*In a move that smacks of conservatism and a lack of imagination, Manhattan Beach resident Bob Bradley has signed a new four-year year deal to coach the USMNT. Bradley’s record: 38-20-8. Looks better than the reality, doesn’t it?
Here’s the spin from U.S. Soccer:
After winning the 2007 Gold Cup, the regional championship of CONCACAF, he led the United States to their first final of a major FIFA tournament, reaching the championship match of the 2009 Confederations Cup after a 2-0 victory against No.-1 ranked and current World Cup champions Spain in the semifinal.
No mention of his timid teams’ lack of invention, his questionable personnel decisions and tactics and overall underwhelming performances, admittedly with a lack of raw talent at his disposal.
Apparently, most soccer fans are similarly underwhelmed, according to this poll.
*The U.S. Men’s National Team will play Colombia at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the home of the Philadelphia Union in Chester , Penn., live on ESPN2 and Galavision.
*A six-person FIFA delegation arrives Labor Day for a four-day visit to five U.S. cities representing 18 host city candidates for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup – New York/New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Miami, Dallas and Houston. Thank gawd they don’t see the Rose Bowl, although one wonders what they will think of RFK.
*The Galaxy, which usually don’t practice Mondays, was out on the field today as they should be after the “performance” against the Wizards putting in some extra work. Heart-warming to see his Beckhamness sharing a laugh with a teammate, isn’t it?
*Chivas USA midfielder Osael Romero will miss Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rapids because he has been called up to play for the Salvadoran National Team against Honduras Saturday at the Coliseum and against Guatemala three days later in Washington D.C.
in college games Sunday:
*The LMU women beat Cal State Bakersfield 3-1 to move to 2-1-0.
*Pepperdine (2-1-0) scored three goals in the first eight minutes of the game to win 4-2 over Arizona at the USD Tournament.
*The Cal State Northridge women (1-2) scored four goals in a 20 minute second half span to beat Saint Joseph 4-0 at Matador Field.
*The No. 3 UCLA women (2-1) lost 1-0 to Northwestern at the University of Wisconsin’s McClimon Soccer Complex. It was their first loss to an unranked team in four years.
*Long Beach State (3-1-0) beat No. 16 Virginia Tech, 2-1, in College Station, Tex.