Major Link Soccer: The Return

PALO ALTO, CA - JUNE 30: David Beckham and Robbie Keane were all smiles after taking a 3-1 lead in the first half against the San Jose Earthquakes. This didn't last as the Earthquakes scored three unanswered goals to win 4-3. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

As I'm sure you are all aware, Spain defeated Italy in the finals of the 2012 Euro on Sunday. As they have often done under Vicente del Bosque, Spain fielded a team without a true striker. As they typically do, Zonal Marking has produced a great piece on the tactical battle between these top European sides.

In a move that is sure to jump start rumors of a departure for Europe, Landon Donovan has put his Manhattan Beach house up for sale for a mere $4.3 million. Unfortunately, there is no mention of whether the residence has adequate yacht parking.

It appears that USMNT and Chievo midfielder Michael Bradley will be taking up residence in Rome very soon. It is now being reported by mlssoccer.com that Chievo have accepted a bid for the 24-year-old Yank with only personal terms left to be discussed.

The Yahoo! column Dirty Tackle ran a bit of satire this weekend that claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo missed his plane out of the Ukraine when he went for a Cinnabon at the airport. However it appears that EFE, the world's largest Spanish language news outlet and the fourth largest news organization on the planet, does not understand satire. EFE picked up the story and ran it as legitimate news. Other legitimate outlets followed suit.

NASL side Atlanta Silverbacks named Eric Wynalda as their interim head coach. The former Cal FC coach takes over a club that also gave up five goals against the Seattle Sounders in Open Cup Play. He will be in charge of all soccer related decisions, but only through the end of this year, unless he hires himself as permanent coach.

Major League Soccer Weekend Recap:

After starting the year with a MLS-record nine straight losses in league games, Toronto FC has earned nine points in its past five games. In a game that started off quickly, with goals from Jan Gunnar Solli and Danny Kovermans respectively, Toronto and the New York Red Bulls drew 1-1. In what could be an episode of Lowered Expectations, Head Coach Paul Mariner is taking pride in being "a little bit harder to beat."

D.C. United remains at the top of the Eastern Conference standings after destroying the Montreal Impact 3-0 on goals from Chris Pontius, Robbie Russell, and Hamdi Salihi. Former Bologna striker and new Impact designated player Marco Di Vaio again came off the bench at halftime but could not influence the game.

The Houston Dynamo introduced debuted their new designated player Boniek Garcia with a a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union. The winner came from an 83' penalty kick that saw Brian Ching score for the first time since late April.

Missing Kyle Beckerman to yellow card accumulation and Jamison Olave and Ned Grabavoy to injury, Real Salt Lake struggled and ultimately fell 2-0 on the road to the Columbus Crew. The loss marks the first time in five years that Real Salt Lake has lost three straight matches.

A Colorado Rapids team that is finally getting healthy took welcomed the Portland Timbers on Saturday. While the Rapids fans are enjoying a 3-0 win with goals from Jaime Castrillon, Conor Casey, and Jamie Smith, Portland fans are feeling something quite different as the title of this post illustrates.

The California Clasico was a wild affair on Saturday night. After the Galaxy went up 3-1 late in the first half, the San Jose Earthquakes stormed back with three unanswered goals to grab three points. In an game that saw some great goals including a brilliant free kick from David Beckham, much of the post-game chatter has been of a different sort of "free kick" and scuffle that occurred late in the game and after the whistle.

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