Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
New Era In New York
July 20th, 2006 7:40PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Confidential

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

How long will it take Bruce Arena to make New York Red Bull into a semblance of a competitive MLS team?

In the short term, he'll have to rely on his tactical knowledge and motivational methods, since the team is tight up against the salary cap, it has no allocations, and the rumors of a "secret meeting" by which the MLS Board of Governors "approved" a mega-player acquisition for Red Bull New York appear to be nothing more than rumors.

The return of Youri Djorkaeff can help, assuming Arena can sort out the wants and needs of Djorkaeff and Amado Guevara.

By beating the Crew 2-0 Wednesday in Columbus, the Red Bulls have moved into a three-way tie for third place in the Eastern Conference and need only finish ahead of the Crew and one other team to make the playoffs.

A fourth-place finish would match the Red Bulls against D.C. United in the first round of the playoffs. Wouldn't that be interesting?

Yet the East, aside from D.C., is so tight any of the five teams could finish second, although the Crew seems to be a shade weaker than the rest and on paper, the Revolution should be better than a .500 (6-6-6) team.

No longer does Arena hold the same huge edge over his rival coaches in terms of player knowledge and experience. When he left the league eight years ago, he'd never coached - at the pro level -- against Sigi Schmid, Bob Bradley, Dave Sarachan, Frank Yallop, Steve Nicol, Peter Nowak or Colin Clarke.

SPINNING WHEELS. The firing of Bob Gansler by the Wizards Tuesday isn't a case of ineptitude or incompetence, it's simply one of inertia.

After seven years under Bob Gansler, the team wasn't going anywhere.

Slapped into the tougher Eastern Conference last year, the Wizards finished three games over .500 (12-9-11) but finished fifth and missed the playoffs. A good start to the 2006 season followed by a bad run - six straight losses including last Saturday's 3-2 loss to Houston - left the Wizards at 6-10-2 and a rather deceptive placing of third in the East.

The Kansas City roster is solid enough, but several veterans had tuned Gansler out, while continuing to play competent if uninspired soccer. The trading of a gung-ho, run-through-walls player like Chris Klein stripped away some intensity, and rather than upgrading the team, questionable foreign-player signings, like that of recently released Jamaican midfielder Jermaine Hue, maintained a mediocre status quo.

Assistant coach Brian Bliss has been handed the reins for the rest of the season, which seems to confirm speculation that the team will be sold in the near future, since hiring a replacement for Gansler would burden new owners with additional salary expenses and commitments.

Bliss will have the services of Dutch midfielder Dave van den Bergh next month, when the MLS transfer window re-opens, yet the team's playoff hopes rest with veterans like Nick Garcia, Jimmy Conrad, Sasha Victorine, and most of all, Eddie Johnson and Josh Wolff, who each have just two goals in nine games.

When the team's leading scorer is a left back - Jose Burciaga Jr. with five - something is amiss.


No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Confidential
Walker Zimmerman joins the U.S. centerback pool with solid performance    
Two FC Dallas centerbacks were summoned to the first U.S, camp of 2017 and after Matt ...
Rare USA golazo inspires some hope    
One swallow doesn't make a summer, but the USA delivered something impressive with its goal in ...
Greg Garza, soccer wanderer, finds place to start anew, again    
A long voyage to several continents has led U.S. international Greg Garza to the MLS startup ...
With first Arena game out of the way, U.S. players can re-focus on task at hand    
The message going forward for the U.S, team after it opened 2017 by tying Serbia 0-0 ...
MLS expansion teams address their needs directly    
The first SuperDraft of the expansion teams United is in the books. Minnesota went for a ...
Family team effort helps Abu Danladi rise to MLS No. 1 pick    
Abu Danladi's mother was unable to come from Ghana to join him in Los Angeles and ...
MLS 2017: How Eastern Conference teams look on the eve of preseason    
The New York teams finished one-two in the regular season, but the conference's 2015 MLS Cup ...
MLS 2017: How Western Conference teams look on the eve of the SuperDraft    
No more Robbie Keane or Bruce Arena in L.A., a coaching change in Houston, and a ...
USA's January Camp: It's all about the here and now    
When Bruce Arena accepted the job as U.S. national team coach for a second time in ...
MLS Positional Awards: Bingham takes top goalkeeping spot    
It was a strange year for goalkeepers in MLS. Colorado conceded the fewest goals with two ...
>> Soccer America Confidential Archives