Wrapping up a days worth of news, links, rumors and rampant speculation.
The Wizards• The Wizards arrived in Seattle. Well, Kei Kamara and Davy Arnold did. They probably shoulda brought Davy Arnaud. He scored last year in Seattle. [Kei Kamara's Twitter] • Yours truly talked a little footie with Matt Johnson and the great Arlo White on ESPN 710 in Seattle tonight. When I get a link so you can listen, I'll put up an item about it.
The Next OpponentSounder fans think they've got an offensive problem. You mean other than the over-brewed coffee at Starbucks? HEY-YO! I'll be here all week ladies and gentlemen. Please don't forget to tip your waitresses. But seriously, they think they have a problem with their attack. [Sounders At Heart]
Today's Must Read• A closer examination of the attendance gap (and how it's closing) between baseball and soccer. [MLS Daily]
The MLS• If you skipped watching Toronto beat Philadelphia 2-1, your eyes should thank you. It was ugly. It was sloppy. It featured stupid penalties, stupid cards and a Toronto team that lucked into a victory despite fielding a team that seemed to have no intent on scoring. Yikes. [MLS] • But Toronto has awesome fans. [Dirty Tackle] • Can someone please tell Max Bretos and ESPN that, at least until Saturday and hopefully beyond, there are TWO undefeated teams in Major League Soccer. • Red Bulls continue to wheel and deal. [Soccer By Ives] • Danny Califf has a lot of tattoos. And stupid hair. [The Offside Rules] • Chivas hopes Costa Ricans strengthen their backline. [Soccer by Ives] • Bobby Convey finally finding his form. [MLS] • Colorado's U.S. Open Cup hero, Wells Thompson, is fighting for a spot. [MLS] • Not a misprint, Columbus doesn't play this weekend. Second bye week for them. [Crew Extra] MLS schedule Saturday, April 17
· Kansas City at Seattle FC, 2 p.m. -- KCWE (Ch. 29)
· Chivas USA at Houston, 3 p.m. -- TeleFutura
· Chicago at D.C. United, 6:30 p.m.
· FC Dallas at New York, 6:30 p.m.
· New England at San Jose, 9 p.m.
· Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. -- Fox Soccer Channel
Sunday, April 18
· Toronto FC at Colorado, 1 p.m.
USA! USA! USA!• Landon Donovan throws his support behind Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez for the national team. [Fox Sports] • The Offside Rules, speaking of Gomez, has the mixtape of his goals this year. [The Offside Rules] • Alejandro Bedoya continues to make his case for the U.S. squad. [Soccer by Ives] • Ryan Miller featured in Halmstads BK 1-0 win over AIK. KC area native Michael Thomas did not. [Yanks Abroad] • We've been dancing around it this entire section, so, what are the tough calls Bob Bradley has to make? [Goal]
The World Cup• ESPN's World Cup advertising campaign begins. • Grant Wahl has a Q&A with retired South African striker and former MLS player Shaun Bartlett. [Sports Illustrated]
Around the World• And in today's foolishness from Manchester City... Carlos Tevez is one of the three best players in the world. [ESPN] • Real Madrid still has hopes. They're slim, but they've got them. [Sports Illustrated] • Barcelona will not go after Cesc Fabregas. Yes they will. No they won't. Yes they will. [Dirty Tackle]
This weekend's TV highlightsEngland Saturday
· Manchester City vs. Manchester United, 6:30 a.m. -- ESPN 2
· Blackburn vs. Everton, 9 a.m. -- Fox Soccer Channel
· Tottenham vs. Chelsea, 11:30 a.m. -- FSC
· Fulham vs. Wolverhampton, 3:30 p.m. -- FSP
· Wigan vs. Arsenal, 7:30 a.m. -- FSP
· Portsmouth vs. Aston Villa, 10 a.m. -- FSC
· Liverpool vs. West Ham United, 2 p.m. -- ESPN 2 Italy Friday
· Inter Milan vs. Juventus, 1:30 p.m. -- FSC Sunday
· Sampdoria vs. AC Milan, 8 a.m. -- FSC
· Lazio vs. Roma, 1:30 p.m -- FSC Germany Saturday
· Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach, 8:30 a.m. -- ESPN Deportes
· Bayern Munich vs. Hanover, 3 p.m. -- GolTV Premiere Sunday
· Dortmund vs. Hoffenheim, 9:30 a.m. -- GolTV Spain Saturday
· Espanyol vs. Barcelona, 1 p.m. -- GolTV
· Villarreal vs. Atletico Madrid, 3 p.m. -- ESPN Deportes Sunday
· Real Madrid vs. Valencia, 2 p.m. -- ESPN Deportes Mexico Saturday
· Monterrey vs. America, 5 p.m. -- Telemundo
· Pachuca vs. Toluca, 7 p.m. -- Telefutura
· Chivas vs. Atlas, 7 p.m. -- mun2, Telemundo
· Puebla vs. Cruz Azul, 12 p.m. -- ESPN Deportes Monday
· Santos Laguna vs. San Luis, 7 p.m. -- Telefutura