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Monday Kickaround

As we await the results of Clint Dempsey's medical tests.....

*Landon Donovan discusses his first few weeks at Everton, the possibility of a long-term stay and the contrast in atmosphere to Bayern Munich.

*Is River Plate chasing New York's Juan Pablo Angel? "My gratefulness and my affection for River will be eternal; it is a very important club for me. But I do not know anything on the matter, I only listened to rumors and it does not seem correct to speak to me if there is nothing in particular," he told Argentina's Ole.

*Purely rumor: The Red Bulls and their European braintrust have taken interest in Eintracht Frankfurt starting goalkeeper Oka Nikolov, though it's unclear how serious they are or whether he is even available after the Bundesliga season. Nikolov, 35, has been with Eintracht for 19 years and started all but one match this season.

*Crystal Palace Baltimore has signed midfielder-defender Korey Veeder, who will train with the parent club in London with sights on being loaned to a Portuguese second division side. Veeder, 18, was in the Bradenton residency program and played for the U.S. under-18 squad.

*Ronaldinho's hat trick, including a dreamy final goal:

By Steve Goff  |  January 18, 2010; 10:48 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Argentina , Brazil , Germany , Italy , MLS , USA 2nd division  
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68 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 18, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: goonerunited | January 18, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

well the last guy we picked up with a lot of A-League experience worked out well...

Posted by: VTUnited | January 18, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Lots of goals, but the defending was really, really poor on many of them. I guess we'll see whether success in Australia and Qatar translates into success in MLS.

Posted by: Senor_Funk | January 18, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

A little wiki help brings up this little gem:

Why sign someone labeled as "hopeless"?

Posted by: timspears | January 18, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Allsopp sounds yet unremarkable but we do need depth up top.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | January 18, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Allsopp sounds solid yet unremarkable but we do need depth up top.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | January 18, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Landon possibly staying beyond 10 weeks has even made espn's bottom line.

Posted by: sitruc | January 18, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

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