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
Blanco's Own Beckham Mission
SI.com, August 27th, 2007 4PM

MOST READ


Two months ago, the Chicago Fire had only won one of its last 12 games and was in danger of becoming the worst team in MLS, but a lot has changed at Toyota Park in the last two months. Juan Carlos Osorio replaced Dave Sarachan as head coach, Chris Rolfe returned from injury and the team signed veteran striker Paolo Wanchope, but of course none of these events have had as much impact on the Fire's turnaround than the arrival of Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

Blanco was at his best again on Saturday, orchestrating nearly every attack mounted by the men in red as Chicago brushed aside Kansas City, 2-0, thanks to a goal and an assist from the Mexican international. Often referred to as brash and polarizing, Blanco since his first press conference with the Fire has cut nothing but a humble, team-oriented figure. "I know the team is going through a bad patch, but I think if we come together in solidarity, we can raise the team," he said during his first press conference after joining the team.

As an SI report points out, Mexican stars don't have a long history of success in MLS. In fact, contrary to popular belief, MLS doesn't have as many Latino fans as one might expect. "MLS is not a very Hispanic-looking product at the moment," says David Downs, head of Univision Sports, adding that MLS games need more Hispanic flair to become popular with Univision's audience. To that point, players like Blanco, Juan Toja of FC Dallas, Carlos Marinelli of the Wizards and Juan Pablo Angel of the Red Bulls, are surely steps in the right direction.

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
AC Milan Not for Sale, Owner Says     
AC Milan is not for sale, Finivest, the company controlled by Milan chairman Silvio Berlusconi, said ...
German Anger at Schalke for Considering Russia Invitation    
German politicians on Thursday criticized Bundesliga giant Schalke 04 for considering an invitation to Russia to ...
Report: Chelsea Backs Mourinho Anfield Decision    
Chelsea has given Jose Mourinho the green light to field a team at Liverpool on Sunday ...
PSG Eyes Second-Successive Ligue 1 Title     
Paris Saint-Germain could seal its second-successive Ligue 1 title without kicking a ball if second-place AS ...
Platini: No Clubs Banned From Europe Next Season    
In an interview, UEFA President Michel Platini said that no clubs found in breach of financial ...
Ancelotti: Real Can Beat Anyone     
Carlo Ancelotti proclaimed that Real Madrid has no one to fear following his team's 1-0 win ...
German Press Reacts to Bayern's UCL Loss    
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola came in for some heavy criticism from the German media after ...
Reports: Messi Close to Barca Pay Raise    
According to reports in Spain, Lionel Messi is close to agreeing a contract extension with Barcelona ...
Scholes Named Man United Assistant Coach     
Paul Scholes on Wednesday was named as an assistant coach to interim Manchester United coach Ryan ...
FIFA Suspends Barca Transfer Sentence    
FIFA on Wednesday temporarily suspended the transfer ban handed to Barcelona for violating its rules regarding ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives