Each Monday we'll give you links to RSL, MLS and other Soccer news from the past week that you may have missed. We'll start with Real's news.
- Former RSL player Will Johnson may be a free agent after this season. The Soapbox wants to know, should RSL bring him back?
- Klinsman is "1000% certain" US will qualify for World Cup, but it turns out he won't be the one to take them there. Klinsman blames fans and media who "don't understand Soccer", but was gracious enough to give a final farewell. Here's a look at his milestones as USMNT coach, and some reactions from current / past USMNT players. Goal.com believes that under Klinsman, the USMNT was left weaker, MLS looked at the top 10 controversies of Klinsman's term, FourFourTwo analyzes the lessons learned,
- Bruce Arena returns as coach for the rest of the Hex, and (hopefully) the World Cup; here are some notable quotes from the press conference. Which players stand to gain / lose with a new coach? Arena got off to a good start by saying all eligible players can be considered - including Landon Donovan; and is confident he's a better coach than his last term.
- With LA needing a new coach, the rumor mills are already churning out plenty of fodder, and Arena is confident that LA will still succeed without him.
- Big surprise! A study (backed mainly by NASL) says US would benefit from Promotion/Relegation, however it also concedes that the US is far from ready for it.
- Atlanta makes offer to Robbie Keane, another rumor has him going to Australia.
- Steven Gerrard officially retires, and admits he had been in talks with a third tier League One team for coaching role.
- If you missed the Eastern Conference Final first leg, you also missed one of the most fantastic pre-game foul-ups. Here's four other MLS games that had mishaps.
- Didier Drogba announces that he will be leaving Montreal after this season.
- Kaká will apparently also be moving on after next season (when his contract ends).
- Non-Playoff teams start to make roster moves. Chicago make offer on a German star.
- And if you were still hungover from Thanksgiving feasting, the Sounders finally made it to the MLS Cup.
- MLS vs the World - The Economist took a close look at US Sports and why Promotion/Relegation hasn't been able to develop.
- FIFA pres. Infantino goes one bigger by suggesting a 48-team World Cup, and also open to Video Replay.
- USA drops 4 places in FIFA rankings, down to 28th.