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De La Hoya Deal Close for Dynamo

As mentioned in the Dynamo season preview a few weeks ago, all reports indicate that “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya will soon become part owner of the two-time defending MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo.

According to recently published reports coming out of Houston, both De La Hoya and his business partner, Gabriel Brener, are each purchasing 25% of the team, leaving current owner AEG with the remaining 50%. Both De La Hoya and Brener will have to plop down an estimated $10 million though to get the deal done. That shouldn’t be a problem for Oscar though as he is, after all, the richest boxer in the history of the sport.

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Eastern Moves: Revs Add One and Red Bulls Lose One

As the MLS season nears teams are trying to shape their rosters to try to get the right mix for the 2008 season.

New England Revolution acquire midfielder Castro

The Revs, looking to bolster their midfield play, recently added Mauricio Castro from Honduras. Castro comes to New England from CD Olimpia in Honduras. The signed midfielder will take up one of the 8 international roster spots that each MLS team is allowed. The Revolution still need help at forward but Castro should help set the table for the attack up front of New England.

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New York Red Bulls 2008 Season Preview

New York Red Bulls

2007 Record: 12-11-7 (3rd in East)

Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio (1st Year)

Key Players: Juan Pablo Angel, Claudio Reyna, Jozy Altidore

Key Pickups: Zach Thornton (Free Agency)

Key Losses: Clint Mathis (Ergotelis), Ronald Waterreus (Ret.)

2008 Outlook: Good

We don’t get many Ergotellis games on TV here in Alabama, which is a real shame. I will miss watching Clint Mathis play now that he has gone Greek. It’s fun to imagine what it would be like if Clint joined a Greek fraternity, instead of a Greek soccer team. It’s not that hard to imagine it either.

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L.A. Galaxy 2008 Season Preview

Los Angeles Galaxy

2007 Record: 9-14-7 (5th in West)

Coach: Ruud Gullit (1st Year)

Key Players: Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Carlos Ruiz, Abel Xavier, Chris Klein

Key Pickups: Carlos Ruiz (from Dallas); Sean Franklin (Drafted 4th Overall)

Key Losses: Cobi Jones (Ret.), Chris Albright (to N.E. Revs), Joe Cannon (to San Jose)

2008 Outlook: Average

Lord. I have been dreading drafting this preview, and not because I don’t like David Beckham. I am just so sick of hearing about him.

The Galaxy are the most talked about team in all of MLS, and not because of their stellar play. In fact, last season was the worst in franchise history.

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Galaxy Bow Out, Dynamo Roll In Early PPC Action

The inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship is currently being held in Hawaii, and the MLS have sent its best team and most famous player to the islands to mark the occasion. Of course, the most famous player did not fare as well as the nation’s best club.

On Wednesday, the Dynamo thoroughly dominated Australia’s Sydney FC, while Japan’s Gamba Osaka dispatched the Galaxy in a yawner.

The Galaxy game would have been nearly unrecognizable as professional soccer if not for Becks. Granted, Donovan was unavailable, but Gullit’s bunch looked absolutely anemic offensively. Defensively, the young back line actually held pretty firm, but overall the Galaxy looked overmatched. It took one score from the Brazillian Bare in the third minute to put the game away.

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Toronto Closes out Florida Pre Season with 1-1 Draw

Toronto FC recently played their last exhibition game in Florida against the Chicago Fire, which ended in a 1-1 draw. All in all the pre season record was not bad as the club went 2-1-3. Toronto FC played games against D.C. United, Odense Boldklub, U.S. Under 17 National Team, Kansas City Wizards, and Chicago Fire.

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Americans Missing From World’s Best Soccer Competition

I have spent the last two days watching the world’s top soccer players take part in the UEFA Champions League. Forget the World Cup, European Championship or COPA America, the best soccer competition in the world is the Champions League.

Can you name any of the top players who are not participating in Champions League soccer? I cannot. The teams left in the Champions League at this stage are all-star teams, stacked with the best players from around the world.

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Question Marks for 3 Eastern MLS Clubs

As the season approaches the three teams in the Eastern Conference with the biggest question marks are in the Midwest with the Columbus Crew, the Kansas City Wizards, and the Chicago Fire. All these teams are trying to catch up to their counterparts on the east coast, who have significantly improved their lineups, especially DC United. Here are some concerns of Columbus, Kansas City, and Chicago.

Columbus Crew