Kick Off: Bradley in limbo, Movsisyan makes move
In a summer of soccer that has included MLS matches against the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and European champions Inter Milan, the icing on the cake comes tonight as the USA face Brazil in the first post-World Cup match for both nations.
The big story line surrounding this match at the New Meadowlands Arena is whether it will be the last game in charge of the US for Bob Bradley.
The bookmaker odds make Bradley the favorite to take over at Aston Villa, where Martin O’Neill abruptly vacated the manager post with just days left until the start of the EPL season.
One New York Times columnist suggests that Bradley should move to Europe any way possible.
Meanwhile, here’s how Brazil enter the matchup after a disappointing World Cup exit.
The USA should be in good shape if they receive the same kind of scouting help that the Wizards did from a bunch of unicorns ahead of their win against Manchester United.
Before the US vs. Brazil match the 2010 Soccer Hall of Fame induction will take place. Two current MLS coaches will be among those honored, including one who scored the winning goal in the only match the US have ever won against Brazil.
This international fixture date during midweek will see former Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan finally declaring his national allegiance. He owes his professional career to the USA but that was not the deciding factor.
There is another US-based player who is set to join Movsisyan in Denmark. This former Bucknell star will cut his teeth in the second division.
Benny Feilhaber, who will play for the US against Brazil on Tuesday, is still looking to move on from his Danish second-division club.
In the United States, the second division could be taking on a new look if a task force's recommendations are put into force.
One of those current Division 2 teams, the Vancouver Whitecaps, are planning for next year’s MLS expansion season including bringing in one SuperDraft prospect and current US Under-20 player for some training.
The SuperDraft is where defender Kosuke Kimura, the first Japanese player in MLS, got his start for the Colorado Rapids and he hasn’t looked back since. This is his story.
Lastly, another international player with ties to MLS is in the news. Australian World Cup star Harry Kewell was reportedly close to joining an MLS club following South Africa 2010 and his wife’s acting career was hanging in the balance.