Former U.S. international and current Fox Sports analyst Eric Wynalda has said, in an interview with The Guardian, that he is considering a run for U.S. Soccer president against incumbent Sunil Gulati and a growing list of challengers. Wynalda is a Hall of Famer with over 100 appearances with the USMNT, and had the record of 34 goals before Landon Donovan broke it. He was also the first American to play in the Bundesliga and scored the first-ever goal in MLS. He told The Guardian that just because the federation is making money, does not mean the development of soccer in the nation is getting better:
“Just because the masses are playing the sport, they think success is going to magically happen some day by accident. Sometimes it does – a Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, or Christian Pulisic happens – but that is not good enough. Coming 18th at a World Cup is not a success story.”
It will be fascinating to see if Wynalda does run and what proposals for change that he brings with him: he certainly has a different perspective of the game than Gulati, and it appears he is ready for something to change.
On the heels of Christian Pulisic being named to the 25-player shortlist for the 2017 Golden Boy Award, Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz says that Pulisic should be the one to win the award. If Pulisic were to win the award, it would be over the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Gabriel Jesus, and Gianluigi Donnarumma, but in a news conference before Dortmund’s match against Monchengladbach, he said Pulisic deserves the award.
"[Pulisic] must win it, but other good players also made the list. I can see his talent every week. He's got a lot of pace, is technically strong, scores. As an attacker, you need to be a threat in front of the goal. Still, he only turned 19 last week."
Speaking of awards, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar have all been nominated as finalists for FIFA’s Best Men’s Player Award for 2017, which should be a surprise to exactly nobody. Last year, Ronaldo took the award home, with Messi second and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann third. The winner will be announced October 23rd.
Here’s something right in Angels on Parade’s backyard: MLSSoccer.com’s Sam Stejskal reports that before Bob Bradley was hired as LAFC’s first-ever coach, the LA Galaxy held talks with him about their head coaching position. At the time, that would have been to replace Curt Onalfo. When Onalfo was relieved of his duties, Sigi Schmid was announced as head coach, and just hours later LAFC announced Bob Bradley.
LAFC have not even started playing yet, and are already trading blows, it seems, with the LA Galaxy, starting with Bradley as manager.
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