- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 10, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Cuauhtemoc Blanco, David Beckham, Evening Links and Thoughts, FIFA Soccer 10, Freddy Adu, Kenny Cooper, Sasha Kljestan, Ty Harden
A few stories tonight that are worth checking out. A lot of MLS based items that need discussed and a little US-Mexico hype for Wednesday. If you got a link that you feel needs discussed here just send me an email and I’ll do my best to get it up tomorrow.
Blanco and Kljestan Grace FIFA Soccer 10 Cover
Cuauhtémoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire and Sacha Kljestan of Chivas USA will be featured on the front packs of FIFA Soccer 10. Anyone excited? Yeah, I’m honestly not. I use to be a big FIFA guy but I honestly haven’t bought the game in a couple years. The combo of Blanco and Kljestan is an odd one for EA if you ask me. I guess EA is trying to pick up on the Latin market a little more this year? Beats me. At least EA was wise enough to go with Frank Lampard too.
Look at Portland-Seattle Success in American Soccer
If you haven’t taken the time to visit Pitch Invasion, do so and fast. Its a quality site with plenty of good material to read. Today we get a great look at the Portland-Seattle rivalry and its successes over the years. There is a reason why MLS will be great in two years, and this rivalry (along with Vancouver in the three-way rivalry) will be just the reason. Do yourself a favor and read all about these two clubs.
Ty Harden’s Track Back To MLS
This was one of those stories a couple years ago that no one really understood but we all sort of respected the person involved for doing it. Ty Harden retired from soccer before the 2008 season, just out of no where, to focus on school and volunteering. It caught everyone with the LA Galaxy and throughout the league off guard since it wasn’t a retirement for injury purposes like we see with most young players. Harden did what he wanted to do and we should all respect him more for it. Now he is back with the Colorado Rapids after getting the itch to compete again. Good for him too.
Kyle Martino’s Story
Here is a story from the Connecticut Post on ESPN’s B-team broadcaster Kyle Martino. Martino is one of those guys that deserved more love as a player and now deserves more as a broadcaster.
Cooper Scores In Munich Debut
It took 17 minutes for Kenny Cooper to set his mark on his new club. The goal also ended up being the game-winner, as 1860 Munich defeat TuS Koblenz 2-0. The former FC Dallas striker was subbed off in the 72nd minute and was given a loud ovation from the 1860 Munich supporters.
Adu To Denmark?
Could we finally see Freddy Adu get some real PT? It’s possible as Steve Goff is reporting that Adu is in final negotiations with Odense on a one-year loan from Portuguese club Benfica. Odense finished second in the Danish Superliga last season and will face Genoa in a Europa League playoff later this month.
Odense isn’t a big name club and Denmark isn’t a high profile destination at this point for Adu but let’s be honest as long as the kid gets some playing time it won’t matter where he is at. Denmark has plenty of American’s playing there right now so the move wouldn’t be the worst thing for him at this point.
Red Bulls New Project?
Jack Bell over at the New York Times dicusses the possible resurrection project for New York. Again I will say, they need to take mold after some other MLS clubs and get some quality young American talent mixed in with some gritty MLS veterans. The MLS veterans are key because right now this club has veteran players but none are quality and most are over the hill foreign talent.
It still comes down to management and their lack of knowledge of the game. Bell runs down the list of talent that this club has missed on over the last year:
Agoos has always been quick to point out that constructing a team in M.L.S. takes a certain kind of alchemy. He is not wrong, and bad choices can be deadly: Juan Pietravallo, Diego Jimenez, Oscar Echeverry, Carlos Johnson, Gabriel Cichero, Jorge Rojas, Khano Smith, Dominic Oduro represent more misses than hits. Before the current season, the Red Bulls gave away Dave van den Bergh, ultimately for nothing in return. The team allowed their most consistent, albeit unflashy, defender Jeff Parke walk away.
Bad choices lead to a terrible record. In a league with pairity it doesn’t take much to suck. Talent wins and bad talent gets you fired or at least we thought it did.
Beckham Linked To Chelsea?
England manager Fabio Capello has told David Beckham to leave the US as soon as possible if he wants to be a part of next year’s World Cup squad. Now we all know Beckham will end up back in Europe but with clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham eyeing the midfielder it may be end up being a battle for his transfer rights. Then again it may end up being another ugly loan from LA.
Collection of US-Mexico Links
Instead of commenting on each, here is just a simple hype list for Wednesday’s game against Mexico.
USA Roster Breakdown (Avoiding The Drop)
USA-Mexico Update (Soccer Insider)
Guardado: “Of Course We Will Win” (SBI)
Five factors favor the US as it looks to break curse in Azteca (SI.com)
USA-Mexico behind tennis on Extra Mustard event for the week (SI.com)
US Players Like Their Chances at Estadio Azteca (ESPNSoccernet)