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The Morning Kickoff: Making fun of soccer, sign of the times?

even soccer fans laugh.

They accomplished that last night during the show's debut. During a highlights package they ran a clip that condensed four year's of MLS action into 30 seconds and culminated with a disinterested announcer stating: "For more coverage, type MLS into Google... and I'm sure you'll find something."

Is it a sign of progress that highly-touted comedy programs take the time to mock the league? I say yes.

The joke made me laugh. Did you see it? What did you think? Did you like the show? (Not soccer-related: I thought the show was funny, but not quite funny enough to follow Tosh.0.)

As you can probably tell, there's not a whole lot of news for the kickoff this morning. So, here goes what there is:

• Speaking of mocking soccer: There's a joke about Philadelphia and Bimbo that I'm not really prepared to make (too easy and played out, and I've already said a lot of bad things about Philadelphia in my life). So here goes: The Union have signed a four-year $12 million deal to have Bimbo, the giant Mexican-based baker, as their first kit sponsor. [Source:

Philadelphia Inquirer

]

• This interview with The Shin Guardian makes me realize more and more how much I miss watching Herculez Gomez in Kansas City. He's got such a high workrate and he's such a quality human. [Source:

The Shin Guardian

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• Johnny Spector! All he does is score goals? [Source:

MLSsoccer.com

]

• The New England Revolution have signed French defender Didier Domi. [Source:

Boston Globe

]

• Toronto and Celtic 'working out' a Dwayne De Rosario loan deal? [Source:

Toronto Sun

]

• MLS' No. 2 all-time leading scorer Jeff Cunningham training with IK Start in Norway. [Source:

Yanks-Abroad

]

• A decent argument about how the U.S. needs to focus more attention on its defense (particularly at fullback) than it does on waiting for a striking wunderkind to save them. [Source:

The Shin Guardian

]

• Yep, this is exactly the sort of company we want our future World Cup hosts in: Iraq and North Korea. Good job Qatar. [Source:

The Associated Press

]

• Spain still the No. 1 team according to FIFA; the United States is No. 18 (which is the highest of all CONCACAF teams). [Source:

The Associated Press

]

• Can MLS just find a way to make Akron its official academy? A good Q with Akron head coach Caleb Porter. (There are five Akron Zips likely to go in the first round; Akron grads Teal Bunbury and Steve Zakuani are amongst most promising youngsters in U.S.) [Source:

USA Today

]

We'll have more coverage of the MLS Combine and SuperDraft a little bit later.

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