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The Morning Kickoff: Expect news on transfer deadline day (which is today)

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Sporting Kansas City -- like many Americans -- are waiting until the last minute to file some very important paperwork. Will they sign any new players before the transfer window closes today?

From every thing I've heard/seen, Sporting Kansas City seems certain to sign a new player or two today. The possible newbies: Gambian defender Omar Colley, French defender Aurelien Collin and Mexican defender/midfielder Aaron Galindo.

Colley trained with the team throughout preseason (but isn't here now), Collin is with the team in KC, and Galindo has just been linked to the team. All three have contract issues, however: Reports from Gambia say Colley's former team wants compensation, Collin is waiting to be released from his contract with Portugese side Vitoria Setubal and Galindo is waging a court battle with Chivas de Guadalajara.

Peter Vermes told MLSsoccer.com: "We are really trying. Believe me, I would love to announce a couple things right now. We're really close."

Keep your eyes peeled and check back here at The Full 90 or via

Twitter.

• Who didn't see this coming?

Livestrong Sporting Park's address is now One Sporting Way.

The public works and safety board of KCK made the change to Prairie Crossing between State Avenue and Village West Parkway official earlier this month.

• A Q with one of the most surprising rookies of 2011:

Sportign KC's CJ Sapong.

Sapong is just one of the weapons

KC will employ while Omar Bravo recovers from sports hernia surgery.

• A quick synopsis of last night:

The product on the field (Portland 4-Chicago 2) was outstanding

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the atmosphere (what a crowd) was amazing

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the man with a giant chainsaw (Timber Joey) was frightening

and the stadium name (Jeld-Wen) was awful.

Why did it take 15 years to get Portland into MLS?

• Don't forget, since Chicago lost, everyone in Kansas City gets a free sub from Firehouse Subs. (Please don't confuse my reminder as me shilling for Sporting KC. I'm a journalist. Journalists LOVE free food. Objectivity and fairness go out the window the minute free food is on the table.)

MLS boss Don Garber spoke during the Timbers-Fire game about issues with refereeing in MLS.

He said:

“We’ve worked with [US Soccer] and the Canadian Soccer Association on creating points of emphasis that we’re working on with our clubs, our players and our officials, to try and ensure that we’re promoting attacking soccer and protecting the safety of our players,” Garber said.

“I think there have been some inconsistencies in how that has been managed over the last couple of weeks,” he added.

• Manchester City will tour North America this summer. The only announced stop so far

will be at Empire Field in Vancouver.

Why not start this speculation now: Might Man City be headed to KC this summer? I caught wind of that rumor last year, but could never verify it.

• Before the Women's World Cup, the U.S. women will face Mexico at Red Bull Arena on June 5. (The U.S. men will play Spain the night before in Boston. Who's up for a double-Yank trip? That sounds dirty doesn't it?)

• The biggest game in the world this weekend is in La Liga. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. Maybe you've heard of those guys? The focus of much debate will be over Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo.

">Dutch great Johan Cruyff has weighed in, sayings Barca's Messi is great but Madrid's Ronaldo is lacking.
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