For American soccer fans, we are entering a frantic month of soccer. In addition to our normal MLS action, we will have the chance to see the Gold Cup and an impressive friendly against Spain. With the action spread out across the U.S., this may be the most soccer saturated this country has been since the 1994 World Cup – cities across the country even without MLS teams will get to see the beautiful game at a high level.
This has been a busy week in U.S. soccer, and below are some of the stories and topics we have yet to touch on this week.
- Of course the big news is the firing of two coaches, Carlos de los Cobos of the Fire and Teitur Thordarson of the Whitecaps. Chicago Fire Confidential does a great job summarizing the takeover by Frank Klopas in Chicago, as well as details on how it went down, while Vancouver Whitecaps FC blog give a fans perspective on the Thordarson era. Soccer America has a profile of new Whitecaps head coach Tom Soehn.
- Some good news for Colorado fans potentially – Omar Cummings has requested and received a dismissal from the Jamaican national team to continue healing from his injuries, while Tyrone Marshall has also asked for a dismissal during the group stage to help Colorado’s depth. Great news for the Rapids, as both players are now under the watchful eyes of the team.
- Hans Backe was named head coach of the MLS All Stars, who will take on Manchester United on July 27 at Red Bulls Arena.
- A U.S. national has been released by his British club and is looking for work. Will we see Marcus Hahnemann in an MLS shirt this summer, or will he wait for his beloved Seattle to have a spot for him?
- Is Pachuca America’s team? After trading away Herculez Gomes, the team is allegedly in talks with DaMarcus Beasely.
- If you know me you know my love of Freddy Adu, and this is a great interview about his career to this point.
- And finally, who says the U.S. doesn’t love soccer? These TV numbers prove otherwise.