- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 11, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Evening Links and Thoughts, Mexico, Montreal Expansion
News is slowing down right now due to tomorrow’s big international clash between US and Mexico. I have another list of links hyping that game. Aside from that I only have a couple things of note that are worth a look tonight.
Montreal Expansion Too Quick?
I have to agree with Duane Rollins on this matter, Montreal may be at a big disadvantage when it comes to their expansion bid into the league.
I wonder, however, if a 2011 entry is the best thing for Montreal fans. Although the kneejerk reaction among non-Toronto Canadian fans will always be to dismiss the possibility of Toronto success, you cannot ignore the fact that the Reds will have a five year head start on The Whitecaps and any other team that comes into MLS in 2011 With five years of collecting the best Canadian talent willing to play in MLS Toronto could, ironically, increase its advantage over Montreal and Vancouver during the first couple years of those city’s MLS play. Add to that the fact that Vancouver will be chasing domestic talent as well – and has the advantage of its academy system (Montreal is the only one of the three Canadian fully pro teams that doesn’t have an academy) and it’s hard not to see the Impact struggling.
The lack of academy is one thing to worry about but the lack of quality Canadian talent that Toronto should have a strong hold over both Vancouver and Montreal is a whole other thing. Until Canadians count as domestic players league-wide and other roster limitations are lifted it could be very tough on an expansion club like Montreal.
While we all know Montreal will be in the league before Rollins brings a good point up, should Montreal be better off waiting until 2012 or 2013? It may be…what do you think?
Cutting Out The Middle Man
Match Fit USA has a piece tonight that is nearly spot on with how we are seeing players pass MLS for Europe. There was a time not long ago that saw MLS as a stepping stone to bigger and better things but now it looks like we are seeing players skip that step straight to Europe. Instead of seeing the Clint Dempseys and Tim Howards start in MLS we are getting close to see them move straight to Europe if the proper development systems don’t get in place soon enough.
We Sell Energy Drinks
A lovely parity on the DC promotion We Win Trophies. Worth a look because its painfully funny for New York fans.
US-Mexico Hype: 24 Hours
Mexico Could Lose Major Broadcasting Money
Had to mention this one more than the typical hype below. Should Mexico fail to reach the World Cup next year it could be majorly rough for their broadcasters who have TV rights to the Cup. They could see as much as 30% decrease in profits. Yikes.
Now for the usual hype articles:
Donovan Undisputed Leader (ESPNSoccernet)
Risks Abound for US Lineup at Azteca (NYT Goal Blog)
Azteca Profile (New York Times)
USA-Mexico Preview (Yanks Abroad)
An Open Letter to Mexican Soccer Fans (Steve Davis’ Daily Soccer Fix)
US Has the Upper Hand (Nick Green at DailyBreeze.com)
Road to 2010: The CONCACAF Hex (NYT Goal Blog)
Editors Discuss the Rivalry (Goal.com)
Tickets Being Sold For As Much As 5000 Pesos (Link)
Bradley is a World Cup Coach (Soccer Insider)
How and where to watch the game:
mun2 and Telemundo, 3 p.m. CT
Pregame Television Coverage
ESPN SportsCenter 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Special, 2:30 p.m. CT
ESPN Deportes Futbol Picante, 2 p.m. CT
Futbol de Primera Radio Network(fdpradio.com)
At the Bar:
Official U.S. Soccer Bars