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Kick Off: TFC to answer questions, Timber Cooper?

One day after Chivas USA formally introduced their new manager, today it will be the turn of Toronto FC.

There are several questions that will be answered at today’s press conference, including how reported candidates Aron Winter and Paul Mariner will work together. Also, what will happen with existing management?

And here’s another … when will Julian de Guzman be available to play? The player revealed that he had knee surgery during the offseason.

Chivas USA’s interim GM has placed high expectations on new Goats manager Robin Fraser by stating that the club expects to win an MLS Cup championship under their new coach.

Fraser also revealed in his introductory press conference that he will NOT have full control over personnel decisions.

One player acquisition that could be made by the expansion Portland Timbers involves American forward Kenny Cooper, who currently plies his trade in Germany.

Someone who might be heading to the German second division is Benfica’s American starlet Freddy Adu who is rumored in a possible move to Ingolstadt. (FRENCH)

Another former DC United player on the move is goalkeeper Troy Perkins, who says that the offseason trade to Portland was the best thing that’s happened to him in his career. He claims he was the goat at DC.

The other MLS expansion team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, say they are open to trading any one of their two first round SuperDraft selections.

Meanwhile, Sporting Kansas City have their eyes on a Nigerian midfielder although visa issues are proving a challenge.

One challenge that US national team manager Bob Bradley would look forward to is coaching the US Olympic team at the London Olympics in 2012. While on crutches at US national team camp, he says it’s a possibility.

Here are the first photos from the US camp at The Home Depot Center.

The talk of the David Beckham to Tottenham Hotspur loan would unite the former England captain with manager Harry Redknapp, a candidate for the England managerial job. Now there are reports that the two would take over the national team together after Fabio Capello.

After last night’s loss to Tim Howard’s Everton, Redknapp said he had no knowledge that any Beckham deal was imminent.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly in Los Angeles in an attempt to negotiate a final arrangement with the LA Galaxy.

We’ve recently seen several American investors getting into English soccer. Here’s a story of someone wanting out and it involves a current MLS owner.

Ronaldinho will officially unveil the name of his new club today, expected to be Brazilian side Gremio. Here’s hoping Ronaldinho enjoys Brazil, where a player was kidnapped on his way to practice.

Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain is heading to Chicago this weekend. He is scheduled to have lumbar disc surgery on Tuesday.

This operation is such a major story in Madrid that they’ve released the name of the doctor and have even compiled a profile on the guy, who we find out is an ex-NASA doc. (SPANISH)

Forward Reimond Manco, who was reportedly a target of MLS clubs, has signed with Atlante in Mexico. (SPANISH)

With the new Mexican season getting set to kick off, here are the names of the Americans who will be involved in the league action, including some names you might not have heard before.

After Barcelona, Deportivo La Coruña and Sevilla advanced to the quarterfinals of Spain’s Copa del Rey, the remaining five qualifiers will be determined today with Real Madrid in action at Levante (4 p.m. ET, GolTV) and Atletico Madrid traveling to face Espanyol (2 p.m. ET, GolTV). Jozy Altidore and Giuseppe Rossi are expected to feature for Villarreal against Valencia.

The Italian Serie A also takes center stage with the big match between Inter Milan and Napoli (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel & Fox Deportes) in Leonardo’s debut at the helm of the European champs. Inter’s rivals and Leonardo’s former team, AC Milan, are also involved in live action this morning at Cagliari (9 a.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus & Fox Deportes).

Finally, a player in the English fourth division sees his Twitter message cost him his job with the club.

MLSsoccer.com Must-Reads:

ExtraTime Radio with Robin Fraser and Thomas Rongen

LA Galaxy are mum about Beckham to Tottenham loan rumors

MLS SuperDraft trimmed to three rounds


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