Loads of stuff is going on. But I really don't have the energy......
But here goes:
- The Rhinos signed defender Troy Roberts. A veteran of the league with MLS experience. Hopefully it's just another piece to the puzzle.
- The Rhinos dropped Tuesday's pre-season game versus UB by a 2-1 score line. Meh. I'll be worried if they are losing to the likes of Minnesota mid-season.
- The Rhinos are holding an Easter Egg Hunt at noon on Saturday March 27th.
- I hate Montreal and I hate Greg Sutton.
- Speaking of Montreal, is their newest sponsor a prelude to the Impact moving to MLS?
- FC Dallas has loaned GK Josh Lambo to Tampa Bay.
- ESPN's MLS Final Kick has their season preview edition up.
- Microsoft has an MLS app for it's upcoming Windows 7 phone.
- There is some good news on the stadium front in San Jose.
- DC United has waived Danny Szetela.
- And then there is the case of Jermaine Jones.......
- The USMNT will play Australia a week prior to the World Cup opening up in South Africa.
- Gotta love this crazy rumor of the day: P Diddy to purchase Crystal Palace.
And finally, the 800 lb gorilla aka the state of the MLS CBA:
- Steve Davis' first piece at SI.com is about what effect a strike would have on the health of the league. Honestly, I doubt it would have a huge effect. But, the only effect that it is likely to have is negative. The onyl question is how bad would it be?
- Here is an interesting take about why MLS owners are drawing a hard line on the free agency topic. It makes a lot of sense to me.
- Here is an interesting debate: are the players entitled to a cut of revenue streams such as SUM and expansion fees?
- And finally, former Chicago Fire GM Peter Wilt has posted his proposed solution to the stalemate at Pitch Invasion.
Personally, I don't see how the players will "win" this one. They have much more to lose than the owners do. I doubt too many MLS owners will have a hard time paying their bills if the players strike. The players on the other hand.....
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