Tuesday, February 1, 2011
MLS ASG in N.Y.? Well, N.J. will do
By Scott French
Major League Soccer's “major” announcement turned out to be that this year's All-Star Game is, indeed, headed to New York. Or, rather, New Jersey.
The New York Red Bulls will stage the annual showdown with a foreign club to be named on July 27 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The market was the site for the first two MLS All-Star Games, both East vs. West affairs.
The league's top players have battled foreign clubs seven of the last eight years -- British clubs the past six, all but one of them from England -- with MLS winning the first five before falling to Everton on penalties following a 1-1 draw in 2009 (in Sandy, Utah) and losing to Manchester United (in Houston) last year.
QUICK BITS: Discarded Chivas USA striker Maykel Galindo is on trial with FC Dallas. … Juan Carlos Osorio, the Colombian coach who turned down Chivas USA, says he has a verbal agreement to become Honduras' next national team head coach. Osorio is in charge of Colombian champion Once Caldas.