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To build or not to build? DC United stadium deal a political lightning rod | Communities Digital News
There's no real news here, but as per usual there's D.C. United stadium talk for Wednesday.
Sherwood's Notebook: And The Days Dwindle Down | NBCWashington.com
Tom Sherwood includes the stadium project among his top local political stories in the District.
Bowser Picks Alexandria City Manager For City Administrator Job | Washington City Paper
Muriel Bowser is going to replace city administrator Allen Lew - one of the key players in the stadium saga, as you surely know - with Rashad Young. The mayor-elect also noted that Young will be involved in the stadium negotiations, so he's a name we need to know.
There's also a mention of Adrian Fenty if you feel like booing somebody.
Dirigentes de Alajuelense acuerpan a Óscar Ramírez | Nacion.com
The scuttlebutt down in Costa Rica says that there's at least a possibility that United's CCL quarterfinal opponents LD Alajuelense may have a new head coach by the time the game is played. Current boss Oscar Ramirez is considered the best coach LDA has ever had, and the board members quoted here are almost too aggressive in dismissing the rumors. Ramirez moving on to a bigger challenge (or payday) would make United's path easier, as Alajuelense is among the most well-drilled and organized teams in CONCACAF.
Gedion Zelalem plays for Arsenal in Champions League match | Soccer Insider
Steve Goff notes that Gedion Zelalem got UCL minutes, but more importantly says that he's hearing word that Zelalem is leaning towards playing for the USMNT over Germany. He still has to complete the citizenship process, of course, but this could end up being enormous news down the road.
Mock MLS Expansion Draft: How will Orlando City and New York City FC build their core? | MLSsoccer.com
This ends very differently than my one-man-playing-every-role mock expansion draft that you'll see later this morning, but then mock drafts are like snowflakes. Small spoiler: This one is far more cavalier about teams picking guys that have said they're going to Europe or were in MLS on loan deals only than mine is.
Speaking of: The real expansion draft is at 2pm and, for once, MLS will allow us to listen in. We'll have it embedded in a piece here because what else are you going to do in the middle of a work day? Please don't say "Work."
Newly appointed Houston Dynamo manager Owen Coyle says his playing style is "pleasing to the eye" | MLSsoccer.com
Owen Coyle's Premier League teams did try to keep the ball on the ground more than their budgetary peers, but we'll see what that actually means with Houston.
Champions League standings 2014: Who's in and who's out of the knockout stages | SB Nation
Sorry, Liverpool friends. But hey, at least Andy Najar will get to play more in Europe thanks to Anderlecht making it into the Europa League.
OK, I'm going to stop because I'm already pushing half an hour late.