Daily Kick Around: Saturday Edition

Hello soccer fans! There’s a lot of EPL action going on today! But whether you’re waiting between games, during half time or you’re waking up a little late, you can check out today’s footy headlines in the Daily Kick Around!

Major League Soccer

LA Galaxy fans are breathing a little easier this morning as the club has announced defender Omar Gonzalez has under gone successful surgery to repair his torn ACL. He’ll be out seven to nine months – nearly all of the 2012 MLS season – but doctors expect him to begin rehab later this month. Get well, Omar!

Former Houston Dynamo golden boy Brian Ching has finally broken his silence on his move to new expansion team, the Montreal Impact. The Dynamo did not place Ching on their protected player list for the expansion draft, and Ching had stated that if he was picked up, he would retire early. The Impact picked him up anyway, however. In a press conference Friday, Ching said,

“I decided that I want to retire on my own terms,” Ching said at a press conference on Friday. “I don’t want to be dictated into retirement and, honestly, I feel like I have another year of good soccer left in me.”

Good luck, Brian! I think you’re making a good move. And before any fans get mad at the Impact for picking him up, just remember, Houston left him unprotected, most likely because his salary would have dipped heavily into their salary cap.

Serie A

 Wesley Sneijder, who has been out of the line up for Inter Milan since Nov. 2, is picking one of the most perfect times to come back to the field. Reports are coming that Sneijder’s name is listed in Inter’s line up for the big Milan derby clash Sunday against AC. Definitely good news for Inter fans!

Speaking of come backs, AC Milan had good news for their fans as well. Antonio Cassano is expected to return to training Saturday after being sidelined for two months to recover from brain surgery. Cassano underwent the surgery after suffering cerebral trauma.

English Premier League

EPL has wrapped up the games for the day, and man was it a morning. Check out my recap of the Man United and Bolton game here. Scores from around the league can be found in the post too!

Every soccer league in the world strives to keep match fixers from their games. But unfortunately, there is match fixing in the world’s favorite sport; head of FIFA security Chris Eaton states even the EPL is victim. That didn’t sit well with Premier League boss Richard Scudamore, who said there is no match fixing in EPL and FIFA need to step up their efforts to battle the corruption.

Brazilian defender Alex, who hasn’t been in good graces at Chelsea for a while now, will be finding a new home with Queens Park Rangers. This comes on the heels of the fact that Chelsea will announce their gain of Gary Cahill from Bolton.

World Soccer

Tragic news out of LA as a high-school soccer player was gunned down on his front lawn this week after playing a game with his school. Francisco Rodriguez Jr. had just finished a game with his El Camino high school team, where he was a goalkeeper. Thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.

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