Kick Off: Revs stadium guarantee, Arsenal on brink
New England Revolution COO Brian Biello says the club will “definitely have a stadium at some point.” He called it a No. 1 priority and indicates that the team is working for a downtown urban location. (VIDEO)
Today there is also a report of an unprecedented 10-club alliance led by Manchester City and Spain’s Atlético Madrid which will also feature one MLS representative reportedly from the following three teams: New York, San Jose and Chivas USA.
Today marks the first ever Re-Entry Draft, which is being called one of the most inventive compromises in pro sports. Not much activity is anticipated in Stage 1.
The expansion Vancouver Whitecaps will play another exhibition match before their Southern California camp wraps up. Today they face the Ventura County Fusion in the second friendly against the PDL club in a week.
While the Whitecaps conclude a rare winter training camp, their fellow expansion club Portland Timbers have hired the rest of their coaching staff.
The Timbers will also present their newest acquisitions at a press conference later today.
The agent for former Chicago Fire defender Wilman Conde says that he expects a prompt resolution to his situation in Mexico, where he has reneged on his commitment to join Puebla. He sees it being resolved by Thursday.
A report from Costa Rica indicates the Chicago Fire potentially have interest in Saprissa’s Wálter Centeno, although no formal offers have been made. (SPANISH)
Another former Fire player, Freddie Ljungberg, confirms that he is looking at options in England for 2011.
Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching confesses that he prefers the club’s new jerseys over the form-fitting ones of years past.
The third division will be adding a club in Los Angeles beginning next year called the LA Blues who will play in Fullerton, Calif.
Former New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman still can’t swallow the disappointment that the US will not be hosting the World Cup in 2022. He says he expects horror stories to emerge.
Staying in Boston, the editors of the Boston Globe were forced to issue a correction on a column which drew the ire of Liverpool fans for how it characterized the tragedy of Hillsborough.
MLS is not the only league in the world contemplating a schedule shift. The Scottish Premier League has some significant reform coming which they hope to announce by the end of the year.
The Everton right winger who would likely lose his spot to Landon Donovan should the LA Galaxy captain join the Toffees in the offseason says he is not about to surrender his place in the starting lineup that easily.
In other international soccer news, the FIFA Club World Cup kicks off today with the matchup between Al-Wahda and Hekari United (11 a.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel).
The UEFA Champions League will take center stage with the spotlight on Group H and whether Arsenal will do enough to qualify to the knockout stage when they host Partizan Belgrade (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Other matches include Marseille hosting Chelsea in Didier Drogba’s return to the Stade Vélodrome (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus) and Real Madrid vs. Auxerre with former Colorado Rapids defender Aitor Karanka coaching the Merengues (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Deportes).
Lastly, former world star Ronaldo (of Brazil) has discovered via paternity tests that he is the father of a fourth child, who today is five years old. (ITALIAN)
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