Kick Off: Bradley's hat in ring, DC linked with Varela
Now the question is whether Aston Villa are interested.
US manager Bob Bradley went on the record with the BBC and confirmed his representatives are talking to Aston Villa about his desire to take over the club.
Aston Villa's interim coach, Kevin MacDonald, is still in charge and watched Brad Friedel and company fall 6-0 to newly promoted Newcastle on Sunday.
The highlight performance by an American this weekend belonged to ex-Chivas USA player Sacha Kljestan, who scored for Anderlecht in league play.
Playoff hopes grew dimmer in Philadelphia, where Union manager Peter Nowak is calling his team’s 2-0 loss at D.C. United the worst performance of his tenure and that “it will not fly.”
Both DC goals on Sunday came off plays started by teenager Andy Najar, who head coach Ben Olsen says plays every match like it’s his last.
DC fans will gain hope from the victory and the fact that a new reinforcement has been linked to the Black-and-Red: Carlos Varela, formerly of Neuchatel Xamax in Switzerland.
Given what a club like D.C. United has been forced to endure this season, you’d think The Columbus Dispatch would be less critical of Robert Warzycha in Columbus, where the Crew are just three points away from the LA Galaxy for the best record in the league.
The Crew are in the race for an unprecedented third consecutive MLS Supporters' Shield despite the fact they admit playing poorly for a large chunk of Saturday’s match against visiting Colorado.
Columbus are also in action in CONCACAF Champions League action on Tuesday with a match against Santos Laguna in Mexico.
In news from Mexico, Santos lost their first league match of the season 1-0 to Tigres on Saturday. Kansas City Wizards forward Omar Bravo also found the back of the net for Chivas Guadalajara.
Monarcas Morelia, the opposition for the New England Revolution in the SuperLiga final, defeated Necaxa 1-0.
After two consecutive road losses in league play, the Revolution’s captain still thinks the club’s playoff hopes are alive. They sit five points behind the eighth and final playoff berth occupied by Colorado.
It’s been a busy weekend for TFC, with their first home loss on Saturday and a flight to Panama mixed in with a reported spat between Mista and manager Preki.
Things can get nasty in soccer. In his postgame interviews from Saturday, Galaxy captain Landon Donovan says he received his share of heckling from Earthquakes fans. He also refused to get sucked into transfer talk. (VIDEO).
Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul has been called up by Senegal for an upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier. RBNY teammate Dane Richards was also one of six MLS-based players called into Jamaica camp.
Today’s match of the day on the tube is Manchester City taking on Liverpool (2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes). Citizens manager Roberto Mancini stoked the flames ahead of the clash by saying that Italian Mario Balotelli has what it takes to be better than Liverpool's Fernando Torres.
Manchester United’s Nani is probably thinking the worst after missing a PK that could have sealed the match against Clint Dempsey’s Fulham on Sunday. His manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who says Ryan Giggs should have taken that PK, can really hold a grudge.
One division below the EPL, English club Leeds United are using goals from a former Earthquakes player to move up the ranks this season.
While an Englishman may own the rights to the New York Cosmos brands, an ad agency in New York is at the heart of the efforts to bring the former legendary club to life again.
Lastly, former Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) defender Brandon Pollard has now dedicated his life to … bees.