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TMK: Farm Aid, KCK and Sporting? MLS salaries and more

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Just getting back and plugged into the Matrix after a weekend spent channeling my inner Henry David Thoreau. Let's get this kickoff started with a big rumbling...

So, there is going to be some sort of announcement on Wednesday about Farm Aid (the benefit concert series). Why are you reading about it on a soccer blog? Because there are rumblings that it will be

the first announced concert at Livestrong Sporting Park.

(Why else would

Robb Heineman get so excited about it on Twitter?

) The details are expected to drop tomorrow.

Man, KCK is trying to draw the attraction center of Kansas City further west isn't it? The Speedway, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Cabela's, Livestrong Sporting Park, Google's high-speed internet, Kanrocksas and now Farm Aid. Big summer.

MLS salaries were released over the weekend and, thanks to a few key signings and new roster rules,

the average salary increased 12 percent

. Sporting Kansas City's information was released and you can

check it out here

. We've got a post/story coming up later today that has been delayed because we are awaiting a reply from the player's union with regards to confusing information about Omar Bravo's salary.

The union lists his base salary as $120,000 a year and total compensation at $170,000. That would make him the 9th highest-paid player on Sporting KC. The entire point of the designated player rule is that it allows a team to spend


than they would for any other player. Unless there is some weird voodoo going on that we don't know about, it seems off to me.

"Sporting Kansas City" takes a little collateral damage in

this story about why the Colorado Rapids should rebrand.

Another gruesome injury this weekend, this time it was Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales suffering a shattered left ankle.

His surgeon says he could be back this season.

Colorado's Omar Cummings

will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained ankle.

Sporting KC plays Colorado in three weeks.


(The good kind, the kind that doesn't involve people actually a war of words between New York's Luke Rodgers and Los Angeles' Landon Donovan.)

The Home Depot Center will host the 2011 MLS Cup on Nov. 20.

If you're keeping track at home, the league's two highest bankroll teams (Los Angeles and New York) will host the two marquee games (New York is hosting the All-Star Game).

For the record, I love having the MLS Cup in LA. The weather will be nice, the crowd will be decent regardless of the team, etc.


having it at 9 p.m. Eastern on a Sunday night? If the NFL does in fact have a season, the MLS Cup will be decimated by the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. Decimated.

Barcelona to play in D.C., Miami and Dallas this summer

... not once against American competition.

Plenty of mid-week action on TV today: The highlight of course is Manchester City vs. Tottenham (1:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel). The other good games are Palermo vs. AC Milan (GolTV/ and Real Madrid vs. Getafe (3 p.m., ESPN Deportes/

Two FIFA members (Cameroon and Ivory Coast) have been accused of

accepting bribes of $1.5 million to vote for Qatar as host of 2022 World Cup finals

. Meanwhile, former England Football Association chairman Lord Triesman has accused four executive committee members (Nicolas Leoz, Jack Warner, Ricardo Teixeira and Worawi Makudi) of

requesting gifts in exchange for votes.

The most interesting: Leoz allegedly demanded knighthood in exchange for a vote for England. Warner, by the way, is the CONCACAF president.

Manchester United need just one point in the next two games to lock up a 19th league title. Chelsea (70 points) controls the second spot with Arsenal (67) and Manchester City (62) rounding out the Champions League spots. And, don't look now, but Liverpool (58) is holding down a spot in the Europa League. Meanwhile, the race to the bottom still has four teams within four points: Wolverhampton (37), Blackpool (36), Wigan (36) and West Ham (33).

La Liga is pretty much sorted at the top: Barcelona (91), Real Madird (83), Valencia (66) and Villarreal (61) hold the Champions League spots. At the bottom, Almeria (26) and Hercules (33) seem certain to go down. But there are 10 teams within four points of the drop zone, including Deportivo La Coruna (39), Real Zaragoza (39), Getafe (40), Real Sociedad (41) and Osasuna (41).

In Serie A, AC Milan (78) have won the title while Inter (72), Napoli (68) and Udinese (62) round out the Champions League spots. Both AS Roma (60) and Lazio (60) are close by. Bari (21) and Brescia (31) are going down with Sampdoria (36), Lecce (38) and Cesena (40) fighting to stay up.

The top of the Bundesliga is already sorted: Borussia Dortmund have clinched the title, and Bayer Leverkusen (65) holds a slight lead on Bayern Munich (62) for second but both have clinched Champions League play. St. Pauil (29) is going down, Eintract Frankfurt (34), Monchengladbach (35) and Wolfsburg (35) are fighting to stay away from the drop.

Ronaldo will play a bank robber in Hollywood movie alongside Juliette Lewis and Andy Garcia.

I'm prone to slight hyperbole at times, but I really mean it this time: Greatest assist-goal combo ever. It features a rabona (wrapping your kicking leg around the back of your standing leg) and a bicycle kick.