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The Union's Shea Salinas

FC Dallas blog reports on Sunday’s 2-0 victory over the Union. The match saw three Union players sent off, multiple yellow cards and “a second-half scuffle at midfield.”

CSN talks to the Philadelphia Union’s Shea Salinas.

Kasey Keller wants everyone to know that if the players strike it will be about rights, not money.

David Beckham ruptures his Achilles tendon and will likely miss the World Cup.

The New York Times talks about the unlikely love Landon Donovan has received from English soccer fans. Meanwhile, Goal.com debates whether Donovan is a hypocrite.

US international Lee Nguyen expects to keep playing in Asia despite interest from MLS, notably FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders.

Joey Saputo, owner of the Montreal Impact, expects an announcement in the next few weeks about his team entering the MLS.

The Miami Herald describes the emotional aftermath of the USWNT U17 victory over Haiti last week in the opening round of the CONCACAF Under-17 women’s championship. The game marked the first international appearance by any Haitian team in any sport since the recent devastating earthquake which killed some 30 members of the Haitian football association, including the coach of the U 17 team.

The Philadelphia Independence will face 2009 NCAA champs University of North Carolina on March 20 in a preseason friendly at United Sports in Downingtown.

Fara Williams of the England and Everton women’s team declines move to the Philadelphia Independence and will stay in England.

MLS Insider wonders how US soccer can compete with the abundance of European soccer on TV.

Former Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper and highly entertaining crazy man, public urinator and spectacle thief Jens Lehman to make move to MLS? One can only hope.

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Two days of CBA negotiations ended yesterday with no agreement. The MLS and the Players Union will continue discussions with federal mediator George Cohen at a yet to be determined time.

Toronto FC defender Nick Garcia says MLS players are prepared to strike. “We’re anticipating not having the season starting [on time]. As of now, for us, we’re very far apart — even with the mediator there in D.C. We’re hoping things can get done, but quite frankly I don’t think we’re confident things will.” Great. Just great.

Bill Archer makes the interesting point that the Players Union desire for “basic rights” and concern about “restrictive MLS rules” only applies to American players given the foreign player quota.

Soccerlaw.com says that Landon Donovan’s success in England means that the MLS business model is at a crossroads with respect to contracts.

The rebel without conviction

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak says that the European model of football cannot be sustained: “I am a fan of the American model.”

2011 MLS expansion team the Vancouver Whitecaps hire Paul Barber, former executive director of Tottenham Hotspur, as their new CEO.

The Bleacher Report examines what’s new in the upcoming WPS season.

Clint Dempsey, recovering from a knee injury since January, should be on Fulham’s bench today in the Europa League match against Juventus.

David Beckham, who made his return to Old Trafford in AC Milan’s loss on Wednesday to his old club Manchester United, gets the loudest cheer of his homecoming for wearing an anti-Glazer scarf when leaving the pitch. Later he distanced himself from the gesture saying “I’m a Manchester United fan and when I saw the scarf I wanted to put it round my neck . . . It’s the old colors of United but, to be honest, it’s not my business. I’m a United fan and I support the club. I always will, but it’s got nothing to do with me how it’s run. That’s all to do with other people.” What a pillock.

Today’s Europa League matches are Hamburg v Anderlecht at 1 p.m. and Juventus v Fulham at 3 p.m. Both matches are on GolTV.

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Fred's cross set up a Sebastien Le Toux goal against UNC

The Philadelphia Daily News has some details on Philadelphia Union’s friendly with FC Dallas, likely set for sometime around the second week of March in Tampa.

Goal.com has a good look at what the New York Red Bulls are doing to improve. Basically, they’re raiding the Scandinavian leagues.

The CBC’s Jason de Vos has a good breakdown of the prospect of MLS’s salary cap increasing.

Freddy Adu scored his first goal in Greece to bolster Aris Thessaloniki’s 2-1 win Saturday. A video of the goal and more European news are after the jump.

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Clint Dempsey has certainly made great strides to raise the status of American forwards abroad to the heights of their goaltender counterparts (i.e. Friedel, Keller, Howard) during a solid three full seasons with Fulham. He’s been a mainstay of their attack since a supporting cast role in ’06-’07 that saw him come on late in the season to drop Liverpool 1-0 to keep the Cottagers in the Premiership and was on pace to add several notches to last season’s goal tally of 7 (he led the team with 6 in ’07-’08) before suffering a knee injury in mid-January. But, it’s the inspired play of Landon Donovan that speaks the most of MLS.

Though Dempsey makes a strong case as the best U.S. player – his goal tally in World Cup qualifying matches Donovan and he notched huge goals against Egypt, Spain, and Brazil in the Confederations Cup to shine alongside his teammate – Donovan is as inextricably linked with the U.S. national team as he is with the MLS both in terms of  performance and general perception. The failures of the ’06 U.S. team in Germany were seen largely as a reflection of his own, while his masterful showing at the Confederations Cup has many hoping that he’ll now lead the team much deeper than the round of 8 reached in the ’02 World Cup. His near perennial designation as the top US player since ’02 is equaled by the many regular season and playoff accolades heaped upon him at the MLS level, which speaks to how he represents what the MSL – and the U.S. – can produce. This status was reaffirmed when his misgivings with Beckham over his fickle role with the Galaxy came to light ahead of the release of a book about the English footballer and his role with American soccer. (more…)

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FIFA says it will not intervene in the ongoing MLS labor dispute. FIFA says they have been assured by MLS that FIFA’s regulations “have been and will be respected.”

The speculation about where Freddy Adu will end up can finally end: he is joining Greek side Aris FC. The speculation about whether it will matter can continue.

Patrick Viera is leaving Inter to join Manchester City, crushing the hopes of deluded MLS fans across North America.

The hero of Leeds’ victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup, Jermaine Beckford, has submitted a transfer request. He is likely to go to Newcastle United.

David Beckham looks good in his return to AC Milan. And his football wasn’t bad either.

Gary Neville set to retire at the end of the season. Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs joins an illustrious list that includes Nelson Mandela and David Lloyd George in receiving the freedom of the city of Salford.

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The MLS has announced that it will continue the current neutral site format for the 2010 MLS Cup final. Moving the site of the final to the home stadium of the higher seeded team remains a possibility for the future.

Manager Owen Coyle will leave Burnley for Bolton Wanderers. Burnley are currently in 14th place, two points above 18th place Bolton.

Sir Alex Ferguson will face no action from the FA for his criticism of the amount of stoppage time awarded in Man Utd’s FA Cup loss to Leeds on Sunday. Ferguson is currently under triple secret probation for a series of disparaging comments made this season about referees.

France and Bayern Munich Energizer Bunny Franck Ribery has suffered another injury setback. Ribery recently had holes drilled into his toenails in an attempt to release the accumulation of blood and alleviate pain. The nails on both of his big toes have been removed following his latest injury.

American defender Eric Lijah has returned to Aston Villa from his loan to Lincoln City in League Two. He is likely to be loaned out again to a Championship side in the near future. Aston Villa will keep the terms of his loan short as they feel he is close to being ready to perform in the Premiership.

David Beckham was turned down by The Simpsons. Executive producer Al Jean told The Daily Mirror: “I had to phone David Beckham to tell him sorry – I didn’t think he was a big enough star for an American audience.” Jean continued, “I got a lot of grief about that.”

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Some soccer news from the weekend:

DaMarcus Beasley comes back to earth with an injury, while Maurice Edu returns to the field, USA Today reports.

D.C. United to hire Curt Onalfo as head coach, according to the Washington Post and Soccer by Ives.

David Beckham is in Milan, everyone reports. Stop the presses!

Americans Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard both play today after being in top form in England on Saturday. Dempsey cracked the wood Saturday on a near-miss free kick and very active against Tottenham. Some good  backstopping from Howard keeps Everton clear of the relegation zone as his struggling squad awaits Landon Donovan’s arrival. Several EPL games take place this morning, including Everton-Burnley and Chelsea-Fulham.

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