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*MLS has announced the process for the next round of expansion, which will determine two new teams in 2011:

a. Submit application by Oct. 15.
b. Await an announcement late this year or early next year.

Sounds simple enough.

You know the contenders: Montreal, St. Louis, Vancouver, New York Jr., Portland, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Ottawa and, now that water has been discovered there, Mars.

Think about it: It's the fourth planet from the sun, so the game-time temperature will be much cooler than Houston. Small, quick, agile beings not named Franco Niell. A natural uniform hue (red), jersey sponsor (NASA), theme song, CD and coach (Jesse Marsch). And, best of all, a playing surface comparable to Rice-Eccles Stadium.

I think we have a front-runner. Hmm, hmm?

*I gave DCU Coach Tom Soehn a hard time about not having much to say the other day, so it's only fair to share his downright chirpy comments from Thursday:

On Ivan Guerrero: "Ivan is a guy we have had our eyes on and felt for a long time would make us better and give us depth. ... He is going to add something immediately."

On whether the young players are making strides: "Yeah, I think so, and we will see again on Saturday because we are going to have to still go that route and rely on them, whether they are starting or have to come into the game. We will see what kind of impact they make. They are set up to succeed with better guys around them. If you are having to rely on too many of those, it puts them in a bad spot and unfortunately we have had to do that a lot lately. Now, as we start adding one piece at a time, whether it's guys getting healthy or senior guys like Guerrero, it sets them up to be success. Their job gets easier."

On more roster changes: "It's easy to say we are going to do them quickly, but it never works out like that. We are going to continue to follow through and make sure that, when it does happen, it is for the right reasons."

On the chaotic end to the Revs-Atlante game: "It's the darker side of things, but that just shows the competitiveness between the Mexican league and our league."

*The defending champion Washington Freedom was ousted in the W-League semifinals with a 2-0 loss to the top-seeded Pali Blues (California) in Virginia Beach. ... Crystal Palace Baltimore survived a wild ending in its USL2 match with Real Maryland to claim a 3-2 victory. Real scored in added time before having the apparent equalizer disallowed by an offside call. ... Ronald Cerritos has resurfaced with USL1 Carolina after leaving Real.

*Finally, two local players -- Latoya Lesane of Potomac Falls HS and Ferrum College, and Matt Oduaran from the University of Maryland and D.C. United's youth academy -- will be presented scholarships from the Nicole Megaloudis Foundation during United's match with Kansas City tomorrow. The foundation is named for the step-daughter of longtime coach Thomas Rongen. Nicole was a former local high school star who went on to play at VCU and died in an auto accident. Since 2004, the foundation has awarded 20 scholarships totalling $50,000.

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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