The World Football Challenge, in which luminaries like Real Madrid and Manchester United visited for a round of MLS friendlies, was particularly brutal for the U.S., whose teams went 0--6. Meanwhile, in an unrelated friendly last week, Man U whipped Seattle 7--0, leading Sounders coach Sigi Schmid to apologize to fans.
"YOU KNOW [HE'S] NO GOOD"
The Nats' successful—by their standards—season has little to do with off-season pickup Jayson Werth, who's hitting .172 with only three HRs and a paltry .303 OBP in 45 games since June 1. The worst part? Washington still owes him $112 million over the next six seasons.
The flailing Red Bulls are winless (0-2-7) in their last nine away from New York; goal-scoring has dried up—only Thierry Henry and Juan Agudelo have netted over the last four games; and costly new German keeper Frank Rost was lit up in his second outing, a 4--1 loss to Colorado.
UPTON THE ELDER
Trade rumors—Giants? Indians? Nats?—continue to swirl around B.J., who since July 10 is hitting .186 with no HRs and a .222 OBP for the Rays. Says the soon-to-be-27-year-old of possibly being dealt, "If that's what they want to do, that's up to them. It's totally out of my hands."