Monday kickaround: MLS coaches, Champions League, Don Garber, vuvuzelas, NCAA tournaments
*Chivas USA has shown interest in Real Salt Lake assistant Robin Fraser for its head coaching position, multiple sources told the Insider. Several other candidates are being considered as well. Is former Chicago Fire boss Denis Hamlett in the mix for any of the three openings in MLS (Chivas, D.C. United, Toronto)? Speaking of Chicago, as of a few weeks ago when the club sacrificed an assistant and the fitness coach as a result of a terribly disappointing season, Carlos de los Cobos seemed certain of returning. But will the Fire conclude that there were bigger problems and replace the Mexican coach?
*With the MLS Cup finalists set, the league's participants in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League are unofficially in place: Colorado and Dallas, plus Seattle (U.S. Open Cup) and Los Angeles (Supporters' Shield). Does that mean New York, Real Salt Lake, Columbus and San Jose will receive the consolation prize (SuperLiga)?
*MLS Commissioner Don Garber's state of the league address and the Best XI announcement were tentatively scheduled for today but moved to Tuesday.
*What do vuvuzelas have in common with the spillcam and "refudiate"?
*The NCAA men's tournament brackets will be unveiled at 4:30 p.m. ET today on ESPNU. I'll post the local matchups as soon as they are announced. As conference champions, Maryland, William & Mary and UMBC are automatic, while Virginia and Georgetown are likely to receive at-large invitations.
*NCAA women: Georgetown upset Maryland on penalty kicks and advanced to play at snowy Minnesota in the round of 16. Virginia moved on with a 3-0 victory over South Carolina, earning a round-of-16 match against Ohio State on Saturday in Charlottesville. For the complete NCAA bracket, click here.
| November 15, 2010; 10:14 AM ET
Categories: 2010 World Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, College Soccer, MLS | Tags: MLS
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