GOP lawmakers demand session on casino slot pacts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleA spokesman for Schwarzenegger, who also has the power to reconvene lawmakers, said Saturday the governor has ruled nothing out. Administration spokesman Darrel Ng declined to comment on the letter but said Schwarzenegger wants the half-dozen compacts signed as soon as possible. “Should the governor decide to recall the Legislature, he will make an announcement,” Ng said. Opponents said they were outraged that lawmakers could be recalled to consider the issue. “Does this (GOP) letter truly represent the soul of the California Republican Party? If so, it appears one of our two major political parties has sold its soul for gambling money,” said Fred Jones, an attorney for the California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion. The governor had hoped the pacts would allow him to tout their boost to government revenue during his gubernatorial campaign against Democratic challenger Phil Angelides. But the deals were blocked by Democratic majority leaders, who refused to act without more in-depth scrutiny. Repeated attempts to reach Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland, were unsuccessful Saturday. Assembly leader Fabian Nu¤ez, D-Los Angeles, also could not be reached immediately for comment. Administration officials have dismissed Democratic leaders’ claims that the pacts were given to the Legislature at the last minute and have hinted at a special session by saying they would press for action anyway. Republican lawmakers accused Democrats of serving labor groups that want Indian gaming casino workers unionized – an assertion discounted by Perata. Schwarzenegger, who once opposed unlimited expansion of gambling on American Indian lands, has signed deals with several tribes that would allow them to install tens of thousands of new slot machines. The latest of the state gambling compacts included agreements that would allow the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation to install up to 3,000 new slot machines at its El Cajon casino and resort, and the Yurok Tribe to install the first 99 slot machines on its reservation in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. The administration previously announced deals allowing three other tribes to increase the number of slots they operate from 2,000 to 7,500 each. sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com (916) 447-9302160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Republican lawmakers demanded Saturday that the Legislature reconvene to reconsider Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts to give Indian casinos in California nearly 20,000 new slot machines. The deals, given to the Legislature in the waning hours of the session last month, were rejected by Democratic leaders of both houses, who said more study is needed before a legislative vote. But in a letter to Democratic leaders of the Senate and Assembly, Senate GOP leader Dick Ackerman and Assembly GOP leader George Plescia said the compacts “are too important to our state’s economic well-being and the prosperity of communities across California to wait until the Legislature reconvenes (next year).” The GOP leaders said they also want to address woes afflicting California’s horse-racing industry. last_img read more

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Lightning strike leaves Verizon users off hook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeThe phone outage caused an unspecified number of Verizon customers to lose wireless, land line and high-speed Internet service in a vast region from the Victor Valley to Mono County. The outage caused intermittent communications problems at the Lancaster sheriff’s station Wednesday morning. Lancaster’s 911 emergency calls were rerouted to other areas. Verizon spokesman Jon Davies said he was unable to estimate when the outage would be fixed. He said Southern California Edison had to repair structural damage to the power line before the fiber optic cable could be fixed. He said wireless customers were affected by the outage because their calls are transmitted from satellite towers to Verizon’s fiber optic network, as is the company’s DSL service. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com LANCASTER – Can you hear me now? Verizon customers in Lancaster were left asking that question after a power line in rural San Bernardino County shared by the communications company and Southern California Edison was damaged by lightning shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday. The power line in El Mirage near Victorville carried Verizon’s fiber optic cable. In the Antelope Valley, 2,880 customers lost power briefly and 623 were without electricity until 3 p.m. Also, about 115,000 Southern California Edison customers, mostly residents of coastal regions, lost power for parts of the day. (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Raheem Sterling releases statement after Joe Gomez bust-up leads to England axe

first_img Getty Images England boss Southgate said: “We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday.“One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team.“Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw. My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken.“Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night.” Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week…Scunthorpe vs Sunderland (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southend vs AFC Wimbledon (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Montenegro (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Rochdale (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Azerbaijan vs Wales (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT 2Tranmere vs Wycombe (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Kosovo vs England (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Sterling is one of England’s key men but won’t play any part this week Raheem Sterling admitted “emotions got the better of me” following an extraordinary bust-up with Joe Gomez which has cost him his England place.The Manchester City forward has been axed for his country’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday after an altercation with the Liverpool defender at St George’s Park on Monday. GETTY Images – Getty 2 According to the Times, Southgate initially told Sterling he would have to leave the squad, before changing his mind and contacting the Man City forward as he was driving home.Sterling issued an apology in the early hours of Tuesday morning, while insisting he had cleared the air with Gomez and everybody had moved on from the incident.It read: “First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me. Everyone knows that I am not that way inclined and more to the point.“Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on.“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.“We move this is why we play this sport because of our love for it.“Me and @JoeGomez5 are good, we both understand it was a 5-10 second thing, it’s done we move forward and not make this bigger than it is.“Let’s get focus on our game on Thursday.”Sterling has been in exceptional form for England, scoring eight goals and providing five assists during Euro 2020 qualification.Gomez, who was introduced as an 87th-minute substitute on Sunday, won the last of his seven England senior caps in the Nations League third-place play-off against Switzerland in June.The pair were both back in training on Tuesday but, according to former England defender Michael Gray, Sterling should have faced a stronger punishment for his altercation with Gomez and been sent home from camp.“Raheem Sterling hasn’t been sent home and I find that a problem,” Gray said.“He’s going to be around the squad anyway. What are they going to do? Lock his door and keep him away from everybody? He’s going to be there and be involved with the squad.center_img The duo had clashed during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Man City on Sunday and tensions boiled over when they met up for international duty less than 24 hours later.It is understood Sterling had to be pulled away by shocked England teammates after confronting and squaring up to Gomez in a private team area at their training base.A statement from the Football Association later confirmed an incident had occurred and that Gareth Southgate had subsquently decided not to consider Sterling for this week’s clash at Wembley.The statement from the FA read: “The FA can confirm Raheem Sterling will not be considered for Thursday’s EURO 2020 qualifier against Montenegro as a result of a disturbance in a private team area at St. George’s Park today. He will remain with the squad.”It is a remarkable situation and will no doubt dominate the build-up to to the game against Montenegro – live on talkSPORT this Thursday – which not only offers the chance to seal progress but is England’s 1,000th international fixture. 2 Sterling and Gomez had an angry exchange during Liverpool’s win over Man City LIVE on talkSPORT Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:48Loaded: 9.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Michael Gray says keeping Raheem Sterling with the England squad if he won’t play is wrong“If you’re going to punish him then you don’t play him Thursday or Sunday. You should send him home so he’s not part of the squad.“Then he’s got four or five days to himself to think, ‘what did I say, should I have done that, was it the wrong approach, what will Gareth Southgate think of me, what will the rest of my team-mates think of me?’ All those things go through your mind.“To say to him you’re not playing but to keep him within in the squad, the problem has not gone, the problem is still on your door step. The two players are still there in the same squad.“It smells of something, that, for me.”last_img read more

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Top 5 Things To Do When You Receive an EEOC Charge of Discrimination

first_img3. Preserve Evidence. 5. Contact Labor and Employment Counsel. The pre-cursor to many employment related lawsuits is the filing of a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Navigating the EEOC can be a confusing and daunting process. Here are five tips regarding what to when you receive a charge: If the employee who filed the charge still works for the employer, the impulse may be to pull the employee into the office and chastise him or her, or simply ask, “why did you do this?!” Don’t! Filing a charge of discrimination is considered “protected activity” which means you can’t take any adverse action against the employee for filing the charge. Address the issues in the charge with the EEOC directly, not the employee who filed the charge. The filing of a charge is a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit. What happens at the charge stage will have implications should a lawsuit follow. Therefore, it is important to contact labor and employment counsel to make sure that you’re placed in the best position possible to defend a lawsuit. 1. Don’t Ignore It! 2. Don’t Retaliate! 4. Make a Witness List. Defending the charge will likely require interviewing employees. Make an initial list of employees who may have information on the allegations. Make sure to identify which employees are and are not part of management. Also, make sure to identify which employees are and are not currently with the employer. If they’re not currently with the employer, make sure that your last known contact information is up to date. Unlike a lawsuit, you will not be “formally served” with a charge. It will arrive via certified mail, in a regular envelope. It looks innocent enough. It is very important to read all of the materials provided by the EEOC. The actual “charge” will provide the details of the employee’s claims. The EEOC, however, provides additional information that is also important. You will have an opportunity to respond to the charge by filing a Statement of Position. The deadline for the Statement of Position will be contained in the materials. Many times, the EEOC will ask that you provide specific information in the Statement of Position. Those requests will be in the materials as well. Ignoring the charge will not make it go away. Failure to respond may result in prejudice to the employer, so make sure to take it seriously! It’s likely there will be emails and other materials that will assist in defending the charge. Make sure to preserve all evidence. This includes documents, emails, social media postings and anything else that may provide information on the allegations in the charge. This will also assist in what will likely be a lawsuit to follow.last_img read more

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Ashes: Lord’s failure spurred me on, says England’s James Anderson

first_imgBowling 33 overs without success in England’s second test defeat by Australia at Lord’s knocked the confidence of paceman James Anderson who returned to form with a bang on Wednesday.Anderson’s six for 47 helped dismiss the tourists for 136 on the first day of the third test at Edgbaston with England closing on 133-3 in reply to regain the momentum in an evenly-poised Ashes series.”We thought it looked a good pitch, we were not expecting anywhere near the amount of seam movement early on. It was fortunate for us and the conditions we had throughout the day, with a bit of rain around, played into our hands,” Anderson said.Also read: England on top after Anderson six-for in 3rd Ashes TestMichael Clarke’s decision to bat with plenty of cloud cover spectacularly backfired as England’s fast bowlers had Australia on the rack. Anderson, finding plenty of seam movement and swing, ran amok after lunch with four wickets in 19 balls and said bowling badly at Lord’s where Australia leveled the series had forced him to make adjustments.England’s leading wicket taker in Tests said working with bowling coach Ottis Gibson had paid dividends.”It really helped, especially after a game when you don’t get any wickets.”It was good to do some work with him and get some rewards out on the field. It was technical stuff — he thought I was just putting the ball there during the Lord’s game so I’ve worked on finishing my action a bit more.”After getting no wickets the confidence takes a bit of a hit. It made me more determined to bowl better and get wickets. I knew I could bowl better than I did at Lord’s.”advertisementAustralia opener Chris Rogers was the only tourist to get to grips with the pitch, hitting a battling half-century.”You get conditions like this and he (Anderson) comes into his own,” said Rogers, who was passed fit to play after recovering from dizzy spells he felt while batting at Lord’s.”It was one of those innings you had to fight for everything. Tough conditions… didn’t expect as hard as they were.”Cloud came over, it swung and seamed. I managed to get through and the others got some good balls and we probably played some disappointing shots.”Rogers said Australia could not afford to let England build a decent lead.”We need to restrict England here and when we get a chance we need to get in front of them to a point where we can put a lot of pressure on them in the fourth innings.”last_img read more

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Madras High Court issues notice to BCCI on CSK plea

first_imgMadras High Court today issued notice to BCCI on a petition by Chennai Super Kings challenging the order of Justice Lodha Committee suspending it from the Indian Premier League over the 2013 betting scam involving its top official Gurunath Meiyappan.A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T S Sivagnanam, also allowed Cricket Association of Bihar, on whose plea the Supreme Court had directed probe in IPL-6 betting and spot fixing scandal, to implead in the case.The court adjourned the hearing to next Thursday.Also read: CSK move court against Lodha committee verdict In its petition, city-based Indian Cements Ltd, owner of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), also sought a stay on the committee’s last month order.It contended that the committee’s order was against fundamental principles of natural justice and a fair hearing.Dhoni-led CSK and Rajasthan Royals were on July 14 suspended for two years from the League following the 2013 betting scam involving their top officials Meiyappan and Raj Kundra.Also read: Save CSK campaign, Fans show support by signing petition  Son-in-law of the then BCCI chief N Srinivasan, Meiyappan, a former Team Principal of CSK, and Kundra, co-owner of Jaipur IPL that runs Rajasthan Royals (RR), were suspended for life from any matches conducted by BCCI.The punishments were handed down by a three-member panel headed by former CJI R M Lodha which was asked by the Supreme Court to decide the quantum of punishments after finding them guilty of betting.India Cements, in its petition, had contended that imposing punishment on the franchise (CSK) without going into the charges or the offence committed was against the principles of natural justice and a fair hearing.advertisementIt said refusal of Justice Lodha committee to enter into the dispute of whether India Cements was guilty of violating clause 4.1.1.of IPL operation rules had led to “grave miscarriage of justice”.While referring to the Supreme Court order in January last, the petition said “Gurunath Meiyappan had been (found) guilty of betting but not spot fixing, match fixing or misuse of inside information…Meiyappaan never had shares in India Cements nor was he is in the management of the company.”The judges adjourned the case for further hearing to August 27.last_img read more

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Australian media an extension of team support staff: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgTaking a dig at the Australian media, former India cricket captain and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday said they should not be paid much attention as they are an extension of the team support staff. (‘Disappointed’ Steve Smith tags Virat Kohli’s comments as ‘completely wrong and rubbish’)Also Watch: Can Virat Kohli’s India maintain winning momentum vs Australia”We should not bother too much about the Australian media and what they write as they are an extension of their cricket team’s support staff. The focus now should shift to cricket from off-the-field issues,” Gavaskar told NDTV on the eve of the third Test. (Kohli, Ashwin behind India’s sensational home season)On the Decision Review System (DRS) controversy that took centre-stage after the second Test in Bengaluru when Smith asked his teammates sitting in the dressing room balcony to help him in a leg before decision, Gavaskar said it was time, cricket became the focus. (Virat Kohli willing to put DRS controversy behind him)”Neither India captain Virat Kohli nor his Australian counterpart Steve Smith have said anything about the issue in between the second and the third Tests. Both captains had their say on the last day of the Bengaluru Test and now they have spoken ahead of the third Test,” said the 67-year-old. (Clarke happy India, Australia resolved DRS controversy)”Nobody spoke anything in between about it but the media, otherwise there was nothing between them (Kohli and Smith). It is time look at cricket now. A lot of good cricket that was played in the first two Tests has been swept away because of this one incident.” (Test of maturity for Kohli and Smith in Ranchi)advertisementGavaskar added that the banter on field should be less with the mouth and more with the game. India pace spearhead Ishant Sharma, in the second rubber, mocked Smith by making faces at him which left captain Kohli in splits. (Hope Dhoni comes to watch the Test in Ranchi: Kumble)”There should be aggression but only in terms of cricket, not otherwise. Young players tend to misunderstand while expressing aggression and tend to do it with their mouths instead of the bat and ball. Talking on the field has to be brought down and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has to take a tough stand on it,” the former India opener said. (Clarke, Ganguly expect aggressive cricket from Kohli, Smith)Gavaskar felt there is no need to change the winning combination as far as India are concerned. The hosts won the Bengaluru tie by 75 runs to level the series 1-1 after the Aussies won the first match in Pune. (Kumble says India won’t curb aggression)”They might look at playing Jayant Yadav as a third spinner but I do not think they will change the playing XI except Murali Vijay coming back into the team,” Gavaskar said.last_img read more

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HP launches new range of laptops with security features, privacy screen, prices start at Rs 95,000

first_imgHP on Wednesday announced a new range of laptops starting at Rs 95,000. There are three laptops under the HP 800 series- HP EliteBook 830 G5 at Rs 97,000, HP EliteBook 840 G5 at Rs 95,000, HP EliteBook 850 G5 at Rs 97,000 and two laptops under the Zbook series- Zbook 14U at Rs 97,000 and Zbook 15U at Rs 97,000. While the 800 series laptops are already available, the Zbook series laptops will be available April onwards.The company claims that HP ZBook 14u is the world’s thinnest mobile workstation. The device measures 17.9 mm and weighs 3.27 lbs. Company states that ZBook 14u is 28 per cent thinner than the previous generation and includes an optional 4K touch display with anti-glare technology.Both ZBook 14u and 15u feature an 8th generation Intel Core Quad Core Processors with vPro technology and AMD Radeon Pro graphics with more than 24 ISV certifications for CAD.”The game has changed and standard issued corporate devices of the past no longer meet the needs of the workforce of the future, particularly among Gen X to Gen Z professionals,” said Vickram Bedi, senior director, Personal Systems, HP India. “Our latest EliteBook and ZBook fferings set new standards for design, performance, and functionality. Whether it’s the world’s thinnest devices or the industry’s most robust security features, HP is redefining the commercial PC experience for the modern workforce.”The HP EliteBook 800 series is the first of several HP business notebooks to feature 8th generation Intel Core vPro processors, which company claims can offer up to 15 hours of battery and support HP Fast Charge that charges charge 50 percent of the battery in just 30 minutes.advertisementThe HP EliteBook 830 G5 replaces the previous HP EliteBook 820 G4 with a 13-inch screen in a 12-inch notebook profile. The HP EliteBook 840 G5 sports a 14-inch display with 8th generation Intel Core processors.Both the EliteBook 840 and the HP EliteBook 850 G5 include AMD RX540 discrete graphics for users who need greater performance for graphics-intensive workloads and collaboration applications.The new HP laptops come equipped with HP security features including HP Sure View, HP Sure Click, Window s Hello, optional privacy camera, and HP Multi-Factor Authenticate.last_img read more

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Reyna: U.S. Soccer ‘arrogant’ and ‘obnoxious’

first_imgUnited States Reyna on U.S. soccer: ‘We’re far too arrogant, far too obnoxious’ Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 08:40 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() USA Trinidad United States MLS The former USMNT captain sounded off on what he sees as serious problems with American soccer in the wake of the recent World Cup qualifying disaster NEW YORK — Compared to other high-profile names in American soccer, former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna is a man of few words. While some have become television personalities and others have gone into coaching, Reyna has taken on the role of sporting director of New York City FC, where he goes about his work in relative anonymity, seldom speaking to the media. He generally stays behind the scenes as he looks to build a championship team.It is that normally understated demeanor that made Reyna’s words even more eye opening as he sounded off on what he sees as a systemic problem in American soccer. With the stunning disappointment of the U.S. men’s national team failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 having occurred just a week earlier, Reyna didn’t mince any words.”Our approach and our behavior to the sport here — to coaching, to everything, is just wrong,” Reyna told Goal on Tuesday. “We’re far too arrogant. We’re far too obnoxious. We are egotistical having never won anything or done anything, and that’s not the case around the world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “You travel to Spain, Argentina, Germany and you run into coaches and sporting directors and there’s a humility about their work that doesn’t exist here, and that’s, for me, seeing it, is to me a big concern.”When you have a disappointment like last week, and we’ve had past disappointments as well, and we’ll have disappointments in the future, but what we need to understand that it’s for me behavioral.He added: “We have coaches who think they’re better than they are. Across the board, we just think we do things better than we really do. I mean in every way. Whether it’s broadcasting, or media, coaching, we’re just not as far along as we tell ourselves we are.”We need a little honesty, and hopefully this brought it. I think it’s far too late. I think we’ve been asleep at the wheel for a little bit too long.”Bruce Arena USAReyna enjoyed a stellar playing career, having represented teams in England, Germany and Scotland, serving as captain of several of them. That career helped expose him to a wide variety of approaches to the game. Since his retirement he has continued to work in the game, spending time working within U.S. Soccer before his move to NYCFC.What he has seen since settling back in the United States is a culture of arrogance, along with a seeming failure to learn from other countries and cultures.”We have all these countries around the world we can learn from, and you go over there and you’re not going to see different training sessions,” Reyna said. “You’re going to see good games, and poor games, like in any league across the world.”But the one thing that we haven’t realized, I think, when we have our American soccer people go abroad to learn, I don’t think they see the behaviors of the people and how they coach in their day-to-day work. That’s the shake-up I hope people realize more than anything.”You go to a U-14 and U-15 coach in Spain, and they are 10 times more humble than a U-14 or U-15 coach in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York, who thinks they’re the next Pep Guardiola or Patrick Vieira.”Until we realize that  — that we’re not as good as we think we are at all levels — then I think we’re going to continue being what we are, which is mediocre.”Claudio Reyna NYCFC 01202017While the game of soccer has grown in many ways in the United States, Reyna believes that the sport hasn’t necessarily improved along with that growth.”What I think has happened in the past 10 years is we’re confusing investment, expansion, growth, (U.S. Development Academy), and all these other things with progress,” Reyna said. “All these things have sort of created a feeling that we’re progressing, but I call it expanding, growth and more fans.”From the general growth side it’s happening, but are we really progressing? When I look around at certain levels I don’t see progress happening.”Reyna isn’t the first former USMNT standout to speak out in the wake of the national team’s shocking failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but he’s hopeful that an increased dialogue will lead to some real changes.”I remember the great Johan Cruyff would say something about Dutch football, or Franz Beckenbauer in Germany, and when other big players and coaches spoke out and were honest, it shook things up and make people ask, ‘How are we teaching the game to our youth? How are we playing the game? What’s the competition like?'”We don’t have those kind of serious discussions here. We just seem to talk, but never really make any significant changes.”Claudio Reyna PSThe U.S. team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup has led to a serious backlash, and raised real questions about the state of the game, and how to improve.”People are sitting together and thinking about strategies and how we’re going to get better,” Reyna said. “We need a little humility and modesty at the table. Unfortunately we have a little too much ‘Mr. I Know Everything’, ‘Mr. Arrogance’, ‘Mr. Obnoxious’, ‘Mr. Loud’, and when those get together nothing happens.”As harsh as Reyna’s comments may sound, he also sees positives in the state of American soccer, particularly the quality of talent being developed, such as the standouts leading the current U.S. Under-17 national team into the World Cup quarterfinals. Reyna’s youngest son, Giovanni, 14, is one of the top young prospects in the American soccer talent pipeline. “There’s good players at every age group. There’s some very good players in this country,” Reyna said. “As supporters of these players, whether it’s coaches, sporting directors, team presidents, we need to continue to push ourselves to make sure they have the best environment to develop because the talent is here. One thing I’ll never say is we don’t have good players, because we do.“There’s a lot of positives despite the disappointing result that we had last week,” Reyna said. “I think we’re all embarrassed. I’m embarrassed as a former player that I have to go around and have people make fun of us, and get texts from my friends in Europe who remind me we’ll be on [vacation] next summer.”I can laugh, but it hurts. It definitely hurts.”last_img read more

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