Good afternoon all. Day two of the new SBI is underway and things are going well. Thanks to all of you who have found your way here and have helped the site get off to a strong start.
Here are some tidbits for your lunchtime curiosity:
Virginia Tech Patrick Nyarko is leaning toward signing a deal with MLS. The Ghanaian-born striker is considering signing a Generation adidas contract and stands a good chance of attending next weekend’s MLS Combine.
Toronto FC assistant coach Mike Matkovich has joined the growing list of candidates for the Chicago Fire head coaching job. Matkovich has strong ties with the Chicago soccer community, having guided the Chicago Magic youth team.
Chicago appears set to create a technical director position to handle personnel decisions. The new position would take away some, if not all, of the on-field team responsibilities from Fire president John Guppy, who would then focus on the business side of running the Fire.
I’m working on a few things for today and tomorrow, including an update on MLS youth programs (specifically teams being able to sign players) and a piece on high school players going straight to MLS. The SBI European Club Top 25 and the last Q&A session on the old SBI are also in the works so check back in soon.