- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 17, 2010
- 6 Comments
- Greg Lalas, Jonah Freeman
For months now we’ve discussed Major League Soccer taking a big step with their web sites by taking things away from the current MLB-run system to their own set up. Today they’ve announced the hiring of a pair of veteran soccer journalists Greg Lalas and Johan Freeman.
Lalas will step in as editor in chief while Freeman will be the new managing editor of the league’s new website that is set to launch in early March. The two will over see the editorial staff for MLS and help relaunch the clubs new websites as well.
Its very interesting to see the league take this step. Lately a lot of soccer journalist have been moving around with Ives Galarcep going from ESPN to Fox Soccer, Grant Walh making a permanent move to SI.com and now Lalas and Freeman making this move.
Some folks aren’t fans of this by MLS, particularly due to Lalas. But you can’t argue with how well he has ran Goal.com over the last couple years, if he has the same success as he has seen with Goal.com, the league’s new website will be much better for it. Like him or not because of his stuff on ExtraTime or in Revs broadcasts, Lalas is probably the best hire for this position for the league.
Now the question comes down to is it good thing for two of the top soccer journos to be writing in-house for MLS? There are unfortunately some ethical questions that have to be raised here with this. I’m not totally bothered by it because that is just the way things are going these days. Believe me bloggers will and are going to be hired by teams before long whether you like it or not. It just comes down to whether or not the league or the clubs will let these writers do what they do best, and that is be honest.
Overall I think this move will work out for all involved. The league gets two solid writers (and people for that matter) and we all get better coverage from the league…something that has lacked in years past if you ask me.