Long-time Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch didn't mince words about Crew coach Sigi Schmid after
being waived by Schmid on Thursday. Here's the story from the Columbus Dispatch.
Here's the thing about Busch. He was on top of the world in 2005, even earning a place on
the national team bench but the knee injury that sidelined him is still affecting him and as a
player who relies on his explosiveness, you wonder how good his it at this point.
The Red Bulls did not waive anybody on Thursday, a source within the league confirmed on
Thursday. I'm still not sure how they fit all those players into 18 senior slots but it appears
that they are now cap and roster compliant without having to cut anybody. That doesn't mean
someone won't be cut before the start of the season, particularly if Ansu Toure continues to
The race to score the Red Bulls TV deal appears to be down to one candidate, MSG. According to a
source with knowledge of the situation, SNY has pulled out or has fallen out of the race, leaving
MSG as the only game in town. The sides are still negotiating and the little amount of time before
the start of the season can't bode well for the Red Bulls getting a good deal with MSG.
METRO1026- Any word from RB on why the big man is
annoyed at the progress in Harrison? No major snow storms should have been a huge boost and they
should be ahead of schedule if anything. What has been the delay?
IVES- There was major clean-up on the site that needed
to be taken care of.
I posted earlier that the transfer window closed on March 31st. That was the old MLS transfer
window. It changed to April 15th this year. Will the extra two weeks really make a difference? I
doubt it but I need to make the correction. Sorry for any confusion.
I just got back from the Giants Stadium practice bubble and will post my observations on that
shortly but first I must provide some clarifications on the upcoming deadline for teams to be
salary cap and roster compliant.
The March 1st deadline is simply a deadline by which teams must have 28 or fewer players under
contract, including draft picks, and must be under the salary cap.
According to Yanks Abroad, U.S. Under-20 national team standout Robbie Rogers is leaving
Heerenveen. Rogers is planning on coming to MLS. The speculation is well under way on where
he'll wind up. Columbus could definitely use him. Then again, who couldn't?
For those of you who don't check out the rest of this website, or who have trouble finding
my stuff, here is my column in today's Herald News. No real news in it, just my take on the
lack of skill players in MLS. The column doesn't really have anything to do with a lack
ofÂ "Fan Excitement" but hey, I don't write the headlines unfortunately.
So I started writing a running diary on last night's soccer tricks event sponsored by the
Red Bulls, Futbol Del Calle, but an Internet Explorer crash succeded in erasing what I had written.
Since I don't have the time or energy to write a diary again, here are some quick hits from the
I wasn't originally going to go the event but I couldn't resist seeing some soccer ball
trick masters doing their thing, so I braved the looming snow storm and can honestly say it was
worth the drive to Webster Hall in NYC.
Here's my ESPN column on the Zinedine Zidane rumors and the possibility of him coming to
MLS. It looks like the French magician won't be coming to MLS any time soon. If he winds up
signing with some MLS team this week I'll gladly eat crow if it means getting to see him play
in the league. Don't hold your breathe on that one.
I went to Red Bull New York's Futbol de Calle event at Webster Hall in New York City on
Sunday and was pleasantly surprised by some of the soccer skills I saw. For those of you unfamiliar
with it, Futbol De Calle is essentially a competition of soccer tricks, with some of the best ball
trick specialists in North American doing battle.
I have every intention of filling you in on my experience of the event but I was completely
buried by stories I needed to finish last night, and i'm on snow shoveling detail this morning,
so it is on the backburner.
I know some of you might not care about a Chivas USA player but this was a pretty good story
about new Chivas USA signing Maykel Galindo.
One thing that has become clear in Chivas USA land is that they have done away with the whole
Mexican-Only approach of parent club Chivas de Guadalajara. With Galindo and Honduran playmaker
Amado Guevara, Chivas USA will have good mixture of CONCACAF talent with its best players being
non-Mexicans now that Juan Pablo Garcia and Paco Palencia have departed.
According to various sources within Major League Soccer, Ecuadorian striker Agustin Delgado was,
in fact, the player the Red Bulls were preparing to sign as a second designated player before FIFA
agreed to impose a worldwide suspension on Delgado for his role in a post-match fight in the
Delgado was chosen by the Red Bulls as an ideal target forward in Bruce Arena's attack but
FIFA's decision has left the club with little time to seek a reasonable alternative.
The Red Bulls' trade with Real Salt Lake has been made official, with RSL sending the Red
Bulls a fourth round draft pick in the 2008 draft along with the fourth-round supplemental draft
pick the Red Bulls gave them for Rimando in a trade just two weeks ago. There's a joke there
but I can't think of it right now.
Austrian winger Markus Schopp will miss two to four weeks with groin and hip flexor injuries.
The groin injury will not require surgery. The length of his absence could put his availability for
the season opener in doubt. Then again, as well as Dane Richards is playing the Red Bulls might not
miss Schopp immediately.
Just two days after Bruce Arena said a signing of a designated player was likely, the Red Bulls
coach revealed today that the club has had some major setbacks in their quest to add an impact
player and that the team likely will not sign anybody before the start of the season.
Stay tuned for more details. I will update this post shortly.
So much for the Red Bulls' goalkeeping glut. Bruce Arena revealed today that the club has
dealt away Nick Rimando. Arena would not reveal the team the Red Bulls sent him to but a source has
confirmed that the team is Real Salt Lake. The trade isn't official yet but it's just a
matter of paperwork being filed at this point.
Their names are Giovanni Dos Santos and Carlos Vela and if you haven't heard of them by now
you're missing something. Dos Santos is an attacking midfielder and a star in the making for
Barcelona while Vela is a goal-scoring machine and property of Arsenal who is currently lighting up
Spain's second division on loan. Both are playing for the Mexican Under-20 national team as it
attempts to qualify for this summer's Under-20 World Cup.
It has been two weeks since the last Question and Answer session so it is time to do it again.
send your questions my way and I will look to post answers by Monday. Try not to get too elaborate
with your questions. What do I mean? If your question is longer than one paragraph chances are
you're getting way too deep.
I'm sorry to report that I didn't make it to Red Bulls practice today and will therefore
not be filing any observations today from practice. I will be there on Friday though and I'll
try to post observations right after practice some time tomorrow afternoon.
For those of you who haven't seen highlights from this week's Champions League action
ESPN has a quality highlights show that will air Friday at 3pm on ESPN2. I would suggest adding it
to your Season Pass if you have DirecTV or set the VCR if you're still in the Flinstone era.
There was some can't-miss stuff this week so definitely check it out.
I must confess, I didn't make it to the Red Bulls' practice on Wednesday until it had
just finished. Since it was the first day I didn't think I would learn much by watching them so
I showed up just in time for the interview session. There was still enough time for some
observations. Here are a few:
So Real Salt Lake was so happy with the acquisition of stud prospect goalkeeper Chris Seitz in
the draft that it dealt away Nick Rimando to the Red Bulls just two weeks ago. Guess who needs a
keeper now? Yes, RSL. Steve Goff is reporting on his blog that Scott Garlick is going to retire,
which suddenly puts Real Salt Lake in a serious jam because Seitz is set to miss major time with
the U-20s this summer.
According to Mark Ziegler at the San Diego Union Tribune, the Los Angeles Galaxy are considering
bids for its shirt sponsorship, with a bid of $49 million for 10 years apparently on the table.
That definitely deserves a wow and makes you wonder what the Red Bulls could sell their shirt
sponsorship for if the energy drink folks weren't already committed to using the Red Bulls
jersey as a billboard for their product.
Those of you wondering if and when the Red Bulls would use their second designated player slot
can rest easy. Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena told reporters at practice on Wednesday that the team is
planning on announcing a signing either this week or next
After an eventful Matchday Seven, which included a controversial ending in the Man U/Lille match
and PSV's upset of Arsenal, Matchday Eight has even better match-ups and should be even more
It's Matchday seven and since ESPN decided against showing Barca-Liverpool live (or were
outbid) I'm watching PSV-Arsenal. It's still the Champions League knockout round so it is
still exciting. Who am I rooting for? If Jefferson Farfan wer
The Washington Post is reporting that the US Soccer Federation is preparing to bid on the 2018
World Cup. The move could also put the United States in position to host the 2014 World Cup if
Brazil fails in its preparations to host the event.
So you're one of those people who thought there was nothing wrong with the Los Angeles Galaxy floating around that ficticious salary figure of $250 million for David Beckham? Listen to this one. According to the Washington Post's Steven Goff, Zinedine
So I finally got arorund to sitting down and re-watching the U.S. National team 2-0 victory against Mexico and at the top of my things to watch was the performance of Jonathan Bornstein, who has received mixed reviews for his performance. Some people
Red Bull trialist Peter Philipakos arrived in camp with a pedigree that included time with Greek champions Olympiakos but hasn't done much to make the club eager to sign the left winger. As you might imagine, Philipakos doesn't plan on playing for che
While I was away last week this whole Zidane to the Chicago Fire story took on a life of its own as Steve Goff reported on his blog that Chicago was in talks with the French star. Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune countered the report with his own
It's clear that many fans want the US team to send its best possible team to Copa America but I have heard from some sources in the know that this just isn't a possibility. I appreciate folks tossing out FIFA regs for me but I think we have already es
I guess it shouldn't come as a big surprise that the week I decide to take a vacation there has to be a ton of soccer news. It never really fails. Since I missed these things on the first go-round I figured I could take a look back and offer my take o
So after having some conversations with sources down in Florida it appears that Bruce Arena's Red Bulls are rounding into a nice little team. Here's a starting lineup being projected with the pieces currently in place:
Yes folks, I have made it back from my trip to the Dominican Republic in one piece and I'm ready to get the blog ball rolling again. I probably won't be fully loaded again until Monday but I'll be ready with some new posts on Friday (tomorrow). I won'
Here they are folks, all of your questions answered. Apologies for any technical difficulties that may arise from the text but I didn't have time to fix it and figured most of you would rather read it in messy form than not at all.
Hello all, I'm in the Dominican Republic for a vacation and some family time (my wife is Dominican). I just won a few bucks playing a rather twisted form of Texas Hold Em at a local casino and I had some blog withdrawal so I hooked the laptop up to a
Sorry to tell you folks but I will be going on vacation for the next week starting today (Friday), which means I won't be posting as frequently for the next six days. I know many of you don't read up during the weekends so I will see if I can drop a f
Thanks to SBI reader Pete for nailing this lookalike down. Mexico coach Hugo Sanchez and singer Tom Jones. Here they are, let me know if you see the resemblance (I will try to find pictures where they look more alike but trust me, they do):
It's 7am local time here in Phoenix and I'm waiting to board my plane. It was definitely an eventful trip as Bob Bradley took a young US team and defeated Mexico's strongest squad. I can only imagine the number of Bradley detractors who were converted
Since there is so much to talk about following Wednesday night's match between US and Mexico, and because I am about to go on vacation, I have decided we can do one more Q & A session this week. Post your questions to the bottom of this post and I wil
Landon Donovan sets up a goal with a corner then seals the match with a great individual effort for a late goal to give the US national team a 2-0 win against Mexico. The shutout victory extends the US team's unbeaten streak against Mexico on home soil
I just ran into Bruce Arena, who is here to do the game for ESPN2. Arena had a wry smile on his face as I asked him about his Red Bulls' plans. He wouldn't comment about anything but what I can tell you guys is that the there is truth to the reports th
Hello all, I'm reporting live from the US-Mexico game and I can tell you that the Mexican fans are already starting to take their seats. There's only a sprinkling of fans in the house at this point but the early projections don't look good for the US f
Tuesday was a pretty busy day on the work front as I made trips to Mexican national team practice in the early afternoon and US national team practice in the early evening. Here is a rundow of the day's activities:
With Mexico fielding its strongest team possible American fans can't help but wonder what its strongest starting 11 would be if all hands were on deck. Here's my starting 11 right now (if everyone is healthy) with players who are playing tonight in bol
I just came from Mexico's practice at Arizona State and I can say that every one of Mexico's European-based stars has shown up for tomorrow night's match. Rafael Marquez, Pavel Pardo, Carlos Salcido and Ricardo Osorio got in late last night, giving Mex
Here are all the rest of the questions from the weekend. Sorry this took so long but it probably wasn't a good idea for me to throw a Q&A out there when I was about to come to Phoenix for the US match. There were some good questions overall and I can t
I have arrived in Phoenix/Glendale and am setting up shop before I get to work. I will post the remaining Q&A shortly and will be reporting on an upcoming Conference Call with Bob Bradley followed by a US national team practice this evening (6pm ET).
I was really hoping to get all of your questions answered before I got on the plane to Phoenix today but no such luck. It's tough to plow through the questions quickly when there are so many in-depth questions that require lengthy answers. I'm happy t
The showdown every American soccer fans waits for is almost here. The U.S. national team takes on Mexico at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Wednesday. I will be in Arizona for the match starting Monday afternoon, blogging from
I know it was going to be a good day to be a fan of American soccer when I woke up to find Setanta offering a free weekend when it just so happened to be showing Oguchi Onyewu's Newcastle debut against Fulham right after Tim Howard's second shutout of
For those of you with access to Setanta Sports you should know that the channel is offering a free weekend, meaning you can watch it right now (615 for you DirecTV folks). Talk about good timing. You can now catch the Newcastle-Fulham match and see Ogu
Though I never even acknowledged this absurd rumor, I felt it was necessary to post Soccer America's debunking of the DaMarcus Beasley to Red Bulls rumor. I thought the rumor was pretty hilarious because it made absolutely no sense from the beginning.
Here is the roster that will take on Mexico on Wednesday. Only four European based players are on the list (Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Convey). Oguchi Onyewu was reportly going to be chosen but it appears his recent transfer
It's that time again. With all the stuff going on in the past week, from transfers to the Real Salt Lake debacle, as well as what is coming up next week, like US-Mexico, I think it's time for another Q&A session.
In the midst of all the Gabriel Ferrari talk I thought you Red Bulls fans out there would be interested to know that one of the next stars in the Red Bull Youth talent pipeline has decided to stay home rather than join the U.S. Under-17 Residency Progr