With Sporting Kansas City set to face up to 6 weeks without its captain Davy Arnaud, the Morning Kickoff explores the three lingering questions.
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1. Who will replace him on the field?
The simple answer is Graham Zusi -- who I view as the long-term Arnaud replacement already. It will give Zusi a position that suits him and his talent.
Which means the midfield from the Vancouver game (Zusi-Roger Espinoza-Julio Cesar with Omar Bravo and Milos Stojcev wide) is the in-form group going forward. Though I'd lean toward Kei Kamara for Stojcev and Stephane Auvray for Cesar. But that's just me.
2. Who will wear the armband?
When we asked Peter Vermes who the vice captain was this year, he didn't really settle on one player. Auvray and Shavar Thomas captain their national teams, but aren't regulars. Jimmy Nielsen has worn it in the past as well, but Vermes thought he was too far away from the action.
The two candidates to me are Bravo (who wore it last Saturday) and Matt Besler (who captained the reserves a few matches). Knowing Vermes, it'll be on Bravo's arm.
3. Is it just coincidence that two KC players have had sports hernia surgeries?
Pretty sure it was James Bond writer Ian Fleming who said: "The first time is happenstance. The second time is coincidence."*
*The rest of that quote is, "The third time is enemy action." If KC has another one, it might be time to look and see if anyone in the Sporting organization has ties to the Chicago Fire.**
**I'm kidding. Somewhat.
• If you missed our web chat/Q&A, you can re-read it here. Thanks to those who stopped by and asked questions.
• Toronto made the big headlines in MLS yesterday: First was the announcement of not one, but two designated players: German midfielder Torsten Frings and Dutch forward Danny Koevermans. The second was a 1-0 win over Vancouver.
• American defender Steve Cherundolo will miss four weeks with an ankle injury.
• Headlines like this one obviously give me pause when I stumble across them.
• A great story about the movie that tells the great story of Jay DeMerit's unlikely rise.
• Birmingham City's owner Carson Yeung arrested in Hong Kong on money laundering charges.
• Lots of new kits for the Premier League, what are the best and worst? I don't know about you, but I love how clean and crisp the Tottenham white kit looks.
• Tomorrow, the Copa America begins. It will be broadcast on Univision.
• The Top 10 goals from the Gold Cup. You already know what no. 1 is. (Livestrong Sporting Park makes its lone appearance in the top 5.)
Today's blogging soundtrack: Clutch "Juggernaut," Mastodon "Seabeast," Tool "Cold & Ugly," MGMT "Time to Pretend" and Kinski "Daydream Intonation."