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The Morning Kickoff: Hope your DVR is ready and SKC call ups

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A series of simultaneous soccer matches descends on you today, is your DVR ready?

The first batch are Champions League fixtures: Manchester United vs. Marseille (2:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) and Bayern Munich vs. Inter Milan (also 2:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net). The second batch feature the first game of the MLS season, Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (8:30 p.m., ESPN2) and the only American team left in CONCACAF Champions League play, Real Salt Lake vs. Saprissa (9 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

Four epic games right there.

Which game do you watch, which game do you DVR and which game do you ignore?

This just in this morning: Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone), Shavar Thomas (Jamaica) and Stephane Auvray (Guadeloupe) have been called up for international duty and will miss KC's match with Chicago on March 26.

Kamara will be with Sierra Leone for an African Cup qualifier on March 27 against Niger. Thomas and Jamaica will face Venezuela (March 25) and El Salvador (March 27). Auvray and Guadeloupe will play a friendly against Racing Club de Lens (France Ligue 1) on March 26.

Worth noting: The United States plays Argentina on March 26.

We've got so much coming for you on this Tuesday. Our man Terez Paylor sat down and had a good chat with new Sporting KC defender Julio Cesar (who needs a translator, but I understand that he doesn't communicate with other players by yelling what country they country from -- which happened with a guy on the team last year).

Cesar has a very high opinion of MLS.

Also in that story, Bunbury talked to The Star and let us know that he has been cleared to play after suffering a dislocated elbow this preseason. He participated in practice on Tuesday. For what it's worth, head coach Peter Vermes said the sophomore striker would be in the team's plans against Chicago not Chivas.

We've got plenty of stuff coming for you this afternoon. I'm getting through my Media Day interviews with Vermes, Kei Kamara, Robb Heienman, Bunbury and Roger Espinoza to share with you. A contest is coming later this morning. A podcast is dropping around lunchtime. Some MLS predictions mid-afternoon. And possibly the results of Pete Grathoff's own David Beckham Experiment this evening.

So, check back often.

Last night, the Cauldron held their Meet the Players rally at Johnny's Tavern in the Power Light District. It was, by all accounts, a huge success. Many players (I counted more than 10) showed up.

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