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08:18 AM ET 11.23 | Brazil midfielder Anderson has been tipped to complete a January move from Manchester United to Panathinaikos. The Greek champions, last week appointed Jesualdo Ferreira as head coach, have shown interest in the 22-year-old since the summer. Ferreira was Anderson's boss at Porto before the box-to-box midfielder left for Old Trafford three years and is keen to be reuninted with him. Reports in Greece say Portguese super agent Jorge Mendes met Panathinaikos sporting director Carlos Freitas in Athens last week to discuss a deal that would see the player join on loan till the end of the season, with an option to make the move permanent in the summer.

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Anderson, Getty Images Anderson, Getty Images
November 23, 2010  08:32 AM ET

Here's the list of players made available in the MLS Expansion Draft:

http://tinyurl.com/2bz42r3

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November 23, 2010  08:45 AM ET

Champions League today!

Matches:
Spartak Moskva v. Marseille
Chelsea v. Zilina
Ajax v. Real Madrid
Auxerre v. AC Milan
Braga v. Arsenal
Partizan v. Shakhtar Donetsk
Roma v. Bayern
Basel v. CFR Cluj

November 23, 2010  09:07 AM ET
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Extreme customer service

Why are bikinis such a hot product in November?

November 23, 2010  09:15 AM ET
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Does anybody care? First.

Agree- this is a non-story

November 23, 2010  09:29 AM ET

Photo Caption: Manchester United's Anderson looking down to see Susan Boyle is waiting to bed him.

November 23, 2010  09:30 AM ET
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Other the Arsenal, I think I would watch Roma v Bayern over the others. Maybe Ajax v RM, but Ajax is a shell of their former self.

Almost all of them start at 3:45 pm EST, so I hope to catch some second half action.

November 23, 2010  09:30 AM ET

Fire's unprotected players:

Nery is absolutely gone- and most likely out of MLS completely. Me thinks that neither the Whitecaps nor the Timbers are going to concern themselves with a guy who hasn't produced in years all to try to attract Mexican-Americans ([sarcasm]or the millions of Mexican-Canadians in British Colombia[/sarcasm]) to the game and sell some tickets (which shouldn't be a problem at all for either city). Considering this loan deal was only guaranteed through this year- Chicago and most likely no one will be willing to sign the option for the rights to his contract. The ONLY team I could see that might want to give him a shot would be Chivas Lou Diamond Phillips.

As for Ljungberg, I'm a bit surprised. It isn't that I would be completely pissed if either Portland or Vancouver picked him up, but I think it is a matter of Chicago cutting the loss of Freddie knowing his age and what kind of money they'd have to pay him. Plus, I think he is going to be out of a contract as of Jan. 1 so they may already know of some plans for him and what he wants to do going into next year.

November 23, 2010  09:30 AM ET

Here's the rest of the Fire's list of unprotecteds and what I think of them:
Andrew Dykstra GK (bad rap for a guy who could be a decent MLS goalie; took the brunt of supporters frustration when Klopas cut fan favorite Jon Busch five days before the first match; very low salary and would be a good pick up for most likely a back up goalie roll)
Collins John - FWD (the only true forward the Fire really had all year; even McBride pushed so far up into the midfield that at times it looked like we were playing a 4-6-0; missed a few opportunities to score closer to double-digits; $200K salary next year might be a deal breaker- but I could see a team picking him up; could be a solid target striker/pivot guy)
Krzysztof Krol - DEF (after impressing in his first couple of matches, he has been TERRIBLE; almost always caught out of position and allows opposing offenses to always be onside; fell out of favor big time as one of four potential left backs on the team in 2010; most likely heading out of MLS altogether)
Peter Lowry MID (solid holding-type midfielder on a team that already had a couple of those- Husidic and Pause; would be a very good pickup for a low salary)
Dasan Robinson DEF (for a guy who relied so much on great athletic ability, DR has had a hard time coming back 100% from a nagging leg injury; can play all over the field, but is most comfortable on the right side- usually as a right back, but can push forward in the attack; good all-around player; could be a solid pick for a team in need of a utility guy)
John Thorrington - MID (to me, the only other surprise from Ljungberg; this guy can play all over the place, has very good control on the ball and is one of the few players on the team who isn't afraid to take on guys- especially down the middle of the field; most likely the good play and development of Husidic coupled with the fact that Thor always seems to be hurt AND a pretty high salary means Chicago are willing to cut their losses with the USA international)
Deris Umanzor DEF (probably the most disappointing and over-paid player on Chicago not named Nery Castillo; as a left back didn't do anything good and could be reason alone for Carlos De Los Cobos' firing after insisting on signing the 31 year old for a two year deal; with Gonzalo Segares back and Mike Banner available- left back is taken care of so hopefully Vancouver or Portland are dumb enough to pick him up because if not- he needs to be waived immediately)

November 23, 2010  09:31 AM ET

If you offered me one pt and no injuries, I'd take it right now. Pipa, Khedira, Ricki C, and possibly Ozil all resting today, Ajax with everything to play for and us with an eye toward Monday, don't like it at all...

Today's headline that should have been if anyone had any balls:

Sigi Opt to Protect His ****

Newsworthy:

Ade to Juve
Ribery doesn't have much fun under van Toup
Inter going to have to shake their funk w/o Eto'o after he goes Zizou

November 23, 2010  09:33 AM ET

damn it *Opts

November 23, 2010  09:35 AM ET

I'd like to add that Nate Jaqua, aka- The Lumbering Behemoth Vaj was left PROTECTED by the Sounders...

I guess this could be one time where the Sounders felt like his nickname might actually help his home town team if he were to go there.

Timbers => Lumberjacks => Lumbering Vaj

November 23, 2010  09:36 AM ET
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Inter going to have to shake their funk w/o Eto'o after he goes Zizou

They are fugged. They are even worse now than I thought they would be under Rafa.

November 23, 2010  09:39 AM ET
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Our service purpose: "Customer is God "

There can be only one god, and his name is Gareth Bale.

Is it just me, or does Anderson look Fat Ronaldo-like in this picture.

And how much are the greeks going to spend on this guy. He cost Man Utd a pretty penny if I remember correctly, like 30 M Euros.

November 23, 2010  09:41 AM ET

Further proof MLS needs LA or NY participation in the final..... http://bit.ly/e6mWSV

November 23, 2010  09:55 AM ET

MLS's Managing Editor, Jonah Freedman gives his point of view on the whole Toronto fans protesting the MLS Finals and his pick for game and league Rookie of the Year... Some of you will remember Jonah from his days writing for SI.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM8ULiUuRbs

November 23, 2010  10:11 AM ET
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MLS's Managing Editor, Jonah Freedman gives his point of view on the whole Toronto fans protesting the MLS Finals and his pick for game and league Rookie of the Year... Some of you will remember Jonah from his days writing for SI. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM8ULiUuRbs

YouTube is now blocked at work (go figure). Need to search on the iPhone. Keywords?

November 23, 2010  10:22 AM ET
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YouTube is now blocked at work (go figure). Need to search on the iPhone. Keywords?

Nevermind figured it out.

November 23, 2010  10:30 AM ET

More gospel from the Book of Gareth:

http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/85/england/2010/11/23/2227767/brian-flynn-t ottenham-winger-gareth-bale-could-improve-to-be

 
November 23, 2010  10:33 AM ET
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MLS's Managing Editor, Jonah Freedman gives his point of view on the whole Toronto fans protesting the MLS Finals and his pick for game and league Rookie of the Year... Some of you will remember Jonah from his days writing for SI. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM8ULiUuRbs

Really!?! Canadien's got cold? When that actually happens I thought you call them Floridians?

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