03 October 2006

International Relations

Three stories to remind us of the international flavor of soccer. First, DCU reservist forward Robert Ssejjemba, formerly of the USL, has been called up for the Ugandan National Team. Not his first cap, if he plays, but it will be the first time he will have been capped while playing for United.

Second story, the US National Coaching job is apparently narrowed down to five people. No definate word if Mr. Nowak is among the five, but I would think that if two MLS coaches are on the list, he'd probably be one of them. It is an interesting question as to whether Mr. Nowak would be a good choice for the National Team coach, and one I haven't answered for myself yet. There are reasons to think it could go either way.

Finally...Quavas Kirk = Santino Quaranta + Josh Gros? Maybe someday, but right now that's an equation that I think won't pass peer review.

7 Comments:

At 03 October, 2006 14:18, Blogger Doug said...

One more bit of international news, Greg Seltzer reports at yanks-abroad.com that USA will be invited to play in Copa America next year.

 
At 03 October, 2006 15:26, Anonymous bdr said...

In yesterday's soccernet story about the Copa invite

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=383186&cc=5901

it says USMNT will decide whether or not to go by end of October.

They would even consider not going? Let me repeat. They would even consider not going?

 
At 03 October, 2006 15:41, Anonymous Joanna said...

I like the bit about Josh Gros being the Energizer Bunny. Heh.

 
At 03 October, 2006 16:04, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with bdr, they have to go... what reason could there possibly be for not going? MLS commitments of some players? Fear of failure? They have to go. Winning would be nice too.
-K

 
At 03 October, 2006 16:06, Blogger D said...

BDR/AnonK: I agree that they should go, but I suppose it is possible that one of the final 5 coaches indicated he'd rather not, so they might be holding off for a more final decision on that matter.

 
At 04 October, 2006 00:32, Anonymous Nick said...

If we don't go to copa america, then Bruce was right: US soccer people truly are incomptent...

 
At 04 October, 2006 12:37, Blogger Kinney said...

US Soccer people have said no to the Copa before. Numerous times. It took our performance in Germany for them to rethink their position. Also, this helps because it might get US teams invited to the Copa Sudamerica or (I can hope) Liberatodres on a regular basis. That is what happened with Mexico, first a good showing by their national team (with ratings) then regular invites.

 

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