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The Morning Kickoff: A sideshow comes to KC

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Today is a big day for us here at The Full 90. It's not just that it is St. Patrick's Day (though that does mean Shamrock Shake, which makes us happy). It's not even that it's also the first day of the NCAA Tournament (which makes us very, very happy). It's not even that the Ocho-sideshow means more exposure for the blog (which it already has and makes us very happy).

No, today is our anniversary. We turn 1 year old. Now, we're not one wax all nostalgic (but we are one to talk in the present plural tense, which is weird... we know), but it's kind of been a big year.

In one poorly constructed run-on sentence, I will try and surmise an entire year of covering soccer for The Kansas City Star...

Who are these guys?, 4-nil in the cold, Ryan Smith!, 90 Minutes of Hell, starting strong,

Worst Miss of the Century this goal
this reaction this game this game
I like that BoonBooRee Chad Ochocinco.

Holy crap. Did I miss anything? That's one heck of a year. Thanks for keeping with us.

Now, on to recapping that Ochocinco news...

Chad Johnson, and anyone who can cut it in MLS, deserves a shot
Ochocinco will have a (real) trial with Sporting KC Idled in football, Chad tries futbol Five other NFL players who could make it in soccer

Chad's work as a kicker...

I personally think the Ocho-sideshow is a win-win-win for the team. First, if he actually is serious and has some talent and can ball, good. Second, the media circus is a good chance for the team to get much-needed publicity. Third, the team gets a chance to see what it is made of playing with a media circus in tow. Worst-case scenario? He's not very good and everyone moves on.

Lightning Round

MLS looks at the effect of home-field advantage and what it could mean to a team starting the season with a road-trip

, like Sporting Kansas City.

Donovan headlines U.S. roster for upcoming exhibition games. Perhaps seeing the error of their ways, CONCACAF will likely stick with a six-team final for 2014 World Cup qualifying. Chelsea and Real Madrid are through the Champions League quarterfinals.

They'll join Barcelona, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Schalke 04 and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson gets five-match ban for ref rant. And, finally, and very strangely: Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed is going to unveil a statue of Michael Jackson outside of Craven Cottage on April 3.