Might as well jump right in to the off-season dealings and signings taking place…the Galaxy have really added star-power to their front line in selecting Juan Pablo Angel in this week’s Re-Entry Draft. Now – will the Galaxy be plagued by the same problem that the Red Bulls had last season…big money in offense without sterling results? Other notable re-entry picks are Fred going to New England, Frankie Hejduk (glad we didn’t sign him) now on the roster with LA (by way of Kansas City) and the Fire bringing veteran defender Cory Gibbs to help shore up the back line - a big need with the loss of CJ Brown and Wilman (The Beast – per my two kids) Conde.
Looking forward to the Superdraft in January – my three guesses for the Fire’s first round pick are; Matt Kassel - an extremely talented midfielder from MARYLAND, Michael Farfan – another standout midfielder who played for UNC, or, Colin Rolfe – a junior forward who led LOUISVILLE into a title game this season in NCAA soccer. My money is on Rolfe, an attacker who creates scoring opportunities…we need a strong presence up front to help Pappa and Nyarko.
It looks as though the Galaxy may have a spot for Angel if Edson Buddle’s training stint with English Premier League team Birmingham works out. He’s currently getting a loog to see if he can add life to their offense. I hate see talented American players moving overseas to play…I truly believe that MLS is becoming a premier league equal to those across the Atlantic!
So, 2022 World Cup in Qatar, <sigh>…..
Now FIFA is talking about that Cup being held in the winter due to the extreme heat…this all could have been avoided had FIFA chosen better…like say, the USA! Should be interesting, this decision could affect the World Cup locations in the future.
The US and some of our coalition partners have suffered loss of life here in Afghanistan since my last posting…I am always thankful for the days when we do not receive word of losses. I am also very mindful of the losses our Afghan partners suffer, at a very high frequency.
Overall, we are making big strides in helping to develop a military and national Police Force here. We are moving very rapidly, building infra-structure along with capabilities and a sustainable force. I spent two days this past week in a joint conference between the Afghan National Police and our coalition. We split into joint working groups to help restructure recruiting and training of the police force. Working through the different mindsets is one of the harder tasks. At the end of the two days, all of us had a much better appreciation for our partners…and I am continually encouraged that we are making a real difference!
We have a ways to go…but each week that passes, we accomplish more, build better relationships with our Afghan partners and knock out pieces of work that needs to be done. I have to remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. We will endure and achieve!
I want to close with thoughts of Christmas. I hope that everyone back home is enjoying this time of year…be thankful for all that we have as Americans.
So, from Kabul, Proud to serve…and, GO FIRE!!!