Good afternoon all (and Good Morning in the West Coast). It is time for me to start answering questions from the most recent Q&A session. As you may know, I opened questions up to non-soccer topics in pop culture and the result is plenty of movie questions.
Among them were questions about soccer movies (like the all-time classic soccer film, Victory) and movies in general, along with the usual MLS and U.S. national team subjects.
Now, without further delay, here is the first portion of your most recent questions answered:
ALEX– Ives, Thanks for answering questions again. So the Red Bulls looked pretty good for a stretch there, and perhaps Cichero’s mistakes were a one-time deal. That said, what are the chances New York wins the title this year?
IVES– Well, as we learned this weekend, Cichero’s mistakes weren’t a one-time deal. That said, I don’t like the Red Bulls chances to win at all. I think the best-case scenario is a first-round playoff exit. As troubling as that is for Red Bulls fans who have endured a dozen plus years of mediocrity, I think there are positive signs about the future, what with some really good young prospects and a designated player slot to use in 2009.
AJ– I hadn’t seen Bakary Soumare before the recent Fire-Galaxy match up, and I was very impressed.
When he becomes a US Citizen according to your recent report, where do you see him with the US National Team? I know he was playing central defense and at 6-4, he definitely fits there, but I have read that he can play defensive midfield and he looked very strong on the ball and made a decent run with it at one point as well.
IVES– I think Soumare could one day be an option as a defensive midfielder on the national team. Right now he’s a center back for the Fire because they need him there, but I think he could flourish as a defensive midfielder if given the opportunity. Would he start for the U.S. team? That’s a tough one, but he’s young, has great tools and is passionate about the game. It wouldn’t shock me if he were starting in 2014.
LOUIS– Any updates on how ESPN feels MLS Primetime is doing? Are they considering expanding or removing it? What about adding a MLS news show? Thanks
IVES– I think ESPN is committed to it, which is very important in helping MLS Primetime develop. I don’t think the ratings are where ESPN would like them but I think it has improved. As for the MLS show, that needs to happen. The only question is whether ESPN will commit to it or if MLS will have to put up some serious money to make that happen.
ISAAC– two questions and a comment. first Thanks so much for making this website. you’ve given me something to look forward to when i get back from school.
1.Why are the LA galaxy-NYRB games always so heated, or why have they become heated and entertaining recently?Should they be rivals?
2.Taylor Twellman. If Eddie Johnson doesn’t pull himself back into form does it seem likely that TT will take over? Taylor missed 2006 so he has to be motivated to make the 2010 roster.
IVES– Thanks a lot Isaac.
I think you have two teams that like to play attacking soccer and you’ve got some fiery personalities that excited about the match-up. That said, I hardly think it has a rivalry feel to it. Yes, David Beckham and Dave Van Den Bergh have created their own little Clash of the Daves war, but aside from that I think it’s pretty tame.
It’s tough to tell which direction Twellman is headed. I know he wasn’t happy about not getting to move to England and I think that has affected his play. Is he pulling a Manny (Ramirez)? I’m not sure about that. I think he’s still talented, and will be on the radar once he gets back to his goal-scoring ways, but I think the next generation of forwards (Altidore and Davies) are the players I would be looking at to step in pretty soon.
ALEX– Two questions: I am a huge Chelsea supporter and I am wondering since Drogba went down, Anelka has been on and off and they didn’t get Robinho, who will be their targets in January?
Second: What is a good american or english based magazine for Soccer fans that isn’t all speculation or solely focused on MLS you know similar to what Ives Galarcep does for ESPN…lol ha!
IVES– For my money, 4-4-2, World Soccer and Champion (The UEFA Champions League magazine) are the ones to get. Of course buying all three will set you back $25 or so a month (unless you go to the Barnes & Noble and read them there like I do), but it’s great reading.
MIGHTY– Great site!! First why don’t we see Americans going to play down in Argentina, do you see any national team player that would be able to compete in the Argentina soccer league? Second why are we so scared of losing our players to other leagues, do we lack the soccer knowledge to understand that it happens all over the world?
IVES– Well Mighty, I think Argentina has plenty of talent to stock its own league so I’m not sure how many foreign players in general are stocking the Argentine league. I also think Argentine clubs are more inclined to shop for players in Latin America. I’m also not sure how many current Americans play a style that is suited for the Argentine league. There are some, but not many.
JLH– What do you think, Ives: Ride the bench at Man Utd and hope to be a strategic sub, or be a lock starter at Newcastle or Fulham?
MODIBO– Thanks for taking the Qs again Ives.
1) It hasn’t happened as I am writing this, but by the time you respond we’ll know the composition of the US roster vs Cuba and T&T. What do you think of it?
2) Pop culture question: what do you think about the flak Luis Arroyave is getting for announcing that he’s going to devote one blog post a week to bands he likes? Should he stick 100% to soccer?
IVES– Modibo, I really like the group Bob Bradley called up. I know there are some popular names who missed the cut, but I don’t think you can call an entire group of young players.
As for Luis, I like the idea of non-soccer posts being mixed in his blog. He’s good at writing about pop culture subjects such as music and I don’t think he’d be adding more of it if readers hadn’t been responding to it in the past.
KAHLVA– Is the Red Bull Training facility dead? What’s next year’s solution to scheduling conflicts with MLS, tournaments, World Cup qualifying? Roster expansion? Avoiding international dates? Higher cap (to buy more players)? Is anything possible pre-CBA?
IVES– The last I heard the facility was on schedule, but I will hopefully get an answer on that this week. As for a solution to MLS scheduling conflicts, I know the league is trying to find some solutions, but that there are too many dates next year to avoid some messy situations.
RS– I know this has been beaten up quite a bit in the past, but please fill-in-the-blanks: MLS will make a move to a single table in the year ______. After the USL’s recent success, promotion/relegation will be installed in the year ______.
IVES– Never and Never.
TONY T– I’m not trying to be a hater, but why has Guarda been starting for FC DALLAS when you have Dax and Avila on the bench, because as soon as Dax steps on the pitch, he makes an impact right away, and same goes for Avila.If you want to give a player more time on the pitch why not Avila, he shows a lot more talent then Guarda. I have front row season tickets and Guarda makes no difference during the game.
IVES– Last time I checked FC Dallas was putting together a nice little run so it doesn’t seem like there’s a problem with Schellads Hyndman’s selections. Obviously Hyndman has a better relationship with Guarda and, like most coaches, Hyndman will favor "his guys" and probably because he thinks he’s better than the alternatives.
STEVE– Do you think HSG believes in Schellad Hyndman enough to actually spend some real money this winter to upgrade FCD’s roster? Yes or no, how major do expect the roster overhaul to be?
IVES– I think Hyndman has as much job security as any coach in MLS and I think Dallas’ owners are going to give him the resources to build the team the way he wants to build it. That means we can expect some good roster turnover.