Questions: Standards And Reserves

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By Tony Edwards – San Jose, CA (June 5, 2012) US Soccer Players — Tony continues to look at what Major League Soccer is doing about concussions before updating us on the good and the bad from the MLS Reserve League.

Following up on Thursday's question about Pablo Mastroeni and concussions, what is involved in the MLS concussion guidelines?

A series of evaluations both short and long term before deciding a player is ready to return.  These are conducted on a case-by-case basis with an open-ended timeline.    In theory, the guidelines are sound, cautious ones. In practice, as Mastroeni admits to The Denver Post's John Meyer, players don't want to come out of games and he's remained in games he probably should have been removed from.

How about revising the concussion guidelines/game rules that if a player has a suspected concussion and comes out of the game, the substitute doesn't count against a team's three allowed substitutions? This would put a player's long-term safety in front of any potential short-term gain on the field. The obvious question is, of course, why not apply that rule to every injury, but as we've seen in the National Football League most prominently, brain damage isn't like a knee injury.

How has General Motors decided to promote Chevrolet?

Focusing on Manchester United and withdrawing from the National Football League's 2013 Super Bowl. This is part of a bigger reworking of their sponsorship that includes the widely reported move away from using Facebook ads. 

In a press statement, GM executive director of global marketing strategy Paul Edwards said: “It’s clear that global football presented us with a significant opportunity to spread Chevrolet around the world. We recognized that it’s not only the world’s biggest sport but also the world’s most engaged fans.”  GM's chief marketing officer Joel Ewanick focused on the relative costs, saying: "There’s a lot of value in the Super Bowl, but at one point it gets to be too expensive. Enough is enough, you have to pull back.”

What was the best news for Sounders' fans from the Sounders' 2-1 loss in a reserve game to Vancouver?

Steve Zakuani played for 45 minutes. Zakuani told the Kitsap Sun he was pleased “with his progress and promised a return to Major League Soccer this season.”  Imagine that Seattle remains in contention late into the season and all of a sudden has the ability to pick Zakuani.  It might be enough for even coach Sigi Schmid to see the bright side rather than focusing on his Open Cup coin flip conspiracy theories. 

Staying in the MLS Reserve League, what was the worst news for Galaxy fans out of the weekend?

Leonardo, just returning from injury, had to be stretchered off the field after a collision with Portland forward Sebastian Rincon. Leonardo tore ligaments in his right know last April, and had just been reinstated to the Galaxy's active roster after two surgeries and a long rehabilitation.

The central defender, who was looked at as one possible answer to the Galaxy's season-long issues in defense, had played in two previous Reserve League games and 90 minutes in last Tuesday's loss to Carolina in the US Open Cup. Galaxy Goalkeeper Josh Saunders made his first appearance since the end of April in this Reserve League game.

If you've got a ticket for the Sounders game in Montreal on June 16th, in which facility in Montreal are you watching the game?

The expanded, 20,000 seat Saputo Stadium. The Impact return from the international break and host their first game in their outdoor stadium. Saputo Stadium will have a grass field. The Impact plans to play its first three games of each season at Olympic Stadium because of the weather in Montreal.

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One Response to Questions: Standards And Reserves

  1. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Fantastic idea about concussion substitutions. Unfortunately, there will have to be some provisions to avoid abuse. (What? Coaches cheat?) Perhaps it is limited to the first 60 minutes. Or a process for league medical review afterwards with possible fines if cheating is suspected.