Saturday, January 22, 2005

A Step Back from the Abyss

In the there is finally some good news department, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the National team players agreed to end their labor standoff. What does this mean? Well for one, it means that soccer is learning somewhat from the NHL's abominable mistakes by getting this at least temporarily solved before World Cup qualifying recommences in Trinidad and Tobogo in a few weeks. The players have also released a statement.

Second, it means we'll see the players we're accustomed to seeing in the Hex--Reyna, Donovan, et. al.--instead of replacements from the USL and A-Leagues. Marco Ferruzzi? Who is that? I'll resist calling these guys the epithet usually reserved for replacements in labor disputes for a very good reason: if some kind of catastrophe had struck in this, and Bruce Arena called me for duty, I'd go in a heartbeat. This is an honor most of these guys will never get a chance at again, so I'll forego the name calling.

Now Playing:

Stone Roses - "Waterfall"

Elvis Costello & the Attractions - "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea"

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