Chivas USA’s Rodolfo Espinoza is making $218,500, forward Gianacarlo Maldonado $204,000 and Sal Zizzo $68,250, incidentally:
NEW YORK (AP) — Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez trail only David Beckham on Major League Soccer’s salary list.
Henry and Marquez, who joined the New York Red Bulls from Barcelona following the World Cup, are the league’s second- and third-highest paid players, according to the latest MLS Players Union salary list.
Henry, a World Cup and European champion with France and a Champions League winner with Barca, will earn $5.6 million in guaranteed compensation this year. Marquez, who captained Mexico in South Africa, will earn $5.54 million.
Marquez’s Mexico teammate Nery Castillo, who joined the Chicago Fire last month on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine, will make $1.79 million.
Beckham, who hasn’t played for the Galaxy this season because of a torn Achilles’ tendon, tops the league at $6.5 million.
*For the second consecutive year Chivas USA and parent club CD Guadalajara will meet in a friendly, this time at PetCo Park in San Diego. Brazil’s Internacional won the Copa Libertadores Wednesday after defeating CD Guadalajara 5-3 on aggregate.
Tickets to the 8 p.m. Sept. 14 game go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets start at $20.
The Oct. 9 game will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel.
“These fixture dates are a fantastic opportunity to have the group together for an extended period and then put the work to the test with a difficult match,” said U.S. Coach Bob Bradley. “We know this is an important opportunity for Poland as they prepare for the 2012 European Championship, so we expect a challenging game. Chicago has a fantastic tradition of supporting soccer and the U.S. national team, and with the large Polish community in the area it should make for an exciting atmosphere.”
Sounds like he plans to be around for the game doesn’t it? Bradley and U.S. Soccer have yet to confirm that Bradley will continue as coach beyond the expiration of his contract at year’s end.
The last time the U.S. played Poland was in Chicago in 2008 when Carlos Bocanegra equalized in the 88th minute. The game finished 1-1.
Bruce Arena will attend the New York-Galaxy game and watch from a private box after spending Thursday and Friday night at Hoboken Medical Center with “viral complications, ” the club said in a statement released today.
Assistant Head Coach Dave Sarachan will coach the team against the Red Bulls tonight.
Arena fell ill Wednesday and didn’t rejoin the team until this morning.
With the gloomy weather outside this morning in the South Bay (that frankly has been indicative of our alleged summer so far) it seems somehow appropriate to be watching the opening weekend of the EPL (now in HD on Fox Soccer Channel for DirecTV customers) while blogging.
Our summer may be a lot like the version they usually experience in England, but at least that’s meant for excellent football weather whether watching MLS inside on TV or at Home Depot Center.
This weekend locals can do both with the Galaxy facing the suddenly star-studded Red Bulls in their jewel of a sold out new stadium in New York (3 p.m. FSC) and a desperate Chivas USA straining for every valuable point against the Seattle Sounders at Home Depot Center (8 p.m. live on Prime).
Incidentally, Chivas USA will “Donate Life” tonight in conjunction with Donate Life California to create awareness for organ donation.
“In the greater Los Angeles area, almost half of the families that say ‘yes’ to organ donation are Latino,” said Bryan Stewart, president of Donate Life California. “Their passion for life is reflected in their love of ‘the beautiful game.’ Both Chivas USA and Donate Life California celebrate life and the generosity of the Latino community, and they remind everyone that nationwide there are more than 107,000 people on the waiting list for a transplant.”
Up to 200 Southland transplant recipients and organ and tissue donor family members will attend tonight’s game and be recognized at a pregame ceremony.
Donate Life California will also have a booth at ChivaTown with information about the donation process.
*Rolling Hills Estates’ Robbie Rogers of the Columbus Crew had surgery on his left knee Friday and is expected to be out about four weeks.