Perhaps no player in recent MLS history has stirred up more emotions in fans than the Swedish
superstar, Freddie Ljungberg. Freddie inspires awe, confusion, respect, disgust, and makes us ask
ourselves many questions.
Is he the poor man's David Beckham?
Is he the unlikeable David Beckham?
Word has now spread that USMNT coach Bob Bradley will be including 20 rising MLS stars in his 24
man January camp. Aimed at preparing the Nats for their coming friendly against Chile, the camp is
the first to have such a heavy MLS presence. As could be expected with such an announcement, the
MLS blogsphere immediately erupted with praise and assertions that this reflects an improving
Among all the fanfare leading up to Stage 2 of the Re- Entry Draft and the various predictions
made as to who would lay claim to whom, we have overlooked one vital question: what difference does
The bottom line is that, while there may be some big names on the list of players available for
signing, the Re- Entry Draft is, by definition, a way of allowing players who have been waived by
their teams or whose contracts weren't renewed a way back into the league.
Kansas City's coach Peter Vermes announced on Wednesday that, despite conflicts with three
potential players, his club used all twelve of its discovery claims on Monday. As it continues
discussions with various players, the club has continued to scout in Europe, the Caribbean, and the
A fascinating interview in today's Herlad Scotland showed why Alexei Lalas just may be the best
ambassador for US soccer today. Whenever Lalas speaks you get a real sense of his passion and love
for not only the USMNT, but also the MLS and the growing passion for the game in our country.
A few highlights from the article include:
- After bragging about the success of Maurice Edu, Stuart Holden and Clint Dempsey, Lalas was
asked who might be next to leave MLS and thrive in Europe.
Round One of the Re-Entry draft ended with only two of the 35 eligible players being signed to a
club. Looks like we're going to have to wait until next Wednesday to see the fates of JPA,
Schelotto, and Hejduk, among the 30 other players available.
Until then, we can discuss the two who were chosen: Joseph Ngwenya and Aaron Hohlbein.
On Wednesday, one of the many brainchildren of our new CBA will come to fruition in the form of
MLS's first ever Re-Entry Draft. Aimed at increasing player movement and affording players more job
security, the proccess essentially serves to keep players who have been waived or have not had
their contracts renewed employed.
He's said it at the Supporters' Summit and regarding the 2022 World Cup;Don Garber intends for
our league to be not just a great league, but one of the best in the world. Is it possible?
Let's be straight with it: Sure, this is possible, but it'll take time. Until we see Garber's plans
for this, we can only assume the timetable which we assume the league will follow now: a slow
ascent with an eventual breakthrough into the American mainstream.