While the USMNT completed their run to the Gold Cup Championship, MLS played on, so let’s get to this week’s MLS Big – 5.
1) Gold Cup Champs Backboned by Current and Former MLS Stars
14 players took the field in Chicago for the U.S. team that beat Panama to clinch the Cup, and just three had no MLS experience. Starters Joe Corona, Alejandro Bedoya and key substitute Mix Diskerud have no experience in the U.S. domestic league. The other 11 players either play, or have played in the league.
So well done Major League Soccer.
2) DC United May Have a New Home.
The Mayor of Washington DC announced plans to build a long awaited home for DC United in the nation’s capital. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and United Managing Partner Jason Levien unveiled plans for $300 million stadium in the Buzzard’s Bay area of Washington, D.C.
The city and the club will split the cost of the 20- 25,000 seater, located close to the Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium. Mayor Gray said that any cost overruns would be absorbed by United.
Don’t try to order your tickets just yet though, many details remain to be worked out. But for now at least, it looks like those DC United to Virginia rumors can be put to rest.
3) Jack Mc Finally an All-Star
When Philadelphia’s Jack McInerney joined the USMNT Gold Cup team early in July he led the league in goals. While he was away McInerney was passed by white hot duo Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver) and Mike Magee (Chicago), but it was still a major shock when the Union man was left off the All-Star team.
The young American striker clearly belonged at the All-Star game and now he will be there. It is unfortunate that it took an injury to New York Red Bull Tim Cahill, but the good news is that coach Peter Vermes corrected that initial mistake.
4) Here Comes Roma!
Speaking of All-Stars, Major League Soccer’s All-Star game takes place in Kansas City Wednesday night against Roma. Sporting Park will be no doubt be rocking when U.S. international Michael Bradley and Roma take on the league’s top players.
Roma stars Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti are on Roma’s traveling party, so the Giallorossi are bringing plenty of star power for the K.C. fans.
5) Welcome Back Kevin Alston
It was only in June that New England Revolution fullback Kevin Alston took a break from the game to concentrate on recovering from a rare form of Leukemia; on Friday Alston made it all the way back.
Even better, the D.C. born and raised Alston, made his return at RFK in a 2-1 win over United. Alston’s return was even more emotional because it happened with his parents, his grandfather and his brother in the stands.