The excitement from this year’s World Cup has yet to let up here in the United States, and that’s good news for Major League Soccer. On Aug. 6 the MLS All-Stars host Germany’s Bayern Munich in Portland with a number of US Men’s National Team players chosen to take part, including USMNT snub Landon Donovan.
On Saturday Simon Borg of Major League Soccer joined me on AM 740 The Game to talk about a number of soccer topics. We chatted about the fan’s picks for the all-star roster this year and Borg explained how Designating Player signings like Graham Zusi will help the league evolve over the years. I also asked what factored into Dom Dwyer missing out on being an all-star this year.
The July 26, 2014 edition of Carnahan Chronicles closed out with a caller asking some interesting questions about Major League Soccer. I was then joined by producer Chris Vazquez to debate whether the Orlando City Soccer Club could and should finish the USL PRO regular season unbeaten before talking a bit about the final regular season game for the playoff-bound Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. A special shoutout to former Orlando Magic player Jameer Nelson was also in order as he recently signed a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, putting the final nail in the coffin of the Dwight Howard-era.
I was fortunate to be granted the experience of being a part of the grounds crew at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee during Houston Astros spring training games before the start of the 2004 and 2005 seasons. There was plenty of excitement surrounding that club at the time as they would make a run at the World Series before being swept by the Chicago White Sox.
Aside from working in the trenches with some great people, I was granted front row access to be around Astros players such as Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Lance Berkman, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, among many others. Not to mention the random run-ins with Nolan Ryan and high-profile players and managers from opposing teams.
As a life-long supporter of the New York Mets since way back in the late 1980s, I never got too excited about the Atlanta Braves making the crosstown trek to Osceola County Stadium to play the Astros. I could do without seeing Mets-killer Chipper Jones and manager Bobby Cox. But then one afternoon Cox softened me up a bit while his team took batting practice under the bright Florida sun. I’ve never been able to see him in the same way as I once did ever since.
If there’s one division foe in the AL East that gets fans of the Tampa Bay Rays fired up it’s got to be the Boston Red Sox. The past decade has been full of bad blood between the teams and provided plenty of footnotes worth reviewing throughout the rivalry.
On Friday they met again at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, where David Price continued his dominance this season with 10 strikeouts in a 6-4 win. Ben Zobrist finished 4-for-4 at the plate with an RBI in the seventh and Evan Longoria drove in three runs on a crucial double that same inning to put the Rays in front for good.
The series will continue throughout the weekend. Andrew Astleford of Fox Sports Florida joined me Saturday morning on AM 740 The Game to talk about the turnaround.
While the Orlando City Soccer Club has been preparing for its move to MLS by pursuing global stars such as the recently acquired Kaka and potential transfer Robinho, the club’s first MLS signee is having a breakout season in USL PRO.
Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino hasn’t had a lot of time to ponder what the 2015 roster might look like while helping the Lions (14-0-4, 46 points) remain unbeaten by way of an offensive explosion unlike any in his career.
“As a player that’s already signed for MLS [in Orlando] you always wonder who will come in and who you’ll be playing with next year,” Molino said. “It’s great to see that a couple big names want to come here. It shows we’ve been doing some good over the past couple years.”
Entering Sunday’s match at Rochester, Molino leads the league in points (29) and assists (7) and ranks third in goals scored with 11 in 17 appearances.
The hysteria that’s become free agency in the NBA has been at an all-time high in recent years. So much so that it’s hard to imagine a time when players moving from team to team was such a foreign concept.
But thanks to one particular player, who thoroughly explored his options in the late 1980s, players today are able to call their own shots when it comes to employment opportunities within the league much in the same manner as those in the working class, albeit with much better compensation.
During the summer of 1988 Tom Chambers became the first NBA player to leave one franchise for another, on his own terms, when he went from the Seattle SuperSonics to the Phoenix Suns. Sam Gardner wrote about how Chambers paved the way for free agency in the NBA as we know it today and he joined me on AM 740 The Game to talk about it Saturday morning.
The best part of last night’s ESPYs award show on ESPN came in the final moments when long-time anchor Stuart Scott accepted an award named in honor of former basketball coach Jim Valvano, who lost his battle with cancer in 1993.
Scott has been fighting the same battle over the past seven years. During a touching and inspiring speech last night he shared the most recent struggle he’s had with the disease over the previous week and what’s inspired him to continue pushing forward. It was a beautiful and seemingly deliberate soliloquy, one delivered in front of a national audience that will forever be the go-to clip of Scott long after he’s gone.
It mystifies me that with all the medical developments our world has made over the decades, that cancer continues to kick our ass the way it does. Here’s hoping the fight will one day be won.
Based on the book “Hardball: A Season in the Projects” by Daniel Coyle, this big-screen drama about a troubled coach and his inner-city youth baseball team is hardly worth the time.
Keanu Reeves is a gambling addict forced into coaching a team of black kids from the Chicago projects in order to pay off his debt. Now I’ve never cared one way or the other about Reeves as an actor, but his performance in this movie provides plenty of fuel for critics.
Reeves plays Conor O’Neill, who comes off about as clueless as you’d expect considering the person playing the part. Even though he shows hardly a sign of actually coaching the kids throughout the movie, they somehow get the season turned around despite the grim surroundings of their community.
It’s been a week of transition for the Orlando City Soccer Club and its most loyal of fans, the two recognized supporter groups that gather at one end of the stadium each match and lead the crowd in passionate chants.
Last night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney the club implemented stiffer guidelines as they look to adhere to a more formal code of conduct for fans before moving up to Major League Soccer next year.
It was a moved that was forced upon the club after Orlando City fans brought embarrassment to the brand last Sunday during a road match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, where four fans were arrested and many others ejected from the stadium.
After more than a month of preparation we’re now less than a week away from the debut of my new sports talk radio show. Carnahan Chronicles makes its debut this Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. (followed by EK Sports) on AM 740 The Game in Orlando and worldwide at iHeartRadio.
The weekly show will focus on local and national sports topics with an emphasis on the upcoming sports schedule. We’ll be touching on professional, minor league, college and high school sports and encouraging listeners to take part in the show by calling 407-916-8255 or 800-729-8255.