Major Link Soccer: Monday Morning Links

Mexico players take a victory lap with their gold medals after defeating Brazil 2-1 during the men's soccer gold medal match in the 2012 London Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Mexico, continuing a strong showing by CONCACAF teams, won the Olympic gold medal in soccer with a lively 2-1 victory over Brazil. Oribe Peralto scored just 28 seconds into the match and added a second tally 15 minutes from full time.

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 22 players to train for the upcoming friendly against Mexico on Aug. 15 at the Estadio Azteca. Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo were left off the roster.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson missed his side's pre-season friendly with Hannover on Saturday night as he steps up his efforts to sign Robin van Persie. Arsenal has already rejected a £15 million offer for the striker. United are likely to have to increase that to at least £20 million.

Weekend MLS Recap:

The Red Bulls secured three points against the Houston Dynamo Friday night 2-0 with goals from Jan Gunnar Solli and Markus Holgersson. And this time, Hans Backe may even deserve some credit.

Unlike our neighbors to the south, Vancouver is slowly solidifying its playoff credentials with quality wins. The most recent coming in a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake. The Whitecaps were powered by goals from Camilo Sanvezzo and Dane Richards while Nat Borchers chipped in a consolation goal in extra time.

Sporting Kansas City followed up its Open Cup triumph by beating D.C. United at Livestrong Park. Goals from Teal Bunbury and Graham Zusi were enough to overcome Nick DeLeon's strike for DCU.

FC Dallas' Columbian trio of David Ferreira, Jair Benitez, and Fabian Castillo all scored to give FCD a 3-2 victory over Colorado. Although Jaime Castrillon scored for Colorado, he was later issued a straight red for fighting. Jeff Larentowicz also scored for the Rapids.

Former Sounder Sanna Nyassi's streaking run and well-taken strike provided all the offense Montreal needed in a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution. Sene Nyassi had a chance to equalize but his attempt was saved by new Montreal keeper Troy Perkins.

A Chris Rolf brace lifted the Chicago fire to a 3-1 defeat over the Philadelphia Union. Arne Friedrich also tallied for Chicago while a Jalil Anibaba own goal provided the Union's only score.

Juninho provided a brace for the LA Galaxy, but Landon Donovan was the man of the match with an assist on all four of the Galaxy goals as they roasted Chivas USA 4-0. Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez also benefited from Donovan assists.

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