Yesterday I caught myself watching Boca Jrs. and River Plate, a friendly from Mar del Plata I believe in Argentina.
As we all know their is nothing friendly about this rivalry. You would have never know this was a warm-up match with the edge the game carried and some of the late tackles and elbows that were flying.
Both teams have become more interesting for the upcoming Argentine season. Both have immaculate playmakers that have represented Argentina and both of these creators are expected to link up with interesting forwards.
For River Plate, Ariel Ortega whom I used to watch perform while calling games for Fox Sports World (now Fox Soccer Channel) is trying to link up with Sebastian Abreu the tall Uruguayan who used to play for Cruz Azul in Mexico.
Boca Jrs. is relying on Juan Riquelme trying to find icon Martin Palermo up front. The teams are interesting on this night Boca was more aggressive and took the so called “friendly” 2-0 behind goals from Sebastian Battaglia and Palermo.
Riquelme is amazing with the movement on his free kicks.
News from DC: DC United are at it again when it comes to players from South America. Marcello Gallardo of Paris St. Germain who has represented Argentina has apparently agreed to a deal. The creative midfielder had been riding the pine at in France and was unhappy not playing.
“I don’t want to have to again live through that not playing in the last few months,” said Gallardo.
Gallardo spoke with Juan Pablo Angel of the New York Red Bulls for advice, the two had played together at River Plate in the 90’s.
“It helped me to think through this. I am satsified because I believe when one makes a well thought out decision and does it as a family, that’s the best.” Terms of the contract have not been revealed but United is re-shaping itself and have also re-signed Bolivian Jaime Moreno to a two year deal at a lesser salary per year.
One would see Moreno being used in a timely manner this year to keep him fresh and potentially as a later substitute when the edge of the game has come off and opponents have fatigued.
*The Pan Pacific tournament at the end of February apparently will be covered on ESPN Classic. So fans will have a shot at seeing those games.
*Derby County who sit in the relegation zone in the EPL and include American Benny Feilhaber and Eddier Lewis are expected to announce new American ownership on Monday.