Thursday, January 31, 2008

Quick Notes

  • Martin Vasquez, whom I LOVED as a player and who helped the United States get its only point ever on Mexican soil (despite having been a former member of Mexican national youth teams) in 1997 has been tipped by Jurgen Klinsmann to join him on the staff for Bayern Munich. Vasquez coached with the LA Galaxy and then moved to Chivas USA when his former Head Coach with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, Thomas Rongen was the inaugural coach for the goats LA team. Vasquez’s appointment at Bayern is a major breakthrough for American coaches and I join the rest of the stateside soccer community in wishing him the best in his endeavorer in Germany. Vasquez by the way played on a tough Tampa Bay backline that included Frank Yallop, Cle Kooiman and Dominic Kinnear (Kinnear could play both d-mid and right back). Talk about superb backline for the early days of MLS!
  • Andrew Jacobson’s decision to sign with Lorient in the French League after being drafted by DC United is another testimony as to the insulting pay scale MLS has for young American players and how backwards the emphasis on development is in Major League Soccer.