Archive for the ‘Bruce Arena’ Category

Arena: That’s Madness!

March 4, 2009

You’ve got to hand it to LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, who is not one to sit quietly and let the Beckham circus distract his new club any further.

Arena: You Want Beckham? I Want Ronaldinho

February 6, 2009

The Italian media is still full of speculation on whether AC Milan will be able to acquire the LA Galaxy’s David Beckham. The difference now is that the smoke is starting to clear as reality sets in on both sides of the Atlantic.

According to La Gazetta Dello Sport, Posh and Becks are already sizing up a new home in Milan, the Villa Mozart, while Galaxy coach Bruce Arena seems resigned to accepting any outcome, being quoted on the team’s website stating: “whatever happens, happens.”

But Arena is also quoted in La Gazetta quipping that: “Milan wants Beckham? I want Ronaldinho and Messi.” It can’t be easy for Arena, who has taken the reigns of the league’s most disappointing club, only to watch its two best players run off to Europe for a better deal. Donovan, I can understand since he has given the league and club several good years plus he has so some unfinished business in Europe.

Beckham, on the other hand, has not even been with the Galaxy eight months, let alone played for anything close to eight months. The league and the club pushed all the chips on the table for him last year so his flaking to Milan can’t make it easy for league execs and Galaxy fans (who probably thought they’d finally be sticking it to Chivas this year).

As you probably know by now, I’d be happy for MLS to unload his huge salary since every indication is that he lacks commitment to his team and the league. Maybe they can use some of that money to buy Heath Pearce this summer and bring in other exciting, talented players who actually want to be there.

Happy New Year Vagabonds!

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year to all of our readers wherever you are; from Dubai to New Jersey and from Korea to Texas – thanks for stopping by this year.

2009 should be an exciting year and here is just a bit of what we can look forward to:

– The USA taking on Sweden on January 24th
Gooch perhaps finally making the jump to a new club
– Players like Marvell Wynne and Sacha Kljestan possibly moving across the pond
Vincenzo Bernardo and Jozy Altidore possibly being loaned out
– Young Giuseppe Nazzani getting a chance with Bologna’s first team
– The Confederations Cup and U-20 World Championships
– Seeing if Clint Dempsey can keep his hot touch into the spring
– Waiting for Freddy Adu to establish himself as a first team player at Monaco
– Michael Bradley finding his stride and tearing his way through the Bundesliga
– Carlos Bocanegra continuing his strong play at Rennes and earning a CL spot
– Danny Szetela continuing his solid left midfield play at Brescia – with few at home noticing
– Seeing if Landon Donovan can prove that he can hang with the big boys every week
– Whether DaMarcus Beasley heads home to play in MLS or finds a new European club
– Watching Maurice Edu assert himself as a key player in Rangers’ title run
– Watching Bruce Arena turn the LA Galaxy into a winner
– Watching juggernaut Barcelona dominate La Liga all the way to the title
– Seeing if TSG Hoffenheim can keep the dream alive and win the Bundesliga championship
– Seeing if anyone can challenge Olympique Lyon’s dominance of Ligue 1
– Whether Cristiano Ronaldo can avoid the burnout syndrome that comes with being the world’s hottest player
– Wondering when Brad Friedel is finally recognized as one of the best keepers in Europe
– Whether Steven Gerard goes to jail for some recent brawling (doubtful)
– Whether Juventus can catch Inter from running away with another Scuddetto
– Whether Real Madrid qualifies for a UEFA Cup spot, much less a CL one
– Whether Fiorentina sells all of its talent (again) or makes a run for the top three
– Seeing how far Edy Reja can take his bargain-basement priced Napoli team…all the way to the Champion’s League?
– Seeing how far AS Roma will continue to slide, especially now that Francesco Totti is injured
– Watching and enjoying how well Seattle (a great soccer town) supports the return of the Sounders
– Wondering when the scary young talent on the Argentina side starts to gel into a world-beater

Here are some fun highlights from 2008 which we hope you’ll enjoy:

Best Goals:

Best Keepers:

Best Skills:

Flops and Follies (Multisport):