Friday news, notes, and links

The Pioneer Cup, which used to be a preseason match against Columbus, is now the series name between the two clubs.

Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, and Earnie Stewart were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011 on the Player ballot. My boy Joe-Max Moore keeps getting hosed!

Bobby Rhine's next podcast is up.

Former FCD striker Jamie Watson was named by Soccer America as one of Ten Players to Watch in USL-Pro.

Ray Burse has signed on with the Puerto Rico Islanders. Personal favorite Jay Needham is also back with them.

Ex-FCD keeper Shaka Hislop has a long interview mostly about the EPL.

Fun RSL/Rapids April Fools Joke.

The Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake - winners of the last two MLS Cup titles - jointly announced that the clubs will be retiring the Rocky Mountain Cup when the teams meet on April 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The Grant Wahl run for FIFA President has been epic.

Many of them voiced the same message I heard in that Paris hotel lobby: We don't really like the status quo, but nominating you is impossible. Nobody had the courage to do it.

MLS is really fired up about Castillo.

I forgot to post about this earlier in the week, FCD won their first reserve game 2-0 over RSL. Luna and Leyva scored.

Break Shea in a Dick's Sporting Goods ad.