It's been a while since I've talked to you. So long, in fact, that you might have thought I'd be featured on the next Paid Their Dues! I'm still here though, because you all deserve to know the truth about Porfirio Lopez. There's a lot to cover, and I even have a special update.
New York City FC sent a third round draft pick to Dallas in exchange for Andrew Jacobson earlier this week. Jacobson was immediately loaned out to Stabæk, Bob Bradley's club. The move itself is very complementary of Jacobson. For a brilliant MLS mind like Jason Kreis to want you as a building block on an expansion team is high praise. Though Lampard will be the big name in central midfield, Kreis has turned other MLS journeymen into productive players (See: Grabavoy, Ned). With good teammates and a great coach, look for Andrew Jacobson to quietly become an important piece for NYCFC.
Kleberson is a heart-breaking savage with absolutely no regard for Edmontonians' happiness. Though FC Edmonton dominated their match against Indianapolis, Kleberson's goal ensured that the Eddies would come away without a point. This was supposed to be a happy day in Edmonton, as they finally installed new turf that would not bear those horrific gridiron lines. Kleberson does not care for happy days in Edmonton.
Gabriel Farfan was subbed on at the half of the Chiapas-Atlas match on Saturday night. Unfortunately for Gabe, Jaguares gave up 2 goals in the second half to lost 4-2 to Atlas. Jaguares is currently 14th out of 18 in the relegation battle (for more on Liga MX's relegation rules, read this article by Tom Marshall).
The European U-19 Championship just ended, and Veljko Paunovic's Serbia probably came in third. That's good! The tournament features eight teams, and they are divided into two groups. Serbia finished second in their group, but probably deserved more. Eventual champions Germany finished above them, but only because Die Mannschaft grabbed a draw in second half stoppage time. Serbia lost to Portugal on penalty kicks in the semifinals. It was a good showing for Paunovic, whose stock continues to rise as a manager. Of course, many would like him to return to Philadelphia, but he has said how happy he is to be with Serbia. If he continues to perform this well, the senior Serbian side will come calling.
SPECIAL JOE TAIT NEWS UPDATE: After spending the last half of the 2013-14 season on loan to Darlington 1883, Joe Tait has signed with Spennymoor Town of the Northern Premier League Division One North, which is affectionately referred to as the NPLDON (Pronounced: Nipple-don) by its fans. I don't know if that is true but I think it should be true. Spennymoor is a town in Northeast England, which is the only place Joe Tait can play soccer, apparently. The Middlesbrough Lad previously played for Darlington 1883 and Gateshead, both of which are in the Northeast. Also important: The creator of the Teletubbies was born in Spennymoor. I am petitioning the town of Spennymoor to change their name to Sporting Teletubbies.
Sporting Teletubbies 'Til I Die.