Monday, November 05, 2007

Clavijo Out and other Coaching Matters

It's only a matter of time before the first coaching head rolls. It probably will not be a shock, but Clavijo will almost certainly be ousted in Colorado. Over the last several weeks of the season Fernando was telling friends around the league that he would be fired if the Rapids missed the playoffs.

The worst kept secret in soccer finally went down and Frank Yallop is on his way to San Jose. Look for Landon Donovan to be shortly behind him as sharing the limelight with Beckham was not what he had in mind. And if you are a betting man, I wouldn't put any money on Alexi Lalas being around to start the 2008 season in LA.

Meanwhile in Columbus, Hunt Sports Groups has been telling everyone Sigi Schmid is going nowhere.

*UPDATE* - MLS has come to LA's rescue once again. First there was the "Beckham Rule", and now it appears there is a "Landon Rule" too. LA, Dallas and KC have been given exemptions for Landon, Ruiz and Johnson (respectively) that their contracts will not have to count as "Designated Players". Now LA doesn't have to find a way to get a 2nd DP slot. With this in mind it makes the idea of LD leaving a bit harder, but we all know how he feels about Yallop.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like the Red Bulls beat everyone to the punch: Arena is gone.

1:23 PM, November 05, 2007  
Blogger Allen said...

Why hasn't KSE fired Clavijo already? What are they waiting for?

5:53 PM, November 05, 2007  
Blogger Soccer X said...

"Il Bruce" gets the axe at Red Bullcrap NY.

Welcome back by the way.

6:28 PM, November 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesn't LandyCakes just sign with a USL team? No spotlight there.

8:39 PM, November 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if you are a betting man, I wouldn't put any money on Alexi Lalas being around to start the 2008 season in LA.

I hope to God that this comes true. As a longtime Galaxy fan, it becomes very frustrating to constantly have people like this involved with the club. Fire Sampson, great! Hire Alexi Lalas at the same time, regression.

4:59 PM, November 06, 2007  
Blogger Bonji said...

NDL, where are you getting your information? Clavijo is in Brazil presumably scouting for the Rapids. Or maybe he is just on vacation avoiding the axe. If the Rapids did send him there, he certainly doesn't look to be on the way out the door. He is going to be calling into From the Pitch tonight ( I guess we'll find out then.

5:16 PM, November 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

landon has a no trade clause nimrod

and his wife has a career in LA, that little baby isnt leaving LA unfortunatly

10:42 PM, November 06, 2007  
Blogger SF said...

If you knew who wrote this blog you wouldn't call him a nimrod or doubt the where's and how's of how he gets his info.

11:19 AM, November 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hm, Landon Donovan, princess of "I want to be happy".

The only coach he has ever been happy playing for just left for San Jose.

You do realize, "NDL, you're a nimrod" guy/gal, that Donovan can waive that no trade clause, don't you?

As for Colorado, I can't imagine them not taking a run at John Spencer. If I were the GM of a team in MLS, that is where I'd look. (Yallop-Kinnear... Spencer?)

11:25 PM, November 12, 2007  

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