Evening Links and Thoughts: First Kick, Refs, and more

Evening Links and Thoughts: First Kick, Refs, and more

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 21, 2009
  • 2 Comments
  • BMO Field, Chester Stadium, Evening Links and Thoughts, Playoff Push 2009, Richie Williams
Chester Stadium currently under construction. (Photo via Philadelphia Union)

Chester Stadium currently under construction. (Photo via Philadelphia Union)

Lots of attention lately has been given to the start of next season for each club. It mainly seems to boil down to two clubs that are causing the league to redo the start of the season schedule every other day.

Both Toronto and 2010 expansion club Philadelphia seem to have their own issues going on. Philly is trying to figure out where to play their first game (or two) while their new stadium is finished getting built. Toronto on the other hand is looking at the very likely chance of finally getting a grass field at BMO Field.

Yes grass. Something nearly every fan, player, writer, etc. has called for since BMO Field opened in 2007.

According to Soccer America, the new grass field is set to be voted on by the city of Toronto very soon which is causing the league to hold off plans of announcing their First Kick schedule for next year.

Back to Philly though and their opening slate for their first season. It could end up being a thing just like Toronto a couple years ago where they begin their season (reportedly in Seattle) on the road for a couple games until their new stadium in Chester is complete. That should also help the club to not have to play in a NFL stadium for a game or two.

Putting Philly on the road for a game or three wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if you ask me. Remember nearly all previous SSS owners had to begin their first seasons in their new stadiums on the road. Columbus was on the road for seven straight in 1999, LA was on the road for eight in 2003 and I believe Chicago saw nine road games in a row while Toyota Park was getting its final touches done a couple seasons ago.

Williams Proving He Deserves A Real Job

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Most of you know by now that I am a big Richie Williams supporter. And you all know by now that New York more than likely will drop the ball yet again on hiring a good coach by not removing the interim tag from Williams’ title at the end of the season. Sure you could say that New York is currently playing the role of spoiler but they are also playing for Williams’ future…and not just potentially with New York.

I think a decent run and possible an actual result on the road by the Red Bulls in three out of the last four games left for the Red Bulls could help Williams land a job somewhere in MLS. There are still a couple coaches on hot seats at the moment and we could see a change or two at the end of the year. Williams should definitely be at the top of most club’s lists if there are changes made.

Something tells me DC could be in line to hire their former midfielder.

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Refs Stinking Up Place In MLS

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A lot of talk this morning was on this piece by Ives. All I can say is what took him so long to finally come out and say how bad the refs really are in MLS? I don’t exactly read his stuff every day and he may have said something similar before but I don’t believe a full post was done on the matter. Still worth a read if you haven’t already. We’ve had far too many head scratches this seasons by officials who seems to want to take the game in their hands and not let the players just play.

  • TJ

    About time someone respected within the American Soccer community actually came out and spoke up about the MLS officiating. I've been ranting about this all season long (my wife tired of hearing about this) and have sent numerous pleas (emails) to USSF and MLS regarding this matter. Of course, with no response from either. Hell Gulati is too busy with his alternate life – Professor of Economics at Columbia University – what hell is that all about!

  • TJ

    About time someone respected within the American Soccer community actually came out and spoke up about the MLS officiating. I’ve been ranting about this all season long (my wife tired of hearing about this) and have sent numerous pleas (emails) to USSF and MLS regarding this matter. Of course, with no response from either. Hell Gulati is too busy with his alternate life – Professor of Economics at Columbia University – what hell is that all about!