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Gregory Richardson Update

Been wondering where Joe Public Guyanese forward and Champions League stalwart Gregory Richardson is going to end up playing next season?  The answer is simple: Joe Public.

After a fantastic showing in the Champions League against New England, Richardson not only disappeared in that contest, but also only managed 3 league goals all season long in the TT Pro League, failing to make the T&T Express season All-Star team.

Richardson is 26 years old, meaning his days are probably numbered as a striker that relies heavily on pace.  After a few outstanding performances, 2008 was turning into a make or break year for Richardson’s chances to move on to MLS.  With the buzz that momentarily surrounded him completely gone now, it looks as if Richardson didn’t quite make it.

Edit: Richardson has signed with Colorado, but has not yet earned a spot on the bench for any of the Rapids’s matches.  Perhaps he’ll see action in the U.S. Open Cup.

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MLS Weekly Review and Preview 9/2

First, a quick rundown of last week’s games:

Salt Lake 2-Colorado 0

Fabian Espindola made a big splash in his return from injury, scoring his 4th and 5th goals of the season to lead RSL to yet another home win.  Salt Lake continues to try to keep pace with streaking Houston, while Colorado is trying to find its groove under Interim Head Coach Gary Smith, who has lost both games he has presided over with that official title.  The Rapids were also hampered by injuries to Pablo Mastroeni and potentially England-bound midfielder Terry Cooke.  With the loss, Colorado relieved San Jose of the cellar spot in the West.

New England 2-Los Angeles 2

Taylor Twellman notched his 5th goal, but also went down after taking LA ‘keeper Steve Cronin’s hands to his head.  Landon Donovan picked up his 15th and 16th and Shalrie Joseph finally got his name into the scorebook for the season during a 2-2 draw.  The Revs, reeling from their CONCACAF Champions League loss to Joe Public FC of T&T and fighting depth issues, switching to a 4-4-1-1.  New England continues to slowly lose ground on Columbus for first in the East (and the league), while Bruce Arena’s LA is hanging on to MLS’ other playoff contenders by their fingernails.

DC 0-New York 0

A bore draw between two teams locked in stalemate in the East.  DC continues to draw games that it needs to win, while New York stays hot with a solid road draw.  Both teams are currently in good position for the playoffs, but New York is on their way up, while DC seems to be stagnating and in danger of heading downwards.

Dallas 1-Columbus 2

Just two weeks after defeating FC Dallas at Crew Stadium, the Canaries traveled to Dallas and picked up a valuable road win, pushing them two points ahead of New England.  Alejandro Moreno scored his team-leading 8th of the season and Eddie Gaven finally got his 1st on the year.  Dallas took the lead on a 35th minute Jeff Cunningham strike, but Columbus continues to prove that they play just as well, if not better from behind as they do from a tie or a lead.  With the loss, Dallas loses valuable ground in the West, falling to just two points out of the cellar.

San Jose 2-Kansas City 1

The red-hot ‘Quakes finally crawled out of the cellar for what seems like the first time since before the Expansion Draft.  Darren Huckerby’s arrival continues to lead the revival for San Jose, scoring the game-winner in the 83rd.  Arturo Alvarez scored in the 43rd, but Davy Arnaud equalized for the Wizards in the 64th.  With the loss, Kansas City continues their wallowing at the bottom of the East.

Chivas USA 2-Toronto 1

The struggles continue for media darling Toronto FC, despite acquiring Guatemalan International Carlos Ruiz, as Chivas picked up an injury time game-winner from Atiba Harris to secure the home win.  Jim Brennan opened the scoring for TFC, but Alecko Eskandarian tied the game up just 11 minutes later.  The game would stay tied for the next hour before Harris inserted the dagger.  Chivas climbs to the top of the West deadlock, now behind only Houston and Salt Lake, while Toronto remains tied for last in the East with Kansas City.

Houston 2-Chicago 1

Brian McBride scored his first goal in his return campaign to MLS, but it sparked a Dwayne De Rosario equalizer just a minute later, which was followed by Brian Mullan’s 3rd goal of the year, giving the Dynamo a lead they would not relinquish.  Although they lost defender Eddie Robinson to injury, Houston stays firmly ahead of RSL in the West with a 5-point lead.  Chicago continues to squander opportunities to overtake, or at least keep pace with New England.

CONCACAF Champions Leaue, US Open Cup and MLS Predictions

9/2: Champions League
New England 3-Joe Public 1 (NE 4-3 on PK’s) New England advances
Chivas USA 2-Tauro FC 1 Tauro FC advances

9/3 US Open Cup Final
DC United 2-Charleston Battery 1 DC wins 2nd US Open Cup

9/4 MLS League Play
FC Dallas 2-Colorado Rapids 0

9/6 MLS League Play
Toronto FC 1-Chivas USA 1
Columbus Crew 1-New England Revolution 2
Chicago Fire 2-New York Red Bulls 2
San Jose Earthquakes 2-DC United 0
Los Angeles Galaxy 2-Real Salt Lake 0

9/7 MLS League Play
Houston Dynamo 3-Kansas City Wizards 0

CONCACAF Champions League: MLS Sides Need Strong Home Showings in Second Legs

After a 2-1 Joe Public FC victory over New England and a 2-0 Chivas USA loss at the hands of Tauro FC, both MLS sides need to regroup with better home efforts in their second legs (both September 2) if MLS is going to have solid representation in the Group Stage of the competition.

Neither the Revs nor the Goats really have good excuses for their First Leg performances, outside of traveling and hostile environments, but if MLS is really going to be a top-flight league with world-class talent, they have to be able to knock of the top clubs from other CONCACAF nations.  The United States can dominate CONCACAF international play, and when most Central American countries’ domestic teams are made up of their international players, that can only speak to the weakness of MLS as a league.  Either teams aren’t preparing well enough, don’t have the depth to compete in multiple competitions (the salary cap puts a huge hindrance on the abilities of clubs to have enough players), or too much domestic American talent is leaving MLS, thus watering down the talent pool.

It must be said that Chivas USA is depleted as it is, with the recent departure of Brad Guzan and Sacha Kljestan’s mind possibly on a European move.  Still, Chivas is in a playoff position in MLS, and should be able to show that the parity-obsessed league still retains competitive bite when it travels outside US borders.

CONCACAF Champions League Team Previews

Writing about North American football with little internet in Ireland is difficult, so I’ll direct your attention to CONCACAF’s team previews that they are doing as each team plays their first game.

http://www.concacaf.com/competitions/champsleague/qteams.aspx

CONCACAF Champions League Begins August 26

I will do a CONCACAF Champions League preview later (including plenty of coverage on the intriguingly named Joe Public), but here is the schedule of first-leg games for the preliminary round (second-legs are a week later at the opposite site):

August 26:

New England Revolution (USA) at Joe Public (T&T)
Chivas USA (USA) at Tauro (PAN)
Hankook Verdes (BLZ) at Cruz Azul (MEX)

August 27:

Real Esteli (NIC) at Montreal Impact (CAN)
Puerto Rico Islanders (PR) at LD Alajuelense (CR)
Marathon (HON) at Metapan (ELS)

August 28:

UNAM Pumas (MEX) at Harbour View (JAM)
San Francisco (PAN) at Deportivo Jalapa (GUA)