By Ian Plenderleith CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner has made a pledge that should be music to the ears of all soccer fans -- to spend less time on FIFA business. But there’s one condition. It will only happen if he wins the seat he’s contesting for the opposition United National Congress Alliance party in Trinidad & Tobago’s general election on Monday. Providing Jack . . .
Archives for October 2007
By Andrea Canales LOS ANGELES (October 31, 2007) USSoccerPlayers -- When Cobi Jones stepped on to the field for the LA Galaxy’s inaugural appearance in 1996, it might have crossed his mind that he’d one day line up for the team’s last ever game too. After all, some predicted that Major League Soccer would fold in just a few years. . . .
By Ian Plenderleith With FIFA yesterday ending its short-lived rotational policy for allocating World Cups, the 2018 competition now looks unlikely to come to the CONCACAF region. This has disappointed FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer, who had told the AP that "in all logic and fairness the next cycle should be CONCACAF." Never mind, Chuck. At least this way you’ll get to rack up . . .
By David LiftonIn three years, Michael Parkhurst of the New England Revolution has earned a reputation as one of the best defenders in Major League Soccer. His ability to read the game and quick decision-making earned him the 2005 Rookie Of The Year award, as well as two caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team during their successful Gold Cup performance this past summer. . . .
By Ian PlenderleithWe’re getting the New York Times right now on some sort of eight-week free trial. I’ve been scanning its sports pages for MLS coverage, and have come to the conclusion that the DC edition of The Times must expunge all references to the NY soccer franchise for fear of offending readers inside the Beltway. Either that, or they’re still playing the ‘lofty contempt for soccer’ card . . .
By Ian PlenderleithI just spent two days on a family break in the Shenandoah, listening to semi-apologetic locals tell me that while they appreciated the fall leaves didn’t look their best in thick fog and a 72-hour depressive front, "we sure needed that rain." Another thing about heading for a mountain-top being battered by high winds is that it takes you away from modern trappings . . .
By Ian PlenderleithThere’s something slightly sad about the press releases you get from MLS clubs after their season is over. Everyone else is gearing up for the playoffs, but the eliminated teams have already been mentally mothballed until next spring. But their PR staff are sitting around with nothing to do for four months, and so they send out forlorn snippets of useless information to try and . . .
By Ian Plenderleith BBC’s investigative show Panorama broadcast the allegation Monday that when Trinidad & Tobago played Scotland in a May 2004 exhibition match in Edinburgh, FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jack Warner asked for the game fee to be given to him in the form of a personal check. Former Scottish FA chairman John McBeth told the BBC that when he turned down the . . .
By Ian PlenderleithRemember when the NFL calendar was postponed for a weekend after 9/11, Major League Baseball suspended play for six days, and teams like DC United simply canceled remaining regular season games that could no longer impact the season? We were all granted that temporary philosophical perspective that tells us, "Sport is not so important." But then death makes just about . . .
WASHINGTON DC (October 23, 2007) USSoccerPlayers -- There was a minor outcry last week among Major League Soccer fans when a talk show host in Oregon hung up on his guest, Don Garber. The league commissioner was in the middle of failing to answer a straightforward question about why Portland should use public funds for improvements to PGE Park, home to the USL’s Portland Timbers, in order to . . .