Cordoba update, other thoughts

Real Salt Lake had an off day on Wednesday, but here are some remaining tidbits from Tuesday’s practice.

Several Deseret Morning News readers have inquired about Matias Cordoba, the big Argentine offseason signing who wasn’t even included in the 18-man roster against Chicago. I asked Jason Kreis about it, and he summed it up pretty simply.

‘His fitness level was way, way behind the rest of the group. Obviously he didn’t have the offseason program the rest of the guys had, so he was behind from that standpoint. And we were two and a half weeks into our preseason so he was behind from that soccer fitness standpoint. He’s also still adjusting to the way it’s played over here, it’s a little bit more physical league, even more so than where he was. I would say the last week he’s looked pretty good.’

It’s doubtful he’ll play again this weekend, but Sunday’s reserve game at Chivas USA could be his platform to show he’s ready.

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Even though the defense broke down against Chicago on the stoppage time goal, Ian Joy said he was pretty pleased with how quickly the backline came together.

‘We’re four new guys who haven’t played together, so it’s very interesting to see how we mix with each other. It was good to see that first game where we did do very well, obviously the one mistake and goal, other than that it would’ve been a perfect game for us. One of those things happen. I think a point’s better than nothing. You have to take something positive from it, which was the good performance, which was we looked like we were playing good soccer and trying hard. We were defensively very solid.’

Joy admitted, however, that the goal felt like a ‘hammer blow to the head.’

‘I’m obviously very upset for the coaching staff, who’ve worked hard, and for the fans who deserve it and all you guys as well. You’ve all been waiting for something special in the first day, I think we let you guys all down a little bit, but I think we tried hard and we had a better performance than what you’ve seen in recent times.’

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Thursday’s MLS predictions

New England 2, Chicago 1 — The Fire did not look all that good in Week 1.
L.A. Galaxy 2, San Jose 0 — The Quakes will struggle to score goals all year.

MLS sent out a press release to reporters on Thursday morning about it’s marketing campaign, and I thought I’d just copy and past it for our readers to check out for themselves.

Whatever you call the game, you can find it in Major League Soccer
MLS launches its new communications platform: Football. F’tbol. Soccer. MLS.’

NEW YORK (Thursday, April 3, 2008) — Major League Soccer’s new, fan-centric communications platform — Football. F’tbol. Soccer. MLS. — will officially debut on ESPN2 and MLSnet.com, the league’s official web site, on Thursday, April 3 during the first ESPN2 doubleheader of the year featuring the New England Revolution at the Chicago Fire at 8 p.m. ET and the San Jose Earthquakes visiting the Los Angeles Galaxy at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The platform, created by MLS in conjunction with SME, New York, captures the true essence of the sport of soccer through a high-energy, rapid succession of images. In select versions of the television spot, the background music will be the official MLS Anthem, recorded last year by an 80-piece orchestra in Prague. The visual elements reflect the authenticity, integrity, inclusiveness, possibility and excellence of Major League Soccer, its players and its fans, who combine to characterize the sport in the United States.

Soccer supporters throughout the United States have voiced their opinion and the new platform was created in response to that feedback.’ The ‘Football. F’tbol. Soccer. MLS.’ campaign shows that no matter where you are from, no matter what language you speak, no matter what you call the world’s game, MLS speaks to you. The League’s supporters come from diverse backgrounds, yet they all speak one language — soccer.’ It is the sport for the new and changing America.

‘We have created a new campaign that fans of MLS can mold and shape according to how they identify with the world’s game,’ said Doug Quinn, President of Soccer United Marketing. ‘The new ‘Football. F’tbol. Soccer. MLS.’ campaign captures the character of Major League Soccer, the League for a New America. We want you, the fan, to be able to express how you feel about the sport, whether you are from Europe, Latin America, the United States or Asia – whatever the game means to you, our goal is to deliver that.’

Thursday’s commercial is one of the initial components of a multi-million dollar campaign.’ The 30-second spot is scheduled to air in multiple versions on ESPN2, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Espanol and during regional MLS matches and other select outlets. MLS stadiums will feature ‘Football. F’tbol. Soccer. MLS.’ field boards and additional plans include print, in-stadium, online, grassroots and other television components ‘ in English and Spanish. In addition, strategic point-of sale displays in soccer specialty stores across the nation will showcase the ‘Football. F’tbol. Soccer. MLS.’ thematic and MLS collateral and posters will be distributed throughout the country

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Replies to Questions:
To Mentality: Watching Tuesday’s practice, unless you knew the team gave up a 92nd minute goal a few days earlier you would’ve never guessed that anything was wrong. All the guys I talked to agreed that giving up the goal was disappointing, but no one was hanging their head.

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