Devo's Direct Kicks

If the Rochester City council decides against using the remaining $200,000 of the $4 million NY State grant to improve Marina Auto Stadium to build permanent locker rooms, they will have some explaining to do.

Building a permanent locker room facility within the stadium is the next step that needs to happen to reduce operating costs for the club and give the stadium an even more complete feel.

Getting the grant and finishing the suites and the press box were great. But, they need to get the players real locker rooms.

I'd prefer locker rooms to using the money that's left on say a pub on the suite level next to the press box.

And I'll go off a huge rant on Saturday morning if they take that $200,000 and use it for some other project....

News & Notes:

- The Portland Timbers have signed their first 4 MLS players in 2010 Timbers MF/F Ryan Pore, F Bright Dike, GK Steve Cronin, and F Eddie Johnson who played for the Austin Aztex.

- Is Don Garber taking the Timbers Army to task already?

- MLS has layed out the expansion draft rules for Portland & Vancouver.

- I wonder if Thierry Henry knows that there isn't an SI article jinx even though he'll be out again this weekend with a knee injury?

- DC United will hand out some sweet posters to celebrate Jaime Moreno's final match for the club.

- The Original Winger has USMNT stars and the Fire tributes to Brian McBride, along with a Q&A with the man himself about his last MLS match. 

- If you like EA Sports FIFA 11 ads with Steve Nash & Landon Donovon, here are some outtakes.

- Fanhouse thinks US Soccer is being uncomfortably quiet about the World Cup bid scandal and Unprofessional Foul thinks the US won't get the 2022 World Cup. I really hope they are wrong, but I fear the worst, as well.

- Kate Markgraf has hung up her boots with 201 caps.

- Mexico is following the US's lead by naming a homegrown coach as their new national team coach in Jose De La Torre.

- Say it ain't so, Wayne. Say it ain't so.

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