News, Notes, and Links: May 9, 2010

Catch up on the latest news and links around MLS and international soccer

Rapids youngster Danny Earls has big shoes to fill in Denver.

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After seven league games and one Open Cup play-in game over the past two months, the Rapids had this weekend completely off. The team’s next match is on Saturday, May 15 at D.C. United.

Here are some notes and links to recap the past week and look ahead:

-- On Tuesday, May 11, the Rapids squad team will play the Real Colorado Foxes of the Premier Development League in Denver's 1st Annual Derby match -hosted by the University of Denver in their new 2,000 seated Soccer Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

-- Defender Kosuke Kimura had an MRI on Thursday that revealed a left tibia stress fracture. Kosuke re-aggravated a previous injury during warm-ups prior to Wednesday’s game versus LA. No timeline has been set on his return to action.

-- Goalkeeper Steward Ceus, who is on loan to the Charlotte Eagles of the USSF Division II, fractured his wrist during practice with the Eagles last week. We don’t have a timeline on his return at this point either.

-- We’ve read and heard much speculation about the possibility of Conor Casey getting called to the U.S. Men’s National Team Pre-World Cup training camp next week (see below). He is one of six players featured on the May issue of Outside Magazine.

-- Long-time local journalist Brian Jennings has a feature on new Rapids defender Danny Earls on soccer365.com. That's Danny pictured above.

-- By virtue of a coin flip, the Rapids know that their next play-in game for entry into the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will be on the road. New York hosts New England in a play-in match at Red Bull Arena on Wed., May 12 (8 pm ET), with the winner hosting Colorado. If NY wins, the Rapids will play at NY on May 26 at 6 pm MT. If New England win, the date has yet to be determined, though it will have to happen before June 9.

-- There are two changes to the Rapids 2010 regular season schedule. Colorado’s game at Chicago that was originally scheduled for May 22 will now be played at Toyota Park on June 9. Also, the Rapids home game versus the Philadelphia Union, originally scheduled for July 21, will now be played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on September 29. TV info TBD.

-- Quick MLS weekend recap: The LA Galaxy took a 12 point lead over the Rapids and three other teams in the West when they defeated Seattle 4-0 on Saturday. Other games: Philadelphia 0, Salt Lake 3; Chicago 1, Toronto 4; New England 2, Columbus 3; D.C. 0, Dallas 1; New York 0, San Jose 4; Houston 2, Chivas 0. Go to MLSsoccer.com for news, highlights, standings and more.

-- Two goalkeepers set age-related records in MLS this week: D.C. United keeper Bill Hamid, at 19 years and 161 days old, became the youngest goalkeeper to win a game when he was in goal for D.C.’s 2-1 win over Kansas City on Wed. May 5. On Saturday, Houston Dynamo keeper Pat Onstad, at 42 years and 316 days, became the oldest player ever to play an MLS game.

-- Major League Soccer on Friday announced that Montreal will join the League as the 19th team in the 2012 season. Montreal becomes the third Canadian team to join MLS, following Toronto and Vancouver, which begins in 2011.

-- MLS Commissioner Don Garber also said: "Our attention is very focused on a 20th team as we speak. We'd like that team to be in New York City representing a second team in the tri-state area."

-- MLS last week also announced that Manchester United will be the opponent for the annual MLS All-Star game on July 28 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

-- On Tuesday, May 11, the U.S. Men’s National Team will be announcing a 26-28 man roster for its Pre-World Cup training camp which will be held at Princeton University. Rapids players Drew Moor, Marvell Wynne, Pablo Mastroeni, and Conor Casey each took part in World Cup Qualifying matches for the U.S. over the past two years.

-- Per FIFA rules, each national team participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa must submit a 30-man preliminary roster to FIFA by May 11, one month before the first game of tournament. The final 23-man roster for each participating county must be submitted by June 1.

-- For the U.S., players and coaches will begin to report May 15 for the eight-day camp, with the first training session scheduled for May 17. MLS players called in to the camp who have club games on May 15/16 are expected to be able to participate in their games before joining the U.S. camp.

-- Somalian-born artist K’naan’s song Wavin Flag has become a massive internet sensation, drawing millions of views and more or less become the 2010 World Cup anthem (though it’s not the official WC song). Have a look at one of many youtube clips.; or a Spanish Coca Cola remix. Did you catch the Rapids video version to this song on the scoreboard at the last home game? SI.com has an interview with K’Naan discussing the song and his background.

-- Many sports fans have seen the promotions and attention ESPN has already given the World Cup. If you want to know more about U2’s involvement, or the Robben Island, United, or the Power of 10 commercials – check out the Examiner’s interview with Seth Ader, the Senior Director of Sports Marketing at ESPN. Part I, Part II.

-- International: Chelsea finished top of the table in the English Premier League and Bayern Munich won the German Bundesliga. In Italy, Inter Milan leads Roma by two points heading into next week’s final week; In Spain, Barcelona has a one-point lead over Real Madrid with one game remaining.

-- In the Mexico Primera Division playoffs for the Torneo Bicentenario 2010: Rapids’ partner-club Pachuca defeated last season’s champions, Monterrey to advance to the semifinals, where they’ll face Morelia, which defeated Chivas (Guadalajara). On Sunday, the Toluca vs America and Santos vs Pumas quarterfinals will determine the other semifinalists.

-- The Mexico Men’s National Team opened up the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Friday with a scoreless draw in front of the sold-out crowd of over 77,000. Mexico continues its pre-World Cup preparations on Monday with a friendly against Senegal at Chicago’s Soldier Field.  

-- Much has been written about former Rapids forward Herculez Gomez and his success playing in Mexico this past season. But did you know who the first American was to play in Mexico’s Primera Division? Have you heard of Michael Getchell? Click here to read his story.