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The Daily Links- October 26th, 2011 Edition

Sporting KC left back Seth Sinovic took the time to chat with Sporting KC fans last night during the weekly SKC Tweet Chat.(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Sporting KC left back Seth Sinovic took the time to chat with Sporting KC fans last night during the weekly SKC Tweet Chat.(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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"Henry was pleading his case to anyone that would listen, i don't think i could do much to help him though. Seth explaining what New York Red Bulls' forward Thierry Henry was saying to him after being given a red card in Sporting KC's 2-0 win."- Seth Sinovic

Seth Sinovic TweetChat - #SKCchat 

What a remarkable regular season for Sporting Kansas City. I've written -- and you've read -- that statement about three dozen times by now. You'll hear it more, I promise. Worst-to-first in four months. Dug a hole on an epic and gruesome road trip; climbed out with an epic and glorious home stand.

Wrapping the regular season as Sporting chases Cup glory -

And ignoring a third straight U.S. Open Cup as well as CCL advancement for Seattle and its head coach, Sigi Schmid, is probably next to impossible. He and the Galaxy’s Bruce Arena top the list of finalists that also includes Peter Vermes (Sporting Kansas City), Dominic Kinnear (Houston), Peter Nowak (Philadelphia), and Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas).

SoccerAmerica - Schmid and Arena head Coach of the Year nominees 10/25/2011

If you could cut through all the East Coast-media driven clutter over two promising rookie defenders for D.C. United and New England, the ROY choice seemed fairly clear to me. It was Kansas City’s C.J. Sapong, who kept Teal Bunbury out of the starting lineup for much of SKC’s fine campaign. Sapong hit for five goals and five assists.

My MLS choices for MVP, Defender of Year, Best XI and more - Daily Soccer Fix

Nearly 5.5 million people attended Major League Soccer games this season. Almost 18,000 people went to the average MLS game. Those are the big numbers, and they both represent new high-water marks for the 16-year-old league. But to really understand how much MLS attendance grew this year, you need to dig a little deeper.

MLS Attendance Was Up Almost Across The Board In 2011 -

Just north of Texas, Kansas City rallied past that 1-6-3 start on the road (pending stadium completion) to go 12-3-9 from there, claiming an Eastern Conference crown along the way. That record is as good (or damn close to it) as anything the Galaxy or Seattle put together over that time.

A fabulous 15 about MLS playoffs, which begin Wednesday - Daily Soccer Fix

They are the reason the game is played: the goals! This year, we have expanded the competition for the AT&T Goal of the Year to 64 goals. The First Round will consist of 16 groups of four, with the top two goals going through to the Second Round.

2011 Goal of the Year - First Round, Groups A-D |

Don't miss your chance to show off your passion for Sporting KC in a live taping from the Members' Club. Wednesday, October 26th from 7:00-8:00 PM

Be A Part of the Live Taping For The Sporting KC Playoff Show!

After going 1-6-3 on their season-opening 10-game road trip, it was tempting to count Sporting KC out. But they finished on an impressive 12-3-9 run that makes them the clear favorite to win the East.

Major League Soccer Power Rankings, Final Edition: Galaxy Are Consensus No. 1 -