Ramblings of a Soccer Junky
Monday, August 08, 2005
  We're on the Road to Nowhere
Thanks to the LA Times for that title. But Grahame Jones is right...for once.

That game on Saturday was crap. Now, I've been to a lot of Galaxy games over the years...but never before have I felt like leaving early. Saturday came close. There was nothing there and to be honest, there is no way Sampson should remain coach for the Galaxy. He's done nothing but steer the team in the wrong direction.

What gets me is that MLS wanted him to head the MLS XI playing Real Madrid in a couple of weeks. I hafta give him credit for turning it down.

"Quite frankly, we have a lot of work to do here and I think it would be inappropriate for me to leave the team at this time," he said.

"I would love to do it, but we have a game on the Saturday, the [MLS] team leaves on Sunday, they arrive on Monday, they play on Tuesday and then they come back on Wednesday.

Actually, perhaps leaving the team for a few days would be a good thing. How 'bout it Steve? Maybe LA fans could take up a collection and send him on a nice long mid-season vacation. It couldn't make anything worse.

Boy, I sure used restraint there.

Thankfully, there was other action. RSL and Chivas gave us some entertainment. Romos get's an Oscar nomination for his dive. Though I wouldn't put it past Clint to have grabbed the jewels. Actually, that would have made it even more amusing.

Dallas get their new stadium and the media noticed. Let's hope we don't see the kind of empty seats we saw at the Cotton Bowl and that High School stadium. The match was a classic too. Both Fish and Youri lived up to expectations. Sampson, remember you had Fish? (sorry, I've a one track mind today)

What else? Oh yeah, young Freddy got hurt and people are now worried. Gee, lemme see now, you put a 16 year old kid up against men twice his age and you don't think he's got a good chance of getting hurt? The media hype MLS has drummed up around him makes me sick at times. Let the kid grow up. Oh yeah, he'll have been transfered to Chelsea by then so you're getting what you can while you can out of him. Talk about a wasted youth...though it's still better than my wasted youth I guess. :)

Lalas got him some ink in the (London) Times and as always sounded like the most intellegent person in the sport over here.

Of course, they had to ask about Becks...

“If David Beckham wanted to come to the US to play we would make it work, [but] this is not a retirement league,” Lalas said. “It takes a very special player to adapt to the MLS on and off the field. It’s a bitch, man, it is an incredibly physical and fast-paced game. Having said that, this is a market ready to embrace some international stars and I think David Beckham would be a wonderful choice.”
Well, that's enough for now.

Oh, and did I mention it's time for the Galaxy to look for a new coach.
 
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