Wrapping up a days worth of news, links, rumors and rampant speculation.
The Wizards• While Kei Kamara's miss is drawing a lot of press (both in the states and abroad) it's easy to forget (or overlook) the importance of a few things Saturday night. First, the Wizards absolutely took that game to the Galaxy, whom many consider the league's best team. If it weren't for Kamara's miss or Donovan Rickett's excellent-ness, that was an easy victory. Second, Edson Buddle can be stopped! • Down the Byline's take on Saturday. [Down the Byline] • Also, Mike has his player of the month for March/April: Jimmy Nielsen. Couldn't agree more. [Down the Byline] • Steve Davis (who finally acknowledges the Wizards made moves this offseason), leads his Week 5 roundup with praise of Roger Espinoza (which The Full 90 did in heaps already). The Wizards dropped to fourth in his power rankings this week. [Sports Illustrated] • Some 'keeper videos for you: An interview with Jimmy Nielsen and a feature on KCW Juniors goalie Jon Kempin, who was just called up to the U-18 U.S. national team. [Hillcrest Road]
The Next Opponent• Recapping Houston's lackluster effort against Chicago. [Houston Dynamo]
The MLSRound-up wrangling • Jeff Carlise leads with the young midfielders driving Chicago and Chivas. [ESPN] • Match Fit USA with their "one thing" review. [Match Fit USA] • The MLS hangover by Greg Lalas leads with New England's struggle. [MLS] • Kyle McCarthy talks Conor Casey and his World Cup chances. [Goal] Player news • Goal tabs Pablo Mastroeni as the player of the week. [Goal] • MLS goes with Dwayne De Rosario. [MLS] • New England's Sharlie Joseph has been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team. The Revs say it is "not soccer-related." [Boston Globe] • Houston's Geoff Cameron's 2010 season is over. [Sports Illustrated] • David Beckham's recovery has suffered a setback and he won't play in the MLS this year. [Sports Illustrated] Around the league • A look at the new left for the recharged Red Bulls. [New York Times] • If you like puns ("Preki-nizable"? really?) then you'll love this column about how Preki's system finally worked. There's another item called "Large Frei." It's truly a terrible exercise in lazy pun writing. [SportsNet] • Of course, then I saw this item about Toronto FC: General Manager Mo Johnston will take legal action against former coach Chris Cummins after Cummins spoke negatively about Johnston's work this season. [The 24th Minute] • Real Salt Lake and Columbus have a nice feud going on. [MLS] • Sounder fans... not pleased. [Sounder At Heart] • Panic buttons being mashed in DC.* [World Soccer Reader] *Looking for a reason why the Wizards couldn't score on Saturday night? Curt Onalfo was in the house in one of the suites! • Chivas are in talks to bring Mexican First Division scoring champion (and former Wizard and The Full 90's favorite player) Herculez Gomez on board. [MLS] MLS schedule Saturday, May 1
· New York at D.C. United, 3 p.m.
· FC Dallas at New England, 6:30 p.m.
· Kansas City at Houston, 7:30 p.m.
· Chivas USA at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
· Toronto FC at Real Salt Lake, 8 p.m.
· Colorado at San Jose, 9 p.m.
· Philadelphia at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.
· Columbus at Seattle FC, 9:30 p.m.
The Champions LeagueThe final legs of the Champions League semi-finals are Tuesday and Wednesday. • Lyon will try to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Bayern Munich. [UEFA] • Barcelona will search for 3 goals to make-up a 3-1 hole against Inter Milan. [Fox Soccer] Champions League on TV Tuesday
Lyon vs. Bayern Munich 1:30 p.m. Fox Sports Net (tape at 5 and 8 on Fox Soccer Channel) Wednesday
Barcelona vs. Inter Milan 1:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel