Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Back with a Vengeance

Hey everyone. Yes, it's been awhile. So what?

Man, all of those pie-in-the-sky dreams of Chivas being a winning brand in the US in the form of a MLS team is not going exactly to plan. Only averaging 4500 tickets sold per game, how long before we should start worrying about the team folding? Actually, relocation is far more likely. Team owner Antonio Cue was approached by a potential buyer a while back (for relocation), but Cue didn't want to sell at the time. If ticket sales don't pick up soon, mounting financial losses may leave him no option next time an offer comes down the pike.

Next on the slate - Don't be surprised if new FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman not only moves up to a Technical Director position, but is also handed more important responsibilities within the Hunts Sports Group/FC Dallas/Pizza Hut Park cluster-fuh, er, ummm, "empire". It may take several months to come to fruition, but you heard it here first. Hyndman has already started making additions and moves inside the FCD structure to consolidate his power position that's based on having a direct line to the Hunts. I also can't help but wonder if former Fire GM Peter Wilt will be considered as a candidate to replace lame duck FC Dallas GM Michael Hitchcock? If there is anyone that could inject a "feel-good" vibe, which is much needed in sad sack Dallas, its Wilt.

And last but not least - Ruiz to the Crew? Yup. Sigi Schmid tried to pry his buddy Carlos out of Dallas before, but didn't offer enough to get Ruiz. Now with Ruiz firmly planted on the bench and LA openly shopping Ruiz, Sigi is again making a move to get the hefty salaried striker to Columbus. Only one question remains, has either Sigi upped his offer enough or has LA dropped the price enough so this deal can go down? Hey, Carlos and Sigi can have eating contests... Kidding, I make jokes! The truth is that one has to wonder why Sigi would want a player that is so clearly a former shell of himself. Ruiz has been on the decline for some time, and if he can't get his act together for a team like the Galaxy, it won't happen in Ohio.