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TMK: U.S. women's World Cup journey begins

In just a few hours (10:45 a.m. to be exact), the United States women's national team starts its quest for World Cup glory.

The women will take on North Korea on ESPN.

In case you were wondering,

The USA wants to win the World Cup. Perhaps rooting on the ladies against North Korea is just the salve that Americans need after the Gold Cup disaster.

My favorite part of the women's World Cup so far? So many teams (Mexico, New Zealand and Colombia particularly) have players based in America -- playing collegiately or professionally. It's the total opposite of the men's game.

In yesterday's Cup action,

Japan beat New Zealand 2-1 and Mexico held England 1-1

. Mexico's Monica Ocampo is an early favorite for goal of the tournament.

Sporting Kansas City is one of 8 MLS squads in U.S. Open Cup action tonight -- 7:30 p.m. against the Chicago Fire PDL at Livestrong Sporting Park.

KC's reserve 'keeper Eric Kronberg -- in line for another start -- hopes to keep his strong form.

The other games: New York Red Bulls vs. FC New York (USL Pro), Chicago Fire vs. Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro), Columbus Crew vs. Richmond Kickers (USL Pro), Real Salt Lake vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro), FC Dallas vs. Orlando City Soccer Club (USL Pro), Seattle Sounders vs. Kitsap Pumas (PDL) and Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Los Angeles Blues (USL Pro).

Chad Ochocinco, wrestling alligators? Is KC interested in Panamanian forward Orlando Rodriguez?
The stunning MLS news yesterday was New York and DC United trading Dwayne De Rosario and Dax McCarty.

DeRo started his year as Toronto's captain before being shipped to New York. He's now on his third-team in 2011. Third.

The only thing more shocking will be when he's traded again in August.

DC shored up its backline as well, acquiring Brandon McDonald from San Jose as well. President Obama finally met with the MLS Cup champ Colorado Rapids yesterday. LA's No. 1 'keeper Donovan Ricketts to miss 4-6 weeks with an injury.

No. 2 Josh Saunders is out with a red card suspension. Does this mean more Mike Magee in goal? I hope so.

This isn't really apples-to-apples (it's more like apples-to-grapes):

MLS beating MLS to ticket buyers in nine markets -- including Kansas City.

ESPN's Bill Simmons-led spin-off Grantland.com had two "soccer talkers" on their site yesterday.

One, by Bill Barnwell,

explores the hard lessons of the Gold Cup loss and takes Bob Bradley to task for not giving younger players a chance to learn

.

The other, by Hipster Runoff's Carles,

weighs in on Freddy Adu, Chicharito and the U.S. quest for a forward

.

Whether you agree with either column (or

not

), it's good to see a high-profile site devote space to soccer.

Get to know this name: Ivory Coast's U-17 starlet Souleymane Coulibaly. Here are the 8 goals he scored in three games so far at the U-17 World Cup.

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