Tuesday, March 20
Stories Of the Day: In the Kitchen
Burning it Up: That is definitely something you want to hear about a striker. However, the trouble is that in Vancouver it currently is in reference to rookie Darren Mattocks, who accidentally suffered serious burns to his arm and shoulder over the weekend from an incident that occurred while preparing dinner.
Ballack Agent Blasts Red Bulls: The agent for Michael Ballack took a swipe at the New York Red Bulls and their general manager Erik Soler. The drama stems from the fact that, apparently, the Red Bulls have decided to go in a different direction, looking for a younger and more creative attacker in the midfield, and have their eyes on Stephen Ireland. Making matters worse, Soler allegedly told the agent, Michael Becker, he thought at this point in Ballack’s career, he was more suited for a defensive role, which Becker was offended by.
While this will undoubtedly create more drama in New York, where there is a history of failed star imports; you have to let the club shop for the groceries they think is right for the current team. Just because Ballack is a big-name star that is still a good, capable player that may fit well at another MLS club does not mean that he is what New York needs. Only hindsight can prove otherwise when the meal is cooked.
Speaking of Picking Ingredients: Olympic qualifying is right around the corner for CONCACAF. The US squad made what is likely it’s last change to the roster today, adding Sheanon Williams, a third Union player who currently plays under the leadership of former Olympic coach Peter Nowak in Philadelphia. Up north, the Canadian coach Tony Fonseca trimmed the roster, letting loose the older players in favor of a young squad of 20. The tournament starts Thursday.