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After the shine of the first weekend has worn off, MLS gets into the grind with some of its biggest names missing for international duty.  Some teams have a second chance to show they’ve improved, while some have another chance to prove they aren’t bottom feeders.  Make sure you vote in our poll below for your most interesting match of the week:

  • Congrats to RSL coach Jason Kreis.  The team announced that in addition to retiring his number 9 this summer it has extended his contract through the 2013 season.  Kreis is the youngest MLS head coach to win an MLS Cup and has an overall coaching record of 51-42-34.
  • With Landon Donovan playing for the USMNT this weekend, Bruce Arena will give the captain’s armband to Mr. David Beckham in their match this Saturday versus RSL.  This is the first time in three years that Beckham will serve as captain.
  • Speaking of the national team, they will wear their new red kit this weekend against Argentina.  Take a look and learn to love it, because they will wear this one in the 2011 Gold Cup.  I am a bigger fan of the blue myself, but it’s still a good look for the team.
  • The New York Red Bulls released forward Salou Ibrahim this week.  The well-traveled Ghanan scored three goals in 19 games last season.  In addition, the Red Bulls are facing some injury and depth issues, so their match this weekend against Columbus could be quite interesting.
  • New England’s search for an international striker may be coming to an end.  The club brought in Danish striker Rajko Lekic on trial and may make a move to sign him from his current club Silkeborg.
  • And finally, the Ochocinco experiment seems to be going well.  Get the latest from the MLS site.

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