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Tuesday Morning Union Freekicks: You Think So, Mr. Blatter?

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MUSCAT OMAN - DECEMBER 09:  President of FIFA Jospeh Sepp Blatter attends a press conference with the Oman Football Association at the Main Press Centre Al-Musannah Sports City on December 9 2010 in Muscat Oman.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
MUSCAT OMAN - DECEMBER 09: President of FIFA Jospeh Sepp Blatter attends a press conference with the Oman Football Association at the Main Press Centre Al-Musannah Sports City on December 9 2010 in Muscat Oman. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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So Sepp Blatter is ready to admit that something fishy happened with some of the voting for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. And while he's not yet willing to say that there might have been some money changing hands, he is ready to accept that there was some vote trading taking place between the Qataris and the Spain-Portugal bid. Someone give that man a medal for being transparent. Your open discussion thread for all things Union, soccer and corruption.

Sepp Blatter: Vote Trading Took Place In 2018, 2022 FIFA World Cup Selections [Richard Farley, SBNation.com] - But don't worry, Sepp says you can take comfort in the fact that it "didn't work". Okay then.

Nakazawa Fit, Motivated in Union Preseason [Judah Levine, philadelphiaunion.com] - Nakazawa already may well provide the best service of anyone on the Union's roster, so his improving his personal game will help the team that much more.

MLS Power Rankings, Preseason Edition [Jeremiah Oshan, SBNation.com] - The Union come in at number nine. That's pretty good, all things considered.

Report: Bayern Munich Striker Miroslav Klose On New York Red Bulls Radar [Rick D'Andrea, Goal.com] - Klose was a major part of Germany's success at the World Cup.

Davies making a strong case [Craig Stouffer, Washington Examiner] - Davies tallied a goal and an assist in playing 74 minutes in DC United's 5-1 defeat of the Canadian U-20 team.

Chivas brings veteran Kiwis into camp [Scott French, ESPN.com] - Simon Elliott (with two ts) and Andrew Boyens are both back in MLS with trials with Chivas USA.

U.S. women to face England in April [The Sports Network via Fútbol Total on MiamiHerald.com] - The match will be part of a twenty-day camp for the USWNT leading up to this summer's 2011 Women's World Cup.

Impact kicks off final training camp before MLS jump [Randy Phillips, Montreal Gazette] - The team is in a state of flux, to say the least, with just fourteen players currently under contract.