Osvaldo Alonso's story of defection from Cuba is well known in MLS circles by now. It's especially famous in his home country, where he has inspired other soccer players to follow his lead. There are now three players for the Charleston Battery who fled Cuba while on a trip to Toronto, now playing for the same club Alonso did.
If you're one of the many interested in trying out for the Sounders FC organization, now is the time to put up or shut up. Registration has opened up for the March 8th session, and you have until the day before to put your money where your mouth is.
Today, the biggest news is NO NEWS when it comes to the ongoing TV contract negotiations between MLS, U.S. Soccer, and a joint bid from ESPN and FOX TV. Talks last month pegged such a deal at $70 million per year, a step up from what MLS has been drawing recently (closer to $20 million).
Let us hope that a switch to the winter calendar isn't included in those television talks: the last few months have been especially rough in certain parts of the United States and Canada, and playing during these colder months would reduce play quality, hurt at the gates, and would probably force a heavy southern schedule for weeks at a time throughout the North East.
Black and Red United has taken a look at each of the leaked kits (which, according to MLSsoccer's Jersey Week Hype Video, appear to be on the money), and given them all grades. Those of you following along at home probably already have a pretty good idea which ones are hot, and which ones are Chicago's. (That's called playing with expectations)
Eddie Johnson has gone from being A guy to being THE guy. Now with DC United, he will be expected to shoulder more of the burden (and the cash) than he did in previous years with the Sounders.
Soccer on TV - Five to Watch
|Time||Home Team||Away Team||Competition||Station|
|10:00 AM||Napoli||Swansea||Europa League||Fox Sports 1|
|12:05 PM||Tottenham Hotspur||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||Europa League||Fox Sports 1|
|12:05 PM||Benfica||PAOK (Gspurning)||Europa League||Fox Soccer 2Go|
|12:05 PM||Trabzonspor||Juventus||Europa League||Fox Sports 2|
|4:30 PM||Newell's Old Boys||Atletico Nacional||Copa Libertadores||Fox Deportes|