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Tuesday Evening Union Freekicks: Sporting KC Names Its Stadium, Gold Cup Groups Revealed

CARSON CA - JANUARY 22:  Fans of United States cheer for their team during the friendly soccer match against Chile at The Home Depot Center on January 22 2011 in Carson California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON CA - JANUARY 22: Fans of United States cheer for their team during the friendly soccer match against Chile at The Home Depot Center on January 22 2011 in Carson California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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So the UEFA Champions League is back in full force and passions are heated everywhere. Many soccer fans will be spending today watching Barcelona take on Arsenal, and many other mouth-watering matchups are on tap as well. But MLS is just around the corner, as the Los Angeles Galaxy will head to Qwest Field to take on the Sounders in just seven days. Here are some links to keep your Tuesday going:

PBPP: New Faces Join 2011 Broadcast Team [JP Dellacamera - philadelphiaunion.com] The Union's play-by-play announcer shares his thoughts on the two men who will be joining him for Union broadcasts this season.

Goal.com MLS Guidebook: The 2011 Philadelphia Union [Ramin Majd - Goal.com] A preview of the Union's prospects for the 2011 season as part of Goal.com's overall preview of MLS ahead of First Kick 2011, which is just one week from today.

Sporting Club Partners with LIVESTRONG [sportingkc.com] Newly rebranded Sporting Kansas City announces a major stadium sponsor deal as well as the new name of their home, which they will play in for the first time on June 9th against the Chicago Fire. Before that game, Kansas City will open the season with a 10-game road trip.

US to open 2011 Gold Cup vs. Canada in Detroit [MLSsoccer.com] The Gold Cup groups were revealed today, along with which stadiums and cities will host certain games. Philadelphia will not host any games this time, but four games will be played in nearby New Jersey and a further two in Washington, D.C.

Supporters Week: Fan groups help MLS grow [Matthew Doyle - MLSsoccer.com] Here's a look at how supporters groups and teams unite to help develop the league and the game of soccer as a whole in the U.S.