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GOLD CUP PAUSE

Just a few quick things I wanted to pass along before heading off to class for the day...

The U.S. National Team is well into its annual January training camp and is set to [face Honduras in a friendly this Saturday at the Home Depot Center](http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2009/12/US-to-Face-Honduras-January-23.aspx). Though the game won't feature any of either countries bigger names, it's always interesting to see how the National Team is playing -- even if only for the purpose of seeing who's likely to fill out the World Cup roster. You can catch the game beginning at 8 p.m. central time on FSC.

[Kansas City started construction on its very own soccer-specific stadium yesterday](http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20100119&content_id=7940058&vkey=pr_kcw&fext=.jsp&team=t105), putting the team on track to move into the new facility at some point in 2011. The stadium, which will be located on the Kansas side of the city, will have a capacity of 18,000. "This is a great day for soccer in Kansas City," investor Robb Heineman said.

The stadium -- much like some other MLS facilities -- will be a part of a complex that will house 18-24 additional fields for youth tournaments and an office complex. The project will cost around $400 million and will enable the Wizards to move out of the minor-league baseball stadium they currently occupy.
The [Baltimore Business Journal is reporting that the Maryland Stadium Authority commissioned a $100,000 study on Tuesday to explore the viability of building a professional soccer stadium in Baltimore](http://baltimore.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2010/01/18/daily15.html). A stadium in Baltimore could become the home of D.C. United, which has been unsuccessfully trying to build a soccer-specific stadium in the D.C. area for years.

Also, no CBA yet. 10 more days until that ominous deadline...

I've sent Chris Rolfe all of your questions and will get the answers up as soon as he responds.

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  • Sam are the Fire games still going to be T.V. this year?

  • In reply to bulls428:

    Local network? UPN 50?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I spoke with Fred Hubner (who does the t.v. play by play for the Fire games) about that at De los Cobos's introductory press conference and he said it was still up in the air whether or not My50 was going to broadcast the games this year.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    There's no chance that no games will be televised, right? Someone will definitely show them, right?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    How about WGN? It'd be tremendous to get the games in HD, and MLS would love the national exposure, too. It worked for the Cubs, and I'm guessing if MLS, the Fire, and WGN wanted to make it happen, it could lead to some great things.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I would be extremely upset if we are not able to watch the Fire games on T.V.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I believe the UPN deal was a two year deal that expired at the end of last season. That would be a good question for Mr. Greeley. Maybe we can also find out what he actually does.

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