Jun 20, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT
The spring has been an especially busy time in the collective MLS infirmary. The amount of injury absences more closely resembled a time later in the season, when wear, tear and taxing travel generally serve to tic up the rate of attrition.
Now important players are slowly coming back on-line, health wise. In Dallas, Brek Shea is on the practice field again and could even see the field this weekend, all of which is great news for coach Schellas Hyndman, who was missing 6 starters last week at Houston.
We talked at PST earlier about how Thierry Henry, Wilman Conde and Rafa Marquez should all return this weekend for the battered Red Bulls.
But perhaps no returning man is more important than San Jose Earthquakes center back Victor Bernardez. Yes, Victor Bernardez … but don’t feel badly if that name isn’t ringing bells.
The steady Honduran was among the key men as San Jose started 2012 on such an upswing. Bernardez was just this side of spectacular as he stabilized Frank Yallop’s defense before and April injury took him out of the lineup.
San Jose’s goals against went immediately up, not looking anything like the lock-down unit it had been up to then. With him on the field through San Jose’s opening foursome, San Jose didn’t concede a goal from the run of play.
Without him, the Earthquakes’ 1.60 goals-against average looks ordinary, at very best.
Bernardez will be available tonight as the Earthquakes visit Colorado. Bottom line: with their Honduran boulder of defense, San Jose looks like an MLS contender; without him, not so much.
May 25, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT
The most recent reports say it’s Barcelona FC, as the Catalan giants have apparently beaten Spanish rival Real Madrid for the Brazilian star’s services:
May 25, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT
Looking at the weekend MLS schedule and wondering if we’ll see one of these two on the field?
May 25, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT
Something to like from the Galaxy side – but one big concern, too:
May 25, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT
Despite the Chicago Fire’s awful record through 12 MLS rounds, there’s still enough to like about Frank Klopas’ club.
May 25, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT
Santos confirmed that they have accepted two offers for Brazilian sensation Neymar.
May 24, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT
In a mind-blowing move, USA Today have reported the LA Galaxy have sent a player to the Chicago Fire in exchange for the rights to Robbie Rogers.
May 24, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT
With a victory in the Champions League final to complete Bayern Munich’s domination domestically and abroad plus their offseason acquisitions, would they be a force for years to come?
May 24, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT
Internazionale officially announced they have sacked Andrea Stramaccioni and hired the former Napoli boss.
May 24, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT
No question that two of the league’s most interesting teams will be at Stade Saputo on Saturday:
May 24, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT
Tony Fernandes has finally taken some blame for the relegation of QPR instead of shedding it left and right.
May 24, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed Chelsea interm manager Rafa Benitez is set to move to Serie A on a 2-year deal with Napoli.
May 24, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
Boyd left Dortmund last season, so is a USMNT player destined to never play in a Champions League final?
May 24, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT
Who knew that Jimmy Nielsen’s burst of white hair wasn’t the craziest thing about Sporting Kansas City’s talented goalkeeper?
May 24, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT
A blog post in the New Yorker looks at another side to this week’s huge expansion news:
May 24, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT
Does Hughes deserve another shot at managing an EPL club after past failures?
May 24, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT
Both teams are on streaks of success – even if “success” look so radically different in the two camps:
May 24, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT
See the sights around London, as Wembley Stadium welcomes German fans in abundance.
May 24, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT
When Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund tomorrow at 2:45 ET at Wembley, they won’t be playing for the right to be recognized as permanent contenders. They’ve already done that.
May 24, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT
Monaco’s Russian oligarch owner is splashing the cash to bring Champions League success, can they do it?
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