So, with really only the Champions League Final and the MLS regular season around to keep us rolling in soccer news, this is somehow a jam-packed edition of the Kickoff. Enjoy the plethora of links to get your morning started right.
Lets start with some good news:
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the victims of the disaster.
The Gold Cup rosters were all released yesterday.
The notable KC players called in where the ones we’ve talked about a lot here: Stephane Auvray (Guadeloupe), Roger Espinoza (Honduras), Craig Rocastle (Grenada) and Shavar Thomas (Jamaica). The mild surprise was Teal Bunbury didn’t make the U.S. squad.
Why no Teal?
U.S. manager Bob Bradley explained during a teleconference:
"Teal is a young striker that we certainly see a lot of potential," the US manager said Monday on a media teleconference call. “I didn’t think it was the right time for him. I don’t think he’s been as sharp as we would like so far in the season. And I think that’s a sign of him continuing to mature and grow. "And quite honestly, another part of it is the fact that as we’ve watched different games, we felt strongly that Chris Wondolowski is in good form. He has scored some very good goals, different kinds of goals and Chris seems to be a player that gets a couple of chances every game."
The weird call-ups to me: Freddy Adu and Robbie Rodgers (not sure why Bob Bradley loves Rodgers, he's not world-class). The weird exclusions (besides Teal): Timothy Chandler (great young talent who isn't cap-tied to the U.S. yet and could play for Germany) and Herculez Gomez (U.S. only has three forwards).
32 MLS players will take part in the Gold Cup.
And make sure you check out
this cool Gold Cup graphic from U.S. soccer
Sporting might also be without Kei Kamara for a few games,
he tweeted yesterday
that he was called-up by Sierra Leone for a June 4th game.
MLSsoccer.com’s Andrew Wiebe
breaks down the 1-0 loss in Seattle.
The Daily Wiz asks:
Which loss (other than the Seattle one) was the worst this season. No doubt, it’s Los Angeles.
This could be good news for KC:
Colorado’s vaunted front-line is struggling right now. The Rapids also have a cross-country flight to New York for a game on Wednesday.
Seattle’s Jeff Parke is the MLS player of the week.
The requirements for POTW seem to include "the ability to flick an unmarked header from 6 feet out into the net."
There’s only one major game left in the European season, the Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona this Saturday.
Coverage from Wembley Field starts at 1 p.m. on Fox.
One of Barcelona’s fiercest enemies could cause them trouble this go around:
Icelandic volcanic ash is again threatening European travel.
Diego Maradona says the Argentina national team took drugs in their coffee before a ‘93 qualifier.
I have the admit I am way behind on this story, but the entire process is fascinating: A member of UK parliament revealed that Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs had used a super-injunction (and threatened to sue Twitter) to keep details of an alleged affair with a glamor model from being published.
Read more about it here.
Taunting your opponents with free subs for your fans after the opponent loses or holding a mock funeral to taunt your opponents' relegation? Genoa fans turned out to "bury" Sampdoria.
This is just no way to celebrate a goal: Breaking your teammates nose with a sliding tackle to the face.
The goal that won the Mexican Clasasura playoff for Pumas. That just isn't right.