Shalrie Joseph was such a great player for so very long in Major League Soccer. Truly, the proud Grenadian was the heart and soul of those New England Revolution teams that came so close to MLS Cup glory through the last decade. And he was the gold standard of MLS holding midfielders for much of that decade.
So it was so unbelievable – bordering on the surreal, really – that Joseph was such an epic winless skid.
Prior to Saturday’s win in Colorado, Joseph had gone since July of 2012, tracing back 23 matches and two changes of address, since his most recent MLS victory.
The Sounders 1-0 win outside Denver on Saturday snapped a personal 0-16-7 winless streak. He never participated in a win at Chivas USA after last season’s big trade out of New England. And the Sounders were winless this year until Saturday, the league’s last winless team, in fact.
7. United States — Hosting is a big deal, and Jurgen Klinsmann seems ready to take a more orthodox approach to his lineups. The Yanks will run more than a few teams ragged, depending on how the chips fall.
6. Uruguay — Navigating the absence of Luis Suarez, which could last the group stage or longer, knocks them down a peg.
5. Mexico — It’s another golden generation for El Tri, and it’s not far-fetched to imagine Mexico makes a run at everything.
4. Colombia — James Rodriguez goes back to being the focal point of an attack, and will remind us just how good he is while under the spotlight.
3. Chile — Repeating is hard, and Chile had a lot of home cooking good fortune in its hosted run to a first title.
2. Brazil — No the side won’t be fully loaded, but Dunga has shown he knows how to run a side with or without Neymar.
Argentina — This could be Lionel Messi’s year to lift hardware for club and country.
Ferdinand, 37, made 455 appearances for United in a 19-year career that included stops at West Ham, QPR, Bournemouth and Leeds.
He says Mourinho will be a motivated and dangerous boss when he takes control in place of fired manager Louis Van Gaal.
“After his recent unsuccessful time at Chelsea in the final year, I can assure you this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment. Jose went from winning the League Cup & Premier League to a season of disappointment at Chelsea and I am certain he will want to restore all of that very quickly.”