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The Morning Kickoff: The pre-season trickles onward

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Things have somewhat appropriately died down after Tuesday's mega-load of news. Sporting Kansas City should mostly be back in Kansas City by now. Media Day is Monday. So is the Cauldron's Meet the Players rally at Johnny's Tavern.

And those of us at The Star not completely buried by the Big 12 tournament and incoming madness of March have begun work on our MLS/Sporting KC preview for Sunday's newspaper.

Until then, here are some stories to get your through this surprisingly chilly morning.

World Soccer Reader
Goal.com

have each posted a Sporting KC preview. (Goal.com needs a little research assistance: Davy Arnaud is the longest-tenured player, not Eric Kronberg.)

Last night,

I broke down Kansas City's roster as of right now.

It includes the expected signings of defender Julio Cesar Santos Correa and midfielder Milos Stojcev.

Down the Byline has the always-comprehensive

update on former SKC Wizards players. The U.S. Women brought home the Algarve Cup with a 4-2 victory over Iceland.

The first week of the second leg of Champions League Round of 16 are done:

Tottenham have progressed
Schalke slammed the door on Valencia.

They will join Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk in the quarterfinals.

Adrian Healy takes over as ESPN's voice of MLS.

A few MLS pre-season games of note last night:

Seattle knocked out defending MLS Cup champ Colorado 3-1 D.C. United beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 Toronto FC lost to the Charleston Battery 2-1 (a third-tier team) Columbus reversed a loss to New England last week, winning 3-1

in the Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge.

Do will all of those results as you will.

MLS Matchday apps are now available: Got an Android phone?

Get it here. Get it here.

Got a Blackberry? What is this, 2006?

What happens when a goalkeeper forgets how to throw the ball? This really, really embarrassing result.

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