Here's what you won't be reading in today's Morning Kickoff: My take on the whole club vs. country debate. (Save for the fact that it's a hinderance to the league to play MLS games concurrently with FIFA games -- you're competing with your own sport for attention!)
Sporting Kansas City plays Philadelphia tonight (6:30 p.m. on KSMO-TV) and the United States plays Panama (6 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel).**There are two primary watch parties tonight in Kansas City. The Member's Club at Livestrong Sporting Park is hosting one and the American Outlaws are hosting another at Johnny's Tavern in the Power Light District.
I don't bother with club vs. country. It's a Mexican standoff -- Mexico also plays tonight, by the way. Both sides are neither right or wrong, but both often hold vehement positions. It all boils down to personal preference.
Thanks the magic of DVRs and the internet, it's completely logical and probable that you can/will watch both.
I'll watch Sporting KC live (because it's the team I cover) and the USA on DVR (because it's the country I support).
• Kansas City will be without midfielder Ryan Smith,who will miss the remainder of the season for family reasons
Whatever the situation may be, I wish Ryan the best. He's a quality guy and a nice player. On the field, it really doesn't change anything. He's been unavailable for more games than he's been available and KC has options.
I think we'll see either Omar Bravo or Graham Zusi (who have held down the left-wing/attacking-midfielder slot so far) in that role for the rest of the season.
•The Union get Carlos Ruiz back from international leave
-- which might shake up their lineup.
• As for the United States... Captain Carlos Bocanegrathe U.S. are "peaking at the right time."