Hope you are enjoying the long weekend. While you are lounging at the beach and minding the grill, please remember the reason most of us do not have to work today.
Our weekly MLS "Good, Bad and Coyote Ugly" feature will return Tuesday morning. In the meantime, a few things to share:
*USA women's midfielder Leslie Osborne has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the Olympics this summer. Osborne, who turns 25 tomorrow, has 60 caps and was in the running for a starting slot.
*Word out of South America is that Racing forward Facundo Sava , 34, has offers from clubs in MLS, Mexico and Argentina. Sava has scored 27 goals in 60 appearances since joining Racing in 2006. Great finisher, but perhaps a bit old for a long-term stay in MLS? Meantime, Boca forward Martin Palermo, who has been linked to a possible move to MLS, tells FIFA.com:
"I can't say whether I'll go abroad, for example, as right now I just want to enjoy myself here. But you never know what the future might bring. My contract with Boca runs out on 30 June and I'm hoping to renew it for another year. You've always got to be prepared for anything, but my aim is to stay here."
*Andy Williams (RSL), Omar Cummings (Colorado) and Tyrone Marshall (Toronto) have been requested by Jamaica's national team for an upcoming training camp and friendlies leading to next month's World Cup qualifiers against Bahamas.
*The D.C. area's two USL2 clubs are coming off narrow victories: second-year Crystal Palace USA, which plays at UMBC in Catonsville, Md., conceded its first goals of the season but improved to 5-0 with a 3-2 victory against Western Massachusetts. First-year Real Maryland, based at the Maryland SoccerPlex, edged Wilmington, 2-1, to even its record at 3-3. Both have qualified for the U.S. Open Cup.
*Read about USA goalkeeper Dominic Cervi and his search for a club by clicking here.
*To get you in the mood for Euro '08, ESPN Classic will show a one-hour, condensed version of the past nine European Championship finals each of the next nine weeknights, starting tonight at 7 p.m. ET with the 1972 final between West Germany and the Soviet Union.
*You can catch me on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" on Tuesday between 5 and 6 p.m. with a replay starting at 11 p.m. You will also have the opportunity to ask me questions during a washingtonpost.com live online chat Wednesday at 1 p.m.
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