Kick Off: Osorio may return, Dempsey wins award

Chivas USA have narrowed their list of coaching candidates to three names and the newest name reportedly on the list: former MLS coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who is on the verge of a league title in Colombia.

Depending on the results of Wednesday's Re-Entry Draft Stage 2, Guillermo Barros Schelotto could join the managerial ranks. If he goes unselected, Schelotto will reportedly give it a go in preseason with Gimnasia La Plata or he could wind up being the Argentine club’s new manager. (SPANISH)

According to reports, there are two players going the other direction – from South America to MLS. A forward and left midfielder from Ecuadorean champs Liga de Quito are apparently negotiating a move to the USA. (SPANISH)

Where there’s smoke there’s usually fire and a Red Star Belgrade official confirms that the Chicago Fire are after two of his club’s players. Although he would not name names, this report claims they are: Aleksandar Jevtic and Darko Lazovic. (SERBIAN)

Another rumor has MLS clubs interested in Colombian John Restrepo, who plays with Colombian side Deportivo Independiente Medellín. (SPANISH)

Former D.C. United captain Ryan Nelsen, who serves as captain of EPL side Blackburn Rovers, expressed his feelings of shock and devastation at the news of the firing of the club’s manager Sam Allardyce on Monday.

Staying in the English Premier League, eternal title hopefuls Arsenal are blaming the Old Trafford field for their latest loss to one of the Big Five on Monday.

Also in England, American Clint Dempsey won a BBC award for Sporting Moment of the Year in 2010 recognizing his Europa League goal against Juventus, which allowed Fulham to advance against the Italian giants.

There was another award bestowed on American soccer on Monday. MLS Commissioner Don Garber was named among the 50 most influential people in sports by the Sports Business Journal. Check out the complete rankings here.

American goalkeeper Dominic Cervi is temporarily leaving Scottish giants Celtic for a one-month loan to a first-division club in the same country.

In Mexico, Club América announced that goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa will not be joining Dempsey at Fulham. One report claims that Mark Hughes never wanted him to begin with. (SPANISH)

Meanwhile the other Mexican giants, Chivas de Guadalajara, have parted ways with one of their most influential figures over the last six years: Efraín Flores. At one point he was rumored to be the next Chivas USA manager (SPANISH)

Another American is heading out on loan, this one in Mexico. Edgar Castillo will move from Club America to Puebla and will hope to get back on the radar of Bob Bradley’s US national team. Castillo says that he was invited by MLS clubs for tryouts but that he has Santos Laguna in his heart.

Meanwhile, former Chicago Fire defender Wilman Conde has finally settled on a club in Mexico: Atlas.

The televised soccer action on Tuesday is centered around the FIFA Club World Cup and whether Congo’s TP Mazembe can do the unthinkable and knock off Brazilians Internacional to advance to the final of the championship (11 a.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes).

Back in the USA, the Akron Zips will be celebrated in a campus rally on Tuesday morning after winning the school’s first ever national championship.

Akron’s Scott Caldwell, author of the game-winning goal in Sunday’s NCAA final, has a dad who is a former professional and who coached him before he joined the New England Revolution academy.

Chivas USA midfielder Blair Gavin made the trek to Santa Barbara, Calif., to watch his former college team win its first NCAA title, sneaking into the locker room to celebrate.

The offseason for Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer involves raising money to help his mother raise funds for a shelter she runs for the benefit of homeless women and victims of domestic violence.

New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry is in Salzburg, Austria, where he visited with executives of Red Bull Salzburg, sister club of the MLS side. He says he is looking forward to the NY club’s new training center. (GERMAN)

One writer ponders how the Seattle Sounders would co-exist in the city should the rumored return of an NBA team materialize.

Real Salt Lake academy player Dustin Corea says he is skipping a workout with his MLS club in order to remain with the Salvadoran Under-20 national team for a qualifier second leg against Costa Rica. He scored the lone goal in the first match. (SPANISH)

The news was not good in Chicago, where WPS’ Red Stars are left explaining how the folding of FC Gold Pride also forced the suspension of operations in Chicago.

Baseball’s Oakland Athletics were successful in winning the signature of pitcher Brandon McCarthy on Monday because he shares a passion with officials in the A’s front office: soccer.

Lastly, they are truly excited to host the World Cup in Qatar. Despite the newest controversy engulfing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, parents in Qatar are naming their newborn daughters … you guessed it, “Fifa.”

MLSsoccer.com Must-Reads:

MLS expands the league’s international scouting network

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