January 19, 2007
The deal to get a new soccer specific stadium built for Real Salt Lake is already hitting some bumps in the road. The latest news is that the promised $15 million contribution by the city of Sandy, Utah may end up being only $8 or 9 million. Real Salt Lake also had to answer questions by the Salt Lake County Debt Review Committee about what the county would get for it's proposed $30 million invest in the $110 million stadium project.
For a deal that was touted as done months ago, Real Salt Lake appears to be headed down a similiar path as the Rhinos experienced in their long and winding road to getting PAETEC Park built.
Bruce Arena and Eric Wynalda to provide color commentary for US-Denmark and US-Mexico broadcasts
ESPN liked the combination of former US Men's National Team and current NY Red Bulls manager Bruce Arena and US Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda so much during the MLS playoffs that they will bring the duo back to provide color commentary during the first two US Men's National Team friendlies of 2007 against Denmark and Mexico.
Everyone is going to be waiting to see if covering Bob Bradley's debut as the interim replacement for Bruce Arena will spark any potential fireworks between the former manager and one of his chief critics following the disappointment in Germany 2006.
This was already must see TV for most US soccer fans. But, this should kick it up a notch.
Add Owen Hargreaves to the list of European stars that might want to "retire" to MLS some day
Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves is yet another joins the likes of Arsenal forward Thierry Henry, Chelsea midfielder David Ballack, and Real Madrid forward Ronaldo as stars in Europe that have openly talked about coming to MLS in the twilight of their careers.
What makes Hargreaves unique is that he was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Given that fact, one would have to wonder what would happen should Toronto FC owners MLSE crack open the checkbook and approach the 25 year old about being their Designated Player.
Hargreaves already plays for a top club in Bayern Munich and is highly sought after by Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. So, it is highly unlikely that he would want to make such a move at this point in his career.
But with David Beckham coming to LA and Landon Donovan putting being happy living in LA with his new bride ahead of playing in Europe, some fans north of the border have to at least dream about the day that Hargreaves might pull on a Toronto FC jersey.
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