Pleasing on the eye though it may be, one could argue that Brazilian football wouldn’t have quite the same mythic status if the players had names like Joe Dokes or Harvey Schmedlapp or even Nicky Butt.
The one name thing definitely adds to the mystique, no? That ’80s-era marauding left back Junior. Zico, the white Pele. Rivelino and Romario and Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Jairzinho. All too cool.
Major League Soccer announced the addition of a Philadelphia franchise today. Here’s the story from The Associated Press:
Philadelphia-area gets 16th MLS team
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The Philadelphia suburb of Chester was awarded a Major League Soccer team on Thursday that will start play in 2010.
The unnamed team will play in an 18,500-seat stadium planned for the Delaware River waterfront. The stadium is part of a $414 million redevelopment plan for the city, which is southwest of Philadelphia.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Philadelphia provides a natural rivalry with several other East
The Seattle Sounders announced today the re-signing of goalkeeper Chris Eylander.
The release from the team:
SOUNDERS MAKE IT OFFICIAL, RE-SIGN GOALKEEPER CHRIS EYLANDER
(Seattle, WA) – The Seattle Sounders have re-signed Chris Eylander, the starting goalkeeper from the 2007 USL First Division championship team. Eylander will be in his third year with the club.
"Chris had a phenomenal 2007 season which culminated with his dominance in the post-season," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. "We are thrilled to have him back this year and will look for him to continue to grow as a goalkeeper."
There’s lots of speculation among the beat writers that cover the LA Galaxy that defender Ty Harden intends to play with the Seattle franchise.
How else to explain, they figure, the UW Husky’s decision this week to leave the Galaxy after a successful rookie season that saw him get as many minutes as any other player on the Galaxy roster save Landon Donovan?
Theory is that he doesn’t have much leverage with the club, so the only way the Junction City, Ore., native could get back up here was to walk away from the
By halftime we reckon there were 40-50 footy fans in the house, many of whom didn’t seem to let the 9 a.m. kickoff dissuade them from a pint or two. (The United supporters at the next table were on a pint-per-goal pace, which we’re sure made for an interesting rest of the day.)
We’ve been in there to watch a Sunday morning match