The Full 90

TMK: Less than a week till LSP opens, Zusi starting, USA-Spain and more

We're now less than a week away from Livestrong Sporting Park.

There is so much planned for the next week I can't even begin to wrap my head around it. But here's a start:

A teaser of the cover The Star's 10-page special section about Livestrong Sporting Park.

Inside of it you'll find Pete Grathoff writing about Lamar Hunt's flat tire and the long road to LSP, a two-page diagram jam-packed with the stadium's bells and whistles, and more.

I'm a little biased in saying this (I designed the cover, wrote two stories for it and draw a regular paycheck from The Star), but every Sporting Kansas City fan should pick up a Sunday paper this week.

It's well-worth your $2. That's about as blatant a plea as I can make.

KC's Wolverine, Graham Zusi,

has become a regular fixture for Peter Vermes

. I know some aren't impressed (particularly a colleague of mine at The Star), but I think he's a logical piece until the team signs a max-salary attacking midfielder in the summer transfer window.

Remember when that was the plan?

I like Zusi's passing and his intensity. I wish he was better at set-piece delivery though.

Toronto are a banged up bunch right now:

Starting striker Alan Gordon says he's 50-50 for the game tomorrow.

Down the Byline tips Craig Rocastle as Sporting's May Player of the Month.

No real arguments from me. Unless we count reserve league and Open Cup games. Then there's no question that the MOTM is Reserve League Jesus (TM) Chance Myers.

The USA-Spain friendly is tomorrow afternoon.

Spain's Xabi Alonso says they remember this U.S. team very well. (Confederation's Cup in 2009.)

The Spain friendly is somewhat of a Gold Cup warm-up (even though Spain's "C" team would likely romp to the Gold Cup semi-finals).

Don't expect much tinkering from USA boss Bob Bradley.

The USA need to win the Gold Cup and he'll likely field a full-strength squad and hope they find a rhythm.

American 'keeper Brad Friedel is set to join Tottenham this summer on a free transfer from Aston Villa.

The 40-year-old signed a two-year deal.

Lionel Messi unharmed after youngster tried to punch him as the Barcelona player left a restaurant yesterday.

Barca-Man United the most watched Champions League Final in U.S. history.

Though, why do I get the feeling that title is sort of like being the least despicable cast member of "The Jersey Shore."

An all-female team of refs will over-see a men's soccer game in the Czech Republic.


I have no idea how I missed the crazy Portland-DC penalty kick fiasco last Sunday. It's just absolute madness and, somehow, Jack Jewsbury ends up being the hero.