Where were you? Can finally be answered with "I was there." That’s what this game means for Seattle and the people of the Sound. I was there. Not "I listened." Not "I watched." I was there. We were there. People with diverse backgrounds and passions will come together for the Red, the White and the Blue. Thanks for coming to the game with me.Me at SoundersFC.com, please read the whole thing
Riccardo Grittini, one of the men who yelled monkey chants at Boateng, stands with me in the town square of Corbetta. The search for understanding begins here, half an hour from downtown Milan, with a guy who looks like the second piccolo in a high school band. I don't know what I was expecting. Horns? He's 22 going on 16. Newspapers ran Grittini's photo back in January, but his head shot looks older than his face. I can't picture him looking at another human being and screaming: Oo -- oo -- oo -- oo. What could possibly have made that seem like a good idea?A long form on Italy's racism in soccer by Wright Thompson for ESPN (illustrated by Roberto Parada). I highly recommend everyone check this out, as it is going to continue to be an issue and the more knowledge we have of the problem, the better.
So the Sounders will be exhausted and facing a team that just got its coach fired. It's a trap game on the bottom of a teeter-totter. So that's exciting?Guardian Weekly Preview
I suspect this is one of those rare trades where both teams improved.Armchair Analyst: Robbie Rogers for Mike Magee? Everybody wins this one | MLSsoccer.com One of those trades where everyone wins. In fact the Fire turned Oduro into Magee and Duka, that's good roster management.
"I think there's a good chance he'll be in the 18," Vermes said. "But if you're asking if he's starting, I'm telling you no."per MLSSoccer.com and KC Coach Peter Vermes
Seattle Sounders U18 forward Jordan Morris contributed three assists during the 90-minute outing while showcasing a deft touch and an elusive bit of speed in open space. Morris started the game with the Red team where he assisted on both of the goals in the opening half. Midway through the second half, Morris switched to the Blue team where he provided the assist on the final goal of the game.Garcia, Morris impress at U20 scrimmage | Club Soccer News | Youth Soccer News
Transcript: MLS Cup Don Garber halftime Max Bretos And it is our honor to be joined by the Commissioner of Major League Soccer... Don Garber Gentlemen. Alexi Lalas Looking good! MB ...Don Garber! Kasey Keller (lol @ AL) DG And I use that loosely! AL (smh @ DG) KK (lol kmn) MB (lol don't interrupt me assholes) MB Of course Don, has to be asked a big question heading into this MLS Cup, final game for David Beckham, how do you look back at his time here? DG You know as a great success for him and for us Max, you know he came in said, he wanted to help build the league and the sport, that has happened, he wanted to win championships, he's been in 3 championship games, won one, so overall it was a great success. KK So Commissioner there's been a little bit of a trend of a little bit more... maybe Latin influence and the idea of this kind of super fun that we'll go out and buy all the young players out of Central America, is there a trend of maybe going away from the American player a little bit more? DG No not, not in any way Kasey, I mean at the end of the day this league has always been a mix of International players called from Europe, a bunch of players from this region, Central America and the Caribbean, and then the core of our rosters are American players, we're going to invest deeply in those American players, particularly in our Academy programs, allow our clubs more flexibility in retaining some of those American players but we've got to find ways to get that mix to continue, and that mix has really been working, look at where the league is today AL Commissioner speaking of American players or Canadian players, I got a lot of questions on Twitter about the influence of you, the league, on the individual clubs, and when you talk about DPs, guys like Tim Cahill making 3.5, Kenny Miller making 1.2, Kris Boyd making 1.5, and then you look at a guy like Graham Zusi or Chris Wondolowski who may not have the international cache, would you support the individual teams making those types of players designated players and paying them millions of dollars, if so why or why not? DG Well Again Landon's a designated player, well Landon's an American player, I think when Graham gets renewed, I hope, we'll be able to do whatever we can to try to retain him, and that includes paying him lots of money above our maximum, we'll have to do that, we tried to do that with Stuart Holden and we weren't able to achieve that, so I think it's less about passports, it's more about what's the market, what do we need to do to ensure that we're going to get the right players on the field, and try to find a way to have a product that people care about Alexi, and I think it actually is working pretty well. AL Is the international market you're talking about, or domestically how they're doing in MLS, that's more important? DG Well you know any market is about what people's opportunities are, whether it's you guys whether you're going to work here or someplace else, or a soccer player or a Commissioner, so we tend to be in a position where we're going to pay what we need to pay in order to retain the services of a player or find a player to have him come play here, and there's a US based market for most of the American players if they're going to go overseas we've got to pay them what they're going to get overseas or they're not going to resign with us MB Commissioner we opened up the questions to the fans we have the boot room on a hash tag (#FCBootRoom) I have a double barrel question here from jschar87 one question how many teams are too many in MLS and will we see relegation promotion in the foreseeable future? AL Oh there it is! DG I don't know that how many are too many, we're trying to get our 20th team in NY, you guys are familiar with that, this is a big country, there's 350 million people, 3 times zones, at some point there will be a lot more teams than there are today, by the way more jobs for everybody, and I think more popularity for our league, promotion relegation at some point Max, how great would it be, separate us from all the other leagues (American?), but we need to have vibrant second divisions, we need to have a more mature market, until that happens I don't see it happening. MB Great developments though certainly in 2012 another banner year for MLS and we look forward to 2013 and we thank you for your time Commissioner. DG Thank you guys, it's great, appreciate it. KK (nods a couple times to DG) AL (head nods to DG once so vigorously it's practically a bow)
Zero Cool, LA Riot Squad, Los Angeles: We did what I predicted we would do: dismantle, dishearten and destroy the Seattle Sounders. They should put all their efforts into winning the USOC every year because the MLS Cup is a title a bit out of their reach. A prestigious title belongs in more deserving hands. This series is over.MLS Cup: Sounders vs Galaxy, United vs Dynamo - fan previews | Football | guardian.co.uk This was in the fan preview in which I took part. I hate LA more now
When you watch game after game and one guy is clearly so much better than everybody else, that’s an MVP case of its own. Does it need more support? Absolutely. That’s where the details, stats, and results come into play. But when you watch Fredy Montero play, there’s no doubt this guy is one of Major League Soccer’s elites.Kicking the can on Fredy Montero’s MVP case | ProSoccerTalk Number one in the MVP list is certainly Wondo. But Montero belongs in the discussion.
"I know right now I’m a little bit aways from [playing with the first team], but I’m ready whenever the coach calls my number," said Estrada, who was sporting a bit of a black eye after being hit with a ball. "I felt good for 45 minutes so I know now it’s not realistically as a starter, but as a sub. For that I know I’m ready."Estrada goes 45 minutes for Sounders in Reserve League | MLSsoccer.com Oshan's latest is on Estrada's return to playing time. Estrada said he could be a sub again soon.