The Full 90

The Morning Kickoff: The Sportings flee KC again

The Morning Kickoff is your start-the-day-right collection of stories, opinions, news and videos from around the globe. We scour the Web, you click the link. We're still working on our tagline.

Well, Sporting Kansas City's brief stay in Kansas City has ended, and they are Phoenix-bound again. Hmm, and the weather turned sour. Coincidence?

The team's first action during the second-stage of preseason will be a split-squad double-dose this Saturday against the MLS-expansion Portland Timbers and the soon-to-be-MLS-expansion Montreal Impact. Both games are from Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. The Timbers game is at 12 p.m. and the Impact game is 1:30 p.m.

The bad news is, of course, that forward Teal Bunbury will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a dislocated elbow. He'll miss the next two weeks of camp, the as-of-yet-date-unknown friendly with Chivas de Guadalajara and very likely the First Kick against Chivas USA in Los Angeles and the second game in Chicago. Bummer.

The best from The Full 90 over the weekend:

Kevin Ellis' inspiring story of rejection and redemption why size matters in the new stadium.

Du Nord's contributing editor (and Sporting KC fan)

Graham Fox reviewed the book Scorecasting

, which is an exploration of the hidden influences on sports. There's a chapter on how home fans can influence a game, and it's not quite how you'd think. This book is sitting on my desk, can't wait to read it.

We don't often talk USL Pro here on the blog (because there isn't a team in the area), but we'll talk about the debut of Orlando City SC,

who beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 this weekend.

Why Orlando? Well, the franchise was relocated from Austin at the end of the year somewhat rancorously. OK, the real reason is that my favorite former Sporting KC player Lance Watson is on the team. Also, former KC defender Jose Burciaga Jr. is playing with them.

American highlights overseas:

Tim Howard had 8 saves as Everton tipped Chelsea on PKs in the FA Cup and Freddy Adu had two assists in his debut in the Turkish second division with Rizespor.

Is Yank Alejandro Bedoya inline for a possible move to Birmingham City?

He's training with the team, but any SKC fan can tell you from experience with Teal Bunbury, that doesn't always mean anything.

Five of the world's biggest teams are in Champions League action this week: Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.

The most interesting tie on paper is the Chelsea-Copenhagen game on Tuesday.

Lightning Round!

The Missouri Comets stayed alive in the playoff hunt (3 of the 5 teams make it?) with a 9-7 victory over the Chicago Riot yesterday.

Real Salt Lake and Columbus have a CONCACAF Champions League showdown on Tuesday night,

is there a budding rivalry there?

It looks like everyone's least-favorite pest, Carlos Ruiz, is headed back to MLS.

This time with Philadelphia.

Trouble in New England?

Captain Shalrie Joseph and defender Kevin Alston have been sent home from camp for disciplinary reasons.

The English FA Cup saw Manchester United struggle, Manchester City stroll, Chelsea get dumped and Arsenal trip into a replay.

Listen kids:

Violence is bad. Mmmm, kay?

I said:

Violence is bad. Mmm, kay?

In all seriousness: Violence is really, really bad.

A club official for a last-place team in Guatemala was shot and killed after receiving threats.

That's never the solution to anything, much less something like sports.

A goalkeeper scored a last-second header for Deportivo Coruna on the weekend,

salvaging a point for his team and possibly his coaches job.

Videos of the Day

I give you "Little Prodigy Hit in Groin with Soccerball"...

This weekend's "Miss of the Year"...

Is this better than Rooney's overhead kick? I say, not quite...