Morning Ticker: Chicago buries Galaxy, Kinnear named Newcastle manager and Keane to let Yorke join T&T

Morning Ticker: Chicago buries Galaxy, Kinnear named Newcastle manager and Keane to let Yorke join T&T

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Morning Ticker: Chicago buries Galaxy, Kinnear named Newcastle manager and Keane to let Yorke join T&T

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The Los Angeles Galaxy just flat-lined. Coded. Went into cardiac arrest.

You don’t need to watch Grey’s Anatomy or ER, or be a doctor, to know the medical terms for what happened to the Galaxy’s playoff hopes last night. An embarrassing 3-1 loss to Chicago all but squashed LA’s faint playoff hopes less than a week after a promising win against D.C. gave the Galaxy life again.

While the result crippled Los Angeles, Thursday night’s performance breathed some life into a Fire team that desperately needed a good result after suffering two straight ugly defeats. With Cuauhtemoc Blanco showing signs of breaking out of his recent slump, and Chris Rolfe proving that he still has a sniper’s focus in the penalty area, the Fire just might regain that early-season form that had them looking like title contenders.

Here are some other stories from this morning and last night to get your day going:

Newcastle makes surprising managerial hire

Admit it, when you read the headline at the very top, you thought for a second that Houston Dynamo head coach Dom Kinnear had by Newcastle. It’s okay, I thought the same thing when I read Kinnear in a Newcastle headline this morning.

Fortunately for Houston fans, Newcastle hired Joe Kinnear, not Dominic, to be the Magpies’ caretaker manager through October, which should give Newcastle owner Mike Ashley enough time to sell the team. Reports are suggesting that Kevin Keegan will return as manager once the team is sold, with Alan Shearer taking on a role with the club.

A bit disappointed that there’s no MLS angle to this story? Don’t be. I’ll add an MLS twist to the story by setting a 7-1 line on the chances of current Toronto FC head coach John Carver leaving TFC this winter to join Keegan and Shearer’s staff at Newcastle.

Keane backs Yorke’s on T&T call-up

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has given begrudgingly given his blessing to the international call-up of Trinidad & Tobago legend Dwight Yorke, who will play for the ‘Soca Warriors’ in two crucial qualifiers against Guatemala and the United States.

You may recall Keane’s public (and hilarious) war of words with FIFA vice-president and T&T overlord Jack Warner over Yorke’s absence from Trinidad & Tobago’s 3-0 loss to the United States in qualifying. Keane avoided any shots at Warner this time around (unfortunately).

What do you think of these stories? Are you ready to call the Galaxy’s playoff dreams dead? Think Chicago can make a run to an MLS Cup final? Surprised to see Keane back off of the Dwight York-Trinidad & Tobago situation?

Share your thoughts on these stories, and any other stories from this morning or last night, in the comments section below.

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