MLS Cup is over, now the real fun begins.
We were the first to tell you about the salary cap adjustments, the Champions League plan, the foreign player proposal, Chicago's rejection of New York's request to talk to Juan Carlos Osorio and the Red Bulls' interest in Peter Nowak.
We are hearing today that the Red Bulls are also looking closely at Houston assistant John Spencer, Revs assistant Paul Mariner and U. of Connecticut coach Ray Reid, whose Big East champion team is No. 1 in the nation in the latest Soccer America rankings. We also hear that New York would love to talk to Dominic Kinnear, but that the chances of Houston allowing him to interview -- or of Kinnear wanting to leave Houston -- is remote.
I hope to be able to share expansion draft news later today. We'll see. Reminder: MLS will officially release the list of protected players Tuesday afternoon and the draft will take place Wednesday afternoon. No current team will lose more than one player.
Also later today, the 48-team NCAA men's tournament bracket will be announced. Live coverage on ESPNews between 5:30 and 6, and complete information this evening here on the Insider and on the NCAA Web site. The women, who started this past weekend, will play the round of 16 this week.
On the international front, click here to read about the Iraqis.
Finally, congrats to Doug Hicks, Boris Flores, Kyle Sheldon and the rest of the DCU communications staff for winning the MLS public relations award for the fourth consecutive year. Other behind-the-scenes honors went to DCU's Brian Goodstein (medical trainer), Francisco Tobar (equipment), Jason AmaguaÃ±a and Jon Radke (operations), Mike Harloff (ticket sales director of the year), Scott Miller (account executive of the year, top 10 ticket sales revenue, top 10 new FSE ticket sales, top 10 group ticket sales leader) and Dan Giffin (top 10 ticket sales revenue, top 10 group ticket sales).
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