by Paul Gardner on May 30, 8:29 PM
Deciding what is a great goal and what is merely a good goal -- even to the point of defining the greatest goal in the history of soccer -- is all part of being besotted with the sport. It leads to discussions, disagreements, heated arguments, maybe fisticuffs. And of course nothing is ever resolved because there is no objective way that the merits of a goal can be measured and -- more conclusively -- soccer people are not objective anyway.
by Paul Gardner on May 25, 4:55 PM
It looks like the 20th MLS team will be Manchester City FC. The name will be changed, of course it will. MLS plus ManCity -- plenty of expensive brainpower involved in that discussion, one would think -- have decided that the new club is to be New York City FC. Which is fine. Except for one thing. You will not win any prizes for working out what's wrong with it, and I shall return to the matter later in this column.
by Paul Gardner on May 21, 1:17 AM
An interesting game -- I'm talking about this past weekend's Red Bulls-L.A. Galaxy game. A 1-0 win for the Bulls, a win they probably didn't deserve, but a win they snatched at the very last moment of the game, pouncing on a bad mistake by the Galaxy's 39-year-old, and very experienced, Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.
by Paul Gardner on May 13, 12:07 AM
Highly intriguing and, to me anyway, rather entertaining are the goings-on up in Toronto.
by Paul Gardner on May 10, 1:53 AM
In Philadelphia's John Hackworth and Portland's Caleb Porter, MLS has two excellent young coaches. Both comparatively new to MLS -- Porter is in his first year -- but these guys have plenty of coaching experience.
by Paul Gardner on May 6, 6:39 PM
What's this? An MLS goalkeeper ejected? Now there's something you don't see too often, so Chivas USA's Dan Kennedy can feel a bit hard done by ... really, all he did was trip Paulo Nagamura in the box. Sure, Nagamura was in scoring position, but referees are apt to give the penalty kick and then take pity on the keeper and give him only a yellow.
by Paul Gardner on May 1, 12:05 AM
We now have PRO, the Professional Referees Organization, which is supposed to bring about significant improvements in the standard of MLS refereeing. We await developments on that front. In the meantime, PRO is giving us a spiffy website (www.proreferees.com) that includes a "Play of the Week" section that explains unusual or controversial calls from MLS games. Something I always find interesting -- if only because I don't think referees do nearly enough explaining.