Local legend Alan Hinton, who coached the old NASL Sounders and did broadcast work for many season for the MLS team, has been providing his thoughts on the MLS season throughout the year. There hasn’t been much league action to comment on, but he did offer some thoughts on the World Cup during his European vacation.
Here is his latest offering:
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Hi from panoramic beautiful Porto Cervo, Sardinia!
The World Cup is so refreshing, and it’s incredible how well CONCACAF teams have performed, including a miracle so far with Costa Rica winning their group ahead of a bad England team, Italy and Uruguay.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinnsman got his team selection and tactics just right to go through to the elimination rounds. It’s great for U.S. soccer and certainly will help the Sounders’ growth around the world with the performances of Clint Dempsey and two games so far in the introduction to top international soccer for youngster DeAndre Yedlin.
Mexico, which was so bad in qualifying and fortunate to make the tournament, also advanced from a group with favored Brazil. Mexico proves that with the right leadership it is possible to go quickly from a poor team to a very good team. Amazing.
So the U.S. is still playing whilst Spain, England, Italy, Portugal and Russia and others have gone home. The U.S. faces Belgium on July 1. I will watch in Nice, France. It’s so exciting.
Luis Suarez had another biting shocker and will get a four-month suspension. It will be interesting to see how Liverpool will deal with this ugly situation.