Friday, July 4, 2008

Ruud post NE

Ruud seemed a million miles away at times during the presser. I asked him if he thought the team had trouble finding Beckham during the game, and he answered, a little upset, that he thought Beckham had a very good game and defended David's performance. I don't think he really heard my question and thought I'd attacked David in some way. Also, another reporter asked about Frankie Hejduk, but he pronounced it a bit funny, with a heavy "j" sound (the j is usually silent). Ruud said he didn't know that player.


Ben7 said...

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Joseph D'Hippolito said...

What's really astounding is that, when asked whether the Galaxy would trade for Frankie Hejduk, Gullit said that he didn't know who that was!

This man coaches the ostensible "jewel of MLS" and doesn't know one of its bigger players, someone who played in three World Cups for the U.S.?

Then again, I'm not surprised. Gullit's comment shows just how little communication there is between him, Bravo and Bozo the Mad Genius when it comes to player personnel. I mean, Gullit signed Franchino because he liked what he saw on a YouTube video! This is any way to run a professional soccer team?

Then again, who said the Galaxy was "professional"?

Compare Gullit with Juan Carlos Osorio of the Red Bulls. Osorio came into MLS in the middle of last season, yet he seems to understand the vagueries of the salary cap and not only work within them, but sign a bunch of players despite having two DPs on the roster: Angel and Reina. And Osorio is on his second team in less than a year!

I realize the Galaxy did Gullit no favors by putting him in charge of a group of players whom he has to train from scratch, mostly. That wouldn't happen in Europe. OTOH, he can't be bothered to learn about a league in which he's supposed to win the championship under orders from Der Fuerher Anschutz and Reich Marshall Leiweke?

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