MLSsoccer.com's "Kick Off": Fri., April 2

MLS club owners speak out on DP rules and stadiums

The Dynamo may have won Thursday's home opener but in the process they lost Dynamo captain Brian Ching to a hamstring injury.

The World Cup hopeful gives a dire prognosis.

With Ching's status for a possible World Cup call-up uncertain, LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle put forth his candidature with another two goals in a 2-0 SuperClásico win over Chivas USA.

It’s
looking increasingly likely that Clint Dempsey could be Jozy Altidore’s
partner at forward in South Africa. Dempsey played in Fulham’s 2-1
Europa League victory on Thursday and says he’s back to normal.

According to the Boston Globe, Dempsey's former MLS club once chased Luís Figo and Pauleta as Designated Players in recent years.

Revolution owner Jonathan Kraft and D.C. United owner Will Chang both gave updates on their team’s search for a stadium.

Speaking of stadiums, a Houston Chronicle editorial gives a thumbs up to the Houston Dynamo’s stadium plan. The Houston City Council votes April 7.

The Seattle Sounders indicate they will be looking to take advantage of the new DP rule while Kasey Keller urges caution.

The biggest name on the San Jose Earthquakes, Bobby Convey, is in the middle of a budding controversy in the Bay Area, saying he’s tired of being a scapegoat.

Another person who has not forgotten last weekend’s MLS action is the Union’s Peter Nowak. This Philly writer says Nowak has all the reason in the world to complain about the red card in Seattle.

In Colorado, Marvell Wynne’s pride is still hurt after his trade from Toronto FC.

He would not be a DP, but Notts County forward Luke Rodgers is pushing for a move to the NY Red Bulls if his criminal record will allow.

While the report of Kasey Keller joining the NFL’s Seahawks
was an obvious joke, the preferred prank on April Fool’s Day was … a
photo shoot. Two MLS teams used a photo shoot to get a good laugh at
the expense of their players: Seattle and Kansas City. ESPN SportsCenter picked up the “Maxim shoot” from KC.

No joke. In a Spanish-language interview, Landon Donovan confirmed he was close to signing with Club América in Mexico during the offseason.

As anticipated, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on Friday provided the update on Wayne Rooney’s injury, saying it would be three weeks before his return.

Manchester
United host Chelsea in the must-watch game of the weekend on Saturday
(ESPN2, 7:30 a.m. ET). That will be followed on Saturday morning by the
Bundesliga top of the table clash between Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich
(GolTV, 9:30 a.m. ET). On Sunday it’s the Mexican SuperClásico, Chivas
vs. América (Telemundo, 9 p.m. ET).

One long-rumored DP target, Brazilian Ronaldo, scored again for Corinthians in Copa Libertadores action from Thursday.

The shocker of the day comes from England. The sports headline in The Sun newspaper says FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta was allegedly bribed by Chelsea to sell Ronaldinho to the English club.

Rumors: The Daily Star in England says AC Milan are after Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic … The Daily Mail says Inter Milan are pursuing Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard … Sportmediaset reports that Atletico Madrid want Juventus’ Portuguese midfielder Tiago … Corriere dello Sport in Italy gives details of Inter Milan swapping Maicon for Real Madrid's for Lass Diara and cash.