Will Kansas City see the US National Team in the Gold Cup on June 14? According to Soccer Insider, that seems to be the plan.
"The Gold Cup groups and pairings won't be set by CONCACAF for at least another week or two, but it appears the United States' route will go from Detroit's Ford Field to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium and then to Kansas City's new soccer-specific arena in the first round. Assuming they win the group, the Americans would likely play a quarterfinal at Washington's RFK Stadium on June 19. Defending champion Mexico seems set to play in Dallas, Charlotte and Chicago (Soldier Field) before heading to New Jersey's Meadowlands for the quarters. Houston's Reliant Stadium will host the June 22 semifinals and the Rose Bowl is set to stage the June 25 final."
Getting to see the US national team might gloss over the fact that there's a good chance the home opener won't include Stephane Auvray, Shavar Thomas, Craig Rocastle and Roger Espinoza. Maybe. What say you KC?
• Sporting KC midfielder Jack Jewsbury was elected to the St. Louis Billikens Hall of Fame on Friday night. His qualifications:
"Jack Jewsbury (Men's Soccer, 1999-2002) - Jewsbury was a two-time All-American, an Academic All-American and the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2000. He finished his career tied for 10th place on SLU's scoring list with 101 points on 38 goals and 25 assists. Jewsbury helped the team qualify for the NCAA Tournament all four years, including an appearance in the quarterfinal round in 2001. A member of the Billiken All-Half Century team, he has been a standout for the MLS Kansas City Wizards [ed: They've got to throw a nickel in the "Wizards Swear Jar"] and has been called to the U.S. National Team camp."
• In case you missed it (don't worry, I'll link to it about 15 more times before the week is out), the first episode of Stoppage Time (our brand-new podcast) is out now.You can download/listen to it here.
It'll be up on iTunes soon (fingers crossed).
• Omar Bravo made the Spanish-language media rounds in Miami this weekend.Here's a recap.
• Speaking of well-known goal-scoring strikers who are not-yet past their primes,Thierry Henry says he's happy with "best supporting striker" role with New York.
•Ronaldo wore diapers during the '99 Copa America, says former coach.
•AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso has been suspended four European games
for being a douche and confronting (and grabbing by the neck and headbutting) Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordan.
• Worth posting only because the player in question is Stijn Stijnen:Brugge lets goalkeeper go after slander campaign.
On TV today
• Champions League:
Copenhagen vs. Chelsea, 1 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel
Lyon vs. Real Madrid, 1:30 p.m. Fox Sports, Fox DeportesJohn Terry says Chelsea need to 'man up' ... Real Madrid have not progressed past the quarterfinals since 2004
• CONCACAF Champions League
CONCACAF Champions League: Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake, 7 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision
CONCACAF Champions League: Cruz Azul vs. Santos Laguna, 9 p.m. TelefuturaReal Salt Lake are heavy favorites against rebuilt Crew
• Other televised games
Europa League: CSKA Moscow vs. PAOK, 10 a.m., DirecTV
England: Blackpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 2 p.m., Fox Soccer+
CONCACAF U-17 Qualifier: United States vs. El Salvador, 2 p.m., ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com
Copa Libertadores: San Martin vs. San Luis, 6:30 p.m., Fox Deportes
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