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Morning Kickaround

*Chase Hilgenbrinck's retirement from the Revs to enter a seminary at Mount St. Mary's in Maryland has reminded us of some other noteworthy departures from MLS over the years:

-- Galaxy defender Ty Harden, to pursue charitable endeavors
-- Dallas defender Brandon Pollard, to work at a health food bakery
-- RSL goalie Scott Garlick, who abruptly left in preseason for non-soccer business opportunities
-- DCU midfielder Josh Gros and Columbus midfielder Ross Paule, because of concussions
-- RSL forward Jason Kreis, to become the club's head coach

Can you think of any others that stand out?

*Soccer America magazine is reporting that Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad, New England midfielder Steve Ralston and New York forward Juan Pablo Angel will be added to the MLS all-star roster. Revs Coach Steve Nicol will name those three, as well as two others, and The Commish Don Garber will offer two selections today. Once the USA Olympic roster is unveiled Thursday, however, MLS will probably have to find replacements for all-star picks Sacha Kljestan, Michael Parkhurst and perhaps Robbie Rogers. (The Oly squad departs for Asia late next week.)

*I am hearing that Los Angeles is still actively trying to trade forward Carlos Ruiz, and that the veteran forward will either end up with Chivas USA or back in the Guatemalan league.

*Read my front-page feature on new DCU midfielder Craig Thompson and his ties to Marvin the Miner.

*Game-time weather conditions at RFK tonight. (Still awaiting the ETA on the next random power outage.)

*Read the Dynamo-Chivas preview in the Houston Chronicle.

*Former DCU forward Jamil Walker was part of a three-team USL trade that sent him from Carolina to Portland.

*Thinking of dropping by Havana for the USA-Cuba qualifier in September? Think again.

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2008; 9:11 AM ET
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