Well, there is big news on the WPS front with the firing of Ian Sawyers as the FC sky blue coach. Should be interesting to watch Sunday’s game as FC sky blue versus the Breakers is the match being televised on Fox soccer Channel at 6 PM.
I think I remember that Mr. Sawyers has had a reputation as a hothead. Didn’t he leave some college coaching stint in the midst of controversy? Stanford? I’m sure that Julie Foudy can hold her own with a strong-willed, temperamental, fiery dude — but isn’t she pregnant — or recently gave birth .. or something? I’ve gotta think it ain’t fun in the Foudy-Sawyers household this morning.
I’ve always been a fan of Julie but, based on little-to-no actual knowledge, always had a question or two about her taste in husbands. (Bothered me a bit that he had been her coach … I think starting back at a pretty young age … hmmm. Double checked and turns out she was 18 and he was 27 when they started seeing one another. He coached a rival club team … then was assistant coach when she went to Stanford – starting her sophomore year. Here’s a link to a 2001 SI article by Grant Wahl that does an excellent job of looking at the whole coach-player-romances gig.
Stay tuned — I’m sure there’s a lot more to this than meets the eye (especially given the fact that there’s just about nothing meeting the eye at the moment)!
I’ll do some digging as the day goes on, and will post other tidbits that catch my eye, too. I’m home from work and it’s raining — enough said!
Oh yeah – and GO CAVS!