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The Morning Kickoff: KC reserves start league play today

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The MLS has slow-rolled the reserve league thus far, and Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo will become the 12th and 13th reserve teams to kickoff this year. The game is at 10 a.m. today at Robertson Stadium in Houston. Houston will be fresh off last night's 3-1 MLS win over Vancouver; Kansas City's last action was a 1-0 win over the Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup last Wednesday.

We're under 2 months to the opening of Livestrong Sporting Park and the team has an excellent slideshow tour available.

Check it out.
Teal Bunbury's switch from Canada to the United States national team has been made official.

The KC Athletics -- an amateur side in the fifth-tier of American soccer -- begin qualifying for the U.S. Open Cup later this month.

Down the Byline has the details.

Kansas City have been trialing Gambian defender Omar Colley for much of the preseason. Last week, Peter Vermes claimed their were issues with Colley's former club Wallidan FC in Gambia were to blame for the delay in signing him. This weekend,

Wallidan claims the issue is with Kansas City's contract proposal (and desire for a free transfer).

For what it's worth, the article repeatedly calls the team "Kansa" City.

What did we learn this weekend in the MLS?

Real Salt Lake is the class of the league Charlie Davies needs a scuba mask The last winless teams are Chivas and Portland.

The biggest news of the day in the soccer world: American Stan Kroenke (who owns the NBA's Denver Nuggets, the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and the MLS's Colorado Rapids)

has taken over a controlling stake in Arsenal.

Former Kansas City forward/midfielder Herculez Gomez got off the snide this weekend with a two-goal performance for Pachuca. Good for Herc. Love seeing him do well.

In England, Manchester United holds a 7-point lead in the standings over Arsenal (who have a game in hand) and an 11-point lead over Chelsea (also with a game in hand). The battle for fourth between Manchester City and Tottenham is down to three points.

Today, Liverpool and Manchester City face off on ESPN2 (2 p.m.).

In Spain, the Super Clasico (Real Madrid-Barcelona) is this weekend. Madrid needs results (and goals) to close the 8-point gap between the two teams.

In Italy, five points separate Milan (68), Napoli (65) and Inter (63) at the top of the table.

And, finally, in Germany, Leverkusen closed the gap between them and Dortmund to five points. Hannover 96 (53) and Bayern Munich (52) are fighting for the Champions League spots.

Did everyone enjoy their free Firehouse sub because the Seattle Sounders "put out the Fire" on Saturday? I'd never been to Firehouse before, and I was impressed. What did you all think?