Kick Off: Donovan talks Everton, TFC made mistake

Los Angeles Galaxy and US national team star Landon Donovan has made public comments about wanting to return to Everton although the timetable is uncertain for this offseason (LISTEN TO AUDIO).

Donovan’s former club, the San Jose Earthquakes, want to establish home-field advantage again at Buck Shaw Stadium in their final regular-season match there vs. Chivas USA (10 p.m. ET). Quakes defender Jason Hernandez says tonight’s “game is everything.”

Real Salt Lake played like everything was on the line in Tuesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League match at Rio Tinto. ”Unsung Heroes” is what RSL manager Jason Kreis is calling the reserve side that defeated Mexican side Cruz Azul to become the first MLS club to win its CONCACAF Champions League group.

Kreis also had comments about the “distinct disadvantage” that his team is facing to defend its title given the 2010 postseason format.

RSL join the Columbus Crew in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals after Santos eliminated Municipal from contention in Group B.

Toronto FC, coming off a disappointing MLS season, may have found a new generation of heroes with four teenagers that made an impact in the 1-0 victory over Árabe Unido in the last home game at BMO Field.

It remains to be seen whether Seattle’s 2-1 loss to Saprissa on Tuesday night will impact the club, considered by many the hottest heading into the postseason.

Kasey Keller, whose gaffe was responsible for allowing Saprissa’s game-winning goal with three minutes remaining, refused to speak to the media after the match.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber was in Toronto on Tuesday and addressed the Toronto FC situation without mincing words.

Despite the controversy of 2010, the Commissioner still calls Toronto FC a model clubs for the rest of the league.

MLS will be blessed with another forward named Eddie Johnson after the Portland Timbers made their first announcement of player signings on Tuesday. Johnson, who finished second on the USSF D-2 scoring charts, was the biggest surprise of the group.

The move was a shrewd one by the Timbers if one report is to be believed: they really acquired Johnson earlier this season.

The other 2011 expansion side, the Vancouver Whitecaps, didn’t stand pat on Tuesday. They released six players, including one MLS veteran as they get ready to resume training on Nov. 1 for six weeks.

The Carolina Railhawks, who defeated the Impact and are shooting for the D-2 title, are unsure what the future holds as they are still seeking new investors.

The Montreal Impact who, like Vancouver, were eliminated in the USSF D-2 playoff semifinals, are still lamenting elimination on a bad call by the referee. The Impact want more accountability for officials.

Moving from newcomers to old-timers. Here’s the first in what should be several pieces paying tribute to D.C. United's Jaime Moreno. There’s the anecdote of how Moreno was spotted by DC United in the first place.

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