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27 January 7:10 de la tarde

Fun little preseason video from the New Englanders. See a picture, say a word. 

Gotta love young Kelyn Rowe's performance. Pretty much the same reaction to every image. Also worth noting Matt Reis' take on MLS Cup and Landon Donovan. Ouch. 

27 January 1:17 de la tarde

Sunday tabloids are for light reading and gossip. So here's a good one for entertainment value.

David Beckham has yet to decide where (or if?) he’s playing in 2013, but if you’re the sort who trusts those loveable UK rags, he’s apparently delivering a handful of fellow English World Cup veterans into MLS to take his place.

According to a report on Sunday in The Mirror, Becks will try to sell Steven Gerrard, Peter Crouch, Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick on the league.

Of course, the report also makes the tired suggestion that MLS would be “an ideal destination for them to finish their careers.” That said, the entire quartet is around the same age Beckham was when he made the jump over from Real Madrid six years ago.

In the same report, another Englishman, Jermaine Pennant, suggests that a Stateside move could revive his stalled out career.

“Playing in America is a strong option for me,” he is quoted as saying. “You only have to see the caliber of players there of past and present to see how the league is improving. It is getting stronger with every year.”

The 30-year-old winger – who never delivered on his promise when he debuted for Arsenal as a teenager – has never really quite fit in anywhere. Add to that his history of disciplinary and legal problems, and you have to wonder if any MLS team would take the bait. Then again, Luke Rodgers worked here for a time...

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Sunday.

26 January 6:08 de la tarde

On ne sait pas trop quelle direction prend l’équipe nationale canadienne, mais cette nouvelle ère d’intérim s’est ouverte par une défaite 0-4 en match amical contre le Danemark. Le grand bonhomme de la journée a été Andreas Cornelius, auteur de trois buts pour les Scandinaves.

Il aura suffi de quelques accélérations à une équipe danoise composée à 100% de joueurs évoluant au pays pour mettre à mal une défense du Canada friable. Le score est rapidement passé à 0-2 et la suite fut une promenade de santé pour des Vikings qui ont accru leur avance à trois buts avant la pause, et trouvé encore une fois le chemin des filets en deuxième mi-temps.

Il y eut très peu d’action devant le but danois et il est difficile de tirer des enseignements d’une prestation pour le moins passive du onze canadien. Il faut espérer que les nombreux jeunes joueurs alignés aient profité de ce rendez-vous pour emmagasiner quelque peu d’expérience. Pour six d’entre eux (Philippe Davies, Evan James, Kyle Bekker, Simon Thomas, Mason Trafford et Kyle Porter), cette journée restera néanmoins gravée à tout jamais, puisqu’ils ont fêté leur premier match en équipe nationale A.

Suite des choses pour ce Canada rajeuni, un match amical mercredi contre une équipe des États-Unis en pleine préparation pour le dernier tour des éliminatoires de la Coupe du monde. On espère qu’il n’y aura pas de trop de casse… et après, on verra…

25 January 5:40 de la tarde

Ok, so this one was predictable. But it's still nice to see.

Here's the reception former New York, LA and Chivas USA striker Juan Pablo Ángel got from Atlético Nacional fans in Medellín upon his return to the club this week. Well deserved for a guy who carried himself with class and composure through his entire career across three continents:

 

25 January 4:46 de la tarde

Could Jozy Altidore be the first American to capture a Golden Boot on European shores?

He's certainly on the right track at the moment, finding himself alone in poll position after scoring his 15th league goal of the season on Friday against VVV Venlo (above). With a little more than half a season in the books, only Vitesse's Wilfried Bony has scored more in the Dutch top flight with 16 goals.

Friday's goal, an effort reminiscent of a certain Frenchman now playing with Altidore's former club in New York, matched the American striker's total for all of last season with AZ. It also matched Michael Bradley's haul with Heerenveen during the 2008-09 season.

Herculez Gomez remains the only American to capture a Golden Boot outside the United States, tying for top scorer (10 goals) in the Mexican first division while playing for Puebla in 2010.

Do you think Altidore can do it? Let us know in the comment section below.

25 January 3:11 de la tarde

If reports in Germany are to be believed, the Chicago Fire were close to adding another German warhorse to their roster, only for Borussia Dortmund to commit to captain Sebastian Kehl for one more year.

There's been speculation in Germany that Kehl's place in the Dortmund team is at risk with Nuri Sahin returning from Real Madrid on loan, but Bild reported Wednesday that manager Jürgen Klopp will exercise the club's option on the midfielder, preventing the 32-year-old from linking up with Arne Friedrich in the Windy City.

Had the Fire been able to land Kehl – assuming their rumored interest was indeed concrete – he would have provided a direct replacement for Pável Pardo, who announced his retirement last week. As it stands, Pardo's place will most likely be filled by Jeff Larentowicz, acquired from Colorado in a trade prior to the MLS SuperDraft.

What do you think? Would Kehl be a good fit in MLS? Do the Fire even need another central midfielder after a busy offseason?

UPDATE: Word from the Fire makes this one almost certainly the work of an enterprising agent rather than actual interest in Kehl.

25 January 2:51 de la tarde

Preseason is officially here. We're excited, fans are excited and so are the players and coaches, of course. On this fine Friday afternoon, we bring you some of our favorite tweets to begin the journey in 2013.

Please note: We value originality in these parts, so anything that included a "rise and grind" and/or "#hardworkdedication" were pretty much immediately disqualified.

We kick it off with Mike Petke, who didn't really have much to say yesterday but the following:

Our good friend Jay DeMerit admits to a little early soreness:

Top overall SuperDraft pick Andrew Farrell starts his journey. Good luck, big son:

This next one from PDX midfielder Eric Alexander really has nothing to do with preseason at all, but it's hilarious so we've included it anyway:

And we conclude with a little multimedia from Tim Cahill, who didn't take this photo himself.

25 January 1:32 de la tarde

For all those US national team fans clamoring for Omar Gonzalez to get his shot in Jurgen Klinsmann's good graces, it's worth citing that old Smiths song: "How soon is now?"

The LA Galaxy backline destroyer and MLS Cup 2012 MVP isn't just getting his shot, he's seizing the advantage and impressing the big boss. Check out this installment of "Opportunity Knocks" from US Soccer to get a sense of where Gonzalez fits in and how he's doing in January camp.

25 January 12:21 de la tarde

¿Qué relación tienen “El Chelís” y La Sonora Dinamita?

Pues bien, la mayoría de nosotros ni siquiera habíamos nacido cuando la canción “Se me perdió la cadenita” de la orquesta colombiana La Sonora Dinamita fue editada en 1979.

Pero seguramente, muchos hemos bailado esa y otras canciones de La Sonora Dinamita en las fiestas de diciembre con una tía, una abuela, o alguna prima lejana que nos presentan en navidad; y quien al final de la fiesta, es como si la conociéramos de toda la vida.

La canción obtuvo un éxito rotundo en México hace un poco menos de tres décadas y, sin duda alguna, José Luis Sánchez Solá “El Chelís”, DT de Chivas USA, la ha bailado en más de una ocasión. Fiel a su estilo, “El Chelís” puso a sus dirigidos a bailar “Se me perdió la cadenita” durante uno de los entrenamientos del equipo en Los Ángeles.

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