GALAXY: McLeish admits Keane push
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish on Thursday finally confirmed what everybody already knew, that he's trying to sign Galaxy forward Robbie Keane on a two-month loan deal.
McLeish is looking to bolster a Villa attack that has scored just 22 goals in 20 games, the sixth-worst total in the 20-team English Premier League.
“We're having a look at it and trying to pursue it, so that's the latest, although nothing is actually done and dusted as yet,” McLeish told reporters. “If we don't know by Monday, then it'll probably be not done. That's why I don't want to say too much, in case it doesn't happen, but we're certainly pursuing it, and at the moment both parties are keen.”
Keane, an Irish striker who signed with the Galaxy in August, is training with his former club Tottenham through Jan. 20. British wire service The Press Association reported that Villa would pay nearly $775,000 to the Galaxy.
WORTH NOTING: Nothing official on David Beckham's new contract with the Galaxy is expected for another week or so, but new Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti -- who was in charge at AC Milan during the English star's first Serie A loan stint -- says he's staying with L.A. “We had the possibility to have Beckham,” Ancelotti told reporters after PSG returned to Paris following a winter break in the Middle East. “But Beckham decided to stay in Los Angeles because his family requested him.” Reports have Ancelotti now looking to bring in forward Ivorian forward Didier Drogba. ... Reports in Sweden claim former Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter's next signing as Hammarby's head coach likely will be forward Billy Schuler, who turned down a Generation adidas contract from Major League Soccer after helping North Carolina to the NCAA title.
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Colorado's has hired FC Dallas assistant coach Oscar Pareja, 43, to be its new head coach. The Colombian former midfielder played eight seasons in MLS, all but a short sliver for Dallas.
Former U.S. national-teamer Brian Ching told the Houston Chronicle that he won't retire and plans to report when the Montreal Impact opens camp earlier this month. The 33-year-old forward had threatened to quit and join the Houston Dynamo's front office if taken in November's expansion draft, but the Impact selected him.
Columbus signed attacking midfielder Milovan Mirosevic, a Chilean national-teamer, from Universidad Catolica.
Portland signed 21-year-old forward Brent Richards, a Timbers U-23 product who just wrapped his college career at Washington, as its first Home Grown Player.
Former Red Bulls Academy defender Jonathan Borrajo signed with New York after two years with Norwegian second-division club Hamarkameratene (known as HamKam).
University of North Carolina midfielder Enzo Martinez, Creighton left back Tyler Polak and South Florida forward Dom Dwyer have signed a Generation adidas contract and will participate in the MLS Player Combine, which begins Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.