This isn't the kind of Reign news I want to be covering in this space. Hope Solo will be in court today to stand trial in the alleged assault of her sister and nephew. But... at least CNN mentioned that she plays for the Seattle Reign? There's no such thing as bad publicity? *sigh* Best wishes to her family, as well as the Reign family in this tough time. (Haley Kopmeyer filled in for Solo in the team's 2-1 victory over Western New York Flash)
The Times caught up with Sigi Schmid ahead of Tuesday's Open Cup match, and he shed some light on what the game may look like. He seems to believe that the San Jose Earthquakes will come out with a starting eleven, due to their current languish near the bottom of the Western Conference. Sigi also expressed concern about the condition of Starfire's FieldTurf, a feeling we heard expressed last week as well. On a positive note, Osvaldo Alonso is reportedly back to full speed after being given a few weeks to recuperate. Alonso has reportedly been playing with nagging injuries for much of the season.
For a coach who talks so much smack about Major League Soccer, Jurgen Klinsmann sure utilizes a lot of players from the American domestic league. USA Today published comments from MLS commissioner Don Garber who finds it odd that Klinsmann thinks so little of MLS, which has supplied the US National Team with the vast majority of their current talent (from Tim Howard to Clint Dempsey and beyond.)
You can't both be responsible for the failure of the national team and then not be given credit for the success
Say what you want about the "retirement league" label that some fans of the European game like to throw at MLS, but getting big names puts butts in the seats. It worked for the LA Galaxy, boosting attendance to levels unseen at that point. It probably worked for the Sounders; starting out with Kasey Keller and Fredy Ljungberg likely brought a lot of EPL fans into the fold from day one. So having the likes of Kaka and David Villa joining the league (and with expansion teams to boot) will likely help both Orlando City and New York City get off the ground and achieve high altitudes (or at least as far as their temporary grounds can carry them).
Speaking of attendance, one club that could use a boost is Chivas USA. Last year was pretty terri-bad, but this season has seen an additional 8.5% decrease, and even that is probably kind considering the number of bodies that appear to actually be in the stadium on gameday. A rebrand and a Chicarito would go a long way towards turning that Chivas train around.
The league's marketing campaign featuring their World Cup stars as superheroes has supposedly reached over 40 million people, a staggering number especially when put next to the figures for Nike's ad featuring a world-class cast.
The Portland Timbers have gone 3-1-1 in their last five matches, a figure that can either be attributed to poor competition (Chivas, New York, depleted Salt Lake) or the arrival of big-bodied striker Fanendo Adi (or perhaps both.) Last week, his classiness Merritt Paulson strongly hinted that the club would be signing Adi to a more permanent deal, replacing the previous loan agreement.
Tim Cahill's international career is over, and perhaps his club football abroad may be ending as well. Reports out of Australia have Sydney FC pursuing a return home for the Aussie hero.
Last October, Atlanta-area college soccer star Erin Holt was hit by a drunk driver and put into a coma for a month. She is still attempting to recover from massive brain damage, and today her mobility is drastically limited. The Atlanta Silverbacks are running a fundraiser for her and signing her to a one-day contract in order to try and help her recovery.