Without an actual game that matters this weekend I'll eschew the usual game preview today. The Fire will play Legia Warsaw tomorrow at 6 pm for third place in the Sister Cities Tournament. That game will be followed by the first place match between Paris Saint-Germain and Legia Warsaw.
Paris Saint-Germain will be holding an open practice today at Toyota Park's practice field. Practice is open to the public between 5:00 and 6:30 pm.
The Fire is holding tryouts for their 2010/11 Academy teams at Toyota Park on May 24 and 25. The tryout sessions will be held for players at the U18, U16, and U14 age levels. Academy players that spend a minimum of two years in the Fire's developmental program are eligible to be signed directly by the Fire to an MLS contract. The registration form can be found here.
Write The Future
Nike always comes up with incredibly cool football ads. This one is no different. Who else would feature Ronaldinho, Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, Landon Donovan, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Homer Simpson in the same commercial?
World Cup Bracket Pool
If you're interested in joining the World Cup Bracket Pool, registration will be open up until June 11. Just email me for the password to join the Fire Confidential pool. firstname.lastname@example.org
USA Today has an interesting article on the impact of the World Cup on US soccer.
Fox has taken notice of soccer interest in the US and has bumped baseball for coverage of the UEFA Champions League match between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich tomorrow.
The Fire's next league opponent, FC Dallas lost to Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in Texas last night. FC Dallas' manager Schellas Hyndman bemoaned the team's inability to finish and yanked forward Jeff Cunningham in the 63rd minute for the second consecutive match.
If there is any doubt that a second New York team isn't a great idea, Don Garber should take notice that last night's match between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference drew a crowd of 11,940 at the beautiful new Red Bull Arena. How about making sure that one team is successful in New York before adding a second one?
Toronto 2 New England 0
Seattle 2 San Jose 1
Houston 2 DC 1
RSL 1 Chivas 1
KC 2 Crew 1