First off, Ryan Smith is almost done with his not-so-fast recovery. For a few months there, almost no reports came out specifying Smith's condition, or the state of his injury. Honestly, he could have be on the moon with Lady Gaga or hibernating underground 2,000 feet. There was virtually no way to know. Finally, today there were reports on Sporting KC's home page that he could potentially play a part in the New England game next week. This is great news, personally, for many reasons. It was nice to have a positive update on Smith's injury, and also it's great to hear that he could be back as soon as next week. All of last year I enjoyed watching his quick and precise skill on the ball, troubling defenders repeatedly.
The second bit of news that I'd like to touch on is the signing of Aurélien Collin for Sporting KC. This news did not necessarily surprise me, however I didn't really know who exactly SKC would sign; I just had a feeling it'd be someone. And the someone that it ended up being was Aurélien Collin, who last played in Portugal. I'm really hoping that he sures up Sporting's back line. Julio Cesar has not impressed as much as I thought he would; his foot skills and ease on the ball are great, however his defending has certainly for me, not been up to par.
Last in news for today is that Benny Feilhaber will be joining MLS. The question, though, is what team he will be signed to. I would love to see him be signed to Sporting KC, but it's not too likely. Feilhaber will be chosen by a team through what I think of as an "Allocation Draft." All MLS teams are in an order to which they can get him. For example, Chivas USA is first in line. If they want him, they can get him. Kansas City is 7th on the list.
Thanks for reading. Come back tomorrow for my preview of Sporting Kansas City at Columbus Crew.