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Blue Links: Opara & Shelton Interviews, Podcasts, Injury Updates and Zlatan

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Sporting KC

  • (810 WHB) The Sporting KC show is back with Bukaty interviewing Ike Opara and previewing the Swope Park Rangers first game in Children’s Mercy Park
  • (Drive Time) Bukaty also takes a ride in a Toyota with new Sporting Kansas City striker Khiry Shelton.
  • (The Blue Testament) Teenage rookies Gianluca Busio and Jaylin Lindsey are almost 100% certain (barring a sudden change) to play for the Swope Park Rangers Wednesday night at CMP.
  • (SKC Twitter) The team plays, “Who’s that Baby?”
  • (Talkin’ Touches) Former KC Star writer Ashley Scoby (Pro Soccer USA) joins the pod to discuss the win over D.C. United.
  • (No Other Pod) The new pod isn’t out as of this writing (though it usually comes out Wednesday) but Jimmy Mack and Dan Kooser are really hitting their stride with their SKC podcast.
  • (Sporting KC) SKC Academy U12’s won Generation Adidas Cup. Not bad.
  • (MLS Soccer) Referee assignments are out and SKC will have Robert Sibiga in the center circle on Saturday.
  • (Thad Bell on Twitter) Felipe Gutierrez is day-to-day with the injury he picked up against DCU.

Around the World

  • (Sports Illustrated) We can’t not talk about Zlatan and apparently he turned down nearly $100 million to play in the Chinese Super League to instead play for TAM level pay for the LA Galaxy ($3 million over two years). The story states there are no side deals to get Zlatan’s wages up outside the cap. Obviously coming to the United States and particularly Los Angeles should raise Zlatan’s profile (if that’s even possible) but maybe it’s really not all about the money at this point.
  • (MLSPA) FC Cincinnati, who are trying to become a MLS Expansion team, have a big ugly blight on them for their handling of Tommy Heinemann’s contract.
  • (Goal) Toronto FC won the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League match 3-1 over Club America
  • (Fussball Transfers) Orlando City are linked to Werder Bremen midfielder and captain Zlatko Junuzovic for north of $2 million per year.