We are a day closer to the home opener. That is the good news. MLS continues to struggle in the CCL. That is the bad news. Even though we aren't in it, I still root for MLS teams. It's important for the league to be successful in CONCACAF. It's a great way for the league to measure itself versus Mexican teams and I hope to see more MLS success in the future. Now for some really, really, really good news….
That's right, Magic Mike isn't in the octagon versus Yallop. It seems that all is well on Harlem and hope that Mike gets some time this weekend. Now for some more news.
With 302 appearances with Hannover, 87 caps and three World Cups, Steve Cherundolo retires as one of the most successful US players ever. Cherundolo has been struggling with knee injuries for more than a year and at 35, he decided that it is time to call it quits. If he was healthy, he might of had an outside shot at a fourth World Cup but now he will transition to a coaching role with Hannover. Enjoy your retirement Steve, you earned it.
Post-World Cup Friendly
Julian Green and 22 others will take on the Czech Republic on September 3rd in Prague. This game will be the first game the USA will play after the World Cup. I expect Julian Green to walk out of the tunnel showing off the World Cup trophy. This game might be a good place for players to earn a role in the Gold Cup squad with Julian Green.
MLS Struggles in CONCACAF Champs League
Even the Goonies couldn't go to Mexico and win a game. San Jose went down south to play Toluca and ended up losing in penalty kicks. The game was full of scoring chances and penalty kicks are never a fun way to lose. To make it worse, the Earthquakes had an Alan Gordon goal in the dying minutes of extra time waved off for offside; replays showed the striker well onside.
Sporting KC didn't fare as well as San Jose, giving up a goal in the second minute to level the tie, then coughing up three second-half goals en route to a 5-1 stomping at the feet of Cruz Azul.
Chicago Fire coach Frank Yallop had this to say after San Jose's disappointment:
Feel for our MLS teams in CCL comes too early in our season !!— Frank Yallop (@FrankYallop) March 20, 2014
That Other Champions League
The quarterfinals field is set in the Champions League as Manchester United came back versus Olympiakos via a Robin Van Persie hat-trick. The Red Devils entered the match down two goals, and move through 3-2 on aggregate.
In the other game on Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund lost, 2-1, but was able to hold off Zenit thanks to their 4-2 win in the first leg.
The field is now Manchester United, Dortmund, Paris-Saint Germaine, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich. The draw should be very interesting.
Garber Talks Qatar
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar continues to be a disaster with the latest Jack Warner allegations. The Don spoke out yesterday saying the World Cup in Qatar could be a "monumental disaster". I beg you FIFA, do the right thing. Take the World Cup away from Qatar and bring it either here, England or Australia.