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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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Landon Donovan, along with Kasey Keller, has criticized the unwillingness of the MLS to compromise in negotiations with the Players Union for a new CBA and warn that a lock out could harm preparations for the World Cup.

Landon Donovan’s debut press conference at Everton was postponed because of the heaviest snowfall seen in northern England in decades.

In related news, the Carling Cup semifinals between Blackburn and Aston Villa and between Manchester City and Manchester United have also been postponed, leading to concerns about fixture pile up. (Apparently Manchester got four inches – cry me a mildly frozen river.)

An unnamed American, who has already passed the Premiership’s due diligence test, is the favored investor to take over West Ham. The Mystery Man reportedly has “other sports interests.”

In related news, West Ham and Milwall face the prospect of ground closures if the FA finds them responsible for violent clashes between rival “supporters” before, during and after their Carling Cup match in August.

The Algerian football federation has denied reports that a rift exists between manager Rabah Saadane and the players on the Algerian national team. A statement on the federation’s website assured the public that there is “no foundation to these allegations.” Saying that “an excellent mood reigns in the squad,”  the statement asks, “what is the real goal of this disinformation?” Algeria will meet the USA, England and Slovenia in Group C at this year’s World Cup and are currently training in France for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Jose Mourinho says that “The Serie A coach does not want to innovate, he wants to survive.”

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In a statement released Tuesday by the international players organization FIFPro, Landon Donovan and Kasey Keller have criticized the MLS for how it is handling negotiations with the Players Union for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The MLS has threatened to lock players out if a deal is not reached by February 1st.

A lock out would effectively shut down the league as preparations for the 2010 World Cup begin to gather steam.

The Players Union argues that, for the MLS, a “deal” means a continuation of the status quo.

Said Keller, who has been outspoken on this issue on his blog, “What we are looking for are the same basic rights that players enjoy in other leagues around the world . . . We have made great strides in developing the game in the United States. But we can’t truly compete internationally, either for players or fans, with a system that is so radically different than other leagues around the world.”

Donovan added, “the league shutting down MLS in February would do real damage to the development of the game in the United States and to our efforts to prepare for South Africa. It is difficult to understand why the owners would take this course, when all we are asking for are the same rights enjoyed by other players around the world, not just in the biggest leagues, but in leagues of all sizes.” (more…)

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