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Fish is back!!!

Forget all this Beckham-mania. How ’bout Fish? Not only did he score all 3 in the win the other night…look at the run he made to be there to finish the third one. That’s not the Fish we’ve seen the last couple of seasons.

OK, it was a preseason friendly against a make-shift team from China…but I still love the effort Fish gave on that goal.

I hope some lessons were learned

After Wednesday’s Pan Pacific matches in Hawaii, every report and commentary, weather traditional media or blogger, wrote off LA and were ready to give Houston the title.  I can’t wait to see what they are writing today.

You can’t judge a team my only one match.  Comparing the over all results, LA were the second best team on the islands…they only lost by one goal to Osaka while Houston were stuffed 6-1!!!  Of course, there’s a long way to go this season.  Who knows what the heck is gonna happen.

Bottom line for me is that Becks on the right is head and shoulders better than any other player in the league.  Those kids in the middle spent the two recent matches figuring out how to get on the end of those crosses and put them away.  The one kid (got the second goal) isn’t every going to forget how sweetly that strike came off his foot.

Like I Twitted (I think that’s the correct word…see the widget on the right) the other night, I’m not worried about Wednesdays performance.  It was the first preseason game.  Look how much improvement there was in just a couple of days.

I can’t wait for the season to start…and for LA to be at full strength.  LA will be better this season…I’m just not gonna predict how much better. 🙂

Too bad the matches couldn’t attract more fans.

Ouch!!!

What a rough start for the new boss in LA! However, something tells me that defense wasn’t on the minds of anyone.

UPDATE: Here’s Beckham’s goal.  Well, he had to score right?

Catching up on some stuff

It’s been an interesting week on the MLS Coaching front.  Of course, LA now have a Dutch coach….a coach who I idolized as a player.  The guy was awesome.  My hope is that he can introduce Total Football to the HDC.

I was fortunate enough to group up in the Total Football heyday.  While I lived on the other side of the North Sea, Bobby Robson had brought a taste of Total Football to Suffolk in the late 80’s when he signed Arnold Murhen and Franz Thijssen.  The think of love about the style isn’t the obvious, ball movement, it’s the player movement.  Players off the ball finding and creating space so the player with the ball can use them.  That’s what gave me goosebumps when done well.

How will it work in LA?  I don’t know.  I do remember (fuzzy memory again here) back in the Rose Bowl days when LA were getting pretty close there.  I don’t remember if Zambrano or Schmid were in charge at the time.  It may have been ’98.  Anyway, I hope he can bring some of it to LA.  Sampson killed anything entertaining and Yallop was never given the chance to develop it.

Pele has been getting in the news while watching Ipswich go down to Sheffield Utd.  He claims that MLS sold Becks as a goal scorer.  Um, I know I’m getting old (another birthday this week) but I honestly don’t recall anyone saying that.  In fact, I seem to recall everyone explaining to those who aren’t as familiar with the sport that he is a midfielder and is a great passer and freekick taker.  Nothing about goals.  Granted, there were many who made comments about his productivity in terms of stats when assessing his impact on the field this season.  But then again, I’m not sure the average American sports writer can write anything without citing some type of stats.  For me, I saw a different team when he was on the field.  LA were much more organized and seemed to have more direction and flow when Beckham was getting touches.   But what do I know?  I’m sure Pele saw all the matches he played for LA and is more an expert on those things than I.  Beckham, for his part, only said great things about Pele when asked to respond.  What a class act.

Speaking of Ipswich, I loved this result. 🙂

Is it me, or are things in NY (ok, NJ) at a standstill?  (Insert 60-90 day’s joke here.)  Is Red Bull going to pull something amazing out of the hat?  Firing Arena (yeah, I read the statement) just seems a bit drastic.  Now they are making changes to the stadium plan…well, according to Ives who is one of the more reliable reporters–ad the stadium probably won’t be ready until 2010!!!  Now, I’ve sat on this for a few hours and given it some thought.  My conclusion is, this may not be a bad thing.  Granted, there are things in Red Bull Land which need to be addressed.  However, I think this shows a long-term commitment to the team and the league.  Also, I’ve a feeling that Red Bull–who don’t do things half-way–are going to create one heck of a sweet stadium.  I just wonder how much longer the Red Bull loyal can wait?

So, Seattle will have an MLS team sometime in the future–possibly before Red Bull moves outta the Meadowlands.  Drew Carey will probably now get grief from my buddies in LARS but I guess I don’t really blame him.  What’s interesting is where I read something along the lines of the team having fans buy shares of the club and allow them to vote on things.  With Red Bull in NY, Chivas in…err, Chivas, Toronto doing something no other MLS team can–like selling 16,000 season tickets before the previous season is finished.   Back to my point, there’s more investment from people who arefamiliar with how the game is run in other countries coming into the league.  The league isn’t anything like it was in ’96–and I’m not just talking quality of play.  I’m just surprised it’s taken so long for the owners to realize things things.  Maybe I’m not seeing the right picture but things do seem to be headed in that direction.  I just wonder how much longer we’ll have to put up with matches on FIFA International dates?

Anyway, enough rambling for today.  I’ve not been good about writing much lately…I’m blaming school.  However, if you are interested in random comments and the occasional live match comments, check out my Twitter.

Some quick thoughts

It’s been a day now since I heard about Yallop’s departure from the HDC. I still think it’s a mistake to let him go. Now, I’m afraid the AEG brain trust will make an even bigger mistake. Seriously, Queiroz did an awful job with the Metros. Why would he do any better in LA? Am I missing something here? Personally, I’m on a one-man crusade to see Cienfuego at the helm. I’m not even sure “Cien” would be interested, but who else is there that is familiar with MLS and the team? I know he was getting his coaching licenses before he retired from playing.

My belief is that the new coach has already been found and AEG are just waiting for a suitable amount of time to pass before making the announcement.

I wonder if I can talk my wife into a trip to Hawaii in February. I’m sure Beckham could fill Aloha Stadium by himself.

This just in, Colorado still have a coach.

I just few in from the Windy City…

Actually, it was just a there and back trip, by car,  and I got back last night…but it was windy. 

I currently live an hour or so from Chicago but this was my first time to Toyota Park—heck, it was my first visit to Chicago which didn’t include a trip to O’Hare.  The stadium is quite nice.  It actually feels more like a stadium for sporting events than the HDC.  I have to admit, the stadium is sweet…even if I was stuck in front of the stage and behind the goal (crap view capped off with some Fire fan in front of me who did nothing but go off on Cannon and anyone in Galaxy colors the entire game. 

I’d heard about the “Beckham Bandwangon” but was still surprised at the number of Beckham jersey’s being worn.  I intentionally wore a white road jersey from 5 years ago just to make sure I wasn’t mistaken for a newcomer.  There were still quite a few other Galaxy fans that seemed to be from the pre-Beckham era.  My wife did her part as Beckham warmed up in front of us and took numerous pictures of him.  Still haven’t decided if I should be insulted sitting next to her as she drooled. 

I bumped into some friends of mine from my days in LA.  It’s amusing that after being gone from LA for a couple of years, LARS is still pretty much the same.  

Oh yeah, and there was a match too.  From what I could tell (I’ll know more when I watch the Tivo of the match) it was pretty entertaining.  However, from my vantage point (in front of the stage) it was tough to tell much beyond the near side penalty area.  Heck, when the goal was scored I wasn’t certain it had gone in…well, the roar from the crowd was what did it. 

Blanco is a massive diver and a big crybaby.  I was beginning to think the crew at Toyota Park did a poor job and Blanco kept tripping over blades of grass they’d missed…well, that and the super high line marking the penalty area.  Wow, every time he’d go down his next move was always in the direction of the ref with a pleading look on his face.  I used to think Fish was bad…but Blanco now has him beat.
 
Joe Canon rocks.  Until yesterday I was still grieving for the loss of Kevin Hartman but without Joe yesterday, the game would have been over long before injury time.  Thanks Joe and I look forward to seeing you in the nets next season.  I just home the team comes together in the off-season so you won’t be so busy next Summer.

Truth told, LA had no business winning.  The better team got the 3 points and are heading for a match-up with DC.  Good luck to them. 

As for the rest of my day….does anyone else find it ironic that you can leave a freeway and have the event location clearly marked all the way….but then when  you leave, there are no signs to the freeway?  That happened to us on the way home.  We took a wrong turn (or missed one) or something and ended up in Burbank.  No, not the one north of LA.  I’d have found my way home a lot quicker if it were.  So, there’s my wife and I, worn out looking for a darn freeway and, well, let’s just say that Burbank, IL isn’t exactly the most exclusive part of Chicago.

However, we eventually found our way back to Indiana and home.  It was good to see LA play this season…I just wish the result had been better.

Ok, that’s all I’ve got.

The sky hasn’t fallen…yet.

I grew up in the UK and used to fall for the “chicken little” type of reporting which goes on in the UK.  Some of it is justified–Band/Live Aid would never have existed if it wasn’t for the BBC–but a lot of it is just sensationalistic hype.

Here’s a classic example.

England players will be covered with insurance indemnity of up to £100,000 a week in the event of injuries suffered in the Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia on the artificial pitch here tomorrow.

Ok, so it’s the FA and not Fleet St this time.  However, the amount of press coverage the pitch has been getting the last few months has been amusing…at least it has in my opinion…which is the only one that counts here.   I’m surprised that none of these articles has mentioned the fact that Spice Balls (that would be the injured English guy in LA) has played 90 minutes on the same surface and came through in harmed….his injuries were sustained on traditional grass pitches.  But I guess that would ruin the hysteria.

Speaking of hysteria–well, maybe not–Nick Webster has done his best to create some.   Then I read Dan Loney’s piece which tears Webster apart.

My personal opinion, I’ve witnessed hooliganism at US Mexico games.   I’ve seen the video of the NY/DC game a couple years ago.  Will it be organized?  No…not by groups like LARS.  They (and other supporters groups) work with their teams administration too much to even think about that type of thing…besides, supporting a team has nothing to do with beat downs.  However, unless MLS and others running the pro leagues here get a clue, something bad will happen at the rate things are going.  There will be some renegade individuals who could very well start stuff.  That’s how it starts.   But then again, I’ve a feeling with the way stadiums are constructed over here (vs. how stadiums were in England 30 years ago) it’ll be a lot more difficult to start stuff…if security have a clue how to react…but that’s a whole different rant.