I find it very telling that Alex Morgan is featured in the long FOX Sports 1 Happy Days are Here Again promo while no male American soccer player is featured. No question, at this point in time, her and several other US Women’s National Team players are more prominent than any of their male counterparts.
One of the most underrated transfer signings of the summer could be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Borussia Dortmund. A versatile attacking player at Saint-Étienne in Ligue Un, he should provide important cover and depth for BvB this season.
The Cesc Fabregas saga appears to be nearing an end. Or is it? All indications are that the player is not going anywhere but I still think a potential Wayne Rooney sale could force Manchester United to make an offer Barca cannot refuse for Fabregas.
We saw the return of the New York Cosmos this weekend. The Cosmos brand, still arguably the biggest in American soccer, is so big that Pele lit up the Empire State Building on Thursday and the team rang the closing bell at the NYSE on Friday. A sellout crowd saw the Cosmos defeat traditional rivals Fort Lauderdale 2-1 with the winning goal in stoppage time. Many have opted to ignore coverage of the Cosmos return and that is certainly a choice that can be justified, but the sellout crowd and general enthusiasm around New York this week for the game could not be ignored. As a side note, Fort Lauderdale took as many traveling fans to this game a 1,000 miles away as they typically do to their local derby against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. That alone says a great deal about the historic nature of this rivalry and the Cosmos return.
Congratulations to the Austin Aztex and RVA Football club, winners of the PDL and NPSL respectively. These are the fourth division leagues in the United States and a very important link in the development chain for American and other US based players. Neither league gets as much love as it really deserves in the US soccer press, and I was personally disappointed to see so little coverage of either title game this weekend among more American counterparts in the media.