Sunday, January 12, 2014

Di Marzio in Italy confirms Red Bulls talk with Xavi

A Few Popular opinions:

"Not that unbelievable.
Read his interviews in The Blizzard and the Sid Lowe one in The Guardian – he's a very smart guy; will definitely become a football manager in the future. He'll be 34 an the end of this month, and has been at Barça since he was a kid. He likely wants to see the world before commencing his coaching career. Also note that Pep went to Qatar and Mexico at the end of his career."

"Saying Xavi is a CAM or playmaker is kind of a misinterpretation of his role. He's one of the most unique CMs in the world but he is a pure CM, not a playmaker or holder: a CM. At Barca his weaknesses are largely hidden because he is allowed to maximize his strength, which is the ability to maintain the rhythm of the game like a heartbeat. If he were to move the MLS I'm not sure he'd be able to maintain that ability because Barcelona have such a unique style of play. He would either have to play a lot riskier than he's used to or suffer the consequences from inferior teammates. Of course, he would still be amazing and I'm not saying he would be a bust, I just don't think that outside of the obvious marketing benefits Xavi is the right type of player for the league right now. In all honesty he's much more suited to Liga MX."

How to turn your friend into an MLS fan

Free Beer Movement! Take them to a match. Pay for their ticket, bring great beer to drink beforehand, and always be ready to answer any of their questions with a smile. If you generally stand in a loud SG, be careful about bringing them there for their first match. It can be pretty overwhelming and the disorientation of it all might turn them off. In general, don't oversell, don't overhype. Just make it into a fun activity. If they feel like you're giving them a sales pitch, it'll feel inauthentic and awkward for them. But if they feel like you're just a few friends hanging out and watching a game, they'll enjoy it a lot more. A great way to do this is to lie to them and say "hey, I've got a couple extra tickets. Wanna come along? My treat," that sort of thing.Remember to let them fall in love at their own pace; they won't come away from their first match completely enamored (probably). But if you keep things fun, light, and low-key, they'll probably want to come back for more.

Defoe Arrives in Toronto!

The DP signed for $8 million arrived in Toronto today. He will be unveiled on Monday in a press conference. He will then go "on loan" back to Tottenham until the beginning of the MLS season.