It has been reported that Major League Soccer officials have descended on Central Florida this week to influence Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners vote for a soccer facility that will host the third division Orlando City in their proposed move to Major League Soccer. I can confirm through my sources in Central Florida that Orlando City Soccer Club does NOT currently have the number of votes needed as of press time to get the project passed through the Orange County Commission.
It is generally acknowledged that in the area that a MLS team would be a boom for Orlando, both economically and in terms of international stature. Everyone in the political leadership at the City and County level want MLS. The question is after the City has poured over a hundred million dollars into the renovation of the Citrus Bowl, a project that that will be complete by the start of 2015 MLS season, why should Orlando City have a different facility? Clearly as a fan of this sport everyone reading this understands why Orlando City Soccer Club must have a soccer-specific stadium, but some locally don’t see the logic we do.
One way or another, I predict the concerns are eased and the project passes. MLS will then award Orlando a franchise at MLS Cup 2013.
In the Bundesliga, The ghost goal by Stefan Kießling temporarily lifted Leverkusen top of the table but it seems if Bayern continue to improve as we saw in the second half of the 4-1 win against Mainz, everyone else is playing for second. Bayern, down a goal at halftime answered the challenge resoundingly by pushing their full backs further forward and tearing Mainz to shreds in the second half. In the process, Bayern returned to the summit in the Bundesliga.
AS Roma’s start has been too good to believe and while the 2-0 scoreline on Friday I felt was harsh on second placed Napoli, Roma fully deserved the three points. One under discussed story has been the revival of both Gervinho and Maicon exploiting the flanks and space. Gervinho’s best years were with Rudi Garcia at Lille and the French manager has found the formula again for the Ivorian to excel.
As an American, I take a great deal of pride in Giuseppe Rossi’s accomplishments. His second half hat-trick for Fiorentina against Juventus made me very proud. I know many Americans detest Rossi for choosing the Italian National Team over the USMNT but I have always defended him by saying he had to follow his heart and he is every bit as American as the rest of us. Others say since he was born and raised in the USA, he should have played for the United States. If we used that standard then several current US Men’s National Team players would have been ineligible to play for the USA.
FC Dallas fizzled out this season but I must pay tribute to Schellas Hyndman who, over the course of five full seasons, did an excellent job finding talent and integrating college stars into his FC Dallas team. This season was a disappointment considering the Hoops start but Hyndman’s contributions to MLS and FC Dallas should never be forgotten.