Kick Off: Flores gets Timbers offer, Gold Cup news

The Portland Timbers’ quest to land Argentinian Marcos Flores seems to be real after a report surfaces indicating that the Player of the Year in Australia’s A-League is considering a trial offer with the Timbers.

There have been more French players than Argentines emigrating to MLS and The Boston Globe examines the cultural factors that have attracted the influx of Frenchmen to the United States.

In Serbia, reports claim that Milos Stojcev will be signed by Sporting Kansas City. (SERBIAN)

Later tonight Sporting Kansas City will be playing Real Salt Lake in Phoenix as the CONCACAF Champions League semifinalists prep for their series against Saprissa.

US national team fans – get ready to make your travel plans. Today the groups and schedule of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be unveiled.

For those longing for a taste of the USA vs. Mexico rivalry, which may resurface in the Gold Cup, tonight there is a New York Red Bulls vs. Atlas preseason match on the tube (10 pm ET, MSG Plus & ESPN Deportes).

The 2011 preseason has given fans an unprecedented look at preseason with matches streamed or televised live. Another one to add to the list is Sunday’s New England Revolution vs. Houston Dynamo match.

One player hoping for a happy ending to his preseason is Alexandre Morfaw, who is still waiting on a contract from the Whitecaps after suffering a bizarre series of injuries, including one that kept him out of the 2008 Olympics.

It was injuries that former Galaxy midfielder Dema Kovalenko says forced him into retirement. In this Q&A, the man known for his crunching tackles says that even if a train was coming, he’d still stick his foot in.

In a frustrating 2010 rookie year for Zak Boggs of the New England Revolution that was married by concussion symptoms, he may have been more productive with his down time than any player ever: He was doing his part to help find a cure for cancer.

It’s a UEFA Champions League Tuesday today as Arsenal take a narrow 2-1 first-leg advantage to Barcelona (2:30 pm ET, Fox Soccer Channel & Fox Deportes). Italian side Roma are forced to win away at Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk if they are to advance to the quarterfinals (2:30 pm ET, Fox Sports Net).

There will be thousands of fans attending the Champions League matches but there will be thousands of players in the ultimate “football” match in the world.

The recent talk of transferring the soccer fan culture to hockey – in addition to Columbus, it’s happening in Colorado.

Speaking of the NHL, America’s first-ever soccer road trip – the Road Trip to First Kick – stopped to take in a Los Angeles Kings game with LA Galaxy players including Landon Donovan. (VIDEO)

The Galaxy's Home Grown signing, Jack McBean, got his license one day and was driving in a Lexus to practice the next day.

Lastly, one play that is the nightmare of every goalkeeper: Glue on the gloves leading to a goal for the opponent. (VIDEO)

MLSsoccer.com Must-Reads:

Bruce Arena on the kind of Technical Director that works for US Soccer on ExtraTime Radio

Philadelphia Union adopt unique academy model

Chad Barrett says the competition at forward in LA did not exist in Toronto


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