Ramblings of a Soccer Junky
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Here's a shocker, it seems that a 15 year-old given the chance will go to a College keg party. Granted, the 15 year-old in question probably has a better earning potential than anyone else at the bash. But he's still just a kid like any other.

It does seem strange that it took more than a week for the University of Maryland paper to actually bring this article out...but then again, when I was an undergrad, I had a problem with deadlines as well. Perhaps that would explain the lag between the time of the event and the reporting of it. Of course, I doubt the DC United PR Dept was very prompt in responding to the students requests for more information.

This makes me wonder, what happens the major news outlets pick this story up? MLS has pimped young Adu since before he was signed last year as the Savior of US Soccer. Nevermind that there's another guy up in San Jose who held that title just a couple years ago. How will the MLS PR folks spin this story? They've sold the American Soccer public that Adu is the greatest ever, he can do no wrong...but they are protecting him from any potential bad publicity with this with their actions. I'm guessing they are trying to protect his image. After all, MLS has millions riding on his success. As always with this league, the money invested is more important than the player.

Still no word yet on if Adu's mother grounded him.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
So another FIFA sanctioned "International Weekend" came and went and MLS fans were forced to watch their team play without all their biggest names again. Why? Every other league of note did not play league matches last weekend.

C’mon now, MLS has made a point since inception to promote star players all the time. Then they go and force us to have to endure a product that does not have the best possible players on the pitch. What are they thinking?

Yes, I have heard they argument that because the league does not own enough stadiums they have a difficult time moving the matches. Yet, when the prospect of an MLS All-Star team playing Real Madrid was possible, there were not any problems with a change of the schedule. Besides, I do not know exactly when FIFA sets International Dates, but I am sure if MLS asked nicely, FIFA would give the MLS schedule makers plenty of notice so those weekends could be blacked out.

I would be interested to see what sort of attendance teams get on weekends where International Matches are played against MLS matches. I know the doubleheaders in Foxboro and Chicago helped but without them, how would these starless lineups have drawn?

Typically, teams in the English First Division (sorry, Coca-Cola Championship) have three or more players named to international squads (including youth teams) they get to rearrange the match. Would playing the match on a Wednesday hurt attendance more than playing without the stars and having to bring in some other draw for the match?

Then again, I did not think we would ever see the end of the tiebreaker for regular season games… or even the death of the scoreboard clock that stopped when the ref remembered time needed to be added. I guess if we wait long enough, MLS will figure out that there’s a reason the rest of the world does things a certain way and will finally catch on. I am not holding my breath though.

If nothing else, watching the US and then the Galaxy back-to-back on Saturday showed just how much MLS (Steve Sampson in particular) has room for improvement.
An American who fell in love with soccer while living in Europe.

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