Thursday, July 20, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 20, 2017

It's Day 201 of 2017.


The VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is headed to MLS sometime after Aug 2. This should be interesting. By Ben Shpigel for the New York Times.
  • It's official now, the time it will be used is Aug 5.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

My MNUFC Notes:
  • Game highlights. [VIDEO]
  • Clean Sheet.
  • Yeah, they got a point. But it was awful to watch. Really awful.
  • An incredibly thin roster makes things pretty rough.
  • Only 16 players dressed.
  • I hope Joe Greenspan is going to be OK. He clonked heads again and they took him out so my guess is that he failed the concussion test. That was bad looking.
  • UPDATE: Greenspan has a broken nose and probable concussion. This 3rd this season. Oh no.
  • 4 shots. That's all MN could muster. Ramirez had 1. ONE!
  • And that is despite MNUFC controlling the ball most of the game, and pressuring a lot in the 2nd half.
  • Late in the game when MN needed a goal in the worst way, and were applying healthy pressure, they really could have used another forward on the field. And guess what, they still had 1 sub left and newly acquired forward warming up. So what did the coach do... NOTHING.
  • The Loons had the opponent on the ropes but couldn't get a clean shot off for the knock out. That's when you alter your tactics and finish them off.
  • Houston was just sitting back. So not pull off a centerback and go for the win at home? 1 point does no good.
  • The Dynamo got lucky when a penalty was not called on their goal keeper Tyler Deric who mowed over Ramirez when he was charging in on goal, but the referee made no call as both players went down with a little ding. It was a stone cold PK.
  • Kadrii got hung out to dry by his coach. Yanked at halftime when he was far from the worst performers on the field. No, he wasn't good, but he wasn't bad and making mistakes constantly either. How can the coach ever find out if he is good enough when he only gets 45 minutes?
  • I will just go ahead and say it again - Molino played half-ass. Near the end he did pick it up, but for too much of the game he is just stumbling around. They paid a lot for this guy.
  • Ibson had a poor passing game too. Way to many misses per swing.
  • Good news: Jome is the best choice at left fullback until Burch is healthy. Bad news, he is not very good. But he is better than Davis and as an upgrade that is worthy of note.
  • Going back to the first half, HD had 6 very good scoring opportunities and only their ineptitude kept it scoreless.
  • AJ De La Garza of Houston saved a big MNUFC chance off the line.

Media:

Stadium Cam

Results: -Wed Jul 19
Minnesota 0-0 Houston

Schedule:
-Sat Jul 22
Minnesota v New York Red Bulls - 3pm CT on ESPN
-Sat Jul 29
Minnesota v DC - 7pm CT on My29
-Sat Aug 5
Minnesota v Seattle - 7pm CT on My29

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USMNT

El Salvador has some nasty nasty players, and I don't mean that in a Janet Jackson way. But it wasn't enough as the USA won 2-0. Match report. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.

A much better match review. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

USA coach Bruce Arena gives his appraisal of El Salvador - and says they earned red cards. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • Contains video of Arena press conference.

MY USMNT Notes:
  • Game highlights [VIDEO]
  • ES centerback Henry Romero gave Altidore a nasty nipple twister and bit him on the shoulder, in separate incidents. Unreal.
  • Turns out ES's Darwin Ceren got in on the act too, biting OGonzalez during a set piece.
  • Overall a pretty poor performance by the USA, but a win, two goals and a shutout are nothing to get worked up about.
  • Zardes made up for his bad game last Saturday with a very solid night, especially in the attack. Its not his fault that his teammates were not up for making something out of what he was creating. He did his part.
  • As the first half wore on Nagbe tried to get it going for the USA too. But like Zardes was not getting any help.
  • Bradley's service on set pieces is as good as ever, and that's quite good.
  • Lichaj made up for his horrendous errors with a crucial goal.
  • Both teams flubbed major chances in front of goal, with ES flubbing several more. It could have been a much different game.

Quarterfinal Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
USA 2-0 El Salvador - USA goals by OGonzalez + Lichaj

Semifinal Schedule:
-Sat Jul 22
USA v Costa Rica - 9pm CT on FS1
AT+T Stadium, Arlington TX

USA Roster
  • G: Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - DC United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids
  • D: Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Chelsea, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Joe Corona - Tijuana, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Chris Pontius - Philadelphia Union, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

My USMNT viewing spot in the Twin Cities is Town Hall Brewery in the Seven Corners neighborhood of Minneapolis. Look for your fellow fans in the back room.

After the Whistle - USA v El Salv post game show [VIDEO]. From MLS.

An interview with Kellyn Rowe who just completed his first run with the USA and looked good on the field. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

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Gold Cup

NOTE: If Qfinals + Sfinals are tied after 90 they go straight to Penalty Kick Shootout. In Final its 30 minutes extra time and then penalties. (Teams will also get 1 extra sub in extra time.)

Quarterfinals Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
1 Costa Rica 1-0 Panama - CR goal by Anibal Godoy(OG)
2 USA v El Salvador - USA goals by OGonzalez + Lichaj
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-Thu Jul 20
3 Mexico v Honduras - 6:30pm CT on FS1
4 Jamaica v Canada - 9:30pm CT on FS1

Semifinals Schedule:
-Sat Jul 22
5 Costa Rica v USA
-Sun Jul 23
6 Winner 3 v Winner 4

Final Schedule:
-Wed Jul 26
Winner 5 v Winner 6

-Follow the entire Gold Cup here.

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MLS

My MLS Notes:
  • 26 goals scored in 7 games on Wed night. And 2 of those 7 games combined to score 1 goal. Imagine if those two had put some numbers on the board?!?!
  • DC became the first team in MLS history to lose after leading 0-3. Oof.
  • Portland is in trouble, and RSL is turning it on. A switcheroo from early in the season.

Week 20 schedule/results:
(18 Games)
-Wed Jul 19
Montreal 2-1 Philadelphia
New York Red Bulls 5-1 San Jose
New York City 2-2 Toronto
Minnesota 0-0 Houston
LA 0-1 Vancouver
Portland 1-4 Salt Lake
Seattle 4-3 DC
-Fri Jul 21
Orlando v Atlanta - 6pm CT on ESPN
-Sat Jul 22
New York City v Chicago
Minnesota v New York Red Bulls - 3pm CT on ESPN
DC v Houston
Toronto v Colorado
Columbus v Philadelphia
Montreal v Dallas
New England v LA
Salt Lake v Kansas City
-Sun Jul 23
Vancouver v Portland - 5:30pm CT on FS1
Seattle v San Jose

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LIGA MX

Schedule:
-Fri Jul 21
Morelia v v Monterrey
Tijuana v Cruz Azul
-Sat Jul 22
Lobos BUAP v Santos Laguna
Tigres UANL v Puebla
Leon v Atlas
America v Queretaro
Guadalajara v Toluca
-Sun Jul 23
Pumas UNAM v Pachuca
Veracruz v Necaxa

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The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 19, 2017

It's Day 200 of 2017.


Why are there 7 MLS games tonight when the USMNT is playing in the Quarterfinals of the Gold Cup?
  • And 8 more MLS games on Saturday that would conflict with a Semifinal game if the USMNT advances.
  • I am not searching for an answer here. We all know why. I just get frustrated some times and lash out facetiously.

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My latest column for 1500ESPN: Mid-season roster changes are happening for Minnesota United, and I answer your soccer questions.

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Dortmund beat AC Milan 3-1 is a preseason friendly last night. Christian Pulisic got the assist on the 1st and 3rd and drew the penalty for the 2nd. Video highlights. The 18 year old is off to a good start for 2017/18.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

A very important run of 4 home games will be crucial to the rest of the season. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Houston is DESPERATE for a road win. Like MN they have none this season. Tonight is huge for them too, and they have serious playoff aspirations.
  • But they are missing four key attackers, Erick Torres with Mexico, and Romell Quioto, Alberth Elis + Boniek Garcia who are with Honduras, at the Gold Cup.

MNUFC could/will be missing tonight:
  • At Gold Cup - Calvo, JVenegas, Taylor
  • Potentially injured - Schuller, KVenegas, Danladi, Kallman, Molino
  • Out injured - Burch, Anor, De Villardi
  • Being released by team - Alvbage, Demidov
  • Don't have international clearance - Boxall, Nicholson
  • That leaves 14 players on the roster and not a whole lot of depth for tonight.

Stadium Cam

Schedule (4 more in a row at home):
-Wed Jul 19
Minnesota v Houston 0 7:00pm CT on My29
-Sat Jul 22
Minnesota v New York Red Bulls - 3pm CT on ESPN
-Sat Jul 29
Minnesota v DC - 7pm CT on My29
-Sat Aug 5
Minnesota v Seattle - 7pm CT on My29

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Scumbag Dean Johnson who drove Minnesota Thunder into the ground is at it again, this time in Poland. By Wes Burdine for Fifty Five One.

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USMNT

Quarterfinal Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
USA v El Salvador - 8pm CT on FS1
Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia

Reminder: If tonight's game ends tied after 90 min the game will go directly to PKs.

A little bit on the opponent El Salvador. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.
  • This team doesn't just sit back and counter attack, they go for it.

The US coach sees El Salvador as an improving team. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

Altidore + Dempsey are key to the machine. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

Does winning Gold Cup actually matter? To the US insiders it does. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

USA Roster
  • G: Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - DC United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids
  • D: Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Chelsea, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Joe Corona - Tijuana, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Chris Pontius - Philadelphia Union, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

El Salvador Roster (have not announced any roster changes yet)
  • G: Oscar Arroyo - Alianza, Derby Carrillo - IBV, Benji Villalobos - Aguila
  • D: Roberto Dominguez - Santa Tecla, Alexander Larin - Alianza, Ivan Mancia - Alianza, Ruben Marroquin - Alianza, Milton Molina - Isidro Metapan, Henry Romero - Alianza, Bryan Tamacas - Santa Tecla
  • M: Junior Burgos - Reno 1868, Darwin Ceren - San Jose Earthquakes, Oscar Ceren - Alianza, Andres Flores - New York Cosmos, Victor Garcia - Aguila, Gerson Mayen - Santa Tecla, Richard Menjivar - New York Cosmos, Narciso Orellana - Alianza, Denis Pineda - Santa Clara, Edwin Sanchez - Aguila
  • F: Harold Alas - Santa Tecla, Nelson Bonilla - Nacional, Rodolfo Zelaya - Alianza

My USMNT viewing spot in the Twin Cities is Town Hall Brewery in the Seven Corners neighborhood of Minneapolis. Look for your fellow fans in the back room.

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Gold Cup

Quarterfinals Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
1 Costa Rica v Panama - 5:00pm CT on FS1
2 USA v El Salvador - 8:00pm CT on FS1
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-Thu Jul 20
3 Mexico v Honduras - 6:30pm CT on FS1
4 Jamaica v Canada - 9:30pm CT on FS1

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MLS

An interesting look behind the Seattle acquisition of Nicolas Lodeiro, including interviews with all the involved parties. By Kyle McCarthy for the Seattle Sounders magazine The Ninety.

Based on where last season ended Montreal was expecting big things this year. That hasn't happened. And its all on the line now as the 2nd half begins. By Stu Cowan for the Montreal Gazette.

Week 20 schedule/results:
(18 Games)
-Wed Jul 19
Montreal v Philadelphia
New York Red Bulls v San Jose
New York City v Toronto
Minnesota v Houston
LA v Vancouver
Portland v Salt Lake
Seattle v DC
-Fri Jul 21
Orlando v Atlanta - 6pm CT on ESPN
-Sat Jul 22
New York City v Chicago
Minnesota v New York Red Bulls - 3pm CT on ESPN
DC v Houston
Toronto v Colorado
Columbus v Philadelphia
Montreal v Dallas
New England v LA
Salt Lake v Kansas City
-Sun Jul 23
Vancouver v Portland - 5:30pm CT on FS1
Seattle v San Jose

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Crumbs: du Nord Music Mix Vol 130 (download + extract)

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The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 18, 2017

It's Day 199 of 2017.


My latest column for 1500ESPN: Mid-season roster changes are happening for Minnesota United, and I answer your soccer questions.

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A Twitter feed remembering the summer of 1967 in Detroit when riots broke out. This feed from the Detroit Free Press daily newspaper will show day-by-day how they covered the events.

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Another FIFA creep ends up in handcuffs, this one for financial skull-duggery. And he's the Spanish federation president and FIFA VP. By Raphael Minder for the New York Times.

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USMNT

USA preps for the Salvadorans in Philadelphia. By Jonathan Tannenwald for Philly.com.

How deep does the talent run in the USMNT player pool. By Steve Davis for Four Four Two.

Quarterfinal Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
USA v El Salvador - 8pm CT on FS1
Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia

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Gold Cup

A discussion of the two top teams at this tournament - Mexico and USA. By Jeff Carlisle and Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

Word has it that Mexican team owners blocked any changes to the Gold Cup roster, denying coach Juan Carlos Osorio's requests.

Sorting through the 8 Quarterfinalists. By Avi Creditor for Sports Illustrated.

NOTE: If Qfinals + Sfinals are tied after 90 they go straight to Penalty Kick Shootout. In Final its 30 minutes extra time and then penalties. (Teams will also get 1 extra sub in extra time.)

Quarterfinals Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
1 Costa Rica v Panama - 5:00pm CT on FS1
2 USA v El Salvador - 8:00pm CT on FS1
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-Thu Jul 20
3 Mexico v Honduras - 6:30pm CT on FS1
4 Jamaica v Canada - 9:30pm CT on FS1

-Follow the entire Gold Cup here.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

MNUFC trying to get Vadim Demidov off their roster and payroll. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Injured list: KVenegas, JVenegas, Danladi, Alvbage, Schuller, Burch.
  • Kallman and Molino trained with the regulars today.
  • With Calvo and Taylor still away for the Gold Cup, that leaves a very thin team with 2 games coming up this week.

Minn United's Special Olympics Unified team takes the field for the first time tomorrow night against Houston Dynamo Unified team. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.

Stadium Cam

Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
Minnesota v Houston 0 7:00pm CT on My29
-Sat Jul 22
Minnesota v New York Red Bulls - 3pm CT on ESPN

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MLS

Atlanta's Julian Gressel has been one of the league's biggest surprises in the first half of the season. Who is he? By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.

Week 20 schedule/results:
(First 7 of 18 Games)
-Wed Jul 19
Montreal v Philadelphia
New York Red Bulls v San Jose
New York City v Toronto
Minnesota v Houston
LA v Vancouver
Portland v Salt Lake
Seattle v DC

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Jose Mourinho on Real Salt Lake: "This team played well the first 30 minutes, well-coached and good understanding of the game. Two fast wingers, good midfield. I really like the way they played. I’m sorry they have game on Wednesday and couldn’t play with best team for 90 minutes." Manchester United beat RSL 1-2 last night in Sandy UT. From the Guardian.

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  • Nemanja Vukovic of Indy Eleven named NASL Player Of The Week
  • Andressinha of Houston Dash named NWSL Player Of The Week
  • Jason Johnson of Phoenix Rising named USL Player Of The Week

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Florida based business owner Robert Palmer has bought the Jacksonville Armada. It was previously owned and run by the NASL. By Clayton Freeman for the Florida Times Union.

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The Bird Is The Word

Monday, July 17, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 17, 2017

It's Day 198 of 2017.


My newest column for 1500ESPN: Roster changes are underway for Minnesota United, and I provide answers to your most burning soccer (and more) questions.

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Johan Venegas of Minnesota United was released by the Costa Rican national team due to injury.
  • The club hasn't made any mention of this yet, so we don't know what the injury really is, or how severe.

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Bad Scheduling Conflict:
-Wed Jul 19
Minnesota United v Houston Dynamo - 7pm CT
USA v El Salvador - 8pm CT

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Let's Party!!!


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USMNT

The USA got what they needed in Game 3, a 3-0 win to advance to the knockout stage, and make them the #1 seed from their group.

They made it as hard as possible on themselves though with both Dwyer and Corona having weak penalty kicks saved. Oof!

They take on El Salvador on Wednesday.

Bruce Arena swapped out 6 players after that game, with some big games joining the roster:
  • OUT - Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe, Dom Dwyer
  • IN - Tim Howard, Jesse Gonzalez, Michael Bradley, Darlington Nagbe, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore

The who, what, and why of the USMNT roster changes. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

Gold Cup Group Stage Results:
-Sat Jul 8
USA 1-1 Panama - USA goal by Dywer.
-Wed Jul 12
USA 3-2 Martinique - USA goals by OGonzalez + Morris(2).
-Sat Jul 15
USA 3-0 Nicaragua - USA goals by Corona, Rowe + Miazga.
FristEnergy Stadium - Cleveland

Gold Cup Quarterfinal Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
USA v El Salvador - 8pm CT on FS1
Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia

USA Roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - DC United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Sean Johnson - New York City
  • D: Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Chelsea, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Joe Corona - Tijuana, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Chris Pontius - Philadelphia Union, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Kenny Saief - Gent, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Dom Dwyer - Sporting Kansas City, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

El Salvador Roster (have not announced any roster changes yet)
  • G: Oscar Arroyo - Alianza, Derby Carrillo - IBV, Benji Villalobos - Aguila
  • D: Roberto Dominguez - Santa Tecla, Alexander Larin - Alianza, Ivan Mancia - Alianza, Ruben Marroquin - Alianza, Milton Molina - Isidro Metapan, Henry Romero - Alianza, Bryan Tamacas - Santa Tecla
  • M: Junior Burgos - Reno 1868, Darwin Ceren - San Jose Earthquakes, Oscar Ceren - Alianza, Andres Flores - New York Cosmos, Victor Garcia - Aguila, Gerson Mayen - Santa Tecla, Richard Menjivar - New York Cosmos, Narciso Orellana - Alianza, Denis Pineda - Santa Clara, Edwin Sanchez - Aguila
  • F: Harold Alas - Santa Tecla, Nelson Bonilla - Nacional, Rodolfo Zelaya - Alianza

The place to watch the USMNT in the Twin Cities is Town Hall Brewery in the Seven Corners neighborhood of Minneapolis. Join the growing crowd in the back room.

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Gold Cup

NOTE: If Qfinals + Sfinals are tied after 90 they go straight to Penalty Kick Shootout. In Final its 30 minutes extra time and then Penalties. (Teams will also get 1 extra sub in extra time.)

Schedule/Results:

Group A
7 CR (+4 GD)
5 Can (+2 GD)
4 Hon (+2 GD)
0 FG (-8 GD)
Results:
-Fri Jul 14
Costa Rica 3-0 French Guiana
Canada 0-0 Honduras

Group B
7 USA (+4 GD) (7 GS)
7 Pan (+4 GD) (6 GS)
3 Mar (-2 GD)
0 Nic (-6 GD)
Results:
-Sat Jul 15
Panama 3-0 Martinique
USA 3-0 Nicaragua

Group C
7 Mex (+4 GD)
5 Jam (+2 GD)
4 El S (0 GD)
0 Cur (-6 GD)
Results:
-Sun Jul 16
Jamaica 1-1 El Salvador
Mexico 0-2 Curacao

QFinals Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
1 Costa Rica v Panama - 5:00pm CT on FS1
2 USA v El Salvador - 8:00pm CT on FS1
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-Thu Jul 20
3 Mexico v Honduras - 6:30pm CT on FS1
4 Jamaica v Canada - 9:30pm CT on FS1



SFinals Schedule:
-Sat Jul 22
5 Winner 1 v Winner 2
-Sun Jul 23
6 Winner 3 v Winner 4

Final Schedule:
-Wed Jul 26
Winner 5 v Winner 6

-Follow the entire Gold Cup here.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

MY MNUFC Notes:
  • Game highlights from the friendly - Minn v Atlas [VIDEO]
  • Great frickin goal by Kadrii!
  • I think we found someone in a Minn United uniform who can deliver a free kick to a dangerous area. [VIDEO]
  • Schuller got injured after just 14 minutes. The guy can't stay healthy. Time to go.
  • Allen landed in the Twin Cities on Saturday and started the game.
  • The moment Ramirez came on as a sub you could see how much more dynamic a player is than Allen to is a meat and potatoes brute strength no frills kinda forward.
  • The whole team sprung to life once Ibson, Molino and Ramirez joined the game.
  • Jome played at left fullback.
  • Davis started at left centerback.
  • Martin and Greenspan got starters minutes too.
  • Danladi and Kallman are still injured.
  • They say Molino jacked up his ankle sometime in there too. Who knows on his condition.

I predicted the team would sign 1 or 2 players this summer. They have signed 3 so far. So I am definitely wrong on that one.

Stadium Cam

Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
Minnesota v Houston 0 7:00pm CT on My29
-Sat Jul 22
Minnesota v New York Red Bulls - 3pm CT on ESPN

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MLS

The season resumes with 7 games on Wednesday.

Week 20 schedule/results:
-Wed Jul 19
Montreal v Philadelphia
New York Red Bulls v San Jose
New York City v Toronto
Minnesota v Houston
LA v Vancouver
Portland v Salt Lake
Seattle v DC

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This pretty much kicks ass! [VIDEO]


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LIGA MX

The Apertura season begins on Friday!

Schedule:
-Fri Jul 21
Morelia v v Monterrey
Tijuana v Cruz Azul
-Sat Jul 22
Lobos BUAP v Santos Laguna
Tigres UANL v Puebla
Leon v Atlas
America v Queretaro
Guadalajara v Toluca
-Sun Jul 23
Pumas UNAM v Pachuca
Veracruz v Necaxa

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After 25 years of the Premier League an English coach has still never won the title. Something to nibble on from the Guardian today.



The Bird Is The Word

Friday, July 14, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 14, 2017

It's Day 195 of 2017.


My two-pronged plan for soccer on Saturday:
  1. 6:00pm at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners to watch USA v Nicaragua in Gold Cup on TV
  2. 8:00pm-ish head to Minnesota United v Atlas friendly at TCF Bank Stadium

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The CONCACAF Gold Cup is basically more worthless than its ever been before. Most teams and players don't care. Its run half-assed. Less and less people are in the stands at every game. One minute the TV feed is interesting and well done, the next its off kilter and nonsensical - inconsistent is the word to use I guess. Hell, the Gold Cup patches on the uniforms won't even stay on.
(I know this isn't a revelation of any sort. I am just venting. And you know I am going to watch anyway.)

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USMNT

After 2 games its obvious the USA is playing waaaaaaaay to slow. They did not play slow against Ghana in the pre-tournament friendly. So why now? Why are these players not taking advantage of this huge chance to push their international career forward? Come on guys, lets get your shit together
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Gold Cup Group Stage Schedule:
-Sat Jul 8
USA 1-1 Panama - USA goal by Dom Dywer. -Wed Jul 12
USA 3-2 Martinique - USA goals by Omar Gonzalez + Jordan Morris(2). -Sat Jul 15
USA v Nicaragua - 6:00pm CT on FXX
FristEnergy Stadium - Cleveland

USA Roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Bill Hamid - DC United, Sean Johnson - New York City
  • D: Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Chelsea, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Joe Corona - Tijuana, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Chris Pontius - Philadelphia Union, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Kenny Saief - Gent, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Sporting Kansas City, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

Important Note: The USA can select up to 6 players left over from the original 40 player Gold Cup roster (16 available to choose from) that could be added to the roster after the Group Stage:
  • G: Joe Bndik, Jesse Gonzalez, Tim Howard
  • D: Steve Birnbaum, Greg Garza, Matt Polster, Jonathan Spector
  • M: Michael Bradley, Tommy McNamara, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, Wil Trapp
  • F: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, CJ Sapong, Chris Wondolowski

Nicaragua Roster
  • G: Justo Lorente - UNAN, Henry Maradiaga - Real Esteli, Diedrich Tellez - Diriangen
  • D: Luis Copete - Comerciantes Unidos, Cyril Errington - Real Esteli, Oscar Lopez - Managua, Henry Nino - Jaco Rays, Josue Quijano - Real Esteli, Manuel Rosas - Real Esteli, Erick Tellez - Diriangen, Bismarck Veliz - Chinandega
  • M: Daniel Cadena - Njarovikur, Elvis Figueroa - Real Esteli, Luis Galeano - Real Esteli, Bryan Garcia - Real Esteli, Marlon Lopez - Real Esteli, Maykel Montiel - UNAN, Bismarck Montiel - Managua, Luis Peralta - Walter Ferretti
  • F: Juan Barrera - Comunicaciones, Carlos Chavarria - Real Esteli, Jorge Hurtado - Walter Ferretti, Eulises Pavon - Suchitepequez

I'm watching the USMNT at Town Hall Brewery in the Seven Corners neighborhood of Minneapolis. Come find me in the back room.

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Gold Cup

Mexico could only muster up a 0-0 tie with Jamaica. Made the USA 1-1 tie with Panama feel victorious in retrospect.


Group A
4 Can (+2 GD)
4 CR (+1 GD)
1 Hon (-1 GD)
1 FG (-2 GD)
Schedule:
-Fri Jul 14
Costa Rica v French Guiana
Canada v Honduras

Group B
4 USA (+1 GD) (4 GS)
4 Pan (+1 GD) (3 GS)
3 Mar (+1 GD)
0 Nic (-3 GD)
Schedule:
-Sat Jul 15
Panama v Martinique
USA v Nicaragua

Group C
4 Mex (+2 GD) (3 GS)
4 Jam (+2 GD) (2 GS)
3 El S (0 GD) (3 GS)
0 Cur (-4 GD) (0 GS)
Schedule:
-Sun Jul 16
Jamaica v El Salvador
Mexico v Curacao

QFinals Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
1 A1 v B2
2 B1 v A/C3
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-Thu Jul 20
3 C1 v A/B3
4 C2 v A2

SFinals Schedule:
-Sat Jul 22
5 Winner 1 v Winner 2
-Sun Jul 23
6 Winner 3 v Winner 4

Final Schedule:
-Wed Jul 26
Winner 5 v Winner 6

-Follow the entire Gold Cup here.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

An article on MNUFC's goalkeeping coach Marius Rovde. Really good to learn more about him. By Jeff Reuter for Four Four Two.

The Loons play a friendly on Saturday night against Atlas. Game is at 7:30pm at TCF Bank Stadium. Season ticket holders already have a ticket for this game.

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MLS

A list of 10 players who are surprising MLS this season with their play. Few saw them coming. By Greg Seltzer for MLS.

Stability: Toronto has given contract extension to head coach Greg Vanney and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. Now don't go getting complacent.

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OTHER STUFF

Heavy, enlightening, and somehow uplifting. A Small-Town Police Officer’s War on Drugs. By Benhamin Rachlin for the New York Times.

If you focus solely on the 4 albums by Black Sabbath, made with Vertigo in 1970, 1971 & 1972, (untitled), Paranoid, Master Of Reality + Vol. 4, you are more than covered on the peak of their career. You can very safely skip the rest.


Letter of Recommendation: Detroit Techno By Shuja Haider for New York Times Magazine.

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US Open Cup

The Mia v Cin game which was postponed due to weather will now be played on Wed Aug 2.

Quarterfinals schedule:
-Wed Aug 2
Miami v Cincinnati - original game postponed due to weather

Quarterfinals Results:
New England Revolution 0-1 New York Red Bulls
Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Dallas
San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 LA Galaxy

Semifinals Schedule:
-Aug 8-9
Sporting Kansas City v San Jose Earthquakes
Miami/Cincinnati winner v New York Red Bulls

Final Schedule:
-Sep 20
Winner 1 v Winner 2 - 8:00pm CT on ESPN2
-Priority order for hosting final:
Sporting Kansas City
New York Red Bulls
Miami/Cincinnati winner
San Jose Earthquakes

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 13, 2017

It's Day 194 of 2017.


RIP to Neal Patterson, one of the very special group who invested in and turned Kansas City soccer into something amazing with Sporting KC. Thank you Neal. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, team.

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Chuck Blazer has died. Say goodbye to the Cocaine Santa Claus of FIFA and CONCACAF. The man who started the avalanche of the US Justice Department arrests of FIFA and soccer execs world wide in 2013.
  • His obituary. From the New York Times.
  • In the first sentence he is called a "bon vivant."
  • And then there was this: "He was said to have kept two apartments at Trump Tower in Manhattan, one for himself and the other mostly for his cats. Sometimes he carried a macaw on his shoulder."
  • In real life some might he say he was a genuine Prince of Darkness.
  • Blazer's blog was a source of endless entertainment for me.
  • For years I harbored a secret dream to work for Chuck for even just 1 month to see the madness first hand.

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Important topic: After 10 years has the US Soccer Development Academy been worth the very large investment? By Beau Dure for Four Four Two.

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USMNT

USA had to bite down hard on the old mouth guard and grit out a 3-2 win over Martinique in the Gold Cup. Mar. Tin. Ique. For fucks sake.

My USMNT GC Notes:
  • Game highlights [VIDEO]
  • Only Brad Guzan, Omar Gonzalez and Kellyn Acosta started both games so far.
  • And for the 2nd straight game the USA had no one who could pull the strings for the offense and cut the attackers loose.
  • The first half was a real snoozer again.
  • Zardes had a real rough first half considering all the great chances he had to change the game. We counted at least 8 or 9 times he could have made something happen with a shot or a pass and only twice did he do any damage. That number is way too low.
  • The second half started off all USA and they jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
  • But Bruce Arena made a tactical error at that point - bringing out Acosta and subbing in Bedoya, which failed miserably. Within 10 minutes Mart had tied the game at 2-2.
  • Remember when Klinsmann put Bedoya in the defensive midfield role and it failed miserably? This had the exact same result.
  • Disaster was averted a few minutes later with a 3rd USA goal.
  • Zardes made up for his first half fumbling with a great cross for the last goal - he was so cool and calm, making exactly the right pass at the right time. Perfect ending for him.
  • Arena fixed his d-mid issue too by inserting McCarty to shore up the midfield in front of the back line.
  • Nothing Guzan could have done about the 2nd goal - it took a huge deflection.
  • But that first Mart goal saw Guzan at his slowest - not able to get 1 step to his left and down to the ground fast enough to prevent a decently hit ball (from a long way off) from going right through his hands. He's obviously spent too much time in England and their goalkeeping errors rubbed off on him.
  • No matter what you say, the 2nd half of that game was very very entertaining.
  • Agudelo took a lot of chances and probed the Mart defense many times but never really threatened the goal.
  • Just one time I would like to see the very talented Agudelo leave every ounce of energy he has out of the field. He never gets there.
  • Besides Morris nabbing 2 goals I can't think of another USA player that had a great game. Mediocrity all around.

Media:

Gold Cup Group Stage Schedule:
-Sat Jul 8
USA 1-1 Panama - USA goal by Dom Dywer.
-Wed Jul 12
USA 3-2 Martinique - USA goals by Omar Gonzalez + Jordan Morris(2).
-Sat Jul 15
USA v Nicaragua - 6:00pm CT on FXX
FristEnergy Stadium - Cleveland

USA Roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Bill Hamid - DC United, Sean Johnson - New York City
  • D: Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Chelsea, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Joe Corona - Tijuana, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Chris Pontius - Philadelphia Union, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Kenny Saief - Gent, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Sporting Kansas City, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

The last important item from the USA v Martinique game last night:


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Gold Cup

16 year old Canadian Alphonso Davies has been stealing the show so far in the tourney. He has 3 goals in 2 games. He was subbed off in game 2 for an ankle injury precaution that doesn't look to be serious.

French Guiana basically threw in the towel before Game 1 even started. They sent out a player they KNEW was ineligible in their starting lineup. By Jonathan Tannenwald for Philly.com.
  • This is clearly another example of that fact that no matter how hard CONCACAF says it is working to change its image for better, it is essentially still a local day time TV show with a segment featuring clowns performing balloon tricks.

Schedule/Results:

Group A
4 Can (+2 GD)
4 CR (+1 GD)
1 Hon (-1 GD)
1 FG (-2 GD)
-Fri Jul 7
French Guiana 2-4 Canada
Honduras 0-1 Costa Rica
-Tue Jul 11
Costa Rica 1-1 Canada
Honduras 0-0 French Guiana
-Fri Jul 14
Costa Rica v French Guiana
Canada v Honduras

Group B
4 USA (+1 GD) (4 GS)
4 Pan (+1 GD) (3 GS)
3 Mar (+1 GD)
0 Nic (-3 GD)
-Sat Jul 8
USA 1-1 Panama
Martinique 2-0 Nicaragua
-Wed Jul 12
Panama 2-1 Nicaragua
USA 3-2 Martinique
-Sat Jul 15
Panama v Martinique
USA v Nicaragua

Group C
3 Mex (+2 GD) (3 GS)
3 Jam (+2 GD) (2 GS)
0 El S (-2 GD) (1 GS)
0 Cur (-2 GD) (0 GS)
-Sun Jul 9
Curacao 0-2 Jamaica
Mexico 3-1 El Salvador
-Thu Jul 13
El Salvador v Curacao
Mexico v Jamaica
-Sun Jul 16
Jamaica v El Salvador
Mexico v Curacao

-Follow the entire Gold Cup here.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

MNUFC has signed Nicholson and Boxall already, and the story is out there that Brandon Allen is coming on loan from NYRB II. So what does this mean. With the first two we won't know for a while yet. Are they high quality? Can they contribute anything? Starters? Depth? Are they a step up from the typical Euro players that were signed and mostly failed in January? We just won't know for a while. What we do know is this, the team doesn't need more depth players. They need genuine starters who can push several of the current guys to the bench where they belong. In other words, they already have the depth players they need real quality to put on top. And initial reaction is that none of these 3 are top quality difference makers.

The hope is that Sam Nicholson will be a change of pace from other signings this season, and I don't mean speed, although that would be nice too. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.

Michael Boxall returns to MLS for a second chance. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Your basic bag of mid-week team notes. By Ryan.

Stadium Cam [really more of a Big Top Liquor Cam]

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US Open Cup

Quarterfinals schedule:
-Mon Jul 10
San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 LA Galaxy
-Tue Jul 11
Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Dallas
-Wed Jul 12
Miami v Cincinnati - postponed due to weather - date TBA
-Thu Jul 13
New England Revolution v New York Red Bulls

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Cobi Jones is now helping run a NPSL team called City Of Angels FC - a team with some interesting connections. By Jamie Jackson for the Guardian.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Kenny Saief who made his USA debut in a friendly against Ghana and looked promising will have hernia surgery and be out for 2 months. He plays for Gent in Belgium.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 7, 2017

It's Day 188 of 2017.


Heavens to Murgatroyd.

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OFFICIAL:
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier
-Fri Sep 1
USMNT v Costa Rica
Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ
5:30pm CT on ESPN

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Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio will not be on the bench for the Gold Cup - he has been given a 6 game suspension by FIFA for aggressively cursing at the assistant referee during the 3rd place Confederations Cup game. From FIFA.

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I got an email last night about renewing my MNUFC season ticket for next year. My seat will increase by $2 per game. Of course I want the price to go down. But I have no issue with this increase. I will be renewing my seat in Sec 138.

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Thursday afternoon I was on the radio talking with Patrick Reusse at 1500ESPN. You can listen to the show here. My segment starts at the 26:30 mark.

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2017 MLS All-Star XI as voted on by the fans:
  • G: Tim Howard - Colorado
  • D: Greg Garza - Atlanta, Graham Zusi - Kansas City, DaMarcus Beasley - Houston
  • M: Bastian Schweinsteiger - Chicago, Miguel Almiron - Atlanta, Kaka - Orlando, Michael Bradley - Toronto
  • F: David Villa - New York City, Nemanja Nikolic - Chicago, Sebastian Giovinco - Toronto

More additions to the team coming soon. Like, maybe some centerbacks.
  • MLS-AS coach is Veljko Paunovic of Chicago Fire.
  • Game is Aug 2 v Real Madrid at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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USMNT

First Gold Cup opponent Panama will test this USA team. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • Panama has been to the Semifinals of the last 3 Gold Cups.

The late career rise of Dax McCarty. By Steve Goff for the Washington Post.

Some lesser known USA players will get their shot at the Gold Cup. Its become the norm for the USMNT in this tournament. By Peter Barzilai for the Tennesseean.

Justin Morrow is hampered by a quad strain. No word on if he will be available to play, but the USA can replace him on the roster up to 24 hours before the first game if they want to make a change.

Gold Cup Group Stage Schedule:
-Sat Jul 8
USA v Panama - 3:30pm CT on FOX
Nissan Stadium - Nashville
-Wed Jul 12
USA v Martinique - 8:00pm CT on FS1
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa
-Sat Jul 15
USA v Nicaragua - 6:00pm CT on FXX
FristEnergy Stadium - Cleveland

USA Gold Cup Roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Bill Hamid - DC United, Sean Johnson - New York City
  • D: Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Chelsea, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Joe Corona - Tijuana, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Chris Pontius - Philadelphia Union, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Kenny Saief - Gent, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Sporting Kansas City, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

Panama Gold Cup Roster
  • G: Jose Calderon - Marathon, Orlando Mosquera - Tauro, Alex Rodriguez - San Francisco
  • D: Roberto Chen - Arabe Unido, Eric Davis - DAC 1904, Fidel Escobar - no club, Roderick Miller - Atletico Nacional, Michael Amir Murillo - New York Red Bulls, Luis Ovalle - no club, Angel Patrick - Arabe Unido, Jan Carlos Vargas - Tauro
  • M: Edgar Yoel Barcenas - Cafetaleros de Tapachula, Miguel Camargo - New York City, Armando Cooper - Toronto, Anibal Godoy - San Jose Earthquakes, Gabriel Gomez - Atletico Bucaramanga, Leslie Heraldez - Arabe Unido, Josiel Nunez - Plaza Amador, Valentin Pimentel - Plaza Amador
  • F: Abdiel Arroyo - Danubio, Ricardo Clarke - no club, Ismael Diaz - Porto, Gabriel Torres - Lausanne-Sport

I'm watching the USMNT at Town Hall Brewery in the Seven Corners neighborhood of Minneapolis. Come find me in the back room.

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Gold Cup

A look at the lesser known teams and players with talent who will be in the Gold Cup. By Elliot Turner for Four Four Two.

Schedule/Results:

Group A
-Fri Jul 7
French Guiana v Canada
Honduras v Costa Rica
-Tue Jul 11
Costa Rica v Canada
Honduras v French Guiana
-Fri Jul 14
Costa Rica v French Guiana
Canada v Honduras

Group B
-Sat Jul 8
USA v Panama
Martinique v Nicaragua
-Wed Jul 12
Panama v Nicaragua
USA v Martinique
-Sat Jul 15
Panama v Martinique
USA v Nicaragua

Group C
-Sun Jul 9
Curacao v Jamaica
Mexico v El Salvador
-Thu Jul 13
El Salvador v Curacao
Mexico v Jamaica
-Sun Jul 16
Jamaica v El Salvador
Mexico v Curacao

QFinals
-Wed Jul 19
1 A1 v B2
2 B1 v A/C3
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-Thu Jul 20
3 C1 v A/B3
4 C2 v A2

SFinals
-Sat Jul 22
5 Winner 1 v Winner 2
-Sun Jul 23
6 Winner 3 v Winner 4

Final
-Wed Jul 26
Winner 5 v Winner 6

-Follow the entire Gold Cup here.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

There have been 5 MNUFC players who have so far exceeded my expectations this season: Kallman, Ramirez, Shuttleworth, Taylor, Thiesson.

The teams needs to take this break to find a new twist for the attack. They played 5 games in Jun and scored just 6 goals, with 3 coming in one game, and 2 in another.

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MLS

"Midseason" analysis for each of the 22 teams, and what they need to improve upon. By Matt Doyle for MLS.

Jason Kreis, head coach of Orlando, spending more time whining about referees. I can't stand that. By Kurt Larson for the Toronto Sun.

Week 19 schedule/results:
(11 Games)
-Tue Jul 4
Atlanta 4-2 San Jose
Minnesota 0-1 Columbus
Dallas 4-2 DC
Colorado 1-3 Seattle
LA 2-6 Salt Lake
-Wed Jul 5
New England 2-3 New York Red Bulls
Orlando 1-3 Toronto
Houston 3-1 Montreal
Vancouver 3-2 New York City
Portland 2-2 Chicago
-Thu Jul 6
Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia

49 goals scored in 11 games = 4.5 goals per game. That is what I like to see.

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Topoff: du Nord Music Mix Vol 129 (download + extract)

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Matheus Silva, the San Jose Earthquakes player who drown on the 4th of July but was revived has now come out of his coma! He has been playing this season on loan at Reno in the USL. Press released from San Jose Earthquakes.

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Clint Dempsey of Seattle Sounders named MLS Player Of The Week.

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Vincenzo Rennella of Miami named NASL Player Of The Month for June.

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USMNT U17s - WORLD CUP 2017
The team has been drawn into a group with with hosts India, Colombia, and Ghana at the World Cup. Tournament begins Oct 6 with the USA taking on the host nation.
  • There are 24 teams in 6 groups. #1 + 2 from each group advance, plus the top 4 third place teams. Meaning only 8 are eliminated after group stage.

USMNT schedule:
-Fri Oct 6
USA v India
-Mon Oct 9
USA v Ghana
-Thu Oct 12
USA v Colombia

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