Let's get you all linked-up today with the best news from around the world of soccer.
• For the third game in a row, Sporting KC will turn to a person with a lot of bias in the broadcast booth. For the third game in a row, that person is biased toward the opponent.Hall of Fame college coach Cliff McCrath -- he helped form the Seattle Sounders during the club's inaugural season in 1974 and chaired Seattle's MLS bid in the '90s -- will join Callum Williams.
What do you guys think of this? I don't personally care that much. I don't need blatant homerism from the announcers, I just want information and for them to not get in the way.
And maybe to pronounce Kei Kamara's name correctly. That's not too much to ask, right?
• Down the Bylineupdates how many former KC players are doing.
• Mike was also was on top of a link to an interviewTeal Bunbury gave to a French website about interest he's drawing overseas.
It's nice to see he's drawing some eyes. Let's hope they haven't watched the last two games. Or let's hope they did and he'll stick around. Your call.
•KC midfielder Craig Rocastle is one of eight pros called up for Grenada's Gold Cup squad.
Good for Craig. Maybe he'll get some playing time this way.
• Good luck to Jon Kempin, KC's first Homegrown player, who heads to Portugal to join the U.S. U-18s for the Lisbon Tournament. The first game is May 25th against the Netherlands.
• Here's an attempt to putKC's poor start into perspective
• Thad Bell -- hey, that's not The Backpost! --digs deep into the USL-MISL merger and what it means to fans of indoor soccer.
•OnGoal put down its first marker on establishing itself as a regional soccer powerhouse yesterday with the Sporting Club Network.
•The U.S. Women swept a two-game series with Japan
ahead of the 2011 Women's World Cup.
• Toronto FC and Vancouver drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Canadian Championship. The winner qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions League...
• Speaking of the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League, the draw was yesterday. In the preliminary round, FC Dallas take on Alianza (El Salvador), Toronto/Vancouver face Real Esteli/Walter Ferretti (Nicaragua) and the Seattle Sounders play San Francisco (Panama). The two-leg total-goals series are July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4.
As for the group stage, the Los Angeles Galaxy are in Group A with Alajuelense (Costa Rica), Morelia/UNAM (Mexico) or Caribbean runner-up and Motagua (Honduras)/Municipal (Guatemala). The Colorado Rapids are in Group B with Real Espana (Honduras), Santos Laguna (Mexico)/Olimpia (Honduras) and Isidro Metapan (El Salvador)/Caribbean champion.
• The USA remains #22 in the FIFA World Rankings, 6 spots ahead of Mexico. The Top Ten are: Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, England, Uruguay, Portugal, Italy and Croatia (in that order).
• Congrats to Porto,who won the all-Portugese Europa League Final over Braga 1-0.
Porto could be one of the truly exciting teams to watch ... if it weren't for the inevitable fact that the team will be hacked to pieces by bigger European sides.
• Lille is just 1 point away froma French League/Cup double
• After a 10-year stay,Andrea Pirlo is leaving AC Milan, though Alessandro Nesta and Filippo Inzaghi will stay on for another year.
•FIFA to interview whistleblower over 2022 World Cup bribery allegations.
• I have to admit, the excellent When Saturday Comes has an interesting idea:Would play-offs save Premier League football? Would England ever adopt the American post-season staple for its highest level of soccer? Me thinks not. But the idea presented here is a pretty good one.