Old Futbol Buffet–Dog Days of Summer

Roger Bennett examined MLS’ campaign to gain national exposure during his latest column on Soccernet.  As he explains, teams have been able build soccer specific stadia that create a homebase for the club and fans, plus they have been able to partner with vocal and passionate supporters groups that create a buzz and atmosphere around games.  The result has been pockets of excitement but very little in the way of national prominence or attention for teams other that the ones supporters already follow.  There are several hurdles, and if the MLS is willing to take it slow and focus on its strengths then they may build an identity in the American sports culture.

Staying with MLS, the panel on the SI Soccer Roundtable (July 13) looked back at the first half of the season, focusing on the incredible goal tally of Chris Wondoloski, the surprise package of the San Jose Earthquakes and the turnaround at DC United.  They also looked ahead to the playoff race that will heat up after the All Star break.

Along the same lines, Ives Galarcep talked to the guys on Beyond the Pitch about his thoughts on the MLS season thus far.  Besides breaking down teams and looking at recent coaching changes, Ives commented on the possibility of the New York Cosmos being the 20th MLS team, having recently joined the NASL to start playing competitive matches.  Lots of info and well worth the listen.

Looking to Europe, Ben Lyttleton reviewed the earth shattering transfers of Ibra and Thiago Silva to PSG, as they look to take over Ligue Un and compete in the Champions League.

Anto held court on Beyond the Pitch about his beloved Milan, and really brought it.  He gave an impassioned and logical view on the path the Rossoneri are on as the Italian giants finally begin the rebuilding process that has been needed for years.  Listening to this pod got me excited about the upcoming Serie A season and how Milan can push Juventus and bring the league back into the spotlight.

Speaking of Juventus, the gang at Juventiknows.com looked back at their first year while looking ahead to next season, including possible transfer targets and expectations in the Champions League.

Finally, a little closer to home, Andrew Lewellen wrote a piece about Detroit City Football Club’s first season, focusing on the management team and the outstanding support Le Rouge received this year.  Hopefully this is just the beginning as everyone is looking to bring Major League Soccer to the Metro Detroit area.

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