Major League Soccer...and major league soccer
Anyone who knows me knows I am probably one of the biggest soccer fans in Vincennes. I said one of-- not "the" soccer fan...because until otherwise stated, Roy Inglis at V-U holds that crown. But I do love the game. I enjoy watching it at its highest levels. One of my sons plays the game. It has been a part of my life ever since my seventh-grade year.
I say all that to say this. Major League soccer is coming to Indianapolis. Not the American league game, but major league soccer as in two of the best clubs in the world-- England's Chelsee and Italy's Inter Milan. The tournament is part of an internatinoal pre-season tour for the European giants, since their season runs from mid-August to late May. The game in Indianapolis is on Thursday, August first-- and is part of the opening round of an international competitino. You may or may not know the names on the field, but if you want soccer at an extremely high level, go see this game.
The second soccer-related issue is the U-S Men's National Team. They lost in a friendly to Belgium 4-2 last night. That game further crystallized an issue that rings true-- the U-S soccer team is not that good right now. The arc that started in 1990, and peaked with a 2002 World Cup quarterfi8nal loss to Germany, continues its decline. It is inevitable that it will happen, but now is the time to take action. Despite its weakness, the Americans are expected to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. This coming three-game set will determine its World Cup fate. They play Jamaica and Panama, along with a match with Costa Rica. These matches are crucial-- but unfortunately, that performance against Belgium will not send them very far. They have time to adjust-- I just hope Juergen Klinsmann can make it happen.
That's my take... I'm Tom Lee
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