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Kick Off, December 28, 2011

Kick Off: Ronaldinho in talks but not with the Galaxy?

If not Los Angeles, then where?

That’s the question today. The story of Brazilian striker Ronaldinho’s possible arrival in MLS has taken another step forward. According to this report out of France, one of negotiating parties admits that talks are under way, but not necessarily to join the Galaxy. (FRENCH)

But not so fast. Reports out of Brazil say that Ronnie’s current club, Rio giants Flamengo, are working to secure his signature through 2014. (PORTUGUESE)

Either way, Ronaldinho is probably not headed to New York. The chatter in the Big Apple is not about players arriving, but players going out on loan. Specifically, about a two-month loan for striker Theirry Henry to Arsenal. Gunners midfielder Alex Song would love to see “Titi” at Emirates Stadium.

But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking after the club’s 1-1 draw at home to Wolves, doesn’t sound too optimistic. He even told French media that there is “nothing new” to report.

And another midfielder could be in the offing for an MLS club. Oscar Boniek García, captain of Honduran side Olimpia, says he “options in MLS.” Boniek García was reportedly under watch by the Dynamo earlier this year.

Fans in Chicago will have Diego Chaves under watch. The Uruguayan striker’s contract is up on December 31, and he admitted on Tuesday that his future is uncertain with the club. (SPANISH)

And Philly fans might be wondering what Freddy Adu is doing training with Spanish club Rayo Vallecano. His agent explained that the Union see this as “an opportunity to grow as a player.” (SPANISH)

Veteran Chivas USA striker Juan Pablo Ángel doesn’t have any more growing to do as a player. But he says MLS has grown so much in recent years that Colombians would now rather come to MLS than play at a middling club in Argentina.

1860 Munich are anything but a middling club in Germany. They may not be top flight, but they regularly pack the house with 40,000 fans. Kenny Cooper's time there didn't go very well, though, and he told Bild that he is very glad he moved to Portland. He now has his sights set on a trophy. (GERMAN)

There's no trophy at stake today when Rangers and Celtic go at it for the 397th time ever. Americans Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu are expected to start for Rangers in the Old Firm derby, which will go a long way to determining the Scottish Premier League championship.

No championship will be decided when Ajax and AZ Alkmaar face off in an empty stadium in next month's make-up match for that suspended cup game. Remember, AZ's technical director, former US international Earnie Stewart, and his coaching staff pulled their players, including Jozy Altidore, from the field after their goalkeeper, Esteban Alvarado, was red-carded for defending himself against a fan. The card was later rescinded.   

Finally, in sad news from Brazil, former New England Revolution attacker Caté died in a car accident on Tuesday. He was 38. An All-star in his only MLS season 2001, Caté made 22 appearances, struck eight goals, and posted eight assists in league play. 

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