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…on whether MLS’ designated players are actually worth it

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Torsten Frings - "WTF, I can't run that far anymore!"

With salary-capped sports leagues, there is always pressure to loosen the purse strings a little, especially in minority sports. Raising the cap is the most common way or alternatively allowing cap exemptions for certain players but it’s a balancing act between those teams that want to spend more and those who can’t. In MLS, the solution was to allow teams to spend what they want in a controlled manner. The Designated Player Rule – championed by Anschutz Entertainment Group so their franchise, the LA Galaxy, could sign commercial juggernaut David Beckham – was introduced in 2007 and has been changed and tweaked ever since. However, with the Galaxy the only team to ever win the MLS Cup with designated players and both conferences currently led by teams without them, the question has to be asked; are designated players a waste of time? Read the rest of this entry »

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May 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

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…on Geovanni brightening up San Jose’s dull season

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Geovanni - Could well turn this season around for San Jose

Geovanni - Could well turn this season around for San Jose

I have to nail my colours to the mast; when it comes to MLS, I am a San Jose Earthquakes fan. Like most, I was fairly surprised when the announcement was made that the Quakes were in the hunt for a DP. I’ve become somewhat weary and apathetic towards the Quakes front office and I don’t think I am alone. Toronto, Seattle and now New York have raised the bar in each of their own ways and, maybe more than most, the Quakes have not upped their game accordingly. It hasn’t been a disastrous season but recent results have been patchy. To kick on and get to the playoffs for the first time since the team were brought back in ’08, they definitely need a spark and Geovanni could well be that spark. They need a new playmaker, if only to lift the spectre of Darren Huckerby. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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…on the new USSF D-II standards

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Sunil Gulati - "I want a league. With nice stadiums. Across many time zones. With not so many pesky Canadians."

From all accounts, the USSF have conducted a throughly-professional review of the sanctioning for franchises in the second division, coming up with a set of standards to which all franchises must adhere, as well as guidelines for the league as a whole.  Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer, the Woodward and Bernstein of the whole USL-NASL mess, was provided with the guidelines by the USSF.  Many of the ideas seem sensible on the service and I suppose if you want to preserve the status quo, many of these things are applicable.  However, what do you do when the status quo is absolute crap?  Genuine crap.  Something that probably shouldn’t even exist? Read the rest of this entry »

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August 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

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…on Freddy Adu

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Freddy Adu needs to define himself and whether he plays wide or plays in the middle, he needs to complete his all-round game

Another season is soon to be upon us and we are presented with another round of “where’s Freddy Adu going to play this year”.  After being deemed surplus to requirements at Aris Thessaloniki, FC Sion have trialled him and passed.   Some are calling for a return to MLS but with Benfica having a contract with him until 2011, it seems unlikely, unless there is some sort of loan deal struck. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm

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…on Soccer in a Football World – Five years on

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David Wangerin's "Soccer in a Football World" - an excellent read

With my Bob Bradley article and a couple of US soccer articles planned(about Freddy Adu and lower division soccer if you’re interested), I have been reflecting on David Wangerin’s excellent “Soccer in a Football World”. For somebody like me who likes books about sports history and enjoys a fascination with the American game, it was a very interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 5, 2010 at 7:07 am

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…on Bob Bradley

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Bob Bradley has been the backup boyfriend since day one and the USSF won't let him forget it

In reply to page 42 of the August 2010 issue (issue 282) of “When Saturday Comes”

It has to be agreed; Ricardo Clark had a poor World Cup. He was reckless and lacked concentration. However, the above article treats him as a stick with which to beat coach Bob Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

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…on Devann Yao

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West Ham trialist Devann Yao

It’s bizarre how my mind works but I’ve become ever so slightly obsessed with Devann Yao, who is trialling with West Ham. Devann is from Harlem, New York and is one of those Americans who set off to make it in European football at an early age, in his case 12. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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