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The Morning Kickoff: Last night was a win for all of MLS

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Last night, Real Salt Lake went down to Costa Rica and came back CONCACAF Champions League finalists. And, if you are an MLS fan, you were an RSL fan for at least one night.

By beating Deportivo Saprissa 3-2 (on aggregate goals)

Salt Lake becomes the first MLS team to qualify for the finals since the European format was installed in 2008 and the first team since Los Angeles in 2000 to reach a regional title game.

Why is it such a big deal? Well, it proves that an MLS side can hack it against an established team in an established league and get results. It also gives Salt Lake a chance to earn a spot in the Club World Cup in December -- a spot that could vastly improve MLS' visibility world-wide.

RSL will face the winner of Cruz Azul-Monterrey (Fox Soccer Channel, tonight 7 p.m.). Monterrey is up 2-1.

Closer to home,

Sporting KC have "officially" told Goal.com that there is no imminent player signing.

Which isn't really a denial. The player in question is likely Mexican defender Aaron Galindo.

Sporting Kansas City is still

struggling with injuries ahead of tonight's U.S. Open Cup qualifying fixture with the Houston Dynamo will be without a big offensive weapon due to injury.

DC United takes on the Philadelphia Union in another U.S. Open qualifier tonight.

In MLS action, Vancouver and New England play tonight at 9 p.m. The only TV is Direct Kick or Match Day Live.

Champions League fixtures will dominate the afternoon, with Manchester United-Chelsea (1:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) and Barcelona-Shakhtar Donetsk (1:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Plus).

Speaking of Champions League...

Real Madrid thrashed 10-man Tottenham Schalke topped Inter Milan 5-2.

Despite losing, Inter's Dejan Stankovic did this.

The New York Times

on Dwayne De Rosario's hastened exit from Toronto. DC United starlet Andy Najar chooses to play for immediately for Honduras instead of waiting two years to play for the United States.

He is likely to be part of Honduras' Gold Cup roster.

Because of his potty mouth,

Wayne Rooney is no longer pitching Coca-Cola.
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