Alright, so you guys weren't expecting a new post on here. I wasn't expecting to write one. But I
can't stay away from blogging. It's become ingrained in me. I've had reactions to certain things
over the course of the last week or so and I've felt like blogging about it but haven't had an
I'm sure a few readers out there have probably guessed what's coming.
It's time. Time to shut down Sideline Views. This blog started because I was trying to prove the
viability of soccer content that wasn't just news or commentary, but little extra bits of info here
and there. I wanted to link it to a soccer site that I was working for at the time.
Steroids is a problem that has plagued other professional American sports, most notably
But it was just a matter of time, really, until steroids made their way into MLS. On Thursday, they
did as New York players Jon Conway and Jeff Parke were slapped with fines and suspensions after
Two of the following cities will win MLS expansion teams within the next few years. These were the
seven bids submitted from groups with interest to take MLS to the following cities: Atlanta, Miami,
Montreal, Ottawa, Portland, St. Louis and Vancouver.
I know not the financial backing of these particular bids.
The United States is through to the hexagonal so tonight's game in Port-of-Spain is meaningless,
right? After all, it's not even posturing as first or second place gets you the same thing: a spot
in the hex. Standings don't improve based upon your finish in the semifinal phase, so long as you
There is a bit of a catch - you have to be LA-based, and you should have some soccer and journalism
As Jen Chang, the U.S. page editor has detailed, I've left my contributor post at espn.com. I'll
have more news on where I've landed later on, but for right now, the big news is that people who
thought, "I could write something better than that," whenever they read my articles now
gets a chance to try.
Two weeks left in the regular season and most clubs are sinking. There are four clubs worth a damn
right now (those ranked, conveniently enough 1-4), a fifth that can go either way and nine clubs
who can't get their acts together, nine clubs that vary from pathetic to uber-pathetic. And nine
clubs who still have a chance of reaching MLS Cup 08.
An outing of around 20 minutes – what are your thoughts?
I'm very happy. I'm grateful to the coach for putting me in. I thank God that things worked out for
me to come play for the U.S. I'm very happy. We won, we came out with a victory in front of our
fans. (the camera pans to a fan sign: Torres > Castillo)
What did you think this experience was going to be like?
That Galaxy breakdown I did earlier was, I should have written, was for the Galaxy to finish third
in the Western Conference. But I realized while I was writing it and as others have since pointed
out that there is actually a chance the Galaxy can finish ahead of all but three Eastern Conference
teams and claim one of the two wild-card playoff spots.
So apparently we've not countered a Galaxy post with a Chivas USA post. The Galaxy post below about
how they could get to the playoffs sparked this, so to counter that particular topic I'll offer
here how Chivas USA can get to the postseason.
They're in. Congrats. Now try and win a postseason series.
Rafa Marquez: What we were missing was a little bit of luck. We had a lot of chances and plenty of
attacks, but we didn't have the luck to help us score a goal. Considering the youth on the team, I
think we played well and showed a lot of of character.
Sven: We've got to play more quickly when we're facing opponents with the physical strength of
The U.S. game just ended, so I'm tuning in late. Mexico is trailing by one goal.
46 - Mexico with a quick shot, but it's saved by Ricketts. Jamaica comes right back and is close
with an outside shot. I can't tell who took it, though.
48 - Luis Perez sends a FK in, but Jamaica's defenders head the ball away.
Yes, I'm late again. I was actually watching, but I couldn't log on until now.
30 - Beasley! He's perfectly positioned, cutting behind the defensive line and LD spots him and
drops in a nice pass. Bease controls the ball off his chest and shoots as the goalkeeper comes out.
32 - Cuba comes right back.
This post has nothing to do with soccer. It's here because I couldn't sleep.
When I got my first LA apartment, I lived on Berendo St., right near where it intersected with 3rd.
With the rent I was paying, I didn't expect the neighborhood to be posh, but it still gave me pause
to see a heavy-set bearded man lounging on the sidewalk near the local donut shop.
Just got the new issue of MLS Magazine in the mail. This issue is all about the storied history of
Mexicans in MLS.
Wait, did I say storied? Well, let me see... there has been a long history of Mexicans in MLS as a
few high-profile players were in the league at the start. This league has seen a wide array of
high-profile Mexicans throughout its history.
We know a few things about the Western Conference. Suddenly, the conference appears tougher than
the East. There could be five playoff teams that come from the Western Conference, which seemed
completely out of the question just a month or so ago.
But Chivas USA woke up, Real Salt Lake maintained their slow-and-steady pace while FC Dallas and
Colorado also decided to try and make something out of their 2008 seasons.
As some of you know, I'm a big Dodgers fan. As such, I've been suffering for about 20 years now.
Until Saturday, in fact, I've had little to celebrate from the time Orel Hersheiser finished off
Oakland on some a fall evening in 1988 right on through to the present.
But Saturday, the Dodgers finished off the Cubs and swept the NLDS to move on to the National
League Championship series for the first time in 20 years.
I alluded to the fact that the west could send five teams to the postseason a couple of posts ago.
I actually wrote about the fact that the Western Conference is now showing more than the
Eastern Conference in my weekly PE column.
All you have to do is look at recent results to see that.
So Tristan Bowen, who was the first player the Galaxy signed to their youth development program,
could be the first player from that program to advance to the senior team. Officially, he has not
signed with the team yet, but a lot of signs point in that direction. It's likely all over but the
Back with another update on our boys south of the border, both in the top flight and second tier.
Of course, now there is quite a bit more interest with Jose Francisco Torres committing to the US.
Torres responded to his call-up to the US with his second 90-minute effort of the season... and his
Anyone up for a Crew-Dynamo MLS Cup? That only seems fair right now, the way the season is playing
out. Of course, it probably won't happen. But those are the top two teams in the rankings and
really, if they aren't 1-2 in your rankings, you must use some skewed formula that doesn't reward
teams for success.
Remember when DC United and the LA Galaxy would have solid arguments in either camp for ultimate
As recently as 2004 and 2005, both claimed the MLS title. This past weekend, losses for both sides
leave them close to missing the playoffs. The Open Cup title might provides some consolation for DC
United, but coming against a USL team in a year when so many shiny new trophies with international
prestige attached were available, it doesn't have as much luster.
Si aquí no los pelan, tienen todo el derecho de hacer valer su doble nacionalidad, y en ese
tenor, Michel Orozco y José Francisco Torres defenderán ahora con orgullo y dignidad los
colores de Estados Unidos.
If we don't give them a chance here, they have every right to use their dual nationality, and in
that vein, Michael Orozco and José Francisco Torres now defend with honor and dignity the
colors of the U.
Ok, so people aren't really crying in the streets of Mexico that they've lost Torres to the U.S.,
but they don't seem happy about it, either. Here's an article I translated from espn.deportes
- it's a little vague on sources and light on quotes, but one definitely gets the sense that some
people feel Eriksson really dropped the ball on this one.
GK: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Troy Perkins
D: Carlos Bocanegra, Danny Califf, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Frankie Hejduk, Oguchi Onyweu,
Michael Orozco, Heath Pearce
M: Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, Danny Szetela, Jose
F: Jozy Altidore, Brian Ching, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan
By now, you've probably heard that Jose Francisco Torres has decided to play with the US national
team. Torres was among the 23 players called into camp by Bob Bradley ahead of the next pair of
World Cup qualifiers. Actually, he'll be with the US for the match against Cuba on Oct. 11 and, my
guess, he'll be part of the team that goes to Trinidad should the US take care of business at RFK.
Somehow, I didn't think an article about soccer and Princeton alumni could mention Bradley, but not
After all, Bob Bradley has to be their most famous soccer-related alum, no? Ok, maybe Jesse Marsch
or Grant Wahl are up there as well, but it's a pretty big deal to be the head coach of the national
When DC was in town, I was chatting with one of their associates about their recent losses. They
weren't in full panic mode yet, but the signs weren't looking good. We talked about how the end of
the season could wear teams down, especially if they had to play extra games.
I shared my theory that it was unfair for MLS teams to be involved in international competition
like the CONCACAF Champions League without some sort of assistance to handle the extra burden.