I am so ready for the season to start it's not even funny.
Due to injuries and illness to three members of the USMNT, Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called up Brek Shea and Sacha Kljestan to replace Timmy Chandler (Hamstring), Jose Fransico Torres (Hamstring) and Landon Donovan (Bronchitis). Dovovan missed his last match of his loan stint with Everton and has been back in the states for a week and has yet to train with the LA Galaxy.
"We hope by the end of next week he’s feeling better so he’s ready to play in Canada and for our home opener," LA head coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the team's Desert Diamond Cup win over Real Salt Lake in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday.
While it may only be preseason - former Seattle Sounders foward Mike Fucito scored his first goal as a member of the Montreal Impact in a match vs Sporting Kansas City. His goal was assisted by Andrew Wenger in the 37th minute, they would go on to play to a 1-1 draw.
Highlights of the match and Mike's goal, after the jump.
And it looks as though he'll be wearing #26 for the Impact.
On Saturday before they headed to Portland for a pre-season tournament, Chivas USA released forward Chris Cortez. Cortez found himself farther down the depth chart and Chivas decided that he wasn't progressing as they would have hoped and with other options it was time for a change.
"We had a lot of high hopes for Chris when he came in," Chivas coach Robin Fraser told ESPN Los Angeles on Sunday morning. "He's a big, strong man who hits the ball extremely hard. We certainly expected him to develop quite a bit, and while he's come along, probably not as quickly as we would have needed him to."
Former New York Red Bulls defender and US International Tim Ream made his first Premier League start for the Bolton Wanderers as they took on Chelsea at Stamford bridge. While his side lost 3-0, Ream held his own against the likes of Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge.
"Luis is a talented and experienced left back, and his presence will strengthen our defense," said Rapids technical director Paul Bravo. "We’ve had a chance to see how he fits into the team throughout preseason, and we’re excited to officially add him to the club."
The city of Tucson, Arizona would like to be the spring training home of Major League Soccer. At one time, Major League Baseball was the it thing for spring training but the last two teams that trained in Tuscson moved on to greener pastures. Chris Keeney is the CEO of A3 Sports Consulting out of Texas and thinks it's a viable idea.
"In Tucson, we're the story," says Keeney, CEO of Texas-based A3 Sports Consulting and a managing partner of FC Tucson, a two-year-old semipro soccer team. "This is the opportunity. It can just get bigger. And MLS likes that idea — of being the focal point, being the destination."
This isn't quite a slam dunk.
MLS has several hurdles that Keeney and his group will need to jump through to make this a reality. They would need to convert several temporary pitches that had been set up into permanent pitches, according to Dan Courtemanche MLS's Executive VP of Communications.
"For us to seriously consider Tucson for a permanent training site," Courtemanche says, "they would need to be able to convert those temporary fields into permanent world-class soccer pitches."