I don’t think I can remember an off season quite as busy as this one for Soccer in this country. It’s about time MLS kept the news flow going during the winter months.
So, I’m now getting used to the fact that Bob Bradley is the new national team coach. I’ve had a few days to reflect on the hiring and I’ve decided it’s not the end of the world. I’m sure he’ll do a great job. But the thing is, he’s not the guy who is going to give the team (and USSF in general) the shake up it needs. True, Bradley isn’t Arena. He’ll bring his own flavor the the team. I don’t think I’m going to be truly impressed with an American head coach until we having someone we actually saw play in a World Cup heading up the program. Perhaps John Harkes is working towards that…boy would that be fun.
Anyway, the big news the last 24 hours was the blockbuster trade between DC and RSL. Now, I’m cynical at the best of times, but for (RSL Owner…errr investor) Dave Checketts, this is probably a dream trade. In case you didn’t know, there’s this stadium Checketts is trying to build for the team. None other than LA’s future Spice Boy participated in a fake groundbreaking last summer. However, the stadium is hardly a done deal and the media, while giving the team very good coverage, is making it tough for Checketts to just railroad public money into the venture.
A few years ago my baseball team (San Diego) was trying to get a new stadium built. There was a lot of opposition to the use of public money to get it built and it ended up being put on a ballot for voters to decide. Wouldn’t you know it, the Padres suddenly had a great team and won a record 98 games in 1998. They then held a swap meet, sold their best players and were crap again until recently. Funny thing, the Chargers (love the Bolt) are trying to get a new stadium and they aren’t playing bad ball right now either. The reason I mention that is RSL are trying to get a stadium…right now it looks as if public opinion could be their best ally. Trading for Adu should go a long way towards helping that. Of course, winning a few games and actually making the playoffs wouldn’t hurt either.
The only question I’m left with is, how long will RSL get to keep Freddy?
BTW, getting Nick Rimando in the trade is probably the best part for John Ellinger.