FRISCO, TX - JULY 21: Ruben Luna #34 of the FC Dallas scores against Troy Perkins #1 of the Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Stadium on July 21, 2012 in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas beat the Portland Timbers 5-0. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Haven't done one of these in awhile and frankly there's not a whole lot of FC Dallas news out there this week given the couple of days off and MLS All-Star festivities taking most of the focus. Thought it would be good to take a look at some news and interesting stories out there.
First off, the big news of course is MLS 3-2 defeat of Chelsea last night which didn't feature any Dallas players, though the winner came from someone we're all very familiar with....In case you missed it here are the highlights
The highlights of Eddie Johnson’s MLS resurrection just keep getting better.The Seattle Sounders striker scored a goal off a deflection in the first minute of second half stoppage time of the AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, giving MLS a dramatic 3-2 win over visiting Chelsea FC at PPL Park and snapping the All-Stars’ two-game losing streak in the annual summer showcase.
FC Dallas did not practice on Wednesday with Schellas Hyndman out of town, but on Tuesday Todd Date was out at practice and chatted with Schellas about the situation with Brek Shea....who is technically a 2012 All-Star
On if he’d say he and Brek have cleared the air
Hyndman: Yeah, I think so. I don’t think you can ever move forward without at least sharing your thoughts. My thoughts have been shared. He was very gracious and received my input. Now we just move forward to the next conversation.
In a move that has been in the works for awhile, Geoff Cameron has finally finished his permanent move to Stoke City
"It’s our understanding through our communication with Stoke is that they’ve agreed to personal terms," Chris Canetti told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. "The next step in the process is him applying for his work permit."
While another huge name moves from the Premiership to MLS
"Talking about Tim Cahill, he’s going to be great," Henry said ahead of the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday. "We’re going to have to wait for him to go through the medical. He’s going to be a great asset for us and also for the league.
Philly is a mess right now with Peter Nowak now suing the club in a situation that has gotten pretty tangled. I'm no job expert, but I'm thinking that even if he has a decent shout, suing your former employer when you're looking for a new gig probably isn't the smartest thing ever. I wonder what Andrew Jacobson and Chris Seitz think about this.
Basically, Nowak is accused of everything except kicking the owner's cat and defecating in the stadium hot tub. Most of it isn't terribly surprising, either. Stories about the aggressive unpleasantness in dealing with Nowak are numerous and not at all limited to those who work for the Philadelphia Union.
Finally two stories from the great Roger Bennett...first he takes a look at the New York Cosmos officially coming back to the NASL
The second coming of the New York Cosmos is having its own second coming. That iconic team of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia, exhumed in 2010 with a volley of empty hype, t-shirts and vanity staffing appointments despite never building an official squad, announced last week it will return to action in 2013.
And then he has a fantastic article on the future of MLS marketing with MLS CMO Howard Handler
Despite this steady growth, the MLS's 17th season has been one of quiet though dramatic behind-the-scenes transformation. The league has emerged from six months spent painstakingly examining its marketing strategies. For the first time it has concluded that it must begin to define itself as a national brand across North America.