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Weekend Updates: February 4-6, 2011

It was an admittedly slow week in American soccer as the American sports scene shifted to Dallas and the American football Super Bowl.  Within the soccer world some amazing results and goals from the English Premier League overshadowed almost all the other soccer news.  But nevertheless there were some noteworthy happenings in MLS this past weekend; as usual, share your thoughts and anything I missed in the comments section.

  • The Chicago Fire are adding more fire-power (sorry, couldn’t resist) by signing Uruguayan forward Gaston Puerari.  The 25 year-old South American has scored eight goals the past two years with the Montevideo Wanderers.  I do not know much about the Uruguayan professional leagues, but I do know the signing helps Chicago in an area of need.
  • In other signing news, New York inked Brazilian Marcos Paullo to a contract following a trial with the club last season.
  • New Eastern Conference club Houston has announced the groundbreaking for a new stadium.  Expect an MLS Talk post on this subject soon.
  • For those curious about Charlie Davies recovery and trial with D.C. United, I have included a released video above this post so you can take a look at his progress.  I don’t know about you, but seeing an MLS club in action put a smile on my face.
  • Speaking of Davies, MLS has updated the allocation list for its teams and explains why DCU gets first crack at signing Davies.
  • And finally, I had initially missed this part of the MLS call last week but the Wall Street Journal shares Don Garber’s comments on the 20th club.  He acknowledges the Cosmos are an option but says MLS is speaking to other ownership groups as well.  No surprises here.