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Friday, May 28, 2010

Presidents Obama, Clinton Meet With US Squad

The US National Team began their day with a trip to the White House. There the 23 men met with President Obama , former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Biden. They took pictures and seemingly spoke in a very jovial and joking manner. What a great day for these men and a great beginning to their journey.

Steve Cherundolo Drawing Interest

It has been a good week for Steve Cherundolo. First, he was named to the US World Cup Roster and now it is being released that he is drawing interest from multiple clubs. The Hanover 96 player is weighing his options right now and an offer from his current club.

He has also been linked to several other teams, AS Roma and FC Nürnberg have been named specifically. He has also drawn interest from unnamed teams in the English Premier League, Spain's La Liga, and a French team.

USA World Cup Roster

Pos Name
- G   Brad Guzan
- G   Marcus Hahnemann
- G   Tim Howard
- D   Carlos Bocanegra
- D   Jonathan Bornstein
- D   Steve Cherundolo
- D   Jay Demerit
- D   Clarence Goodson
- D   Oguchi Onyewu
- D   Jonathan Spector
- M  DaMarcus Beasley
- M  Michael Bradley
- M  Ricardo Clark
- M  Clint Dempsey
- M  Maurice Edu
- M  Benny Feilhaber
- M  Stuart Holden
- M  José Francisco Torres
- F  Jozy Altidore
- F  Edson Buddle
- F Landon Donovan
- F Robbie Findley
- F Herculez Gomez

Friday, May 21, 2010

DaMarcus Beasley Wants To Stay In Europe

DaMarcus Beasely has been a proud member of the famed Scottish Premier League team Rangers for years now. This changed recently when the team informed him that they would not offer him a new contract. Come July 1, 2010 he is a man without a team. One of America's best young talents is a free man. One would think this is a great time for the MLS to step up and bring the 27 year old former Chicago Fire winger home and that may just happen, but not if it is up to Beasley.

In an interview given to, Beasley said:

"My first option is Europe. I’m open to a lot of different possibilities and opportunities for myself. Right now come July 1, I don’t have a club. So I’m looking for different opportunities. MLS could be one or it could not. I had a great time, but Scotland is done, I’m looking forward to opening a new chapter in my book. Whether that’s in England, Spain, Greece or whatever. I would love to stay in Europe, it’s my first option … Any club that needs a left midfielder or a right midfielder, I’m available.”

Judging from this statement a return to the MLS will be a last ditch effort to remain a professional soccer player and I cannot see that many teams in Europe passing on him. He is a talented player and with his clear intent on remaining in Europe, he will no doubt find a club that wants him and if he is smart one that he will get significant playing time on.

A few options to think about; a lower level team in one of the top tier leagues i.e. Wolverhampton or a West Ham looking to get back where they below at the top with a young and most likely affordable player in the EPL. He could remain in Scotland with a Falkirk, which is just a 15 minute train ride from Ibrox Stadium where Rangers play, and show his former team what they missed out on. The list can go on and on. The bottom line is that DaMarcus Beasley wants to remain in Europe and when you step back and look at the big picture, he is a talented player in his prime with literally hundreds of teams to connect with and it surely will happen.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Thierry Henry Newest MLS Star

Today is a great day for the MLS and soccer in America. The Boston Globe is reporting that Thierry Henry is the newest member of the New York Red Bulls. He is expected to join the club after the World Cup.

This signing is right up there with David Beckham signing with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. While Thierry is not the superstar pop culture icon that Beckham is, he is a far superior player and truly on of the elite players to has taken to the fild over the last decade. Today is finally theday the MLS has truly commited to growth. In 2007 after Beckham signed, many felt that that the league needed to sign more stars away from the European leagues. It took the better part of 3years to sign the next superstar and maybe today is the beginnning of much greater things to come. What ever the future may bring for the MLS, one thing is for certain, American soccer fans will be able to enjoy one of the best talents to ever step on a MLS field!

Soccer Remains On Top

2010 FIFA World CupFor the third consecutive week EA Sports 2010 FIFA World Cup game has remained on top of the video game world.

‘2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa’ (-42%) hits a hat-trick of weeks at No1 despite strong competition from 3 new games making their debuts in the Top 5 this week.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 title ‘Alan Wake’ enters at No2, only 1,000 sales behind FIFA. First announced back in 2005 and developed by Finnish Max Payne developer Remedy Entertainment, Alan Wake also tops the Xbox 360 chart almost 12,000 sales ahead of Capcom’s newcomer ‘Lost Planet 2’. Although released early (on Tuesday rather than Friday) and on both Xbox 360 and PS3, ‘Lost Planet 2’ has to settle for No3 in the All Formats Chart. Ubisoft’s ‘Just Dance’ falls to its lowest position for 7 weeks, slipping to No4 but maintaining its position as the week’s top selling Wii game despite a 19% drop in sales. EA have this week’s third new entry at No5 with ‘Skate 3’ and is the most represented publisher in the Top 10 thanks to a 5% rise in sales for ‘Battlefield: Bad Company 2’ at No6.

Xbox 360 and PS3 newcomers ‘Lost Planet 2’ and ‘Skate 3’ enjoy most success on Microsoft’s format with 66% of sales on Xbox 360 for ‘Lost Planet 2’ and 68% for ‘Skate 3’. ‘Modern Warfare 2’ (-14%) slips down from No3 to No7 after 3 weeks of promotion at retail. Final Fantasy XIII bounces back into the Top 10 after 8 weeks outside it, up from No14 to No8, boosted by price promotions which push sales up 90%. Nintendo’s regular big hitters ‘Wii Fit Plus’ and ‘Wii Sports Resort’ fall to No’s 9 and 10 respectively. Neither title has been out of the All Formats Top 10 since they were launched in July (Wii Sports Resort) and November (Wii Fit Plus) last year. There are a large number of re-entries this week thanks to strong price promotions at retail, notably ‘Call of Duty: World at War’ back at No15, ‘Nier’ at No23, ‘Lips: I Love the 80s’ at No25, ‘Bioshock 2’ at No30, ‘Bayonetta’ at No31 and ‘Napoleon: Total War’ at No35.

Aritcle Courtsey of GFK Chart-Track

Saturday, May 15, 2010

DeMarcus Beasley...Homecoming?

Earlier this week DaMarcus Beasley tweeted that he would not be returning to the Glasgow Rangers. This was in many ways a double edged sword for me. On one side, I love Rangers and thought DeMarcus would be a huge addition and contributor to Rangers when he arrived in 2007. Being so young and as talented as he is I hate for him to have to move on.

On the other side being a huge fan of MLS soccer and wanting to see the league grow this is a great opportunity for the league to set up and sign a home grown player of Beasley's talent. I feel that the MLS
needs to sign all the players that they can in order to become a premier league. I realize that DaMarcus Beasley is not the next coming of Pele, but he is a talented guy who would be well received on his home soil.

To all MLS teams, pick up your phone, open your check books and bring DeMarcus Beasley back to the US! Directory