Sorry for the delay in getting this up but it got lost in the holiday weekend/Q&A mix.
Congrats to Mike Sansone, who is representing the SBI League well by holding first place overall
in the entire Fantasy MLS competition. That is seriously impressive. Props to Hudson FC for moving
into second place in the league and seventh overall, helping us state our case for having the
toughest league in the entire set-up.
Sir Alex Ferguson didn't waste a lot of time getting ready to defend that EPL title Manchester
United just won. Man U has landed Brazilian playmaker Anderson and Portuguese star Nani in a pair
of deals that have to make the Red Devils favorites to repeat as EPL champions.
If you haven't seen either of these Portuguese League players player, you have missed out.
As first reported here on SBI more than a week ago, The US Under-20 national team will play in a
doubleheader at Giants Stadium with the US Women's national team on Wednesday, June 23rd. The US
Under-20s will face off against Chile, another team participating in June's U-20 World
Championships in Canada. US Soccer officially announced the match today.
Looking at Bob Bradley's roster for the China game and its inclusion of so many young players
(and some Bradley favorites like Razov and Marsch) I started wondering what starting 11 I would
want to see out of that group on Saturday.
Do you want to see the national team veterans or a lineup with one or two of the youngsters,
like Nguyen or Davies?
CONCACAF announced the rosters for next month's Gold Cup. After looking them over I have to say
that the region has grown stronger than people realize. There are some pretty good teams in the
field, including Costa Rica, Honduras and Canada along with traditional powers Mexico and the
The most disappointing absence? How about Honduras' David Suazo?
I told you folks in this morning's Q & A that Bob Bradley would have some nice surprises in
store for the China rosters and he did, calling in Charlie Davies, Lee Nguyen and Kamani Hill for
the friendly on Saturday.
Nguyen is the biggest surprise, having just recovered from shoulder surgery. I didn't think he
would be back this soon but if he is close to fit then he is a very strong candidate for the Copa
The rash of injuries to Red Bulls defenders has led the club to take another look at former
MetroStar Chris Leitch. Some of you may remember that Leitch was set to train with the Red Bulls
but suffered a knee injury very early in the trial.
What may not be as well known is that the Red Bulls were all set to sign him before the injury
Hello all, I'm back after my recovery from knocking out the biggest Q&A session to date. I
really appreciate you all contributing to that.
Here's my feature in Red Bulls trialist and former Clifton High star Chris Karcz in today's
Herald News. For those of you who don't know I covered Karcz in high school and at Rutgers and he
really is a testament to perseverance.
The Colombian national team released a preliminary 34-man roster for Copa America on Monday and
Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Angel is not on the list. Not really a surprise since he hasn't been
in the Colombia mix for a while but I was curious to see whether his good start to the MLS campaign
would raise any eyebrows in his native country.
As I sit here after cranking out a Memorial Day feature on Chris Karcz for the Herald News and
recovering from a barbeque (they always seem like a good idea until smoke is stinging your eyes and
you're dreading cleaning the grill), I figured it was a good chance to catch you up on some soccer
happenings and topics that I may have missed recently:
You just knew it was going to happen. A few days after Alexi Lalas planted both feet in his
mouth regarding David Beckham's recent call up to the England national, FIFA has stepped in and
reminded Lalas what the rules are regarding players being able to play for their national
In short, the Galaxy can't stop Beckham from playing in England friendlies if the matches are on
Yes, I know, there's only an hour left in the morning, but I wasn't even going to do this week's
MMCB until someone asked about it. The idea for MMCB is to give people something to read a they're
sitting in their office trying to recover from the weekend. I guess I didn't think about those
unlucky few who are actually at work today instead of sitting on a beach somewhere this Memorial
FIFA is set to outlaw matches held at high altitude, the sport's governing body announced on
Sorry US Soccer fans but there isn't cause for celebration. The new guidelines outlaw matches
played at more than 2500 meters (about 8200 feet). Unfortunately for US fans, that won't rule out
matches at Mexico's Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which is located at 2200 meters.
Eddie Johnson has continued the resurrection of his 2005 form on Saturday, netting a hat-trick
to lead the Wizards to a 4-3 win against New England.
Who is this guy and what have the Wizards done with the real Eddie Johnson? This is great news,
particularly for the US national team as it heads into the Gold Cup with Johnson and Taylor
Twellman in great form.
Real Madrid midfielder and soon-to-be LA Galaxy star David Beckham has earned a call-up to the
English national team. In a remarkable turnaround, England manager Steve McLaren has called Beckham
back in after famously dropping him after taking over as England manager.
MLS fans hoping to see Beckham during his tour of the league had better start checking England's
Hello all. Apologies for the day away from the blog but I needed some time to unplug and chill
out with the family. That said, I surely would have blogged if I had a computer with me.
Unfortunately I was like Ari Gold without his cell phone on Yom Kippur.
I'm back and have to say that I am pretty sick of hearing the complaining about the U.
So I'm watching the Red Bulls-Fire game a second time before I write up a blog report on the
match for the morning and I had to comment on Juan Pablo Angel's second goal, the fakeout on Chris
Armas and Matt Pickens. It is just amazing how much skill and intelligence it took to pull that
Actually, all three goals were impressive, both in construction and quality.
The best word I can use to describe the first half for the Red Bulls is Dynamic.
Slotting Jozy Altidore at left wing and Dave Van Den Bergh at left back has helped transform the
Red Bulls attack into a free-flowing unit. If you think about it, by playing VDB and Kovalenko at
outside backs the Red Bulls basically have eight attack-minded players on the field (Okay, so
Stammler isn't really in attack mode but he is playing his part).
I know many of you were waiting to see this posted and I apologize for the delay but as you
probably know I had a story earlier in the week that required more of my time than most stories.
Those of you who thought I didn't post this because my team is now officially terrible should be
ashamed of yourselves. I have all your names and will seek my revenge.
We are a few hours away (NOON, not 1pm) from hearing the official naming of the U.S. national
team's Gold Cup roster and I have to say that there seems to be more intrigue surrounding this
group than any previous Gold Cup roster before it. Obviously we are all curious because we want to
see what kind of roster Bob Bradley names.
So I made it to Montclair State on Wednesday but I missed a good portion of the short training
session. Here is what I did gather from my trip:
Claudio Reyna did take part in some light drills and is a game-time decision. The team is
calling it a game-time decision but given the fact that he didn't take part in any heavy training
this week I wouldn't bet on him playing tomorrow.
In what has to be one of the most shocking developments of the new year, the Red Bulls have
fired recently-hired director of youth soccer Armen Simoniants on Tuesday for lying on his resume.
Simoniants was hired to replace Giovanni Savarese just two weeks ago but was swiftly fired when
inconsistencies in his resume came to light.
AC Milan and Liverpool will square off on Wednesday afternoon on ESPN2 and I'm sure most of you
who can get away from work or don't have day jobs will be watching. My question is where will you
I'm leaning toward Mulligans in Hoboken again, although I'm sure I can be persuaded to go
Another day at Montclair State and I have to say the team looked pretty sharp in training, at
least the portion of the session I saw. I tend to time my arrival to get there in time to see the
11 v 11 action and I got to see just that today. Here's what I saw:
Yes, it is the same starting lineup as the one that thrashed Columbus and after watching it
train I have to say that it should take the field again vs.
What first seemed like somewhat minor ankle injuries suffered by Red Bulls goalkeeper Ronald
Waterreus and defender Hunter Freeman have turned out to be far more serious, team trainer Rick
Guter revealed on Tuesday.
Both players suffered torn ankle ligaments in the same week. Freeman's injury could keep him
sidelined up to a month or longer while Waterreus has made a rapid recover from the injury he
suffered during the team's 3-3 tie against Real Salt Lake more than two weeks ago.
The U.S. Under-20 national team will play at Giants Stadium on June 23rd as part of a
doubleheader with the U.S. Women's national team. The match will be one of the team's final
preparation matches for this summer's Under-20 World Championships in Canada in late June.
A source has told me that the U-20 team, which features Jozy Altidore, Freddy Adu, Michael
Bradley and Gabriel Ferrari, will hold its pre-tournament camp at the Premier Development Academy
in New Jersey and will play two friendlies in the area.
For those of you who hadn't seen it, here is a story on Chelsea striker Andriy Schevchenko
saying that he wants to finish his career in MLS. Sheva told SI.com that he wants to play in MLS
before his career is over.
This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone in the US. His wife is American and reports
have been around for a while that they will eventually settle here.
Who will Bob Bradley choose the for the Gold Cup? We had another weekend of MLS games and the
new US coach must have his roster selected by now. Readers offered up some pretty good suggestions
on players Bradley should bring in.
Rather than going through trying to pick an entire roster I figured I would ask this: What MLS
player has raised his national team stock the most so far this season and what player has seen his
stock drop the furthest?
The Red Bulls announced on Monday that the projections for when Red Bull Park will open have
been changed and now fall of 2008 is more likely than the summer. Land cleanup issues have led to
delays. It should also be noted though that a warm, snow-free winter could speed things back
What does this mean for the Red Bulls? It means fans will be subject to Giants Stadium just a
little bit longer.
I made my way to Montclair State this morning to take in the Red Bulls' reserve team match
against the Columbus Crew. I didn't expect to see great soccer, particularly on the turf at Sprague
Field, but the fact that Clifton natives Danny Szetela and Chris Karcz were slated to start made it
a trip worth taking.
The Red Bulls won 2-1, on goals from Jerrod Laventure and Sinisa Ubiparipovic in a game that was
Funny what happens when you actually finish your chances.
The Red Bulls didn't play amazing soccer on Saturday night but when they put together a good
sequence they finished it off with a nice goal. it is what the club couldn't do in the season
opener against the Crew and what it didn't do last week against the Rapids.
The Crew probably deserved better than a 4-0 loss but it is clearly lacking a dynamic central
Chelsea did it. After a season without a single piece of distinguished hardware the former EPL
champions salvaged their 2006/2007 campaign by winning the FA Cup, courtesy of a Didier Drogba goal
in extra time of a pretty even match (okay, so maybe it wasn't as ugly as I first suggested). Here
is hoping Wednesday's Champions League final is more entertaining.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are tied atop the La Liga standings and you can watch both play on TV
on Sunday thanks to Gol TV.
Real Madrid meets Recreativo Huelva at 1pm then Barcelona faces Atletico Madrid at 3pm. GolTV
will air both matches.
Actually, GolTV will also air third-place Sevilla's match against Deportivo La Coruna at 11am so
Sevilla, which is fresh off winning a second-straight UEFA Cup title, could move into first place
temporily before Real Madrid and Barcelona play.
After reading some of the responses about where people will be going to watch the FA Cup in the
morning I have decided to see the game at Mulligan's in Hoboken (159 1st St.). Having seen last
year's Champions League final there and a Chelsea-Barcelona Champions League tilt there this year I
can vouch for it being a good place to watch a game.
Now that the whole ordeal of naming Bob Bradley as US head coach is behind us, we can look at
the team Bradley will take to the Gold Cup. Yes, Copa America's roster will be filled with more new
faces and surprises, but the Gold CUp roster is going to be announced pretty soon.
Here's my very quick take on what the Gold Cup roster might look like:
GK- Tim Howard,Â Matt Reis, Brad Guzan
D- Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Carlos Bocanegra, Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Spector, Frank
Simek, Jonathan Bornstein, Heath Pearce
The FA Cup final is all set for Saturday morning, with Chelsea ready to battle Manchester United
one more time.
I'm looking for a place to watch the game and wanted to know where you folks will be watching
the game. Drop some suggestions for places to see the game. I'm sure I'm not the only one trying to
find someplace with a good atmosphere to see the game.
So much for getting a look at the mystery Argentine defender. I went to training today to see
Mariano Fernandez train but he was nowhere to be found. He was definitely with the team on Tuesday
but did not train on Wednesday. Could he have made an impression in that little amount of time? The
word I got on Tuesday's session was that the team didn't really do that much.
As you may have read by now in my Jose Angulo story from today's Herald News, Angulo trained
with the Red Bulls today. Unfortunately, his training session didn't last very long.
After some warm-up drills and running Angulo walked off the field after about 45 minutes with
blisters on both feet. The combination of super-hot temperatures on the turf field at Montclair
State coupled with Angulo not having played in months resulted in a painful and quiet exit from
I will apologize in advance for a lack of posts today. I will be running around on a couple of
assignments. I am headed to Red Bulls practice now and will be heading straight to Manhattan for
the US national team coach press conference. I will try to post from the road so stay tuned...
For those of you who didn't stay up last night to here the news, St. Benedict's star and
high-school All-American Jose Angulo will forgo his chance at a college playing career in order to
pursue a professional contract. Here is my Herald News article on Angulo's decision.
Angulo counts Arsenal, Roma, Lazio and Hannover 96 among the first teams to express some
interest, a group that should increase once he goes abroad and meets with more clubs.
All-American St. Benedict's striker Jose Angulo won't be playing soccer in college. He will be
taking his deadly left foot and bag of tricks to the pros. Angulo has signed with an agent and is
about to pursue a career in Europe.
I know some of you are wondering about Angulo's national team status. He wants to play for the
US national team and is in the process of securing his citizenship.
I hate to be a tease but I figured I would give you die-hard SBI readers a heads up. I have a
breaking story coming late tonight regarding an area soccer player. I won't say who it is or what
it is about but I will say that some of you will have your curiosities fed.
Here it is folks, the very loaded schedule for the U.S. national team for the upcoming two
months. There will be plenty of opportunities for Bob Bradley and his team to show their stuff, be
it against Argentina in the Copa America group game or a potential meeting against Brazil or Mexico
in the Copa America quarterfinals.
Yes, Mexico and the United States could meet in the Gold Cup but the schedule is set up for them
to meet in the final if they both get that far.
What a week we just saw in MLS. Toronto FC's fans helped the new boys pull off the first win in
team history, the Rapids handed the Red Bulls their first loss of the season and Taylor Twellman
and the Revs continued to rip apart MLS defenses.
The week also signaled a chance for rest for two powerhouses that had been struggling. Houston
and DC finally had a chance to regroup after a disappointing first month of the season and should
be ready to make moves toward the top of their respective standings.
Bob Bradley's tenure as interim U.S. national team coach is about to end. The former MetroStars
and Chivas USA coach is about to be named the permanent choice to replace Bruce Arena. Sources have
confirmed that the press conference set for Wednesday by U.S. Soccer will be to announce Bradley as
US Soccer president Sunil Gulati's decision to hire Bradley comes 10 months after Gulati removed
Bruce Arena from the U.
As expected, Bruce Arena is continuing his quest to make the Red Bulls roster as strong as
possible. According to Washington Post baseball writer Steve Goff (kidding Steve), the Red Bulls
have their sights set on Argentine defender Mariano Fernandez.
It is no secret that the club needs more depth in the back and this news might explain why Bruce
Arena is out of town for the next two days (though a trip to Europe is also a possibility).
Okay folks, we have heard plenty of excuses for why the crowd at Giants Stadium was so small. It
was Sunday afternoon, it was Mother's Day. There was a saleÂ at the mall. People were saving money
to get ready for the increase in stamp prices. Whatever the excuse, there were plenty of them to go
Just when you thought the EPL promotion and relegation situation was resolved last weekend there
appears to be growing support for a challenge to West Ham United's successful escape from
relegation. The controversy surrounds Carlos Tevez' transfer to West Ham and whether the Argentine
star should have been allowed to play for West Ham.
Stand up for the champions. Yes, the English Premier League Season is finally over and
Manchester United finally knocked Chelsea off its high-priced perch as league champions. Love them
or hate them, the Red Devils played some beautiful soccer and found results on a regular basis.
Injuries for Chelsea played a part in the final outcome but Man U did what it had to.
Ronaldinho scored a goal but Barcelona were denied a victory on Sunday thanks to a late goal by
Real Betis' Rafael Sobis. The 1-1 tie leaves Barcelona in a first-place tie with red-hot Real
Madrid with four matches remaining in the La Liga season. This should make for an interesting
finish to the season.
Who do you think will wind up lifting the league trophy?
Colorado hustled, the Red Bulls didn't. The match pretty much boils down to that. Well, that and
the Red Bulls complete inability to hit a good cross or strike a clean ball or make a sharp pass.
It really was like a flashback to May of a year ago.
I give the Rapids credit for being disciplined and out-hustling the Red Bulls but they did
manage just two shots on goal for the whole match so it is safe to say they were going to be happy
with a scoreless draw if they got one.
Talk about an ugly first half. Juan Pablo Angel is working hard but a lack of service from a
shaky midfield has preventd the Colombian from really having an impact. I know the Claudio Reyna
haters are loving the fact that he is out with an injury but I don't think anyone can argue the
point that the Red Bulls miss him today. The team can't maintain possession for any real length of
time and any good pressure by Colorado leads to poor decisions.
Real Madrid continued its late-season run at an improbably La Liga championship by coming back
from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Espanyol 4-3 on Saturday. French (and Argentine) striker Gonzalo
Higuain (shown above) scored in the 89th minute to give Madrid the victory.
The win moves Real Madrid ahead of struggling Barcelona, at least temporarily.
Italian star striker and long-time Red Bulls/MetroStars rumored target Alessandro Del Piero
scored two goals to help Juventus post a 3-1 victory against Bologna on Saturday to move to the
brink of gaining promotion back to Serie A after last year's match-fixing scandal pushed them down
to Serie B.
Juve's return to the big-time is one of the big stories of the upcoming summer transfer
It took a while but Mo Johnston's team has found the net and the win column. Toronto FC rattled
off three goals to beat the Chicago Fire, 3-1, on Saturday. Former Red Bull Edson Buddle notched
two assists and newly-signed forward Danny Dichio scored Toronto's first goal before earning a red
Well, there's nothing earth-shattering to report from Red Bulls practice. I did arrive a bit
late so I might have missed the juicier stuff. I did arrive in time to see Juan Pablo Angel and
Jozy Altidore paired up front in one lineup. It remains unclear how Bruce Arena is going to fit
Angel, Altidore, Clint Mathis and Dane Richards on the field together.
The hot word around town regarding the U.S. national team coaching search is that Bob Bradley is
going to be named the head coach on a permanent basis. The Washington Post's Steve Goff is
reporting that a source has told him that Bradley is Sunil Gulati's choice.
I received an email last week from someone who told me something similar, that Bradley was the
choice, but when I contacted some sources to confirm it none of them could give me a concrete
Good morning folks. Sorry for the delay in getting something posted but I spent last night and
this morning writing an ESPN column and I'm about to head to Red Bulls practice.
I do have a treat for you guys before I go. Last night I was going through my computer and found
some photos I took at the World Cup of US Soccer fans. It really got me wondering whether any of
the folks in the pics are SBI readers.
Bad news for those fantasy MLS owners who banked on Hunter Freeman recovering from his ankle
injury in time to play on Sunday. Freeman will not play on Sunday. Seth Stammler will likely play
at right back in his place.
Goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus is listed as questionable for the match and we should learn more
tomorrow at practice about his availability.
Kasey Keller is looking for work. For those of you who haven't heard, Keller's current club,
Borussia Moechengladbach, has agreed to part ways with the U.S. national team goalkeeper despite
Keller's willingess to stay with the relegation-hit German club.
How did Keller get to this point? It likely began when Keller was met with the cold reality that
no MLS team was ready to step up and make a bid for him.
The rosters have been released for the Ireland-Ecuador friendly at Giants Stadium on May 23rd.
Here they are:
GOALKEEPERS: Nicky Colgan (Barnsley / ENG), Colin Doyle
(Birmingham City / ENG), Wayne Henderson (Preston North End / ENG)
DEFENDERS: Alex Bruce (Ipswich Town / ENG), Derek Geary
(Sheffield United / ENG), Stephen Kelly (Birmingham City / ENG), Paul McShane (West Bromwich Albion
/ ENG), Joseph O'Cearuill (Arsenal / ENG), John O'Shea (Manchester United / ENG), Sean St.
Hello folks, it took a while but I finally hammered out the answers to all your questions. It
should be noted that I cut off questions on Sunday but some folks still added questions after that.
I didn't answer those this time around but if you were one of the people who asked questions after
the cutoff I should have another Q&A soon.
Now, without further ado, here are your questions answered:
EssEff- Can you give us any info you have on Eddie Lewis and what turn his
career may take, if any, now that Leeds is dropping further?
Mo Johnston has never been one to mince so words so we shouldn't be surprised to see him go
after Chicago Fire head coach Dave Sarachan and president John Guppy after each made less than
glowing comments about the artificial turf at Toronto FC's brand new BMO Field. He blasted Chicago
in this Toronto Sun story.
Here is the juciest of Johnston's comments:
"I would think they would be more concerned about playing in front of only 7,000 or 8,000 fans
(in Chicago), than our turf in Toronto," Johnston said.
It's still only mid-May but European transfer rumors are already flying as some of the game's
best players have been linked to potential moves. For those of you who haven't had a chance to keep
track of the rumors and news reports, here are some of the better ones:
Manchester United eyeing Samuel Eto'o- The thought of Wayne Rooney and Eto'o is enough to make
any Man U fan's mouth water.
I was going through Associated Press photos from last night's game and saw this one of Jozy
Altidore's PK. It's a great shot of his PK form and I couldn't help but think that if Cronin
watched this run-up he could tell that Altidore was going to his (Cronin's) left. You see
Altidore's hips opened and plant leg facing the right post and this makes it easy to see how Cronin
got the good jump he did on the shot.
The Red Bulls will be making the trip back from Los Angeles today, trying to recover from a
thoroughly disappointing West Coast swing that included a shocking 3-3 tie against Real Salt Lake
and deflating 3-1 overtime loss to the LA Galaxy in a U.S. Open Cup qualifier.
Will the team be able to recover in time for Sunday? It will certainly be interesting to see how
the club responds to its eight game in nine days, particularly since several starters played 120
minutes or almost 120.
Steve Cronin played the game of his life on Tuesday night, making save after save to keep the
Los Angeles Galaxy in a match they were thoroughly dominated in. After a scoreless regulation
period which included a missed penalty kick by Jozy Altidore (which Cronin saved), the Galaxy took
over in overtime. Landon Donovan converted a penalty kick, Kyle Martino delivered a header goal and
Santino Quaranta finished off a breakaway in the match's final minute to give the Galaxy the 3-1
victory in a U.
Hello all. I know I posted that I would do the Q&A for Wednesday morning in an earlier post but
my running commentary of the Red Bulls-Galaxy US Open Cup game took more time and energy than I
expected. Apologies for the delay but I will definitely knock it out in time for Thursday
Good news folks. Juan Pablo Angel is playing tonight. A source tells me he is playing tonight. I
don't know if he's starting yet but he is definitely playing. I'll let you all know if he is
starting as soon as I hear.
Also, I will be providing a running diary of the game tonight with the help of a source at the
game. If you want some analysis of the match that gives you a little more than MLS Match Tracker I
suggest you check in tonight.
Real Madrid legend Jorge Valdano pulled no punches in criticizing the style of play preferred by
English powers Chelsea and Liverpool in this story. He specifically blames Jose Mourinho and Rafael
Benitez for their team's style of play, a style Valdano is clearly not a fan of.
Here are some of the juicier comments Valdano made:
"Football is made up of subjective feeling, of suggestion - and, in that, Anfield is
unbeatable," Valdano wrote in the Spanish newspaper Marca.
The Red Bulls have named Armen Simoniants as the team's new Youth Academy Director, ending a
search that began in March when the team fired former director Giovanni Savarese.
Simoniants will begin his second stint with the club, having been the head coach of the
MetroStars reserve team from 2000 to 2003. He was most recently the head coach of Moldovan First
Division club FC Olimpia Beltsy.
I have a confession to make. Last Wednesday I got a call from former Real Salt Lake general
manager Steve Pastorino. He told me he didn't have much to do these days and wanted to know if he
could pick my MLS Fantasy Team for week five. Since I was about to go on vacation and had a lot to
work on I figured I could let him. How bad a team could he pick?
There were some stunning individual performances last week, from Dwayne DeRosario's stunning
brace to Clint Mathis' dominating effort against Real Salt Lake, and Steve Ralston's goal and two
assists in New England's thrashing of Chicago.
So was it more difficult picking a Best XI this week? Not really. The 11 on this list are some
of the league's best and most well-known players, with one obvious exception.
Hello all. I'm back from Florida and ready to deliver posts on a wide range of topics today.
First up is the weekly MLS rankings. DC United and Houston both registered wins while Chicago and
Columbus suffered their first losses.
Here they are, the MLS rankings after week five:
Red Bulls (3-0-2)- Clint Mathis is on fire but Saturday's officiating crew
handed RSL a point.
Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel has received his work visa, clearing the way for him to play
in the Red Bulls' next MLS match, on Sunday against Colorado at Giants Stadium. Angel still might
play in the US Open Cup on Tuesday night against the LA Galaxy but that remains uncertain. What is
certain is that he will be in uniform on Sunday.
Good morning folks. Sorry for the delay in posting this morning but I'm still on vacation in
Florida. This is getaway day so I'll have some time this morning to do the Q & A session as well as
get some new posts up for those of you who are at work instead of by a pool today.
So I'm trying to figure out which is in more pain, my back from sunburn or my fantasy MLS team
from the shellacking it took this weekend.
Sources have just told me that there are some rather suspect circumstances surrounding Real Salt
Lake's equalizing goal against the Red Bulls tonight.
Apparently RSL midfielder Carey Talley had been on the sidelines changing his bloodied jersey
and was waiting to be waived into the game by the match official, Ricardo Salazar, but fourth
official Brian Hall told Talley to get back on the field before Salazar ever acknowledged
Well, the unstoppable Red Bulls were stopped tonight, by none other than Real Salt Lake. Goals
in the 90th and 92nd minute helped RSL salvage a tie after being down 3-1 courtesy of two goals
from Clint Mathis.
I'm on vacation in Florida right now and didn't see the game so I can't tell you if the PK was
legit or not but that still wouldn't explain how a supposedly defensively stable squad could
surrender an equalizer in second-half stoppage time.
Colombian forward Juan Pablo Angel is in Salt Lake City with the Red Bulls and there is an
outside chance that Angel could get his work permit in time to play in tomorrow's game against Real
If Angel does get his work permit today I will post it as soon as I can. Right now it's still
unclear whether he'll get it. Even if he doesn't get it today, Angel could theoretically get the
work permit in time for the team's US Open Cup match against the LA Galaxy in Carson, California on
I sure picked a bad time to try and take a vacation (or should I say TRY to take a
The MLS Players Union has released the salaries for the 2007 season.
Red Bulls fans will find it interesting to see that Claudio Reyna will make a base salary of $1
million (actually $8 more than a million, not sure what that's about), and Juan Pablo Angel is set
to make $1.
Amado Guevara has played his last game in Major League Soccer.
Sources have confirmed for me that after balking at the chance to join four different MLS teams
that were interested in his services, Guevara is heading back to Honduras and Chivas USA and MLS
are working on selling him to a Honduran team.
Look out for a slightly more detailed story on this topic on ESPN.
Good morning folks. I'm writing you from Ft. Myers, Florida. I'm down here for a mini-vacation
this weekend and you know I couldn't go too long without a post.
With all the news taking place in MLS I figured it was a good time to have another Q&A session.
Please post your questions on here and I will provide some answers by Monday. I will be putting a
cap on the number of questions this time around because that will allow me to do these more
It's rare when you can consider a match in the first week of May as a must-win situation but
what should we make of tonight's ESPN2 match between the Revs and DC United? A loss tonight, at
home no less, would drop DC to 0-4 in a very strong Eastern Conference.
So what is wrong with DC exactly? How can a team that looked so good in the Champions Cup be
struggling so badly just weeks later?
Chivas USA officials are insisting that the stunning Amado Guevara to Toronto FC trade did not
happen, according to a report out of LA this morning.
According to the The Orange County Register, the trade reported by LA Soccer News yesterday,
which had Chivas USA unloading Guevara to Toronto FC for Paulo Nagamura and a draft pick, was an
So much for Chivas USA being a perfect fit for Amado Guevara.
According to LA Soccer News, the Goats have traded Guevara to Toronto FC for Paolo Nagamura and
an undisclosed draft pick.
My initial reaction isn't so much a "Wow" as a "this is pretty sad." On one hand you can
understand Mo Johnston being willing to pay 10 cents on the dollar for a former league MVP but
Johnston just added a clubhouse cancer to a team that's already in turmoil.
Some of you seemed to be surprised to read that I am a Manchester United fan. I need to clarify
some things as I watch the second leg Champions League semi vs. AC Milan (I won't spoil the score
Am I really a ManU fan? Not really, but I do enjoy watching them play. Whether you love them or
hate them you must agree they play good soccer.
A day after Liverpool downed Chelsea in penalty kicks to book its place in the Champions League
final we have a very promising showdown in Milan today between AC Milan and Manchester United. For
those of you who forgot, Man U won the first leg, 3-2, in Manchester. The task is simple for ManU,
win or tie. If Milan wins 1-0 then the Italians advance while a 2-1 Milan victory would force extra
time followed by penalty kicks.
Congrats to the Taurine Machine for holding onto first place for a second straight week. I
missed my chance to regain first place when I had a brain cramp and made Carlos Ruiz my captain
instead of Kevin Hartman or Eddie Johnson. RBNYCT owner Robert Koerner moved into third place.
Some of the more familiar names are starting to lock into high places in the standings,
including Metrofanatic general Brad Ostaszewski, whose Potezny Hillsborough is holding steady in
the Top 10 at No.
Here goes my take on the MLS Best XI for the past week. Among those who will NOT be on the list:
Carlos "more cards than goals" Ruiz, Nick "how much does the USL pay these days" Rimando or Amado
"if I push the ref I can leave early" Guevara.
GK- Kevin Hartman, Wizards- Two shutouts in a week not bad at all, even if they
came against Toronto FC
D- Hunter Freeman, Red Bulls- His rapid rise continues with first career MLS
For those of you who haven't seen it, here is my column in today's Herald News on Amado
I have written my share of columns critical of Guevara through the years, as well as my share of
columns praising him, but it gets tougher and tougher to give him the benefit of the doubt when he
continues to disappoint.
I know some readers commented yesterday that it is too early to judge the Guevara-for-DP trade
but it really isn't.
In my quest to find new features to add to the regular rotation I have decided to start
providing MLS Rankings each week (I'm also planning a weekly Best XI so look out for that. It
should give you guys and gals something to talk about heading into the new week.
Here are the SBI Rankings for MLS:
Red Bulls (3-0-1)- Record-setting defense and dynamic midfield leading the