Kick Off: Forlán linked to Seattle, Barthez news

The Seattle Sounders have accustomed MLS fans to big moves. The two-time Open Cup champs may be up to their biggest move yet: getting the best player at the 2010 World Cup.

Sigi Schmid’s side are being linked with an offer for Atlético Madrid’s Diego Forlán, according to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser. (ITALIAN)

The Sounders’ Northwest rival Vancouver Whitecaps got the news today that Robbie Savage won’t be joining them after all. His media career in England comes first.

Whitecaps fans can still take heart in their No. 1 SuperDraft pick Omar Salgado. Here’s the definitive feature on the El Pasoan, whose father has been behind his rapid rise through the soccer ranks.

The other MLS expansion team in 2011, the Portland Timbers, get their first training camp underway today with two important absences.

The Philadelphia Union welcome a new trialist for the start of training on the East Coast: Trinidadian Thome Holder.

In case you missed the appearance of new Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón on Univisión’s Republica Deportiva, here’s the link to the 10-minute interview where he tells the story of how the Union acquired him. (VIDEO)

Columbus is vying for the title of Soccer City USA. The best youth player in the country: a Crew academy player. The top high school player in the nation? Also from the Crew academy.

The Houston Dynamo were the oldest team in Major League Soccer last year and have rung in the changes during the offseason. But manager Dominic Kinnear says to expect more new faces before preseason is up.

As MLS training camps continue to open around the US and Canada, one developing story to follow is whether the country will have an operational second division come 2011 after the US Soccer Federation withdrew sanctioning for the NASL.

MLS hopefuls New York Cosmos are a hot commodity. Their Director of Soccer Terry Byrne told Fox Soccer Channel that several world stars have already inquired about joining the club. (VIDEO)

Meanwhile, Frenchman Fabien Barthez informed Telefoot that he hopes to join the Cosmos project, headed up by Éric Cantona. (SPANISH)

In another entertaining video interview from FSC’s Super Sunday Plus AC Milan Channel, Laura Esposito explains how two games in hand could give their rivals Inter Milan nine points and how Leonardo is a fantasy manager. (VIDEO)

FC Dallas midfielder Marvin Chavez hoisted the Copa Centroamericana after tasting victory with Honduras in a 2-1 final win over Costa Rica.

The Copa Centroamericana is the same competition that saw players from Panama and El Salvador hit the deck after being attacked by bees during the match.

It was a banner weekend for Americans abroad with goals by Clint Dempsey, Jonathan Spector and Edson Buddle. In case you missed it, here is the video of Deuce’s brace and Spector’s strike against US ‘keeper Tim Howard. (VIDEO)

Jermaine Jones also earned Man of the Match accolades in his Blackburn debut.

American midfielder Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers host Chelsea in the lone soccer on TV today (3 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes).

Nothing is going well for Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti these days. While scouting a match, he’s kicked out of his seat by an old lady. Here’s the video proof.

There is controversy in England surrounding the comments made by some pundits about female referees. American soccer fans will be familiar with one of the names in the row because of his work stateside.

Although Manchester United deny it, reports this weekend claimed that the club’s American owners were negotiating the sale of the club to a Qatari group for $2.4 billion.

Could WWE’s Vince McMahon be joining the Glazers in the EPL? Is the wrestling chief really interested in buying up an English Premier League team? Specifically, Newcastle United?

Lastly, comical video from Brazil, where a stretcher handler needs help from the referee to figure out how to carry off a player. But not before sitting on the injured player’s head twice. (VIDEO)

MLSsoccer.com Must-Reads:

Has the USA found another candidate for the left back position?

Real Salt Lake reaffirm their goal: CONCACAF Champions League

”Panchito” says he wants a spot on Chivas USA


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