Kick Off: Schmid targets MLS Cup title, Kassel signs

There is a trend in MLS: head coaches leading their clubs to MLS Cup titles in their third season in charge. Sigi Schmid says he hopes history repeats itself in Seattle this year.

Turns out the Seattle Sounders have other things on their mind than Diego Forlán. The club is dealing with a defender who has become a training camp holdout.

The motivational techniques have already begun in earnest at MLS training camps. Find out what video the Vancouver Whitecaps were watching on their first day of training camp.

Trying to win a spot on the Whitecaps this offseason is one defender who was recently working for a cleaning company after taking a season off.

A decision on the future of Tottenham Hotspur forward Robbie Keane will need to be made in the next week with the close of the transfer window fast approaching. His national team coach, Giovanni Trapattoni, favors a move to MLS for the Republic of Ireland forward.

The Chicago Fire have discovered and reportedly signed a Mexican, who formerly played in Egypt with Zamalek. (SPANISH)

After loaning Nery Castillo to Greek club Aris, the Fire are not wasting any time seeking replacements. Two young South American players are expected to be signed by the club.

Could it be Colombian Édison "El Tigre" Fonseca, who dreams of joining an MLS club after a nightmare stay with an Iranian club, which allegedly confiscated his passport. (SPANISH)

Toronto FC seem to have settled on a new Brazilian forward, who was a goal-scoring sensation in Malta. Introducing Camilo.

Villarreal and Spanish international Joan Capdevila says he would be interested in making a move to MLS.

French attacking mid Oliver Kapo says that he’s in discussions with Chivas USA, who have made him “an attractive offer.” (FRENCH)

Players are constantly seeking an edge to stand out for their clubs. In the case of Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, that edge may prove to be “relaxation.”

MLS clubs are similarly looking for an edge, even if that means not releasing names of trialists. Philadelphia media say they’ve figured out two of five new faces.

The New York Red Bulls have put pen to paper on the signing of another academy player, just days after RBNY academy product Juan Agudelo starred for the US national team.

Sporting director Erik Solér is reportedly on the hunt for Panamanian Armando Cooper, who participated in the recent Copa Centroamericana with his national team. (SPANISH)

One of New York’s Designated Players, Rafa Márquez, who is currently training with Atlas in Mexico, is ruling himself out of a call-up to the upcoming Mexican national team match against Bosnia. (SPANISH)

The Real Salt Lake coaching staff was adamant that players get sufficient rest during the offseason. Captain Kyle Beckerman heeded the advice and went Euro on everyone.

Meanwhile, San Jose’s Bobby Convey will be rubbing shoulders with baseball stars Roy Halladay and Shane Victorino at a special awards ceremony in his native Philadelphia.

Success in Dallas last year has done marvels for the club as it builds its fans base. Season tickets are already up 300 percent.

California resident and perennial US national team coaching candidate Jürgen Klinsmann says that he might consider a return to coaching back home.

Despite widespread interest from other clubs, American Giuseppe Rossi has extended his stay with Villarreal through 2016. (SPANISH)

Lastly, tough to figure out what this goalkeeper was thinking as he ran out of his own penalty area with ball in hand. (VIDEO)

MLSsoccer.com Must-Reads:

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