MLS News Roundup: August 20th
Welcome to a special musical edition of the MLS News Roundup. A number of hirings, firings and otherwise interesting events have taken place in the last week, and every news item deserves its own song.
“You say goodbye and I say hello.” Brian McBride may have, but probably did not, utter these words to former Toronto FC standout Maurice Edu. McBride returned to MLS this past weekend, playing for the Chicago Fire against DC United. Edu is leaving the country, having agreed to a five-year deal with Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers.
Bruce Arena was recently brought in to be the LA Galaxy's third head coach in about two weeks. His job? Help the sun-tanned surfer boys of Los Angeles make the playoffs. Arena also must help save the Galaxy from themselves.
Firing Alexi Lalas was a great decision, but three coaches in such quick succession is going to be rough on the team. Why not let Cobi Jones finish out the season before bringing in yet another guy to do the job? Owners AEG hope that Bruce Arena is the answer to all the problems in LA.
Landon Donovan is contemplating yet another return to Europe after two unsuccessful stints with Bundesliga club Bayern Leverkusen. Rumor has it that he is very unhappy with all of the recent personnel shakeups in Los Angeles and would like to be paid in Euros or pounds.
On the other side of the equation, Donovan has certainly had opportunities to leave America before. He can’t quit MLS, and he can’t stop thinking about Europe. Something has got to give soon, most likely during the January transfer window.
If he leaves MLS, look for the league to sulk around North America like a jilted lover, devouring box after box of chocolate and washed-up European talent to fill the void left by one of its own.
For more on Donovan's European dreams, check out this article by Dakota Rubin.
The Colorado Rapids are belting out this power ballad in the direction of now-former coach Fernando Clavijo. The Rapids have gotten steadily worse in each season since Clavijo took charge, missing the playoffs last year after two consecutive appearances in the Western Conference Final.
Earlier in the week, Clavijo made a trip to Uruguay to attend to “family business.” In his absence, Colorado beat Kansas City 2-1 with assistant coach Gary Smith at the helm. Upon returning to the country, Clavijo announced that he was resigning effective immediately.
Toronto FC has certainly been in the news lately, and not just because of the Maurice Edu story. Toronto signed former US U-20 international Johann Smith, released fomer French international Laurent Robert, and just acquired LA striker Carlos Ruiz.
Big changes for the Toronto roster as they push towards the playoffs without their brightest young star. They currently sit three points behind DC United for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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