There is plenty going on today on the news front so here is a quick rundown of some things you should know about.
Today is the deadline for the latest labor negotation extension between MLS and the player's Union. As you probably know by now, a deal isn't going to get done and we've been told the union will be issuing a statement later today. Whether that statement is an intent to strike remains to be seen, but there doesn't appear to be any good news on the horizon.
Some better news. The new U.S. national team jerseys were unveiled today by Nike (away jersey pictured above). You will be able to see them displayed in their full glory at Nikemedia.com later today. My early verdict: Not too bad at all.
In case you missed it, here is my column on last night's USA victory vs. El Salvador for FoxSoccer.com. I wasn't able to put together a proper "Look Back" on the match but the column covers many of my main observations. Ultimately, we can't forget the context of the match (El Salvador's squad was weak) but it does mean something that some players stepped up and made the most of their opportunities while others didn't.
If you're wondering when the U.S. national team will announce the roster for next week's friendly vs. the Netherlands, it should be released after 4pm today.
I'm down in Florida today, Orlando to be exact, and I will be covering today's pre-season matches at the Walt Disney Soccer Classic (New York Red Bulls vs. the Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC). Be sure to follow along with our commentary tonight, starting at 6pm.
Some good news for New York Red Bulls fans as the club confirmed that Brazilian star Robinho will travel with Santos to New Jersey for the friendly vs. the Red Bulls on March 20. The match is the first official event at the new Red Bull Arena.
Starting to fear that a player's strike is inevitable for MLS? Like the new USA jerseys? Excited to see how the MLS teams do today in Orlando?
Feel free to share your thoughts on any of these topics in the comments section below.