Coaching changes aren’t usually fodder for this website, but since the Revs have reached into their broadcast booth when grabbing a coach for the 2012 version of the team, we can file this under media coverage of the team. Heaps retired after the 2009 season and spent two years paired with Brad Feldman while providing color commentary. Heaps had replaced Greg Lalas who moved to MLSSoccer.com to help launch the league’s new website two years ago. His hiring follows a recent league tradition of employing recently retired players as coaches.
Elsewhere, Commissioner Garber sat down with the Sports Business Journal’s Fred Dreir as part of the publication’s Five Questions feature. You can see the interview here. For fans of MLS and readers of this site, the interview won’t provide any new information about the business prospects of the league. However, SBJ is an acclaimed industry publication read by sports business professionals, front office types and advertising professionals across the sports spectrum. The interview provides some of these non-soccer types with a few tidbits of information about the league’s success and future plans.
We’ll finish in Houston where the Dynamo are gearing up for their MLS Cup Final appearance while continuing to make progress on their soccer stadium plans. Off the field, the team conducted a “topping off” ceremony where the final steel beam in the new stadium’s canopy was dropped into place. The event was attended by a number of local political figures, team representatives and others. The stadium is set to open next year and (according to recent statements by the Commissioner), is slightly ahead of schedule.