ASN Morning Read: Holden Back Again, Sadly
The United States national team midfielder suffers yet another crushing injury; Michael Bradley has some nice things to say about Major League Soccer; the Gold Cup final posts strong ratings.
It's official: Stuart Holden has a torn ACL. As we've learned through the years across every sport, it's tough to put a timetable on an ACL, but best case, he's back to light training in six months. Our John Godfrey wrote last night on what a difference 24 hours made for Holden.
Holden is one of the most resilient guys we've ever had the pleasure of seeing don a U.S. jersey and we know he'll be back at some point. In the mean time, we can't wait to hear from him on Twitter.
Chepo de la Torre will stay on as Mexico's coach. Apparently these sorts of decisions are made by the Mexican federation combined with Liga MX representatives. It was far from unanimous. "There were strong voices that weren’t in agreement,” said FMF president Justino Compean. “But in the end they came together because we’re united in the same objective, which is qualification.”
Even if El Tri does manage to qualify, Compean wouldn't say that Chepo will be at the helm in Brazil. “After those four (qualification) games, we’ll sit down again (with Chepo) because a World Cup is very different."
Soccer Over There has a brilliant poll: Favorite Jurgen Klinsmann outfit of the summer. At the time of publishing, "Covert Pocket Henley" has a slim lead over "Vintage Rugby Polo." We advise you to fulfill your civic duty and vote.
Michael Bradley and Roma are the opponents in this year's MLS All-Star Game, and the midfielder praised the strides that the league has made since he left back in 2006.
“I think you look around the league and you see the stadiums being built and the teams that come into the league that have support and fans like they do in Seattle and Portland,” Bradley said. “And I think that this is something that’s great for the league, great for our country and I think the quality continues to get better when you look at the run that the U.S. team made in this Gold Cup."
It's also Michael's 26th birthday tomorrow.
The Gold Cup final drew well on Fox, outpacing a UFC bout on Fox, Fox's Saturday MLB broadcast, and ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
Stoke City's U.S. tour got a bit chaotic as their flight from Dallas to Philadelphia arrived seven hours late following an emergency re-fuelling stopover in Baltimore and delays due to a storm in Philadelphia."All-American hero Brek Shea" had his original flight from Chicago cancelled, so he too was late arriving.
July 30, 2013
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