After some time away due to School I am back to relaunch Stars and Strikes just in time for the world cup. I am hoping to be able to bring back all of the old readers since we had some real good conversations going. Anyone who has requests or advice let me know and I will try and make this site as good as it was before if not better.
Tag Archives: MLS
So in what is already a very tumultuous relationship with David Beckham, the LA Galaxy and MLS, England National Team Coach is now saying he will not include Beckham on the World Cup squad unless he leaves the MLS. Per ESPN:
“Beckham knows well that if he doesn’t return to a big European championship in December he’ll have no chance for the World Cup,” Capello was quoted as saying by Monday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.”
This is blatant disrespect for the MLS and it actually offends me. I’m not going to argue that the MLS is better than playing for AC Milan… its not, but that he makes its seem like because Beckham is in the US hes not even playing soccer is just wrong. I know he was leaving as soon as he could no matter what, but I really want Beckham’s leaving of the MLS to be a good one, to help grow the league and get other big name players over here, but this really doesn’t help. At least he has an excuse now. I’ve never had much respect for the England National team, for all the supposed superstars they never do anything, but now I’m very much against them and their blatant anti-American bias. Its almost like they fear the US becoming a real soccer threat and don’t want us to beat them at another thing after that Revolutionary War…
Last night Landon Donovan scored an incredible goal vs the NE Revs:
He really seems to be on his form right now and I think he has been incredible this summer. Also, a little unrelated but, dosen’t it seem like Landon Donovan never misses a PK. In the MLS all-star game and then Confed Cup he had them and I never even considered that he would miss. He treats it like a free throw in basketball and hits with the same accuracy. Could he be the best in the world at the PK?
NEW YORK — New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol was suspended one game and fined $1,000 for conduct during the game against Toronto FC.
MLS made the announcement on Saturday, saying Nicol will miss the game that day against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The fine and suspension are in addition to the automatic $500 fine and one-game suspension received for a coach’s dismissal from a match. Nicol was dismissed in the Revolution’s 1-1 tie against Toronto on Aug. 1.
He will serve the other game suspension on Aug. 20 against the Seattle Sounders FC.
So two games and $1500, but niether should affect the team very much as its just the coach. Maybe this can bring some publicity to the MLS…
David Beckham has an option to buy an MLS team in his contract and today said that he is interested says ESPN:
“Asked on Friday what he would do next, Beckham said he was “definitely interested” in becoming a Major League Soccer owner. He couldn’t say for sure whether he would play for the team as well.”
Hopefully he does this and uses his connections to bring over some more stars to the MLS.
UPDATE: 5-1 Final for Real Madrid on Raul goals in 13th and 25th min, Ronaldo goal in the 19th min, Benzema goal in 66th min, and Robben in 86th min! Alonso subbed in for Ronaldo at 62nd min. Toronto goal in 76th min by Gala.
Real Madrid may be debuting their new star studded lineup in the MLS on ESPN tonight:
“According to AS, Madrid and Pellegrini are not obliged by the contract of their tour to field all their megastar signings but the Chilean trainer nevertheless is expected to summon, for the first time, the Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema attacking trident.
However, “El Ingeniero” would not guarantee who will be playing when he simply said during a press conference that there’s a “big possibility” Kaka and Xabi will debut as a Blanco in Friday’s friendly against Toronto FC.”
Vincenzo Bernardo, a 19 year old striker has left Napoli of Serie A in Italy and is reported by ESPN to want to join the MLS. A star on the American U-20 team Bernardo has trained with the first team at Napoli but only saw action with the youth squad. If he returns to the MLS via the MLS allocation policy Dallas will have the first chance to sign him, followed by Colorado, and then Kansas City. He came up with the Red Bulls youth system and is from New Jersey.
Hopefully this is a good sign that he is commited to the US National team unlike another Italian-American, *cough* Rossi *cough*, becasue he is one of the stars of the future who could make an impact quite soon.
Mexico National Team Coach Javier Aguirre believe that the US will face more logistical problems than Mexico because the US team has more players currently in Europe than Mexico does reports Yahoo:
“They’ll have many more problems (the US). The Americans have 14 players in Europe and they’re not going to start training as a complete team, but it’s the same for everyone. Honduras and Costa Rica have to deal with the same thing,” said Aguirre in a press conference.”
Mexico has already recalled 12 of their 20 players to prepare for the game on the 12th while the rest will arrive when first available.
It seems to me that the US team has spent all summer together and does not need too much time to reconnect and practice together to prepare for the 12th. I’d rather have the players in Europe as long as possible to get them in as good of standing with their team as possible. The better they do for their club teams, the more Europe will respect and thus employ American players, and the better our system will get. Hopefully this improvement will filter back to the MLS in time, and we wont need to send our players overseas to get the best competition but for now it’s alright.
Dallas beat Houston by the score of 1-0 thanks to a Jeff Cunningham goal in the 20th min. Cunningham who scored 4 goals vs Kansas City last week now has 8 goal in his last five games and 9 in total to jump up to a tie for second in the league. He also missed a PK in the game that could have added to his total. Cunningham is originally from Jamaica and played briefly for the Jamaican National Team before becomming a US citizen and making a few appearances for the US team. He is 32 years old so hes not too likely to rejoin the National Team but if he keeps scoring like this its still possible. He has 113 MLS career goals, third all time.
Brian Ching left the game at halftime with “fatigue” but it seems not to be much of an issue, as he was just being given rest, due to his extra play with the National Team. Dallas Captain Pablo Ricchetti will miss the teams next game after receiveing a yellow card, his fifth of the season.
Stuart Holden just updated his blog and it is filled with insight on the big last few weeks for him. He talks about his time in the Gold Cup where he was extremely impressive, and discusses the forgettable 5-0 final loss to Mexico.
He also recaps his time on the MLS All Star Game vs Everton saying:
“I was happy with my output as I had an assist for both teams! And before you ask, I don’t really know what I was thinking on the first pass!! Haha!”
He then goes on to talk about Scoring for Houston on his Birthday. Check out his blog Shootin’ it with Stu, and see him tonight vs Dallas.
Personally I thought that Holden looked totally in control during the Gold Cup and a huge level above all the other players on the field (excluding the final when no one looked very good). I think he could make a positive impact on the National team if he is givin the chance.