I was cruising into my non-soccer job on Thursday and was listening to a replay of The Football Show from the night before on my Sirius satellite radio. Sirius has fairly good coverage of soccer, excellent actually compared to terrestrial radio. I don't usually get to listen to a lot of it unfortunately because I'm either not in my car or too busy doing something else to listen to the radio.
Anyway, Giorgio Chinaglia and Charlie Stillitano host this show and they had on someone who is involved in soccer in New York. Forget his name but his dad was the president of US Soccer at some point in the past, like a long time ago. Anyway, the three of them were complaining that US Soccer is too centralized in terms of the power decisions that are made and that about 4 people hold all the power in US soccer.
Chinaglia, who seems like a crotchety old man, just complained about everything and said the federation should invest money in youth soccer. The guest corrected him and said they do spend more than a million per year on youth development programs and Chinaglia took his words back. Then, this guest said that he wanted for the president of US Soccer not to have another job, which seemed like a direct swipe at Sunil Gulati but he then said he spoke to Sunil before he presented this idea at some meeting and told him it wasn't personal.
When I got to my job, they had moved on to talking about Inter Milan-Valencia. Listening to soccer talk on the radio was a cool way to start the day.
I'm still waiting for an all-MLS talk show, though. Perhaps Andrea and I could start one and call it Sideline Voices. Now wouldn't that be something?!?