Monday, March 25, 2013

Stories of the Day - March 25: MLS, USA & Mexico

The majority of the news over the weekend revolved around Major League Soccer's week 4 activity with Montreal posting yet another victory, the Texas clubs picking up a pair of wins, Seattle continuing to struggle and Chivas USA registering another shocking result, this time winning 4-1 in frigid Chicago. 

You can catch up with links to recaps, stats and highlights via the NASR Today's round-ups for Saturday and Sunday.

Aside from the MLS action, most of the interesting news items throughout the weekend continued to revolve around what Grant Wahl dubbed the SnowClasico. An AP report came out Sunday that Costa Rica was officially requesting FIFA to force a replay of the contest. Meanwhile, MLSsoccer writer Chris Bianchi makes the claim, despite initially feeling sympathy for the Ticos, that they deserved none following their whining reactions post-game that came off as a rehearsed excuse. Matthew Doyle, on the other hand, takes a look at three things learned from the contest.

The US men, however, did not come out unscathed in the match. The team lost Jermaine Jones to an ankle injury suffered in the first half that was stitched during the break as he continue to play through the injury until the late stages of the match. Also getting knocked out of WCQ action was Robbie Keane of the LA Galaxy, pulling himself out of Ireland's next qualifier with a calf injury.

Reporting from Mexico City, MLSsoccer columnist Simon Borg summarizes how the media are sounding off about Mexico's unprecedented slow start to the Hexagonal. The media also took things to new heights, climbing atop a neighboring rooftop to spy on the closed-door US practice Sunday. Borg also provides a look at how US coach Jurgen Klinsmann is unbeaten against Mexico for his entire career. Klinsmann is 3-0-3 against El Tri as a player and a coach for Germany and Mexico.

'Stories of the Day' is a quick recap of interesting, underreported, or top soccer news items - sometimes accompanied by some commentary - to give readers in the Inland Northwest area (or beyond) a brief look around the North American news scene.