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January 8, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Around MLS today

NY Red Bulls have hired Hans Backe as head coach. Curt Onalfo, formerly of Kansas City, is the new coach of DC United and Carlos de los Cobos is in line to take over the Chicago Fire.
The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the Philadelphia Union have sold out all club seats.
The MLS combine is under way in South Florida and the Superdraft is next week. Soccer America’s Ridge Mahoney offers his view of what Sounders FC should be looking for in the draft and what positions need addressing.

SEATTLE. The cloud hanging over Fredy Montero’s loan has prompted the Sounders to search for another forward, though it is looking for a big, physical player to work up top whether or not Montero returns. The Sounders waived defender Evan Brown and attacker Michael Fucito, who were picked last year, so those positions need shoring up, as does the midfield. Where to play Freddie Ljungberg, who finished the season at forward, is another consideration as Sigi Schmid and his staff prepare for Year Two.

Landon Donovan could make his Everton debut tomorrow vs. Arsenal. Here’s what he told the Associated Press:

“This is a great opportunity for me and I don’t want it to pass me by, so I’m going to make the most of it,” said Donovan, who had a similar loan to Bayern Munich last year.
No matter how well he does, Donovan expects to be heading back to Los Angeles for the Galaxy’s opening MLS game on March 27 after signing a new contract last month that runs through 2013.
“My plans are to be in L.A. for the next few years at least and then we’ll see what happens,” he said.

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