Not unexpectedly for a club with a mere half dozen MLS victories last season, hapless Chivas USA announced today it has declined to pick up options on or banished back to Guadalajara a slew of players who clearly were simply not up to MLS standards.
Here’s more from the club press release:
Chivas USA announced today that the club has sent back defenders Mario de Luna and Jaime Frias as well as midfielder Edgar Mejia and forward Julio Morales to Club Deportivo Guadalajara. In addition, the club has declined options for goalkeeper Patrick McLain, defender Steven Purdy, midfielders Daniel Antunez, Marvin Iraheta and Josue Soto, and forward Jose Manuel Rivera.
A number of them played major roles in the club’s awful season such as midfielder Mejia, who scored just one goal while appearing in 27 of the club’s games.
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.
Because with the Galaxy season now over, there are bigger questions to be asked (sort of) like: What do you buy the soccer fan who has (almost) everything for whatever seasonal holiday you celebrate?
How about a pair of Cristiano Ronaldo’s undies (well, not literally, but you get my drift).
Ronaldo is well-known for his massive, um, ego so perhaps it should be no surprise the Real Madrid midfielder would take a page out of David Beckham’s, um, book and release his own line of underwear (I’ll leave it to the reader to insert obligatory Ronaldo anatomy joke, here).
The CR7 underwear line comes in basic, fashion and luxury and retails and ranges in price from $22 to $30. And, don’t forget to tell mom, there are socks, too.
A few links for today:
*With neither of tonight’s playoff games on free TV (yup, including Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls), we may as well look forward to the Real Salt Lake-Galaxy game where the home team is looking for penetrating passes and a goal or two to overcome their 1-0 first leg deficit.
*Guess which former Galaxy defender is the new Columbus Crew coach?
*Here’s your weekend EPL preview. The slate of games includes an 8 a.m. Sunday Manchester United-Arsenal encounter on NBCSN.
Here’s more from the press release on the eight-episode series:
The short-form, documentary-style series, directed by independent filmmaker Brandon Vedder (“Pearl Jam: Live at The Garden,” “La Source”), features eight episodes that holistically explore what it takes to be a professional soccer player through the eyes of LA Galaxy peak performers. Featuring Galaxy players including Omar Gonzalez, Marcelo Sarvas and Jaime Penedo, “Be A Pro” dives into the mental and physical commitments and sacrifices that are made in order to perform at the highest level.
Here’s episode three in the series called “The Finishing Touch:”
If you missed episode two, featuring Marcelo Sarvas, you can watch it here:
The first episode, with defender Omar Gonzalez, is below:
The next episode, featuring Pablo Mastroeni, is set for release Nov. 19