LA: The Home Depot Center will host the World Series of Football this summer, which should feature David Beckham's LA Galaxy debut in a July 21 match against Chelsea. Suwon Bluewings of South Korea and Tigres of Mexico are the other clubs in the showcase. Chelsea will return to play in the tournament in 2009 and 2011, as part of an agreement with AEG and the Galaxy. They'll also play another game in California while they're here this summer against an unnamed opponent.
It looks like the latest nuevo Galactico could be former Chicago defender Tony Sanneh. The Red Bulls are also in the running, but a lot depends on Sanneh's health.
Chicago: There's more talk around the internet about Señor Blanco coming to join the Fire. I'm almost wondering if Blanco is holed away in a cantina starting all of this himself. If so, he has Luis Arroyave fooled, he's reporting that Fire GM John Guppy spoke with Blanco over the weekend in Mexico.
DC: Steven Goff is reporting on his blog that the Australian/Brazilian Fred deal is done. He'll be bringing his Performance Enhancing Underwear to Estadio RFK once he gets his visa and work permit sorted out. The team is planning to use him on the right side of midfield and push Olsen back to the middle.
Columbus: The Crew's sorry season last year paid off as they acquired the services of US U20 international Robbie Rogers in the MLS lottery yesterday. The Village People will be hurting during the U20 World Cup this summer though, with Rogers, Danny Szetela, and Tim Ward all putting on the red, white, & blue.
Chivas USA: Laurent Merlin is still on trial with the Goats, and doing well. He scored one and assisted on another in a 5-2 win over Cal State-Northridge this week. That would be something for the Sueño Beckham winner and the Sueño MLS winner to be on the same team.
Colorado: The Arsenal (sorry, next year) have signed the first Japanese player in MLS history in Kosuke Kimura. He was drafted in the supplemental draft and he's from Western Illinois University.