The timing of yesterday’s announcement that Giovani Dos Santos had officially signed for LA Galaxy was impeccable. Less than five minutes after the US Senate panel hearing on corruption in international soccer had ended, MLS’ LA Galaxy changed the conversation on social media as fans and soccer media marveled at the signing, and discussed how MLS will award two more All Star Players/Bonuses in 2015.
So, we thought we’d take a moment to pause the morning after to look back and see what the US soccer media’s reaction was to the explosive US Senate hearing by reviewing select Twitter accounts for the people who cover the sport in this country.
We’re taking into consideration that not everyone was watching the panel hearing yesterday. With a busy day in Gold Cup and club games, many reporters may have been traveling or writing pieces about other matches, but here’s what we found and what was said:
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Alexi Lalas (FOX Sports)
Yes, @ussoccer can affect change, but the Senate folks may be overestimating how much power the U.S. actually wields in the world of soccer.
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) July 15, 2015
Taylor Twellman (ESPN)
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) July 15, 2015
Eric Wynalda (FOX Sports)
Andrew Das (New York Times)
Flynn huddling with an attorney before answering is a horrible look for a guy who's not even under oath.
— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) July 15, 2015
Steven Goff (Washington Post)
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 16, 2015
Michelle Kaufman (Miami Herald)
Brian Sciaretta (American Soccer Now)
Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)
Brian Straus (Sports Illustrated)
Matt Doyle (MLS)
Leander Schaerlaeckens (Freelancer)
Steve Davis (Freelancer)
Ives Galarcep (SBI Soccer)
You've probably never watched CSPAN-3 before, but it's must-see TV right now for soccer fans. U.S. Soccer facing heat re: FIFA corruption.
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) July 15, 2015
Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated)
US Soccer should exert more influence in FIFA due to US TV $, sponsors & WC ticket-buyers, but DC pols overestimating US influence as well.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 15, 2015
Liviu Bird (Sports Illustrated)
Would be quite shocking, with how Blazer helped SUM get World Cup television rights, if nobody in MLS or USSF had inkling of his corruption.
— Liviu Bird (@liviubird) July 15, 2015
Christopher Harris (World Soccer Talk)
Dan Flynn is a patsy for USSF, being thrown under the bus by USSF President Sunil Gulati. Not a good look for US. What does it have to hide?
— World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) July 15, 2015
Kyle McCarthy (FOX Sports)
— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) July 15, 2015
Simon Evans (Reuters)
CONCACAF hasn't actually made any "sweeping reforms" at all. None. They put out a press release about vague proposals.
— Simon Evans (@sgevans) July 15, 2015
Brooke Tunstall (American Soccer Now)
— Brooke Tunstall (@YesThatBrooke) July 15, 2015
Jonathan Tannenwald (Philly.com)
Blumenthal was perfectly right to nail Dan Flynn about what he knew and when he knew it. But the question is what he does next.
— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) July 15, 2015
Seth Vertelney (Goal.com)
My report from today's Senate subcommittee hearing, where U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn got some grilling http://t.co/JKikq5t2cx
— Seth Vertelney (@svertelney) July 15, 2015
Paul Kennedy (Soccer America)
— SoccerAmerica (@socceramerica) July 16, 2015
Jeremiah Oshan (SB Nation)
Oh man, this poor congresswoman…. Probably could have used a bit more prep.
— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) July 15, 2015
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