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Major Link Soccer: Weekend Review

L.A. Galaxy star Landon Donovan says he wants a break this off-season. After two years of mid-winter loans to the blue half of Merseyside, Donovan says his chances of again playing for Everton are slim. Donovan has made several comments recently indicating that retirement may come sooner than many people expect.

Very few players have been as unsettled this off season as Fulham's Clint Dempsey. After a move seemed to be imminent, Dempsey has remained with Cottagers. And according to Fulham boss Martin Jol, there are not any offers currently on the table. With the transfer window in England shutting on August 31st, there is very little time for this situation to resolve.

Unlike Dempsey, Jozy Altidore appears to be at home with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar. Through three matches, Altidore has scored four of the club's five goals. At just twenty-two, Altidore may finally be realizing his full powers. This is good news for the USMNT.

Away games in the CCL are always interesting. Poor officiating and Central American gamesmanship are often the sources of lament for MLS supporters. However, it could be worse. Shortly before a match between Rapid Vienna and PAOK in the Europa League, a large scale flare fight broke out.

Geoff Cameron made his debut for Stoke City in a goalless draw against Arsenal. The former Houston Dynamo player produced a solid, if not spectacular, performance to help Stoke City to a share of the points.

Wayne Rooney will be out of action for four weeks after suffering a serious gash in United's match versus Fulham. The Manchester United and England star suffered a wound so serious it had to be treated in hospital, where he was kept overnight.

Can we put this Montero is lazy meme to rest? Richard Farley of Obligatory Aggregation attempts to do just that. With 45 goals in 100 games, I think Montero's production speaks for itself.

MLS Weekend Recap after the jump...

The Philadelphia Union did the Sounders a favor when they held Real Salt Lake to a scoreless draw in Philly. The game was largely a dull affair with few scoring chances generated by either side. With the Sounders' win Saturday, Seattle is tied in points with RSL with two games in hand.

The Montreal Impact are not playing like an expansion team. After beating D.C. United 3-0 at home on Saturday, the Impact have won an impressive five matches in a row. With the win, the Impact are just one point behind DCU for 5th place in the East.

In a wild affair that saw five goals scored in the first half, the Columbus Crew defeated the New England Revolution 4-3 in Columbus on Saturday. The Crew had to overcome an early 2-0 lead but did so admirably with three goals of their own before the halftime whistle. Although New England equalized with ten minutes remaining, the Crew took the lead for good in the 85th minute.

Despite missing Eric Hassli and Torsten Frings, Toronto FC unexpectedly earned itself a road point in its matchup with the Houston Dynamo. Although Will Bruin put the Dynamo up in the first half, Terry Dunfield equalized on the 85th minute for Toronto. The Dynamo will regret their poor finishing on the night.

The Portland Timbers, who hadn't won since showing John Spencer the door, got its first win of the second Gavin Wilkinson era. A Darlington Nagbe in the 41st minute was matched by Kenny Miller right before the half. However, Franck Songo'o put Portland ahead for good in the 55th. Portland now leads Cascadia Cup standings by three points.

Alan Gordon and Simon Dawkins each scored a brace as San Jose hung a number on the Colorado Rapids. Colorado is rapidly approaching Portlandian futility as they sit just two points above the Timbers in the Western Conference. Portland has a game in hand on the Rapids.

The L.A. Galaxy climbed above .500 for the first time this season by defeating FC Dallas 2-0 at the Home Depot Center. The Galaxy were powered by goals from Juninho and Todd Dunivant. Although the Galaxy are just three points behind the Sounders now, the Sounders have two games in hand.

Kei Kamara couldn't stop scoring on Sunday night. Unfortunately for Sporting Kansas City, he was scoring at both ends of the pitch. SKC and the New York Red Bulls battled to a 1-1 draw. With the draw, SKC remains atop the Eastern Conference standings and two points ahead of the Red Bulls.

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