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The Morning Kickoff: Sporting in action in Tucson tonight

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With no apparent broadcast options, the kickoff of the MLS Desert Cup in Tucson which features Sporting Kansas City taking on the Arizona Sahuaros tonight (and SKC vs. New York Red Bulls tomorrow night) will be covered via live chat at the team's blog,

The Sporting Way.

For more on tonight's game (which is at 7 p.m. CT), go


The only news yesterday:

The team signed draft pick Konrad Warzycha and immediately moved him to injured reserve (he'll be out for 6-8 months).
He's active on Twitter. A little behind-the-scenes insight into how Kansas City helped plant the seeds for Major League Soccer's Arizona spring training.

Frustrated about the possibility of not having some of the sleek SKC merch we've heard about this off-season before the season actually starts?

The Sporting Times' James Starritt knows how you feel.

Episode Three of Stoppage Time will drop sometime today. We will not do two eps a week very often. Scheduling (and news) led us to the double-shot. Hope you guys find it entertaining/informative/not a complete waste of time.

Lightning Round!

San Jose celebrates the first phase of proposed soccer stadium.

Good for them.

The birthplace of American soccer will host the greatest rivalry in the history of organized sport when

Seattle hosts Portland and Vancouver in a series of friendlies this weekend. Real Salt Lake will face frequent MLS foe Saprissa in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.

Kansas City -- and the rest of the United States --

will find out who goes where for the Gold Cup on Tuesday, March 8. There's a massive American Outlaws rally this weekend in Las Vegas.

Manchester City midfielder Kolo Toure has been suspended and (I'm sure Man City love this)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says its because he took his wife's diet pills. He could face a lengthy ban.

Cristiano Ronaldo capped Real Madrid's 7-0 thrashing of Malaga with this beautiful back-heel:

It was so beautiful that part of his lower body just couldn't take it anymore. He was substituted for an unknown injury and manager

Jose Mourinho feels it could be serious. It's official, Sir Alex Ferguson hates all media!

Well, except he was very, very nice to Pete Grathoff and I during the team's tour last summer.

FIFA to fun more goal-line technology trials. CONCACAF will still have 3.5 slots for the 2014 World Cup. They were pushing for four automatic bids.

I didn't see it, but

apparently the Old Firm this week descended into absolute mayhem. Ibrahimovic says he'll retire at 33. Who wouldn't like to retire at 33?

During his tour of Asia with a non-existent team, former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona

claims his kung-fu kick on a hooligan was a "dream" for United supporters.

Because everyone dreams of seeing their favorite football player front-kick a fan.

Here's the kick if you have never seen it or want to see it for the 8,000 time.

Real or fake? I don't care. I think Borussia Dortmund's trick-shot from the bus video is awesome. (I'll stop with the Dortmund stuff someday, promise.)

(Hat tip: Dirty Tackle)

More trick shots...

(Hat tip: The Offside Rules)