Some news for Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010
GUEST BLOGGER: Joe The Nebraskan, a old workmate of Bruce who knows as much about everything as anyone you could ever meet
Hi kids, uncle Joe the Curmudgeon here filling in for Bruce, who is busy making a move on the Queen... now get off my pitch! I've spent days making it nice and you whippersnappers come in with your boxing rings, your x-games ramps, your concert seating and absolutely destroy my pitch! Sod off!
Wait, I am not the groundskeeper at the Home Depot Center. But anyone who watches L.A.'s only professional football teams surely knows that the HDC has the most abused pitch of any club. Thanks, AEG, for putting profits before the quality of playing surface.
Which brings us to the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement. Gentlemen, get it done. A strike would be a very bad thing right now for everyone. But player movement issues (Free Agency) and low wages for developmental and mid-level players has to be addressed. This league should pay if it wants to grow. The league needs to invest in players and bring up the quality of the game, which will put more butts in seats, imho. The bargaining extension is due to end at midnight Thursday the 25th, so we are in the final 48 hours until who-knows-what. I still find it incredulous that a player who make a wage of $300/wk can start alongside one who makes $17,000 a week or more. MLS isn't exactly swimming in profits, but they need to invest and bring up the level of play and pay.
Will MLS really lockout the players? What's your take on MLS and collective bargaining? Leave some comments below.
Now, on to the important stuff...heh
---US Men's National Team---
Here's the United States Roster for tonight's MNT friendly versus El Salvador in Tampa:
1 Perkins, Troy GK D.C. United 7/0
3 Gaven, Eddie M Columbus Crew 6/0
4 Marshall, Chad D Columbus Crew 11/1
5 Cameron, Geoff M Houston Dynamo 0/0
6 Pearce, Heath D FC Dallas 29/0
7 Beckerman, Kyle M Real Salt Lake 11/1
8 Davis, Brad M Houston Dynamo 4/0
9 Casey, Conor F Colorado Rapids 18/2
10 Findley, Robbie F Real Salt Lake 2/0
11 Ching, Brian F Houston Dynamo 43/10
12 Wynne, Marvell D Toronto FC 4/0
13 Bornstein, Jonathan D Chivas USA 26/2
14 Rogers, Robbie M Columbus Crew 10/1
15 Goodson, Clarence D IK Start (Norway) 8/2
16 Kljestan, Sacha M Chivas USA 22/3
17 McCarty, Dax M FC Dallas 3/0
18 Rimando, Nick GK Real Salt Lake 3/0
19 Cunningham, Jeff F FC Dallas 13/1
20 Pontius, Chris M D.C. United 0/0
21 Evans, Brad M Seattle Sounders 3/0
Just one player does not have MLS connections, Clarence Goodson.
The El Salvador Roster:
1 Miguel Angel Montes GK CD EAGLE
2 Deris Umanzor Guevara D CD EAGLE
3 Rudis Alberto Corrales F CD EAGLE
4 Martin Shaw M CD AGUILA
5 Dagoberto Portillo Gomero GK CD FAS
6 Marvin Rene Gonzalez D CD FAS Central
7 Mordecai José Henríquez D CD FAS Central
8 Alfredo Alberto Pacheco D CD FAS
9. Ramón Ulises Flores M CD FAS
10 Juan Carlos Moscoso M CD FAS
11 Manuel Alejandro Salazar D CD FIRPO
12 Dennis Jonathan Alas M CD FIRPO
13 Andres Flores M METAPAN
14 Alex Escobar Rosales D METAP
15 Odir Joshua Flores M METAP
16 Arturo Alvarez M San Jose Earthquakes
17 Ramon Sanchez M San Jose Earthquakes
18 Osael Volante Romero M Chivas USA
Unless I have the positions wrong, it appears that El Sal has one main forward, Corrales.
Start Time From Raymond James Stadium in Tampa is 7 ET - 6 CT - 5 MT - 4 PT.
Live coverage is available on ESPN Classic or Galavision
After tonight's game, the USMNT will head to Amsterdam, and a March 3 matchup against the Orange of Netherlands. Set your DVR's now as game time for the mid-week match is 2:30pm ET - 1:30 CT - 12:30 MT - 11:30am PT. The game will be on ESPN2 and Galavision
International Friendly Match:
-Wed Feb 24
Mexico : Bolivia
Live from Candlestick Park, San Francisco on Telemundo.
Time: 11pm ET - 10 CT - 9 MT - 8 PT
Replays of tied Round of 16 games:
-Wed Feb 24
Aston Villa : Crystal Palace
Stoke City : Manchester City
West Brom : Reading
Tottenham : Bolton
ROUND of 16 - First leg:
Results from Feb 23
Olympiacos 0:1 Bordeaux
Stuttgart 1:1 Barcelona
CSKA Moskva : Sevilla
Inter Milan : Chelsea
Have a nice day.