Wrapping up a days worth of news, links, rumors and rampant speculation.
And we start, as we always will, with some random Wizards news.
The Wizards rolled to a 7-0 victory over UMKC in a friendly at the CAB last night. According to the Wizards official tweets, the goalscorers were Ryan Smith (his fourth this preseason), Stephane Auvray, Davy Arnaud, Jonathan Leathers, Zoltan Hercegfalvi, Teal Bunbury and Santiago Hirsig. [@KCWizards]
The Back Post has some photos from training today, including Craig Rocastle's first official appearance. [The Back Post]
Thad also has two interviews with the Wizards Juniors coaches. [The Back Post]
Andrew Wiebe at MLSnet.com writes that the Wiz have just two exhibitions left (last night and Saturday against AC St. Louis) to make some tough decisions. The Full 90 will have a closer look at the roster situation tomorrow. [MLSnet]
Get to know newly-signed midfielder Ryan Smith a little bit better. [Hillcrest Road]
According to this report, Trinidad & Tobago U-23 man Jean Luc Rochford was in talks to trial with the Wizards but was held up by visa problems. Jeez, I thought anyone could get a visa. (Hat tip to Morry on the BigSoccer boards.) [Trinidad Express]
KCWFans.com snagged some audio of Robb Heineman on 510 am this morning. It's pretty informative. Especially the part where Robb says they've brought in 13 (I count 11) foreign-born players. Give it a listen. [KCWFans]
About that game this Saturday... I just stumbled across the unofficial fan blog for AC St. Louis, ACSTL Fanatic. They'll be in town this weekend for the game and the supporter's match. [ACSTL Fanatic]
And now, a word about the MLS labor strife
Major League Soccer honcho Tim Leiweke had some pretty damning statements today in the LA Times:
"I don't even know how to react when I hear the players now saying that we have treated them poorly and they're going to strike," said Leiweke to the Los Angeles Times. "The fact is, the Galaxy isn't going to make money this year. There are only a couple of MLS teams that will make money this year. "It's not like this league is a work of completion. It's not like we have accomplished what we have to accomplish to be stable and to know we have a great future. It's not like we have reached the potential of a soccer league in this country."
Read more about it at Goal.com.
Elsewhere in the MLS
DC United waived former USA U-20 star Danny Szetela. He was rehabbing a knee injury and, apparently, his recovery hasn't impressed Curt Onalfo.[Soccer By Ives]
Keep repeating to yourselves Wizards fans: "This will be us next year. This will be us next year."
The Champions League
Jose Mourinho's new team, Inter Milan, dropped his old team, Chelsea, out of the Champions League with a 3-1 aggregate victory. Sayeth the Special One: "Today I was the enemy, and today the enemy won." [Sports Illustrated]
In today's other game, CSKA Moscow dropped Sevilla 2-1 (3-2 aggregate).
Wednesday's Champion's League schedule
- Barcelona v Stuttgart (1-1) - live at 1:30pm Central on FSC
- Bordeaux v Olympiacos (1-0) - delayed at 4pm Central on FSC
And, just for fun...
The Offside has a nifty post about the fabulous (really, they are Hollywood-grade fabulous) video promo packages by Norway's Tippeligan TV affiliate, TV2. My favorite is this one for the 2010 season.