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Sporting appear to have rid themselves of backup DP Claudio Bieler, Toronto FC may have opened the floodgates of talent to MLS with Giovinco signing, and the first preseason game is in 12 short days!

March 8th.... so close.
March 8th.... so close.
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The first preseason game against Portland is only 12 days away!

While there is still nothing official from the club yet, it looks like Claudio Bieler's time in KC has come to an end. It started with a rather cryptic tweet he sent voicing some displeasure last week. After translating the page, this article can shed some light on it. Bieler thought Barcelona Sporting Club's pursuit of him was "not serious" he felt "disrespected". He has since gone after the club and its fans on Twitter.

Toronto FC, to say the least, looks to be dangerous this season. The Bleacher Report explains What the Signings of Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco Reveal About Toronto and MLS. The signing of Giovinco as a Sporting fan is scary, but as a supporter of the league, it is exciting. While Beckham and Henry and the guys like them have been great for the league, many have been waiting for the time when world class players come to play here in their prime.

"All of that changes with Giovinco, who has made 21 appearances for Italy over the last four years. The presence of the 27-year-old on the pitches across North America will force each team in the league to improve its defending with the potential of more key European stars looking at the league more seriously now." -Bleacher Report

The Women's World Cup 2015 is coming up this June in Canada. The Women's National Team will look to add their third star to the crest this summer. Pump up commercial below.. complete with a Brandy Chastain throwback:

The U-20's beat Jamaica 2-0 in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship yesterday. The win gets them a step closer to qualifying for the U-20 World Cup. You can watch them take on Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday at 5:30 on Fox Sports 2.

You can check in on all the USMNT players abroad RIGHT HERE to see how they did this weekend. Yedlin did not dress for Tottenham, Guzan had three saves for Aston Villa in a 2-0 loss to Liverpool, and Tim Howard and Everton play today at 2pm on NBCS.

The Frank Lampard situation is finally settled and he will join NYCFC in July. From Fox Sports, New York City FC, MLS look forward after Frank Lampard controversy.

A lot has happend in this busy offseason, so keep up with the Transaction Tracker on the team's website. After having the deal with a defensive midfielder fall through because of a failed physical, Sporting might still be working on something.