A few quick items before I head out to the HDC this morning:
*Tickets priced as low as $15 remain for MLS Cup Sunday, but officials have begun to sell $36 “seats” on the grass berm in an indication the game between the Columbus Crew and New York Sunday is heading for a capacity crowd.
*The Chicago Fire’s Cuauhtmoc Blanco became the latest MLS player to go out on loan during the MLS offseason, joining Santos Laguna of the Mexican Primera Division for the playoffs of the Apertura. He will rejoin the Fire for next season.
*Former Galaxy midfielder Jovan Kirovski is training with the club and is under consideration for a spot on the roster for the New Zealand trip, club officials said. He remains the property of San Jose. Also on the team’s training field in recent days: former Galaxy holding midfielder Simon Elliot, Torrance’s Jack Stewart, last seen with Real Salt Lake in MLS and Cedric Uras, a guest player from Litex Lovech in Bulgaria who played with Greg Vanney at Bastia, according to the Galaxy blog. Coach Bruce Arena just returned from a scouting trip to Argentina.
*Pac-10 champion UCLA (10-4-6) opens NCAA Tournament play at 7 tonight against Cal Poly (10-5-6) at Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for students and youth.
Game preview here.