With Monday behind us, we've got just four more long days to go until MLS Cup time. Here are the stories you might have missed.
The Kansas City Star
• Let's get this started right: According to Sporting KC's twitter account, the match is officially sold out.
If you want a ticket, you're gonna have to hit the secondary market. Though, be wary if you venture into that marketplace.
• The Star's Sam McDowell writes about the quick transition Real Salt Lake made from a "rebuilding" to "championship contender."
• It wouldn't be a championship week in an American sport without some kind of coach-leaving controversy. No, it's not Peter Vermes. It's Salt Lake City's Jason Kreis. He's out of contract at the end of the year and there are many rumors that incoming franchise New York City FC are trying to pounce. The very reputable Brian Straus at Sports Illustrated reported this morning:
Source: Kreis "almost 100%" to NYCFC, Bob Bradley "seriously considering" Vancouver Whitecaps. (My hunch: BB's 1st choice remains Europe.)— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) December 2, 2013
Later in the day, Kreis told the Salt Lake Tribune that "my focus is on this team, it will continue to be on this team and this club and doing everything I can for the next five days. Then after that I'll go into hiding for three days and try to make a decision."
• Speaking of Straus, he had an excellent profile on Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer. Dwyer's had a very interesting path: West Sussex to Tyler, Texas, to Kansas City to Orlando and back to KC.
• The MLS Cup will be a bit of a rematch for two assistant coaches: Kerry Zavagnin (KC) and C.J. Brown (RSL) met in the 2000 MLS Cup. Zavagnin (along with Vermes) won the Cup with the Wizards over Brown's Chicago Fire. Both still have vivid memories of the match.
• I guess we know what color jersey Jimmy Nielsen is gonna wear now.
The kit is ready, are you? pic.twitter.com/g78pRXhEYc— Michael Flaherty (@KitManSKC) December 3, 2013
Like that was a surprise. The Dane likes the hot pink shirts. (Nice touch on the subtle silver lettering under the crest.)
• Today's most-fascinating read comes from ESPN's Kristan Heneage: In 2013, MLS teams that spent shrewdly with eye for affordable talent had more success. No surprise, Salt Lake and Kansas City were amongst the shrewdest. It's a stat-heavy post and my favorite: Sporting KC's average cost per clean sheet in '13: $785,852.57.
• Today's over-caffeinated and overly-reliant on electronic music hype video comes to you from the good folks at MLS. I'm pretty sure we're going to get one of these a day.