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Kenny Cooper’s days at FC Dallas may be done. Again.

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FC Dallas had a busy day, one that included the cutting of ties with a popular man around Toyota Stadium, Kenny Cooper.

The team announced that it was unable to come to contract terms with Kenny Cooper, a man whose career has bounced up and down like a high punt off hard turf.

Cooper was The Man around FCD, but wanted big money. So he went to Europe, where things went anything but as planned during stops in Germany and England. Back he came to MLS, where he did OK at Portland but went to New York and hit for 18 goals, which would win you a scoring title in a lot of years.

He bounced back to Dallas, with whispers that Cooper’s goal scoring success was largely about Thierry Henry’s nearby presence.

This year in Texas? Just six goals, which is why the club wanted to sharply reduce his number on the books. Cooper is now eligible for Major League Soccer’s re-entry draft; he can still sign with Dallas, but it usually doesn’t work that way once players are exposed.

Also on Monday, the club traded talented, versatile (but occasionally volatile) Brazilian midfielder Jackson.

And, in a move to earmark and watch closely, the team came to contract terms with Ryan Hollingshead, a 22-year-old midfielder and potentially a good prospect. He was a second round pick in last year’s draft, but probably would have gone higher. The UCLA man had made it known that he would probably pursue church activities rather than a pro career; Dallas took a chance, which may now pay off.

What makes all this rather odd is the club continuing to build a team with no knowledge of who its head coach will be.  Which, of course, makes no sense. Technical director Fernando Clavijo is making the personnel calls, and fair enough.

But a coach without players to fit a certain style risks losing an entire year while he re-shapes the roster more to his liking. Think back to what happened in Colorado, where Oscar Pareja was brought in late. He needed a year to get a roster more fitting of the style he wanted, and it showed in the improvement his team made from 2012 to 2013.

Dallas dismissed coach Schellas Hyndman on Oct. 18, with two games remaining in the regular season, about six weeks ago.

Agent: “There’s no hatred” between Bale, Ronaldo

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid CF
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Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.

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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.

Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:

“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”

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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?

Olivier Giroud: “I must harden myself” to unseat Walcott

Olivier Giroud, France
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Is it just me, or does the press really only ever get noteworthy quotes from players during international breaks?

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I suppose it’s not surprising, given Premier League players get away from the mean ole British press, go back to their respective homelands and speak with journalists they’ve likely known since their early playing days, thus feel more comfortable opening up about key issues.

Anyway, today we have Olivier Giroud essentially calling himself out for having lost the starting striker’s job at Arsenal because he’s been outplayed of late by Theo Walcott. As discussed before, this is bad news for Giroud because he’s now falling down the depth chart for France with next summer’s European Championship on the horizon.

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Giroud, on losing his place at Arsenal — quotes from the Guardian:

“At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change.

“Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start. I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally. It is something new for me.

“I was in [Walcott’s] place in previous seasons at Arsenal. I imagine what he must have been thinking. But I feel that the coach believes in me.”

Giroud goes on to cast into doubt his own confidence, stating in very certain terms he needs “to believe more in [his] abilities.” Giroud’s always come across as a bit of an existentialist, but it’s always strange to hear players publicly call themselves out — particularly their confidence — as if that’s not going to increase the pressure currently weighing down on them.

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The next eight months are going to be monumentally important in Giroud’s career, as the 29-year-old attempts to prove he’s worth keeping around at Arsenal and deserving of a place in the national team squad for next summer’s EUROs, which are to be played in France.