They call this the silly season in soccer circles, the summer transfer season when tall tales and genuine transfer talk mix freely. In the U.S. maybe we should just call it the busy season.
World Cup action, Women’s and Men’s U20, Gold Cup play and of course MLS.
• Dempsey Gets 3 Games for Ref Rip
I’m not really sure if this item falls into MLS – Big 5 territory, being that Dempsey transgressed in US Open Cup action.
That was the question when Dempsey pulled his he man act, ripping up the referee’s notebook during Seattle’s 3-1 loss to Portland.
In the end MLS adjudicated, handing Deuce a three game ban, leaving the U.S. MNT captain available for the Gold Cup.
Many felt the ban was not harsh enough citing the league rule which characterized the taking of the officials book as as assault, a charge that comes with a three month ban.
Big 5 is cool with it though. Why? Because Dempsey’s actions were many things, stupid, childish, did I say stupid. One thing Dempsey’s actions were not is assault.
2) Seattle Drop Match to San Jose as West Race Tightens
The results of Dempsey’s suspension were soon felt when Seattle fell 2-0 at home to the Quakes.
The Sounders also lost Obafemi Martins to a groin injury during that wild game against Portland, so Sigi Schmid had send out a lineup with Lamar Neagle as the lone striker versus San Jose.
The win is a big one for the Earthquakes who now sit just one point behind FC Dallas and a playoff spot. S.J. are only two back of SKC and three behind L.A. and third place Portland.
Seattle and Vancouver are level on points with 29 at the top of the Western Conference, just seven points clear of seventh place San Jose.
It has been reported as a done deal that the great Italian midfielder was set to sign with New York City FC. No deal is signed yet, but already there are reports that NYC bosses Jason Kreis and Claudio Reyna wanted a younger DP only to be overruled by their Manchester City Football Group superiors.
There is much to consider here. A midfield headed by Pirlo and Frank Lampard does have a lot of age, not a great idea in the rough and tumble MLS. Then again, could NYCFC really turn its nose up at the bearded magician?
4) NYCFC and NYRB in Role Reversal
Should Pirlo join NYC he will be joining a team that has improved its circumstances considerably in recent weeks. And while NYC have been moving up the table cross river rival New York Red Bulls have been sliding down the standings.
The Red Bulls have a home game Wednesday night before a June 28th showdown at Yankee Stadium with their new neighbors. NY 1 has not won since they defeated NYC 2 at Red Bull Arena May 10.
RBNY drew with Dallas on May 15 and have since lost three straight.
Meanwhile the new kids on the block were getting the hang of this MLS thing, winning three on the trot, and playing a nice brand of soccer.
The pair are level on points with 14 and sit 6th and 7th in the East. The Bulls hold the advantage having played two fewer games, but at the moment NYCFC are clearly the team on the rise in this budding rivalry.
5) 12 of the 23 Man U.S. Gold Cup Roster Come From MLS
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7) : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (9) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo/2005), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4) : Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)
For a man sometimes accused of hating MLS, Jurgen Klinsmann has picked a lot of the league’s players to defend the U.S. Gold Cup crown.
Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore are back to lead the U.S. attack, some had speculated that Klinsmann would use the recent Dempsey controversy to “move on” from the nation’s best forward.
Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi are back, but Matt Besler remains out in the cold while Ventura Alvarado and Tim Ream both made the cut.
Tottenham fullback/defender DeAndre Yedlin has been selected at midfield, where Klinsmann has generally played the speedster.