Our favorite Colombian is rolling on the league in Portugal this season. There's already a compilation of his best goals and bits of skill with Sporting on Youtube.
Yesterday, KJR's Dick Fain discussed the MLS playoffs with our own Dave Clark.
Pro Soccer Talk has compiled a list of the top 5 head coaching candidates that are presumed to be available to MLS teams. They also have a list of coaches who have been fired or are in danger of losing their job.
A state senator in Florida has proposed a tax break in order to attract the MLS All-Star Game at some point in the future. Florida already has tax exemptions on ticketing for MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL all-star games.
Count New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke as a critic of the tightly packed MLS playoff schedule.
It was rumored the other night that part of the reason that Frank Yallop chose Chicago over Vancouver was control over transactions involving players. His official title with the Chicago Fire is head coach and director of soccer.
The Crew have cut their first ever Homegrown signing, releasing 21 year-old forward Aaron Horton. Horton spent 3 seasons with Columbus, only making one appearance with the first team.
In a move nobody saw coming, Eddie Gaven has announced his retirement as a soccer player after an 11 year career in MLS that began when he was 16. Gaven won the MLS Cup under Sigi Schmid in 2008, along with current Sounders Brad Evans and Adam Moffat.
We don't know exactly who will replace Schellas Hyndmand at FC Dallas just yet, but it reportedly won't be Eric Wynalda. The team's technical director has also said that he isn't interested in the job. Colorado head coach and former FC Dallas youth academy director Óscar Pareja is staying quiet as rumors persist that he could take over head coaching duties in Dallas.
A day after cutting ties with 4 players, DC United is making changes in the front office. The team's ownership is also considering whether the team will retain GM Dave Kasper and head coach Ben Olsen.
After taking a team that posted the third worst record in MLS in 2012 to finishing at the top of the Western Conference in the 2013 regular season, Caleb Porter has signed a 5 year extension with the Portland Timbers.
Toronto appears to be interested in 30 year old Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella, in addition to their reported offers for Alberto Gilardino and Jermain Defoe. Quagliarella's agent, who also represents Gilardino says that other MLS teams are interested, but that the player is focused of playing the entire season for Juventus.
Waking the Red examines whether head coach Ryan Nelson should be retained. The consensus seems to be that he deserves at least another season.
In terms of youth development, the United States has a U17 team and a U20 team, but aside from Olympic qualifying once every four years, there is no U23 team. Brian Sciaretta proposes fielding a permanent U23 squad that would serve as a bridge for players from the youth squads to the senior national team.
When it was announced that Bayern Munich reserve midfielder Julian Green would be training with the US national team later this month, there was a good deal of excitement over the possibility of Green making the switch to the United States. A lot of the excitement turned out to be a bit overwhelming for Green, so he has chosen to focus on his responsibilities with his club for now.
Steve Cherundolo's most recent setback in his recovery from his knee injury is bad news for the player, his club and possibly even the national team, but it only increases the chances of Brad Evans making the World Cup roster.
2014 expansion team Ottawa Fury has announced its season ticket prices for the team's inaugural season.
Another team that begins play in 2014 is Virginia Cavalry FC, which is based in Virginia's Loudoun County, 30 miles west of Washington, DC. VCFC is in talks with former USMNT midfielder John Harkes to coach the team beginning next season.
The list of finalists for FIFA's Ballon d'Or award has been released, and for the first time in years, the frontrunner isn't named Lionel Messi. Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery holds a slight edge over Messi in the betting market.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter probably wishes he hadn't commented on the Messi vs. Ronaldo debate. In doing so, he insulted and angered Ronaldo. He promptly apologized to Ronaldo, but that didn't stop Real Madrid's star from sending a message to Blatter with a recent goal celebration.
Cairo has been approved by FIFA to host the second leg of Egypt's World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana, after the Black Stars expressed concerns over security.
AS Roma has set a new Serie A record by winning its first 10 matches of the 2013/14 season, with a 1-0 win over Chievo Verona yesterday.
Racism in Russia
UEFA handed out CSKA Moscow's punishment this week for racist abuse of Manchester City's Yaya Touré by CSKA supporters in a Champions League match last week. CSKA will have to close part of its stadium in its next Champions League home match against Bayern Munich. There seems to be a general consensus that the punishment is too light, even if it is applied according to UEFA's standards.