Soccer fans will be inviting ESPN’s soccer analyst Tommy Smyth into their homes beginning Saturday when Euro 2008 begins so it seemed appropriate to chat with him for today’s column in the Daily News, Daily Breeze and Long Beach Press-Telegram..
The colorful Smyth will work with usual booth partner Derek Rae (ESPN have also signed former Scottish pro Andy Gray up as an analyst for the month-long competition, by the way).
I’ll have more on Euro 2008 throughout the week including the views of some locals like longtime South Bay resident and now Columbus Crew coach Sigi Schmid.
*In other news, the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan pulled out of the U.S. friendly against Spain (as did West Ham’s Jonathan Spector, by the way) and is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Rapids.
*Chivas USA learned its third and final SuperLiga opponent Sunday when Santos Laguna captured Mexico’s Clausura championship with a 3-2 aggregate win over Cruz Azul. Chivas USA also plays Pachuca and the New England Revolution.
*UCLA goalkeeper Val Henderson and midfielder Tina DiMartino have been called into the U.S. Under-23 camp that opens Thursday at Home Depot Center. The team will play scrimmages against the W-League’s Ventura County Fusion on June 9 and the Pali Blues on June 11.