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Kick Off: Red Bulls warned about taking things for granted

Chivas USA's win at Red Bull Arena on Sunday night is still resonating today.

New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream admits that his team’s loss on Sunday night against Chivas USA was partly due to being “super-cocky.” One look at the Goats’ league record and RBNY came out flat.

Chalk up the loss to parity, according to New England Revolution VP of player personnel Mike Burns, who also gave an update as to potential signings for his club.

One Wall Street Journal article focuses on featuring the odd couple that is Thierry Henry and Luke Rodgers at forward in the Big Apple.

New York legend Tab Ramos is feeling really good about the Red Bulls despite the loss to Chivas. He does point out that he thinks the pairing of Ream and Rafael Márquez in the back still needs time.

Is Columbus Crew Designated Player Andrés Mendoza cut out for MLS? He seems to question whether his style fits the league in this interview, in which he says: “This game, here, you are running a lot. I am not that kind of player.”

More details are emerging about the Emerald City Supporters’ tifo display last Saturday night that is still being talked about days later. Find out the square feet of the display, the man hours and the people it took to make it.

As the Nutrilite Canadian Championship gets set to kick off on Wednesday, one columnist points out how the Vancouver Whitecaps may have a competitive advantage compared to Toronto FC when it comes to scheduling.

The Houston Dynamo have confirmed that they came close to signing a Scottish striker recently and although they have a healthy striker corps, they could potentially make another bid for him.

That’s not the only incoming player rumor in MLS circles. There’s talk of 34-year-old midfielder Ramón Morales being in the crosshairs of the Chicago Fire and fellow Mexican Aarón Galindo heading to Sporting Kansas City to boost their central defense.

Italian star Alessandro Del Piero says he’d consider playing in Los Angeles after his one-year contract is up with Juventus next year, while another creative No. 10 type, Colombian Giovanni Hernández, is said to be joining the Houston Dynamo or Chicago Fire. The name of Brazilian forward Leandro Barrios, who is coming off a championship season with Costa Rica's Alajuelense, is also in the MLS rumor mill.

Another MLS player involved in international news resides in Portland. Even though he has dropped out of the starting lineup, young Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson is being recognized for his contributions at the start of the expansion season. New Zealand have come calling.

It’s still not clear whether it’s just convenient Italian media conjecture, pairing up the LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan with AS Roma’s new American owner Tom DiBenedetto, but the talk surrounding a potential move to the Serie A outfit talk has heated up in the last 24 hours.

That’s not the only rumor coming from Europe involving an American. Reports in England claim that American-owned Liverpool FC are leading the chase for former US international Brad Friedel.

In major international soccer news, US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati says that the USA will not be part of CONCACAF’s bloc vote for the new FIFA president ahead of the June 1 vote. Instead, the US will vote in its own best interests.

Speaking of CONCACAF, we’re just 24 hours away from the draw for the next edition of the Champions League. FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders will represent MLS.

USMNT manager Bob Bradley and his squad are preparing to participate in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a roster announcement coming on Monday. And former US international Alexi Lalas lays down his expectations for the team as well as the prospects for MLS expansion in Detroit.

Lalas also talks about Canadian soccer and what ails the national team, which has not won the Gold Cup since 2000.

The USA won’t be invited to the Copa América after Japan withdrew for the second time in recent weeks. The South American confederation, CONMEBOL, has instead extended the offer to Costa Rica for the July tournament.

The US Under-20 team did not qualify to the FIFA World Cup but two American referees did. Here are their names.

Another development on the American soccer scene involves the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) moving under the United Soccer Leagues (USL) umbrella.

Cardiff will look to make it an all-Welsh promotion playoff final in England by dispatching of Reading this afternoon (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus) and join Swansea, who downed Robbie Findley’s Nottingham Forest on Monday. Also on TV is the FA Cup rematch between Manchester City and Stoke City (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes).

In case you missed it from this past weekend, in a classy move by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, he handed a fan his jersey after busting his nose when he kicked a ball out of bounds. But was it really his jersey? (VIDEO)

MLSsoccer.com Must-Reads:

San Jose Earthquakes appeal Brandon McDonald’s red card

The latest edition of ExtraTime Radio with MLS Player of the Week Justin Braun and "Futty" Danso

Debut of Chivas USA forward Chris Cortez was a long time in the making

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