1.13.2009

I Really Hope This Isn't True. Jose Torres, What Have You Heard?

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Please read the Washington Examiner's preface post before clicking this link. My Spanish is shameful for a native Texan but I can read the word's "Orlando Tuzos USA" a little too clearly for my liking. When will the brand miscegenation end?

9 comments:

Philip said...

I was under the impression (old article somewhere) that Pachuca was after a USL1 side, NOT MLS.

Soto said...

The article makes it sound like it's a done deal:

"Cuestionado sobre la incursion del Pachuca a la MLS, Martínez comentó que desde hace seis meses se compró la franquicia "ya esta todo decidido para ir a apoyar a la estructura de futbol de la MLS y desarrollar un equipo competitivo", apuntó."

Above Martinez is saying that since buying the franchise six months ago, they have committed to supporting the MLS soccer structure and to developing a competitive team. This is a rough translation, but Martinez makes it sound like not only is a deal in place but money has exchanged hands and that work has already begun. Basically, this "Orlando Tuzos USA" is already on the path that Philadelphia is following.

I don't believe any of it. Perhaps, as previously suggested, this is a USL move, not a MSL move? That seems like the kind of mistake a foreign press (and a press that probably sneers at USA soccer) would make.

RSF said...

They've already got something in place for a USL side in Arizona I thought?


http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/2008/10/07/20081007soccer1008.html

Ed said...

No, Arizona is dead. This is supposed to be a USL-1 side.

And hopefully they're just known as Orlando Tuzos.

ERic said...

Or, even better, Orlando Gophers.

Anonymous said...

What does Tuzos mean?

Anonymous said...

it means club who thinks theyre massive because they won copa Sudamericana but dont come close to the popularity of Chivas or America

EricJ said...

They are more fun to watch than chivas or america...

Binks said...

I have no problem with a USL1 developmental team being owned by a parent company that uses it's knowledge of soccer to benefit a local community.

I do have a problem with one that spends a single season in the league and then drops off the map becuase of travel costs or a local MLS side showing up ala Quakes.

If they can afford it, and they'll spend the money to do it right while showing the local fans something of value for their money and creating another outlet for American talent to go or South American talent to grow, this is a win, win.

After two full seasons of watchign Crystal Palace USA, I can honestly say that their contribution to growing the sport in their area has been a positive. They've also become a model organization for growing their own talent in the states using the same sort of community business model that works for so many countries to help flourish a sport rather than rape it as a franchise model does.