Devo's Direct Kicks

In what could be a USL 1st Division playoff preview, the Rhinos host the Charleston Battery this evening.

It will be interesting to see if the Rhinos can enter the playoffs on a high note after playing Miami FC to a scoreless draw last Sunday afternoon.

Portland clinched the regular season title and a first round bye thanks to a 2-1 home win versus Cleveland last evening. The win ended a three game home losing streak for the Timbers.

News & Notes:

- Devo tells us what he really feels about the latest "news" that the TOA is talking to MLS.

- Ridge Mahoney talks to MLS President Mark Abbott about 2010 World Cup break.

- MLS Talk ponders whether Gooch's move to AC Milan was a bad one.

- Yanks Abroad talks about how Europe is always better.

- Steve Davis thinks that Heath Pearce's stock is rising and Gooch's is falling ahead of next year's World Cup.

- Greg Seltzer talks to Heath Pearce about his move to FC Dallas.

- Bob Lenarduzzi believes that MLS will be changing their roster rules by 2011.

- If you want to know why FC Dallas doesn't have a jersey sponsor, check this out.

- Steve Nash trained with the Vancouver Whitecaps PDL squad.

- MLS Talk takes an interesting angle on what it will take to grow soccer in the US.

- Taylor Twellman is done for the year in New England.

- SI.com has a look at Portland's road ahead to make the jump to MLS.

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