This wasn’t the best kept secret in the league, but the MLS Cup was granted to the lovely city of Toronto and the new grass surface of BMO Field. I like the idea of rewarding the soccer-friendly cities in the league, even if it’s north of the border.
“MLS commissioner Don Garber said despite the increased potential of bad weather with the late date of the game and the fact the 21,700-seat capacity at BMO Field is well below the MLS Cup’s average attendance, Toronto is the right host because of the way the city embraces the team and big events.”
Nevermind the backhanded compliment, I guess.
Another interesting thing I saw yesterday was on the league website. Who knew MLSsoccer.com would write stories like this? Non-confirmation confirmation that Manchester United is playing the MLS all-stars? Kind of odd. How should we read into that?
Anyways, let’s get to the links:
- Here are our stories for Wednesday’s paper. Freddie Ljungberg talked about his injury for the first time and here’s the latest edition of my power rankings.
- Some Sounders FC notes: Kasey Keller finally updated his blog by saying he’s going to update his blog. Also, here’s a bit on James Riley from the Seattle team site.
- Elsewhere around the league, Steve Zakuani might have cost the poor Philadelphia right back his job (David Myrie was released). Additionally, here’s a story on ex-Husky Mike Chabala and ex-youth national team player Danny Szetela is on trial with the Union.
- More MLS news, New England is set to play Cruziero. Speaking of Brazil, L.A. is dealing with an influx of foreign talent. Lastly, RSL is focusing on staying focused.
- Around the world of soccer: Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho is not happy at Inter Milan, Jens Lehmann apparently is not coming to MLS and will retire after this season and, finally, Maradona needed emergency surgery after his dog bit his face. Seriously.
- Lastly, it was heartbreak for Manchester United and Red Devils fans in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Bayern Munich. Not only did United blow a 1-0 lead and allow a goal in stoppage time, but all-world forward Wayne Rooney left the stadium in crutches. Also, Lyon beat Bordeaux 3-1 in the other pairing.
Some videos before you go. I know you all love picking between two great goals, so which of one these is better?
1. Ozan Ipek of Bursaspor in the Turkish Super League v. Denizlispor
2. Adrian Peralta of Rosario Central in Argentina’s Clausura v. Huracan