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The Morning Kickoff: You play to win the (preseason) game!

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Sporting Kansas City have

a trophy to add to their collection getting in the habit of winning is important for this team.*
*Remember, the sage-like Herm Edwards provided us this lesson in far more eloquent form not too long ago.

Another positive, getting in the habit of scoring goals -- Kansas City bulged the old onion bag 8 times this weekend. 8!

You can watch the highlights of KC's two goals here.

Two thoughts: They look slick in the "sporting" blue and that first goal showed Kei Kamara is a slightly underrated playmaker.

There won't be a trophy on the line -- at least, I don't

tonight tomorrow

Wednesday at 12 p.m.

UPDATE: Mea culpa, I had the dates wrong for the games this week. The games are Tuesday and Wednesday.

The team returns to KC on Wednesday.

ESPN has a preview a Kansas City preview up.

Which answers a question I was asking myself the other day: "Does ESPN know the MLS starts this month?"

KC's other soccer team, the Missouri Comets,

held on for a huge victory Sunday against the Chicago Riot.

The win puts them one-game up on the Omaha Vipers for the third and final playoff spot in Major Indoor Soccer League.

It was my first-ever time watching a professional indoor soccer game as an adult. The crowd (announced at 3,000 or so) was solid and the action wasn't too shabby (that Byron Alvarez can ball and it's fun to watch Leo Gibson tackle people). I could've done without the in-game music though. That was a bit much.

A little plug: Please check out the third episode of our

podcast Stoppage Time.

We talk about Jack Jewsbury, David Beckham, the Comets and winning.'s Andrew Wiebe

on the impact of KC's three new signings in Friday night's 6-1 thrashing of the Arizona Sahuaros.

William Jewell player David Fox (brother of our friend in football Graham Fox)

sent a postcard to du Nord over the weekend about his semester playing soccer and studying abroad in Spain.

Good stuff.

USA-centric Lightning Round!

Former New England striker Taylor Twellman will join the Philadelphia Union as color commentator. A recap of Americans abroad from Soccer Insider.

Freddy Adu -- FREDDY ADU! -- scored a beautiful goal from distance for Rizespor in Turkey.

There was some sort of rivalry this weekend in the birthplace of American soccer. FC Dallas are very close to inking Colombia U-20 star Fabian Castillo.

Around the World

Snoods are dead! Good riddance to horrible fashion! Pele warns that money is a 'danger' for the sport.

Hmmm, says the guy speaking on a promotional tour for a team that doesn't exist anymore! Not to mention, said team almost single-handedly ruined soccer in this country because it over-spent its budget.

Those of us at Johnny's Tavern in the Power Light District yesterday (you should've been there, it was good times) had a good laugh at Nani's acting performance during Liverpool's thrashing of Manchester United after he was cleated by Jamie Carragher.

I'm not really laughing now that I've seen the damage that Carragher did to Nani's shin. The gash (which is gruesome) went straight to the bone. (

Here's a link to the image

, not for faint of heart.)

Speaking of that game... Luis Suarez was absolutely brilliant. His work on the first goal was just... wow.