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The Morning Kickoff: An amusing bid to bring the USMNT to KC

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One of the many events that will help christen "Sporting Park" is a Tuesday-night Gold Cup double-header on June 14. As of right now, we have no idea what teams will play where. The pairings will come sometime in early March. (The other host stadiums: Cowboy Stadium, Dallas; Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.; Soldier Field, Chicago; Home Depot Center, Los Angeles; Ford Field, Detroit; FIU Stadium, Miami; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.; Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.; New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.; RFK Stadium, Washington; Reliant Stadium, Houston; and The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.)

The Kansas City chapter of the American Outlaws and the Cauldron, the largest group of Sporting KC supporters, have combined to present a

"For Your Consideration" site to bring the USMNT to KC.

The "resume" is addressed to the U.S. soccer bigwigs and runs through KC's qualifications to host the Yanks (including their skills at Flip Cup) and what it would mean for the city.

It's been 10 years since Kansas City hosted the United States national team.

Seriously, check out the site.

It's pretty entertaining. Lots of thought put into it and lots of great KC pride.

• Speaking of the Cauldron,

they got a few members together earlier this week to put to audio some of the songs they sing at the games.

Sporting COO Greg Cotton was on the scene (with his camera) for a hotly-contested and highly-controversial soccer tennis tournament in Arizona.

Davy Arnaud and Jack Jewsbury were victorious.

• Yesterday, the team revealed that there will be two more pre-season games (Wed., March 9 and Thurs., March 10) at the Reach 11 complex in Phoenix, Ariz. The opponents and times have yet to be announced. The team will return to KC after the game on March 10.

We don't yet know when they will play against Chivas in Guadalajara, which was a part of the signing of Omar Bravo.

The Daily Wiz breaks down the battle over the remaining roster spots.

• With four games to go on the season (and sitting 1.5 games out of the last playoff spot), the Missouri Comets have a huge game tonight against Omaha at the Independence Events Center. The game starts at 7:35 p.m. Tomorrow, the Comets are on the road in Chicago.

A great Q with Don Garber by Brian Straus

(in what is possibly his last dispatch with AOL Fanhouse).

Becks is back with LA.

MLS investigating the arrest of Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph.

• American Maurice Edu scored for Rangers two-minutes into stoppage time yesterday to help the Scottish side progress to the Round of 16 in the Europa League.

The goal is very valuable for Scotland, moving them to 15th in the UEFA rankings.
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