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The Daily Links- December 2, 2011 Edition

David Ficklin, designer of Livestrong Sporting Park, took some time to talk with Isaac Knopf of The Footy Chronicles. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
David Ficklin, designer of Livestrong Sporting Park, took some time to talk with Isaac Knopf of The Footy Chronicles. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
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"Well, I’m sure fans have their thoughts on flaws or areas that they have noticed during their time at LSP that don’t work as well as we had hoped or they had expected. And it’s more important what the fans think anyway, because the building is for them so hopefully we kept the flaws to a minimum. Personally my favorite aspect is really an intangible; it is that so many people feel so passionately about LSP. "

The Footy Chronicles: Interview with David Ficklin, Livestrong Sporting Park Designer

When it comes to KC, it'll be interesting to see which way the team goes. There's not really a guy there that I could see coming in and starting, but there are a few players that I think could add some quality depth to the team heading into the 2012 season. Especially with much of our movement so far this offseason being in the midfield, it's possible KC could try to add depth there or in the center of defense. KC could also use another striker on the bench, but I don't see any of the forwards available as ones that would fit well in KC's system. So here's a few players that I think could potential contribute for KC.

Down the Byline: A Look at the Re-Entry Draft List

Now that the season is over, the email reminders to actually donate have been sent out to the 10 people who participated in this initial Goals for Good program for fans of Sporting Kansas City. These 10 people pledged a total of $20 for each goal scored at LiveSTRONG Sporting Park by Sporting KC. With 29 goals scored at home by Kei, CJ, Omar and the gang, that is $580 pledged to 4 great charities (LiveSTRONG, Harvester's, Humane Society, City of Joplin) As a bonus for participating this year, the initial 10 donors will all get input on helping select the first round of donor recipients to be reviewed for the 2012 Goals for Good program.

Ad Astra SKC: Goals for Good 2011 Recap and 2012 Future

Arnaud is 31, an age that usually marks the start of the inevitable decline all footballers must deal with. Arnaud's nonstop hustle has put some hard miles on his body. This trade should prove good for Davy and serve to reinvigorate him a bit. His natural leadership, experience, and passionate play will be an immediate asset to the Impact. It's hard to think of a better cornerstone for Montreal than Davy Arnaud. The new surroundings and responsibility should energize Arnaud for a couple more seasons at least. The announcers in Montreal will just love saying his name.

SPORKS TAKE: End of the Arnaud Era in KC

Danish paper Nordyske is reporting that Jimmy Nielsen's new contract with Sporting Kansas City is worth an estimated 1.53 million Krone, which ends up being roughly $276,000 dollars. His new contract is $76,000 dollars more than his base contract with Sporting was in 2011. Jimmy had this to say on the matter,"I earn a good salary that is higher than the one I could get in the premiership. It means that I can support my family while I can put a little aside, so I should not complain at all. But I must be honest, the money is not the most important. It is that we are well, I am excited to come to training every day and that I play on a team with a promising future."

The Front Men: Jimmy Nielsen's New Contract Worth $276,00 Dollars

I don’t normally like to talk about my own personal life but this heart breaking story about such a powerful and energetic young man has brought back so many sad memories to myself that I think it is very important that I share a story or two about my own fight with depression. If I can help one person to stand up and fight for their own life then it will all be worth it. When I signed in Major League Soccer for Real Salt Lake back in January 2008 I was leaving behind an amazing team and contract in Germany for FC St Pauli but also trying to save my young family from breaking apart. Moving to an English speaking country seemed to be the only option to keep me and my then wife from going our separate ways.

Once a Cascadian: Depression in Soccer – A Personal Tale by Ian Joy | Prost Amerika Soccer

We are falling deeper into the mineshaft of the 2011 MLS offseason. It's usually about this time - maybe more around Christmas - that things feel the darkest, as most other world leagues are just kicking into gear and we are left with a barren, windswept plain where our soccer once was. But fear not, intrepid travelers, for into the breach I step. Today begins a four-part series breaking down the 19 MLS teams and their offseason outlook.

No Short Corners: Handicapping the MLS offseason: The Western Conference, Part 1

When I attempt to think of my favorite moment from your time in Kansas City, it's incredibly hard to narrow it down to one moment or aspect. What about your performance in the 2004 Western Conference Final home to the Galaxy, or your stunning strikes from the 2009 home-opener against Toronto at Community America Ballpark? Also, you can't forget your astounding recovery from injury this year; the reception from the LIVESTRONG Park crowd was deafening. In general, I think the two things I will remember most from your time in KC were your blasts from long range, and most of all, your never-die attitude and incredible hard work.

The Footy Chronicles: Dear Davy: My Good-Bye to KC's Legend

Less than six months before the start of its campaign to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team will continue preparations with a pair of international friendlies in January. The U.S. will host Venezuela on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. MT at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Four days later, the team will be in Panama City, Panama, for its first ever friendly against the familiar regional opponent. Further details on both matches will be available in the near future.

U.S. Men's National Team to Open 2012 Campaign with Pair of January Friendlies against Venezuela and Panama - U.S. Soccer

MLS Reserves: Your battles with post concussion symptoms are well documented. Are you still suffering those ill effects and to what degree?

Taylor Twellman: "I haven’t worked out in nearly sixteen months. That’s a whole different life change for me. I’ve worked out my whole life… Now, I haven’t gotten my heart rate over 130 for over a year and a half. I’ve studied what triggers it and what’s going on…I’ve done a lot of research with the help of some great people on the effects of Omega-3. I’ve been on a high dosage of Omega-3 and eating certain things over several months- we’ve seen a decrease in my symptoms by probably sixty percent…"

The MLS Reserves: One on One with Taylor Twellman