Top 5, 07.03: More Copa, More Chicago, Might Drew Moor

Am I the only one who will be happy when the Copa America stops distracting me from my (alleged) duties?

- I've already weighed in on the Copa - and the Men's National Team - twice now (original and addendum), but wanted to flag a few more items of note: Soccer America turned in a righteous grumble about that little bit of something missing that undermined the U.S. yesterday; I thought Luis Bueno had some good things to say as well; saving the best for last, it's always fun to read what commenters send in to Luis Arroyave's open-ended, post-game questions. Enjoy or suffer as the spirit moves you.

- Knowing that, despite appearances, Frankie Hejduk will slow down - and therefore become totally useless - eventually, I'm heartened by what I'm reading about Drew Moor's performance against Paraguay. He got good notice here and there, along with a decent rating (better than Jonathan Bornstein's anyway) from Jeff Carlisle.

- All y'all have heard word of a potential sale of the Chicago Fire by now - and the Daily Southtown provided a solid write-up for those who haven't - but the most interesting item in that same article? "The report also stated that interim coach Denis Hamlett would remain head coach of the team, and that former Fire marketing director Steve Pastorino would become the new team president, replacing John Guppy."

- The Facundo Erpen for Greg Vanney deal hardly enjoyed universal comprehension on either side. Perhaps Steve Goff's Tom Soehn quote sheet should clarify at least one side of that.

- As noted on The Offside Rules, MLS Direct Kick will be free to all tomorrow....GOD BLESS AMERICA!! (And do note the wonderful nickname that site gave to the package).

Finally, I'm going to lay off for the next couple of days. Happy 4th to all y'all. Talk at you Friday.


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