Kick Off: Friedel eyes MLS return, winter World Cup

One of the most successful American players in Europe could be coming home.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel reportedly has an offer on the table from the Columbus Crew for a position as a player-coach.

From a 40-year-old ‘keeper to one who’s 19. University of Maryland junior goalkeeper Zac MacMath says he’s going pro and he promises to be one of the most highly rated netminders in the SuperDraft should he end up signing a Generation adidas contract.

Another reported signing for 2011 could come from Bolivia: Alejandro Chumacero from The Strongest. (SPANISH)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp confirmed that he will allow forward Robbie Keane to leave the club in January to the bidder that offers the highest transfer fee. Will that be the Vancouver Whitecaps or the EPL’s Aston Villa?

Something you may not have known about Vancouver’s first MLS signing, Jay DeMerit: He owns an internet company based in Japan called Songwhale.

It’s the MLS offseason but that does not mean that New York Red Bulls player Dane Richards has cooled down any. His goals and a sizable MLS contingent of players helped Jamaica to the Digicel Caribbean Cup crown (replay on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m. ET).

Former Chicago Fire left back Krzysztof Krol is also finding a way to keep busy during the MLS offseason by staying in Chicago. He’s joining a new club.

One former Mexican national team player, who was among the most reviled by US national team fans, has called it a career without ever making it to MLS.

Another CONCACAF rival of the Americans who will hang them up is former LA Galaxy and Honduran star Carlos Pavón. (SPANISH)

If there were a CONCACAF Player of the Year award, this year it would probably go to Monterrey’s Chilean forward Humberto Suazo, who led his team to the Mexican league title with two goals on Sunday. Here’s the photo gallery from the second decisive leg.

In addition to Monterrey, Fluminense won the Brazilian championship led by a coach who said "no" to the head job with the Brazil national team. A handful of other titles were decided around South America.

The FIFA Ballon d’Or, aka the Player of the Year award, is guaranteed to go to a Barcelona player after the three finalists were announced on Monday.

It is expected to be one of the most entertaining matches of the Serie A fixture date when Napoli take on Palermo (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes) and Liverpool face Aston Villa (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes) in Monday football action in the EPL.

While the Men’s College Cup field is set, a champion was crowned in the NCAA women’s game. For the second season in a row, Stanford team entered the NCAA championship match undefeated all season only to fall in the last game of the season, this time to Notre Dame.

Lastly, it didn’t take long for the first appeals to hold the 2022 World Cup in winter instead of summer, given the scorching temperatures in Qatar.

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