Let me first thank Luis and Andrea for inviting me to come to the Sideline Views. I’m here to let people know that my blog (Korner Pocket) is not dead, but rather in deep, deep coma.
There is no truth to the story that my blog was found with sleeping pills scattered around the Web. There’s also no truth to the report that I’m making people sign up to be able to access my blog.
There are two ways to delete a blog on blogger. One is to erase everything and delete the blog, but I wasn’t comfortable with deleting everything I had done and went with option two, which to take the blog offline by restricting access to people. Unlike what one person on BigSoccer said, I’m not trying to make people sign up for my blog. I’m a fan and a believer of the First Amendment so I would never even consider doing that.
I hope not to be gone from the Web too long, but for now the best place to find me in will be the print edition of the Times— I know, how 1980s of me.
I know some of you (*cough* Luis *cough*) just can not get enough Chivas USA news, so I didn’t want to come in here and just talk about myself. Here’s what to expect from Chivas USA as training camp approaches:
- Don’t believe the stories that say Jose Saturino Cardozo is close to signing a contract with the team. Cardozo has been invited to training camp, which open on Feb. 4, but Chivas USA is not going to sign a soon-to-be 37-year-old sight unseen. He will be on trail.
- Antonio Cue left LA to go to Guadalajara yesterday to talk to Chivas de Guadalajara officials. Cue said, as he was boarding the plane, that he would take a look at some players while he was down there but didn’t give any names. I suggested to Antonio that he look at back up goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.
- Look for Chvias USA to try to implement the 4-3-3 formation more next year. While Preki’s defensive style was very successful, it was not always very exciting. And that’s just not the Chivas way. A switch to that formation makes more sense with Ante Razov on the team, but that’s not a guarantee at the moment.
- Speaking of Preki, Mr. Radosavljevic will be on the hot seat this season. Preki’s new contract is only for two years, which, IMHO, is no security whatsoever. To make matters worse, the reigning MLS Coach of the Year will be playing with a short deck as he could possibly loose Brad Guzan and Ante Razov this transfer window and might be force to take on a player he may not like in the summer.
I would say something about the Chivas USA vs Columbus game next month at College of the Canyons Community College, but, after reading that Marcos Gonzalez won’t be back with the Crew next year, I’ll just let Andrea talk about that meeting later.