The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
I know it’s a proud old NASL name and everything. But is anyone else out there hearing the name “Seattle Sounders” and thinking, not “Puget Sound,” but “Classic children’s book about the tragedy of sharecropping as reflected in the life of a loyal but maimed coon dog?” Maybe it’s just me. Anyway, I couldn’t get it out of my head while I was watching the new MLS Club’s inaugural fashion show yesterday. It was all, “twirling model in an Xbox 360 shirt” here, “loving family crushed by injustice and poverty after their father is arrested for stealing pig meat” there. I really felt like I was confronting the demons of this country’s past. And I’m not just saying that because of the presence of Drew Carey.
Equally huge news: Sigi Schmid was in Seattle yesterday meeting with Sounders officials. Columbus may lose the MLS coach of the year to an expansion team. I’m not gloating or anything. I just wanted to mention it. I’m just saying, he might rather move from the defending national champions to a completely unknown quantity rather than spend one more year living in Columbus. I just thought you should know.
by Vandal-prone · December 5, 2008