The first stage of Sporting Kansas City's southwestern training session ends today with a double-header of sorts. KC will split its squad and take on the Houston Dynamo (11 a.m.) and the U.S. U-18s (12 p.m.). They'll return to the metro for six days and head back for the second stage on Monday.
Late last night,
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There are still 35 players in camp. I expect there to be movement either immediately after the game or as soon as the team returns.
I had an email exchange with a reader late last week who was seeking clarification on the number of KC's international slots. He remembered (rightly) that KC acquired an international slot in the trade that sent Luis Gil to Real Salt Lake. (Gil was awarded to KC after a special weighted lottery during the 2010 pre-season, only he refused to play anywhere but Los Angeles or Salt Lake City.) I've come to find out the international slot expired on Jan. 1, 2011.
The rest of the pieces of that trade? A second-round draft pick in 2011 and 25 percent of his future transfer fee.
As this reader points out, hopefully that's a big transfer fee, it's the only benefit left for the deal. Kansas City used that draft pick to select already-cut defender J.T. Murray. (It's probably worth noting that the extra slot would've come in very handy had Kansas City snagged Omar Bravo during the season, instead of only getting him to start 2011.)
This just reeks of short-sightedness:
NASL teams won’t qualify for U.S. Open Cup.
But, somehow, I’m sure D.C. United will. Sunil Gulati has no soul.
Former Kansas City midfielder Khari Stephenson has signed a new contract with San Jose.
He was on loan from Norwegian side Aalesunds last year.
MLS commish Don Garber
likes what he sees in Vancouver so far.
Can Wayne Rooney's little brother succeed in the States?
One writer (a columnist for John Rooney's old team Macclesfield FC) thinks he could.
U.S. head coach Bob Bradley made $818,000 last year
... I'll let you decide if he's over-paid or under-paid.
Fox Soccer is offering a free trial of FoxSoccer.tv,
it’s broadband service. Freebie ends on Feb. 23.
The Champions League is back this afternoon, with a tasty Milan-Spurs fixture on tap.
AC Milan vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 1:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel