Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Total Sell Out News

There are a lot of tributes, eulogy's, remembrances, and obituaries pouring in for USA Assistant Coach Glenn "Mooch" Myernick who passed away early Monday after suffering from a heart attack last week:
-The Denver Post & the Rocky Mountain News both with tributes to Myernick, who was a former Colorado Rapids coach.
-US Soccer has a section set up called Memories of Mooch. Its very nice.
-Marc Connolly from the US Players Association.
-Robert Wagman of Soccer Times eulogizes.
-Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle has words of respect for Myernick.
-Jeff Bradley's First XI at MLSnet is dedicated to Mooch.
-Grahame Jones of the LA Times with his tribute.
-Scott French of the LA Daily News
-Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger
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I want to make a link again today to Phil Ball's latest column for Soccernet and urge you to read it. It explains a lot about the history of a divided Spain, and why the Basque and Catalonia regions are so important to that country. Fantastic historical reading: Flying the flag
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Kansas City defender Jose Burciaga was named the MLS Player Of The Week.
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The Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City debates who should win the MLS MVP award. They no doubt are making a case for Real Salt Lake's Jeff Cunningham, but to me, if he can't even get his team into the playoffs then forget about it. Christian Gomez of DC United gets my vote.
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Chris Gbandi was going to be one of those elite MLS players as a first round draft pick by Dallas several years ago. But after a ton of injuries and too high expectations he looked like another flop. But he has finally become a season long starter in Dallas and is looking to improve even more. From MLSnet.
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DC United defender Bobby Boswell has been nominated as one of Cosmopolitan magazines 50 hottest bachelors. Why am I not on this list? See his video profile here. Scary.
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Nick Green of the Daily Breeze says now is the chance for the LA Galaxy to make some real moves to improve the squad for next season.
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Andrea Canales of Soccer 365 urges US Soccer to spend more time and effort on the Hispanic market for players and fans.
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And Soccer America looks at 4 out of a dozen or so Mexican-Americans playing in Mexican leagues.
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One of American soccer's senior scribes, Paul Gardner, declares that MLS needs David Beckham, and he needs MLS too. From the New York Sun.
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Kristian Dyer of Soccernet with a great feature on the American defender who came out of nowhere to make a huge splash at Watford, Jay DeMerit.
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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with a feature on DeMerit too. And a photo gallery.
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Goal.com has a Q & A session with USA & Reading midfielder Bobby Convey.
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The Houston Chronicle's Week In Review
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune compares last weekends England v Macedonia match to the old teams from Yugoslavia and the traditions of Brazil: When did the fun go out of soccer?
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Much like two years ago when Totti published a book of "Totti is so dumb..." books, Marco Materazzi is going to publish a book of "head butt" jokes. Thanks to cdin for sending this in.


Anonymous hartley said...

I don't have to read Mr. Gardner's column to totally disagree with his stance.

The MLS does not need players that were stars. Beckham is about done as a player. The MLS doesn't need to make the same mistake the NASL did.

We don't need to bring in has-been stars to prop up the image of the league. MLS needs to keep its American stars and bring in young, developing internationals that will be stars in the MLS now and in the future.

Then, even if these developing stars leave for the "bigger" leagues, MLS will still get noticed for developing good players.

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