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Gold Cup Semi-finals – Would it be glory or defeat for the USMNT

In rain soaked conditions in Chicago, at Soldier Field.  The CONCACAF Gold Cup would take place on time, but with a very wet field, as evidenced by all the sliding during the early part of the U.S. v Honduras match.  This would prove to be a good night for U.S. soccer and one of disappointment for two other sides.  I was looking forward to two good matches and was not disappointed for different reasons in each match.

Game 1

In a match in where I had picked the opposing side, the USMNT put forth a strong performance, defeating Honduras 2-0 to advance to the Gold Cup Final.  The Semi-final match would be seeing the USMNT facing this Honduras side for the 3rd time in as many months, and one would think with a depleted roster it would have been a tougher match for the USMNT.  I was happy to get my prediction wrong in this match though, and even happier to see Kenny Cooper score to put the game out of reach for the Hondurans.

The USMNT started with Troy Perkins in goal again, a good decision as he had yet another strong performance, most likely booking his place to South Africa next summer.  The backline was much the same as the Quarterfinal match versus Panama, minus Jimmy Conrad who was replaced with Clarence Goodson, in a backline that was filled with Jay Heaps, Chad Marshall, and Heath Pearce.  Strong performances all around for the defense in this one, as Honduras never looked to be too dangerous in the course of the match.  The midfield would hold the same shape as the last match, with Robbie Rogers and Stuart Holden on the wings and Bob Bradley’s usual two holding midfielders in Kyle Beckerman and Logan Pause.  Good play from the midfielders helped solidify this win and gives U.S. fans good hope for a win in the final.  For the second match in a row Brian Ching would start the match paired with Davy Arnaud up top.  Both players had their moments, but both also disappeared for times in the match as well.

Due to weather the teams came out late, but the match still started on time.  The Americans came out in a flash and looked dangerous from the start, putting balls into the box and frustrating the Hondurans defense.  Not being able to find the finish they needed though, the quick start eventually faded and we spent the majority of the rest of the half with much of the possession, but no danger from either direction.  After many chances from corners, Stuart Holden finally drove a ball into the box in the closing minutes of the half that found the head of a rising Clarence Goodson, who would head the ball with an efficiency and beat the Honduran keeper.  This would give the USMNT a rise going into the half, boosting their confidence and destroying that of the Honduras side.

The second half started out much the same with the USMNT pressing forward, but not being able to find the back of the net to put the Honduras side away.  Much of the half was controlled by the U.S., and Honduras never looked to equalize, as Walter Martinez, Chavez, and Carlos Costly had disappeared from the match.  The first two, who were Honduras’ best chance of getting in on goal, were replaced after this inactivity with Costly left on the field, still not a factor.  The U.S. would only use 2 of their subs in this match, bringing in Santino Quaranta for Robbie Rogers in the 76th, and Kenny Cooper in for Davy Arnaud in the 85th.  Why Bob waited so late to make any changes is a question none of us will be able to answer, but less than 5 minutes after entering the match, Cooper would pick a ball up at midfield that would lead to a series of crisp passes and find Cooper back at the back post to seal the win with a tap in goal in the 89th.

Man of the Match: USSoccer via Twitter reported it as Goodson, and while I agree he had a great match for the side scoring the GWG, I think Perkins deserves man of the match for many of the saves he made in the course of this Semi-final match.  Blanking the Hondurans in the process.

Now we will look forward to the final in NYC.  Does the U.S. have a chance?  Yes, I think so.  This B, C, or D squad has proved their case for being here and only seems to be improving with each match together.  I will be watching the USMNT this weekend, and this weekend I think I will take the advice of a friend of mine and be a homer by picking the USMNT instead of their opponent.  While I am frustrated to get this prediction wrong, I was happy with the result and excited to see the players coming together before the Final.  This looks to be a good final with the two teams involved.

CONCACAF Cup - Semifinals, Costa Rica v Mexico

Game 2

Costa Rica and Mexico had a high flying Quarterfinals, scoring 9 goals between them and only allowing one.  This looked to be an exciting matchup from the start, one in which many expected to see more than a few goals scored.  I had picked Mexico for this game as they seemed to be the stronger squad, and I guess I was secretly praying for a U.S. v Mexico Final.  I got my wish, but it took some time to get there.

Coming out of the gates, both teams were flying, playing end to end and putting all sorts of balls close to their opponent’s goals.  It would take ages for the first goal to come, with Mexico having the first real chance in the 57th, only to be disappointed as Miguel Sabah sent his penalty directly to the Costa Rica keeper.  Many chances from play would follow, but in the 88th, Mexico would finally find the finishing touch through sub Guillermo Franco, putting the Mexicans up with only minutes to go.  This would not last long though as the Costa Ricans would strike back quickly when Froylan Ledezma bested the Mexican keeper to equalize, sending the match into extra time.

Extra time was full of more chances that went unfinished by both sides.  This lack of finishing power by the two sides who had previously netted a combined 9 times, would lead us to our first penalty shootout of the tournament.  Ochoa was key in this shootout, stopping the shot of one Costa Rican penalty taker early to give the Mexicans some breathing room.  The Mexicans would not disappoint their fans again as they all stepped up and put their chance past the keeper, resulting in a Mexican win that will pit them against the USMNT in the Final.

The lack of finishing in this match made it difficult to watch, but the pace and ball movement was quick and precise throughout.  The Final should be interesting as the two teams involved have a strong rivalry in CONCACAF, one in which the USMNT has dominated on U.S. soil of late.  The Mexican squad has looked strong in this tournament, but as a USMNT supporter I hope that finishing touch stays away from the Mexicans long enough for us to beat them again in the Final.

Man of the Match:  no question in this on, Ochoa takes man of the match for his strong play and goal stopping ability during the PK Shootout, putting the Mexicans through to the final.

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Do not worry Gooch, it is only preseason – USMNT defender Oguchi Onyewu makes his debut for AC Milan in the World Football Classic

While the story of the night was Club America’s defeat of Italian giants AC Milan by a score line of 2-1 in the World Football Challenge, the bigger story was that of American International Oguchi Onyewu’s debut for the Italian side after having been signed from his previous side Standard Leige of Belgium.  Having joined the team only 2 days before the match, Onyewu was on the bench to start the match that would be the first for the Italian side in the tournament.  Having already defeated Inter Milan in the tournament, America players had to be riding high and primed for another upset, one they would realize in regulation this time.

Onyewu, wearing #14, was welcomed to the pitch at the start of the second half to a resounding ovation from the American fans in attendance as he replaced Milan veteran Alessandro Nesta.  Before his arrival on the pitch, ESPN showed an interview with Milan coach Leonardo, in which he praised the American player for the size and strength Onyewu would add to his squad.  This interview was followed by a second half Onyewu would hope to forget soon enough.

Early into the second half Onyewu got caught flat footed, allowing America forward Enrique Esqueda to get in behind him on a ball over the top, that would lead to the opening goal being put past Milan’s keeper into the top of the net.  After this announcer Alexi Lalas, stated that this should calm Gooch’s nerves a bit and get him going.  It did, and Gooch played a solid match until the final whistle sounded, at which time Milan found themselves defeated 2-1.  A disappointing start to his Milan career as Onyewu put it in a post match interview, but one he will relish as his arrival on to the big stage in world football.

Is this a good move for American soccer?  I think so.  Gooch is a big strong defender as his new coach Leonardo put it and one that could do well for the Rossoneri going into the future, with a current backline of aging stars.  Starting out the second half had to have stars in Gooch’s eyes, but it must be something wonderful to look back on, when he can say he made his debut for one of the largest clubs in the world on American soil.  And the big American defender need not feel too bad as veteran defender, Gianluca Zambrotta, also had his own preseason mishap by allowing America forward, Daniel Marquez, in for the winning goal in a defensive blunder of his own.  So keep your chin up Gooch, it is only preseason, and we know you will do better as you become accustomed to your new surroundings.

Some have questioned whether or not Gooch is even good enough to play for a side such as Milan.  To this I say watch and see.  Milan stated that they did not just pick up Gooch based off of his Confederations Cup performance, in which he was the U.S. Mens rock at the back, but that they had been following his progress for awhile.  He is not the quickest defender, but what big league better to go to when you lack a little in pace than the Serie A?  The players are older for the most part, and most by that age have lost a step or two over the years.  He will be strong in the back for Milan and receive plenty of playing time with the aging backline already in place and multiple competitions the club is involved in throughout the season.  This should help grow him into an even better player for the USMNT as well, getting the tutelage of one of the best coaching groups in the world of football.  And if that does not work out Onyewu could always fill in as a forward for Milan as he did in the dying minutes of the match.  Leonardo had asked Gooch, the largest player on the field, to move forward as a target man for the forwards to play off of.  This job was done quite nicely as Gooch set up the young Zigoni multiple times in the dying minutes, only to see said chances miss the mark.  The season will get better Gooch and we will be following you from here in America, you can be assured of that.

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Predictions – This Weekend’s Action Up for Debate

This is my first installment of the WrayonSoccer picks of the week.  I plan to insert this every week focusing on the leagues I watch and cover.  If there is a match from another league I am covering and or watching I will include it as well.  For now I will be looking at the MLS and CONCACAF Gold Cup, since everyone else is in preseason.  This week I am going to give a brief rundown after my list of predictions and why I have made them, but in the future there might not always be a rundown.  Feel free to comment on my picks and/or ask why I picked the result I did as I enjoy a good debate on footy.  So without not to keep you waiting, here are my picks for the current MLS week and the CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi-finals.

**My choices in Bold

Thursday

Honduras v United States

Costa Rica v Mexico

Friday

Real Salt Lake v FC Dallas

Saturday

Seattle Sounders FC v Chicago Fire

Columbus Crew v Toronto FC

Houston Dynamo v New England Revolution

Kansas City Wizards v Los Angeles Galaxy

Colorado Rapids v New York Red Bulls

San Jose Earthquakes v D.C. United

The Rundown or Why I picked the way I did.

Honduras v United States – I picked Honduras in this match up, and here is why.  The USMNT has weakened itself considerably since the first match up between these two teams in thr group stages.  Not only have they weakened their side, but the players they sent back to their clubs were players who came in and made the difference in the match to help the USMNT win.  Michael Parkhurst is back in, but other than filling in for Conrad I do not think he will help us get the goals necessary to win the match.  Now while I expect a close match and would not be surprised to see the USMNT pull it off, I think Honduras will be too much for them this time and eliminate the USMNT from the Gold Cup.

Costa Rica v Mexico – This was a hard pick to make with the form of these two sides of late, but I believe Mexico is finally back on track and will take this match in the end.  This is a good sign for the Mexicans as they are going into the final stages of World Cup qualifying, getting them back on track and poised to earn their spot in South Africa without the playoff.

Real Salt Lake v FC Dallas – A match lacking a few key players in Kenny Cooper for Dallas and Kyles Beckerman for RSL leans in the favor of RSL in my opinion.  RSL are tough at home, having lost only once this season at home, and Dallas are not having the greatest season this round and have a poor away record on top of that.  This match will favor RSL, strengthening their position in the West.

Seattle Sounders FC v Chicago Fire – Seattle has been the surprise this season, and after a strong showing against Chelsea in an international club friendly, I think the Sounders will be up for this match.  Chicago is also missing Logan Pause in the Gold Cup and Brian McBride has just left the Fire for a shoulder surgery that looks to keep him out the next 3 to 4 months.  This favors the Sounders who are strong at home and should take all 3 points despite the Fire’s strong position in the league and impeccable road form.

Columbus Crew v Toronto FC – A tough match for the Crew awaits them at home this weekend as the visiting side are having a good run in the league.  This, plus the fact that the Crew are missing Robbie Rogers and Chad Marshall to the Gold Cup and Guillermo Barros Schelloto and Alejandro Morenot to injury will hamper the Crew’s chances of getting a result in this one.  Toronto, who looked strong against the Dynamo will in my opinion, take this match to the Crew and escape with all 3 points.

Houston Dynamo v New England Revolution – Houston took the firt match between these two foes 2-0 in Foxboro, and I think this match will be no different, minus the location.  Houston always find a way to compete and get the results, and this match will be no different.  The Revs, who have struggled on the road this season, will see yet another road loss as the Dynamo prevail as the stronger side while missing two key players in Stuart Holden and Brian Ching to Gold Cup duty.

Kansas City Wizards v Los Angeles Galaxy – Beckham is back!  And while I do not see this as the reason for the Galaxy’s resurgeance in the West, it will not hurt them.  The Wizards, who have been on a poor run of form of late will not find their answer this week, as the Galaxy put another result in the win column.

Colorado Rapids v New York Red Bulls – Who could possibly be playing worse than the Red Bulls this season.  For a team that was so strong last season, they have now fallen to the bottom rung of the league.  This week will be no different as they travel to Colorado, where the Rapids are boss, and will continue their run of home form by dismantling the struggling Red Bulls.  Is Osorio seeing his last days in charge of New York?  Only time will tell, but the Red Bulls organization does not normally take kindly to a struggling side.

San Jose Earthquakes v D.C. United – This should be an easy match for United this week, as they take on one of the weakest teams in the league.  San Jose is sitting bottom of the Western Conference, only beating out New York for the title of “League Worst Team.”  United should come in confident in this one with their form of late and leave happy with a full 3 points.

So that is a  wrap on the upcoming matches for this weekend.  Feel free to comment, criticize, or just to tell me I am down right wrong.  This looks to be an interesting week in the MLS with the strong teams getting stronger and the weaker sides falling that much farther behind, but with the transfer window open we should see some action that just might shake up the standings a bit.  Will a Superstar come to or leave your team, and which coaching spots will see new managers coming into the second half of the season?  It will be exciting to watch unfold as rumors are already travelling based on National Team performances and some young hotshots around the league.

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My weekend soccer fix – In Review

The weekend started out busy and finished with an astounding round of boos for one of the world’s greats.  The action started off in Pennsylvania where the Quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold cup were taking place.

The first match of the day saw the boys from Canada taking on a Honduras side that I am sure many of us would love to see out of the tournament.  Honduras being one of the stronger sides in the tournament had a weak start to the match with the Canadians holding much of the possession.  The Canadians failed at every turn however to put the ball in the net of the Honduras side.  With Hondurans falling all over the field the referee finally caved in the 36th minute, giving a penalty against the Canadians on a botched bicycle in the box by the Honduran forward.  Following this Walter Martinez, who in my opinion should have already received many yellows in this tournament for dives, stepped up and put the penalty past the Canadian keeper to give the Hondurans a 1-0 lead with less than
ten minutes to go in the first half.

The second half was much of the same with Canada holding much of the possession but unable to score the equalizer to take them into extra time.

Little did I know, this was just the beginning of a horrible weekend for referees around the U.S.  Canada got hosed in their attempt to take one of their weaker sides through to the semis, but they played well throughout the tournament earning some respect from the rest of the region and showing promise for the future.  I will look forward to seeing the Canadians in years to come as many of the players on the pitch were from their youngercore of players who will only improve over time.

The U.S. men were next up in Philidelphia to try and book their way to the Semis against a pesky Panamanian side.  With what most people have been calling the USMNT’s C or even D team this could turn out to be a tough battle.  After a poor performance by Luis Robles in goal during the match with Haiti, we welcomed Troy Perkins back between the posts.  Playing in Norway has brought Perkins’ game to a new level earning him the number 2 role behind Howard for now in my opinion, with Guzan riding the pine at Aston Villa.

After sending Bornstein and Cherundolo back to their clubs we were left with the questionable backline of Heath Pearce, Jimmy Conrad, Chad Marshall, and Jay Heaps.  Aside from Heaps the other 3 are fairly solid players, none of which from what I have seen, will end up in the first XI though.

The midfield mix was setup in the normal Bob fashion, Logan Pause and Kyle Beckerman filling the space holding midfielders (like we do not have enough of those already) and Stuart Holden and Robbie Rogers filling the space on the wings.  Pause held up much better in this match than in the last, but Beckerman as per usual in this tournament held the midfield intact.  The boys on the wings who had been having a successful tournament looked like they were lost at times in this match, showing their youth a bit during their stints of inactivity.

And for yet another USMNT match, Brian Ching held down his place up front accompanied by Davy Arnaud, who started strong and put in the work but never quite found the game, but one ball, against the Panamanians.

After a start in which both teams traded possession, an attempt by U.S. veteran and captain Jimmy Conrad turned brutal, earning him quite a concussion and a busted up lip in the process.  After Conrad was helped off the pitch by a few of the Panamanian players, in a show of great sportsmanship, play resumed earning Panama a corner in short time.  Before the corner was taken Clarence Goodson made his appearance replacing Conrad, and as most coaches hate to sub before a set piece, this was no different and a prime example.  The corner not cleared by the U.S. found the foot of Blas Perez, and in the dying minutes of the first half of play (45th minute) Panama opened the scoring. Neither side looked like taking over in the first half or composed for that matter, but the goal was against the run of play to that point.

The second half started with a bang.  Whatever Bob had said in the locker room stuck with the players, and 3 minutes into the second half Davy Arnaud took a ball down right outside the 6 yard box and slotted it back to Kyle Beckerman who slammed the shot into the upper 90, out of the reach of the Panama keeper.

While coming out on fire to start though the U.S. cooled down just as quickly, giving Panama time to regroup instead of staying on the attack.  The back and forth would last the rest of regulation time taking the teams into two periods of overtime play.  Kenny Cooper came in late in the match for Davy Arnaud to try and put a spark in the offense and Robbie Rogers was taken off to be replaced by Brad Evans, who has been playing in defense but plays midfield for his club team Seattle Sounders FC.

Extra time started off much the same with both sides trading possession and not producing anything resembling an attempt at scoring.  Now not mentioning it before, I will say this now, the officiating in this match was awful!  Over and over again Brian Ching and others were taken out by the defenders of Panama only to be told to get up and play on, but finally in the 103rd minute when Kenny Cooper was speared/ninja kicked, was a yellow card produced and a penalty awarded.  As an FC Dallas supporter I like Cooper.  However, as a USMNT supporter I cannot see him getting a place in the regular squad any time soon.  There were some worried when Cooper stepped up to take his own penalty, but I was confident as I have seen him slot many penalties home and know he is good for them.  However, he did have me worried as he stepped up and put it past the keeper but off the inside of the post to put the U.S. up 2-1 going into the second half of extra time.

As the second overtime session started I knew there were 15 minutes for Panama to draw even, taking us yet again to penalties, not unlike a previous meeting between the two sides.  This would not be the case though as neither side looked impressive, and neither side scored either.  This match was a tough one for the U.S. and the matches are not going to get any easier as the semifinal place that was booked happens to be against a scrappy Honduras side, who we have had problems with as of late.  So, while enjoying seeing the boys get through another match, I am not getting my hopes up that this weak U.S. side can outmatch Honduras after sending the players responsible for our group win back to their clubs.

Now while I did not watch the matches on Sunday in Texas, it looks as though the Mexicans and Costa Ricans took care of their opponents handily.  Mexico getting past Haiti 4-0 and Costa Rica taking care of the tournament Dark Horse Guadeloupe 5-1.  This will be an interesting semifinal round in which neither match looks to be an easy one, I cannot wait.

I only watched 3 other matches on the weekend since FSC played its weekend match earlier in the week, upon Master Beckham’s return to the MLS in a match in which Beckham was unproductive as the Galaxy blew past the struggling Red Bulls 3-0.  The other matches I checked out were all International Club friendlies, with Seattle Sounders FC taking on Chelsea, LA Galaxy taking on AC Milan (Interesting), and Club America taking on Inter Milan in the opening match of the World Footbal Joke/Challenge.  So there is not much I can really critique from these matches as the European sides are in preseason form and not playing at full speed yet, but I will give you what I can from the matches.

Seattle Sounders FC v Chelsea drew a huge crowd rivaling that of a match in Europe.  There was a sea of green to see the new expansion side of the MLS take on the European giants and I have to say they did not disappoint.  Now Chelsea being in preseason form started out slow but controlled the ball and passed with relative ease when they had possession.  Seattle on the other hand, try as they might, showed why the MLs is MLS and why European football is still boss.  The Sounders who have been the surprise side of the season by starting out better than any other expansion team has in MLs history just could not score.  In mid season form Seattle came out strong showing their attacking prowess, but as we know MLS is not EPL and it showed.

Seattle allowed Chelsea to navigate the field with ease, and while looking dangerous on attack and competitive they could not score. This came as no surprise though to those who are in the know about MLS, as it is no secret the finishing is weak across the league.  Nineteen year old Daniel Sturridge, new signing from Manchester City, started off the scoring for Chelsea in the 12th minute after receiving a pass at the top of the box from Florent Malouda and putting it past Kasey Keller to take the 1-0 lead.

The play for much of the remained of the first half went back and forth until the 35th minute when Nicolas Anelka slid a pass through the middle of the box to an oncoming Frannk Lampard who chipped the ball past Keller with ease, taking Chelsea into the half up 2-0.

The second half saw the Sounders hold Chelsea scoreless with the help of a few key stops by defender Zach Scott who took the ball off the line not once but twice to keep the English side off the board.  So while Chelsea earned the win, and who did not think they would, Seattle in my opinion represented the MLS well and gave the English side a game they might not have expected.

Aside from the overall skill level of the players, Chelsea look to be
having a good start to the preseason with Ancelotti fitting in nicely as new manager of Chelsea.  Should be interesting to see how the match shapes up when they face former boss Jose “The special One” Mourinho in the World Football Classic, I will keep my fingers crossed for a tough match anyways as both sides will want to win this one.

Now the next match kicked off an excuse for Americans to see some top flight teams from around the globe and promoters to make some cash off of said teams.  It was Jose “The Special One” Mourinho’s first appearance on American soil with his Inter Milan side, taking on the Mexican giants Club America in one of the worst officiated games I have witnessed to date.  While America are not a bad side and Inter
were playing at a liesurely preseason pace and should have still been able to walk off the pitch in the end with 3 points.  We Americans decided though that MLS referees should officiate these matches though, and needless to say, it made a difference.  America looked dangerous on the counter and much of the first half was back and forth, with neither side opening up the scoring.

In the second half Inter opened the tournament with a goal in the 51st minute from a set piece when Silva put a header into the ground and off the America keeper into the net.  Ten minutes later Cordoba equalized for America beating the Inter number 3 keeper Belec, who had no chance.  The rest of the match was controlled by the refs, seeing a player from each side sent off and neither side taking control of the match.  Ending regulation 1-1 America thought they had slid by with a point as players began to exchange shirts and shake hands, but no, that was not the end as both sides would find out.

Draws in this tournament did not go to extra time, but instead, penalties.  So after some confusion both sides lined up to settle the match from the penalty spot.  Both sides were doing well beating the opposing keeper until the ancient Inter midfielder, Patrick Viera,
stepped up and skied his shot over the bar giving America the advantage.  All was looking well for America until Inter’s keeper Belec blocked the fifth penalty from America extending the penalty shootout, but no again, the line judge has decided Belec stepped forward and we are going to take another shot.  And this is how America got out with 2 points for the penalty win as their player stepped back up and put his next shot into the top of the net beating Belec and winning on penalties 5-4.

As newcomers to the side Thiago Mota looked good, setting up many opportunities for the front men of Inter.  And his former and current teammate Diego Milito looked lost in my opinion, still coming to grips at his new club.  Watching Milito play with Zlatan Ibrahimovic though made Milito disappear as they are too much of the same type of player.  This would make me as a supporter and or coach hope that the deal for Barcelona frontman Samuel Eto’o goes through soon as I do not see an Ibra/Milito partnership shaping up well for either of them over the course of a season. And now as I sit and watch Inter’s next matchup in the tournament with Chelsea, it does not seem to be going much better.

Last off, the return of Master Beckham to the Galaxy fans in a friendly acquired during his extended loan stay at AC Milan this winter.  The match ended 2-2, making the Galaxy look better than they are with a draw and introducing AC Milan into a new life without Kaka.  Now, no matter what kind of reception Beckham thought he would receive upon returning to the HDC, I do not think he expected what he got.

The stadium was filled with signs from supporters telling Beckham exactly what they thought of him, and they did not disappoint as every time he touched the ball in the first half he was met by a resounding Boooo from the fans, at which point he would launch a ball to the front man in an attempt to catch the defense asleep and steal a goal.  Beckham then met one of his former supporters on the way to the locker room at the end of the first half, calling the fan to come out of the stands, to which the fan obliged before being snagged by security.

Said fan is rumored to have received a 10 year ban from Galaxy matches, but upon watching the replays I will be interested to see what happens to Mr. Beckham.  Does Don Garber have the bottle to fine the superstar or even suspend him (he would like that), I do not think so.  MLS thinks Beckham is a god, and while I will admit compared to the other players in the MLS he is a quality player, but above the law, I do not think so.  He should be punished just like any other player would be had he done the same thing, but the advertising dollars are too important.

I mean Brian Ching, who was not even in attendance at his match, was fined over a Twitter post that called the ref a cheat for missing a call (that he missed big time).  And he was not even in attendance and made no more of a statement than you or I would in the same circumstance.  But in the MLS Beckham is beyond laws and will get by with what he wants yet again.  I happen to agree with the Galaxy fans on this one though, as the team was not doing too bad without Beckham.  I am not a Galaxy supporter as you will come to know and anything that will weaken their side helps my FC Dallas side.  So, Mr. Beckham go back to Europe!  As one fan so nicely put it, “We were here before 23 and we will be here after!”

The guy does not want to be here obviously so let him go and start running the league the way you should so our league is not full of prima donna superstars who are just here for a paycheck.  The play might be worse, but atleast the players will give it their all to earn their pay and our respect as a member of our clubs.

So, while I enjoyed the many games this weekend, I was……

  • Disappointed in the officiating
  • Worried for the future of Inter Milan and The Special One’s chances of a Scudetto repeat
  • Happy to see the MLs compete with European sides (yes, even in preseason)
  • Unhappy about the joke of a tournament in the World Football Classic
  • And happy the USMNT made it through another round

Also looking forward to

  • Gold Cup Semis
  • Oguchi Onyewu’s AC Milan appearance
  • FC Dallas getting on track

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