Wrapping up a days worth of news, links, rumors and rampant speculation.
The Wizards• I'm just saying...
“We feel that the Seattle player [Evans] got an unfair advantage on the throw-in,” [U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Development Paul] Tamberino said. “We always give our players a little bit of leeway on the point of the throw, two or three yards. But in this case it’s a good 12 to 15 yards advantage, and it’s an unfair advantage.”[MLS] (By the way, if any Seattle straggler is still sniffing around these parts, take a deep breath before posting. Relax.) • An Arsenal blog has a "where are they now" item on Ryan Smith. It features the first video evidence I've found of Ryan Smith's music. [Young Guns Blog] I once fancied myself a music critic, but I'm not venturing an opinion on this one. I need more than one small sample to make that kind of judgment. I will say that I'm glad he's really good at football. • I really, really like this feature at kcwizards.com. Really. Really do. [KCWizards.com] • Look for an interview with Kei Kamara this weekend with Terez Paylor in The Star. It was apparently the longest interview Kamara has ever had, at just under an 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The Next OpponentStuff you wanna hear or read about the players you need to know about: • Edson Buddle. [Match Fit USA] • Landon Donovan. [Goal] • But, of course, Bruce Arena says this is the deepest team he's had in LA. Which has been, what, two years? [MLS]
Today's Must ReadThe Top 10 movies about soccer. What, no "Fever Pitch"? And what about "The Damned United"? That was a great flick. [The Spoiler]
The MLS• One month in, what's hot and what's not. [WV Hooligan] • Goal of the week candidates. Obviously, the Wizards don't feature. [MLS Insider] • Hey, Seattle is really trying to have a rave in the near future aren't they? Day-glo yellow for the third-kit? Who's bringing the house music, I'll bring the pacifiers. [Go Sounders] Power Ranking Rodeo! Yee-Haw! The Wizards average "power" ranking according to the five "power" rankers I choose to track (Fox Soccer is dead to me): 4. Pretty fair. • Goal has the Wizards third. Analysis: The "pressing style" travels well. [Goal] • WV Hooligan also has 'Zards third. Analysis: They were "unlucky" not to get a point. [WV Hooligan] • ESPN drops them to six. Analysis: The team is "competent" now. Better than "no-names" I guess. [ESPN] • Soccer by Ives: 5th. Analysis: The team should "tough to beat" at home. [Soccer by Ives] • Steve Davis puts the 'Zards third. Analysis: Agrees with "unlucky" assessment. [Sports Illustrated] MLS schedule Thursday, April 22
· Seattle FC at FC Dallas, 7 p.m. -- ESPN2 Saturday, April 24
· Philadelphia at New York, 3 p.m.
· Real Salt Lake at Columbus, 6:30 p.m.
· Colorado at New England, 6:30 p.m.
· Houston at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
· Los Angeles at Kansas City, 7:30 p.m. -- Ch. 29 (KCWE)
· San Jose at Chivas USA, 9:30 p.m. -- FSC Sunday, April 25
· Seattle FC at Toronto FC, 1 p.m.
The Champions League• Jose Mourinho is magic, right? Or was it Barcelona's tough bus ride to Italy that led to Inter Milan's stunning 3-1 victory? Just a fantastic game. Can the Lyon-Bayern match follow suit? [The Guardian] On TV Wednesday
· Olympic Lyon vs. Bayern Munich, 1:45 p.m. -- Fox Soccer Channel