Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
"Johnson" is the Call from the Sidelines
New York Newsday, June 21st, 2006 2:33PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

In the American press, those who don't understand that the United States not only played one of the traditional defensive powerhouses of world soccer, but had to do so after two of its players were sent off, might look at the team's goal-scoring record and conclude that team USA needs "an offensive paramedic." Against Ghana, they will certainly need their offensive players (Landon Donovan, Brian McBride, Clint Dempsey, Bobby Convey, DaMarcus Beasley) to start scoring goals againand several times, preferablyif this team is going any further. Newsday reports that the call from commentators around the nation is for Eddie Johnson to make his return to the U.S. starting lineup. Johnson, at 22, is the youngest man on the U.S. roster; his speed and aggression could be just what Bruce Arena needs to bring to a crucial group-deciding match. Many of those pundits (and there are countless numbers of them at papers across America) who don't watch or particularly like soccer, believe the answer to improving the game here in the U.S. is attracting kids like Johnson, who grew up in inner-city Florida, to play. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati says diversity is actually the end-goal of his tenure in charge of the federation. While there's no problem getting whites and Hispanics to at least try the sport, the African-American community is a different story. "It's about exposure," Gulati said. Well, there's no more exposure than during the World Cup, and if Bruce decides to go with Johnsonas many pundits are askinghe'll have no bigger opportunity to shine than tomorrow.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Mackay Out of Palace Running    
Malky Mackay, who was considered a shoo-in for the vacant Crystal Palace job, is no longer ...
UEFA Investigates Tavecchio Comments    
Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio is being investigated by UEFA over an alleged racist ...
Report: Glazers to Keep Man United Five More Years    
The Guardian reports that despite mounting unrest over the Glazer's ownership of Manchester United, the family ...
Barca Denied Transfer Ban Appeal    
Barcelona will be unable to sign any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected its appeal against ...
UCL Playoffs: Higuain Rescues Draw vs. Bilbao     
Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde says he had "hoped for something more" following his team's 1-1 ...
Wenger Bemoans Ramsey Suspension After Gunners Stalemate    
Aaron Ramsey was sent off as Arsenal eked out a 0-0 draw away to Besiktas in ...
Simeone: Di Maria is Real's Best Player     
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said he thinks that Angel Di Maria is Real Madrid's best ...
Colorado College will be Team USA in 2015    
Colorado College, a Division III school, is moving to the Mountain West this season from Conference ...
Hazing investigation prompts cancellation of UNM opener    
In the aftermath of an incident in which Albuquerque fire and rescue and ambulance personnel were ...
Johannsson Has Groin Surgery     
AZ Alkmaar on Tuesday announced that USA forward Aron Johannsson had surgery on his right groin ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives