Do DC’s, Chicago’s, and NY’s slow hiring processes indicate a relunctance to add anothre guy to the payroll when, in teams minds, they aren’t expecting to play soccer when opening day rolls around this Spring? If you’re bunkering down for a lockout/strike, why go out and hire a coach, who regardless of labor status, would cash a paycheck? Does the fact that DC, Chicago, and NY still don’t have coaches indicate that, amongst these organizations at least, that they don’t think they’ll need a coach come opening day? I am not sure I believe this to be the case, but it’s an idea I had. UPDATE: Zenga is supposedly interested in the Red Bulls job. Until he’s secured, my theory is still worthy of discussion, I think.
Kartik takes a break from telling the entire world that the US will go 0-3 and allow 48 goals in the World Cup to suggest that DaMarcus Beasley should be recalled to the US. Uh no. Kartik says:
DaMarcus has been tested recently and he has failed. You can’t allow young “untested” players to prove themselves on the big stage without actually putting them on the big stage. Also, one of the flaws we discovered at the Confederations Cup was, in fact, DaMarcus Beasley. Am I downplaying his recent success with Rangers? Yes, the SPL is a joke and so is Rangers’ record in Europe. They finished bottom of the Champions League’s weakest group while allowing 13 and scoring only four goals. We’ve seen what Beasley has done against top-flight opposition and it wasn’t pretty. If he wants us to take his club form seriously, he should’ve thought twice before signing with Rangers.
The crazed reaction to Manchester City’s “coverup” regarding Mark Hughes is just the usual jingoism wrapped up in a new package. If either City’s owners were British and Hughes was not, you wouldn’t hear half the noise over the Blues’ decision to can him and replace him with Roberto Mancini. People are acting like it’s a shock that City may have been talking to other candidates while Hughes was still under contract. That’s complete nonsense. At all but the most secure clubs, managers and owners are always analyzing their options. That said, it sounds like City’s front office has retained the mayhem and chaos that always made City such underachievers. It’s good to see that some traditions in this sport are still being carried on.