The roster compliance deadline is less than a week away, and with plenty of trialists/draftees in camp and there two pre-seaon games on the docket for Saturday (Portland Timbers at 12 p.m., Montreal Impact at 1:30 p.m.), the Sporting Kansas City roster should start taking shape any day now. I expect to know more just before or just after Saturday's games.
Now, a very Sporting News-heavy kickoff...
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Omar Bravo "settled" on Sporting Kansas City.
I'm not sure I like the tone of this story, but it's about Bravo.
Down the Byline has its weekly update of former "Wizards" around the world.
A Q with Jimmy Nielsen from the team's website.
The Sporting KC Juniors will be in action this weekend:The U-13s and U15s will be in Chicago to play the Chicago Magic Pre Academy clubs; the U16s and U18s will be in Dallas
for a series of friendlies with Mexican and MLS academies.
The blog Sporks Takewonders if it's time to start worrying about Ryan Smith's injury?
Peter Vermes told me last month that the team knew what Smith brought to the table and felt they should limit the time he sees this pre-season. Of course, they fully expected him to travel to Arizona this week and he didn't...
The Back Post has the scoop on the National Futsal Tournament
that took place in KC last weekend. The Sporting KC Juniors USA team wont he High School division.
MLS Lightning Round!
Major League Soccer continued its attempt to make the MLS Cup a participation trophy (56% of the league qualifies for the playoffs), but at least they made some progresswith the new post-season format.
Does this format end (once and for all) the possibility of a single-table structure?
If you've got ESPN3.com, you can catch the Disney Pro Soccer Classic tonight. Orlando City (featuring Full 90 favorite Lance Watson!) takes on FC Dallas at 5 p.m. and Toronto FC and the Houston Dynamo meet at 7 p.m.
The Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls drew 1-1 last night
, with Chicago breaking out the 3-5-2.
A college football game scheduled for RFK during the MLS season has DC United worried.
Maybe this explains why Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph was dismissed from the team's training camp:He was arrested for trespassing at an Orlando hotel.
Global Lightning Round!
UEFA probes Marseille and Man United for fan behavior.
Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Plovdiv sacrificed a lamb on its home field to improve its performances.
Best. Flop. Ever.