Despite previous listings on the FIFA and AFA websites, it appears the friendly between the U.S. men’s national team and Argentina — once believed to be in Seattle on March 26 — isn’t coming here after all. So says Steven Goff of the Washington Post on his blog late Tuesday night.
Sounds like issues in negotiations kept this one from coming to Qwest Field, which surely would have been packed. FOX Soccer’s and SBI’s Ives Galarcep for months had said things didn’t look good for the game coming here.
Hopefully the powers that be can agree to bring something U.S. Soccer-related to Seattle one of these days. Though, I guess if you’re looking for a party you can still attend Steve Zakuani‘s birthday bash.
I’ve got some other links after the jump:
Major League Soccer happenings
— The news keeps coming out of Los Angeles, where defender Gregg Berhalter has agreed to become the team’s first player-coach. The veteran talked about the move a little bit more to Luis Bueno of MLSsoccer.com.
— Colorado Rapids defender Tyrone Marshall (used to that yet?) also caught up with the league website. One of his high-profile teammates, Omar Cummings, reportedly has a price tag of $3 million if Aston Villa wants to sign him permanently.
— While it’s just one man’s opinion, ranking the MLS team names 1-18 is pretty entertaining. As was the rumor that the NFL’s Giants and Jets were interested in buying AS Roma, which was shot down from the Jets’ side.
— An old friend caught up with the RSL academy in Arizona, though Greg Vanney found a new job upon the publication of this one.
— Briefly, MLS commissioner Don Garber is going to meet with some folk in Miami (a future location for an expansion franchise?), Landon Donovan might be open to an Everton loan in 2012, another plea to get Freddy Adu back here in MLS, Brazilian journeyman Fred is apparently seeking options outside the league and here are some things the Vancouver Whitecaps fans can look forward to next season.
Some NCAA and USMNT notes
— If your curious on some of the young talent coming to the league, here are a few profiles and interviews with hopeful draftees Zarek Valentin, Bobby Warshaw and Anthony Ampaipitakwong (I pity the beat writers of the team that drafts that last guy).
— Here are some college seniors that one writer suggests you keep an eye on and here’s a story looking at MLS success from Hermann Trophy winners, a list that included Seattle’s newly acquired forward O’Brian White.
— Take a look at some U.S. nationals that could benefit from a move this winter.
— And, as always, a video to close it. How about a guy getting sent off for punching someone in the face. The kicker? He took a shot at his own teammate.