Kick Off: LA chase Roberto Carlos, Ruiz resurfaces

Brazilian reports claim that the LA Galaxy have made an offer to Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos, who plays for Corinthians and is ready to leave the club after receiving threats from fans following the ousting in the Copa Libertadores preliminaries. (PORTUGUESE)

In the meantime, the Galaxy were busy with a preseason match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday, which finished 1-1 on goals by Ike Opara (SJ) and Mike Magee (LA). Diminutive midfielder Paolo Cardozo continues to impress for Los Angeles.

In other preseason matches, Toronto FC lost to Dinamo Zagreb in Turkey, the Columbus Crew shut out the Seattle Sounders 3-0 and Sebastien Le Toux and Danny Mwanga were at it again in Florida, scoring both goals in a Philadelphia Union victory over the University of South Florida.

It seems like Mwanga has developed a reputation that he’s going to need to change. After manager Peter Nowak was critical of his striker’s defensive play, a former teammate also indicates Mwanga has to work a lot harder on the field and that it’s not just “scoring and celebrating and having fun.”

New York Red Bulls fans may have another reason to believe an MLS Cup title is within reach. Ajax Amsterdam’s official website says that one of the club’s players has joined his family in the USA to determine whether he will accept the reported two-year contract offered to him by RBNY. (DUTCH)

MLS fans can also prepare for the return of Carlos “El Pescadito” Ruiz. The Guatemalan striker has left Aris in Greece and says he has an offer on the table from an MLS club.

There’s an update on the Charlie Davies situation at D.C. United: he has canceled his return flight to France, which was originally scheduled for today.

The Houston Dynamo have revealed the name of the Brazilian midfielder they are currently chasing.

The Chicago Fire say they have another international forward who is signed to a contract but they won’t announce the name until the paperwork has cleared.

In other player news, today there will be the first of three weighted player lotteries to be held over the next five days. Former Vancouver Whitecaps player Cody Arnoux has signed a contract and will learn which team he lands on at 4:30 p.m. ET today. The other two lotteries feature Chris Agorsor and Korey Veeder on Monday and Tuesday.

Find out which part of the schedule Vancouver Whitecaps CEO considers just “like playing Man. United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal back-to-back.”

The reaction of Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes to his team’s record 10-game road swing to open the season: “This schedule is not anything special.”

The schedule seemingly offers Real Salt Lake the best chance to succeed in the CONCACAF Champions League.

In Columbus, they have taken notice that the Crew did not earn any national television exposure in 2011 … at least for now.

Another English Premier League player is flying to the United States to get help. Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi is heading to Detroit for some specialized assistance.

The lone televised soccer of the day features Mexican giants Club América traveling to face Necaxa (9 p.m. ET, Fox Deportes). Las Águilas will be resting three starters ahead of Tuesday’s opening match in the Copa Libertadores. Necaxa haven’t won a match this season.

The potential sale of Manchester United by the Glazer family to a Qatari group has come up again on the eve of the Manchester derby this weekend. Do we believe it this time?

Here’s the story of one Frenchman, who spent 29 months in jail and now is looking to rebuild a once promising career that had him trialing with Italian Serie A clubs.

Something you don’t see every day in soccer. A top-flight European club declines to release players due to sickness and injury and then turns around and plays them in an exhibition, while attempting to hide their identity with fake names on their jerseys.

That’s not as outrageous as the guy who received a ban for trying to shove a whistle down a referee’s throat.

The video highlight of the day is a unique set piece play by French club FC Mulhouse. Hard to believe that this one was drawn up on the practice field. (VIDEO)

MLSsoccer.com Must-Reads:

Omar Salgado tells ExtraTime Radio of potential loophole that may give him green light to play

Whitecaps return to New York evokes memories of one of craziest games ever played

Kenny Cooper has high expectations for Portland Timbers


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