So, right smack in the dab of what could prove to be a tricky tangle of fixtures,Sporting Kansas City will take on Chivas Guadalajara on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Livestrong Sporting Park
The timing seems to be a little, um, interesting. The following Saturday, KC will host the New York Red Bulls and the week after that will travel to DC for the last game of the season. It will be interesting to see what sort of squad KC trots out in that game. I'd expect former Chivas striker Omar Bravo to play a little bit more than a cameo.
Current season ticket holders can pick up tickets during a pre-sale event that is going on now. Ticket prices are $20 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m.
• Sporting captain Davy Arnaudtweeted that today was his first day back to training with the team
. Arnaud has been out since the beginning of July after sports hernia surgery.
• Kansas City's Callum Williamswas named the 6th-best local announcer in the league
according to MLSsoccer.com. The league's site polled fans to generate the list. (No wonder Seattle's Arlo White won! Though, I kinda like Arlo and think he's a worthy No. 1. As for the Portland guys)
•Roger Espinoza has been called up for international duty with Honduras
for games against Colombia (Sept. 3) and Paraguay (Sept. 6). While it's good news for Roger to get the call, it's bad news for Sporting who host Los Angeles on Sept. 5 in a game that was rescheduled from Aug. 13.
Only two MLS games are scheduled for that weekend, which is a FIFA international weekend. To the best of my recollection, Sporting doesn't have to honor the call-up if they feel Roger is necessary -- which he is -- for that game. Check back for more information as it develops on that one.
• Speaking of that international break, two more KC players are likely to receive a call-up in the near future -- Kei Kamara for Sierra Leone and Shavar Thomas for Jamaica.
Kamara and Sierra Leone play Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on Sept. 2; Thomas and Jamaica will play Ecuador in a friendly on Sept. 2.
Thomas, a substitute, could return in time. Kamara would be much more difficult to shuttle back.
• MLSsoccer.com has a niceQ with Sporting's rookie striker Soony Saad
• Brian Strauss at the Sporting News has an article today on theMLS's upcoming schedule nightmare next season
. With Montreal joining the league as the 19th team, the options are endless. Balanced schedule with 36 games, geography-based scheduling, starting before March, ending after Thanksgiving, taking international dates off, playing through international dates. It's all on the table, according to commissioner Don Garber.