Afternoon Ticker: Cunningham named MLS Player of the Week, Barcelona, Manchester United eye Ozil and more

Afternoon Ticker: Cunningham named MLS Player of the Week, Barcelona, Manchester United eye Ozil and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Cunningham named MLS Player of the Week, Barcelona, Manchester United eye Ozil and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

If this weekend is any indication, Jeff Cunningham's annual goal-scoring streak could just be getting started.

The MLS veteran scored a brace against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, his plaudits earning him MLS Player of the Week honors. Cunningham joins teammate Brek Shea as one of two FC Dallas players to earn the honor this year.

A red-hot Cunningham would be a huge lift for FC Dallas down the stretch, though the team has been hard to beat all season, as the club's last loss came back on May 20, 1-0 to the Galaxy. If Cunningham hits another scoring streak, they could be an even harder side to stop late in the season.

Here are a few other stories for the afternoon:

BARCELONA, MANCHESTER UNITED EYE OZIL

The future of Werder Bremen playmaker Mesut Ozil is up in the air, with reports linking the 21-year-old to Barcelona and Manchester United. A move always seemed possible after Ozil enjoyed a sensational World Cup, as he is in the last year of his contract with the Bundesliga outfit.

It was previously expected that Ozil would play out the last year of his contract with Bremen, but now that Barcelona has lost out on Cesc Fabregas, the Catalan club could sign the World Cup star. They'll have to fight off the advances of Manchester United, as Sir Alex Ferguson was linked with a move for Ozil as well.

MUELLER SIGNS BAYERN EXTENSION

One of Ozil's World Cup teammates won't be going anywhere for a long time. Thomas Mueller, the Golden Boot winner and Best Young Player winner at this summer's tournament, signed a two-year extension with Bayern Munich that will keep him at the Bavarian club until at least 2015. Mueller, who turns 21 in September, has only played one full season with the club, but earned a pay raise with his performances last year and with Germany this summer.

MANCHESTER CITY WITH GOALIE CONTROVERSY

There could be an imminent goalie controversy at Manchester's other club. Either Joe Hart or Shay Given will be the odd man out in City's goal — Hart is fresh off a fantastic season on loan for Birmingham City, though Roberto Mancini has already admitted he won't send out the England keeper again. That could lead Given, at 34, to look for a loan move of his own in order to secure playing time in order keep his starting position with the Republic of Ireland national team.

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