Kick Off: Goats get new 'keeper, Keller update

The former Mexico Under-17 national team starting goalkeeper will be the new netminder at Chivas USA, according to reports from Mexico. (SPANISH)

The Houston Dynamo are set to announce a new acquisition of their own: an American who most recently played abroad.

After announcing the signing of Erik Friberg on Thursday, the Seattle Sounders have scheduled an announcement involving goalkeeper Kasey Keller for today. Here’s the speculation.

Former Kansas City players Jimmy Conrad and Josh Wolff are hoping come to deals with the clubs that acquired them in the Re-Entry Draft but they are still disappointed in what they claim was a lack of communication from their former club.

He may not be coming out of college just yet, but the hype around Soony Saad continues to grow. On Thursday, he scored a goal for the Under-20 US team in a friendly against Canada.

The number of youth soccer prospects in the United States continue to grow. In a sign that the balance is slowly tipping in favor of soccer, here’s the story of one player who is foregoing Division I college football to dedicate himself to a soccer career, beginning at the RSL Academy in Arizona.

The city of San Antonio wants to get in on the soccer craze sweeping the country and it is funding a study to see whether professional soccer, and specifically two proposals being put forth, can succeed.

English Premier League club Birmingham City say they’re not yet ready to make a commitment to US World Cup forward Edson Buddle, who is out of contract with the LA Galaxy. It should be noted that Birmingham say they don’t have any money to spend on transfers in January.

US national team midfielder Michael Bradley will feature in televised action from the German Bundesliga today as Borussia Mönchengladbach hosts Hamburg SV in their quest to climb out of last place. (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3.com)

Another Yank abroad, West Ham’s Jonathan Spector, says his team needs all three points against Blackburn Rovers, who sacked their manager earlier this week.

Stuart Holden, another American in the EPL, has put the leg-breaking tackle from Nigel de Jong in the past in a chance meeting with the Dutch midfielder at a recent event.

AC Milan vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich and Arsenal vs. Barcelona are the highlights of the draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, which was held on Friday. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger sure got what he wanted.

The top matches in the Europa League Round of 32 are Benfica vs. Stuttgart, Sevilla vs. Porto and Rangers vs. Sporting Lisbon. Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht will take on Ajax from neighboring Holland while American Giuseppe Rossi will lead Villarreal against a Serie A club he was recently rumored to be joining: Napoli.

Should Wenger need any attacking help in the future, US forward Charlie Davies says he dreams of playing for the Gunners one day. But first he might be sent out on loan by Sochaux to get back to first-team action for the first time since his auto accident.

In Europe fans were at it again, chanting and lighting up flares ... for an Under-12 match involving Tottenham and Lech Poznan.

Talk about taking youth soccer a little too far. An incident at an East Rochester Youth Soccer League match landed one father in court.

Meanwhile, Qatar won again. After capturing the rights to the 2022 World Cup and then the first paid jersey sponsorship deal with FC Barcelona, it was time to get it done on the field. They beat Egypt, current African champs and ranked No. 9 in the world by FIFA.

Sepp Blatter has finally spoken on the topic of hosting the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter. He gives it a thumbs up.

Lastly, one writer poses the question: Is David Beckham copying Tom Brady’s hair style?

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