If you remember, CBA negotiations could resume Tuesday between Major League Soccer the players’ union — with the help of a mediator, of course. So cross your fingers.
Also, Sounders FC training resumes Tuesday after a day off. The team will prepare for the year’s first home game Thursday against the Portland Timbers in the Community Shield match at Qwest Field. Kickoff is at 6 p.m., the proceeds will go to benefit local charities.
The game won’t be on TV, but a review of the 2009 season will be airing during the game on KONG. Some game action will be shown and you’ll have to chance to hear new broadcaster Arlo White.
Let’s get to some links, of course starting with mine:
- There’s a meaningful game tomorrow around the league. The Columbus Crew play the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Toluca.
- Landon Donovan was all the rage on the newswire this weekend after scoring and assisting as a substitute in Everton’s 5-1 win against Hull City. Word is he wants to stay in the EPL. Chelsea might also be interested in the American.
- In some MLS personnel moves, Kevin Hartman has been traded to FC Dallas for a 2012 draft pick. Also the Union got the services of a Colombian on loan — a country that has produced a couple stalwarts in Seattle.
- Elsewhere around the league, I saw this update on ex-Husky Ty Harden, now with Toronto FC. Additionally, the Kansas City Wizards took in a Royals game the other day. And did you see San Jose beat West Ham 2-0? Gasp!
- Globally, FIFA rejected the proposal for goal-line technology and adding more refs. Finally, here’s a story that says some South Africans are being forced out and priced out of their homes because of the World Cup.
In closing, some of you may have seen this video. But for those that haven’t, here’s FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham pretending to be someone else before an interview.