If you’re a soccer fan in America, you’re probably a Cal FC fan today — unless, of course, you support the Sounders.
I referred to Eric Wynalda‘s amateur side as the U.S. Open Cup darlings in my preview story of tonight’s fourth-round game at Starfire Stadium. National coverage the past few days appears to provide confirmation (here, here, here, oh and a video of encouragement from Jay DeMerit here).
Locally, Sounder at Heart caught up with Cal FC goalkeeper Derby Carrillo, who trained with the Sounders not long ago.
The coaches have history, as well, and I asked Sigi Schmid last week if Wynalda would be good for MLS.
“Yeah, I think he’d be good for MLS,” Schmid said. “I was just thinking how (MLS commissioner) Don Garber would feel about it. (laughs) … I’m sure at some point he’d get fined for saying something about the referees or something, but I mean he loves the game. He loves the game. He’s been around the game for a long time now and he’s been around the game obviously as a player and a commentator. There are a lot of examples in other sports of guys who were commentators who went back into coaching and did fairly well.”
Let’s get to some links:
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— First off, Schmid was on with the ExtraTime Radio guys the other day.
— And here’s a local tournament for a good cause.
— The Sounders Women continued their perfect start in W-League play with a 3-0 win Monday night against the Colorado Rapids Women. Here’s a recap and highlights with the team. Alex Morgan also got some air time recently and Hope Solo will soon.
— Another Sounders goalkeeper, Michael Gspurning, got a shout-out from Hall of Famer Tony Meola in this Goal.com piece.
— Here are some tidbits on the U.S. Open Cup fourth round from theCup.us with action kicking off today.
— Around MLS, here’s a closer look at attendance, there’s been some good news on the D.C. stadium front, David Beckham was on the TODAY show and talented Mexican Giovani dos Santos said he’s not interested in coming stateside.
— Also, Montreal signed a homegrown player and confirmed it had interest in Clarence Seedorf, Vancouver brought in a trialist who’s played at a high level, Portland went to the zoo, and New York midfielder Teemu Tainio might have a career-ending injury.
— It looks like Chelsea has a new star, Eden Hazard, to showcase next month in Seattle.
— If you haven’t checked out our European Soccer Challenge for the upcoming Euro ’12, well you should. I’ll be a “celebrity” picker.
— Was Alexi Lalas really asked about Leo Messi, an Argentine, in a Euro ’12 preview? Yes, he was.
— Remember this game? It was 10 years ago today…