Despite it being the offseason, this week has been jam-packed with news. Here is a brief sampling of what is going on in the world of soccer:
Thohir's reign at Inter Milan met with immediate questioning - Soccer - Ben Lyttleton - SI.com: Erick Thohir is not making friends of other executives in Serie A.
Birnbaum eager to jump-start pro career | College Soccer News: A nice interview with Steve Birnbaum, talking about his jump from the college ranks to D.C. United.
Víctor Muñoz: "Voy a dar todo en el DC United" - MARCA.com: Another nice interview with a D.C. United draft pick, this time with Victor Munoz.
KICKERS CRAFT OFFICIAL TEAM BEER - Richmond Kickers: Since D.C. United has The Tradition, it makes sense that the Richmond Kickers have announced that they will be creating their own craft beer as well. The team is partnering with Wild Wolf Brewing Company, of Nelson County, Virginia, to create the brew.
Marco Pappa officially back in MLS; Seattle’s choice tougher than it appears | ProSoccerTalk: Seattle has until Friday to decide whether they will take Pappa; apparently, they are also after Erik Friberg as an allocation choice.
MLS Expansion report: San Antonio scored meeting with Garber, Miami planning an early next week push | ProSoccerTalk: Because who needs a stadium plan when you are David Beckham?
American Exports: Jozy Altidore, Sunderland beat Geoff Cameron's Stoke 1-0 to exit relegation zone | MLSsoccer.com: If Jozy is to continue to get playing time at Sunderland, he will need to have more games like this one, in which he caused three yellow cards and a red card. Some goals wouldn't hurt either.
Rumor Central: Multiple reports claim Jermaine Jones is headed to Besiktas in Turkey | MLSsoccer.com: Jones looks to stay in Turkey only until after the World Cup, when rumors of a move to MLS will undoubtedly start again.
Espindola airs out New York Red Bull frustrations - Empire of Soccer: Apparently Fabian Espindola is no fan of the Supporters' Shield.
And, as always, this is your open thread for any and all soccer-related news throughout the day.