The MLS season hits its stride tomorrow, which means Sporting Kansas City's long road march to the stadium opener officially begins. Which means you need to get that Road Trip Beard going now. (Or your Road Trip Mustache.)
Coming up today: A Q with former Kansas City captain Jimmy Conrad and a deeper look at Sporting KC's current roster.
For now, let's jump right into a few links for your MLS Season Eve morning.
• Sporting KC's
•MLSsoccer.com has a Q with team president Robb Heineman.
It includes a nugget I wish I could've wrung from Robb:
MLSsoccer.com: To be clear, are you saying that a jersey sponsor is close to be finalized?
Heineman: Definitely. We have a couple different candidates that we are working on, both of whom we think would be excellent candidates. They match up very well with the branding theme that we’ve been working through. It’s something that we would like to get done as soon as possible.
•Andrew Weibe also has a story about Matt Besler and how he took criticism to heart to prepare for this season.
•Teal Bunbury's upbringing offers glimpse of the future.
•Where the MLS stands, soccermetrically speaking.
• The Champions League quarterfinals have been set:
Real Madrid vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea vs. Manchester United
Barcelona vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Inter Milan vs. Schalke 04
The Madrid/Tottenham winner faces the Barca/Shakhtar winner with the United/Chelsea winner facing the Milan/Schalke winner in the semifinals.