Major Link Soccer: Transfer Tracking (Updated)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: John Terry of Chelsea goes up for a header with Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers. Terry was acquitted last week of racially abusing Ferdinand. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Players on the Move: Recapping Friday's Transactions

Unless you have been unplugged all weekend AND missed the Sounders' match against the New York Red Bulls, you know that Sebastian Le Toux was traded for Dane Richards and allocation money. In Le Toux, New York got a flexible attacker that has scored 29 goals in the last three years. Vancouver, on the other side, brought in a speedy but limited right-sided attacker with just thirteen goals in those same three years. It will be interesting to see how these players settle into their new clubs.

Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette made his debut against the Sounders after being traded to the New York Red Bulls from the LA Galaxy for New York's natural 2014 second round MLS Supplemental Draft pick. The Galaxy signed 23-year-old former UCLA keeper Brian Rowe to replace Gaudette.

Toronto FC is trying to rebound from its abysmal start to the 2012 season. One of the major culprits (other than the former manager) has been Toronto designated player Julian de Guzman. Although de Guzman had been relegated to the bench due to the strong play of Terry Dunfield, he will no longer even suit up for Toronto as he was traded to FC Dallas for Generation Adidas striker Andrew Wiedeman on Friday. It is likely that Toronto will be paying the vast majority of de Guzman's $1.9 million dollar salary.

Tyson Wahl is on the move again. After being traded to Montreal earlier this year by your Sounders, Montreal has now turned and dealt him to the Colorado Rapids for an international roster spot for the 2014 season. Wahl started eleven MLS and two Canadian Championship games for Montreal.

UPDATE: It appears that the Le Toux trade for Richards was just the start as Vancouver has now signed Scottish striker Kenny Miller as a new designated player. Not only has Miller captained the Scottish National Team, he has the unusual history of playing significant spells for both Rangers and Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.

News from around the World:

Chelsea captain John Terry is not a racist--even though he referred to Anton Ferdinand as a 'f****** black c***.' Or at least so say the courts in England. Ferdinand's big brother Rio, of Manchester United fame, had some nuanced (sarcasm) thoughts about the court of the proceedings on twitter. In other news for Chelsea, five more Chelsea players are unlikely to play in Wednesday's friendly against the Sounders.

Michael Bradley and AS Roma have finally made it official as he put pen to paper on a four year deal with the Roman club. Roma paid Bradley's former employers, Chievo Verona, a transfer fee of €3.75 million. Bradley will join a midfield for Roma that currently features Italian international Daniele de Rossi.

Spain's U19 team showed that the Iberians have plenty of talent in the pipeline as they defeated Greece 1-0 in the final of the European U19 Championship. Real Madrid's Jese Rodriguez scored the only goal of the match in the 80th minute.

Weekend Recap: The No Scoreless Draws Edition

The Piotr Nowak-less Philadelphia Union are now winners of three straight league games. In a match that went scoreless until the 82' minute, a flurry of goals late in the game saw the Union take all three points off the Montreal Impact. Goals from Lionard Pajoy and Keon Daniel cancelled each other out before Union captain Carlos Valdes scored the winning goal in stoppage time.

A single goal in the first half by Luis Silva was all Toronto FC needed to beat the New England Revolution in Foxboro. New England was forced to make a substitution in the second minute when Stephen McCarthy took a blow to the head after colliding with Toronto forward Ryan Johnson. However, the more serious injury could have been to on-form Toronto striker Danny Koevermans who went down with a seemingly-serious knee injury late in the first half.

Pavel Pardo scored from a 20th minute free kick and Chicago held on late to take all three points against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Holding the lead was made more difficult in the 67th minute when German international Arne Friedrich was shown a second yellow for a tackle on Darren Mattocks.

An early goal from Jacob Peterson and a late insurance tally from Teal Bunbury saw Sporting Kansas City move three points ahead of D.C. United in the Eastern Conference Standings. Peterson's night was cut short as he was subbed in the 38th minute for an ankle sprain.

It had to happen sometime and in Commerce City, CO it finally did happen. FC Dallas left the stadium winners for the first time in 92 days. After going down early in the second half on an Omar Cummings strike, Dallas quickly equalized on a header by Carlos Rodriguez. Fabian Castillo capped the scoring for Dallas netting the winner in the 81st minute.

Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes were playing a close competitive match until Kyle Beckerman was given a red card in the 57th minute. After the red, RSL completely fell apart as San Jose scored four goals in the last half hour to win 5-0 over RSL. Chris Wondolowski picked up a hat trick to extend his MLS leading goal tally to 17.

The wildest game of the weekend showed that John Spencer may not have been the problem in the PDX. After starting with 3rd minute goal from Kris Boyd, the Portland Timbers gave up four goals over a ten minute span highlighted by two goals from Golden Balls himself. The game ultimately finished 5-3 in favor of the LA Galaxy. Kris Boyd, David Beckham, and Robbie Keane each had two goals on the night. Landon Donovan, who also scored, became only the second player in MLS' 100-100 club (goals and assists).

In the final game of the weekend, the Houston Dynamo routed D.C. United 4-0. DCU keeper Bill Hamid was shown a red card in the 17th minute. After the sending off, Houston poured it on DCU with goals from Brad Davis, Will Bruin, Oscar Garcia, and Brian Ching.

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