It's going to be a light day around here from me as I'm hopping in a car headed for Kansas City this morning(with a stop in my old hood of Norman for lunch!) so be sure to follow me on twitter @bigdsoccer as I tweet from the road. I'm planning on doing a travel blog like normal and will have a pre-game thread, but other than that Drew will be running the show. Lots of news to get to though so lets do it.
The George John transfer saga should come to a close today as his transfer to Blackburn Rovers will be announced. Andy Cryer of the Lancashire Telegraph writes that English fans may not know him, but Blackburn boss Steve Kean is delighted to have his man.
"We have always been looking for a replacement for Phil Jones and George John is a very imposing figure and we think he can fill the void left by Phil.
"It is a very big void and big boots to fill.
"We have a scout who is based in America and he has been getting rave reviews and I have seen him myself a few times as well.
"This scout has been very involved in Ryan Nelsen and a number of other players coming out of the MLS so we are fortunate enough to have him working for us.
Cryer confirms the George John transfer in a story posted late last night.
Ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Everton, Greek-American centre back George John will complete a medical today to finalise his switch from FC Dallas while Montenegrin winger Simon Vukcevic should also finally receive clearance to formalise his move from Sporting Lisbon - having trained for the first time yesterday.
In an amazing story that shows just how much of a fighting team FC Dallas has, Jack Stewart came off the bench to score the game-winning goal and only learned seconds before kickoff that he was in the first XI.
A.J. came up just as we are getting ready to walk out to the field for the game and said, ‘I’ve been into some cans over there and I didn’t realize that it had peanuts in there and I’m allergic to peanuts,’" Hyndman explained to MLSsoccer.com by phone after the match. "His body was shutting down so we had to take him to the hospital."
The Canadian Press writes that a strange game produced an unlikely hero.
"It was really a strange event and it was a beautiful day today but I tell you the players really felt that sun on them -- and the fatigue," said Hyndman.
"It's a compliment to Toronto and FC Dallas how well they put everything on the line today."
Kurtis Larson's story for the Toronto Sun centers around the missed chances for TFC.
It’s the end of the first half and you have to stay tighter to players," Kocic said of the goal. "It has to be better on set pieces … especially going into the half."
Steve Hunt has a fantastic long feature article on Brek Shea for Fox Sports Southwest that's definitely worth reading. Shea had this to say on his relationship with Schellas Hyndman...
"At first, I think it [our relationship] had some rough edges but now I think we understand each other. When we were in Spain, we got to spend a lot of time together in a different environment. It was good for us," Shea said. "Now we understand each other a lot more and respect each other. It definitely helps. It allows me to be able to relax, play and enjoy it a lot more."
Todd Date has a story up on 3rd Degree previewing the SMU season
Well, the rankings mean nothing now. The most important thing is at the end of the year where you are,” McClements said. “We obviously have high expectations for the group and we try to hold ourselves to a high standard. We have a very, very difficult schedule. We’re just worrying about ourselves, preparing, getting better every day and making sure that we’re doing the right things in training to face William and Mary. After that, we’ll deal with the next set of games.”
Phil Stephens of Dallas Soccer News writes that on the second try it was the same result this morning
">The home team picked up the pace in the last 10 minutes of the game when it hit desperation mode. But the extra push led to a second yellow card on Richard Eckersley late in the game and gave Dallas a man-advantage the last few moments of the game. It also put a big damper on the Canadian team’s comeback hopes.
See ya'll in Kansas City!