United London F.C. claims to be the world’s only managerless club...
"The fans have more input than, say, at Real Madrid. Zidane isn't going to ask you if Ronaldo should be starting or not."
-- New Jersey teenager John Frusciante, who is one of more than 2,000 soccer fans who vote on United London's starting lineup each week, on the difference between the situation the manager-less English non-league club and Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo. (New York Times)
Nice work Dad...
"Listen, I've got an 8-month-old at home. Diapers are expensive. I wish I was getting the benefits of AARP right now. But I think they probably realized I might have a little time left in me, this old guy."
-- The 34-year-old un-retired Landon Donovan, who scored in the Galaxy's 2-2 tie at Kansas City after being greeted with jeers from K.C. fans shouting "AARP" -- the American Association of Retired Persons. (MLSSoccer.com)
ROI for MLS Clubs...
"I'm feeling a lot of ownership pressure to ensure that investment will start paying off."
-- MLS Commissioner Don Garber on the "north of $50 million a year" MLS clubs are spending on player development but not getting back in terms of signing players to first-team contracts. He was responding to FC Dallas academy star Weston McKennie signing with Schalke 04. (SI.com)
Old-school athlete from a different era...
"There's no arrogance to her. She would not call a team that defeated her a collection of cowards. There are so many things about her that are genuinely good and nice. She's just a very old-school athlete that loves her family, loves her teams and her coaches, and isn't this incredibly irritating social media presence. It's almost like she is from a different era."
-- Longtime North Carolina women's coach Anson Dorrance on one of his many former stars, Heather O'Reilly, who will play her last game for the national team on Thursday. (ESPNW)
It's pretty cool...
"So obviously he's been gone for quite a while, coming back is not going to be easy for him, but with the experience of Bruce Arena at the Galaxy I'm sure that they're going to time him the right way and build him the right way towards the playoffs."
-- U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who says "it's pretty cool" that Landon Donovan has come out of retirement with the Galaxy. (Facebook @JuergenKlinsmann)