Kick Off: Ronaldinho's ultimatum, Goats interview

The Washington Post reports this morning that the LA Galaxy have asked Brazilian star Ronaldinho to make a final decision about whether he plans to join the club from AC Milan, where he is under contract through June 2011.

No decision is yet in sight for the Chivas USA coaching position. The Goats are interviewing another candidate in their manager search with a former Chicago Fire head coach traveling to Los Angeles to make his case.

The latest international player rumored to be joining an MLS club is Colombian playmaker Giovanny Hernández, formerly of Junior Barranquilla, who is also being chased down by Universitario from Peru. (SPANISH)

This offseason, the Portland Timbers have succeeded in reuniting two MLS players that formed what is referred to as the best left side in all of college soccer back in 2008.

They’re preparing for a big week in Portland, including a jersey unveiling, a store opening and the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

The Seattle Sounders have one less international on their roster after Congo national teamer Steve Zakuani received his green card.

Former Sounders fan favorite Freddie Ljungberg is reportedly still in discussions with the Chicago Fire about a possible extension, according to his agent, who spoke to this Swedish media outlet. (SWEDISH)

In the slew of year-end awards and honors, the owner of the New York Red Bulls has been voted the Most Influential Person of 2010, according to one sports business publication.

Taylor Twellman was one of the most influential New England Revolution players of all-time and in this extensive interview he goes into the details of his battle with concussion symptoms, his quest to rid head-ball drills from youth soccer and new policies to manage concussions on MLS fields.

Still more reactions from the 2018 and 2022 host announcements. One veteran American soccer writer recalls when cries of corruption rained down after the US won the right to host the World Cup in 1994.

In Canada, they’re calling the hiring of FC Edmonton’s new coach “unconventional” after the club’s two Dutch coaches left the club with Japan as their destination.

The matches from Group D are the ones that really matter in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League fixtures with Denmark's FC Copenhagen and Russian club Rubin Kazan battling in separate games for the second berth to the knockout round.

However, Rubin Kazan have the tall task of traveling to Barcelona (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Deportes). Other live televised action includes: Werder Bremen vs. Inter (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus) and Twente vs. Tottenham (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel).

Quote of the day from the international soccer scene has to go to Aston Villa’s French manager Gérard Houllier, also former head coach at Liverpool. After suffering a beating at Anfield on Monday, he said: “If I was going to lose 3-0 to anyone, it would be Liverpool.”

Speaking of Liverpool, there is a report that manager Roy Hodgson is looking to acquire his former player at Fulham, American Clint Dempsey, during the upcoming transfer window.

Former Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes was convicted and sentenced to over four years in prison in one of the most gruesome crimes associated with a pro soccer player. (PORTUGUESE)

Fans in the United Arab Emirates for the FIFA Club World Championship are being forewarned to respect local customs and traditions and informational leaflets are even being handed out ahead of the start of the tournament. The report indicates that 150 Estudiantes fans were arrested last year for breach of these traditions.

The event in the UAE will draw many comparisons to what can be expected from Qatar in 2022.

While the NCAA College Cup will take center stage this weekend, few will be thinking about the soccer powerhouse being built in the Pennsylvania hills.

It’s the Ballon d’Or of the college scene: the Hermann Trophy. The 15 candidates have been revealed.

Finally, MLS Cup champion Kosuke Kimura was being asked to sign autographs on napkins at a recent emperor’s birthday reception in Denver.

MLSsoccer.com Must-Reads:

Crew executives say that Brad Friedel has an interest in returning home to Ohio

Sigi Schmid says that his Seattle Sounders need to be hungrier in 2011

Defending MLS Cup champs unlikely to be big players in Re-Entry Draft


To report a comment, mouseover or touch the comment and then click/touch the flag icon (Flag).