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Major Link Soccer: Only word that matters to Klinsmann is winning

Also in the links today -- the dieting habits of Chelsea players.

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Seattle Sounders has a nice little interview with Marco Pappa and how he is adjusting to his life with his new teammates.


Representatives with the referees' union and the organization that oversees officiating in MLS are still quite a ways apart as they try and reach their first collective bargaining agreement. The sides have met 20 times since last summer, and neither side is willing to go into the details of their proposals to the media.

Former Real Zaragoza midfielder Jose Mari joined the Colorado Rapids at the team's camp in Las Vegas. The 26-year-old defensive minded midfielder hasn't ventured outside of Spain in his playing career and played in 16 matches in the La Liga season last year.

It isn't necessarily a done deal yet, but Luiz Felipe Scolari said that Brazilian goalkeeper Juilo Cesar is most likely on his way to Toronto FC. Scolari has indicated that Cesar could be the top goalkeeper for Brazil in the upcoming world cup, but he needs more minutes and games to prepare -- hence the loan.

Toronto FC appear to be trying to unload Matias Laba after their offseason. One team he won't be heading to is the Columbus Crew after coach Gregg Berhalter passed a note saying his club wasn't interested in the 22-year-old midfielder. Berhalter noted the cost associated with Labas didn't match up to the production he hoped to get out him.

The Portland Timbers made a couple more roster moves official on Tuesday. The club announced the signing of defender Taylor Peay and Schillio Tshuma, their picks in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Tshuma was the No. 17 overall pick and Peay was selected in the second round. Peay played collegiate soccer at University of Washington.


The USL might be heading to Louisville, and Stradegy Advertising came up with a little marketing blitz around it. Give the site a look, it is actually pretty cool with the various kinds of kits and crests they produced.

USMNT has an interview with Jurgen Klinsmann that dwells upon the coach's time with Germany and where the American team is at. According to Klinsmann, the only word that matters to the USMNT is 'winning.'


Someone somewhere is a bit upset that Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is heading to rival Bayern Munich. The Striker woke up on Monday morning to find out his Porsche Cayenne GTS was propped up right out front of his home and missing all four tires.


In some of the more useless soccer news of the day, it was revealed that 5'8 Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazrd heats more than his Belgian teammates Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke, according to the Belgian national team chef. Take that for what it is worth.

In more useful Lukaku news, the striker is excited to return back to Chelsea and launch into Champions League Football. Lukaku has been on loan with Everton this season and has had quite a good season.

Manchester United is firing back against rumors that Rio Ferdinand is preparing to retire. The Sun previously claimed that Ferdinand had been left off a club trip to Dubai and was prepping to retire. Manchester United call the article a load of rubbish.

Javeri Hernandez is frustrated with his lack of playing time at Manchester United, having just four starts in 16 appearances. Mexico national team coach Miguel Herrera claims that he is unhappy in England, although the striker turned down offers during the January transfer window.

The Mirror has an extended interview with Garry Cook talking about the decline of Manchester City and the rise to the power it is today.

La Liga

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Isco isn't happy with his decline in minutes, but that likely isn't going to change any time soon. He refuted claims it is because of a poor work ethic, but said he needs more defensive minded players in the midfield to relieve Cristiano Ronaldo's duties.

Serie A

Inter Milan has let go of technical director Marco Branca. Branca has been involved with the club's management since 2002. He will hand the reigns to current sporting director Piero Ausilio.

And finally, not quite Serie A -- but it is Italian. Here is one of the best goal celebrations in a red card you will see.

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