Tutino: Call-ups a sign of success

the World Cup is everything, the ultimate stage. It is where MLS was born.

The snowball got rolling after the '94 World Cup right here in the States - a snowball of talent. Because of MLS, the United States national team has improved to be one of the best in the world, ranking as high as seventh. Understand what I'm saying here. I will never be more proud than when the Galaxy won their first championship in '02. It will always be a career benchmark for me, but when you see those players representing your country, it continues to prove how strong MLS is.

To play for club and country, that is what the soccer player is about. And for us fans in the United States, if it means having to deal with our boys leaving the club for a game here and there during qualifying, well, I for one can deal with it. Go USA.

  • Saturday night the Galaxy executed their revenge on Real Salt Lake with a 1-0 win. It was a tough match in spite of the dominant stat sheet. The Galaxy had a bundle of chances, but Real accomplished what they were trying to do early, which was keep the game close and steal a goal late. It almost happened as one rush on the Galaxy net pinballed around the 18-yard box, hitting the crossbar before being cleared off the line by Todd Dunivant. Nice win. Congrats to Kevin Hartman on career win number 100.

  • A couple of things perplex me: Goalkeepers, and let me make this clear, American 'keepers are among the best in the world, but what gets me is why don't goalkeepers use the dropkick anymore? You have much more control of the ball and can actually lead your offensive player into the offensive third of the field instead of having him jump and try to win possession in the air. Tony Meola is one that does and is among the best at distributing the ball. Two others that were great at it were Jan van Beveren and Volkmar Gross of the old NASL. It really can be a potent weapon to launch a counter. The other is the short goalkick. You don't see it anywhere. A long goalkick is a 50-50 ball at best.

  • I saw that Colorado coach Fernando Clavijo was named to the soccer hall. I can't agree more. Good job on the part of the Hall members. I watched the "speedy one" growing up. He was a great player and is a better person.

  • Congrats so far to Sigi Schmid and the U-S under 20 team. Nice win against Argentina in the U-20 FIFA World Youth Championship. Keep it going boys.

    In closing, it's time for a little talk with the coaches of local youth club teams. How many of you actually have come to a Galaxy game? How many of you have made the effort to bring your teams to The Home Depot Center and have them experience the pro game?

    I ask this because I come across so many of you who critique American soccer but never experience it. Really folks, who do you think these kids are going to play for someday? It's funny, yet sad. Give back to the game and take your teams to the games. I'm sure a Galaxy Group Ticket handler would be happy to help you out. 1-877-3-GALAXY. Make the connection. It can only help you as a coach and the game in the future.

    I'm Joe Tutino, your friendly voice of the Galaxy - and that's how I saw it from the broadcast booth.

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