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Major Link Soccer: Cahill separates from Red Bulls

His new team previously employed the services of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

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NYCFC made two moves recently, announcing David Villa as their captain and signing Slovakian international striker Adam Nemec.

The change at New York Red Bulls continued yesterday when Tim Cahill announced his exit from the team. Cahill is leaving on a free transfer to sign with Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua. This certainly will not help the Red Bulls in their aspirations to win a Superbowl.

There seems to be a constant stream of news about the New England Revolution building a soccer specific stadium somewhere within the Boston city limits. It turns out that they were inches away from a stadium in 2007, until then-mayor Tom Menino put a stop to the plans. I still think the Revolution should just play at Harvard Stadium.

The Chicago Fire have made a lot of changes this offseason, including adding a lot of depth. Our sister blog Hot Time in Old Town thinks this means they'll have a better shot at the U.S. Open Cup, especially considering they have a new assistant coach in Marc Bircham, who is coming over from a similar assistant title at Millwall FC.

After Chivas USA shut down, their players spread out across a plethora of teams. Eric Avila, who was rumored to be signing with Mexican side Santos Laguna is now with Orlando City SC. The details of his deal aren't known, and this could in fact be a loan from Santos Laguna. Avila will be happy to have quite an audience at OCSC. The Lions just announced that 11,000 fans have purchased season tickets so far.

After four games with the Colorado Rapids, defender English defender Zat Knight is leaving the club by mutual consent.

FIFA limits the amount of teams that a player can play for per season to two, which puts Hatem Ben Arfa in no man's land. The Frenchman was under contract with Newcastle when he was loaned to Hull City, but bad relations with both clubs caused him to attempt a transfer to Ligue 1 side Nice. That's where the FIFA rule kicked in and left Ben Arfa without a club. But could MLS be his solution? Having an offset season, it's unclear whether Ben Arfa might be able to play in MLS while he waits to play with Nice (if any MLS team would want him).

Toronto FC have issued a statement saying the star signing Sebastian Giovinco will be joining the team during the preseason instead of during midseason as was previously agreed. Way to not be NYCFC guys.

The 2014 MLS Cup winning LA Galaxy spent yesterday at the White House meeting President Barack Obama. President Obama gave a special thanks to Robbie Rogers for "blazing a trail as one of professional sports' first openly gay players."

World

Have you ever faked a sick call to work, only to have your boss see a picture of you out having fun in the newspaper the next day? No I'm not taking about Elaine Benes, I'm talking about Diafra Sakho, who despite having his back injured enough that he couldn't play for his national team in the African Cup of Nations was able to play in an FA Cup match for West Ham United. West Ham is currently under investigation for withholding the Senegalese striker, and if found guilty could be kicked out of the FA cup.

Yesterday marked the end of the Premier League's transfer window: