Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 8, 2017

It's Day 220 of 2017.

I received this email from my father on Sunday. He was referring to the Minnesota United game on Saturday night against Seattle. I have left the email unedited:

Subject: Last nights Game
From John McGuire
Time: 5:02 PM
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
To: Bruce

Ha Bruce;
Have your Coaches just look at the last two Games. Don't over analyse.
Look at the personnel. If they could just improve a little "average it out" what wold that do?
20,000 good attendance wasn't it. Probably the game that I should have came to.


LAFC has made Mexican forward Carlos Vela their first big signing. Buying him from Real Sociedad. I assume the deal will start in January.
  • How will this work with notorious Vela butts heads with Bob Bradley? Vela is known for laziness and disrespect to managers. Bradley is known for no bullshit policies.


And it looks like a roster churn at DC United is underway. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.


du Nord MLS Hot Team Hot List Power Rankings:
(Based solely on science using the 5 previous games, with no bias for prior standing or projections - just results.)
(As of Mon Aug 7)
  1. Seattle Sounders
  2. New York Red Bulls
  3. Atlanta United
  4. Vancouver Whitecaps
  5. Dallas
  6. San Jose Earthquakes
  7. Portland Timbers
  8. New York City
  9. Philadelphia Union
  10. Chicago Fire
  11. Montreal Impact
  12. Toronto
  13. Houston Dynamo
  14. Real Salt Lake
  15. New England Revolution
  16. Columbus Crew
  17. Sporting Kansas City
  18. Colorado Rapids
  19. Minnesota United
  20. Orlando City
  21. LA Galaxy
  22. DC United



NOTE: Minn is off this weekend. They were originally scheduled to play at Atlanta, but a delay in stadium opening has pushed the game back a few weeks.

The Loons signed goalkeeper Alex Kapp who has been training with the team for about a month already.
  • Kapp was drafted by Atlanta and was on their roster until they had to make room for goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

-Sun Aug 20
Seattle v Minnesota - 8:30pm CT



The growth of MLS is real. By Ken Belson for the New York Times.
  • Clearly fake news.
  • Seriously though, there are a lot of flaws in MLS and one helluva long way to go for this league to be declared truly successful. But from what I have experienced in soccer in my lifetime this league has been a genuine revolution. We all need to keep the pressure on to keep it growing and improving in the right directions.

How have New York City, and in turn Manchester City, progressed in their 3 years in America? By Chris Young for the Guardian.

Is your team "ambitious or frugal?" It might start getting real hard for the frugal. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.
  • I have felt for a long time that a frugal team can succeed, they just have to be smarter, better suited and make less mistakes than the ambitious.

Houston has signed a European centerback familiar to many - Swiss player Philippe Senderos from Rangers.

Week 23 Schedule:
(10 games)
-Sat Aug 12
Seattle v Kansas City
Toronto v Portland
DC v Salt Lake
Columbus v Chicago
New York Red Bulls v Orlando
Dallas v Colorado
New England v Vancouver
Philadelphia v Montreal
Houston v San Jose
LA v New York City - 10pm CT on ESPN2

Owners of the Minnesota Vikings NFL team, aka the Wilf family, have become part of the potential ownership group in Nashville, hoping to secure an MLS expansion team.


  • David Villa of New York City named MLS Player Of The Week
  • Enzo Martinez of Charlotte Independence named USL Player Of The Week
  • Arielle Ship of Washington Spirit named NWSL Player Of The Week


The new Southern California NASL team will be called California United FC. They will play at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium (just north of Anaheim) - home of Lalas Hill. They will begin play next Spring.



DeAndre Yedlin has a jacked up hamstring, just in time for Newcastle's return to the Premier League this weekend. Not good.

Aron Johannsson is reportedly for sale by Werder Bremen.


US Open Cup

Semifinals Schedule:
-Wed Aug 9
Sporting Kansas City v San Jose Earthquakes - 7:30pm CT via YouTube.
-Tue Aug 15
Cincinnati v New York Red Bulls

Priority order for hosting final:
  1. Sporting Kansas City
  2. New York Red Bulls
  3. Cincinnati



A season preview of the top Americans across Europe. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

Who will be next in the wake of Pulisic to make an impact on a European club? Here are some possibles. By Andrew King for Four Four Two.
  • Although it looks like one of the picks in this article Russell Canouse is on his way to DC United.




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