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Inside MLS - Chicago Fire, Freddy Adu in Brazil, CONCACAF Failures

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Inside MLS - Chicago Fire, Freddy Adu in Brazil, CONCACAF Failures


Another place Inside MLS resumes with an examination of Chicago Fire with Daily Herald assistant sports editor Orrin Schwarz who has covered the team since 1997 and ends with both a look at the continuing Freddy Adu narrative as it touches down in Brazil and taking stock of what happened to MLS clubs in the CONCACAF Champions League now that Mexican clubs have eliminated the last two MLS participants. The discussion begins after a very big win over New York this past weekend by a Chicago team not fully in place due to injuries and new pieces not quite fitting together and that includes the emergence of new arrival Maicon Santos who delivered an important brace off the bench to deliver a first win to Frank Klopas in the new season. We explore all angles of the Fire from the recent mistakes made with a previous first team coach, issues that still are being ironed out operationally within the context of the franchise and whether or not Chicago can make the playoffs for the second consecutive season. In part two we examine the arrival of Freddy Adu in Brazil who will be presented by his new club Bahia on Friday, his eighth new club since 2004 and rekindling a ton of misguided expectations by fans who seem willing to ignore his track record and expect new results. We also look at the recent failures by Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders in the semi-final round of CONCACAF Champions League and whether the economics are really the indicator when comparing this region to other regions around the world with respect to the top level of tournament football across the world. Another in-depth show digging into the Chicago Fire and the outlook, a failed superstar seeking redemption in Brazil and whether the FIFA Club World Cup goal is worth all the fuss for Major League Soccer and whether the league placing another problem at the feet of its teams over the actual economics of the Mexican teams with better talent.

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