South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!
The club is certainly weakening the MLS brand overall, while boring most soccer fans to tears year after pathetic year.
Personally, I’m not convinced any club can find a suitable site it will find successful unless that’s in downtown LA, but at least we could all be rid of the perennial embarrassment that is Chivas USA once and for all.
Experienced heads will be needed and I’m not sure if that description fits Alexi Lalas, who almost wrecked the Galaxy when he was in charge of the MLS flagship.
Tim Cahill was anonymous. Thierry Henry was exasperated. And the Red Bulls in general were pathetic with a couple of the worst blunders that led to goals we’ve seen all year long at StubHub.
On the other hand, Landon Donovan just seems to get better as retirement approaches with a memorable game offensively and defensively. Robbie Keane is getting more audacious and in complete command of his game as he matures. And Gyasi Zardes is a future USMNT star in the making.
Said NYRB coach Mike Petke: “It’s best team that we faced all year, by a long shot.”
Top shot: Residence Inn LA Live General Manager Erik Palmer sets up Mia Hamm for a shot at downtown Los Angeles.
Former U.S. international Mia Hamm played soccer atop the 23-story hotel at LA Live as part of a Marriott promotion dubbed the “Search for the Ultimate Soccer Mom” won by Florida soccer mom Kathy Marler and her two daughters, 13-year-old Melissa Marler and 15-year-old Amma Iorio.