Oh yeah... it still exists.
#1 - Let's be very clear straight off; I've yet to confirm what follows. But I'm in such a swell mood these days, I feel like sharing. So, word has been passed to me that MLS has now rejected Stoke in their quest for Brek Shea. Reading between the lines, if true, that would mean the Potters made a second offer that FC Dallas accepted.
Meanwhile, Shea was at FCD training on Monday, so obviously he has not flown over for his whatever-you-want-to-call-it yet. Naturally, I will be digging for all this skinny today, so stay tuned.
And since this topic has stirred up the usual work permit likelihood debate, I will point to last week's Postcard From Europe, which reasons that there is no longer any need to fear this hurdle to England moves.
#2 - As suspected, the USMNT will play Germany in June. But it will be in D.C. and not Deutschland as I'd hoped, so I am feeling a bit schmerzlich.
#3 - Philly Union academy midfielder Chris Gomez Twitter-ized last night that he will have February trials with Sevilla and Málaga. How did I even happen upon on that? Ya know, I don't even remember. Someone has broken my brain.
#4 - Uh oh. I guess that explains why summer freebie Jonathan Spector has not received an extension offer from the Brums. Mystery solved.
#5 - There are plenty of fun facts in the latest great Soccer Over There numbers run... but did anyone realize that only three players in the major European leagues have had more multi-goal games this season than Jozy Altidore. I did not.
#6 - Another thing I've been hearing over here, but haven't confirmed yet? Eintracht Frankfurt's Canada target man Rob Friend is supposedly in talks with Vancouver. Been hearing it for a good while, actually - though I'm not sure that's a good sign.
UPDATE: This is a done transfer deal, but Friend is still negotiating his Eintracht exit. Full MLSS report coming in a bit.
- Greg Seltzer