Good morning all. As the shopping days until Christmas wind down and we move closer to the New Year, this time of year is usually when news in the soccer world slows down. That wasn't the case on Tuesday.
Yes, you remember that slow Tuesday I talked about (and jinxed). We saw DaMarcus Beasley continuing his comeback, the LA Galaxy announcing that they would have a major announcement to make on Wednesday and a hot-shot college coach turned down a chance to coach the most successful club in MLS history.
Not bad for a slow day.
What awaits us on Wednesday? FC Barcelona kicks off its participation in the Club World Cup, an event that has lacked the buzz of previous years. Mexican side Atlante will look to pull the upset (11am, FSC). We have the Galaxy announcement, which is expected to include more than just Landon Donovan's loan to Everton. Just what might that be? In an ideal world the Galaxy would be announcing that Oguchi Onyewu was joining LA on loan from AC Milan to conduct his rehab and potentially play some matches for LA this spring before the World Cup, but that's just a pipe dream.
Wednesday has already offered its share of news items that should be of interest to American soccer fans. Here are a few:
Watford is facing bankruptcy, which just might facilitate a Jay DeMerit transfer sooner than expected. DeMerit raised his stock with last summer's Confederations Cup performance, but only recently returned from eye surgery so interest may not be as high as it was in August.
Red Bulls coaching candidate Tony Adams looks to be heading elsewhere. Reports out of Europe are linking Adams to the recently-vacated St. Etienne job. If Adams is, in fact, heading to France, it would make him the second leading foreign Red Bulls coaching candidate to take a job in Europe. Remember the days when it was only European players, and not coaches, who parlayed interest from New York and MLS into new deals?
Sources tell me that new Red Bulls GM Erik Soler has some other Scandanavian coaches in mind as potential candidates, though the handful of MLS candidates remain in the running.
David Beckham has come out and said he'd like to face Manchester Unitedin the Champions League when the Round of 16 draw is held on Friday. Beckham is set to join AC Milan on loan in January and Milan could be drawn against Manchester United. That potential match-up would not only draw serious TV ratings, it would be one of the better possible match-ups given Milan's recent renaissance.
With Caleb Porter signed to a new five-year deal with Akron, folks in Indiana might be wondering who will be the next to coach the storied Indiana University soccer program. Sources tell me that University of Wisconsin head coach Todd Yeagley will be named Indiana's head coachat some point in the coming weeks. Yeagley is the son of legendary Indiana head coach Jerry Yeagley.
All you hardcore EPL fans out there should appreciate this contribution from standout English journalist Henry Winter, who gives us his EPL Team of the Decade.
It came to my attention on Tuesday that some SBI readers may still be unaware of the existence of SBI's Twitter page. We never really promoted it much, but since I have stepped up the Tweeting in recent weeks, you should definitely add SBI to the Tweets you follow. As always, you can see a live feed of all our Tweets on the right side of the SBI homepage.
That's all for now. What do you think of the above stories? Would you like to see DeMerit make a January move? Running out of hope that New York will make a wise coaching hire? Hoping Beckham and Milan draw Manchester United?
Share your thoughts below.