Due to an unforseen mini-travel fiasco (I spent last night in lovely Milwaukee andnot
KC), the blog has been a little bit behind on our updates today. So, here's a catchup on all the news we've missed the last 36 hours.
• New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul was named the MLS player of the week after his 12-save performance in New York's 1-0 victory against the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday. The win clinched a playoff berth for the Red Bulls.
•Wizards striker Kei Kamara was suspended from the Sierra Leone national team for two games due to "indiscipline."
Leone Stars coach Christian Cole said Kamara and another player were dropped for acts of indiscipline against members of the technical staff and a government deputy minister after the team's 1-1 draw with Egypt last month. “I don’t want to encourage indiscipline," he said, "this is why I have taken such action. I believe my decision will serve as a warning to any player(s) that want to resort to such behavior in future”, he emphasized.
• The Missouri Comets announced the singing of two Brazilian midfielders for the upcoming Major Indoor Soccer League season. Gieson (pronounced Jason) Moura played for the Rockford Rampage of the MISL and scored 23 points in 24 games. He is currently with the NSC Minnesota Stars of the USSF Division II. Luis Guilheme Navega Dias (or Tiguinho -- "Tu-Gin-Yo") most recently played in the States for the New Jersey Ironmen in the XSl in 2008-09. He currently plays for a second-division club in Rio.
“These two gentlemen will add a great deal of quickness and talent to our roster,” said Comets head coach Kim Roentved. “Their experience will also benefit us greatly.”
Also, four players from the 53 players who participated in the team’s open tryouts held Sunday at the KC Soccer Dome have been invited to the team’s invitational combine that run this Wednesday, Oct. 6th Thursday, October 7th from 9 a.m. to noon, also at the Soccer Dome.
The newest version of the Comets begins play at the Independence Events Center on Friday, November 12th against the Milwaukee Wave. For more information about the Major Indoor Soccer League, please visit the League’s official website www.MISL.net.
•Soccer By Ives wants to know who you think the MLS Newcomer of the Year should be
. Both Jimmy Nielsen and Ryan Smith are up for consideration. Not Stephane Auvray, oddly enough.
• And last, but most definitely not least, Mike at Down The Byline has a very interesting take on some very interesting developments during yesterday's stadium tour for season ticket holders. It boils down to this: The Wizards are considering playing all of their "home" games in the new stadium -- not Arrowhead or CommunityAmerica Ballpark -- next year (and possibly playing "home" games in Phoenix, San Antonio or Cleveland). Which Mike argues means you shouldn't start planning on the Wizards making the playoffs next year.It's a good article, I highly recommend it.