A few items to pass along this evening include:
*MLS delaying today’s roster compliance date, absent a new labor agreement. It has to, of course, because without a new labor agreement the old squad size of 20 senior and four developmental players essentially doesn’t exist. The new roster compliance date will be set “in the next few weeks.” That gives a breather to clubs who don’t have to make decisions over players now.
*Tony Sanneh wasn’t invited to Galaxy training camp, but he hasn’t cut ties with the club; he’s off to Haiti Tuesday with the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation to deliver soccer equipment and supplies to the L’Athletique d’Haiti sports program.
The program gives poor children an opportunity to get off the streets, play a sport and receive a daily meal. The foundation will also provide food, soap, coolers and other items (such as 3,000 sticks of Degree Men deodorant, I kid you not).
From the Galaxy press release:
Following January’s devastating earthquake, the children did not return to L’Athletique d’Haiti for almost ten days at which time 150 of the program’s participants showed up at the field with their families. Currently, L’Athletique d’Haiti has approximately 500 displaced families living on their two fields that are being provided food, water and tents and more than 700 children returning for the soccer program each day.
“My heart goes out to the children of Haiti ,” Sanneh said, who has also founded a nonprofit group, The Sanneh Foundation. “As soon as I heard of the disaster, I knew I had to help. I am pleased the Galaxy and Galaxy Foundation invited me to be a part of their outreach efforts.
More information on L’Athletique d’Haiti is here and The Sanneh Foundation is here.
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*Finally, chew on this – Extra, “El Chicle Oficial de la Seleccin Mexicana” (that’s the Official Chewing Gum of the Mexican National Soccer Team, gringos) has invited us media types in a press release to an “African-themed night” Tuesday that will feature African dancers, mariachis (y’know, African mariachis) along with retired El Tri goalkeeper Jorge Campos as master of ceremonies and a “Countdown to South Africa Clock” at L.A. Live on the eve of the team’s friendly against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl.
Luckily, “Jorge, along with representatives from Wrigley, makers of Extra gum will be available for interviews to discuss Mexico’s chances and strategies for a successful bid at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.”
I have no idea what wisdom and insight Extra reps will provide on Mexico’s World Cup chances. Nor do I know what flavors of gum (if any) they will serve.
Nor will I be going.