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Yesterday was a dull news day. Slow, boring, nothing happened. That should change, drastically, today. You've got: The last pre-season game for Sporting Kansas City (tonight against Real Salt Lake at 8 p.m. CT), CONCACAF's announcement of the Gold Cup groups (at 11 a.m. ET with KC's bid for the U.S. national team on the line) and the second-leg of Barcelona-Arsenal Champions League tussle (at 1:45 on Fox Soccer Channel).

If yesterday was like seeing a Molly Hatchet tribute band at a state fair after party, today could be like seeing the Beatles in their prime (probably with far fewer screaming girls though).

Hope you've got your calendar cleared out. It could get epic.

Make sure you check back with us this afternoon for coverage of each event... and possibly something more that could trump all that.

Lightning Round

Ives Galarcep's FoxSoccer.com

preview of Sporting Kansas City:
The Sporting offense should be improved with the addition of Omar Bravo, but the questions in the back make it difficult to project KC into the playoffs. If Sporting can survive the rough early stretch of road games with a reasonable record, playing in a new stadium could provide a major boost down the stretch. The new home won’t matter though if the back-line isn’t up to the task. If it is, Sporting could slip into the playoffs as a low seed.

Reports out of Serbia say Milos Stojcev -- who has been trialing with KC the last month -- is close to signing. He's a left-footed midfielder who can play centrally or wide.

MLSsoccer.com looks at the state of MLS supporters. Soccer has inevitable date with goal-line technology.

As noted earlier, today is the return of Champions League fixtures. The big one is the Arsenal-Barcelona rematch. Arsenal is up 2-1 and

both teams have injury questions. Today's games:


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