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January 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Transfer deadline day roundup and some other links

torres.jpgDarren Walsh, Chelsea FC via Getty Images

I tried to stay away from forwarding too many updates today when it came to international transfer day. Lots of information was flying around — some of it false and unsubstantiated, other stuff was good. Here’s the big news:

— As seen above, Chelsea bought Liverpool striker Fernando Torres (above) for a British record 50 million pounds. The Blues also had enough money to buy Brazilian defender David Luiz.

— Don’t feel too bad for the Reds though, they purchased hotshot young forward Andy Carroll from Newcastle and Ajax striker Luis Suarez, links here and here. They’ll be OK.

— On the domestic front, a couple Americans recently found new teams. Coach’s kid Michael Bradley is off to Aston Villa of the English Premier League — the same team that was considering Bob Bradley as manager. Also, Jozy Altidore announced on his Twitter account that he’s going on a 6-month loan to Turkish club Bursapour.

Some links after the jump:

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USMNT and global news

— First off, the U.S. men’s national team canceled an upcoming friendly in Egypt due to the political unrest over there. No replacement game will be scheduled. The team’s next matches are March 26 vs. Argentina (in New Jersey) and March 29 vs. Paraguay (in Tennessee).

— ESPN has acquired the TV rights for the 2012 and 2016 European championships. Good stuff.

— When it comes to Diego Forlan, Sounders FC’s own Alvaro Fernandez provided some insight (albeit in Spanish). Can anyone help with that one?

— Be sure to check out goals by New Jersey product Giuseppe Rossi (now of Villareal) and USMNT midfielder Maurice Edu with Rangers, amid of roundup of Americans abroad.

Around MLS

— Down in Arizona, our friend Jose Romero caught up with Vancouver’s Jay DeMerit. Here’s a profile on his teammate, Shea Salinas.

— Portland is reportedly close to bringing in Colombian striker Jorge Perlaza.

— Some more preseason rankings here, with a bit more love for Sounders FC. Also, check out this link that gives NFL teams soccer-style uniforms.

— The L.A. Galaxy signed a homegrown player recently. So did the New York Red Bulls.

— One writer airs some grievances regarding the MLS playoffs. Here one speculates as to which internationals could be coming stateside in the summer. Another says colleges are still producing talent despite the rise of academies.

SI.com has a list of the 10 most intriguing figures in MLS. Though if Shalrie Joseph doesn’t show up at Revolution camp you might want to add him to that list.

A pair of videos

Here’s a crazy ad featuring Andres Iniesta that made me a bit dizzy.

Also, my go-to clip: Showboat.

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