“This tournament is a great tune-up for the world’s best teams as the Women’s World Cup approaches,” said FIFA World Cup on FOX executive producer David Neal. “Six of the world’s top-10 ranked teams are in this year’s Algarve Cup, and we’re excited to showcase them and deliver our viewers more important women’s soccer.”
Former UCLA coach Sigi Schmid hired former Bruin Ante Razov as an assistant coach for the Seattle Sounders after a 14-year MLS career. Razov, who played 14 MLS seasons, including stints with the Galaxy and Chivas USA, was the U-18 Galaxy Academy coach.
The Galaxy visit the San Jose Earthquakes in a preseason friendly at 2 p.m. Feb. 28, the clubs announced today.
“During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates,” said U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis. “We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team.”
She will miss the U.S. games Feb. 8 in France and Feb. 13 in England.
“I accept and respect the federation’s decision, and more importantly, I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the federation who have always supported me. I think it’s best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team.”
A now-retired former teammate has joined other female commentators blasting U.S. Soccer for allowing goalkeeper Hope Solo to keep playing while domestic abuse allegations remain unresolved.
Coach Jill Ellis, meanwhile, essentially punted when asked about Solo today in a conference call with reporters to discuss the roster:
“I’ve had a lot of thought and discussion within U.S. Soccer and certainly we acknowledge these are very serious issues,” Ellis said. “But after careful thought and consideration, we determined to stand by our decision to let the legal process play out and have Hope remain with the team.”
The column appeared Monday in USA Today and in emails circulated to media outlets. Read it after the jump.
The cereal promotion begins this month when boxes featuring Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan go on sale at um, your favorite Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles outlet.
Here’s more, from the press release:
Since January, Pebbles fans of all ages have been asked to choose their allegiance to Team Fruity or Team Cocoa. Online, fans can share their support for their favorite Pebbles flavor by visiting www.TeamPebbles.com and downloading an interactive app encouraging fans to vote, take photos, and play minigames. By completing simple online challenges and sharing them through Instagram using their team’s hashtag (#TeamFruity or #TeamCocoa), fans become eligible to win prizes such as gift cards, iPads, or Alex Morgan and Omar Gonzalez signed merchandise.
Fun fact, for what it’s worth, from the press release: Omar’s Fruity Pebbles boxes will feature limited edition Kickin’ KaBluey Green flakes.
“Joining Team Fruity is a dream come true for a flavor-seeking fanatic like me,” Gonzalez is quoted as saying, apparently with a straight face. “I’m prepared to go head-to-head with Alex and Team Cocoa with the hope of helping Team Fruity take the lead as the most well-liked Pebbles flavor – even if it means going into extra time!”
*Chivas USA loaned midfielder Gabriel Farfan to Liga MX side Chiapas FC on a six-month loan that includes an option to buy, the club announced today. He started 10 games last year for the Goats after joining the club from Philadelphia in May.
*The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Canada in Winnipeg May 8.
There’s no column today since I took advantage of the long weekend to take a few days off, but here are few links to get us caught up:
It’s fair to say longtime South Bay resident Sigi Schmid could well be sleepless in Seattle for a few nights at least until his job prospects with the Sounders and their demanding fan base are resolved one way or another.
The injured Landon Donovan wasn’t called up for the pair of upcoming U.S. games, but the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez got the call, while Robbie Keane will feature for Ireland despite a longstanding Achilles issue and A.J. DeLaGarza is likely to make his Guam debut despite making two previous appearances for the U.S. in exhibition games.
Mexico finally won in San Diego Wednesday night before an unusually small crowd that illustrates the depth of the skepticism over the quality of this Mexican team, while the U.S. women drew New Zealand.