Wednesday night's lesson: Staying up late is good, within limits.
For folks who made the sensible decision to turn in at halftime of last night's 2-2 draw between USA and Mexico, memories of the game are entirely pleasant. Those who stayed up longer saw the visitors claw back level and may not be as sanguine - but they did get a glimpse of Julian Green!
Fielding a team composed entirely of MLS talent, the Americans comprehensively dismantled a bewildered Seleccion with an opening 45 minutes of poise and control. The two-goal margin came on tallies from Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski, and was no more than the USA deserved for its sparkling display.
Mexico responded to the largely-supportive crowd in Arizona in the second half, tying the game on goals by Rafa Marquez and Alan Pulido. The USA had a go-ahead goal by Eddie Johnson waved off for offside incorrectly. And Julian Green came on in the 59th minute; he contributed smartly to possession but had little chance to make much impact.
Jim Curtin To Be Honored
When the Union come to Toyota Park this weekend, former Fire defender Jim Curtin who is an assistant on the Philadelphia staff, will be ceremoniously retired as Fire player. This is a great move by the club to honor a play who was the heart of the defense for many years. Congrats Jim, you deserve it.
Three Academy Kids Called Up to U-18's
Maurico Pineda, Collin Fernandez and Cameron Lindley continue to impress as they are called up to U.S. U-18's. The team will scrimmage Mexico and Canada in April and then go on to play in the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal later on in May. This provides the three players a great opportunity to continue to grow and play against high level competition.
Tony Walls Joins Rochester Rhinos
The former Fire defender has joined Rochester of USL-PRO He never made much an impact in Chicago and recently played in Major Indoor Soccer League.
Detroit Wants USL-PRO
The owner of the Michigan Bucks, who play in USL's PDL wants to bring the team to USL-PRO. He wants to have the team start play in 2015 and build a 5,000 seat stadium in downtown Detroit. The team is far away from making the jump up, but if they do, they would be a possible candidate for a partnership for the Fire.
Sporting KC Make A Signing
Kansas City has signed midfielder Victor Munoz. He was drafted in the second round of the MLS draft and cut by D.C. United in camp. He is originally from Spain where he was in the Real Madrid and Celta de Vigo academies. Munoz played first at Iona College then transferred to UCLA. Sporting KC still have two open roster spots.
Rapids Win April Fools
Thoughts on US game? Excited for the academy kids? Happy for Curtin? Would you buy the Rapids jersey?