Friday, September 4, 2009

World Cup Qualifying Saturday and Other Tidbits

What I'll be Watching

While most leagues are taking a hiatus for World Cup Qualifying matches, MLS is still playing a few matches. With the MLS playoff battle heating up, there are some vital points on the line in the US league. There are also some interesting WCQ matches including the USA v El Salvador which is a must win at home of the Yanks. Here's what I'll be watching.

  • Scotland-Macedonia, WCQ, 9 AM, GolTV
  • England-Slovenia, Friendly, 11:30 AM, FSC
  • Spain-Belgium, WCQ 3 PM, GolTV
  • Georgia-Italy, WCQ, 4 PM, FSC
  • USA-El Salvador, WCQ 7 PM, ESPN Classic
  • Kansas City-New England, MLS, 6:30 PM, Direct Kick
  • Dallas-D.C. United, MLS, 7 PM, Direct Kick
  • Colorado-Toronto, MLS, 9 PM, FSC

I'll be doing some channel hopping during some of the day, but I shouldn't miss too much.

USL TOA interested in the NPSL?

The folks over at MLS Talk have been speculating as to whether the group of USL team owners known as the Team Owners Association (TOA) are serious about their threats of breaking away from the USL to become an independent league. They have even gone so far as to say that the TOA may be interested in taking thier teams to the NPSL. Currently, the NPSL is an amatuer only league and is not built around the professional model. I'm awaiting comment from the league's public relations office, and will let you know what I find out.

VW Coaches You Up On Goal Celebrations

First Lesson: The Rockstar with Clint Mathis. I can't wait to learn some more.

College Soccer Has Its Place

I played college soccer and understand that it is not the greatest way for a country to develop professional level players, but, as is pointed out quite well by this blog post, it does have its place in the American soccer landscape.

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