Monday, January 21, 2008

Convention Tidbits

I struggled to decide to drive down to the coaches convention. Glad that I did. The adidas booth was a great site with all of the new MLS jerseys there for viewing, but it was when the MLS coaches began to show up that the stories and rumors started to flow.

Cities Racing To Become MLS Members

St Louis and Philly are battling it out for that next expansion slot. St Louis is farther along in terms of a stadium, but Philly is in a stronger ownership situation. There is also a stream of thought that either one of these teams would now wait until 2010 to join to ensure they have a stadium in place before beginning play. St Louis has signed with a sports marketing group to help land a naming rights deal if they get their stadium done.

The dark horse in the whole thing is the Don's pet project, a team in Queens.

Emilio Theft Thwarted

A Mexican 1st division team looked into filing a protest with FIFA in hopes of finding a loophole to sign DC United's Luciano Emilio. The story goes that they had the player's blessing for the protest which claims there is some sort of "problem with his contract" with DC United. The intent of the protest was to get the contract voided. Word is FIFA had decided they could rule in the player's favor. But the amount of time and red tape it was going to take would delay the signing so the Mexican team decided to pass.

Chicago Looks Backward

I'm sure you know by now Mike Jeffries is headed back to the windy city. His agent, Ron Waxman, and the team are still negotiating deal points. It seems like a done deal, but so did the hiring of Spencer as Head Coach until the Fire wouldn't budge on the low offer they made. Jeffries also interviewed with Chivas USA.

Jeffries will be first assistant and Daryl Shore will be another assistant, plus Chris Armas will also be part of the staff.

New Crew Director in Sights

After contract negotiations fell apart at the eleventh hour with Curt Johnson, the Hunt Sports Group have now targeted Brian Bliss for the Crew's technical director position.