In this special edition of Off The Bench, Luke Lohr moderates a panel of experts as they discuss the implications and talking points of Major League Soccer's 20th team: New York City FC. Rob Stone of FOX Soccer, Alexi Lalas of ESPN and Big Head, Red Head podcast, Jimmy Conrad of KickTV and the American Soccer Spectacular, and Pedro Gomes participate in a 'digital roundtable' on what NYCFC means for the Red Bulls, the fans of the game and the league overall.
"Apu living with the Simpsons?! It happened." -- Troy McClure, The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular *** Most Hollywood actors have their dirty little secrets on their IMDB pages. It's doubtful Tom Hanks is too proud of his starring role in the 1982 made-for-tv movie, "Mazes and Monsters." (I would be.
Bukowski's Tavern in Boston is joined at the hip with a parking garage, has a few bar seats and sits no more than 10 tables I'm being generous and hides from any sort of attention by being inconveniently located on a side street.
Talk about Sunday's refereeing disaster continues across the league. Hackworth says DC game had
plenty of "teachable moments." Valdes named to PST Team of the Week. MLS ranked 8th in the world
for pro soccer attendance. Mexico v USA top primetime broadcast. More news.
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There was plenty to talk about with the MLS All-Star game last night as MLS defeated Chelsea 3-2.
But just as intriguing as the victory was the interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber at
halftime. Halftime interviews can be a waste of time, but kudos to the cast of ESPN, specifically
Kasey Keller and Alexi Lalas, for asking some tough and direct questions.
Team GB might have damaged their Olympic medal hopes by omitting David Beckham, reckons the man who
helped to take him to the USA. Former LA Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas told OTP that Becks
could have played a vital role for Stuart Pearce's side and thinks it was a mistake to leave him
The latest episode of "Off The Bench" is live with some good times ahead. In this episode Luke Lohr
and Pedro Gomes discuss Week 20 of Major League Soccer action, Tim Cahill's transfer to New York
and what NASL's San Antonio Scorpions are doing with Jeff Cunningham. Guest Alexi Lalas joins Luke
to talk about what the AT&T MLS All-Star Match means to MLS and just how they match up against
Chelsea take on an MLS All-Stars side in Philadelphia on Wednesday. As is customary in American
sports, a rag-tag bunch of representatives from the league will come together for one night only.
And on this occasion they'll be facing the reigning European champions. OTP doesn't profess to be
expert on all matters MLS we [.
Reports & reaction from the Union's dominating win over Toronto. A candid Adu on what he needs to
do. Nowak tells Polish press if the national team needs him, "I'm available." Ocean City clinches
PDL playoff spot, another thumping win for Reading, while Harrisburg fights back for a 4 point
weekend. More news.
Their Words "Players in comfort zones, players understanding what they're doing, knowing their role
and knowing their job. The beauty about it is everybody knows what your job is, and if you don't do
it, you get told. It's football." Toronto coach Paul Mariner. Other Sources Alexi Lalas Has No
Regrets About Bringing David Beckham to Major League Soccer - from NESN's Marcus Kwesi O'Mard: "It
really informed me in a way that I hadn't.
John Hackworth noted at Wednesday's press conference that the Union will play eight games
between Saturday's match in Houston and the New England game on July 29, a rate of a game about
every four days. Saying, "It's all about managing our guys wisely," Hackworth acknowledged, "It's
going to be a challenge.
After losing their first match of the final round of World Cup qualifying to Honduras, the US need a win against Costa Rica to improve moral and banish grumblings of discontent within the team. That task was complicated a bit by the weather conditions in Colorado though, as a snow storm hit before the match that covered the pitch in white powder.
Freddy Adu's contract situation was quite one sided, in favor of the Philadelphia Union's front office, until the player spoke out through Alexi Lalas on ESPN's broadcast of the Portland Timbers-New York Red Bull. Through a statement released to ESPN, Adu detailed, tersely, his desire to return to the field and play in MLS, whether with the Union or a different team.
During last night's Portland Timbers 2013 home opener against the New York Red Bulls half time, ESPN analysts Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas had a lightning round segment where the former asked questions and the latter answered them.
Lalas discussed Chivas USA's controversial player acquisition and transfer plans, Portland's defense and other topics, including Freddy Adu.
Pedro Gomes and Luke Lohr host two very special guests to talk about the changing scope of North American soccer talent. Alexi Lalas (ESPN) offers his perspectives on why some players excel and some go bust after the SuperDraft. Head Coach of the Carolina RailHawks Colin Clarke also joins to talk about the importance of the ever-growing second division and why development of players is improving year over year.
Back in the dark ages of US Soccer after the fall of the NASL there were several players who
would help pull American soccer out of a multi-decade funk. For all the style and glamour of the
original NASL, it didn't directly contribute to national team success. A handful of players that
were responsible for that are in town this week to see how different things can be in two
With the first round in the books, the New England Revolution are ready to feast upon the remaining second-round talent. With three picks in the round, they have a chance to cast a wide net and hopefully pull in at least one meaningful contributor in the round.
With their first pick in the second round, pick 21, the Revs took Donnie Smith, a midfielder/forward out of UNC-Charlotte.
The New York Red Bulls are the final team in MLS with a coaching vacancy to fill this off-season, but sources tell SBI they have settled on the top two men in their staff and it is two coaches recently linked to the club.
The Red Bulls will name Paulo Sousa head coach as early as this week, sources confirmed to SBI on Monday.
Soccer-lite. That sums up the US men's national team performance against Jamaica yesterday. As
if the players had been sinking Bud Light while the Jamaicans were hitting the hooch. The US
performance was thin and weak. And it is time for coach Jurgen Klinsmann to flush it away before it
is too late.
In the past few weeks or so, the buzz around Sporting KC has grown. The team has really been able to grab a share of the local media and fan interest while at the same time getting national attention for their play on the field that has seen them finish on top of the Eastern Conference in the regular season each of the last two seasons.
This week on Radio Cuju with Josh away, we're joined by Alexi Lalas to discuss a wide variety of exciting football related topics. We review the latest EPL action, Gigi Becali's latestnonsenseand brothels. We also go in-depth about Sergio Aguero's comments about the treatment of foreign players by referees in the EPL and a really greatdiscussionof simulation's place in the modern game.
We all knew this was coming after his performance in the Olympics in London, but now rumors are
starting to slowly come out about clubs that are interested in acquiring the services of Sporting
KC midfielder, Roger Espinoza. Today during half time of the Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy game on
ESPN2, Alexi Lalas said that he'd spoken with Espinoza's agent and that the Honduran has offers
from 2 EPL side and some La Liga sides as well.
In a recent podcast for Grantland, Roger Bennett and Roger Davies reflected on MLS's current fortunes. After nearly two decades, they argued, the league had made it through the leanest years intact, financially healthy, and ready to expand its market share. Indeed, soccer remains one of the nation's most popular youth sports and perhaps more importantly, among 17 – 24 year olds, as was widely reported last year, soccer ranks second just behind American football in popularity.
Have you ever been so stricken with how amazing football, futbol and soccer can be? The beautiful game means a thousand things to a thousand different people. Here's a quick sample of how important it is to some. Let us know why you love the beautiful game in the comments below or on twitter.
Luke Lohr@MLSReserves I love that children can emulate their heroes on the street with only a ball and that players can watch the game like any fan.
On the latest Capital Soccer Show, Sebastian Salazar and I recap D.C. United's sloppy 1-0 victory over Toronto FC over the weekend.
Then, I'm joined by former Houston Dynamo (and current Stoke City) defender Geoff Cameron to get his thoughts on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, Jurgen Klinsmann's roster selections, and life in England.
On this convening of the round table Zach, Ryan and Jeremiah are joined by the one and only Alexi Lalas. With this legend of American soccer at our disposal for an episode what do we do? Talk about beards...and a little about Thierry Henry's suspension and the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
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Hackworth says tonight's game against the Crew is huge, believes Jack McInerney is the key to the
Union getting goals on the scoreboard. Previews and power rankings. More on Freddy. With Perlaza
gone, Nowak's Mwanga deal means Union got nothing. River Cup raised $30k. More news.