5 Questions: Bravo, Berhalter, Draft, Toronto, Gomez

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Dec 13, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In today’s edition, Tony asks about the Galaxy’s strategy in the Re-Entry Draft, an American getting a chance to coach aboard, and a big move for Herculez Gomez.

Where’s Omar Bravo playing next season?

Not Kansas City. He’s headed back to Mexico to play for Cruz Azul next season. Compared with how Bravo, Nery Castillo, and Rafa Marquez have fared in MLS, maybe Luis Hernandez wasn’t so bad?

What’s Gregg Berhalter doing next season?

Coaching Hammarby in Sweden’s Superettan (second division). Congratulations to Berhalter, who signed a two-year deal. Hammarby won the first division title a decade ago, but was relegated after the 2009 season.  They're 49% owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group.

Which team was busiest at yesterday’s MLS Re-entry Draft?

The Galaxy, taking six players overall (including two of their own). Potentially adding Andrew Boyens, Chris Leitch, Jon Conway, and Pat Noonan give Bruce Arena’s squad a few more options going into a very hectic year. Again, the Galaxy showed they are willing to be prepared for multiple competitions and national team call-ups.

In the Associated Press story announcing the sale of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, in what paragraph was Toronto FC first mentioned?

The fifth,  the same paragraph as Maple Leafs television and the Toronto Marlies American Hockey League franchise. Perhaps this is a more accurate reading of Major League Soccer's importance in the wider North American sports landscape than the League would like to tell. To his credit, at the press conference, one of the new owners mentioned TFC in the same sentence as the Leafs and Raptors, and if they are looking for a growth property in terms of media rights, TFC/MLS is in a good position. But, this deal is about the Maple Leafs with TFC and the Raptors being good programming acquisitions.

Which team is Herculez Gomez going to play for next season in Mexico?

Santos Laguna. Estudiantes Tecos of Guadalajara sold Gomez to Santos this past week, after he lead Tecos in goals scored during the Apertura. And who does Santos play on March 7th in the CONCACAF Champions League? The Sounders, who Gomez once played for on loan.

4 Responses to 5 Questions: Bravo, Berhalter, Draft, Toronto, Gomez

  1. Caps says:

    And if Santos laguna advance, the might meet the Galaxy whom Gomez once played for. All-in-all a good acquisition for Santos.

  2. Joe says:

    Maybe we US soccer fans should admit to ourselves that MLS is minor league, like AAA baseball and arena football. Not a bad thing, but puts into perspective where MLS stands among the country’s other pro sports leagues.

  3. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Getting mentioned after hockey in Canada or after the NBA anywhere is hardly a surprise. I also don’t think anyone is making or believes grandiose claims. But I think optimism about the league is well founded.

  4. Nathan says:

    What I will admit is that MLS is the top flight league in the United States and Canada. It isn’t “like” AAA baseball because AAA baseball is not the top flight league. I do not know what arena football is and I don’t even care enough to Google it, which is essentially my point. Soccer is the only sport I pay attention to, it does not matter to me where MLS stands among the other pro sports leagues.