Who would have guessed that the Fulham Yankee to down Chelsea with a clutch goal would be Carlos Bocanegra? Well it was. The U.S. national team defender delivered a clutch equalizer in the 84th minute to give Fulham a 2-2 tie against Chelsea that drop
I knew it from the moment I saw the news. Paulo Wanchope's signing with FC Tokyo would elicit a panic in Red Bull fandom not seen since the day Bora Milutinovic gave up on the MetroStars and throw out arguably the worst team in MLS history against the
Paulo Wanchope, the Costa Rican striker who seemed like just the type of player MLS might be going after, is heading to FC Tokyo. Here is the press release from the FC Toyko website. The heading on that release was translated via babelfish as 'News of
Okay, so I wrote this post almost three weeks ago, but basically held it because at one point I was going to write an ESPN piece on this very subject. Since I never did, I still had this laying around and figured I could post it now to give you guys so
We should call it "Thank Goodness Chelsea got a taste of its own late-goal medicine" Day. If you haven't seen the own goal that cost Chelsea two points today against Reading I suggest you keep an eye out for the YouTube clip, which I'm sure w
Even when I'm trying to take a day off some soccer news seems to find me. I'm at the Kenneth Cole outlet in Secaucus when who do I see strolling in but Seton Hall sophomore forward and All Big-East selection Eliseo Giusfredi. I have done a few stories
I promised I would make the Q&A session a regular part of the SBI blog experience so here it is once again. Feel free to fire away questions about any soccer related topics and I'll provide my take on things. Just add your question to the comments sect
So folks, I have something to confess. I'm an addict. I'm addicted to playing Football Manager. As I told you guys last week I finally received my copy of the 2007 version and have gone into full game-play mode now that I'm on a vacation from my newspa
Some readers have asked me about a reported Paulo Wanchope to Tokyo move, which I hadn't heard a peep about. Turns it this rumor stemmed from a Big Soccer posting which linked to a story from Japan that you can't even read.
In case you missed it Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy both added amazing forwards to their stables recently, goal scorers who send shivers down the necks of opposing defenders. Am I serious? Not at all, but these teams would have you believe
If you passed up watching the Inter-Messina match this morning on GolTV you missed one heck of a match by Zinedine Zidane's good buddy Marco Materazzi. The guy is an animal and is arguably the most exciting defender in the world. You just never know w
So much for that impromptu meeting between Richie Williams and Paulo Wanchope that I proposed earlier this week. Apparently that meeting already took place a week ago. I received word late last night that part of Williams' trip to Argentina last week
After receiving some positive comments about the addition of a weekend TV soccer schedule I am going to try and make this a regular staple of the blog. I can't promise that it will be here ever weekend but I will try my best.
Talk about a bad time to cover the Red Bulls. Things have slowed to a crawl as Bruce Arena and company do a great job of keeping their activities under wraps this off-season. We have been reduced to reading Spanish-language newspapers in South America
I received late word Tuesday night that Fox Sports Espanol will be showing the Argentina Apertura playoff final between Boca Juniors and Estudiantes (The game wasn't going to be televised until a late reprieve from FOX). The game is set for 3pm. If you
Soccer America had a throwaway line in its Freddy Adu trade piece regarding the possibility of Alecko Eskandarian coming to the Red Bulls. Should it be believed? That's the thing about throwaway lines, if they were really serious they wouldn't be thro
Costa Rican forward Paulo Wanchope has left Rosario Central after a falling out with their coach.Â This means that if the Red Bulls are, in fact, after him they have an easier chance if signing the Costa Rican legend.
In what has to be considered stunning news, Freddy Adu has been traded by DC United to Real Salt Lake, along with goalkeeper Nick Rimando, for a major allocation, goalkeeper Jay Nolly and future considerations. WOW.
As I have written before, Red Bulls rookie sensation Josmer Altidore was set to train with an undisclosed European club after the MLS season before a broken thumb scrapped those plans. Nobody wanted to tell me which club that was but I finally unearth
I can't say that I'm surprised by the reaction of people who were just stunned to learn that Bob Bradley would be the new U.S. national team. While I can understand the disappointment on some levels, I think the backlash directed at Bradley is undeser
Red Bulls assistant coach Richie Williams is in Brazil and Argentina this week on what a source told me is a serious scouting mission. I don't know more than that. It could mean the club is looking for some quality developmental slots. It could also me
It's a slow day in the soccer world (American soccer world anyway) and I'm struggling a bit for things to blog about today. I am placing a self-imposed ban on any talk regarding the U.S. national team coaching job because there is nothing more to say a
So it's Monday night and I'm sitting at home trying to figure out who in the world Bruce Arena might be considering bringing to the Red Bulls when one name popped in my head. None other than Costa Rican forward Paolo Wanchope. I go on the internet to
So my buddy Jamie Trecker is reporting that Juergen Klinsmann will be named the new U.S. national team coach in a story he wrote today. Sounds believable enough but the word around town is that Gulati has not, in fact, made a decision yet. ESPN.com fo
The rumblings are beginning. I got hit with a handful of emails from a few sources last night saying that this really is the week. And who is Sunil Gulati hiring? I'm hearing Klinsmann. Do I buy it? After waiting five months I'll buy anything. You kno
After so many Champions League match-days where ESPN made the wrong choice on which game to show, the bosses have made a good choice for Tuesday. ESPN2 will be showing the Barcelona-Werder Bremen Champions League at 2:30pm.
So I was up late last night writing a column for ESPN.com on the ridiculously long search for Bruce Arena's replacement as U.S. national team coach and I kept thinking that U.S. Soccer would send out an email announcing a new coach just hours after my
If Ronaldo and Ivan De La Pena are in fact at the top of Bruce Arena's list of transfer targets then Red Bulls fans had to be happy on Sunday. De La Pena put on a masterful performance for Espanyol, setting up both of the team's goals in a 2-1 comebac
Stop me if this is too funny. Univision is reporting that David Beckham is joining forces with Malcolm Glazer to buy the Los Angeles Galaxy. Now, you wonder where something as crazy as this might come from? Well Univision took it from La Opinion, whic
I was researching Real Madrid's transfer activity (the signings of young Brazilian left back Marcelo and Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago are impressive) when I came across this story linking U.S. national team midfielder Oguchi Onyewu to a possible
Sorry for the delay in answering your questions. I a problem with the blog forced a day-long delay. I had two options, Hold off the posting of the answers until I could get the problem resolved or post them and let you guys read it wi
Sorry for the delay in answering your questions but I received more questions, and more in-depth questions, than I expected. I think I underestimated how many readers the blog has been able to bring in during its first month. N
Another day and another blockbuster trade in MLS. Joe Cannon, the man who single-handedly kept Colorado from being the worst team in MLS, is packing backs and heading to the Galaxy in exchange for Ugo Ihemelu and Herculez Gomez. The trade is intriguin
Does Friday's big trade between Colorado and Los Angeles mean Kevin Hartman is on his way here? Don't bet on it. Bruce Arena isn't exactly crazy about Hartman and probably wouldn't be interested in him at his six-figure salary.