I hate to start these things on a down note, but today I feel I have too. As most know, Wednesday in Port Said Egypt a riot broke out at a Egyptian Premier League match. At the least 74 people lost their lives midweek and hundreds were injured after a match between Al-Masry and Al-Ahly.
Former USMNT boss and current Egyptian National Team coach Bob Bradley watched the events unfold on TV as he was getting ready to attend another match that day.
Yesterday Bradley and his wife marched in Cairo, protesting the violence and in support of the victims.
"When a tragedy like this occurs," he said, "it’s important to show respect."
"First and foremost, we think about the families," he added. "And now all sorts of questions come up because there’s more to the situation. For the most part, everyone sees this as more than just fan violence at a football match."
Bradley is also unsure how this will effect the Egyptian National team, and the league itself.
In the moment, there are questions about what will happen with the league and decisions will be made: Will it continue? Will it be cancelled? Will they play with no fans in the stadium? All of these things would clearly impact the situation for the national team."
Remember when I reported on the taxes that the New York Red Bulls owe the city of Harrison New Jersey? Well there was finally a ruling on the case. A judge has ordered the Red Bulls organization to cough up the $3.7 million in taxes and interest. The ruling rejected the notion that Red Bull Arena was tax exempt. Of course the Red Bulls organization isn't going to take this one lying down.
"We respect the ruling of the judge and will continue to exercise our rights appealing the decision on several fronts," Red Bulls spokesman Jurgen Mainka said in a statement to the Journal.
Stay classy Red Bulls, stay classy.
With all the changes going on with the Philadelphia Union, they're in need of a new skipper. So, for the second time in three years Danny Califf will once again don the captains armband. Califf will also be looking at midfielder Brian Carroll to help with the leadership, as he and Califf are the only two players over the age of 27 that are left on the squad from just a year ago.
"In any sport, there’s always a period of the season when things hit the skids a little bit," Califf said. "It’s those times when you need guys who don’t get all panicked and that know you’ll be able to right the ship at some point. That’s gonna fall a lot on Brian and I, but hopefully in the near future we can add a couple of guys who will make it a little bit easier on us."
The Colorado Rapids have given a huge vote of confidence to Technical Director Paul Bravo (who's been with the team since 2009) by giving him a three year contract extension this according to the teams official website.
"Paul has done great things at this club, both as a player and in his current role as Technical Director," said Rapids President Tim Hinchey. "His work helped us earn our first championship, he’s established our youth academy as one of the top in the country, and he conducted an excellent coaching search that led us to Oscar Pareja. We’re pleased to have him on board for at least the next three seasons."
Gary Smith could not be reached for comment.
It seems every time they turn around the Montreal Impact are getting the cold shoulder from players. This time from 27 year old Swiss goal keeper Johnny Leoni. Currently he plays for FC Zurich and when his contract expires he will be headed to Cyprus side Omonia Nicosia. Leoni said that he was too young to try a challenge outside of Europe.
The San Jose Earthquakes have added to their midfield with Colombian play maker Tressor Moreno. The hope is that as a legit threat Moreno can make the Quakes offense a little less predictable than last season.
Here's what Coach Frank Yallop had to say about his newest signing.
"He sees the game differently," coach Frank Yallop said from Tucson, Ariz., where the team is training. "He's exactly what we were missing a little bit."