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Vandy420
07-24-2007, 11:45 AM
The MLS has been playing good against foreign powerhouses.

The MLS allstars beat Celtic FC (scottish league champs) 2-0.

The Chicago Fire tied Celtic FC 1-1. (Fire had the lead 1-0 until almost the 80th minute.)

LA Galaxy lost 1-0 to english powerhouse chelsea. (Chelsea played their A squad as well so it was their stars.)

Real Salt Lake beat English Team Everton 2-0 sunday in Salt Lake City.

SCfan804
07-24-2007, 12:06 PM
Not bad at all. I was really surprised Chelsea rolled out their studs for that game. Tremendous defensive effort by LA that night.

boxvic
07-24-2007, 12:51 PM
Maybe now people will start to take notice, and some of the world's better players will be more apt to take those big money MLS contracts.

GatorTD8to10
07-24-2007, 01:35 PM
These foreign powerhouses arent up to full speed. They are still early early early in their training. So its nice and all..but we really weren't facing their best.

Vandy420
07-24-2007, 01:38 PM
We were facing the #1 squads for Everton, Chelsea and Celtic FC. All their big players played. The Celtic manager made it clear they came to win these games and would not settle for a b squad game. So yes we were facing their best.

SECgamecock453
07-24-2007, 01:48 PM
Chelsea were only 10 days into their training that match with LA Galaxy. While the MLS is in the middle of the season.

GatorTD8to10
07-24-2007, 01:55 PM
We were facing the #1 squads for Everton, Chelsea and Celtic FC. All their big players played. The Celtic manager made it clear they came to win these games and would not settle for a b squad game. So yes we were facing their best.

Its roughly the equivalent of the Canadian football league champion coming in during the middle of their season to take on the Colts in their first week of training camp.

Sure it's still Peyton Manning and Dwight Freeney..but they arent even close to their best.

Vandy420
07-24-2007, 02:34 PM
These guys are playing year round. between the club season, club friendlies, international cups, international friendlies they play year round. Its not like they take 6 months off to relax. And with players like peter Cech, Ashley Cole, Claude Makelele, Micheal Essien, Shevchenko, Frank Lampard, Drogba, John Terry and shawn whright-phillips its not like they are not in shape and ready to play. These are top athletes not just in their sport but in any sport. These guys are very very talented and for the Galaxy to play them like they did says tons for the MLS.

2008 National Champions
07-24-2007, 04:53 PM
It's not as if these guy were match fit, in midseason form, though.

Still encouraging to see MLS teams play well against these guys under any circumstances.

SCfan804
07-24-2007, 05:33 PM
Yeah there's no way you can say LA faced Chelsea in mid season form, but it was still a good showing as 2006 said. Not to mention people forget that LA is one of the worst teams in MLS this season.

And didn't Celtic sit out Henrik Larsson for the All Star game?

Storm
07-24-2007, 05:38 PM
everybody beats up on Everton.......LOL, at least they did when I was living in England......LOL


did you guys check out that "Football Factory" link I put in the other thread?

GatorTD8to10
07-24-2007, 11:19 PM
Multiple MLS teams, including the LA Galaxy lost to USL teams in the US Open Cup.

USL TEAMS! There are high school and college teams that can wipe the floor with USL teams.

Next.

boxvic
07-25-2007, 12:27 AM
Well that tells me that US soccer isn't as far behind the world as people would have us believe.

Vandy420
07-25-2007, 08:25 AM
I'll take beating a English premier league team and losing to a USL team anyday. Gain far outweighs the loss.

Vandy420
07-25-2007, 10:00 AM
Real Salt Lake 1 Boca JRs 1

LA Galaxy 2 Puchas 1 (Mexican league champ)

Vandy420
07-25-2007, 10:35 AM
FC Dallas 1 Chivas Guadalajara 1

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/soccer/07/25/chivas.dallas.ap/index.html

"Dallas argued that the goal should be disallowed because replays showed Olvera touched the ball with his left hand as he got past Juan Toja to gain possession. He then sent a left-foot shot into the upper left corner of the goal.

FC Dallas played a man short from the 72nd minute after defender Drew Moor was issued a red card. After getting knocked down in the Guadalajara penalty box by Chivas captain Hector Reynoso, Moor retaliated by dropping Reynoso with a shove to the face.

A full-scale pushing match resulted, involving nearly every player on the field.

Even though the game was played at FC Dallas' home field, the majority of the 12,641 in attendance rooted for Chivas and booed Moor as he was led off the field."


Also, Eddie Johnson turned down an offer from Derby of the EPL.

Freddie Adu is in negotiations with Benefica of Portugal. The MLS has agreed on a $2 million transfer fee, but they still have to agree to a contract with Adu.

SCfan804
07-25-2007, 12:00 PM
Multiple MLS teams, including the LA Galaxy lost to USL teams in the US Open Cup.

USL TEAMS! There are high school and college teams that can wipe the floor with USL teams.

Next.

Haha I was at the galaxy game you speak of... Go Richmond Kickers!