Pop quiz: Who had the worse April Fool's Day? Real Salt Lake's Jamison Olave, the Wizards Michael Harrington or Liverpool?I'm going out on a limb and saying costing your team a victory by committingtwo
fouls that directly led to converted penalty kicks trumps getting punked and being punks.I promise no more jokes directed at the kindly (and suffering) fans of the lads from Liverpool after the jump.
Wrapping up a days worth of news, links, rumors and rampant speculation.
• Sunil Chhetri's goal in his debut game against Tulsa made its rounds in the Indian media. [
]• Yours truly gets quoted without being quoted in this article. (Come on, a little linkage never hurt no one.) [Goal.com India
]• Ives catches up with former Wizard Herculez Gomez. [Soccer by Ives
]• And because the only two things I seem to be reporting on this week are Chhetri and Gomez, here's another Gomez interview... [Goal.com
]• ... and another Chhetri interview. [Goal.com
is calling the high school girls soccer game this Saturday between Liberty and St. Thomas Aquinas the game to watch this weekend. [The Kansas City Star
Around the MLS
• Real Salt Lake took an early lead on Houston (with a sweet, sweet build-up to Javier Morales) but defender Jamison Olave committed back-to-back fouls in the box and Houston's Brad Davis slotted both home to give the Dynamo a 2-1 victory. The title chase is now completely wide open. (Sarcasm.) [Salt Lake Tribune
]• SuperClasico. One team was really good. One was not. Galaxy 2, Chivas USA 0. [Soccer By Ives
]• MLSsoccer.com (yeah, we were surprised it worked too) has a "news" item about what each MLS team's dream designated players should be. [MLSsoccer.com
]Who, you might wonder since you didn't click on the link, do they think is on the Wizards wish list?
Kansas City: Ruud van Nistelrooy is still finding the back of the net on a regular basis in the Bundesliga and has enough name recognition. The thought of Roberto Carlos marauding down MLS sidelines and crushing trademark free kicks for a couple years is salivating. Could his 36-year-old body take the pounding? Honduran star David Suazo isn't likely to get another chance at Inter Milan, but still has the skill to be a prolific scorer in MLS. -- Andrew Wiebe
Really? Van Nistelrooy? The other two I buy. Especially Suazo. But not Van Nistelrooy. He seems like he'd hate every single thing about the MLS. Not to mention not fitting the current style favored by Peter Vermes. • Speaking of DPs, here are two more takes on the MLS's new designated player rules:· Grant Wahl wonders when a team is going to actually pay a transfer fee for a DP. [Sports Illustrated
]· Pitch Invasion envisions a world of haves (LA, NYRB, Seattle, Toronto) and have-nots (FC Dallas, KC, Colorado). [Pitch Invasion
]• The single best take-down of the problems with MLSsoccer.com. Holy crap. You must read it. Must. [Fake Sigi
]• An open letter to Clark Hunt. [3rd Degree
]• San Jose is apparently close to signing former Wizard and former Earthquake Scott Sealy. [San Jose Mercury News
]This week's MLS games Saturday
· Colorado Rapids v Chicago Fire - 4pm on TeleFutura
· DC United v New England Revolution - 6:30pm on Direct Kick
· Seattle Sounders v New York Red Bulls - 9:30pm on FSC
• The Wizards next opponent, A.C. St. Louis, defeated Western Illinois 2-0 in a friendly. [ACSTL Fanatic
Around the World
• Europa League news: Fulham won. Hooray beer (that's for my Internet friends in Minnesota). Liverpool lost. I have nothing further to say. [Sports Illustrated
]The good news? Besides not offending Liverpool fans twice in one post? How aboutthis sick Daniel Agger goal.
And just for fun...
• Michael Harrington ignores the cardinal rule of surviving the first day of April: TRUST NO ONE. This is hilarious. It even made SportsCenter.