A lot going on, so let's not shuffle our feet...
#1 - Some worrisome news out of Seattle: police have opened an investigation into possible sexual assault and stalking by Sounders strike phenom Fredy Montero - who had just been named MLS Player of the Month for March.
For a myriad of reasons, I sure do hope this is not true. But even if it is a false accusation, that is a whole other nightmare.
Urgh. Not cool - however this plays out.
#2 - What does FSC have planned for Champions League coverage? Ronald Blum reports they plan to show over 100 matches (live or tape-delayed) and spread the broadcasts to other Fox networks.
#3 - If you're wondering how DaMarcus Beasley felt about playing left back against Trinidad & Tobago... well... Red Card ace Luis Arroyave reports he kinda agrees with me.
Also on Thursday, the Gold Cup draw took place. The 'Nats get Grenada, Honduras and Haiti.
#4 - By the way, did anyone else catch during the USMNT broadcast Wednesday when JP Dellacamera relayed that T&T forward Stern John (currently with Southampton, but on loan to Bristol City) told him that he wants to return to the Columbus Crew in 2010?
#5 - FC Dallas has opened the season poorly, and of course, 3rd Degree is the place to go for their training scuttlebutt.
#6 - Okay, now seriously, super-for-real this time: Albert Celades and Carlos Johnson are ready for Red Bulls duty. Yes. We're sure of it now.
Meanwhile, N.Y. Post all-star Brian Lewis also digs into the Johnson agent brouhaha a little further. Very strange stuff.
#7 - A pair of Kansas City Wizards will take part of a charity event called Tour de Forks, which is both hilariously named and involves going around town to eat all sorts of delicious food.
The not so tasty news is the Wizards must fight through some injuries to avoid dropping the first three games of the season at home against San Jose his weekend. Can you believe Davy Arnaud might not play when I left Kyle Beckerman on my fantasy bench this week? %#$*@!
#8 - Some hearty Revs morsels: another versatile, tough-nosed player is on the way in the person of former Ghana youth international Emmanuel Osei, star man Steve Ralston could return this weekend and the scratch list still includes Matt Reis and Taylor Twellman.
#9 - The Toronto Sun looks into the crowd trouble at Columbus last weekend.
And while we're on the subject of TFC, Carl Robinson hung his Wales boots to focus on MLS Cup and working towards a soccer job for when he retires.
#10 - This Is American Soccer's Adam Spangler gets us a preview look at a photo exhibit meant to raise money so that New York youth outfit FC Harlem can have their very own home field. Great stuff.
#11 - Geez, I almost forgot myself... my latest S365 concoctions are a great talk with Chivas USA skipper Jesse Marsch (one of the league's under-heralded aces) about their fast start, a quick word with busy mover Gregg Berhalter, and naturally, my U.S. v T&T Player Ratings (which were far sunnier than the El Salvador variety).
Later today, I'll post a bit with D.C. United star Ben Olsen.
#12 - A quick look at the Prem finds Stevie G signing a Reds extension and then pleading not guilty in court, while Arsene Wenger goes completely insane (as if Arsenal would benefit from this craziness anyway).
#13 - NSC pal Ian Joy took his injury absence from the squad as a chance to sit with the supporters as they crushed Columbus 4-1 on Thursday night.
#14 - As he always does, Luis Bueno feeds our Mexican editorial cartoon hunger with a couple on Sven's firing.
#15 - As I expected, Gregg Berhalter has signed with Los Angeles.
- Greg Seltzer