-and-a-half years. According to the report, Lampard would get benefits such as a free house and free flights to the UK.

The 34-year-old midfielder is rumored to want to stay at Chelsea, but his contract with the reigning European champions expires in June and the Blues have yet to make a new offer, leading to plenty of questions around his future.

A Galaxy spokesperson declined to comment on the report.

And bear in mind... it's The Mirror.

18 February 11:28 am

À deux semaines de la reprise de la compétition, les matchs amicaux se succèdent et ce week-end a été on ne peut plus rempli. Mais en marge de ces duels, il y a aussi eu des nouvelles très intéressantes concernant des vedettes de la MLS.

La plus attendue concernait l’avenir de Landon Donovan, qui reprendra finalement les entraînements avec le LA Galaxy lors de la dernière semaine de mars. Pendant ce temps, ses coéquipiers ont fait match nul 0-0 contre les Sud-Coréens de Gangwon.

À Tucson, la Desert Diamond Cup s’est poursuivie avec la victoire de Seattle 2-1 contre Salt Lake, et celle de New England 3-1 contre New York, dont la maigre consolation est l’excellente prestation de l’ex-Lyonnais Juninho, qui a marqué son premier but pour ses nouvelles couleurs.

Le tournoi de Portland s’est ouvert par un spectaculaire partage 3-3 entre le club hôte et San José, alors que Dallas et les Suédois d’AIK ont aussi fait match nul, mais sans marquer. Début également de la Carolina Challenge Cup, à Charleston, dont les deux premières rencontres ont fini sur le même score, 3-2, l’une en faveur de Vancouver face au club hôte, l’autre en faveur de Chicago contre Houston.

Enfin, la finale du tournoi Disney opposera Columbus, difficile vainqueur d’Orlando 3-2, à Montréal, qui a partagé 1-1 avec DC United sur fond de rumeurs de départ de Marco Di Vaio et d’Alessandro Nesta en fin de saison. Dans les autres rencontres, Kansas City a battu Tampa Bay 1-0 et Philadelphie s’est imposé 3-0 contre Toronto.

17 February 2:08 pm

The soccer news cycles chews managers up and spits them out. But some of them will always have a place in our collective memory.

Former NY Red Bulls manager Hans Backe falls in that category and thanks to EmpireOfSoccer.com's Dave Martinez, we now know what he's up to these days.

Apparently he's serving as a color analyst for Swedish TV and those unique intonations we all grew to enjoy come to life all over again (video below).

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17 February 11:00 am

Whether you enjoy the Harlem Shake or not, it's now infiltrated MLS clubs. The Seattle Sounders, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Houston Dynamo (a special edition with the Dynamo Girls) are the latest to join the viral video movement.

Where would you rate Jimmy Conrad and his KICKTV crew in the American soccer Harlem Shake hierarchy?

15 February 7:39 pm

Short, sweet and unambiguous support for Robbie Rogers:

WATCH: MLSers react to Rogers coming out

15 February 7:27 pm

It's been an emotional day for all of MLS and US soccer, but doubtless nobody's gone through the wringer quite as thoroughly as Robbie Rogers.

Here's his 13-word response:

Understandable.

But from where I sit, the best part of today is that the next guy (or gal) to debate whether or not to come out can expect "this." It's a more tolerant and loving world than we all thought it was nine hours ago.

14 February 6:50 pm

Not much left to say about this one. The Chicago Fire training in South Carolina, watched closely by a local alligator. Kudos to the club's fearless digital media leader Jeff Crandall for turning on his camera.

14 February 5:39 pm

What do you do when the most fashionable man in MLS comes to your city? You let him take you shopping. 

That's what we got into this week when we met up with Sporting Kansas City centerback Aurelien Collin at ODIN New York for a few style tips . Check the video above and watch the dude do his magic. 

14 February 1:05 pm

Here I am thinking all MLS teams had the same "intro music" -- the MLS anthem (see video below).

Well, it turns out the Portland Timbers have intro songs and club owner Merritt Paulson is looking for help to decide the 2013 version to succeed "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys.

So let's give the Timbers a hand here. Please share your ideas below and if you can spare a thought for their women's side, Thorns FC, they need one for them, too.