- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 25, 2007
- 2 Comments
A few updates to bring you up to speed with encase you’ve been into something else. A few trades and updates in the league, followed by a very serious talk about locker rooms and reporters. Feel free to comment on any of this…
As expected, the LA Galaxy have traded midfielder Santino Quaranta to the Kansas City Wizards for a future draft pick. This deal was in the making for a week or so. It was merely a salary dumping on the Galaxy part as they are getting their roster in order before the July 1st deadline for making all contracts guaranteed.
I like this move for the Wizards as I think this could be a good chance to place Quaranta back at his natural position of striker or at least an attacking midfielder. I really never understood why both Frank Yallop and Steve Sampson would play Quaranta in the midfielder. If Curt Onalfo wants to get the most of this kid (yes kid, he is still 22), then he needs to play him up top and now would be the perfect time to do so with Eddie Johnson gone with the National team in Copa America.
Good deal for the Wizards and in a way a bad deal for the Galaxy. I don’t like trading good young talent for the unknown (and no I do not trust Alexi Lalas’s scouting qualities for next year’s draft either).
Steve Nicol has been named the MLS’s coach for the All-Star game next month. Nicol will lead a group of MLSers against Scottish champions Celtic at Dick Sporting Good’s Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
Very worthy placement for Nicol as he has lead the Revs fairly well this season even though they have missed some of their stars to national team duties and have had some issues with players wanting better contracts.
Four MLS stars have been nominated for an ESPY away as the MLS best player. Jeff Cunningham, Landon Donovan, Matt Reis, and Christian Gomez were nominated to bring home the hardware. My bet Donovan wins it even though I believe based on the stats and facts given on the ESPY site that Gomez should win it. He had a better season than Donovan did last year but LandyCakes is the poster boy so it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if he takes it home on July 15 award show.
The Fire apparently had a friendly last weekend with Polish club MKS Cracovia. They won it 1-0 thanks to a goal from William Oliveira. I guess a win from somewhere can do nothing but help this club.
The second round of the US-Open Cup is going to be underway tomorrow evening. Here is the list of games that the MLS clubs are looking at.
-Harrisburg City Islanders v Ocean City Barons (DC United faces winner)
-Rochester Raging Rhinos v Western Mass Pioneers (New England Revolution faces winner)
-Richmond Kickers v Cleveland City Stars (LA Galaxy faces winner)
-Carolina RailHawks v Bavarian SC (Chicago Fire faces winner)
-Atlanta Silverbacks v Charlotte Eagles (FC Dallas faces winner)
-Charleston Battery v El Paso Patriots (Houston Dynamo faces winner)
-Minnesota Thunder v California Victory (Colorado Rapids face winner)
-Seattle Sounder v Portland Timbers (Chivas USA faces winner)
All third round games are set for July 10. However FC Dallas is looking to move their third round game, if possible due to their home-and-home series with their Mexican partner UNAL Tigres. That week the Hoops have three games within five days.
Lastly, on a very serious subject. Over the weekend at the Home Depot Center after the Crew defeated the Galaxy 3-2 with 10-men. Apparently after the game in the Crew locker room there was a rousing affair in the Crew locker room. It seems as though Crew defender Marcos Gonzalez had problems with female reporter Andrea Canalas being in the locker room. For some reason Gonzalez took it upon himself to let Canalas know that he didn’t think she should be in the area and that he felt uncomfortable with her in there.
Now I know how horrible of a place the locker room is to report after games. Believe me I know and I bet the MLS locker rooms are no different than the most I’ve been in over the past few years. The best locker rooms I’ve been in are the ones that let players come out and address the reporters in a media room after they have showered or gotten back into their street clothes. Those are the best type but most aren’t even close to that due to various reason. Most are very damp, humid, cramped and very uncomfortable. Everyone is trying to get into the guy’s face of who scored the winning goal or hit the home run or whatever.
What I find hard to believe is the people out there that have bashed Andrea for being in the locker room in the first place. People, she is a reporter doing her job. She had every right to be in there as the other reporters. I know she wasn’t in there to raise a fuss or anything because I’ve read plenty of her work and I know she isn’t the type of reporter to do so. She is passionate about the game and she is a pretty good writer.
I thought we were well passed this kind of stuff but I guess not.
Personally I would like locker rooms closed to the media and everyone else and let the players come and address the media after they have dressed but that just isn’t going to happen due to time restrictions on most beat writers. Sometimes too the players need a cooling off period after a game, especially if it was an emotional one.
Everyone has the right to their own opinions on this but I believe she has every right to be in there reporting and doing her job.
Thoughts and feelings on this?