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On the Eve of MLS Cup.....

A few things overheard at the commissioner's party Friday night at The Park at 14th:

*Jose Mourinho has gone back to Europe after two days in D.C. (family emergency)

*United's Luciano Emilio, the league MVP, will also be named newcomer of the year tonight, a trusted source says. (Makes sense, right?)

*The salary cap is going up a bit. One person tells me the increase is $150,000, another says it's $200,000. The cap will be around $2.3 million next season. (All league pay increases go directly into Beckham's bank account.)

*The league is expected to approve a new age limit for developmental players. It had been 24 for field players and 25 for goalkeepers. Under the new rule, it would be 25 for all players.

*Toronto's roster requirements will undergo changes, so the club will not have to rely so heavily on Canadian players. Still awaiting details.....

*I left the party at 11:30 (well past my bedtime). Bobby Boswell and Alecko Eskandarian were just arriving.

For your reading enjoyment.....

The Post focuses on Garber's frustration with United's stadium issues and expansion, and also takes a fun look at sports trophies, including MLS Cup.

The NY Times interviews Don Garber.

The Globe explains how Robert Kraft will attend both the Revs match and the Patriots game tomorrow.

The Chronicle takes a look at MLS's progress.

By Steve Goff  |  November 17, 2007; 10:46 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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