Time for questions, where Tony asks about Brad Guzan's future, which players are fitting in following last week's trades in Major League Soccer, and comes up with two interesting choices for early season MVP candidates.
By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 24, 2012) US Soccer Players --
What's the next step for US National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan?
Guzan and his Premier League club, Aston Villa, parted ways this week, as he seeks first-team games. Guzan made seven-starts last season for Villa when Shay Given was out injured. Guzan drew rave reviews, including some from Given himself, but was back on the bench when Villa's #1 returned.
Guzan summed up his situation in an interview with Fox Soccer's Ives Galarcep: “At the top level you may only get one chance and when you get that chance you have to take it."
How is US National Team player Heath Pearce adjusting to playing for the Red Bulls, after his recent trade from Chivas USA?
Pearce told ESPN's Jeff Carlisle that the Red Bulls have “consistently checked in” to see that his off-field needs are taken care of. As for the playing side, Pearce's initial impressions are good ones. Easy enough when joining a winning team. New York ended a five-game win streak with a home draw against Pearce's old club on Wednesday night. Things are also looking up for Chivas USA, who finally won an LA super clasico over the weekend.
What is FC Dallas' record for most games without a win?
Ten, set back in 2005. This year's edition had gone eight without a win, and up next are road games against Salt Lake and Houston.
Based on last night's Galaxy-Earthquakes game, what two players are in contention for Most Valuable Player?
Two central defenders. US National Team player Omar Gonzalez and the Earthquakes' Victor Bernardez, neither of whom played in last night's game.
Before Hector Jimenez' deserved red card changed the game, Los Angeles, and in particular Juninho (who looks to be back to his best) ripped San Jose's backline to pieces at will. San Jose missed Bernardez' organizing and skill.
The red card not only forced LA to play a man down, but it neutralized Juninho, forcing him deeper and not giving him any time on the ball or targets. LA's second goal from Mike Magee in the 73rd minute, on a counter-attack, was far too easy and should have capped the game.
But there can be no excuse for what happened to Los Angeles after Magee's goal. Even with winger Martin Chavez entering the game for San Jose, there's no way an experienced, tested team such as the Galaxy can give up three goals between the 76th minute and the end of stoppage time and lose a game at home. The first and third goals, in particular, were begging for a skilled central defender to take charge in front of an inexperienced goalkeeper.
As bad as things are for the Galaxy at the moment, they still have 66 points to play for and are only 5 points behind 5th-placed Colorado.
CONCACAF has a new president, so what about the World Cup?
Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Island Football Association wasted no time in getting to what matters most for fans in the region. "We must set our goals sky-high. We must say to Michel Platini and UEFA, that CONCACAF will win the World Cup,” he said. “We must say to President Blatter and the FIFA executive committee that the 2026 World Cup belongs to CONCACAF."