What’s wrong with this picture?
I don’t make much of a secret that I think Ives Galarcep is the bane of US soccer’s existence. Beyond hijacking breaking stories that he didn’t break, and his frequent touting of unnamed sources in markets well beyond his geographic reach, Ives is a homer. A massive, red white and blue homer.
Which is fine. US soccer is growing, the country has produced bona fide stars in Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, and Major League Soccer is in rude health compared to even five years ago.
But this story on the MLS all-star game is so wrong, beginning with Fox Soccer’s photo, in which Scarborough’s Dwayne De Rosario is pictured hoisting a cup above the words “American Beauty.” Then there are the opening paras:
The MLS All-Star team’s 3-2 victory over Chelsea was a great night for American soccer. You can say it was just an exhibition match with little meaning, and point to European champions Chelsea laboring through their pre-season. Nonetheless, the performance of so many American players is something to be proud of to say the least.
It was a great night for North American soccer (excluding Mexico), in fact. There are three MLS clubs based outside of the United States in which some American players play. And yes, the American players did quite admirably under the leadership of Canada’s Dwayne de Rosario, captain of the team.
Six years ago, when MLS defeated Chelsea in the same mid-summer exhibition match, the post-game trophy celebration was an overblown and overdone spectacle that made the league look amateurish and desperate.
Six years later, the Americans didn’t eke out a 1-0 victory. They outplayed Chelsea for good stretches and rallied for a 3-2 victory, with several American players standing out in the process.
Yes, “the Americans” didn’t eke out a 1-0 victory, a team of all-stars, which included a Canadian captain, a Danish keeper, a Colombian defender, a French striker, a Cuban midfielder, etc.
Ives goes on to praise Chris Pontius, Chris Wondolowski and Jay De Merit, while omitting any and all reference to De Rosario and Beckham’s role in setting up the equalizing goal.
There was a way of writing this story so that it highlighted the progress of American soccer without reverting to rah-rah, obscurantist propaganda, but predictably, Ives was incapable of it.