Thursday, August 19, 2010

Podcast: Byline 2 Backpost - 8/17/2010

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Duani, Mishaelof and Johnson on trial with Wizards

Israeli players Rami Duani (taller on left) and Moshe Mishaelof on trial with the Wizards.

Duani is a central defender/defensive mid who played for Hapoel Tel Aviv and the Israeli youth national teams.

Mishaelof is a defensive midfielder that mostly played for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Jemal Johnson, American born player who is lived in England since he was five is also on trial with Kansas City. Johnson was in the Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers youth system. Most recently he was with MK Dons and was on loan to Stockport County.

There are a few other players in camp right now as well but I do not have their names yet.

Teal Bunbury suspended one game

Teal Bunbury was suspended one game and fined $250 by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for his physical play in the game against San Jose. Teal knocked Earthquakes defender Tim Ward to the ground during the scrum before a free kick.

Photo of Teal heading the ball in practice...

Missouri Comets introduce Coach Roentved

Coach Kim Roentved at press conference...

The Missouri Comets introduced indoor soccer great Kim Roentved as their head coach yesterday. Gino Schiraldi, Alan Mayer and other former teammates attended the press conference to lend support to their longtime friend. I was able to talk with Coach Roentved briefly.

Zoran Savic speaks about Roentved's selection as coach...

Gino Schiraldi was very happy for Roentved as well...

It sounds like Gino Schiraldi and other former Comet greats may help out with coaching as well.

During the press conference Coach Roentved did give a little info about his plans. Approximately 6 weeks prior to the season starting there will be an open tryout. Then 5 weeks before the season there will be an invitational tryout. Training camp will open 3 weeks or so before the season.

MISL note: Omaha was announced as another MISL expansion team for this season. This will provide the Missouri Comets with a regional rival. It was reported that Omaha will be called the Vipers but I have not seen an official announcement yet.

Alex Horwath called up to San Jose

Alex Horwath stopping a shot in practice...

Major League Soccer pool goalkeeper Alex Horwath has been called up to San Jose. Earthquakes keeper Joe Cannon broke his ankle in practice on Tuesday so they have requested a pool keeper to backup Jon Busch. Cannon had returned as a starter for the game against Kansas City after Busch had recently struggled and had let in an own goal. Cannon will be out 6-8 weeks. It is unknown how long Horwath will be called up.

Horwath played at University of Wisconsin. He trained with the Wizards last summer while playing for the Kansas City Brass. This year he was signed as a pool keeper but trains with the Wizards.

Alex is a good keeper and should do well if he is needed. Good luck Alex.

I talked with Horwath yesterday before he departed for San Jose.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Missouri Comets announce Kim Roentved as head coach

The Missouri Comets have announced that Kim Roentved will be their first head coach. Roentved was a star player with the Wichita Wings, Kansas City Comets and the Kansas City Attack throughout the 80's and 90's. Kim (the Rocket) Roentved was a 17 time all star and won multiple defender of the year awards. While he was a great defender he was also recognized as one of the best two way players in indoor soccer. In 731 professional indoor games, Roentved scored 380 goals with 437 assists. Roentved was also a manager with Wichita and has coached youth team locally.

The Comets had previously announced a press conference on August 25th to announce the new head coach. The Comets are an expansion team in the MISL and will play their games at the Independence Events Center.

The Missouri Comets are using the old Kansas City Comets logo. The old logo was overwhelmingly chosen over a newer version in a fan vote.