Saturday, April 7, 2007

Kickoff 2007:Player Hypes

As MLS is kicking off its 12th season, there is hype around 3 Red Bulls players: Clint Mathis, Jozy Altidore, and Claudio Reyna.

Clint Mathis may not be starting tonight but has shedded 13 pounds in an effort to get back into shape and regain his early career form. The NY Post has an interesting article regarding the matter and Clint's return here.

Josmer (Jozy) Altidore is ready to take the starting spot up a 17 year old. During MLS' preview, two interesting spots featured Jozy. The first showed the expected top players for MLS this season featuring Jozy and showed his beautiful long distance goal from last season. The second was a cartoon commercial by adidas that started with a player getting ready to kick the ball saying that he kicked the ball too hard and showing the cartoon Altidore carrying a large ball on his back. They pan out to show the 17 year old with a smile on his face.

Finally, Claudio Reyna. One of the biggest signings for the league in the offseason, Reyna is poised to take control of the Red Bulls. The captain was featured as one of the top stories of the offseason along with Beckham, Adu to RSL, and Blanco. As long as his knees can hold up, I think Reyna will live up to all the hype.

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