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The Morning Kickoff: Bunbury back by First Kick? Waiver drafts and more

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Sporting KC striker Teal Bunbury, out the last two weeks with a dislocated elbow,

tells MLSssocer.com's Andrew Wiebe

"I really feel like I'll be ready for the season opener."

That could be big news for a team that needs to start fast with 10-straight road games. Of course, you could argue Bunbury is an optimist and of course he'd "like" to be ready for First Kick.

Yesterday,

Sporting KC traded Jack Jewsbury to the Portland Timbers.

The move netted KC some

allocation money that they can use in a few different ways.

The Back Post has recap (with audio/video)

of the KC Cauldron's recording session last week.

Inside Minnesota Soccer

has an interview with new Sporting KC defender Scott Lorenz.

Lorenz: "The way we play at Kansas City is we like to get up and down the field a lot and I consider that one of my strengths. For me the transition here has been a bit easier than it might have been at some other MLS clubs."

Kansas City might land a new player this afternoon if they decide to participate in the first Waiver Draft today. This draft will feature the players who were waived yesterday on roster compliance day. Among the notable players available: Midfielder

Anthony Obodai,

defender

Yohance Marshall,

forward

Connor Chinn

and defender

Danny Earls.

KC has the 8th pick.

Chelsea up-ended Manchester United 2-1 in a high-quality mid-week EPL matchup (the highlights of which were displayed prominently on Sportscenter this morning). Sideshow Bob, er, David Luiz,

scored a beautiful volley for Chelsea.

After the game,

Sir Alex Ferguson lashed out against the refs after the game

(Chelsea won on a soft penalty, but it wasn't that soft). I'm not a fan of any manager (much less the one whose team I root for) attacking the refs. It's an excuse. Fans get mad at the refs, managers get mad at their players (or themselves).

Soccer on TV today

SPA: Getafe vs. Atletico Madrid, 1 p.m., GolTV



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