Observations: June 15, 2012

Written by Ian Thomson

It’s been a busy week with Euro 2012 getting under way. Here’s a few articles that caught TSO’s attention:

— Washington Post’s Paul Tenorio looks at failing youth development in Major League Soccer

— Bridgeview, Ill. taxpayers are taking a hit for Chicago Fire’s Toyota Park

— Dave Zeitlin on Ray Gaddis’ path from Reading United to Philadelphia Union

— John Molinaro’s gentlemanly anecdotes on former Toronto F.C. Head Coach Aron Winter

— An old one but a good one: The 12 most annoying football cliches, by Soccerlens

— MLS to “use predictive analytics and data mining to better understand what fans want.” What? Be afraid.

— And, finally, Rangers fan Alex Anderson writes in When Saturday Comes of a new low as the 140-year-old club is liquidated