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TMK: The summer of soccer actually starts now

In today's Kansas City Star (in the FYI section), the question is asked:

"What will you do before summer slips away?"

How about you answer with this: Get to as many soccer games at Livestrong Sporting Park as possible. There are 18 games (MLS action, the Newcastle friendly, the U.S. Open Cup and reserve games) at the brand-new park between today and the end of summer.

Forget what was said last year. This is the "Summer of Soccer."

A new episode (our 15th!) of Stoppage Time dropped last night.

Check it out.

Sporting Kansas City will discover its U.S. Open Cup opponent after the Chicago Fire PDL and Madison 56ers game tonight. Sporting will host the winner on June 28th at Livestrong Sporting Park. (

According to the team's Twitter*:

Tickets for the Open Cup will be $10 for season-ticket holders or $15 for general public. All seating is general admission.)

*Ignore the part of that tweet that says "6/28 or 6/29 pending result." According to U.S. soccer federation, the Sporting game will be on the 28th no matter the result tonight.

In today's installment of "How is this a red card but the tackle on Omar Bravo was nothing"...

Not surprisingly,

New York general manager Erik Soler was not pleased.

The state of officiating in this league threatens any and all forward momentum the league hopes to gain.

Speaking of forward momentum:

The Colorado Rapids get to show off the MLS Cup to Obama today.

According to Thad Bell from The Back Post, Nick Garcia is no longer training with Kansas City. He wasn't there last Thursday -- the last time I got out to Swope.

This could serve as a two-part object lesson for Kansas City:

You can beat Philadelphia with quick passing and Vancouver likes to play a quick passing game.

My work helping KC prepare this week is done.

Attention Sporting KC fans, yet another reason to be thankful for the ownership group you have:

New England Revolution supporters were banned and arrested at Gillette Stadium last Saturday after profane chants.

It's a pretty stunning read and it's an interesting issue. Soccer clubs need these hardcore fans (Sporting caters to these fans with cheaper seats and their own clubhouse) but also needs to appeal to the family dollar. Perhaps Sporting Kansas City has made the right decision to nearly separate the supporter's section from the rest of the fans.

Qwest Field is now CenturyLink Field.

Wow, more and more I'm starting to think KC had the right idea not going the corporate gibberish route.

The U.S. men's national team will be out for revenge tomorrow against Panama in the Gold Cup semifinals.

I don't know what they're doing in the Belgian Pro League, but the development of Sasha Kljestan has stunned me (

and others

) -- for stretches of Sunday's game against Jamaica, he was the best player on the pitch.

Jozy Altidore will have an MRI on his hamstring today. Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas has apparently resigned. Next step, Chelsea? Germans are searching for a new oracle to help predict the women's World Cup.

Oh, Pulpo Paul how we miss you!