November 2, 2006
The US defeated the Netherlands today by a 2-0 score in Peace Queen Cup to advance to the final where they will face Canada.
However, the US will likely be without Abby Wambach for the final as she picked up an ankle injury in today's match. The US dodged a bullet as Kristine Lilly will be eligible for the final despite picking up a red card late in the match. There are no suspensions in this friendly tournament.
Carolina RailHawks name new investors and assistant general manager
The Carolina RailHawks announced yesterday that F. Selby Wellman, former senior vice president of engineering and marketing for Cisco Systems, and his son, Brian Wellman, have joined the Cary expansion club’s ownership team. Brian also takes over as the club’s assistant general manager and head of the club’s youth soccer initiatives.
Hopefully that will put to rest some of the rumors that Soccer Sam is headed to Cary, NC to become the RailHawks assistant GM.
If this is the reason that Klinsmann isn't hired by US Soccer, I'll never buy anything from adidas ever again!
If Klinsmann's ties to adidas and the fact that Nike is a major sponsor of US Soccer squash any potential deal for the former German National Team coach to replace Bruce Arena, then I will have to start a protest of adidas.
And if it's just a matter of money, then Nike should step up and cough up more endorsement money to Klinsmann than adidas is giving him right now.
Chivas USA double in MLS awards
Hey, I got a couple right with Borstein being named Rookie of the Year and Bob Bradley winning Coach of the Year.
The Bornstein pick was almost a gimme. But, Bradley had some solid competition with Peter Nowak and Dave Sarachan up for the award.
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