06 December 2005

John, before you go: grab the mike, address the crowd, use a steel chair

Ives Galarcep column today for the HearldNews is a nice little slice of MetroStars "Hot Stove" action....

...If "Hot Stove" is a term you can use in soccer...

...If "action" has any place near the word "MetroStars".

But regardless, aside from the "Which side will Freddy play for" during the first Metros - United fixture, we also have this little bonus:

Metros head coach Mo Johnston's search for an assistant coach has apparently led him to a familiar face in New Jersey soccer. According to sources, former U.S. national team captain John Harkes, once considered a long-shot candidate for the MetroStars head coaching position, is near the top of Johnston's list of potential assistants. MetroStars Director of Communications Matt Chmura confirmed that Harkes is being considered, but he would not reveal any of the other candidates on Johnston's list. Another candidate for the assistant coach position, Manchester City assistant Juan Carlos Osorio, appears to have fallen out of contention.

Now, if Harkes heads over the Metros, I appreciate that he'll be able to coach, which is something he has wanted for a long time. I just hope he acknowledges that this will ruffle some feathers here in DC. So do it right, Harkesie, and then come back to us someday when you turn on the Metros.