At long last the MLS season schedule for 2011 is coming! Though, for Sounders FC fans, three of the dates are already known.
— The league has announced the home opener will be Tuesday, March 15 against the L.A. Galaxy.
— In the same release it was revealed that Seattle will play at New York on that Saturday, March 19.
— Then on its Facebook page the Galaxy leaked a July 4 home game against the boys in rave green.
The rest comes sometime Thursday and much planning will be done by all of us, I’m sure. Though much of the year will remain unknown, including the U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League and that remarkably mysterious friendly.
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— This is a little old but David Beckham will remain in England for a while training with Tottenham. He also took the time to help some stranded folk on the side of the road. Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl had a condemning take on the guy avoiding Galaxy camp, and I agree with him.
— Former Wake Forest star Cody Arnoux is close to signing with MLS. The guy played for Vancouver’s USL side last year after a failed stint in England but MLS wouldn’t allow him to sign with the Whitecaps FC’s expansion side. He’d likely enter through a weighted lottery.
— It’s too bad we didn’t get to see the U.S. men’s national team play Egypt, but clearly more important things are going on that prevented that one. The rest of the world enjoyed a day of friendlies and you can check out the scores here. I’ve posted some of my favorites highlights below.
— Here’s a story of the richest club teams in the world for the 2010 season. A pair of Spanish giants lead the way.
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My favorite goal of the day was Wesley Sneijder’s strike for the Dutch against Austria. The buildup was phenomenal, the set up was sublime and the finish was masterful. Not hard to wonder why so many people love watching Holland.
Another “highlight” of the day was this ridiculous tackle by Brazilian Hernanes on Karim Benzema of France. He rightly earned a red card for the karate kick, but somehow I remember a similar tackle in the World Cup final not getting the same punishment.