Some Soccer News for Jul 26, 2016
Sigi Schmid has been shown the door by the Seattle Sounders. He is my favorite coach in the history of MLS. But something had to change. By Matt Pentz of the Seattle Times.
- Schmid was the only coach the team has ever had in MLS.
- Brian Schmetzer, singer and guitarist of the Stray Cats, was named interim head coach.
- Schmid had been #1 on the du Nord Futbol MLS Coaches Hot Seat Power Rankings for months. Greg Vanney of Toronto now goes to the top of the charts.
- LAFC should be on the phone with Sigi's agent right now.
- On Sep 3 2005 I was in a bar in Columbus Ohio telling every Crew fan I could find that their team should be hiring Sigi Schmid as head coach. In 2008 he lead them to the MLS Cup Championship. A month later he left the Crew for Seattle.
Diamond Bill "Call me Governor" Edwards, owner of the Tampa Bay Rowdies wrote an amazing open letter to fans of his team bitching about the poor quality referees. It is straight out of the Onion. Enjoy:
Statement From Chairman, CEO and Governor Bill Edwards on Recent Officiatinghttps://t.co/HOweXzfdCo— Tampa Bay Rowdies (@TampaBayRowdies) July 25, 2016
The deal to sell Fabian Castillo by Dallas to Trabzonspor is not straight forward. By Brian Strauss of Sports Illustrated.
A female assistant coach at River Plate has brought a whole new level of mental training to the futbol field. Meet Sandra Rossi (a life long River Plate supporter living her dream.) By Juan Arango of the Guardian.
- The head coach who hired her is Marcelo Gallardo, a River Plate legend who spent a frustrating year (injuries) at DC United in 2008.
A great interview with Louis CK, about his life, TV, stand up, politics, family, attitudes and more. By David Marchese of Vulture.
Miguel Ibarra and Leon travel to Atlante for a Copa MX match tonight. Will Ibarra see the field? He damn well better, or I am gonna halfta text my old drinking buddy Carlos Slim and ask him what the hell is wrong with his coach Luis Tena.
Last weekend Minnesota United benched starting goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock (after The Own Goal) and gave Stewart Ceus his first start. Will it continue this weekend in Oklahoma City? Only time will tell us, or possibly a mid-week training report.
The novelty of the Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS has lost its thrill for the locals, but the games are still selling out and fans are becoming much more savvy, demanding and critical, which is a GREAT thing. By Tyler Green of 24 Hrs Vancouver.
The new DC United stadium will reportedly be the most expensive in MLS. By Michelle Goldchain of Curbed - Washington DC.
- But if this total includes what the city is spending to acquire the land then its not even close to the top price.
Landon Donovan, coach of the MLS Homegrown team during All-Star week, talked to the press on many subjects. Always good to hear from Landon. By Alex Morgan of Football Everyday.
Some very important mid-week games coming on Wednesday in the NASL:
-Wed Jul 2
Ottawa Fury v Carolina RailHawks
Edmonton v NY Cosmos
Rayo OKC v Tampa Bay Rowdies
Jaime Chavez of Miami named NASL Player Of The Week
Nicole Barnhart of Kansas City named NWSL Player Of The Week
Maikel Chang of Charleston Battery named USL Player Of The Week
Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto named MLS Player Of The Week
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