Well, it is that time of year:
*Steven Goff of the Washington Post’s Soccer Insider blog has put a price tag on the contract the Galaxy are supposedly dangling in front of Brazilian star Ronaldinho: $24 million for four seasons. Of course, he’s still under contract for now at AC Milan. Maybe the Galaxy could swap him for – Landon Donovan. I’m sure Mr. Beckham would put in a good word for him there.
*Also, Goff tells us Galaxy veteran Clint Mathis could retire soon because of his bum knees.
*Chivas USA confirmed today what everyone knew anyway: veteran forward Eduardo Lillingston, 32, will not be returning to the club after his Mexican loan spell. He’s joined recently-relegated Indios on loan, played most recently for Tijuana and contributed eight goals for Chivas USA in 25 games last year.
*Former UCLA standout Sal Zizzo has signed with MLS and will be assigned a club after a weighted lottery is conducted Wednesday afternoon. Zizzo, 23, played for Hannover 96 in Germany’s Bundesliga before being loaned to Fortuna Dusseldorf last year. He suffered a knee injury and underwent surgery seven months ago. Chivas USA is reportedly weighted third highest in the draw.
*The U.S. Under-20 Women’s Team plays its final World Cup group game at 9 a.m. Wednesday against Korea on ESPN2. The U.S. advances with a win or tie and could even lose and go through depending on goal difference. After scoring six and conceding just one goal in its first two games, it’s hard to imagine the team won’t play in the quarterfinals.