January 30, 2007

Edgar Davids going back to Ajax- not to Dallas.: Too bad Dallas couldn't get the deal done. Looks like Ronaldo will not be coming our way either. Who should MLS target next?

posted by urall cloolis to soccer at 06:44 PM - 8 comments

The winter transfer window closes tomorrow night, so, probably nobody until June. A lot of things can happen between now and June, though. People fall out of favor and all that.

posted by igottheblues at 08:19 PM on January 30, 2007

I'd love to see Ronaldinho.

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:44 PM on January 30, 2007

Well, shit. I've long been a fan of Davids's game, and was somewhat hopeful this would work out. This blows any chance of my making the 1-hour plus drive each way to the wretched Pizza Hut Park this season*. Best of luck, FO Dallas. I sure did enjoy you when you were in the city. While I really did want to see him play live, I certainly can't blame Davids for wanting to go back home instead of lulling about in the sub-sub-suburbs. Talk about culture shock. *I personally retain the right to redact this statement, given the S.O.'s father lives in Frisco, and, you know, I'd like his blessing and whatnot. If this can be done over a soccer game, then by bully I'll make the drive. At least I can pick up some stuff at Ikea and eat at Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag while I'm there.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:26 AM on January 31, 2007

What's wretched about Pizza Hut Park? Looks OK on TV. I'm disappointed FC Dallas couldn't get Davids. He's been huge fun to watch on Tottenham, because he never stops moving. Reminds me of Bob Sanders on the Colts and that guy on the Steelers who never cuts his hair.

posted by rcade at 07:19 AM on February 01, 2007

Do you not remember or can't you spell it either?

posted by yerfatma at 08:00 AM on February 01, 2007

What's wretched about Pizza Hut Park? Looks OK on TV. The stadium and surrounding fields are excellent, I think. Frisco reminds of, well...Addison in the early 70's. No character, no personality, and it seems like you drive through nothingness for hours just to get there. So the "City" must just think, "Let's throw up a Chili's and TGIF's and Applebee's and maybe a hotel or two and we'll call it a 'tourist destination' in the middle of what used to be a patty pasture. Somebody come up with McSomething name for a psuedo-pub." Lame. And to Davids, I thought he would have been perfect for MLS, but I think it will difficult for many European players to handle the Texas heat June through August. There's a reason the rest of the northern hemisphere doesn't play football during those months, but that's a whole 'nother issue.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 08:12 PM on February 01, 2007

TX nailed it. The mall up there next to the stadium (and the Frisco ballpark, which I also here is excellent for a minor league field) features two Chili's within walking distance of each other. You can literally sit in the parking lot and see if you want to go into the mall to eat some California Pizza Wheels (or whatever they have) or go to the standalone one. I know, it's horrible urban-elitism, but I'm kind of shameless in that. I live less than three miles from Fair Park. If FC Dallas were still playing there, I'd probably be a season-ticket holder. Conversely, to get to Pizza Hut Park (which, frankly, sounds like a giant playground) I'd have to drive 30 miles each way, including the high-5 interchange (75 to 635) deal with traffic on LBJ, go through the 635/Dallas Tollway interchange right at the Galleria, pay the tollway, deal with the tollway/121 interchange (under construction) and deal with the sneers I dealt with when I made the drive up to Southlake to see a Burn game at Dragon stadium as I slink off to the corner to smoke while little Billy gets a cup of ice and takes advantage of the 'make your own sno-cone' syrup dispenser. This isn't to say that this is bad for FC Dallas or the MLS at large. In fact, from what I've seen, it seems to be the family market they're targeting. I'm just not in that target market. I truly hope it works for them, but they're going to have to do more than that to nab not just myself, but the whole rest of the SSCCATAGAPP sector of the soccer-loving metroplex. Plus, there's the near-complete exclusion of the Latin-American population that stands on my side. I mean, hell, the University Park elite are why FC Dallas couldn't strike a deal with SMU to play there. Davids might could've made me deal with that, at least once this season. Now, sadly, I'll still have to deal with living vicariously through the EPL (but I don't have enough cable to get Fox Soccer Network) or the Mexican League on Univision and Telemundo. I'll make do, but I'll still be a bit resentful.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:50 AM on February 02, 2007

Pity about Davids; I was hoping to see him play again when I make the trek back to D-Town. Ronaldo is getting roasted in the (Italian) media for his pudginess. It's a bit head scratching that Milan bought him. He's not the Shevchenko they need right now. If this can be done over a soccer game, then by bully I'll make the drive. *snort* Might be possible. I took him and the youngest uncle to Lazio-Juve in 2003. Highlights from the two of them included:

  • "So are there cheerleaders?" "Um, no."
  • "Why aren't there cheerleaders?"
  • Lazio's Curva Nord unfurling a Curva-sized drawing of 3 upraised middle fingers. "That's why there aren't cheerleaders."
  • Upon seeing Lazio's powder blue home uniforms & Juve's (at the time) pink away uniforms: "What, is it girls against boys?"
  • Flares & water bottles tossed onto the pitch. "This is also why we don't have cheerleaders."
All in all, I had fun.

posted by romakimmy at 12:11 PM on February 02, 2007

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