Major Link Soccer: 4 more years for Klinsmann

Chris Trotman

Klinsmann will continue to lead the USMNT through the 2018 World Cup.

Seattle

It turns out that the rumor of Obafemi Martins moving to West Ham in a winter loan was just that: a rumor. When asked about it, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said he hadn't heard anything about his club making a move for Martins, adding "speculation is speculation".

With the big deal that lured Robinson Cano away from the Yankees to bring him to Seattle, some are wondering if the possible re-emergence of the Mariners could put a bit of a dent in the Sounders fan base.

Richard Farley of Pro Soccer Talk previews what the Chad Marshall trade could mean for Seattle's 2014 season.

Seattle Reign forward Sydney Leroux was the subject of a recent AOL feature called "My Ink", in which she discusses what her tattoos mean to her.

The Fredy Montero to Lazio rumors don't appear to be going away. The club's sporting director would like to sign Montero next summer, but the plan would require an open spot for non-EU passport holders next season. He would like to make progress toward signing Montero before other teams swoop in and drive up his market value. If Montero continues scoring at his current pace, it isn't likely that Lazio will be the only club seriously interested in luring him away from Sporting CP.

MLS

A day after the chairman of Bayern Munich announced that his team will be the opponent in the 2014 MLS All-Star Game, the league made an official announcement that the MLS All-Stars will face Bayern Munich in Portland on August 6.

After losing head coach Jason Kreis to New York City FC and top assistant coach C.J. Brown to the Chicago Fire, Real Salt Lake doesn't have very many options available in choosing a replacement for Kreis. There are reportedly two candidates for the job: New York Red Bulls assistant coach Robin Fraser and RSL assistant coach Jeff Cassar. Although Fraser wasn't successful with Chivas USA, he was part of Jason Kreis' coaching staff from 2007 to 2010 that built RSL into a perennial contender in multiple competitions. He also helped Mike Petke win the first major trophy in the history of the New York Red Bulls in their first season with the team.

I made a comment the other day that 24 year-old Brazilian striker Gilberto represented the inexpensive option for Toronto FC, with a veteran striker from Europe likely to cost much more. As it turns out, "inexpensive" is relative. TFC will reportedly pay a $3 million transfer fee to bring Gilberto to BMO Field.

According to the sporting director of the Montreal Impact, his team is in negotiations with FK Bodø/Glimt of Norway's Tippeligaen (the country's top flight league) to make Zarek Valentin's loan a permanent transfer.

The New York Red Bulls are ready to spend a total of $2 million on training facilities for its academy and to start their own USL Pro team. NYRB veteran Roy Miller is reportedly close to signing with Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica.

Yesterday's MLS news was largely dominated by the first stage of the re-entry draft. We have already shed tears over losing Steve Zakuani and Marc Burch, but those weren't the only players taken yesterday. DC United added two players: Sean Franklin and Bobby Boswell.

In order to move up and select Zakuani, Portland sent defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste to Chivas USA in exchange for left-sided midfielder and defender Jorge Villafaña and the #2 selection in the re-entry draft. Portland is taking a bit of a gamble on Zakuani, with news that Rodney Wallace will miss 5-7 months with an injury he picked up in the second leg of the Western Conference Finals.

After Daniel Paladini withdrew from the re-entry draft, Chicago traded his rights to Columbus for a fourth round draft pick (61st overall).

With the addition of former Sounder Mauro Rosales, Chivas USA can expect to see a significant increase in the amount of scoring chances on set pieces next season.

In the wake of losing Chad Marshall to the Sounders, Columbus Crew fans are left wondering how their team will move forward without the anchor of its defense.

Some Sporting Kansas City fans managed to find Matt Besler's wedding registry and proceeded to buy everything on the list, presumably out of gratitude for his role in bringing a second MLS Cup title to Kansas City.

US Soccer

Jürgen Klinsmann has signed a 4 year contract extension that will keep him with US Soccer through the 2018 World Cup. As part of the deal, Klinsmann will have an expanded role as the technical director of US Soccer.

Steven Goff of the Washington Post had a quick interview with USMNT and QPR defender Oguchi Onyewu about his lack of playing time with his club and his online classes as he attempts to finish his degree with Clemson University.

Terrence Boyd managed to score a goal for Rapid Vienna in Europa League yesterday, but it wasn't enough to prevent his team's elimination from the competition, as his side fell 3-1 to Dynamo Kiev.

NWSL

The Houston Dynamo officially announced its NWSL expansion team, that will be called the Houston Dash and will begin play in the 2014 season. The current NWSL clubs were reportedly unanimous in their support for adding Houston to the league.

NASL

The Tampa Bay Rowdies have a new owner and will soon increase their stadium capacity by 1,100.

The San Antonio Scorpions signed a pair of veteran attackers Danny Barrera and Jonathan Faña. If Barrera's name looks familiar to you, it's probably because he was the leading scorer for Cal FC in its run in the 2012 US Open Cup.

College Soccer

If you thought the conditions were bad at the MLS Cup Final in Kansas City last weekend, the College Cup is likely to experience even worse weather in Philadelphia this weekend.

Mexico

Leon is close to winning the 2013 Apertura title, after beating America 2-0 at home in the first leg of the Apertura Final.

Cruz Azul has been fined and will have to play a home game behind closed doors next season as a result of violent outbursts by fans in a match against Toluca.

England

42 year old Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel is still getting it done. He only allowed one goal against Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, as the Spurs wrapped up a perfect group stage in Europa League yesterday.

Tottenham is also facing some scrutiny over its reported blood spinning treatment for its players recovering from injury. Blood spinning is currently legal in the Premier League, but that could change within the next year

After Hull City's owner officially applied to change the club's name to Hull Tigers, the FA will consult with fan groups over the name change.

Manchester United winger Ashley Young isn't concerned that he has developed a reputation for being a bit of a diver.

Queens Park Rangers are planning to build a new 40,000 seat stadium, representing more than twice the capacity of Loftus Road Stadium.

Spain

For the first time, a club has managed to line up a sponsor for the inside of the jersey. Intel will pay FC Barcelona $25 million over 4.5 years to place its "Intel Inside" logo on the inside of the team's shirts. Barcelona players will be under no obligation to display the logo, for instance, by wiping their faces with the bottom of the shirt.

After expressing his hesitance to appear at the FIFA Ballon d'Or presentation next month, Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed, through Real Madrid, that he will attend the ceremony.

After Ronaldo's new contract made him the highest paid soccer player in Spain, it was rumored that Messi was unhappy and wanted a new contract with FC Barcelona. Sandro Rossell confirmed yesterday that the club has no plans to renew Messi's contract in the near future. He added that the club also has no plans to sell him.

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will reportedly get a contract extension through 2020.

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