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
It's Blanco's Debut, Too
Associated Press, July 20th, 2007 2:45PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

It's a weekend of coming-out parties for Major League Soccer's two most famous acquisitions. On the one hand, you have David Beckham, who's listed as "doubtful" for Saturday's clash between the L.A. Galaxy and Chelsea -- you can bet that ESPN and MLS are desperate for him to get 10 minutes on national television -- and on the other you have the decidedly more polarizing figure of Cuauhtemoc Blanco, whose mission to galvanize the Chicago area's Mexican community begins Sunday, when the Fire hosts Celtic.

Among Mexicans and many Mexican-Americans, Blanco is equally as loved as Beckham is in England, though he has a history of clashing with coaches, teammates and officials. Like Beckham, Blanco is coming into a team badly in need of a savior. Chicago is currently last in the East Conference with 16 points. Despite its poor record recently, the Fire is still only 10 points behind the conference leader, the New England Revolution. The club is also in the midst of being sold by owner Anschutz Entertainment Group, which orchestrated Blanco's deal, to the private equity group Andell Holdings.

Though he's coming off a fine season with Mexico's Club America, Blanco's game has definitely slowed down over the years. It will be interesting to see how his game adapts to the fast pace and aggressive tackling in MLS. "I know people questioned my play after I got injured [in 2006] ..." the 34-year-old told the Associated Press. "I don't think that those questions exist now. I feel great, my body is in good form. I'm ready to play for Chicago."

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
Real's Navas Seeks Legal Action for Costa Rican Spying    
The Associated Press is reporting Thursday that Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will take legal action ...
Mandzukic: Guardiola 'Didn't Treat Me with Respect'    
In an interview with Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, Mario Mandzukic says he is enjoying playing for ...
Roma's Destro to Consider Future     
Mattia Destro on Wednesday cast doubt around his future after scoring the opening goal in AS ...
Allegri: 'Lack of Maturity' Costs Juve     
Despite hitting the woodwork several times and having much the better play throughout, Juventus lost 1-0 ...
Report: Former President Hoeness Warns Bayern     
German daily Bild reports that former Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness, who is currently in prison ...
Pellegrini 'Worried' as City Crashes Out of League Cup     
Manchester City relinquished its hold on the English League Cup on Wednesday with a poor display ...
Herrera Questions Klinsmann Inclusion for FIFA Award    
Miguel Herrera, for one, isn't impressed with USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann's inclusion in FIFA's shortlist for ...
Ancelotti: Blatter 'Unable to Keep His Mouth Shut'     
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday accused Sepp Blatter of being "unable to keep his ...
Report: Spain's Tax Authority Probes Barca, Real Stars     
Marca on Wednesday reported that some of La Liga's highest profile players over the last several ...
Reports: Moyes to Take Over at La Real?    
Spanish media reports claim that former Manchester United coach David Moyes is among the names being ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives