So I'm a little slow on this matter -- must've been that American University education! -- but after visiting BMO Field again this week I've finally formed an opinion on the streamers being tossed during TFC matches. The key word in that previous sentence is "during." It's gotta stop. Sorry, but I agree with Post columnist/TV pundit Michael Wilbon on this one. Yes, I find it fun and unique, but inevitably someone is going to include a bottle in their handful of streamers (intentionally or not) and an opposing player is going to take a knock on the noggin. Go crazy during pregame introductions. Hurl to your heart's delight at halftime or after another TFC win at home. Just not during the match. I'm not going to go as far as Wilbon and call it minor league, but acts that physically interfere with play and possibly risk injury to a player cannot continue.
Let's move on.....
*Oscar Pareja, a former Colombian midfielder who played seven seasons for FC Dallas and is now a U.S. under-17 assistant coach, has been frequently mentioned as a leading candidate for the FCD head coaching vacancy, but in a statement from a U.S. Soccer Federation spokesman, the fed "has not been contacted by anyone asking for permission to talk to any of our coaches." That does not mean Dallas is not interested, just that the club has not reached out to the USSF yet.
*New England has made a discovery claim on Honduran under-23 star George Welcome and, as you probably know, had him in training camp. Whether the Revs are able to reach a deal with him remains to be seen.
*Reality check: Earthquakes 7 points, D.C. United 6. San Jose defeated visiting Houston, 2-1, last night in the first new-Quakes-not-the-same-as-the-old-Quakes meeting of the year. Video highlights are available by clicking here.
*Celtic wrapped up a third consecutive Scottish league title, edging out Rangers. Watch the team bus roll back to Celtic Park:
*The U.S. under-23s continue play at the 36th Toulon International Tournament in France with a matchup against Ivory Coast today at 12:30 p.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel). Both teams lost their opener. MF Benny Feilhaber is out with a knee injury and goalkeeper Dominic Cervi has joined the full national team in England.
*Canada's roster for its friendly against Brazil next Saturday in Seattle includes goalies Pat Onstad (Houston) and Greg Sutton (TFC), defenders Jim Brennan (TFC) and Ante Jazic (L.A.), and midfielders Adrian Serioux (Dallas) and Dwayne De Rosario (Houston).
*Santos defeated America, 1-0, in the second leg of their Copa Libertadores quarterfinal series, but the Mexicans advanced on aggregate, 2-1 and will face LDU Quito, a penalty kick winner over San Lorenzo following a 1-1 tie, in the semis. The two Quito-Lorenzo goals can be seen here:
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