The latest European star to be linked to the NY Red Bulls: forward Miroslav Klose
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Kick Off: Klose linked to NY, Mulgrew to Timbers?

It’s now become a daily occurrence – a big name European star linked to MLS.

Today a German report says the New York Red Bulls are interested in signing Bayern Munich forward Miroslav Klose when his deal with the Bavarian giants expires in the summer.

In the highlight of preseason action scheduled for today, the Portland Timbers will face their first MLS competition when they take on Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy.

The Timbers are being linked with a 24-year-old Northern Ireland international, whose contract is set to expire in the summer.

Also today, Real Salt Lake plays the Seattle Sounders in Arizona, while the Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Columbus Crew. The latter match will be decisive for several bubble players on the Whitecaps, including Santiago Bedoya, brother of USMNT player Alejandro Bedoya.

The deciding goal in Chivas USA’s 1-0 exhibition victory over San Jose on Monday was scored by Alan Gordon off an assist from Victor Estupiñan. New Zealanders Simon Elliott and Andrew Boyens also took the field for the Goats.

The preseason has resulted in a new signing for the Houston Dynamo, according to reports in Jamaica. He is a defender that D.C. United passed on last year.

Here’s further indication of Ousmane Dabo's signing with the New England Revolution, news which first showed up in a French report on Monday.

Houston and New England will hope that their signings turn out to be the success that Joel Lindpere was for the New York Red Bulls. In this New York Times interview, the Estonian calls 2010 the best year of his career and leaves the door open for a possible national team return.

The New York Red Bulls are in Mexico and one of their Designated Players, Rafael Marquez, told media South of the Border that he envisions playing three more seasons with the Mexican national team. (SPANISH)

While some teams were in the process of signing players, two teams were cutting guys on Monday. The Seattle Sounders shed two players, while Sporting Kansas City had two internationals among the four players released.

Some more drama in the build-up to the league’s schedule release on Thursday: Will the Vancouver Whitecaps be the ones to open up BC Place after it was announced that it would be ready for its first event on between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.

Staying in Canada, it’s an all-out war between the Canadian women’s national team and the Canadian Soccer Association and it involves a boycott, money and an ultimatum.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old forward Bobby Wood continued to see playing time for 1860 Munich in the 2.Bundesliga on Monday.

For those who want a soccer fix on the tube today – there is Peru vs. Panama on ESPNDeportes at 3:40 p.m. ET. It will serve as a dainty appetizer ahead of the big slate of Wednesday matches, including the first ever battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the international level.

Today’s video highlight goes “Loco,” as in Uruguayan World Cup forward Sebastián “El Loco” Abreu. He chips a penalty kick for his Brazilian club which the goalkeeper stands and catches. When faced with another PK later in the match, he does it again. See what happens. (VIDEO)

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