I love a successful uprising as much as the next guy, but it doesn't take a foreign relations major to figure out that sending the U.S. Men's National Team to Egypt probably isn't the best idea right now. So props to the U.S. Soccer Federation and the Egyptian Football Association for getting things figured out on such short notice. Your open thread for soccer, the Union and all things involving common sense.
U.S. cancels Egypt friendly [CONCACAF.com] – The USMNT's next match will be against Argentina on March 26 at the New Meadowlands.
'Fine print' of Dynamo stadium packs a kick [Bradley Olson, Houston Chronicle] – The Dynamo is on the brink of receiving a 30-year, $3-million dollar kickback from the city of Houston through sales tax.
Charlie Davies To D.C. United Nearly Official, Hinges On "Evaluation" [ChestRockwell, Black And Red United] – Good for D.C. United, and therefore bad for the Union perhaps, but also good for MLS.
Goaltender Rimando agrees to terms on new deal with RSL [Michael C. Lewis, The Salt Lake Tribune] – The deal is reportedly in the process of being finalized and approved by the league. Rimando only made $131,000 in base salary and guaranteed bonuses last year, amazingly.
Whitecaps win their first MLS preseason game [Scott Russell, News1130/CKWX] – The Caps defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1 in Casa Grande, Arizona. And speaking of Arizona…
Soccer's spring training comes to Arizona [Mike Sunnucks, Phoenix Business Journal] – Ten of the league's eighteen teams are doing their preseason training in the Copper State.
TSN acquires MLS broadcast rights [Bruce Dowbiggin, The Globe and Mail] – The CBC previously held national MLS broadcast rights in Canada, but with the Whitecaps and soon the Impact, TSN is expanding its presence in a big way. The network is reportedly also interested in acquiring rights to air regional Whitecaps and Impact telecasts.