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Kick Off: May 2
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Kick Off: Shea meant to chip GK, Beckham birthday

So did FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea mean to score the goal that defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night at Pizza Hut Park? Watch the goal here.

Shea himself gives the definitive answer in this article.

David Beckham started the match for the LA Galaxy after his trip to attend the royal wedding on Friday. However, his team could not come away with the win that would have made today a very happy birthday for Becks.

After their 1-0 weekend victory over previously undefeated Real Salt Lake, the Portland Timbers will have two more opportunities this week to extend their debut home streak at JELD-WEN.

Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis was getting philosophical about the moment his club finds itself in after last week’s heartbreaking loss in the CONCACAF Champions League final and the setback against Portland: “with the ending of everything comes the beginning of something new.”

One of the aspects to Portland’s home field advantage? Team mascot Timber Joey. Here is his story.

The other expansion side, the Vancouver Whitecaps, are experiencing some frustrating times on the road this year but manager Teitur Thordarson promises a team that will be “stronger and stronger.”

The Whitecaps couldn’t defeat a Columbus Crew side that’s on a roll without its designated player Andres Mendoza. Don’t ask the Crew’s Eddie Gaven too many questions about the game. His wife just had a baby and he needed three cups of coffee just to get through Saturday’s game. He didn’t even notice a big gash he suffered during the match.

While Gaven is struggling to get any sleep, New England manager Steve Nicol is battling nightmares. It’s what he called the 3-0 loss to Chivas USA over the weekend.

If Nicol thinks he has it rough this week, all he needs to do is look south to his rivals at D.C. United, 4-1 losers to the Houston Dynamo on Friday. Local media say that 2011 is looking like déjà vu all over again.

Another major MLS city struggling with early hardships is Toronto. The lead of one Toronto Sun story reads: “Shameful ... afraid ... not good.”

The manager in New York is patting himself on the back, in a way. Hans Backe says Teemu Tainio has to be the best midfield signing in the league this year. He plays for the Red Bulls.

Speaking of the Red Bulls, they may have defeated Sporting Kansas City on Saturday but they also lost to the University of West Virginia on the same day.

NYRB designated player Rafael Márquez says that he does not plan to retire a Red Bull if he has his druthers. Find out his plans when he gets to the end of his career. (SPANISH)

The Brian Mullan-Steve Zakuani incident is still an open wound for some. But did one veteran soccer reporter take it too far by suggesting that Mullan should retire?

One player who is looking to a future in MLS is Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute, according to a direct quote in Spanish daily Marca. (SPANISH)

While Borussia Dortmund claimed the Bundesliga title, all four UEFA Champions League semifinalists lost in league play over the weekend, including both La Liga powers Real Madrid and Barcelona. But it was Chelsea’s win against Tottenham Hotspur that has generated the most discussion with a final result that has some claiming that the time for instant replay has come.

Television action today includes the Serie A tilt between Lazio and Juventus (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes) and an English Championship doubleheader featuring promotion hopefuls Cardiff City and Norwich City (12:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus), who are battling for the second automatic spot to the Premier League.

The seedings and match-ups are set for the Mexican league playoffs. All the big names made it, setting up some interesting clashes.

In news from Americans based abroad, Freddy Adu scored again in the Turkish second division. But this one came in a loss. (VIDEO)

We’ll see if Oguchi Onyewu will find himself in the eye of the storm in Holland. His Dutch club, Twente Enschede, faces Ajax Amsterdam in two winner-take-all match-ups – one for the Dutch Cup next weekend and then for the Eredivisie title in the regular season finale.

Finally, Osama bin Laden meets his fate and what better way to celebrate than to put on your USMNT jersey and do a dance outside the White House?

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