Additional Soccer Reading…
A fair number of interesting articles lately in the soccer world…here is a sampling:
Apparently the Crew is bringing on the protégé of the guy who ran Sigi’s Galaxy fitness regime when they won the Cup in 2002. He can’t do worse than last year, when (according to the article) the Crew missed an average of 7.5 players per game due to injury.
You read that right – from a roster of 18 players (and a hanful of developmental players), we had to scrape together a starting 11 and 7 subs from, on average, 11.5 healthy players a game. No wonder times were tough last year.
Very interesting – the one soccer mailing list I’m still on has been agog trying to discern what stadia might be used to host. The conventional wisdom so far seems to be that the bid would focus on NFL stadia at the expense of the MLS grounds, both on their relative capacities and on the tongue-in-cheek notion that MLS, as usual, will play through the World Cup.
A great look at the career of one Brian McBride – so often injured for the Crew, but who has managed to play in 76 consecutive games for Fulham. Damn. The article also closes with a pointed note to the guys at USSF to consider hiring him as a forwards coach for all levels of US Soccer as soon as he’s ready to hang up his boots. I concur.
I’d post more, but unfortunately I’ve got a big committee meeting coming up that I have to prepare for. More later…