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By TRAVIS CLARK
Overshadowing last night's Chicago-Los Angeles game were reports that Bakary Soumare's bust up with coach Dennis Hamlett may signify that the African's tenure in Chicago is over.
The Chicago Tribune's Luis Arroyave unearthed the details of last week's scuffle before Wednesday night's match. It seems that irreparable damage to Hamlett and Soumare's relationship has been done, with sources saying Soumare will likely never play again for the Fire. Soumare was left off the Fire's squad list for Wednesday's loss to the Galaxy due to what Hamlett called a lack of committment to the club.
"(Soumare) isn't committed to the team, his teammates or the organization," Hamlett told the Tribune. "As a coach, I can’t put a player on the field that is not 100 percent committed."
It would be a big blow for Chicago to lose an All-Star defender like Soumare, who has teamed up with Wilman Conde impressively over the past two seasons. The Fire is mulling a transfer offer for Soumare from French club Boulogne. Sources tell SBI that the transfer offer is worth more than $2 million.
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Galaxy rolls 2-0 at Chicago
No Eddie Lewis or David Beckham? No problem. With Landon Donovan (apparently) healthy and playing 90 minutes, the Galaxy looked very strong on the road. Goals from Mike Magee in the 23rd minute and Donovan in the second half were enough to earn the three points for LA away from home.
For those blaming this on the possible distraction of the Soumare-Hamlett fight, perhaps they're looking too much into it. After all, Chicago has struggled at home all season — this is nothing new, as their record at Toyota Park is a disappointing 3-3-4.
The Galaxy continued to play well — if you ignore last Saturday's results — and Donovan's breakaway goal was the highlight of the night. In case you missed it, here it is below:
Dynamo close in on Luis Angel Landin
You've seen his name come up in rumors before, but Bernando Fallas of the Houston Chronicle is once again reporting that Luis Landin could be signed by the Dynamo. The possible deal would be a loan through the 2010 season for the striker who has found himself out of favor with his coach at Cruz Azul.
Because of his salary, Landin would become Houston's first-ever designated player. His presence next to Brian Ching would form a dangerous strike partnership that would make Houston an even bigger threat to win the MLS Cup.
No official announcement has been made, but Televisa has reported that it is a done deal this morning.
What do think of Soumare moving to Europe? Did the Galaxy impress you last night? Are Houston now title favorites if the signing of Landin goes through? Share your thoughts below.