The Daily Sweeper (July 24)

The Columbus “hooliganism” story continues to percolate in the British press; meanwhile, we look at the problems the Chicago Fire’s Sector Latino have had with security at Toyota Park, and consider the outlandish possibility of Israel and Palestine co-hosting the World Cup in 2018.

North America

  • The Guardian’s Marina Hyde, in another one of her periodic fluffy and patronising articles about MLS, “giggles” at the brawl in Columbus. Admittedly, the incident does have its amusing side, but to suggest the Hudson Street Hooligans are representative of some general desire amongst American supporters to imitate English firms is just as laughable.
  • In a game that had been postponed twice and that took almost three hours to conclude due to power outages, the Houston Dynamo downed DC 2-0 last night.
  • Soccerlens looks at an exciting youth tournament to be played in Chicago this weekend, including elite teams from Mexico, Nigeria and Germany. I’ll be at Loyola University for the Fire against Nigeria’s 36 Lion tonight!
  • MLS Commish Don Garber gave his “State of the League” speech yesterday ahead of tonight’s All-Star game in Toronto, and managed to say nothing of any real interest. Looks like that further Canadian expansion will be awaiting further announcement.
  • JL Murtaugh of Section 8 Chicago interviews one of the leaders of the Fire’s fastest growing supporters group, Sector Latino, who bring an intense passion to their support that has led to them being targeted by stadium security, according to the group. They say security are racist. Their intense support is exactly what MLS needs more of, and security’s treatment of them is what we need less of.
  • A More Splendid Life calls the recently concluded Canadian Championship a roaring success (Montreal won it, and clinched a birth in the CONCACAF Champions League as a result), but warns that the owners of Toronto FC need to invest in real grass to prevent their team stagnating on the field, and wasting the opportunity their success off the field has brought.



Photo Daily

The two sides in the infamous Battle of Crew Stadium:

west ham v columbus

Hudson Street Hooligans?
west ham v columbus crew

Photo courtesy of mikedthorn, via the Pitch Invasion photo pool.

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