– Damn the MLS Newsstand for linking to so many articles from Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal. All those tempting articles, each boasting a teasing title more tempting than the last: “Leading the League’s Expansion Drive”; “Agent Business Evolves as Sport Grows”; “Talks to Start Soon on New Labor Deal.” I gave up plenty of information – too much, in fact, and given how far I went, they probably already have it – before panicking at the fine print on Street & Smith’s (non-) privacy agreement (e.g. “We reserve the right to announce your browsing history to your mother on national television….and she will cry…” and “Please forward your child’s name, a photograph, and a short list of things that will lure him/her into a car with strangers.”) Anyway, those sound great…I’m sure I’ll cave later…damn them.
– I know all y’all know about tomorrow’s friendly between the U.S. Men’s National Team (Yanquis) and Poland. But I thought I’d pass on what I counted as the most interesting items on that – for instance: Soccer America’s piece calling on Bob Bradley to seek alternatives to perennial automatic Landon Donovan; ESPN.com’s preview (from Jeff Carlisle) which features a public flaying of Benny Feilhaber’s attitude, courtesy of Mr. Bob Bradley (to which Feilhaber should retort, “Well, well…Donovan is your security blanket…so there!”); finally – and this only related because the main article is about the Yanqui roster for the Poland game – the draw for the Beijing ’08 Olympics is on April 20. I didn’t know that till then…it’s possible I’m behind the curve.
– Lastly, but not leastly, did anyone else know Shalrie Joseph coulda/mighta played for our beloved Yanquis? Thoughts on this less-than-relevant revelation? Here’s mine: as much as I believe Joseph would be an upgrade as a deep-lying, central mid and as much as his physical presence would truly be something, we’re pretty stacked in that position. So, yeah, I’d like him to be there, but it’s not the end of the world that he isn’t. I just wish Dwayne DeRosario 1) was American instead of Canadian, or, 2) that he hated being Canadian and loved the U.S. of A. Anyway, good luck in qualifiers, Shalrie. I’m pulling for Grenada.
So…right…that’s it. I mean, no one’s going to vote to call Seattle’s expanion team “Seattle Republic.” Otherwise I’d have to say something about that.