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Week in Review, March 21-25 2011

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After the shine of the first weekend has worn off, MLS gets into the grind with some of its biggest names missing for international duty.  Some teams have a second chance to show they’ve improved, while some have another chance to prove they aren’t bottom feeders.  Make sure you vote in our poll below for your most interesting match of the week:

  • Congrats to RSL coach Jason Kreis.  The team announced that in addition to retiring his number 9 this summer it has extended his contract through the 2013 season.  Kreis is the youngest MLS head coach to win an MLS Cup and has an overall coaching record of 51-42-34.
  • With Landon Donovan playing for the USMNT this weekend, Bruce Arena will give the captain’s armband to Mr. David Beckham in their match this Saturday versus RSL.  This is the first time in three years that Beckham will serve as captain.
  • Speaking of the national team, they will wear their new red kit this weekend against Argentina.  Take a look and learn to love it, because they will wear this one in the 2011 Gold Cup.  I am a bigger fan of the blue myself, but it’s still a good look for the team.
  • The New York Red Bulls released forward Salou Ibrahim this week.  The well-traveled Ghanan scored three goals in 19 games last season.  In addition, the Red Bulls are facing some injury and depth issues, so their match this weekend against Columbus could be quite interesting.
  • New England’s search for an international striker may be coming to an end.  The club brought in Danish striker Rajko Lekic on trial and may make a move to sign him from his current club Silkeborg.
  • And finally, the Ochocinco experiment seems to be going well.  Get the latest from the MLS site.

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  1. pate

    March 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Even injury depleted, RSL-LA is the best game this weekend. What a shame it’s being played without a bunch of National teamers.

  2. Charles

    March 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    GAFFER !?!?
    No post…..WTH !?!?

    “With regard to ratings, MLS also is making a surge. The league’s televised 2011 opener between the Galaxy and Sounders on ESPN was up 129 percent in ratings and 112 percent in viewership, drawing 604,000 English-language viewers.”

    I expect this will be followed up with an article……

  3. Charles

    March 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    The biggest news just happened…. it is Salgado getting permission to play. I am a big believer in Vancouver without him.
    With him ? The West is rediculous now.

  4. Charles

    March 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

    85 has no left, not a good first touch…but he had a base that makes me think, in 2 years I could make him great.

    Who else do you have in the MLS reserve league that thinks ( and is probably right ) he is athletic enough to be able to play for Real Madrid….which he said….WHILE BEING VERY HUMBLE.

    The question is what is his timeframe, if he is thinking play this Saturday for the A team…give me a break. IF it is a project for him….YES.

    • Robert

      March 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

      85 does not have a first touch like the majority of the MLS players. Remember Findleys touch in SA 2010? Give 85 some credit because none of the current MLS players could step into a NFL try out and make any waves.

      I’d rather have KC sign 85 than some over the hill Euro Star plagued with injuries,collecting retirement checks from the single entity welfare system called MLS.

      • Charles

        March 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        Yeah, kind of ironic that Robert Hay left out the fact that Henry on IR already. MLS needs to quit signing those players. Seriously.

        I wasn’t opposed to Henry signing when it happened. I have completely changed my mind. Robert you and I will diverge here, but I think they get in games and realize they will NOT dominate, not even be one of the best on the field many times….then the “injury” comes.
        We all have seen Beckh, Henry, etc. They are good MLS players….nothing more.
        Whether they are washed up or MLS is better it doesn’t matter ( you know where I stand, Beckh still has interest elsewhere )

        • Robert

          March 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

          Charles, its hard for a lot of players to simply dominate at any level. Soccer is the one sport that truly is a team sport.

          85 has been asked to stay and play in a reserve game on Monday.

          • Charles

            March 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

            Agreed, Robert, BUT when they play on Barca, it isn’t hard to dominate. When they play in MLS different story.

            You can insert the typical MLS is holding him back crap that people spew out, but more like it is that it is parity league and many of the opponents are right there with him in playing level.

            yeah, that has been my question all along with Ochoc.

            When you get an athlete of that quality, they can make it,
            does anyone really doubt you could make a top notch soccer player into a baseball player, or other sports…no.

            No doubt, maybe his age is a factor, but does 85 really want to put in the years to make it big. I hope he does, but more like it, he will go back to football soon.

  5. Charles

    March 25, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Come on Toronto fans, give your team a vote.

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