Welcome to a special Valentine's Day edition of "Total 90." We'll be handing out some boxes of chocolate and delivering flowers to a very special group of American footballers. Oh yeah, there will be some news as well.
The San Jose Earthquakes asked American International Bobby Convey if he would be their Valentine. Convey accepted, of course. Convey had been struggling to break into the starting lineup at Reading thanks to some injury trouble over the last couple of seasons, and decided that a return to MLS would be his best chance at breaking into the lineup for the National team once again.
David Beckham is being wooed by two suitors at the moment. AC Milan offered the Los Angeles Galaxy a great deal of money and shiny things, but the wilted bouquet of roses that LA can offer to Beckham will have to do until October, when he can break their hearts for free.
Why couldn't LA just take the money and use it to rebuild? The millions of dollars that Milan offered could give LA far more help on the pitch than Beckham alone is capable of. Yet another foolish move by the Galaxy front office.
Prior to their match against Mexico, the U.S. National Team moved up to 20th in the FIFA World Rankings. After the win...well, you can be assured that they will keep on climbing the rankings table. The U.S. is playing their best football since the 2002 World Cup and show no signs of slowing down.
This summer's Confederations Cup should reveal a lot about the progress of the USMNT under Bob Bradley. They will be playing in a group that includes Brazil and Italy, and some good performances will go a long way towards inspiring confidence in a good performance at South Africa 2010.
ESPN has missed out on the rights to broadcast EPL games in the United States, and I for one am relieved. I have serious doubts with regards to their abilities to broadcast a match as well as the Fox Soccer Channel does. Anybody who has ever tuned in to see commentators struggling through an MLS broadcast probably has similar reservations.
The Kansas City Wizards have joined the Columbus Crew on the Argentinean Midfielder Bandwagon with their signing of Santiago Hirsig from San Lorenzo. He isn't as decorated as his compatriot Guillermo Barros Schelotto, but the Wizards expect him to add a creative element to their midfield that has been lacking in seasons past.
Sacha Kljestan was apparently denied a move to Scottish champions Celtic after the SPL club failed to come to terms with MLS. Celtic was allegedly prepared to offer $2 million for Kljestan's services, but MLS held out for more.
This won't be the last you hear about interest in Kljestan from a European club. He's rapidly becoming a phenomenal midfield talent who can both score and defend. His hat trick against Sweden in January announced his arrival on the international stage, and he turned in another very respectable performance against Mexico on Wednesday night.
DC United have been mulling a move out of the nation's capitol, and the proposed move seems to be gaining steam. According to the Washington Times, officials in Prince George County are presenting a bill that would authorize construction of a 24,000-seat soccer-specific stadium.
Another MLS team in its own stadium? Total 90 loves the sound of this.
With MLS First Kick just over a month a way, keep your eyes peeled for a comprehensive season preview due out this week. Thanks for reading!