Kick Off: Cooper arrives in Portland, Arnoux news

The Portland Timbers' preseason moves back home to Oregon after some time in California. There to greet them is star signing Kenny Cooper, who will be officially introduced in a press conference later today.

Forwards get all the attention. In Dallas, manager Schellas Hyndman has set a goal target for forward Milton Rodriguez and it’s in the double digits. He’s also not thrilled that his young striker, Ruben Luna, is with the Mexico Under-20s as opposed to FC Dallas training camp.

How precious are these days in training camp for the Columbus Crew with just 12 days remaining until their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Real Salt Lake? One forward gets the flu and he’s immediately quarantined.

The New York Red Bulls started their preseason match schedule with a PK shootout victory over Atlante on Wednesday night. But manager Hans Backe was impressed by other aspects of the match.

D.C. United were also in action late Wednesday against Florida International University. Charlie Davies did not see minutes in this match.

After Portland’s Bright Dike, another long-term injury victim may have turned up in D.C. United’s camp. There are concerns over how bad Steve Cronin’s wrist injury might be.

The Seattle Sounders and the Columbus Crew will hope to come out of their preseason match unscathed. Kick off is at 1 p.m. ET in Phoenix.

One lucky MLS club may soon get a boost to its preseason roster if current contract negotiations result in an MLS deal for former Vancouver Whitecaps and Everton reserve player Cody Arnoux.

The Philadelphia Union are in the market for one more defender and another forward, according to manager Peter Nowak. He also says that he wants to see star forward, Danny Mwanga, improve in one key area.

New England’s rookie central defender A.J. Soares may have made the move from sunny San Diego to the cold Northeast, but he expects to feel right at home given his Portuguese heritage and his dad’s line of work as a fisherman.

Here’s the real scouting report on the two African signings that the Whitecaps made official on Wednesday. They were both spotted on trips to Africa by Vancouver brass.

Even though the critics may not be on his side after he extended his training stay with Tottenham Hotspur, David Beckham won over many with his good samaritan gesture which turns out to be a true story. (VIDEO)

Just 24 hours after the LA Galaxy owners announced a strategic alliance with Tottenham Hotspur, which also involved a partnership on a bid for running London’s Olympic Stadium, it turns out West Ham United’s bid to use the facility has won out.

Staying in England, former Liverpool owner Tom Hicks is continuing his battle in the courts after NESV, led by fellow American John Henry, won control over the club.

In case you missed it, here are the game highlights from Argentina vs. Portugal, which met the pre-game hype in the battle between the two best players in the word. (VIDEO)

Argentina could use the consolation after its younger Under-20 squad was defeated by Uruguay in the South American championships. The defeat virtually eliminates the Argentines from the 2012 London Olympics, without a chance to defend their gold medal.

These are the highlights from an action-packed match between Mexico and Bosnia which more than 50,000 fans witnessed in Atlanta. Reports are that US assistant Mike Sorber was in attendance. (VIDEO)

Although the USA did not play on the FIFA fixture date after the friendly against Egypt was called off, an American did manage to score in international play on Wednesday: Italy’s Giuseppe Rossi.

This upcoming weekend is a big one for the NASL as it seeks to earn sanctioning from the US Soccer Federation to operate as the nation’s second division. And there is no back-up plan in case it’s not granted.

It’s not all about soccer for one former US star. Brandi Chastain will be the lone female golfer in a field of 312 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Nationals.

In this Q&A, US Soccer President Sunil Gulati says that even though the US 2022 World Cup bid had done things differently, he’s still not sure it would have been enough to secure the winning bid.

Lastly, the story of high school player Ross Barron, who managed to make his coach happy despite a hefty loss. Find out why.

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