Good morning everybody. There should be plenty to discuss today as we head into a second straight day of CONCACAF Champions League and as we move a day closer to a busy weekend. I will be looking to post another portion of the most recent Q&A, as well as a detailed interview with Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio where he offers up his thorough take on why the Red Bulls (or any other MLS club for that matter) haven’t graduated any academy players to the first team.
For now, let’s get started with the morning ticker, which is heavy on the CONCACAF Champions League action:
Dynamo draw in Panama
The Houston Dynamo played a short-handed squad in advance of a seriously loaded schedule and came away with a road point after tying San Francisco FC, 0-0, in its first CONCACAF Champions League match.
The Dynamo played without regular starters Dwayne DeRosario and Brian Ching in the lineup (both came on as late subs) and saw few quality chances. Houston, which had its first CONCACAF Champions League match postponed due to Hurricane Ike, takes on UNAM Pumas next week in its next group match.
Puerto Rico wins again, upsets Santos Laguna
The Puerto Rico Islanders just keep on winning. The underdog Islanders knocked off Mexican powerhouse Santos Laguna, 3-1, in a CONCACAF Champions League game marred by heavy rain that waterlogged the field. The win comes a week after Puerto Rico upset Guatemalan power CD Municipal. Now the USL club sits on six points, good for first place in its CONCACAF Champions League group.
UEFA to discuss Poland/Ukraine hosting Euro 2012
UEFA, Europe’s governing soccer body, is set to discuss Poland and Ukraine’s status as co-hosts for the 2012 European Championships as well as consider the possibility of expanding the field to 24 teams.
Could the countries lose the tournament? It sounds as though UEFA will stand by Poland and Ukraine, but with countries such as Germany and Spain eager to host a major tournament, don’t be surprised if UEFA pulls the plug if progress on stadium construction isn’t satisfactory.
Some light reading
- Yahoo’s Martin Rogers with a profile of the most wanted man in MLS, Kansas City’s Peter Vermes.
- Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune with a great piece on Sven-Goran Erikkson’s transition as Mexico’s national team manager.
- The Washington Post with the latest on a potential D.C. United stadium in Prince George’s County, Maryland (or as the folks on The Wire call it, PG County).
That’s all for now. What do you think of the above stories? Disappointed to see the Dynamo tie (and MLS remain winless in the competition)? Shocked to see Puerto Rico keep on rolling? Think UEFA will pull Euro 2012 out of Poland and Ukraine?
Share your thoughts below.