Total 90: American Football News For Aug. 11
Total 90 has spent the last week pacing back and forth in eager anticipation of tomorrow's huge clash between CONCACAF giants.
I'm talking, of course, about the match between El Salvador and the Soca Warriors. It just doesn't get any bigger than that. Kickoff is at 7:30 Eastern Time, and it will be televised...nowhere.
The real big news this week is that EA Sports has announced which footballers will be gracing the cover of their upcoming FIFA '10 release. Two MLS players will be included on the packaging for games distributed in this region, Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chivas USA's Sacha Kljestan.
Blanco will undoubtedly help sell merchandise because he's such a recognizable player, especially among Hispanic fans. The inclusion of Kljestan is, well, puzzling at best. He hasn't played consistently well since January, and most American fans can probably only identify him as "that guy who got the stupid red card against Brazil."
In no particular order, here's a list of American players who would have been a better choice than Kljestan:
Jozy Altidore, Freddy Adu, Tim Howard, Kasey Keller, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Oguchi Onyewu, Michael Bradley, Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu, Brian Ching, and Stuart Holden.
I'll still buy the game, but I just wish they'd put somebody on the cover who hadn't forgotten how to play at a high level after bagging a hat trick against Sweden.
David Beckham is back in the news again, and thankfully, for reasons completely unrelated to Landon Donovan. England boss Fabio Capello said that if Beckham doesn't once again return to Europe after the MLS season, any hopes of him participating in the 2010 World Cup will disappear.
"Beckham knows well that if he doesn't return to a big European championship in December, he'll have no chance for the World Cup," Capello said in La Gazzetta dello Sport.
No surprise there. It's a move we've been expecting for quite some time. It's just a matter of figuring out where Beckham will land this time. AC Milan once again? Tottenham? Manchester United? Chelsea?
Beckham has also begun talking about his post-MLS plans, specifically franchise ownership. He claims to still have an interest in being an ambassador for the sport and of the league.
"There's a deal in place where I can purchase an MLS team or start a franchise. It's something I am definitely interested in, or I wouldn't have it in my contract," he was quoted as saying on ESPNSoccernet.
Personally, I think it would be loads of fun if he started a franchise and had a contest to figure out a name for the new club. Given the American penchant for strange nicknames—the Toffees have nothing on the Utah Jazz—we could have some pretty interesting submissions. My vote is for FC Amorphous Hairdo.
Young U.S. star Freddy Adu looks like he's on his way out of Benfica on another year-long loan spell. This time, he won't be hanging with the super rich in Monaco, he'll be hanging out in the land of Viggo Mortensen, Hans Christian Andersen, and Lego.
That's right, Denmark. More specifically, Odense BK.
Hopefully, this will turn out to be less of a disaster for Adu than his time with AS Monaco. Odense BK has a spot in the Europa League, which means that Adu will likely see some decent playing time at some point. If things don't work out, apparently FC Dallas is also interested.
Be sure to tune in to Telemundo or Mun2 tomorrow at 4 p.m. Eastern to watch the United States take on Mexico at the Estadio Azteca.
Sources: Yanks Abroad, MLSNet, ESPNSoccernet
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