I'm sure that headline might have sounded crazy before this summer but new manager Sven-Goran
Eriksson's connections and new owner Thaksin Shinawatra have combined to give City the spending
power and international pull to sign some quality players and get close to signing several
So far, Man City has acquired young Italian striker Rolando Bianchi, Bulgarian midfielder Martin
Petrov, Swiss midfielder Gelson Fernandes and former Barcelona midfielder Geovanni.
Major League Soccer upped its record in Superliga to 3-1-4 on Sunday with a DC United win
against Club America and a Houston Dynamo tie against Morelia.
That impressive record against the Mexican clubs in the competition won't change until the
semifinals as MLS teams and Mexican teams will face each other in the final stage of first-round
games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
While we keep waiting for David Beckham to play his first competitive game for the LA Galaxy,
Mexican star Cuauhtemoc Blanco made his debut for the Chicago Fire and it was a good one. He
assisted on Chicago's first goal in its 3-0 win against Toronto at BMO Field on Sunday.
Blanco flashed his passing brilliance for the Fire in helping Chicago end its five-game losing
After 16 months in charge of the Red Bulls as managing director, Marc deGrandpre will be leaving
the post and ending his short career in professional sports.
According to sources within the team, deGrandpre is being re-assigned by parent company Red Bull
to another section of the company, a move that could be the first of several in a serious front
After MLS opened the new Superliga Tournament with a 2-0-2 record against its Mexican opponents,
the boys from south of the borders responded tonight with a win as Chivas De Guadalajara beat the
Beckham-less Galaxy, 2-1, on Saturday night.
FC Dallas outplayed Mexican power Pachuca but came away with just a 1-1 draw, in part because of
a blown off-side call on what should have been a Clarence Goodson goal.
Hello all. I'm afraid I won't be posting much today. It's my son's birthday so I'll be
celebrating that with him. I'm sure I'll be posting something tonight but I'm throwing this post up
to let you guys and gals talk about anything going on in the soccer world.
As you may have read yesterday (First on SBI I might add), Freddy Adu is heading to Portugal to
seal his Benfica deal.
After hitting a snag earlier this week, Freddy Adu's transfer to Benfica is on again. According
to sources with knowledge of the situation, Adu's representatives and Benfica have agreed in
principle on a contract, with Adu set to travel to Portugal next week to complete the deal. Terms
of the contract were not available.
Adu's agent, Richard Motzkin, had turned down Benfica's original contract offer after Benfica
agreed on a $2 million transfer with MLS.
Hey folks, sorry for the lack of posts today but I've been pretty busy today.
Here is something to tide you over for those last few hours in the office, the weekend edition
I have one photo as well as a bonus photo that you can just laugh at rather than write captions
for. Just remember, when writing captions please try to keep them short and no expletives or overly
It is official. The Chicago Fire has signed Costa Rican forward Paulo Wanchope, adding him to an
attack that already includes Cuauhtemoc Blanco.
Wanchope has had his share of knee troubles through the years but he is still a quality forward
who will be an upgrade for the Fire. Will it be enough to help Chicago seriously challenge for a
Apologies to those of you have been waiting for me to post The SBI Fantasy MLS Rankings. Things
have tightened up near the top, with the top five teams separated by 140 points and teams two
through five separated by 46 points.
Hudson FC has not let go of the top spot, even though I came close to catching him before laying
an egg last week.
I'll give you folks some credit. The captions were better on Wednesday than Monday, but there
were also some very weak ones.
One thing I need to clarify is that captions are not supposed to be super long. They're also not
supposed to be quotes of the subjects in the photos but I let those slide because they're funny.
That said, some of you are writing scripts.
We have two great games tonight in Superliga. DC United is playing (and beating) Morelia while
Houston faces Club America in the best match of the first round at 10pm. Share your comments on
these matches here. I will try to do a running commentary on the Houston-America game but can't
promise it at this point.
Yes, I realize it is only July but I have to ask this question. Who is, to date, the US men's
national team player of the year?
Voting for Honda Player of the Year is about to close and I just sent in my ballot (I'm one of
about a thousand voters it seems) and really found this to be a tough year to call. Who would you
say was the best player so far?
U.S. Under-20 national team midfielder Sal Zizzo has completed a move to German club Hannover
96. Zizzo joins U.S. national team defender Steve Cherundolo at the club and joins Heath Pearce as
the second American player to make a move to the Bundesliga this summer.
Zizzo starred for the U.S. team at the Under-20 World Cup, showing flashes of brilliance on the
Hello folks. I'm watching the Galaxy-Pachuca Superliga match and realized I should have a post
up for people to comment. I should have known that members of the SBI Mafia had already taken over
another post to follow along.
Instead of posting their, post here. Follow the match here (It is scoreless at halftime). I'll
comment here and there but it won't be a running commentary (That was the plan, I'm commenting on
For those of you who hadn't seen it yet, here is my soccer column in today's Herald News. I make
the point that Cuauhtemoc Blanco could wind up having as big an impact on MLS long term as Beckham.
I started thinking about that on Sunday and you probably noticed I made it the subject of this
week's MMCB. I just wanted to write something other than the millionth Beckham column.
Just when you thought we would finally get a resolution on the Carlos Tevez transfer situation,
FIFA throws a curve ball by deciding not to make a decision on the case.
For those of you who aren't up to speed on the situation, Manchester United is set to buy Tevez
for a hefty price tag but Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian, is claiming that he owns Tevez's economic
rights, and not West Ham United, meaning he should receive the transfer funds for Tevez.
Mexican star Nery Castillo could be on his way to Manchester City. The Olympiakos striker is
linked to a move to City but reports state that he is holding out for a move to a bigger club and
is said to have contacted Chelsea and Real Madrid.
A move out of Greece is all but certain after Castillo starred for Mexico at the Gold CUp and
Copa America this summer.
Someone finally stopped the Houston Dynamo. Well, not completely stopped, but at least scored
some goals on the MLS champions.
That team was New England, which flexed its offensive muscle against the normally-stingy Dynamo.
That New England back-line still gave up goals, three to be exact, but The Revs look like the class
of the Eastern Conference right now.
When Anschutz Entertainment Group sold the MetroStars to Red Bull more than a year ago, it sold
everything but a 50 percent stake in the Harrison Stadium Project now known as Red Bull Park.
That too has been sold now.
After weeks of negotiations to buy AEG's stake, sources have confirmed that Red Bull is ready to
announce a deal that would remove AEG from a project it had been working on for seven years,
leaving Red Bull as the sole owner of the stadium, which is set to open in late 2008.
An off-season of departures continues for Arsenal, which added Swedish midfielder Freddie
Ljungberg to the list of long-time players to leave after Ljungberg joined West Ham United. West
Ham, which is enjoying a strong transfer season (The whole Tevez mess aside), adds Ljungberg to an
already impressive summer haul that includes Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy.
Sources in MLS state that a transfer to Portuguese power Benfica is on the verge of going
through. No word on the transfer amount yet but the Salt Lake Tribune reported that MLS is asking
for $7.5 million for the 18-year-old playmaker.
If Adu does leave it would signal the not so amazing Adu Era in MLS.
I'm sure you were waiting patiently for your chance to write a caption. Here it is.
Before I get to the latest installment of YWTC, let me state that I will have three You Write
the Captions this week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We'll see how that schedule works out before
making it the set routine.
Now, to the photo. We are turning to Brazilian star forward Ronaldo, who is known to the masses
for his shaved bald head.
Good morning all. As I sit here trying to recover from the hangover following David Beckham's
party last night I can't help but think about how little media coverage was given to the other star
MLS newcomer's debut this weekend.
Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the Mexican playmaker American soccer fans love to hate, made his debut for
the Chicago Fire on Sunday and it barely registered a ripple on the national media radar.
For those of you who haven't seen it, here is my story previewing today's match between the Red
Bulls and DC United. The highlights of the story are Bruce Arena saying that Claudio Reyna needs to
step up and Jozy Altidore passing up a few days off in order to be ready for DC United, which he is
on a mission to beat.
David Beckham made his debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night, coming in as a second
half substitute in the Galaxy's 1-0 exhibition loss to Chelsea.
The game had all the hype and media coverage expected back when Beckham first signed with the
league. Celebrities made their way to Home Depot Center to take in the action and paparazzi covered
every second of it.
David Beckham's first match with the LA Galaxy is at halftime and it looks as if Beckham will
actually make his debut. I tried hard to ignore the event, or at least not blog about it, but I'm
sure some of you are watching and are interested.
With that in mind I figured I could provide a forum for you to discuss the Beckham love-fest. So
talk about anything you want to relating to tonight's match.
Hello all. Apologies for the light posting the past few days but I'm back now and ready to
resume regular SBI duties. I hope some of you took advantage of the light posting to actually get
some work done at your day jobs.
I'll be heading to Giants Stadium in a short while to get the latest on tomorrow's big Eastern
Conference clash between the Red Bulls and DC United.
As you have probably heard by now, David Beckham's ankle injury is likely to keep him out of the
LA Galaxy's friendly against Chelsea on Saturday.
While this is devastating news to the fans who have shelled out big bucks for that game in part
because of Beckham's participation, what is more important to MLS is that Beckham doesn't miss
actual MLS matches.
With the All-Star Game now behind us and the real important part of the MLS season upon is, it
is time to think about what we can expect in the second half of the season.
I will be posting something for Saturday on the teams I see making the playoffs, breakout
players and potential disappointments. First, I wanted to ask you, the readers, your thoughts on
some of these issues.
Admit it, when the MLS All-Star Starting XI was announced you had some issues with the squad
That's generally what happens when you have an American soccer fanbase that can come up with so
many different views on the same players.
Steve Nicol put together a very respectable and functional starting lineup and few can complain
that the group Nicol is starting can match up well with Celtic FC, but are Nicol's choices the most
deserving based purely on performance during the first half of the MLS season?
After a summer full of tournaments and after seeing so many familiar and unfamiliar faces
donning the stars and stripes, U.S. national team fans can't help but think about what sort of
shape the national team pool is in.
The truth is the pool is strong and deeper than it has ever been. I know that may be hard to
believe after the disappointing showing at Copa America but a deeper look at the US talent pool
reveals some good quality.
There's no other way to say it as submissions keep growing with each installment of You Write
the Caption. The comedy value wasn't quite as good as Monday's photo of Ailton on a Blue Zebra but
Jose Mourinho looking like a tanned Spongebob Squarepants still produced good humor and did
generate some gems.
Sports Illustrated is reporting that San Jose will join Major League Soccer as an expansion team
in 2008. The news comes after weeks of growing speculation that San Jose was in the driver's seat
to return to the league after seeing the old Earthquakes leave San Jose after the 2005 season and
transform into the Houston Dynamo.
Inter Milan introduced two new signings on Tuesday, Chilean playmaker Luis Jiminez and Colombian
defender Nelson Rivas. The players were in Italy to train with their new club and while it is
unclear what kind of impact they will actually make on Inter's loaded roster, at least they were
real signings to go along with Honduran striker David Suazo.
Listen readers, I appreciate that you like the You Write the Caption feature but can we keep
from making every post a version of it? The caption writing has gone overboard, though some are
still very funny.
Save your good comedy for the official daily installment of YWTC. I suppose the hijacking of
this morning's Beckham post by caption writers is my fault for including that Beckham-Vagenas
David Beckham attended his first practice with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday and a swollen
left ankle kept him from participating fully. More importantly, the injury could force Beckham to
miss Saturday's friendly against Chelsea, which has long been advertised as his U.S. debut.
The slight injury has ticket sales staffs around MLS cringing at the idea of Beckham missing his
visits to their stadiums.
I thought it would be tough to make the following picture of Ailton riding a blue zebra any
funnier than it already is but several of you succeeded. Here are the best entries for Monday's You
Write the Caption.
Here's the photo:
And here are the best caption entries (so many good ones I did a Top 10):
The Colorado Rapids continued their roster overhaul by trading U.S. national team midfielder
Kyle Beckerman to Real Salt Lake for attacking midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy, sources told SBI on
I have yet to find out all the details of the deal but the deal has been completed and the two
young midfielders are definitely swapping uniforms in a move that makes sense for both teams.
Okay folks, there were a bunch of questions but I was finally able to answer them all. Again, I
don't have all the answers, and am not always right, but hopefully I can at least steer you in the
right direction and off your my opinion on all things soccer.
Here they are, your questions answered:
SCOTT (and BJR)- Do you see Freddy Adu transfering to Europe this year, which
club league would make the most sense?
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here is my ESPN.com column on David Beckham's arrival
in MLS. It is one of about 20 written on the site over the past few days. In short, I wrote that
the key to Beckham's move to MLS being a real success doesn't just depend on what Beckham does, but
also what those around him do.
Feel free to let me know if you agree or disagree with the premise.
It's the latest installment of You Write the Caption and while some previous installments relied
on the impressive comedic stylings of the SBI Mafia today I have chosen a picture that doesn't need
much help being funny. That said, I was curious to see what you all could come up with to accompany
this truly hilarious photo.
Was it really a good summer? That's what US national team fans are asking themselves after the
US Under-20 national team played the last of this summer's men's national team tournaments, leaving
fans to reflect on the Gold Cup-Copa America-Under-20 World Cup trio.
The Americans won a trophy, delivered some memorable victories and had some promising players
emerge, but there were also the disappointing losses that left some fans feeling like the summer
was a disappointment.
For those of you who didn't hear my interview with WOR Radio's Henican & White, here is my chat
with them about David Beckham's arrival in the USA. Thanks to Michael Mejido for setting up the
Obviously the interview was more of a novelty deal than anyone on that show really being into
soccer (and no, I didn't listen to the soccer-bashing yahoos who called in afterwards).
So much for the Argentina juggernaut being unbeatable.
Brazil showed once again that it has Argentina's number, knocking off the full-strength rivals
without Ronaldinho or Kaka. It didn't matter as Vagner Love, Julio Baptista and Dani Alves had
enough magic to help Brazil down Argentina, 3-0, in the Copa America final.
So how did a Brazil B team knock off such a loaded Argentine squad?
If you're a fan of Argentine soccer then today is your day.
The Argentina national team faces arch-rival Brazil in the Copa America final at 5pm on GolTV
before the Under-20 team faces Mexico in the Under-20 World Cup quarterfinals at 7pm on ESPNU. You
really can't ask for two better match-ups. In the Copa America final you have Lionel Messi against
Hello all. I wasn't planning on doing a commentary on the Red Bulls-Revs game but since I know
some of you can't see the game I'll do a smaller scale commentary, with fewer posts. Feel free to
fill in the blanks. I'll be busy writing a story during the game but will post key moments as they
Hey folks. Sorry I'm late (had to do the groceries).
The game is close to getting under way and the US team appears to have all its key players. Jozy
Altidore and Chris Seitz are in the lineup, as is Sal Zizzo. No excuses. The Americans are the
favorites and need to deliver.
Let's get it rolling. Let me know if you're here.
Here we go:
25th minute- I was right about Austria's back four being slow footed.
It is a going to be a good day to be a soccer fan.
It is the last weekend where you can get Copa America, Under-20 World Cup and MLS action all in
the same time frame. Not only do we have this triple-flavored action, the games are all high
quality and they are all televised.
Since it is officially David Beckham day I wound up doing a radio interview with WOR AM 710. The
interview is set to air at 5pm. Nothing too controversial, or anything SBI readers don't already
know, but you all can listen and tell me if you think I should be delivering my smooth sounds on a
Arsenal playmaker Cesc Fabregas helped keep millions of Arsenal fans from pondering giving up on
soccer by telling Real Madrid, 'Thanks, but no thanks.'
The Spanish playmaker rejected Real Madrid's overtures and maintained his loyalty to Arsenal,
which should buy him immeasurable good will from a fan base that was desperate not to see its two
best players leave in the same summer.
David Beckham was officially introduced as a member of the LA Galaxy on Friday as a throng of
fans and media looked in during an event that felt more like a rock concert than press
If we learned anything it is that even rock & roll and confetti can't keep press conferences
like this from being boring. There was hearing Alexi Lalas call the Galaxy the "jewel of MLS" (Not
sure what kind of jewel but I'm pretty sure QVC sells it in bulk.
I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is that there were no funny photos of either
Mexico coach Hugo Sanchez or Mexico fans. The good news is that I still found a photo you all can
write captions for.
So it may not be as funny as some previous installments, but it has potential. Here's Bayern
Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn greeting a young Bayern Munich fan.
I try not to address completely ridiculous rumors, particularly ones that originate from the UK,
but had to in this case. John Wolyniec isn't going to Celtic. The only Hoop coming close to
Wolyniec is the zero in the chances of him going there.
Nevermind the fact that Wolyniec is nowhere near close to getting a work permit (Yes, I know
some people think Staten Island people speak their own language but that doesn't make it a
For those of you wondering what was going on with the sale of the Chicago Fire, it has been
completed. The Chicago Tribune's Luis Arroyave identified the new ownership group as being Andell
Holdings. The Tribune's report, and others suggested that the sale is still in the works but
sources have confirmed that the deal is done and will be announced next week.
OK folks, I'm heading to Red Bulls practice this morning so I won't be posting regularly for a
bit. I figured I could leave you with something fun to do while I'm gone.
Before I get to the photo, I need to clarify a point regarding my recent posting about the
Lalas-Yallop feud that is simmering out in LA. Some LA fans have suggested that my sources for this
story consisted of Santino Quaranta and the chip on his shoulder.
Good morning folks. It's the day after the US Under-20 team's gutsy come from behind victory
against Uruguay AND Mexico's humiliating dismantling at the hands of Argentina in Copa America and
I know some of you are heading to work with big smiles on your faces.
Just an update on the post-game scuffle after US-Uruguay. Michael Bradley was not punched in the
Mexico's strong run at Copa America came to an end on Wednesday as Argentina's loaded roster
proved too much in a 3-0 victory in Venezuela. Gabriel Heinze, Lionel Messi and Juan Riquelme
scored the goals for Argentina.
Mexico goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez endured an especially tough night. He was slow off his line on
Heinze's goal, got beaten by a beautiful chip by Messi then dove to his right only to have Riquelme
chip a PK attempt straight down the middle to make the score 3-0.
Michael Bradley scored in overtime to give the US Under-20 national team a 2-1 victory against
Uruguay in the second round of the Under-20 World Cup in Toronto Canada.
The win places the USA into the quarterfinals against Austria, which defeated Gambia earlier on
Uruguay looked like it would come away with a victory when it scored the opening goal in the
73rd minute minute, but a late own goal tied things up for the Americans before Bradley's game
winner just a minute into the second half of overtime.
Here we are, ready for the USA-Uruguay Under-20 World Cup match. Chris Seitz is on the bench for
this one, which is a tough break, but back-up goalkeeper Brian Perk is highly regarded and the
match is still going to come down to the US attack delivering like it has been.
Will the defense step up with Seitz on the sidelines? Will Adu work some more magic?
(An SBI exclusive for about the next 10 minutes)-Just got word that US Under-20 national team
goalkeeper Chris Seitz will miss tonight's US Second round Under-20 World Cup match against Uruguay
after picking up an injury in training. Brian Perk will start in his place. Here is tonight's
Check back here for the running commentary on the match (Unless the storm in Jersey knocks out
my DirecTV, which would be BAD.
Nights like tonight are why TIVO is a gift from heaven.
There are two soccer games tonight that many American soccer fans would consider can't miss. At
7:30pm you have the US Under-20 national team facing Uruguay in the second round of the Under-20
World Cup on ESPNU. At 8:30pm you have Argentina facing Mexico in the Copa America semifinals on
GolTV (And Telefutura).
Okay folks, I had to give Hugo Sanchez a break from the caption game before any more readers
accused me of having a vendetta against the Mexico coach. So here is a non-Hugo photo that should
offer some comic relief for you people with a sense of humor.
Here's John Terry and an unidentified Chelsea player stretching during a training session in
Add Argentine defender Gabriel Milito (left in photo) to Barcelona's impressive summer transfer
haul. At least that is what Barca president Joan LaPorte would have us believe.
Milito is set to join the Spanish giants as the team's sorely-needed central defense
reinforcement, a need made more pressing by captain Carles Puyol's recent knee surgery, which will
sideline him into the new season.
David Beckham will be on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, juts two days before he is
officially introduced in LA as the Galaxy's newest player. Grant Wahl delivers a lengthy cover
story on Beckham's arrival and impact on American Soccer.
Brazil shook off a late equalizer from Uruguay and its own shakiness from the penalty spot to
beat out Uruguay in penalty kicks in the Copa American semifinals on Tuesday night. Uruguay's Diego
Lugano missed the last PK to send Brazil into the finals, where the winner of the
highly-anticipated Mexico-Argentina match will await.
Brazil missed its PK in the sixth round of kicks, leaving Uruguay with a chance to win the
match, but Uruguay missed the would-be match-winner, leaving the door open for Gilberto (not Silva)
to put Brazil ahead.
Less than a week after it was believed that Mexican midfielder Andres Guardado was heading to
PSV Eindhoven it turns out Guardado is actually going to Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna in a $9.5
million move. The fee is a record for a Mexican player.
Guardado was set to join PSV on a $6.1 million deal before Deportivo stepped in with a bid 50
Hey folks, sorry this is a few hours old but I had to get away from the computer for a bit. Here
is the 18-man roster for the MLS All-Star Game on July 19th when the All-Stars face Celtic FC in
Goalkeeper: Matt Reis (New England Revolution),
Kevin Hartman (Kansas City Wizards)
Defenders: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA),
Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Michael
Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Eddie Pope (Real Salt
Midfielders: Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo),
Dwayne De Rosario (Houston Dynamo), Christian
For those of you who didn't see them, here are my mid-season grades for the Red Bulls in today's
I'll be the first to admit that they're generous grades. I didn't set out to do that but I wound
up giving several players credit for the team's early-season success while injuries and players
being played out of position led to a good part of the recent struggles.
Okay, let me begin by saying I don't have anything against Hugo Sanchez. Really, I don't. I
think AP photographers do though because they keep delivering these hilarious photos of Hugo
Sanchez. I couldn't help but post it. I want to here some good captions for this picture. Fire away
(My suggestion is below):
Raul, if I don't get this hair done soon I'm going to freak out.
You've heard about the SBI Mafia, but what remains unknown is where all the readers are checking
in from. There have been comments from all over the US, Europe and Asia. Now it's time to get a
real sense of where everybody is.
Let's hear it. Tell me where you're from. Post your name (comment nickname if it's different)
and where you're posting from.
Good morning folks. It is shaping up to be another blazing hot day in the Northeast and it is a
relatively slow soccer day. Or is it?
The European transfer market is still as busy as ever, with Arsenal set to sign Ryan Babel and
Craig Bellamy heading to West Ham (By the way, has a player ever been better suited to a team than
Bellamy to West Ham?
We are almost at the MLS All-Star break and three teams have pulled away from the pack in the
SBI Fantasy MLS League, at least a little bit.
Hudson FC continues to top the charts, though it dropped down to 13th overall. Atletico SBI has
successfully climbed back to respectability, moving into second place and posting the sixth best
score in the entire Fantasy MLS competition for Week 14.
I regret to inform those of you waiting for some Red Bulls news that the story I was planning to
bring you won't come today (at least I don't think it will). What I can tell you is that it wasn't
trade or player acquisition related so don't go speculating. The story will surface soon
Apologies for those of you who were waiting for something juicy.
Well it's Noon on a super-hot Monday and it seems like a good time to have the latest Q&A
Let's do it. Send me your soccer-related questions and I will post my answers later this week.
Keep the questions a reasonable length and try to limit your questions to a maximum of two. Post
your questions in the comments section below:
Stop me if you've heard this before but Manchester United is on the verge of landing Argentine
striker Carlos Tevez. Alex Ferguson spoke publicly about the move and sounds confident that he'll
have Tevez in the fold for next season.
There have been no new comments from West Ham denying the move. Last week the club insisted that
no agreement had been reached with Manchester United over Tevez.
The US Under-20 national team's dream run will take it into a second round match-up against
Uruguay. That match, as well as the Spain-Brazil second round match, are the best games in a second
round that should be entertaining and unpredictable.
Can there ever be too much soccer? After a week that included Copa America, Under-20 World Cup
and MLS matches, I must admit to being a bit burned out by so many games. In a way it's a good
thing because it means there were that many matches worth watching.
The US Under-20 national team stole the show on Friday with its stunning 2-1 victory against
I'm watching the Mexico-Paraguay Copa America quarterfinal and just heard that Mexican winger
Andres Guardado will be heading to Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, where will join Mexican national
teammate Carlos Salcido.
That's a pretty big move for Guardado, one of the brightest young stars in Mexico's system. A
good question is whether that signing will hasten Lee Nguyen's departure from PSV.
The race to buy the Chicago Fire may not be a long one. Sources with knowledge of the deal have
confirmed that the ownership group led by the Bronfman family is the clear front-runner to secure
the purchase of the Chicago MLS franchise and the completion of the sale could be completed by the
All-Star Game on July 19th.
The Bronfman group, which is led by an unidentified member of the Bronfman family (which made
its fortune via the Seagram's company), was the first serious bidder for the Fire and has received
the seal approval from league officials and AEG, current owners of the Fire.
Good morning all. It is Saturday, the day after the US Under-20 team beat Brazil in a game for
the ages. Just a day after the senior US national team stumbled out of Copa America winless, the
U-20's managed to instill some new confidence into American fans who needed just two weeks to
forget about the memorable Gold Cup championship won by the US.
It is time for the big game and I want you all to follow along here. I got a bit of a late start
but want you all to join in so we can follow this game together. Share your thoughts on the game
below and I will get started on the commentary ASAP.
HALFTIME- Are people really criticizing Szetela for his first half?
Apologies for the lack of posts today but I was finishing off my next ESPN.com piece, which will
be on the best bargains and most overpaid players in MLS at the season's mid-way point. It should
definitely give people something to debate about.
I'll post a link to the story when ESPN.com posts it. Let me ask you, who do you think the most
underpaid and overpaid players in MLS are?
Okay, here it is folks, I will do a running commentary on the Red Bulls-Houston Dynamo match
tonight. We can only hope that this game is better than the U.S.-Colombia disaster I'm still
suffering through as we speak.
Here it is, the Red Bulls chance to snap their recent slide and a chance to end Houston's
eight-match unbeaten streak. Will it happen?
The Chicago Fire has hired Colombian club Millonarios head coach Juan Carlos Osorio to take over
as the third head coach in club history, sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed on Thursday.
The move comes more than two weeks after the Fire dismissed long-time coach Dave Sarachan.
The Fire offered Osorio the job a week ago and Osorio was finally able to accept on Thursday
after meeting with Millionarios officials.
Here is my MLS Best XI at this point in the season. Two guidelines I included were not having
players from the five teams currently out of the playoffs if the season ended today (Toronto,
Colorado, Chicago, LA, Real Salt Lake) and not having players who played fewer than 10 games (Angel
and Johnson are the exceptions to that rule). And remember folks, this is based purely on
performance in the season's first half, NOT on who the most talented 11 players in MLS are.
Major League Soccer is set to announce the players chosen to the mid-season MLS Best XI for the
All-Star game on July 19th in Colorado. That game will feature MLS All-Stars against Scottish
So who is your MLS Best XI for the first half of the season? I'll post mine in an hour.
For those of you too busy celebrating the 4th of July last night to know, the U.S. national team
was officially eliminated from Copa America thanks to a rather dubious scoreless draw between
Mexico and Chile. Leave it to Hugo Sanchez to send hims team out for a tie that knocks out the
American (No Hugo, that doesn't count as a win against the USA.
Just a day after Liverpool signs Fernando Torres, Manchester United is ready to pull a "We can
top that" by completing the signing of Argentine striker Carlos Tevez. Reports out of England have
the EPL champions close to finalizing a deal with West Ham for the services of the dynamic
Yes, I know, the Copa America tournament is all but over for the Americans after two losses by a
combined score of 7-2, but there is still one more game to play and there are still good storylines
even if the Americans are officially eliminated tonight.
With that in mind, who should Bob Bradley trot out to face Colombia tomorrow night? Does he
throw all the young guys out on the field, or does he go with the veterans?
Spanish striker Fernando Torres was introduced as Liverpool's newest player on Wednesday,
marking the most expensive transfer so far this summer. One of the world's best young goal scorers,
Torres gives Liverpool a perfect strike partner for Dirk Kuyt and makes Liverpool a serious
contender to title-chasers Manchester United and Chelsea.
Talk about sparing Peru some serious embarrassment. Chelsea-bound striker Claudio Pizarro
delivered two goals, including a late equalizing header, to help Peru salvage a 2-2 tie against a
fiesty Bolivia, a result that secured a second round place for Peru.
Bolivia, led by DC United Jaime Moreno and former MetroStar Joselito Vaca (yes, he's a starter
and actually looked good), held a 2-1 lead and looked good for an upset after Peru had a defender
sent off, but a late Peru cross into the area found Pizarro, who showed why he's a world-class
Freddy Adu's hat trick and Danny Szetela's stunning brace lead the Americans to a vital 6-1
thrashing of Poland in their Under-20 World Cup match in Montreal on Tuesday.
Poland opened the match with a goal just four minutes in but the U.S. team recovered and began a
complete domination of a tired Poland team that was clearly feeling the affects of its opening
match against Brazil (which Poland won despite playing most of the match a man down.
The Red Bulls have added a defender after spending a week with just four on the roster by
signing Chris Leitch. Leitch cleared waivers on Tuesday, clearing the way for return to the club he
spent three years as a starter for.
Leitch will join the team in Houston for the Red Bulls' match against the Dynamo on
The Red Bulls didn't have to give up anything to acquire Leitch because he cleared waivers,
eliminating any claims the Columbus Crew had on him.
Okay folks, since some of you don't have ESPNU and I do, I am going to try a running commentary
for today's USA-Poland match. I say try because have to negotiate with my son for the big screen in
the living room (which is usually showing Dora the Explorer and Go DIego Go at that time.)
We can get the ball rolling by getting some comments from those of you who will be following
U.S. national team goalkeeper Kasey Keller stated he would consider retirement if he can't find
a suitable deal during the summer.
Keller has struggled to find a new club since being let go by relegation-bound Borussia
Moechengladbach. Keller hasn't done much to increase his stock in recent performances for the U.S.
national team and it remains unclear whether any MLS clubs will make serious bids for the
A week after selling iconic striker Thierry Henry, Arsenal has bought a forward who will
hopefully pick up some of the slack. Brazilian born Croatian international striker Eduardo Da Silva
has been signed by the Gunners for a fee believed to be close to 7.5 million pounds.
Here are some other big transfers and good rumors to follow:
Consider Danny Szetela's time in MLS close to over.
The Clifton native and Columbus Crew midfielder opened some eyes and increased interest in his
services by scoring the U.S. Under-20 national team's lone goal in its 1-1 tie against South Korea
Currently in the last year of his original MLS contract, Szetela became free to sign a
pre-contract as of July 1st and potential suitors are beginning to line up.
My weekly Herald News column focused on Red Bulls youth prospect Matt Kassel today and while I
was working on that story I found out some rather interesting information regarding the league's
player development initatives. Here are some of the more interesting facts:
Teams will be allowed to sign a maximum of two players from their youth academies for the first
three years of the new system, up to three players in years four through six and an unlimited
number from year seven on.
So much for that potential quarterfinal rematch with Mexico.
The U.S. national team's chances of advancing in Copa America have been all but dashed after
suffering a 3-1 loss to Paraguay on Monday night. The Americans created chances and missed them,
played good defense only to make boneheaded mistakes, and basically looked just about what you
would expect a B-C team to look like.
Hello all, just giving you a heads up that I will be doing a running commentary on tonight's
game so keep an eye out for that and feel free to come aboard and offer your thoughts on the game.
It is a crucial game for the U.S. team's chances of reaching the Copa America quarterfinals (and a
potential meeting with Mexico.)
Four days after the U.S. national team's 4-1 drubbing against Argentina, Bob Bradley's squad
heads into today's match against Paraguay needing at least a tie to keep hopes alive of a second
round berth. That won't come easy against a Paraguay team that destroyed Colombia, 5-0, in its
Now Bradley must find a starting 11 to deal with a Paraguay squad that thrives on strong wing
play and steady service to Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz.
Good morning folks. If you're a soccer fan (and it's about 99 percent that you are since you're
reading this blog) then you had yourself a buffet of soccer to choose from this weekend. Between
Copa America, the Under-20 World Cup and Major League Soccer, there were games all day, every
So it's late and I'm watching this USA-South Korea match over again and I must say it is
stunning how much quicker, more determined and more creative the South Koreans were than the
Seriously, it was amazing how many times Korean players simply outran Americans. One memorable
moment saw Freddy Adu running free through the middle of the field only to be absolutely chased
down by a Korean player.