Matchday: MLS Cup
Greetings from Estadio RFK.....
Cool, sunny morning, chance of sprinkles later. Lot 8 starting to fill up, hopping with tailgaters. The pitch looks (almost) immaculate.
Jimmy Eat World is warming up. They're very loud. The highlight of the pregame will be Placido Domingo singing the national anthem. We're also expecting a military flyover.
Some things I am hearing:
*New York requested permission from Chicago to talk to Juan Carlos Osorio...and was rejected. The Red Bulls are also interested in Peter Nowak, but with the Olympics approaching and an assistant's job in the World Cup in 2010 all but set, he's unlikely to take an MLS gig anytime soon.
*MLS is strongly considering dropping the youth international classification and expanding the number of foreign players available for each team to at least seven. This would be a huge development. The reason is, with several expansion teams entering the league soon, there will simply not be enough quality American players to fill key roles. That is not a criticism of American soccer, just the reality of a strained player pool.
*The salary cap has been increased, but it's complicated because of allocation funding. Essentially, teams will have $150,000 more than last year to spend on players.
Plenty of more good stuff about MLS and DCU in Monday's print edition notebook.
Time to decide a championship.
As usual, this is the place for pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts.
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