There is news regarding Manchester United being a potential MLS All-Star opponent this summer. There are also back-ups in place in case the Red Devils don’t sign on.
Manchester United happen to be in action today and face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Net & Fox Sports en Español). Tuesday’s other quarterfinal matchup is the all-French match-up between Bordeaux and Lyon (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel).
Speaking of major events, it is expected that MLS Commissioner Don Garber will announce that MLS Cup 2010 is heading to Toronto, the first time ever that the title game will be held outside the USA.
Just in time for the announcement, Toronto FC is rolling out the green carpet for the commissioner on Tuesday at BMO Field.
Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake will be sharing its Rio Tinto Stadium turf with an American football team.
Player news kicks off with the new breed of young internationals in MLS.
First there’s the buzz about Englishman and soon to be American, Ryan Smith of the Wizards, who finished second in MLS Player of the Week voting.
Ahead of Thursday’s SuperClásico between the Galaxy and Chivas USA, Bruce Arena’s young Brazilian trio continues to get attention.
While the Galaxy are getting younger, Chivas USA might be going in the other direction with a Costa Rican and Romanian veteran for their final two roster spots.
Another veteran is Pat Noonan, whose first day in Seattle is chronicled Tuesday. There is also 30-year-old Cristian Arrieta, formerly of the Puerto Rico Islanders, who has joined Philadelphia on a trial basis.
Some former MLS players are in action overseas today. In Scotland, Rangers will travel to take on St. Johnstone with Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley.
In England, Jay DeMerit and Watford host Crystal Palace while Kenny Cooper hopes to get some minutes for Plymouth Argyle as they host Barnsley.
There is positive news from Denmark on USMNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who is gearing for a comeback with Aarhus.
José Francisco Torres will be in action for Pachuca as they travel to the Nemesio Díez to face Toluca in the all-Mexican CONCACAF Champions League semifinal first leg (10 p.m. ET, Galavisión).
Players like Torres have been plucked from U.S. soil to play abroad. There is no sign that trend will stop any time soon according to this report.
Some of those bigger world powers are doing well for themselves. Carlos Tévez’s hat trick lifted Manchester City to within two points of that fourth and final Champions League berth in England.
While City is on a steady ascent, the great clubs of Argentina continue their rapid decline as River Plate lost at home to Argentinos Juniors on Monday 1-0. River Plate now has to worry about relegation.
The world giants can dominate international soccer all they want, but they won’t win the title of highest-paying sports clubs. That stays in the U.S.
Not on that list is the one Bulgarian club that pays its players with animals. Attaching a dollar value to lambs is not as easy.