Monday Kickoff: Wynalda lands coaching gig, report links Nesta to Montreal, & more

Monday Kickoff: Wynalda lands coaching gig, report links Nesta to Montreal, & more

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Monday Kickoff: Wynalda lands coaching gig, report links Nesta to Montreal, & more

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Eric Wynalda's quest to break into the professional American soccer coaching ranks has led him to Atlanta, where he has been hired to be the new interim head coach of the NASL's Silverbacks.

Atlanta announced the hiring on Monday morning, with Wynalda taking over for fired head coach Alex Pineda-Chacon. Wynalda joins the Silverback just a month after guiding amateur side Cal FC to an improbable run to the U.S. Open Cup round of 16.

The Silverbacks are currently in last place in the NASL, with a 1-8-5 record. That led to the dismissal of Pineda-Chacon as well as the team's director of soccer, Rodrigo Rios.

Here are some other stories to get your Monday going:

NESTA REPORTEDLY HEADING TO MONTREAL

Veteran Italian centerback Alessandro Nesta has been trying to latch on with an MLS team for some time now, and it appears he has finally found a taker in the Montreal Impact.

Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport reported on Monday morning that Nesta has agreed to a deal with the Impact, where he will join up with newly-acquired Italian forward Marco DiVaio.

The Impact have been struggling in recent weeks, and could use Nesta's presence at the heart of an inconsistent defense.

ZOLA TO COACH WATFORD

Watford are set to name Gianfranco Zola as the team's new head coach, according to new club owner Giampaolo Pozzo.

Zola has been out of the coaching ranks for two years, having last served as manager of West Ham.

QUICK KICKS

Manchester United have signed fullback Rafael to a new contract

Russian midfielder and Euro 2012 star Alan Dzagoev is being courted by Tottenham.

Sampdoria is closing in on the appointment of former Juventus boss Ciro Ferrara as their new manager.

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