Loose Ends (Really, I'm Not Posting)
I caught DuNord's citation of the Houston Republic FC idea, later to be revealed as a hoax. Now, while that appears to be conceptual art, I was intrigued enough to poke around and see what I could see. And on a whim I did a WhoIs search for houstonrepublicfc.com... Nothing. What about republicfc? Nope. But, as an interesting note, I did find out that fchouston.com (Note: Currently has a placeholder page) has been registered on 19 December 2005 for three years by a Phil Green. Could that be the same Phil Green who is the general manager of MLSNet.Com? I wonder... And I wonder how Houston fans will feel if their team name is nearly identitical to FC Dallas?
Forget it, I'm closing up shop until 2006. Holidays are meant for relaxing, which is what I aim to do. See you in January.
Sorry I am behind on things, like posting the Jamie O'Connor interview. I promise to get to it, but real life has suddenly become a bit more demanding recently. However, I did want to show you a picture I grabbed while walking around L'Enfant Plaza. There, in the window of a sports shop, was a framed picture you could buy. I find it interesting for what it does show, and what it doesn't. And, no, there was no label like "Teams of RFK". It was just simply what it is:
I went to a division III school in Pittsburgh, but many of the people from my High School went to UM, so I've sort of adopted them as my surrogate Division I team in all NCAA Sports. So it's nice that the Terrapins are national champions. Congratulations... Any chance you might let Jason Garey fall to 7th in the SuperDraft?
Just a quick post on the World Cup Draw, which I would probably have to write more on if this were a general US Soccer Blog. Initial reactions from WCiS, The Dawg, Mike H., and the like are all along the "Ouch, tough group, but let's get out anyways" variety. But really, if the US doesn't make it out of the group stage, considering the competition, does that mean the USA didn't succeed? I don't think so.
We Keep Freddy
The article that Steve Goff teased in his chat is now up: Adu, United Resolve Differences.
In his first media interview in seven weeks, Adu told The Post: "We laid everything on the table and everything is resolved. It's over and now we can concentrate on winning the championship again."
"It's not so much what Peter told me, it's what I got out of it," Adu said in a telephone interview from Bradenton, Fla., where he has begun off-season training. "There were misunderstandings between both sides and we settled that. I don't want to go into specifics and details, but it's behind us now. I'm glad I had the meeting with Peter, I'm glad I had the meeting with D.C. United and everything worked out great and I'm looking forward to the future...I don't want to go back and talk about that and dwell on it. What happened is past now and that's that...I love D.C. United."
Washington, D.C.: Is Adu still not talking to the press? I'm surprised there hasn't been an article in the Post about his call-up to the US MNT camp.
Steven Goff: Funny you should ask. Check washingtonpost.com early this afternoon. Freddy speaks!
Then I would say something like "IMPACTING..." And then I would probably write about how great King Kong is going to be, and how brilliant Peter Jackson is, and how Hilarly Clinton...
And you would all delete me from the bookmark list.
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.
If things start to look weird around here, well, everything is okay, so don't panic. Basically, I'm going to try and experiment with the look and feel of this site. Most of the time you shouldn't notice anything, but it is possible that you might catch me in the odd moment of messing around.
This is only tangentially soccer related, but if you were wondering "who is a national disgrace?" well, check out the answer according to Google.