Wednesday, January 24, 2007

House Broken Monarch Butterfly News

Chivas coach Preki tells Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News that John O'Brien may NOT be done at the club: “I talked to John briefly this morning. He said he was feeling OK and that he would like to come in and see how things work out. We’re going to give him another chance.”

USA coach Bob Bradley will hold an online press conference at 2pm central time today to preview next weeks USA v Mexico match. See & hear it here. Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni will also be on hand.
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In my opinion, the player who should be at the top of MLS team's wish list is Juan Roman Riquelme. The Argentine midfielder is totally on the outs at his club teal Villareal, and has retired from internationals. One of his reasons for retiring was to spend more time with his sick mother. Living in the USA would put him a lot closer to home than being in Spain. Come on someone. Step up. Get it done this week before the transfer window closes. I bet Peter Wilt would do it.
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Another pro gets a blog! This week Steven Goff of the Washington Post starts Soccer Insider, joining Luis Arroyave, Ives Galarcep, Andrea Canales and Luis Bueno as professional soccer writers with a blog. Now I know for sure that this is a conspiracy, and they are trying to put us amateurs out of business. I wish them all the luck in the world, cuz "Yer nevah gonna git me suckas"!
-One of Goff's first tidbits was the fact that DC United midfielder Brian Carroll will sign a new contract with the team after checking out possibilities in Europe and finding them unsatisfactory.
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Ives Galarcep at the North Jersey Herald on the return of Claudio Reyna to America. The Red Bulls of New York introduced him today. Here is a picture of him wearing some new sorta cool looking Red Bulls gear.
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Don't count the Chicago Fire out of the race for early use of a Designated Player spot. They have a big list.
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With several new MLS managers for this new season Soccer America tries to figure out what they will need to do to make things work, and what they might bring to the job.
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New England have re-signed two back-up players, midfielder Marshall Leonard and keeper Doug Warren, and given midfielder Jeff Larentowitz a raise to the senior roster.
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Dallas has named their former goalkeeper Jeff Cassar as their new goalkeepers coach. Manager Steve Morrow had already retained his previous fellow assistants Oscar Pareja & Marco Ferruzzi.
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Jeff Bradley with a brand new First XI at MLSnet: California Dreaming (Hear all the hoochies screamin'!)
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While the struggle for stadium financing in Salt Lake City drags on and on, and up and down, and over and under, and back and forth, and to and fro, and on and on some more, Brad Rock at the Deseret Morning News decides to ask the bigger financial question: Just how strong is the MLS? They called it "the MLS", I didn't.
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LA coach Frank Yallop & GM Alexi Lalas were on Glenn Davis's radio show in Houston last night. Here is a podcast of that interview for you to download.
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Ridge Mahoney at Soccer America takes a good look at the strengths and weaknesses of Team USA as we get warmed up for next years beginning to World Cup qualifying.
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Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune looks at USA coach Bob Bradley's "interim" title. Plus his regular column of Trophies, Red Cards, and Sidelines.
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Awesome day for Jay DeMerit yesterday. He came off the bench in the 33rd minute and scored the winner with his head 40 minutes later, as Watford won for only the second time this season in the English Premiership. They beat Brad Friedel and Blackburn 2-1! Unfortunately it is probably too late for last place Watford to avoid relegation, unless they go on a biblical run. Sorry Jay. On the other hand the team seems to have that never say die attitude, so at least they have some chance.
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A former Portland Timber player has proven to be quite the scam artist. He ripped some people off big time, and now is going to pay the price after being caught red handed. Idiot. (Thanks to Kevin A for sending me this.)
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English FA Cup 4th Round is this weekend. Here are all the matches. Below are the two biggest games on the docket - both games will only be shown in the USA on home pay-per-view for $16 or closed circuit for $10 per person, check your local haunts for availability:
Manchester United v Portsmouth
Arsenal v Bolton
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Gregory Sica at Sports Illustrated raves about the young Argentine striker at Athletico Madrid - Sergio Aguero.
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Phil Ball at Soccernet with his La Liga.... Half-Term Report


Anonymous Anonymous said...

reyna looks like his wearing a spain jacket in the mls pic.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually wrote Brad Rock an e-mail about "The MLS" headline. He wrote back a really nice e-mail saying he understood that but would pass it on to the copy desk (people who write the columns don't write the headlines by the way) so the mistake wouldn't be made in the future.

5:07 PM  
Blogger sin said...

Who gives a shit if someone says "the MLS?" It's by far the least important thing out there.

Each time you give a shit about "the MLS" count the number of blades of grass in the nearest soccer field. That would be just as important. And most likely prevent us from reading about some moron going off about some perceived slight that never actually took place.

5:32 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

sin - why are you so fired up about something that you see as so insignificant
you can't get upset that someone is upset about someone saying "the mls" and then say its meaningless

8:21 AM  
Blogger maradawga said...

It's indeed a Spain jacket in Captain America's picture.

10:35 AM  
Blogger sin said...

The article really isn't that bad. The only bad thing about it is the writer's spin on not being able get hold of a financial review of the league. While not noticing or not bringing up the fact that one is not going to get that from any league in this country. As they are all going to be secretive in that department.

Instead, people decide that Brad Rock should be hung to dry because the copy editor placed 'the MLS' in the title.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to Brucio's commentary about Claudio Reyna's hair in the forthcoming season of "The MLS."

12:40 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

Dear Anon,

If you are constantly obsessed with seeing if Bruce once again made a comment about hair than I suggest you find another blog to read where you may not find something about hair. Perhaps you can find a blog concerning OCD such as you have yourself. I say that only because I always have a big chuckle at your expense that you continue to read this blog even though it gets you all riled. Only someone with some real compulsivity isseus would contine to read and post such callow comments.

2:29 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

claudio has great salt and pepper hair
i am jealous

brad rock is good, and covers the game well, i have no issue with him at all, my only issue was the grammatical error in the headline of a daily newspaper

ok get back to it

3:27 PM  
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