~ Biggest news of the day: Rookie Jonathan Leathers was named to the 22-player roster for the US U-23 team that will compete in the Toulan Invitational Tournament in France. The US will play Turkey, Italy and Ivory Coast later this month — all on FSC. The team arrives in Toulon on Thursday, so Leathers will be unavailable for the Wizards next two matches: Saturday at New York and next week at LA. Leathers has appeared for KC in four games this season (three starts), but has not played in the team’s last two games and was not on the 18-man roster at Columbus.
~ Former Wizards Amir Lowery and Yomby William, both waived last month to allow for the addition of open tryout participants Kevin Souter and Nelson Pizarro, are training with other teams in MLS. Yomby is in Salt Lake where he took part in their reserves match versus Dallas yesterday. And Amir has played for both New York’s reserves on May 2nd and San Jose’s reserves on May 4th.
~ Following New York’s 2-1 victory over LA on Saturday night, an MSG network anchor previewed the Red Bulls next game: Saturday, May 17th against the Kansas City Lizards. Hmm.
~ Finally, Kansas City’s partner squad, Atlas AC in Mexico, advanced to the quaterfinals of Copa Libertadores with their 2-2 draw against Argentina’s Lanus last week, but will miss out on the Clausara league playoffs after drawing 0-0 yesterday in their two-leg series with Necaxa and losing out on the regular season record tiebreaker. Atlas faces Argentine superpower Boca Juniors on Wednesday in Copa Libertadores action.
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