Happy Wednesday everybody. Here's your morning batch of my thoughts and a few links.
Chance Myers ... Reserve League MVP.
So, let's think on this. Chance Myers is a former No. 1 pick and he's never had a full season in MLS. He's been a fullback, a midfielder and now a forward. Last year, he looked ready to break out but took an injury and lost his spot to Kei Kamara (who never relinquished).
He's looked great against reserve teams and normal against full squads. What do we make of this? A guy figuring it out and pushing for a role with the team? Or is he a bottle guy that can't perform in a game that actually matters?
It's a make-or-bust season for Chance. I think he's probably found his level (squad player, good with the reserves), but if he's in form, maybe he needs more time on the field. Of course, I think he needs more time on the wing, not at fullback.
What say you?
Season ticket holders can pick up their tickets and preview their seats at Livestrong Sporting Park starting this Sunday (3-8 p.m.), Monday (4-8 p.m.) and Tuesday (4-8 p.m.). Meet at the trailer in the southwest corner of the Nebraska Furniture Mart parking lot and, once you've got your tickets, you can go inside the stadium and see your seat.
Check out the chap recap with KC's Robb Heineman.
MLSsoccer.com's Andrew Wiebe
breaks down the talking points from the loss to LA.
The only game between MLS squads tonight is the Nutrilite Canadian Championship between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC. Kickoff is at 9 p.m.
The draw for the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League is today. Colorado and Los Angeles are already through to the group phase; FC Dallas, Seattle and the Vancouver-Toronto winner will be in the preliminary round.
Philadelphia trying to land Real Madrid this summer.
Everyone, let's laugh at our "rivals,"
who officially cut ties with their flop DP Nery Castillo.
An American now owns AS Roma.
So, of course, he's interesting in brining big name Americans -- like Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley -- to Rome.
Thierry Henry wants his 37-year-old mate Robert Pires to join him in MLS.
Just when the league is starting to lose the "retirement home" image.
Why the Gold Cup matters and
why the U.S. must win it
D.C. United's Charlie Davies will miss some time with a hamstring issue.
This could really clear the way for KC's Teal Bunbury to make the Gold Cup squad.
Manchester City continued their singular dominance of Stoke City by beating them in league play yesterday 3-0 (City won the FA Cup on Saturday by beating Stoke 1-0).
Manager Roberto Mancini says star striker Carlos Tevez wants to stay.
Congrats to Reading -- and our friend and colleague Matt Schofield --
for dumping Cardiff City and reaching the finals of the Championship play-off.
Follow up to the West Ham dinner debacle:
Forward Demba Ba claims he was the victim of racial abuse from a supporter during fracas.
Barcelona's slick new Nike kits are ruined by 6th-grade typography.
This is awesome. I want to see an MLS team try this one.