Ramblings of a Soccer Junky
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
  I'll never understand AEG
I've waited 24 hours to post this....but I'm still baffled. Yesterday, my hero, Alexi Lalas fired Bob Bradley. Now, I'm not going to say that Bradley set the league on fire since joining the Metros...frankly, he hasn't. He's leaving was in the cards most of the season. However, I'm not sure I fully understand the timing. The team is only 3 points out of the playoffs with 3 games left. Kansas City (3 points ahead) are hardly looking like they will easily make the playoffs. Wouldn't it have been better to keep a coach who's had success in the past at the helm until it was certain that the closest the Metros would get to the playoffs would be their Direct Kick subscription?

Oh well, what's done is done. Chances are that even if the Metros did make the playoffs, they'd be out after the first round anyway. Besides, we don't need any more of those silly playoff ads they've had the last couple of years anyway.

So, what's AEG up to? Have they got someone already lined up to take over at the Meadowlands? Probably. I've a feeling Mo Johnson will be back as second-in-charge before the end of the season. Remember, Doug Hamilton's "extensive search" for Sigi Schmid's replacement only took 48 hours.

Now I've no numbers to back this up, but I've always felt that teams with a new coach are more dangerous than they would normally be. Something about being fired up to prove themselves to their new coach...or something like that. Perhaps it's the kick in the backside the Metros need at this point. After all, they do have a lot of talent on their squad and are probably the second biggest underachievers in the league (playoff bound LA, in my opinion, are first there)

So, let's see what the Metro's do in Chicago tonight. Good luck to them...after that 4-1 come-from-behind loss in DC on Saturday, they need it.

Of course, when Lalas' playing contract wasn't renewed (or was it terminated?) he was offered a gig in San Jose. Could Mr. Hamilton be calling Bradley in the near future?
 
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