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The All-Star Game and new signings for LA, Orlando City, Montreal, Philadelphia, and the New York Red Bulls.

Kaká is good, but he isn't the goal machine that we are looking for.
Kaká is good, but he isn't the goal machine that we are looking for.
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Seattle

Things have been a bit rough lately, but the Sounders will have the chance to get their first trophy of the year this weekend. A victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps will clinch the Cascadia Cup.

You may have heard that there was some exhibition called an "All-Star Game" last night. It seems that Clint Dempsey and Chad Marshall both had decent outings in the 2-1 defeat of Tot'num.

Deandre Yedlin also appeared in the match playing for his new team. Questions abound as to whether he will be going on loan or finding his way into regular first team minutes.

MLS Transfers

The secondary transfer window ends one week from today and the action is picking up. Orlando City has been particularly busy.  They announced the signing of two new players yesterday, Swiss midfielder Adrian Winter and Spanish defender David Mateos.

It seems that their attempts to lure Paulo Henrique Ganso from São Paulo were not successful, quite possibly to Ganso's detriment.

Orlando City's moves might not be over yet, as they are reportedly working on sending Donovan Ricketts to the LA Galaxy.

If he does make the move, Old Man Ricketts would presumably be taking the place of Jaime Penedo who, after a decent Gold Cup showing, has "mutally agreed" to part ways with the Galaxy.

The Philadelphia union have secured Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta on a free transfer.

Although not official, the New York Red Bulls have reportedly signed themselves a new designated player in the form of Argentinian Ganzalo Veron.

Finally, Didier Drogba was treated by an impressive crowd when he arrived in Montreal yesterday. Local Ivorians were particularly excited.

Other MLS

Sports Illustrated has a long piece on the birth and early history of MLS. There are many interesting thoughts on everything from why the Tampa Mutiny had a bat on their crest to Sepp Blatter's reaction to a proposal to increase the size of the goals.

Things had seemingly making progress in Miami with signs that a Beckham looking at a location next to Marlins Park, but it seems that the contract that the Marlins have with the city would make it a less than desirable situation.

In breaking news that you've probably never heard before. NPR has reported that MLS is gambling on the star power of aging foreign players.

World

The Mob Museum in Las Vegas has announced their intention to open an exhibit on the worlds largest organize criminal body, FIFA. The exhibit will open on September 1st.