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It is expected that today US Soccer will announce that the US Women's National Team will have a foreign coach for the first time in the program's history. Former Swedish international forward Pia Sundhage is expected to be named as Greg Ryan's replacement at a press conference to be held this afternoon.

Sundhage coached the Boston Breakers in the WUSA and most recently was an assistant coach for the Chinese National Team and the recently concluded Women's World Cup.

Chris Armas hangs up his boots

Chicago Fire captain Chris Armas is set to announce his retirement today.

The former US International midfielder finishes his MLS career standing sixth all-time in games started and minutes played. He also has 66 caps and 2 goals in his career with the US National Team.

Drew Carey is joining the Seattle to MLS ownership group


Not only is Drew Carey joining the Seattle to MLS ownership group, but he had two very unique demands.

The first was that he wants to sell memberships to fans that will allow them to vote on things such as whether or not to fire the GM. The second was that he wants the team to have the only marching band in MLS.

It's going to be interesting to see if Carey turns into MLS' version of Mark Cuban.

Other news and notes

- Ives Galarcep is reporting that Landon Donovan is out for this weekend's USMNT friendly versus South Africa. Donovan picked up a calf injury in one of LA's friendlies vs USL teams over the past week.

- Ives also has a post that says that the opening of Red Bull Park could be slipping to the fall of 2009 at the earliest. I thought that Red Bull taking over the MetroStars was supposed to make things better?

- Steven Goff is reporting that DC United may be taking another run at Juan Sebastien Veron.

- This Is American Soccer has a cool guest piece on Benny Feilhaber. While I think calling Feilhaber the American Riquelme is a stretch, he has been one of the brightest spots of Bob Bradley's tenure as USMNT head coach.

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