In a follow up to the news that came out last night regarding Lance Armstrong and him giving up his battle against the USADA, Sporting's CEO, Robb Heineman made a statement today.
Here is Robb's statement: "The naming rights partnership between our stadium and LIVESTRONG provides an opportunity to spread health and wellness messages that emphasizes the spirit of cancer survivorship. LIVESTRONG's focus is the fight against cancer and the support of 28 million people around the world affected by this disease, and we believe strongly in this mission. The statements made last night by the Lance Armstrong Foundation speak for themselves: moving forward and continuing the fight against this horrible disease."
Pretty much what I said last night, Heineman is focusing on the organization LIVESTRONG, not the person who is the main face of the organization, Armstrong. Anyone that was expecting something more dramatic from the team on this was kidding themselves. Especially since there is a growing number of sponsors of the LIVESTRONG organization AND Armstrong that are standing behind both of them during this time. The largest of which are Nike and Anheuser-Busch. So Sporting is definitely not alone in their stance at this time.
Could that stance change? Certainly, there's plenty of time for it to change. If the USADA makes their findings public on the reasons they are banning him for life and vacating his Tour de France titles things can certainly change, but at this time there is no reason for Sporting to make any changes.
Espinoza to Miss World Cup Qualifier due to Red Card
Roger Espinoza had a fantastic final game of the Olympics against Brazil, scoring a goal, assisting on another, being the best player on the field that including a player worth a possible $70+ million transfer, and getting a standing ovation from the neutral crowd in Newcastle. The red card that brought about the standing ovation will cost Espinoza though. Even though the card came in a under 23 tournament, Espinoza will miss his country's next World Cup qualifier on September 7th in Cuba. Espinoza will be a big loss for Honduras but he'll be able to come back 4 days later when they play Cuba again in Honduras.
In other Espinoza news, all is quiet lately on the transfer front for Espinoza. There's been no recent rumors or world that I've found on Espinoza and a potential move abroad. That's not to say that KC hasn't gotten any offers for the midfielder, but that the team has turned them down and there's been little made public from the other club or foreign tabloids that deal more with transfer rumors. With it a week until the European transfer deadline things could still change, but as of right now Espinoza is still a Sporting KC player.