Jul 31, 2012; Manchester , United Kingdom; USA forward Alex Morgan against North Korea during the women's preliminary round in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford. USA defeated North Korea 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
How about that (win/loss) against Caledonia, eh? That game was so (great/terrible). Yes, I wrote this before the game Thursday, but that doesn't make these links any less relevant. I hope.
Week 21 of 90 Plus is up, as is Kick TV's version.
The most stunning news of the week was that of the exchange between Chivas and New England, sending Sharlie Joseph to Southern California. Joseph has been the face of the Revolution for a decade, taking them to three of New England's four MLS Cup finals in a six year span (though never managing to win that final game). Now, the former Revolution captain will be tasked with earning Chivas their first playoff appearance since 2009.
Also sitting one position out of the playoffs are the Columbus Crew, who made one of the biggest moves in the club's history with the DP signing of Federico Higuain. Higuain becomes the Crew's first DP since Peruvian Andres Mendoza. In researching that fact, I came across the list of past Designated Players, which is kind of interesting.
The Whitecaps have rebuilt their starting squad, with the latest change coming yesterday with the import of British defender Andy O'Brien. O'Brien will likely play next to Jay Demerit to form one of the more notable CB tandems in the league.
DC United are five points out of first place in the East with a pair of games in hand, but they aren't resting on their laurels. They also made a transfer window signing in the 21 year old Brazillian midfielder Raphael Augusto. Jeremiah doesn't feel they have done enough.
With all this news of players on the way in, it's interesting to hear about players on the way out. Or it would be, if it wasn't a player (Landon Donovan) who is rumored to leave for Europe every offseason. Yet again, he is predicted to take his abilities to greener pastures, according to the article linked in this NBC Soccer Talk article.
The drama in Queens continues, as the league continues to push for another franchise in The Big Apple. MLS has begun to garner political support in New York, the target for which is now Flushing Meadows.
David Beckham might (MIGHT) make the trip to Seattle this Sunday, but there's a good chance that will be his last game action for over a week. Apparently being a part of the closing ceremonies for the Olympics in London is more important than fending off a Chivas team that is making improvements and in a position to surpass the Galaxy in pursuit of that final playoff slot. Which might be okay if this were the first time "Bender" was skipping out on his club for another event, but I think we all know that isn't the case.
Perhaps it is for these reasons that I get so much joy from seeing the Galaxy get demolished in a meaningless friendly. Yes, Real Madrid showed up to the Home Depot Center and showed 30,000 of their adoring fans just how much they miss Beckham in a 5-1 romp. LA's lone goal was, as predicted by Realio, "on a set piece after falling down".
Salt Lake has been having a tougher time in the Champions League since reaching the final a few years ago. On Wednesday they lost to Herediano 1-0. Toronto, on the other hand, held on to the momentum they grabbed in last year's tournament as they laid the smackdown on Aguilo of Salvador 5-1.
Manchester United is heading to the New York Stock Exchange, after launching their new listing on Monday. Unfortunately, the sale of ten percent of the club's ownership is less a sign of how well the team is doing (still the most valuable sports franchise in the world) and more a sign that the Glazer family (which bought the team in 2005) are still seriously in debt. This isn't the first time the club has been listed. If you have 16 dollars burning a hole in your pocket and have no desire to have voting rights, then do the Red Devils have a deal for you!
The US Womens National Team is making headlines both for their excellent Olympics play and for Hope Solo's occasional poor choice of words, but Grant Wahl correctly notes that there is a lot of uncertainty ready to greet these players when they get off the plane home. Here's hoping they will always have a home in Seattle. For now, they'll have to settle for winning, their latest conquest coming at the expense of Columbia in a 3-0 kicker. As for this morning's match, I'll leave you with Jon Stewart's excellent piece on Olympics "SPOILERS" fails.
Finally, our own Mauro Rosales stars in this MLS segment called "Taking the Lead"