Peter Nowak will miss tomorrow’s Union match against LA to play in the charity event “Match of Stars” in Poland. John Hackworth will lead the team in Nowak’s absence. Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said Nowak’s presence at the event will provide valuable exposure for the Union brand.
Carlos Ruiz reportedly said that the LA Galaxy are “in trouble” and underperforming this season. Then he looked at his salary and the Union’s offensive statistics and said, “Nope. No irony here.”
MLS Cup will be in LA this year. I would not be surprised if MLS forces one of the finalists to trade for and play David Beckham too.
Luke Rodgers of New York says Landon Donovan talks to referees too much during games. Donovan got all
confrontational passive aggressive on Twitter by writing, “I’m confused, who is Luke Rodgers?” He then threw his teary eyes and wounded soul into Don Garber’s waiting arms as Garber cooed, “Nobody, Landy, nobody. Now let’s go out to the pool and practice your soccer skills on the diving board.”
The big news in the soccer world today comes from Lord Triesman of the English FA. He has recited conversations where CONCACAF rep and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner asked for a school to be built in Trinidad and Tobago as part of a deal to secure his vote for the 2018 World Cup. Warner, of course, said the idea was ridiculous and that the scent of corruption that has followed him around for decades (decades!) is merely his cologne, which is made from liquified hundred dollar bills and tears.
Full list of Triesman’s allegations here. It’s gross.
A British MP also claims to have evidence that two members of FIFA’s executive committee were bribed to vote for Qatar.
Here is an interesting piece from France: National team coach Laurent Blanc apparently did not break and race discrimination laws in discussing putting caps on the number of black and Arab players in France’s youth academies. The French Football Federation representative said that there is nothing to suggest that Blanc (who in a meeting said that a proposed quota plan would help bring through players with “our culture, our history”) was backing discriminatory practices. She then said the meeting Blanc attended was clumsy and uncalled for. So he attended a meeting that should not have taken place and agreed with the plan laid out at the meeting. Which called for quotas. But since he was caught before the plan was put in place, it’s all good. I’m glad this woman does not hunt bank robbers. She would bust in on them and see a bank blueprint on the table and go, “Ah ha! Well now that I’ve seen you with the blueprint, I trust you won’t attack that bank or any other. Off you go! Nice try!”
ESPN looks at potential head coaches for the USMNT U-21 squad.
The Shin Guardian brings back Bradley’s Clipboard for peek at the US team’s plans for the Gold Cup.
Freddy Adu and Edson Buddle were on target this weekend in a good showing for US players plying their trade in European second divisions.