When Arthur Blank speaks, we all listen. (I actually have no idea if that is true.)
But what he did tell Atlanta radio station 680 The Fan was pretty interesting. Here is a direct quote: "It's not the NFL." (in regards to the MLS as a league). Stunning insight. Only a couple
million billion dollars behind.
But with all jokes aside, Blank seems like he will legitimately care about the franchise and has at least a budding interest in the sport if anything. He mentions there is only a 3 percent overlap in season tickets in Seattle for the Seahawks and Sounders, seemingly trying to say there are enough people in cities such as Seattle to have tremendous support for two professional sports teams. And the demographics for each sport is completely different.
Good luck Mr. Blank (Check). I have faith.
Toluca keeps CONCACAF Champions League tradition of all-Mexico finals alive
Toluca easily discarded Costa Rica's Alajuelense 2-0 Tuesday to advance to the finals on a 3-0 aggregate. The berth guarantees an all-Mexico finals for the fifth time in the last six years, with Real Salt Lake's 2011 appearance being the only interruption.
Toluca will play the winner of Tijuana and Cruz Azul as those teams face off tonight at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports 2. Cruz Azul is down 1-0 on aggregate heading into a home match for the second leg. I expect Cruz Azul to erase the deficit, advance and then win it all.
Viva Mexico or something, I guess.
Nashville FC announce plans for stadium in 2014
The story of Nashville FC continues to be one of my favorite. The 100 percent supporter-owned team is looking to break all sorts of new ground in the American soccer landscape and took another step Tuesday when it announced it would play its homes games at Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.
The NPSL team kicks off its inaugural season May 10. I hope they are able to do all sorts of awesome things and have great success.
Enough Montreal Impact news to make you want to eat a crepe
I see you, Frank Klopas. The former Fire manager played a couple mind games Tuesday, stating newly acquired forward Jack McInerney may not be so easy for the Men in Red to avoid this week after dodging him against his former Union team. Klopas said he might play Marco Di Vaio and McInerny together up top, and he just might do it Saturday.
If that wasn't enough to strike fear into the Fire back four, midfielder Hernan Bernardello and Felipe Martins could be ready to go Saturday after picking up some minor injuries against New York last week. The Impact attack is better with the two on the pitch.
Lastly, should Justin Mapp be on Jurgen Klinsmann's radar? "No" is the correct answer, silly Canadians. (He has been good though. I'm just jealous.)
Harry Shipp named Rookie of the Month at SBI
Is Harry Shipp being named MLS Rookie of the Month at soccerbyives.net a big deal? It's Harry Shipp news so I don't care. It's always a big deal to me.
That'll wrap up the roundup for today. There is a video of some song for the World Cup by Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez floating around out there on the soccer sites, but I actually like all you readers and would never encourage you to even seek it out.