ASN Morning Read: Omar Gonzalez Gets Paaaaid
The Los Angeles Galaxy man signs a Designated Player contract worth millions and millions of dollars. He's a long way from College Park, Maryland. Hey now, hey now, the EPL is back.
Omar Gonzalez is officially a designated player, signing a multi-year deal with the Galaxy. (Valued at $1.5 million per season?) Gonzalez says it was Jurgen Klinsmann’s approval that made it a much easier decision to stay in the U.S.
“I really wanted to know what his thoughts were, because I was already thinking maybe I wanted to stay here with the Galaxy, and to hear him validate it and say it's fine if you stay for a couple of years, but at some point you should go to Europe, you should see what that's like to test yourself,” Gonzalez said.” I think I agree with him, but, you know, I decided to stay, and I'm happy with my decision.”
AJ DeLaGarza was disappointed to learn the press conference was not for him:
Jozy Altidore wrote his first blog entry for ESPNFC yesterday and reflected on Wednesday’s win in Sarajevo: “Call it resilience, perseverance, resolve. Call it whatever you want. The bottom line is that we showed true American spirit and heart rallying for a win against a country poised to earn a spot in next year's World Cup.” U-S-A!
The Premier League gets underway tomorrow(!) and Greg Seitzer previews the Americans playing for teams in England’s top flight. It’s still sort of disconcerting not seeing Clint Dempsey’s name among them.
Speaking of the Premier League, NBC starts its tenure as the league’s U.S. broadcaster, carrying seven matches tomorrow, starting with Liverpool vs. Stoke City at 7:45 a.m. ET. “It’s a blue-chip property that has not been exploited in the way that we will take advantage of it,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore wants FIFA to move the 2022 World Cup from Qatar if it's impossible to play in the winter. Of course he does. This is going to get ugly and ridiculous. Make that more ugly and more ridiculous than it already is.
August 16, 2013
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