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The Morning Kickoff: Thunder Sleet? Thunder Sleet

Not sure about the rest of you, but up at The Full 90 HQ in the KC Northland we had some Thunder Sleet this morning. Which, given the crazy weather we've had in KC this year, seemed mildly appropriate.

Enough about the weather, here are some links to get you through this holiday morning.

• Colorado's Omar Cummings given a trial at Aston Villa. [Source:

USA Today

]

• In other Aston Villa news, backup Villa/U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan is headed to Hull City on trial. He is former USMNT 'keeper Brad Friedel's backup. [Source:

Sky Sports

]

• Goal.com's excellent Kyle McCarthy has a list of five under-appreciated MLS players. Sporting Kansas City's Kei Kamara makes his list. [Source:

Goal.com

]

3. Kei Kamara, Sporting Kansas City forward: In a league somewhat lacking in colorful characters, Kamara offers a refreshing distraction from the ordinary. The Sierra Leone international offered up more than his fair share of notable moments in 2010 with a divergence of opinion with his national federation, a ghastly miss and an ongoing feud with Nick Garcia among the highlights. The attention – plus a rather suitable role in Peter Vermes' attack-minded 4-3-3 formation – seemed to urge Kamara to greater heights on the field as he finally settled at his fourth MLS club. After scoring a career-high ten goals this season, Kamara will hope the scrutiny continues to follow him for all of the right reasons next year.

• Former New England assistant Paul Mariner has left his job coaching Plymouth Argyle in England. Is his next step head coach of Toronto FC? [

The Star

]

• Speaking of Toronto, buried in this story about Freddie Ljungberg signing with Celtic, is the news that TFC's key player Dwayne De Rosario has been given permission to trial with the Scottish giant. [Source:

Evening Times

]

• Speaking of good ol' Freddie, he took a jab at American soccer fans.

"In America the league is much better than it gets credit for but Celtic are a massive club and what I missed was the passion for the sport," he said.

"If you're looking for passion then it's here. There is great support. The fans and the passion are very good."

Might be a good time to remind everyone, Ljungberg played in Seattle, the city that invented "American soccer passion." [Source:

BBC

]

• The Los Angeles Galaxy have officially signed former temporary Sporting Kansas City defender Frankie Hejduk. [Source:

LA Galaxy

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• Sporting KC has been linked to a few French centerbacks this offseason, might out-of-contract Ousmane Dabo be one too? Probably not. But Dabo says he will end his career in MLS. [Source:

Ouest France

]

• Since it's the end of the year, why not go out with a little Top 10 Goals of the Year list. [Source:

101 Great Goals

]

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