45 responses

  1. Brandon
    July 1, 2009

    CONCACAF saw the squad the US was taking, so they added the 7 roster spots trying to get the US to bring more A-team players.

  2. adam b
    July 1, 2009

    how much more can real spend? been a real fan for a long time now. all this spending is making me nervous…..

  3. PVFC
    July 1, 2009

    from downthebyline.com (wizards blog) yesteray :

    The Wizards made a small trade today. Today the team traded away one of their 7 remaining international roster spots to New England for a 3rd round pick in the 2010 Super Draft. The Revolution will hold on to that roster spot for a year and a half, with the Wizards getting it back on January 1, 2011. This leaves the Wizards with 6 international spots, 3 of which are currently being used by Claudio Lopez, Santiago Hirsig, and Kevin Souter.

  4. Speedball
    July 1, 2009

    Please don’t tell me that Pietravallo is the other non-guaranteed player … please don’t tell me that Pietravallo is the other non-guaranteed player … please don’t tell me that Pietravallo is the other non-guaranteed player …

  5. Chase
    July 1, 2009

    Not sure this has been addressed elsewhere, but Madrid just announced they signed Benzema (rumored to have cost them £30 million).

    Wow…I just pray Alonso isn’t next (unless they fork over a £30-35 million + Javi Garcia)…

  6. brad
    July 1, 2009

    Ives we need a Landon Donovan update…

  7. Chase
    July 1, 2009

    Perhaps I should have read the fine print on the post. Ignore my first sentence…

  8. arkjayback
    July 1, 2009

    Confederations Cup highlights: link to youtube.com

  9. Frank
    July 1, 2009

    Ives, any news on Robbie Rogers?

  10. Caldwell
    July 1, 2009

    Isn’t there some kind of international monopoly law that can be used to stop Real Madrid? Who are they going to sign next, Pele? I wish they were coming to Seattle instead of Chelsea this summer.

  11. ernj
    July 1, 2009


    Pietravallo’s contract was bought out 5

    days ago. He is no longer on the roster.

  12. whatagame
    July 1, 2009

    Perez got a 200 Million Euro loan from a couple of Spanish Banks to go shopping. He claims Real can make it up in merchandising but that’s a lot jerseys. What will be interesting now is the fire sale on Dutch players. Van Nistelroy, Van der Vaart, Huntelaer, Robben – some clubs out there should make some good pick-ups at a reduced markup.

  13. CSD
    July 1, 2009

    Ives we need a Landon Donovan update…

    Posted by: brad | July 01, 2009 at 02:28 PM

    Maybe he stopped over in London on the way back from SA to join the Beckham is a prick book tour with Wahl.

  14. EA
    July 1, 2009

    I’d love to see McBride suit up in Chicago.

    I don’t know if it’s been mentioned before, but shame on US Soccer for not giving McBride, Reyna, Pope, Keller, Friedel and Lewis a proper send-off/tribute match.

    The contributions that group made was SO HUGE for US Soccer.

  15. Erik
    July 1, 2009

    According to a Dutch soccer site Ajax is interested in signing Onyewu. If true that would not be a bad move at all.

  16. RedLine55
    July 1, 2009

    I’ve heard that FIFA wasn’t happy with the inadequate “B” team Bob was about to send to the Gold Cup. I think that’s a bit unfair given we just played in the final of a huge FIFA tourney, but I understand where they’re coming from.

  17. RK
    July 1, 2009

    Ives we need a Landon Donovan update…

    Posted by: brad

    Brad, you are really annoying.

  18. kpugs
    July 1, 2009

    Real’s squad is unreal. And they have that quintet of touch players who are apparently not in their first XI. Somebody needs to pounce and pick up one of Ruud, Sneijder, Huntelaar, Robben or Van Der Vaart at a discount.

  19. seamus
    July 1, 2009

    why would CONCACAF care who is on the USA roster? Worried about ticket sales? If that’s the case they should have granted Mexico more spots, since they sell way more tickets than the US.

  20. seven
    July 1, 2009

    So every Gold Cup is held in the US & how about you get extra players too. I don’t remember concacaf helping out Canada when we had to bail on the Confed Cup.

  21. Heffe
    July 1, 2009

    Can somebody spell Bankruptcy (or Administration, if that is what they call it in Spain) in the Real Madrid front office?

  22. guillermo
    July 1, 2009

    The Soumare story is absolutely true.

  23. Barry U
    July 1, 2009

    Bradley should have attacked that ref then he would have got his moneys worth for the red card.

    Just saw that Villareal are expecting Jozy to be in Spain for training camp in two weeks. They also said that he is not going Olympiakos. Jozy needs playing time and I do not care how he gets it.

    Also, Castillo keeps talking about the US. I want to see him play first but I think it is a good thing.

  24. Sterlinho
    July 1, 2009

    Pete Vagenas is a waste of a roster spot and $150,000 of cap space on the Sounders roster.

  25. ga-gone
    July 1, 2009

    thanks for the update Ives, was curious about Khano as he’s clearly not worth his paycheck.

  26. Scott A
    July 1, 2009

    Weird about those roster slots. I wouldn’t put it past CONCACAF to have the reasoning that Brandon said as I’m pretty sure they view Gold Cup as a pure moneymaker. Why else would they have it every two years even when it doesn’t make sense and charge the prices for tickets that they do? Clearly not for competition. I may be a cheapskate, but I don’t think that 50 bucks for lower level seats for US-Honduras Gold Cup game is responding to the demand in this country

  27. Futblito
    July 1, 2009

    The Bid for Soumare is real. The League and The fire F.O are known for denying ongoing deals. Just like they all denied the McBride deal to Fulham during preaseason.

  28. KCB
    July 1, 2009

    Personally, I think the Spanish media made up the whole MB incident and that FIFA won’t find anything other than a bunch of empty media Haterade.

  29. Nick
    July 1, 2009

    Maybe if CONCACAF had the Gold Cup every 4 years instead of every 2 like the Euros and Copa America, we wouldn’t need special treatment to bring 30 players. Make it the summer after the World Cup so people will watch it. That way you’ll have year 1 WC, year 2 Gold Cup, year 3 Euros, year 4 Confed Cup. Not a bad little schedule for American soccer fans.

  30. RK
    July 1, 2009

    Just saw that Villareal are expecting Jozy to be in Spain for training camp in two weeks. They also said that he is not going Olympiakos.

    Posted by: Barry U

    No, they said that there is no deal to send Jozy anywhere. Things could still happen.

  31. ALEX
    July 1, 2009

    Ives is it true that Fulham and two french teams are looking at Kandji closely?

  32. Jose A. V.
    July 1, 2009

    Don’t be surprised if Brian McBride makes that list. With the Gold Cup semifinals slated for Soldier Field, it would be a nice touch to have him train with the U.S. team and suit up for a match (assuming the United States gets that far).

    Ives, are you kidding, McBride??? Its time to give the youngsters a chance, dont start again.

  33. Josh
    July 1, 2009

    Real had to secure multimillion-Euro loans to sign CR and Kaka; where are they getting the money to buy Benzema???

  34. Adam R.
    July 1, 2009

    Ives, I believe are incorrect on the potential for a Michael Bradley’s suspension. According to Grant Wahl, FIFA can give a suspension for a certain number of games, or they can suspend a player for a certain time period.

    Given the complete toothlessness of a multi-game suspension in this case, any serious infraction by Michael would certainly have them considering the latter.

  35. Angel
    July 1, 2009

    Futbol Picante on ESPNDeportes mentioned that Donovan will not play versus Mexico, because he is suspended for the game (card accumulation). Is this true? Yesterday when I was catching up on their stuff (espndeportes.com) is when I saw. Why would Jose Ramon and the other analysts say that? BTW, I love the new found respect and fear some of the analysts show towards the US.

  36. Snuffer
    July 1, 2009

    Real gets loans and threw tv revenue, promotion, huge increase in jersey sales, they pay it all back smoothly..they wont be splashing more cash around..they will be trading players if they want anyone else

  37. Josh
    July 1, 2009

    That’s just the problem: Real doesn’t pay it back “smoothly.” They even had to sell their training ground a couple of years ago, and in a worldwide financial crisis where Spanish banks have cut back on lending, a finance minister even questioned why Real got plum loans during a time of general pennypinching.

    These big clubs have running deeply in the red even with great merchandise sales, ManU and Liverpool as the most visible examples. Maybe these clubs are staving off a crisis, but Real showed cracks in the foundation the last time they started adding Galacticos left and right. Something’s just not adding up, and I seriously doubt Perez’s numbers.

  38. RealPSL
    July 1, 2009

    Whatever happened with young Bradley it was probably best that he avoided it. Trying to understand his emotions at the time, this was the second final he fought to get his team into and missed. That has to be tough on the guy. No amount of discipline that senior Bradley preaches could have harnessed those emotions.

  39. ManicMessiah
    July 1, 2009

    I can’t think that any Spanish bank would dare call in those loans on Real Madrid anyway, so it doesn’t really matter.

  40. cbr
    July 1, 2009

    Real Madrid is going to ruin fifa10 online gaming mode…EVERYONE is going to pick them (in which case i will then back out of the game)

  41. SonicDeathMonkey
    July 1, 2009

    RK, you are dead on the money. That guy needs to get a life. As The Special One would say…..”Shut up, Brad!”

  42. Tom P
    July 2, 2009

    Does anyone know how/why Simek is not on the Gold Cup squad?

    1. Still bothered by injury?

    2. Sheffield won’t release him?

    3. He wants to stay in Sheffield to win his start back?


    If the kid doesn’t get injured last year then he would of Aston Villa’s right back on a 6 million pound transfer – O’Neil said as much. And he can’t get a slot on the B Gold cup squad?

    I ‘ve seen the kid play twice in England and let me tell you has got the goods to start for our national team or split time with Spector. He is solid in the air, on the ground and passing out of the back and has a real ninety minute, balls out motor on him.

    Would one of you souls out there that has info. on this please post and explain? I would really appreciate it -Thanks in advance.

    (Ives – Don’t know if you read these Blogs anymore but if you do could you chime in on this?)

  43. ThaDeuce
    July 2, 2009

    Congrats Ives! WooHoo, lets go USA…only 2 more days till ANOTHER USMNT game!! This summer is awesome. like I knew it would be. It can only be topped by NEXT SUMMER, YEAH.

  44. kswiss
    July 2, 2009

    I just commented in the announcement of the seven extra roster spots, before reading this post, but McBride makes a lot of sense to me. I couldn’t believe no one else had mentioned him. It’s an easy way to bring him back in the fold, especially with the possible (probable) game in Chicago. Even if he doesn’t play, it would be good to bring him in to train with some of the current squad and coaches.

  45. Shitsky D’Crapopotamus
    July 2, 2009

    Galaxy is fillea with USL Divison 2 Players! Arena is disgusting!

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