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Good morning folks. If you are on the East Coast then you are probably still thawing out from the commute to work. Here are some stories to help warm you up and get your day going.
First, here is my column in today’s Herald News on Jozy Altidore. Yes, I know, plenty has already been written about Altidore but I wanted to put into perspective what lies ahead for the kid and what he’s already gone through in the past year.
Here are some other soccer stories to get you through the morning:
ManU eyeing Lyon tandem– Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has stated that Manchester United is hot on the trail of Lyon tandem Karim Benzema and Hatim Ben Arfa. Is it true or is it a ploy by Lyon to try and unsettle Manchester United’s players before the teams meeting in the Champions League in two weeks? The best line in the story is Aulas claiming ManU would have to include cash with Cristiano Ronaldo to get Ben Arfa. Wow. I heard French wine was good but Aulas might want to drink less of it.
Toronto FC coach profiled. Toronto Globe & Mail soccer writer Larry Milson has been cranking out Toronto FC stories at a feverish clip and one of the latest was this piece on new TFC head coach John Carver.
San Jose makes debut. The San Jose Earthquakes play their first match, albeit an exhibition match, against none other than the Houston Dynamo, otherwise known as the club formerly known as the Earthquakes. SJ Mercury News writer Ann Killion writes about the meeting, which I would imagine will leave some Houston players a bit confused as they look across at opponents in Earthquake gear.
That’s all for now. Check back in soon for more news, notes and opinions as the day goes on.
And as always, feel free to share your thoughts on the above stories below.