Kick Off: Revs send captain home, Ruiz reports

It’s the kind of news no team wants to experience during training camp. And we’re not talking injuries.

Word from New England Revolution preseason camp in Orlando is that captain Shalrie Joseph and right back Kevin Alston have been sent home. It’s the first-ever incident like this in Revs history.

There’s also something fishy going on in Philadelphia. Union fans, say hello to your newest forward.

The Seattle Sounders face FC Dallas later this afternoon from Orlando (3:30 p.m. ET). In Tempe, Ariz., the Los Angeles Galaxy meet the Vancouver Whitecaps (12:30 pm ET) in a match that was postponed yesterday due to poor field conditions. They will also match up tomorrow.

It will be a critical match for Ryan O’Leary, son of a former Whitecaps player, who is facing one of his last opportunities to make the squad as a trialist.

Another player seeking an MLS job is Diego Walsh, who recently spent time in the Australian league. He thinks his chances are better after securing US residency.

Former Croatian international Marko Babic is being linked with the Chicago Fire. This report says that the 30-year-old has been looking for a club for a while now. (CROATIAN)

Meanwhile, the ranks of US midfielders in the English Premier League may be growing. Birmingham City are after an up-and-coming American winger.

The last FA Cup match of the weekend slate takes place today between Jonathan Spector’s West Ham United and Burnley (3 pm ET, Fox Soccer Plus).

One of the upsets of the weekend was Leyton Orient holding Arsenal to a 1-1 tie and earning an FA Cup replay. Find out why Leyton Orient players were rocking to Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas in the locker room.

In Turkey, Freddy Adu made his debut for his Turkish club. Even with his lack of playing time in recent years, he still hasn’t lost that flair on the field. (VIDEO)

Despite a bad patch by Roma and a change of coaches today, the American group seeking to purchase the Serie A club are still moving forward as planned.

The fans were especially hard on Roma in recent weeks. And the fans are always right – case in point is Mexican club Santos Laguna firing head coach Rubén Omar Romano after he hit out at Santos fans for their booing a shock weekend loss. (SPANISH)

For an even more bizarre story, check out the reason that the Haitian Under-17 national team were forced to withdraw from the CONCACAF qualifiers which see the US involved in the quarters tomorrow.

MLSsoccer.com Must-Reads:

Why Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew has joined the list of top MLS rivalries

Portland manager says No. 2 overall pick Darlington Nagbe needs to lose Mr. Nice Guy image on the field

No pressure on New York Red Bulls first-round draft pick from Penn State

 


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