The Monday After: Chile/USA, Friedel Bankrupt & More

Time for our weekly wrap of the weekend that was in the world of American soccer business.  We’ll start in Los Angeles, where the Home Depot Center hosted USMNT friendly against Chile.  A reported crowd of approximately 18,500 was in attendance for the 1-1 draw.  The game was notable for the lack of an English language broadcast showing the game.  Although the match was available on Telefutura and, no broadcast or cable channel showed the game.  Fans without access to or Telefutura were left to scour the internet for illicit feeds or follow some of the online blogs covering the game.

A player’s financial position is not typically fodder for this site, but former US International Brad Friedel’s financial problems are notable because of his efforts to build a European style soccer academy in the United States.  The academy was a non-profit enterprise intended to assist young players in succeeding in high end club soccer.  The academy was considered very high end, but a shortage of sponsorship dollars doomed the academy and it now is bankrupt.  The year round academy was based in Ohio.

Finally, fans in the Pacific Northwest will get a taste of their much anticipated soccer rivalry during a pre-season three team showcase involving Seattle, Vancouver and Portland.  Each team will play two games at the Sounders’ alternative Starfire complex.  Tickets will go on sale on February 1 with each ticket costing $10. This is a great marketing ploy by the franchises and will let the teams stoke their rivalry a few weeks before the season starts.