A little bit of this and that for Tuesday.
Thanks to Tom for finding some footage of the US-Israel Milk Cup game from yesterday. Both of the goals can be found in the last 45 seconds of this video.
Brent Latham talked to US U-18 head coach Mike Matkovich about the ongoing Milk Cup.
Latham also has a story up on ESPN Soccernet about Jose Torres’ attempt to get back into the USMNT picture.
While Alejandro Bedoya has agreed to a deal with Rangers to join the club after his contract ends this winter, Rangers really really want him now.
Danish side Brøndby apparently made some recent attempts to acquire Teal Bunbury from Sporting Kansas City, but had both offers rejected by MLS/Sporting KC.
Sebastian Lletget came off the bench and got some minutes with West Ham’s first team in a recent preseason friendly against Dagenham & Redbridge.
And finally, Jermaine Jones has returned to training with Schalke although the club would like to sell him, but there are not a lot of buyers out there interested in his services (likely due to his big contract).
I love that MLS rejects offers for players that aren’t getting time. This is the first time in 16 years that I have paid attention to MLS and the young American players aren’t being developed nor getting playing time. Instead MLS teams are going after no name, washed up has-beens to fill out their roster.
More proof that the soccer system in this country is broken.
I’m all for the Beckham’s, Henry’s, Marquez’s, etc. to come over because they are HUGE names but some of the guys over here are a freaking joke.
MLS better knip this in the butt or it is going to set back the development of this countries soccer greatly.
seriously, chicago fire getting 35 yr old pavel pardo. complete joke.
Yeah, I certainly can’t think of any young Americans getting playing time in the MLS. Well, other than Brek Shea, Sheanon Williams, Perry Kitchen, Bill Hamid, Ethan White, George John, Zach Loyd, Omar Gonzalez, Luis Gil, Omar Salgado, Tim Ream, Juan Agudelo, Rich Balchan, Eric Alexander, Jack McInerney, Will Bruin, Jalil Anibaba, Dilly Duka, just to name a few off the top of my head. Oh yeah, I forgot CJ Sapong – you know, the guy who took Bunbury’s job.
But Pardo might take 29 year-old Logan Pause’s job. What an outrage.
Oh look we have a smart*** on our hands!!! How exactly are Salgado, Mc, Agudelo, Bunbury, etc. getting developed? When I say young I don’t mean 24 year olds Loyd and John. I’m not talking about 23 year old Ream.
Where is Corben Bone? Gabe Ferrari? Victor Pineda?
Should I do other teams other than Chicago since you wanted to be a know it all?
My comment was development and playing time. Read and assess 100% next time. My point was why keep a player that you aren’t going to play? The league was founded to improve American soccer and has done that, however at the rate the league is going it will retract I’m afraid and it needs to be stopped.
No, actually I can take issue with part of your comment without having to refute it point by point. “Young Americans aren’t being developed nor playing getting time” logically implies “young Americans aren’t getting playing time”. Even if you arbitrarily declare that 23 years old doesn’t count as young, there’s still a list of over ten young Americans who have gotten significant playing time in the MLS this season. That I came up with off the top of my head. In about thirty seconds.
I apologize to rest of the readership for taking William’s bait, but sometimes I have a hard time letting abject silliness like that go unchallenged.
Bone/Ferrari/Pineda are spectacularly bad examples of poor development. Bone will no longer be “young” (at least in William’s opinion) in a few weeks and has shown very little on a bad team. Ferrari is even older and has washed out of at least a half dozen teams. Pineda is the worst example since he is only 18 (!). The number of players around the world getting PT at his age in a league of the MLS’ caliber or better is vanishingly small. If the situation is the same by the time he turns 20, then there may be an issue.
2 areas of concern with the MLS and player development that I have are with (1) the playoff system and (2) the DP system. With a playoff system that allows most teams in and leaves most of the rest with hope to make it, it takes away the incentive of bad teams to give PT to young players. As for DP’s, being that they are mostly foreign, they clearly will take PT away from other players and with the league’s record with DP’s, that’s not always a good thing. Then again, these two points really support the league’s primary goal – which is to make money.
While its true that some younger, mostly defensive players are getting some good playing time, for the most part I tend to think the MLS is not a great league for younger players to get their feet wet. MLS teams are starting to sign international forwards and midfielders more and more. Its good for the quality of the league but not for most young players.
I’m bewildered as to why Sporting KC and MLS rejected the offers for Bunbury. If he wants to go and there is money to be made from this deal, why not let him go???
Because it would be a great example of selling an asset at it’s lowest value. If they believe he has good or great potential to improve both on his abilities and his current form and they don’t need the money immediately, there’s no reason to sell.
@Steve Trittschuh: Interesting point about attacking vs. defensive talent. I guess it’s kind of a chicken vs. egg problem, but I think teams bring in foreign forwards out of necessity: there just aren’t that many good American forwards (just have a look at the USMNT).
Take the Galaxy, for example. I’m sure they’d be ecstatic to give playing time to a promising 20 year-old American forward if they had one (Jack McBean isn’t quite there yet). But they don’t, so they’re stuck with a 35 year-old Colombian and a couple of mediocre journeymen. The alternative to importing forwards would be a league with an even more anemic goal-scoring rate than it presently has.
That said, the young forwards with a decent amount of talent (eg Braun, Sapong, Lenhart, Agudelo, Bruin, Mwanga*, Barouch*) get their chance, and it’s up to them what to do with it. Bunbury could be starting now, but he hit an awful run of form that relegated him to the bench. It’s not like he wasn’t given a chance. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with giving guys solid competition for their playing spots.
*Yeah, I know they’re technically not Americans, but they are green card holders.
The offer for Bunbury wasn’t really that good. Considering that he isn’t a free agent, requesting a player come for a four-day trial is a bit of an insult. The loan-to-buy option really isn’t much better. If Brøndby wants Bunbury, they should probably offer something more reasonable (even for a reserve forward without many goals lately).
Bunbury’s had a rough year (although even as a Sporting fan I will admit people overrated his 5 goals last season), but I think he’s still part of their long-term plans. Sapong is better at the CF role right now, but Ryan Smith is pretty much done (hasn’t been playing anyway) and I would guess that they leave Kei Kamara unprotected in the expansion draft (although there’s no guarantee Montreal picks him up at $200K).
JM, you can’t have it both ways. Are the players I mentioned getting PT and are they being developed? I don’t want to hear the excuses. Every team has 2-4 examples that are very similar. I’m glad you’re a MLS apologist but it just doesn’t add up.
Ufficio, the abject silliness is getting a washed up Pardo to water down the talent level in MLS. The abject silliness is encouraging players to go to College Soccer instead of joining an academy (which we are thankfully moving closer to by the year). The abject silliness is having a salary cap at this point in MLS history. Now the last one is obviously my opinion and relative to what you think may occur if teams like LA, NY and Sea were allowed to spend without restriction.
Look buddy, I like MLS and root for its success. I hope the NBA lockout lasts long enough for the top players to go to Europe so MLS can step right in and take over. But if you can’t see a dangerous trend with the signings of some MLS clubs then we’ll just have to agree to disagree. Mario Martinez, Monsereau, Singh, Waigo, and Dahmane are names linked to MLS in the last two weeks. Who? The general fan is NOT going to know who these people are.
I wish MLS would make the decision to cut ties with FSC and move onto VS. or whoever, market the u23’s, and put these guys in front of casual fans. That is how you’re going to hook them…play to national pride.
Hopefully this is more clear and makes better sense.
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