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December 16, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Trying to recap a wild and crazy re-entry draft day + links

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The move everyone is talking about after the inaugural MLS re-entry draft is Juan Pablo Angel going to the L.A. Galaxy. A polished, proven scorer with European and international experience joining the Supporters’ Shield holders. Yikes. If they work out a deal there, and hold on to Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle for the while 2011 season, they’ll be tough to beat.

Here are a couple stops for some re-entry day analysis: ESPN, WV Hooligan,

Some other notes from the day:

— The Galaxy traded young forward Tristan Bowen to rival Chivas USA for allocation money (perhaps to be used to sign Angel).

— L.A. also made another swap, sending Luke Sassano to Sporting K.C. for Frankie Hejduk, both of which were acquired in the re-entry draft.

— Chicago is looking forward to the leadership and experience Cory Gibbs can bring the Fire. Similar adjectives that you hear surrounding a lot of the moves Wednesday, including Josh Wolff going to help out D.C. United and Jeff Cunningham going back to Columbus. Speaking of the Crew, the team is not interested in its undrafted folk.

More links after the jump:

Some other MLS notes

— Here’s another interview with ex-Sounder Nathan Sturgis.

Here’s a Q&A with Colorado coach Gary Smith.

— Apparently Sporting K.C. is shopping for another DP.

— Houston Dynamo re-signed a pair of key contributors the other day, then locked up a young star in Geoff Cameron on Wednesday.

— Over in Dallas, David Ferreira is apparently close to a new deal and Coach Hyndman is praising Brek Shea‘s abilities as a centerback. Hmmm.

Keeping an eye on Seattle, Portland and Vancouver news

— First off with the local side. had a tribute to departing defender Tyrone Marshall and the league website takes a look at the response of Cascadia supporters’ groups to the news regarding away-fan ticket allocations.

— Elsewhere, the Timbers signed four players from its USL side.

National team roundup

— The final FIFA world rankings of 2010 are out; the U.S. jumped six spots in one month to 18th (tied with France). Bob Bradley and the boys are looking up at Slovenia (17), Egypt (9) and Norway (12), but also looking down at a handful of good sides and, most importantly, Mexico (27).

Soccer By Ives caught up with USMNT international Gale Agbossoumonde.

— The New York Times had a Q&A with Chuck Blazer, the general secretary of CONCACAF and member of FIFA’s executive committee.

— The U.S. was drawn into Group B in the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 championships with Cuba and Panama.

On the international level

— Inter Milan blasted Asian champion Seongnam Ilhwa 3-0 to advance to the Club World Cup final. The Italian giants will be heavy favorites in the championship game Saturday against African champion TP Mazembe.

— Also, what is Rio Ferdinand doing on American infomercials? Apparently the Manchester United defender and England international is selling the SoccerXizer. Check out the video below.


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