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Teal Bunbury “lost” to the USA? It’s not that simple

Posted in Canada, U.S. soccer with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by squizz

Let’s make one thing crystal clear, first off: Teal Bunbury is not the “next” anybody.

He’s not the next oft-injured Englishman, or the next Dutch-but-maybe-Canadian-after-all midfielder, and he’s certainly not the next bench-warming Bosnian goalkeeper.

But he is a Canadian-born kid, son of a Canadian soccer legend, who has accepted a call from the USA, to play in their friendly against South Africa next week.

I won’t lie, my reaction was a hearty “ah, shit”. And, understandably, the announcement has prompted plenty of consternation (not to mention ad hominem attacks) from Canada’s most ardent supporters.

This may not be the end for Teal Bunbury and Canada, though. In fact, oddly enough, it may just be the beginning. Continue reading

What’s in a name? A lot, in MLS (Take 2)

Posted in MLS with tags , , , , , on August 2, 2010 by squizz

When word wafted into the public consciousness last week that the Kansas City Wizards might be changing their name, I found myself in a rather unexpected position: defensive of a name that is, by all accounts, ridiculous. Sure, the name “Wizards” evokes all of the bouncy-castle, soccer-mom provincialist “sawker” stereotypes that MLS is trying to move beyond… but Sporting Kansas City? Real Kansas City? Kansas City FC? These are even more ridiculous. They’re artificial monikers, transplanted from a faraway place, meant to install a veneer of authenticity. Continue reading

It’s Called Football: January 20, 2010

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by squizz

With another day comes another podcast. Well, it’s been a few days. But whatever, you get the point. On this edition we ask whether Ibrahim Said is the answer Toronto FC has been looking for, whether Tom Soehn is the answer the Vancouver Whitecaps have been looking for, and whether a new soccer-specific stadium in the middle of nowhere is the answer the Kansas City Wizards have been looking for (two maybes and a no, from my perspective).

Plus, Kartik Krishnaiyer gives his first interview since being named the new communications and PR director for the NASL. And we talk about the potential of Canada playing not one, but two South American powerhouses in the month of May, and what this busy friendly schedule means for the national team.

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It’s Called Football: January 20 (full show, mp3)
Kartik interview only (mp3)

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