Kick Off: Vancouver set sights on former EPL defender?

Reports claim ex-Spurs defender Lee Young-Pyo headed to MLS
'Cap Tied?
The Kick Off
Simon Borg

New Vancouver Whitecaps manager Martin Rennie is reportedly getting ready to make his first signing and it looks to be an international player who plied his trade in the English Premier League.

Multiple reports state that ex-Tottenham defender Lee Young-Pyo is set to become a new Whitecaps fullback.

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Fire Notebook: Klopas dispels Pappa to Twente rumors

Coach denies contact from Dutch club; Pardo talks progressing
Fire Notes: Klopas dispels Pappa rumors
Sam Stejskal

Chicago Fire head coach Frank Klopas on Tuesday threw water on rumors connecting midfielder Marco Pappa with Dutch club FC Twente, telling that neither the Fire nor the league have spoken to last year’s Eredivisie runners-up about the Guatemalan attacker.

Multiple outlets reported last week that Twente is interested in signing Pappa, who is under contract with the Fire through the end of 2012.

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SKC Notebook: Nielsen signs extension through 2013

Sporting hold option for 2014; Zambrano may be moving on
SKC Notes: Nielsen signs extension
Andrew Wiebe

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The "White Puma" will be back between the pipes in Kansas City for at least two more years.

Manager Peter Vermes announced on Monday that Sporting had agreed to a contract extension with goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen that will keep the Dane in Kansas City until the end of 2013, with a club option available for 2014.

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Canadian Exports: Nakajima-Farran at home in Australia

Striker thriving with A-League's Brisbane; Edgar leads Burnley
Canadians: Nakajima-Farran at home in Australia
Rudi Schuller

After switching continents in search of more playing time, Issey Nakajima-Farran couldn’t have chosen a better landing spot.

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Obama calls Arena to offer congratulations on MLS Cup

In Indonesia, Galaxy coach takes historic call from US President
Hail From The Chief
Obama phones Arena

Courtesy of LA Galaxy

This was one phone call Bruce Arena didn’t mind getting out of bed for.

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, halfway across the world in Indonesia, the LA Galaxy head coach took a congratulatory call from Washington, with President Barack Obama offering his congratulations for the Galaxy’s recent MLS Cup triumph.

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Recap: Keane, Galaxy with familiar result in Indonesia

LA open Asia Pacific Tour with 1-0 win in Indonesia
Familiar Result
Greg Lalas

No matter the continent, one thing is sure this year: The Galaxy will win 1-0.

A 14th-minute goal from Robbie Keane led the Galaxy past the Indonesian National Selection in the MLS side's first exhibition match of their Asia Pacific Tour.

The matchwinner came when Mike Magee floated down the left side and curled a tantalizing cross. No one could connect cleanly with the initial ball, but LA striker Adam Cristman got to the loose ball first and laid it off to Keane, who bent it calmly into the side netting.

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Philly's Vartughian making most of US U-23 coaching role

Union goalkeeper coach plays a part in Porter's first US camp
Vartughian making most of U-23 role
Dave Zeitlin

For Rob Vartughian, the only thing better than joining the US U-23 coaching staff for their recent camp in Germany was getting the opportunity to do so with three Philadelphia Union players.

Vartughian, an assistant coach with the Union, made the trip with midfielder Amobi Okugo, forward Jack McInerney and defender Sheanon Williams for what was the team’s first training session in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.

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Burpo hails Ricketts arrival in Montreal as "a perfect fit"

Impact 'keeper coach says Jamaican veteran is one of best in MLS
Burpo hails Ricketts arrival
Donovan Ricketts
Yvan Delia-Lavictoire

MONTREAL – Donovan Ricketts' arrival in Montreal is a big deal, if you ask Impact goalkeeper coach Preston Burpo.

Following the trade that brought Ricketts to Quebec in exchange for allocation money on Monday, Burpo gave his impressions on the latest player to join Montreal, as well as the busy days he’s been having over at Saputo Stadium.

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American Exports: Findley, Forest fall hard to Leeds

Striker off at half of 4-0 loss as Reds slip to 20th in Championship
Findley, Forest stuffed at home
Greg Seltzer

AMSTERDAM — Robbie Findley was removed after a quiet half of play as Nottingham Forest suffered their worst home defeat in nearly 15 years on Tuesday night, falling 4-0 to Leeds United.

The US international had a prime chance to tie the game at one near the break, but put his shot over.

The loss was Forest's most severe at City Ground since an identical 4-0 raid by EPL opponents Manchester United on Boxing Day of 1996. Having now dropped two straight and four of six, the Reds slipped to 20th place.

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Mendoza heads the list of roster casualties in Columbus

Crew decline option on DP forward; Jeff Cunningham released
Mendoza among cuts in Columbus
Crew Cuts
Craig Merz

COLUMBUS, Ohio – How many goals Andrés Mendoza scored weren’t as important as how he played and acted, and as a result, the Peruvian Designated Player is no longer with the Crew.

Mendoza, who finished near the top of MLS with 13 goals in 2011, as well as MLS all-time goal leader Jeff Cunningham were among those players who didn’t have their options picked up by the Crew on Tuesday.

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