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Kick Off: Rapids tread slowly, Schmid wants change

The Colorado Rapids only need a point in LA on Saturday to clinch the eighth and final MLS playoff berth and they would rather their postseason hopes not come down to the final weekend against Real Salt Lake.

Colorado technical director Paul Bravo says he is cautious about history repeating itself given what has occurred the last two season against RSL.

The playoff hopes of the Kansas City Wizards hinge on a win in New England and a loss by the Colorado Rapids this weekend. The Wizards got some good news when it was learned that Revolution starting goalkeeper Matt Reis underwent ankle surgery and will be unavailable on Saturday.

Whatever happens this weekend, one Kansas City Star writer is already looking forward to what’s in store for the club in 2011.

Some would argue that FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake is a bigger game this weekend given the streaks on the line. While RSL owner Dave Checketts believes it's big, defender Nat Borchers isn’t buying the hype.

FC Dallas feel they are a winning side this year. So much so that after they broke the single-season undefeated record last weekend with a 2-2 tie against Colorado, the applause in the locker room was half-hearted.

Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid is critical of the current MLS playoff structure and will not be able to count on one important player leading into the postseason.

FIFA.com profiles the latest Sounders hero, Sanna Nyassi who, unlike his twin brother, had to work hard to latch on with an MLS club. Nyassi is also a survivor of malaria as detailed in another feature on the player.

The Sounders host Chivas USA in their regular-season home finale tonight. Having defeated Chivas de Guadalajara on Tuesday, the occasion provides an opportunity for Seattle media to investigate the relationship between the two clubs.

It's fan appreciation night in Seattle tonight and it will be Brian McBride appreciation night in Chicago on Saturday. He plays his final home match against D.C. United and the Chicago Tribune takes a final in-depth look at his career.

There are reports out of Australia that Philadelphia Union midfielder Fred could make a return to the A-League and Perth Glory.

Union goalkeeper Brad Knighton reveals how he became a goalkeeper by chance. He also talks about the fact that he knew all along that the Union were banking on Chris Seitz as the starter at the beginning of the season.

From a young ‘keeper to a veteran defender. The Galaxy’s Gregg Berhalter may still be mysterious about his injury, but he is not hiding the fact that this could be his last year.

Also in Galaxy camp, it is being reported that David Beckham has refused an England call-up for a testimonial match against France next month.

The details of the MLS Expansion Draft are out as current MLS teams will supply the two expansion clubs in 2011 with a total of 20 players.

One of those expansion clubs, the Vancouver Whitecaps, battled to a 0-0 tie in Puerto Rico against the Islanders on Thursday night in the first leg of their USSF D-2 semifinal series.

Ahead of the Expansion Draft, the owner of the Portland Timbers has sold off the minor-league baseball team that also played at PGE Park.

Timbers manager John Spencer will now begin making decisions as to what his MLS side will look like next year. He says he's not interested in using the club's Designated Player slot.

In international soccer news, it turns out the Serbian rioters that attacked their national team’s bus were after a specific player who moved from Serb club Red Star Belgrade to rivals Partizan Belgrade.

Chelsea’s signing of an 11-year-old is sure to generate some controversy.

Stay tuned today to the tussle among two American groups for Liverpool FC. Tom Hicks has lifted the restraining order secured in a Texas court and some believe it may be a sign that he will sell his shares of the club to a third-party hedge fund before today’s deadline.

In the feel-good story of the week, there have been several invitations extended to the Chilean miners, including from the two big clubs in Spain.

Lastly, here’s Part Two of the EA Sports series featuring Landon Donovan and Steve Nash.

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