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Tuesday kickaround: Marquez to Red Bulls, World Cup fines, USA-Brazil updates, Champions Leagues, Uruguayan to MLS?

*As expected, Mexican defender Rafael Marquez has signed with the New York Red Bulls and will be formally introduced this afternoon at Red Bull Arena. With Marquez anchoring the defensive effort and fellow DPers Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel partnering up front, is New York the team to beat in the Eastern Conference? The Red Bulls trail the front-running Columbus Crew by seven points and have a game in hand with 13 remaining.

*For its dastardly actions in the World Cup final, the Netherlands has been fined $14,500 by FIFA. Boy, that'll teach 'em, Sepp! Spain was slapped with a $9,650 fine. (Why bother?)

*We're hoping to learn today the U.S. roster for the friendly against Brazil next Tuesday at the new Meadowlands stadium. Expect a veteran crew of between 18 and 20 players for a squad that, because of FIFA's international fixture guidelines for friendlies, will practice together just once before the match. Ticket sales have surpassed 52,000.

*Before the USA-Brazil game, the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame inductees will be honored: Bruce Arena, Preki, Thomas Dooley, Kyle Rote Jr., as well as the Colin Jose Media Award and Medal of Honor recipients, who have yet to be identified.

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*Midfielder Alvaro Fernandez signed with the Seattle Sounders; might another Uruguayan be on the way to MLS? Defender Agustin Viana, who was born in Illinois, is out of contract with Italian Serie B side Gallipoli and looking for a club. The 26-year-old plays on the left side but can also serve in the middle.

*Two MLS clubs take 1-0 advantages into the Central American road legs of the CONCACAF Champions League preliminary stage: Toronto FC is in Tegucigalpa to face Motagua (8 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel) and Seattle visits Metapan in San Salvador (10 p.m., FSC). In case the sides are even on aggregate scoring, away goals become the next tiebreaker to determine who advances to group play.

*American midfielder Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht host The New Saints of Wales in the second leg of UEFA Champions League qualifying today in Brussels.

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2010; 9:08 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , Brazil , CONCACAF Champions League , Euro Champions League , FIFA , MLS , Uruguay  | Tags: Champions League, MLS, World Cup  
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Comments

How is it the Cows can sign three DP's? I thought they were limited to two.

Plus, the salary of those three likely is over $15 million-20 million . . . enough for 7-10 MLS squads . .

Posted by: delantero | August 3, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Viana must be tired of the Gallipoli playing style: brave but ultimately futile attacks against massed armies in defense. Maybe Mel Gibson will invest in the team.

The New Saints of Wales sounds like an indie rock band playing at the Black Cat.

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | August 3, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Teams are allowed 3 DPs now. I think they do not require trades of DP slots to get to 3.

Red Bull has deep pockets, obviously. How many red cards will Marquez end up with?

Posted by: fedssocr | August 3, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

@delantero: the DP rules changed in the off-season. Teams are allowed 3 DPs, each of whom counts no more than about $400K against the salary cap. How much extra the team wishes to pay them is entirely up to them. IOW, it's possible that NYRB could have acquired Messi and paid him $30M/year. Only $400K of it would have counted against their cap.

Posted by: mmathai | August 3, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Good for the red bulls... sell that cancer causing fizzy water! ALL HAIL TO THE NEW COSMOS.

This season just keeps getting better, doesn't it?

Posted by: me_ahogo | August 3, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Teams pay a "Luxury Tax" or a one time fee in order to utilize the 3rd DP slot. That fee should be divided up amongst the other teams for some purpose (I imagine it doesn't go to bump up their cap number for the year).

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | August 3, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The New Saints provide kind of an interesting back story...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Saints_F.C.

Guess naming your club after a sponsor isn't putting it on the most solid footing - are you listening, Red Bulls?

Posted by: Kev29 | August 3, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Oh and I did love this Jeff Stelling joke...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Saints_F.C.#.22Dancing_in_the_Streets.22

"They'll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions tonight!"

Posted by: Kev29 | August 3, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Wait a second--we had a 26-year-old left back born in Illinois playing in Serie B that never got called in?

I don't see any cap-tie to Uruguay on his wiki, either.

Posted by: StanShmenge | August 3, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"Plus, the salary of those three likely is over $15 million-20 million"

It's more like $7 million.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 3, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

What was wrong with the Old Saints of Wales? My favorite? Gwynllyw. The Patron Saint of Pirates and Wheel of Fortune contestants who won't buy a vowel.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 3, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Goff for the Colin Jose Media Award. That's my vote.

Posted by: seahawkdad | August 3, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"Plus, the salary of those three likely is over $15 million-20 million"

It's more like $7 million.
Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals

Henry, Marquez and Angel for a TOTAL of $7 million? Doubtful, but if so, good for the league.

Posted by: delantero | August 3, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Is there any reason to suppose that Viana is coming to the MLS other than that he's looking for a club and wouldn't need a work permit, or is this just idle speculation?

Posted by: BooThisMan | August 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Im getting so excited for the U.S.A roster being released. I think this game will be a good measure to see young talent. I have a feeling though that Bradley might trot out the World Cup lineup with maybe the inclusion of Alejandro Bedoya.

Posted by: Dash10 | August 3, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Remind me again, where is this US Soccer Hall of Fame?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 3, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

It would appear to some that MLS is embracing the Spanish model of "Let two teams sign all the big-name players and the rest can battle it out amongst themselves."
Obviously given who they have now, NYRB is Barcelona and LA is Real Madrid in this scenario. The more troubling thing is it appears DC United gets to play the part of a club along the lines of Levante.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | August 3, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

The FIFA fines may be a modest sum, but they help pay for Sepp's hookers and blow :-)

Posted by: jofij | August 3, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I second the Goff nomination! :-)

Posted by: Juan-John1 | August 3, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Goff for President (of Fifa) !

Posted by: rightback | August 3, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The best thing for MLS would be dominant teams in NY and LA. More $$ yields better players, yields more $$, even better players -- it's a nice feedback loop.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Soccer HOF is in Oneonta, NY of all places...

Posted by: paj18 | August 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@mjhoya12,

NYRB is not Barcelona - their pursuit of Fabregas aside - that's offensive to Barca. NYRB is Man City. $$$$$$$

LA is more AC Milan - aging, but young in certain spots, built from the back forward.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | August 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Goff's not eligible for anything until he passes his Haynesworth test.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Soccer HOF is in Oneonta, NY of all places...

Posted by: paj18 | August 3, 2010 11:50 AM
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Lyle Lanley: I have sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook...

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | August 3, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I am preparing for a NY LA mls cup final with Becks grabbing the game winner off a stunning free kick. ESPN goes wild, changes the name of the trophy to "the beckham.". I, the viewer, am totally pumped..

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 3, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The physical Soccer Hall of Fame is no more. I seem to remember reading that recently. But it lives on, on the WWW.

Posted by: fedssocr | August 3, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

@paj18: I was being cryptically sarcastic or sarcastically cryptic. The HoF is closed. Welcome to the virtual HoF. Maybe EA sports can come up with an HoF video game program like they did for Lalas' WC analyses which, by the were, could have been done with replays.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 3, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

LA vs RBNY? I'm hoping MLS will get Columbus vs RSL out of spite for the overpriced talent, overhyped DP's.

Posted by: delantero | August 3, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why, if we have MLS players who can't get a guaranteed contract, that the DPs keep rolling in. What exactly is the salary cap that this can be afforded for each team? If it high, what is our coaching staff doing with ours? They could use a goalie for sure.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | August 3, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

@mjhoya12,

NYRB is not Barcelona - their pursuit of Fabregas aside - that's offensive to Barca. NYRB is Man City. $$$$$$$

LA is more AC Milan - aging, but young in certain spots, built from the back forward.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | August 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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DC United due to the stadium situation is more like Portsmouth. Last place and a financial clusterf**k.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | August 3, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I am happy to see some international stars signing up for MLS, and I hope they succeed big-time. A NYRB vs Galaxy final would be perfect, however unlikely that may be. I am a DCU fan, but I want the league to have successful teams in NY and LA. That is what will work in the long run on so many levels (TV contracts, ESPN, international appeal, etc.). I like the current DP approach that rewards owners for stepping up and getting talent without blowing things out of proportion. It favors big markets without creating too much imbalance.

The league sure has come a long way since the days of shutting down Miami and Tampa Bay!!!

Posted by: adamsmorgan | August 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of left backs, YA is reporting that Freiburg is switching Daniel Williams over to left back. He still doesn't have his US passport, but expects to get it this winter, and says he is hoping for a call-up.

Posted by: BooThisMan | August 3, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

No offense to Goff, but I think this year's nominations for the Colin Jose award are: Collins John, John Collins, and Jason Culina

Posted by: IamAM | August 3, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Excellent, that means United can build a new bricks-and-mortar Hall of Fame into their new stadium.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | August 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I still don't get Thomas Dooley in the US HOF.

Posted by: GeneWells | August 3, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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