Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus, Right Down Santa Claus News

-The Bob Bradley era of the Metrostars is over. (You might have heard this yesterday.) The heat had been on since the season started after 2 years of little real success. A lot of people thought he was THE man to turn the Mutts into something. When Alexi Lalas come on in mid-Summer to be the clubs new President the heat under Bradley got turned up a lot more. Sadly this good coach could not figure out a way to lift the Meadowlands curse. This past weekends blowout loss at home to DC was the end for Bob. I can't wait to see him get another chance and make it sing somewhere else. So who gets the job? Assistant Mo Johnston has it for this week at least. They have to win or they don't make the playoffs. Simple as that. Once again, Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer scooped the whole world (!!!!!) on this story! Michael is amazing at his job and this is the site to read the best info (including Metro player reactions) and analysis!
-MLS Games Tonite:
Dallas v Columbus
Colorado v Chivas
Salt Lake v DC
Chicago v Metrostars - this is the match with true meaning. Chicago is trying to clinch a post season spot, and jump ahead of DC into the 2nd seed. While Metro is merely TOTALLY desperate for a win. Win at all cost desperate. Good luck dudes.
-Our main man JB over at Logan's Revenge says the deal for Sigi to take over Columbus is done and that he has already resigned his job as USA U20 coach. I think its great. I like Sigmund a lot. Back during the USA v Mex match in Columbus I had a long chat with a Crew fan (who for the life of him could not look me in the eye) about who their coach was gonna be. He listed 6 or 7 people, and Sigi was not one of them. I asked him why not, and he said that Sigi was too big for that job (and he didn't mean that in the hilarious way it came out!). I told him I thought it was nearly a lock that Sigi would be their man. Cool to know my hunch was correct. Hope this works for you Crew fans.
-Alejandro Moreno of San Jose has been called on to play for Venezuelan in their two big World Cup Qualifying games against Paraguay and at Brazil.
-Photos from Tuesdays practice, video feature on Taylor Twellman, DaMarcus Beasley injury update, an audio interview with Eddie Lewis & more - find em all at the US Soccer site as the team prepares for Costa Rica.
-A stat from US Soccer: The U.S. Men’s National Team has not allowed a goal in World Cup qualifying in six straight matches, a shutout streak stretching all the way back to the 33rd minute of the 2-1 loss on March 27 in Mexico City. All told, they have only surrendered six goals in the 14 qualifying games they’ve played during World Cup semifinal and final round qualifying.
-Grant Wahl does his weekly MLS team rankings, and always has good notes to go along with em.
-Ashley Cole of the Arse has a fracture in his foot and will be out a month or so. This also means he will miss the two huge World Cup Qualifiers ahead for England.
-Speaking of all the World Cup Qualifiers coming up..... This weekend and next Wednesday we have many World Cup Qualifiers being played around the globe, and most of them will determine the automatic entries. Then in late October and early November we will have the last playoffs for the final spots. Its getting right down there now. Note to teams: Don't choke! I think FIFA has the best site to see every region all mapped out, the schedule for every match, every scenario on how teams can qualify, and all the pre and post game details..
-And further speaking of FIFA's website, they have this story: Word has it that the new Costa Rican sensation is Chiqui Brenes. Will he get another start against the USA? I love seeing the young players like him getting a shot in CONCACAF.
-Another of my fave writers, Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune, has some important WCQ game break downs too.
-Dylan Hernandez of the San Jose Mercury News says Dwayne DeRosario should be MLS MVP. I wouldn't expect him to write anything else.
-Andrea Canales looks at the MLS stretch run and how its all stacking up, for Soccer 365.
-Ives Galarcep checks in from his lair somewhere in north Jersey on Bob Bradleys booting.
-I have made up my mind on this one: Michael Parkhurst should be the unanimous pick as MLS Rookie of the Year. The kid has started every game for the second best team in the league at the center of a three man back line. Only a couple other players in the league can even come close to saying that they can do that. I quickly rest my case.
-The legendary (?!?!?!) Paul Gardner, who always has an opinion, lets loose his first shot for ESPNSoccernet: FOCUS: A Lilleshall parallel? I had read that the folks who run Soccernet were looking for more opinionated writer, and boy do they have one here. And as long as they never hire Kent McDill or Jamie Trecker they will never be doing themselves an injustice.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see Paul Gardner in print. He was also a good color commentator. I have him on a number of tapes from NBC's telecast of WC '86 in Mexico.


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