Major League Soccer's All-Star game week began today and there is excitement in the air. A team "built to compete" with English Premiership side Chelsea is gearing up for a massive challenge. DC United coach Ben Olsen has assembled a team that he hopes can be victorious over one of the world's best squads. During Monday morning's training session, Olsen named veteran Dwayne De Rosario as team captain. "De Ro" scored the winning goal against Chelsea in the 2005 All-Star game, but Olsen said that was not a factor in his decision. "He's one of the guys in the league that’s very special and fun to watch,” Olsen said. “I’m going to sit back and enjoy the show.”
MLS Player of the Week
On Monday, MLS announced Houston Dynamo Midfielder Calen Carr as its player of the week. Carr edged out LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan by helping the Dynamo earn three wins last week. The vote was completed by the North American Soccer Writers. Carr scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Sporting KC and scored again in what turned out to be the eventual game winner over the Montreal Impact. Several other players received first-place votes including Vancouver's Barry Robson and Young-Pyo Lee, LA's David Beckham, FC Dallas' Jackson, Columbus' Jairo Arrieta, New York's Kenny Cooper, and fellow Houston teammate Macoumba Kandji.
That's what is being said by his Premiership team Everton. The 32-year-old Australian international may soon arrive stateside to help the New York Red Bulls permanently seize control of the Eastern Conference. For Everton, Cahill has scored 68 career goals in 278 appearances. The Red Bulls brass have no comment at the current time, although Everton has confirmed the move on their official website.
Rounding out the rumor mill with Frank
Last week, Chelsea's Frank Lampard was seen with David Beckham at a Los Angeles Galaxy match, adding to the rumors that he may be headed to MLS. "I'm not sure," Lampard told media after the 1-1 draw vs. Paris Saint-Germain in New York. "I have another year on my contract at Chelsea. We have a big season. We play in the Super Cup and the World Club Championship in December. Then it's up to Chelsea. If they want to speak with me about my future, then I'll speak with them. I wouldn't rule anything out at the moment." Could the Blues star be donning another color soon?
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