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The Week in Review: April 25-29, 2011

Clint Dempsey, Fulham

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Quite possibly this has been one of the darkest weeks in MLS in a long time.  David Ferreira is gone for a while, Steve Zakuani’s situation is even worse, the league handed out the longest suspension in its history, Seattle is suffering even more with O’Brian White’s surgery, and RSL suffered a gut-punch defeat.  All of this overshadowed a good weekend of action and threatens to overshadow what is a good slate of games this weekend.

Fortunately not all is dark and gloomy in American soccer; here are some of the more up-beat stories not covered this week:

  • Big news from London where it was made official: the Red Bulls will be participating in the 2011 Emirates Cup this summer.  Joining them will be hosts Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, and Boca Juniors.  The Red Bulls will face PSG on July 30th and Arsenal the next day.  That is an incredible schedule.
  • Congratulations to Clint Dempsey whose two goals this week moved him up to #1 on the Fulham all-time EPL scoring list, passing fellow American Brian McBride.  Dempsey has 33 goals for his Fulham career but he noted after the game that his goals secured enough points for Fulham to stay in the EPL next season.
  • Congratulations to another American abroad.  Stuart Holden won the Bolton Wanderers’ Supporters’ Association player of the year award despite missing part of the season due to injury.
  • When DC United visits Houston tonight, there will be a special ceremony honoring former Dynamo keeper and current DCU coach/player Pat Onstad for his illustrious career in Texas.  He played in 136 games for the Dynamo and was a fan favorite, although he is unlikely to start.
  • Twitter has been awash with the social media battle between Teal Bunbury and Juan Agudelo.  I do not want to bias anyone, so check out their “feud”.
  • New England seems to be revving up (sorry couldn’t resist) at the right time.  First they pick up Benny Feilhaber and now their injured offseason signing may be match fit.  Ousmane Dabo played 76 minutes in New England’s 3-2 win over DC United in the U.S. Open Cup this week, and although Steve Nicol didn’t have a timetable for him to crack the starting XI, the midfielder looked good in his debut.

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  1. Andy

    April 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I don’t understand MLS. They never have any games on during the weekend during the day. The game of the week is on a friday night. People go out on friday night. No one stays home to watch soccer. It’s a saturday and there are no MLS games on tv today

    you would get the biggest ratings and most exposure with a saturday afternoon game every weekend.

    Saturday should be MLS Matchday – put a game on saturday afternoon . I realize it gets hot in some cities, so you will need night games, but having a day game and a night game on tv on a saturday would be better than a friday night game and nothing else all weekend

    • Alan

      May 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Unfortunately, I think that a lot of that has to do with Fox Soccer and their open slots. Luckily, I have MLS Matchday Live. Too bad you have to pay for it even though it isn’t that much.

      I also agree about Friday night. It is an odd slot. I actually liked Thursday night games (one a week is plenty). Maybe they just need to find a different channel to have a deal with. Also, what about having a deal with both Fox Soccer AND Versus. Not sure of all of the ramifications of this, but that would give it even more exposure. Just a thought.

  2. Norfolk Enchants

    April 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    The Revs are going to surprise everybody this year.

    And in case you all forgot, Dempsey was part of the Revolution.

    • Charles

      April 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      I like how Dempsey passes McBride.

  3. Charles

    April 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    LA has to be thinking revenge.

    Not sure what the rest of your are thinking. Houston, DC and Portland ?
    I am excited for every game and have my DVR working overtime, but the biggest game is LA-Dallas.

    Who would have thought a MLS player could be the best player on an EPL team ? Oh thats right Donovan already broke that ground in his circus offseason show.

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