The 2009 MLS Cup his hitting Seattle this weekend, and SBI will be there to cover it, as well as to cover all the MLS-related activities associated with MLS Cup weekend.
Real Salt Lake takes on the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday, but the weekend should be filled with much more as reps from all the league's teams converge on Seattle to talk deals (and in some cases, look for head coaches). We'll be sure to fill you in on all the action.
Here are a few items before I start my trek to the Pacific Northwest:
The Washington Post has reported that former Norwegian international Erik Soler is the leading candidate to become the New York Red Bulls new general manager. My sources are telling me that the appointment is essentially a done deal. Should Red Bulls fans be happy? Well, the club's soccer operations will be handled by someone with no tangible experience in MLS, and negligible knowledge of the American soccer scene. So why would the Red Bulls hire Soler? Good question. Does this mean the Red Bulls will follow this up by hiring a coach with MLS experience and knowledge (like Richie Williams)? Don't assume that to be a slam dunk.
If you will be in Seattle for the weekend, be sure to come to the Designated Players Party at Kells Pub on Friday night (9pm until). No, Freddie Ljungberg and David Beckham aren't throwing a party (at least not one that we can get into). We're talking about The Designated Players soccer websites. if you're a reader of DuNord, This Is American Soccer, The Offside Rules and The Original Winger (and let's face it, if you're an American soccer fan you read some or all of them), come out to Kells so you can meet the brains behind each of those operations (As well as yours truly). The pub is charging a $5 cover. If you can, come by and say what's up.
I'm off to Seattle now. If you are heading to Seattle for the weekend, or if you're a Seattle resident with some suggestions on places to go and sights to see, please share your thoughts on the weekend, and the city, below.