By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Mar 6, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For Tuesday, Tony asks how preseason went for Chivas USA, looks at where George John will be lining up, wonders who FIFA.com thinks will have a breakout season in MLS, and examines preseason attendance in Tucson.
How did the preseason end for Chivas USA?
Not so well. "They should be embarrassed," said Coach Robin Fraser after his team lost to San Jose 5-0 in their last game of the preseason.
Every team will say, win or lose, that preseason results don't matter, but Chivas went 3-7-1 during preseason, including twice giving up 5 goals (to the Quakes and to Club Tijuana in San Diego) and was outscored 19 to 6 against professional opposition (not counting victories against college or amateur teams).
The club could get Juan Pablo Angel under contract, win their opening games of the season (both at home, against Houston then Vancouver), and everyone will purr about how the team grew through adversity.
How many people showed up in Tucson to watch the Salt Lake-Red Bulls/Galaxy-Revolution games last Saturday night?
More than 10,000. Snarky comments about how these games drew more than the Earthquakes will in September if they are out of contention aside, that's an impressive attendance for end-of-preseason games.
Who does FIFA (FIFA.com at least) see as the 'stars set to shine' in MLS in 2012?
Going way out on a limb, the unsigned article highlights Brek Shea, CJ Sapong, Steve Zakuani, and Juan Agudelo as players likely to have break through seasons in 2012.
What Are Dallas's Chances Out West?
Much of the attention in Dallas has focused on David Ferreira's ankle and Brek Shea's national team duties, but with the Red Bulls, Portland, and Kansas City in their first three games, we'll know quickly if Dallas is prepared to push the Galaxy and Seattle in the Western Conference. George John's return from a loan to West Ham is good news, strengthening a defense that should need it.
Has FIFA eliminated the April and August international game windows?
Not yet. But FIFA's Executive Committee will discuss the proposal to eliminate those dates during their meeting at the end of March. Any change in the calendar would not take effect until after the 2014 World Cup. If the proposed calendar is approved, international dates will take place in March, September, October, and November. Next up is club executives complaining that there are too many disruptions in the Fall (Spring in the Southern Hemisphere).