Briana Scurry bids farewell

It’s startling to hear Briana Scurry get emotional. Throughout her career, from the 1996/1999/2004 triumphs to the 2007 Women’s World Cup controversy, she has always been the calm one. The quiet one, like George Harrison of The Beatles. She didn’t embrace the spotlight like Julie Foudy or Brandi Chastain, nor was she pushed into it like Mia Hamm. But in announcing her retirement today, Scurry paused and struggled with a breaking voice. The decision wasn’t surprising, but it was clearly difficult for her. Scurry’s playing days had been winding down since the 2004 Olympics, which she recalled in today’s conference … Continue reading Briana Scurry bids farewell

Immediate questions after the USL bombshell

The USL announced today that its first and second divisions, beset by defections and dwindling numbers over the past 15 years, would merge into USL PRO. The league addressed a couple of long-standing concerns in its announcement: 1. The pro league would be governed by team owners, a sticking point for several teams that wanted out. 2. The league would have regional play, saving on the travel costs of those Puerto Rico-to-Vancouver flights. But several questions leap to mind after a quick reading: 1. What happens to the teams who broke away to form the NASL, which was then shotgunned … Continue reading Immediate questions after the USL bombshell

Player ratings: D.C. United-Columbus

D.C. United 0, Columbus 1 Sept. 4, 2010 Summary: Undermanned United started brightly, gave up a goal when young keeper Bill Hamid muffed a clearance and promptly ran out of ideas. Final shots on goal: Columbus 2, United 0. Conditions: For a change, quite pleasant. And still, only 12,075 showed up. D.C. United: Decimated by injuries and national team call-ups, United dressed only 16 players. Dejan Jakovic (Canada) and Marc Burch (injury) both played Wednesday but were unavailable here, Jordan Graye started ahead of Devon McTavish, and interim coach Ben Olsen moved Clyde Simms from midfield to the back line. … Continue reading Player ratings: D.C. United-Columbus

Bradley’s back

After much consideration, I hereby proclaim my official analysis of U.S. Soccer’s decision to extend the contract of men’s national team coach Bob Bradley: Ahem … Worry about the players, not the coach. There’s too much focus on the coach, and Bradley has proven himself capable of shrugging off that attention and not letting it disrupt the team. Here ends my official analysis of U.S. Soccer’s decision to extend the contract of men’s national team coach Bob Bradley. Continue reading Bradley’s back

Ratings, summary: D.C. United-Columbus Open Cup semi

D.C. United 1, Columbus 2 U.S. Open Cup semifinal Sept. 1, 2010 The Crew played their usual starters aside from Andy Gruenebaum in goal in place of William Hesmer. Gruenebaum had two early blunders — an adventure outside his area that left a gaping goal, then a poor clearance in his box that led to a United PK. Pablo Hernandez did the honors for a 1-0 lead. The controversy came in the 59th minute. From several viewings of the replay in an angry United locker room, here’s what happened: – Crew toughman Danny O’Rourke ran over Hernandez. – Hernandez’s leg … Continue reading Ratings, summary: D.C. United-Columbus Open Cup semi