Even though most major club seasons are over, there was plenty of action this weekend between 10 MLS games, our Livestrong Sporting Park section, the start of the Gold Cup, U.S. national team friendlies and Wayne Rooney's hair transplant. Let's get into it in this morning's Kickoff. •
The least-exciting part of the weekend was most definitely the Toronto-Sporting game.
Watching it at the Member's Club at LSP made it slightly better. Only slightly. • If you missed my colleague Pete Grathoff's story about Sporting's journey to its new home,
you should go check it out
Pete came back this morning with a story about the legacy of Lamar Hunt living on in KC.
• I thought The Star's Sam Mellinger really hit the nail on the head with this column:
Stadium raises Sporting KC's profile, but team must win -- soon.
• In case you missed it at First Friday or during halftime of the Toronto game,
Sporting posted the short video "Coming Home"
-- produced by T2 + Back Alley Films and Austin Walsh Studio -- about the team's first game at Livestrong Park. It's pretty good. • Kei Kamara went 90 minutes for Sierra Leone on Saturday to remain alive in qualifying for the African Cup of Nations. •
Former Kansas City coach Bob Gansler was among the five new inductees into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Cobie Jones, Eddie Pope, Earnie Stewart and Bruce Murray were the others. • There were only 12 goals scored in the 10 MLS games this weekend, with three 0-0 draws (Los Angeles-D.C. United, Chicago-Seattle and KC-Toronto). •
Former KC goalkeeper Kevin Hartman got his 100th shutout on Saturday
, as Dallas topped New England 1-0. •
Colorado continued to grind out results with a 1-1 draw in Philadelphia,
the sixth-consecutive draw for the reigning champs. • The Vancouver Whitecaps now haven't won a game in its last 13 tries,
falling 2-0 to Real Salt Lake
. Ouch. • Speaking bad streaks,
Houston are winless in its last seven games after getting beat by San Jose 2-0
. Woof. • The U.S. men got walloped 4-0 by Spain on Saturday.
Some writers didn't mince words about the result or its timing.
The U.S. women faired better topping Mexico 1-0 thanks to a stunning goal by Lauren Cheney.
Mexico and Costa Rica opened the Gold Cup with twin 5-0 maulings.
Mexico blew out El Salvador behind a Javier Hernandez hat-trick while Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio led Los Ticos over Cuba. • More FIFA madness. On Friday,
CONCACAF suspended acting president Lisle Austin for alleged rule violations
. Early in the week, Austin tried to fire CONCACAF's secretary general Chuck Blazer who turned in acting CONCACAF president Jack Warner over bribery allegations.
Blazer refuses to discuss the allegations.
Warner has backed down on his promise of revealing a damning emails he has from FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
• Wayne Rooney and I have something in common besides occasionally wearing a Manchester United jersey and swearing at inappropriate times: We both went bald really young. But, unlike me, Rooney is absolutely loaded and can afford to get a hair transplant.
He revealed pics the transplant over the weekend.
• New of the weird
Journalists threw a roll of toilet paper at Azerbaijan coach Berti Vogts to express their displeasure with the team.
Who throws a roll of toilet paper?
• The first official game-play trailer for FIFA 12. Drool.
• To go along with The Star's special Livestrong Park section, photographer David Eulitt took this great video tour of the park.
Kansas City Star Video