Saturday, April 12, 2008

Various Notes

1) My thoughts on how the 35 CONCACAF teams rank, in tier form. I've thought about ranking them 1-35 for a blog post, but that seems very hard to do considering that you never see them play.

2) On the subject of MLS rookies who played in their team's opening game, I now have the data for all years. However, I don't want to post it because there's a few cases in the early years where I'm not sure if a player is technically a rookie. But I can say for this year 15 rookies saw action in their first possible game:

Allen (LA), Borman (NY), Braun (CHV), Cameron (HOU), Dube (NE), Edwards (TOR), Gavin (LA), Iro (CLB), King (CHI), Leathers (KC), McDonald (LA), O'Brien (COL), Salinas (SJ), Sassano (NY), and Stratford (DC).

The six names in bold started. What's interesting is if you look back over the past 12 years, 9/12 rookie of the year winners played on opening day. The only ones who didn't were Carlos Bocanegra, Rodrigo Faria, and Maurice Edu (injured). Also, 23/36 nominees played on opening day as well. So the odds are good that the winner will come from that group of 15 above.

3) I had forgotten all about San Jose's 14 game regular season unbeaten streak entering the season. The Earthquakes were only 5 games away from the record, not that I ever expected them to break it.

4) Sounders FC is the nickname in Seattle. I'm fine with that, although I don't like the logo. Messy looking with all the overlapping stuff. So I guess we can now add a few more entires to the list of nicknames reportedly considered by MLS teams but ultimately dropped:

DAL-Express, Fury
DC-Force, Justice, Spies
KC-Bandits, Express, Outlaws
LA-Beat, Groove, Traffic
RSL-Alliance, Glory, Highlanders, Union
SEA-Alliance, Republic

God, Nike sucked. Steve Pastorino has a great article on selecting names here.

Comments on "Various Notes"


Anonymous MetroFanatic said ... (6:01 PM, April 12, 2008) : 

Don't forget MetroFlash for the MetroStars originally... That was Nike's suggestion too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:16 AM, April 15, 2008) : 

Out of curiosity, where'd you find all the info on the other possible names for teams?


Blogger scaryice said ... (1:11 AM, April 16, 2008) : 

There's an old Soccer America article from 1995 that I got most of them from.


Anonymous Dan said ... (6:42 PM, April 18, 2008) : 

I seem to remember the Revolution was a last minute change from "New England Nitro."


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