Monday, August 21, 2017

Getting The Oil Changed

Friday, August 18, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 18, 2017

It's Day 230 of 2017.


My new column for 1500ESPN - The New Loons are here! Rounding up and rating the newest members of Minnesota United.

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Sporting Kansas City has their 100th consecutive MLs home sellout this weekend. Before they opened their stadium they couldn't give tickets away. What a massive difference that place has made. The stadium has probably put a big chunk of money away toward paying for itself. Amazing.
  • The new ownership in 2006 used a long term plan to give fans a reason to come spend their money on this team. And it worked. By Sam McDowell for the Kansas City Star.
  • I am very happy for all the success they have had. Some very good people involved in SKC, inside the team and very much so in the stands.

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Opening Day Across Some Of Europes biggest leagues:

GERMANY SCHEDULE:
-Fri Aug 18
Bayern v Leverkusen
-Sat Aug 19
Schalke v Leipzig
Wolfsburg v Dortmund
Hoffenheim v Werder Bremen
-Sun Aug 20
Monchengladbach v Koln

SPAIN SCHEDULE:
-Sat Aug 19
Girona v Atletico Madrid
Sevilla v Espanyol
-Sun Aug 20
Barcelona v Real Betis
Deportivo La Coruna v Real Madrid

ITALY SCHEDULE:
-Sat Aug 19
Juventus v Cagliari
Hellas Verona v Napoli
-Sun Aug 20
Atalanta v Roma
Crotone v Milan
Inter v Fiorentina

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Best of luck to the University of Minnesota Gophers soccer team who open their new season today at Washington State, then come home on Mon Aug 21 v North Dakota State University.

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MINNESOTA UNITED





Schedule:
-Sun Aug 20
Seattle v Minnesota - 8:30pm CT on FS1
-Sat Aug 26
Chicago v Minnesota

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MLS

On the firing of head coach Pablo Mastroeni at Colorado Rapids, and the newly declared direction of the organization, with words by a few people including team captain Tim Howard. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

Q + A with Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko - the guy behind the scenes that has his hands deep in their reconstruction from doormat to powerhouse. By Scott French for Four Four Two.

Michael Bradley has strong family connections to Charlottesville and he is feeling the pain. By John Molinaro for Sports Net.

Week 24 Schedule:
(11 games) -Wed Aug 16
Montreal 3-0 Chicago
-Fri Aug 18
Portland v New York RB
-Sat Aug 19
Montreal v Salt Lake
Orlando v Columbus
Chicago v Toronto
KC v v Dallas
Colorado v DC
Vancouver v Houston
San Jose v Philadelphia
-Sun Aug 20
New York City v New England
Seattle v Minnesota

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USMNT

As I wrote about earlier this week the USA defense has a lot of injuries - here is a closer look. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

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All the young coaching talent in the Bundesliga keeps pushing the league's quality forward in new ways. By Rory Smith for the New York Times.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES:

-Fri Aug 18
Metz v Monaco
-Sat Aug 19
Swansea v Manchester United
Stoke v Arsenal
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Lyon v Bordeaux
St Etienne v Amiens
-Sun Aug 20
Tottenham v Chelsea
Marseille v Angers
PSG v Toulouse
-Mon Aug 21
Manchester City v Everton

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The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 17, 2017

It's Day 229 of 2017.


My new column for 1500ESPN - The New Loons are here! Rounding up and rating the newest members of Minnesota United.

dN

Zinedine Zidane became manager of Real Madrid on Jan 4 2016. Since then the team has lost 7 games. SEVEN. In over a year and a half. Yeah. They and he are pretty decent.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

The talented Seattle Sounders added reinforcements during the international transfer window. By Geoff Baker for the Seattle Times.
  • Sounders have won 5 and tied 1 in their last 6 games.
  • In that run of games they have scored 15 and allowed 4, but have allowed ZERO in their last 4 games.

Loons go to Seattle looking for redemption of embarrassing loss at home 2 weeks ago. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Schedule:
-Sun Aug 20
Seattle v Minnesota - 8:30pm CT on FS1

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MLS

The league announced that teams would be allowed a 4th substitute in playoff games that go to Extra Added Time.

Uh oh. Is there smoldering in the dumpster out back of the Chicago Fire locker room? They have lost four of their last five now. Last night they got seriously outplayed by Montreal, who are not a great team. If Chicago wants to be upper echelon they have about 10 games to get it straight. Or have other teams figured them out?
  • Ignaccio Piatti is really good, in case you forgot.

Toronto is the blue print that the Fire need to follow in building their organization and team. By Matt Pentz for ESPNFC.

Colorado fired head coach Pablo Mastroeni - he probably got the short shrift. By Ridge Mahoney for Soccer America.
  • Then the Rapids released this statement about the future direction of their club in the local newspaper. written by Padraig Smith (Sporting Director + General Manager) and Wayne Brant (Chief Business Officer) From the Denver Post.
  • Its all a bunch of hot air until they concretely define what they are doing, which this piece, despite all their talk of transparency, does not.

The fake turf in Atlanta's new stadium is not ideal. By Doug Roberson for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
  • The same brand of the fake shit is used in Portland and Seattle.

Week 24 Schedule:
(11 games)
-Wed Aug 16
Montreal 3-0 Chicago
-Fri Aug 18
Portland v New York RB
-Sat Aug 19
Montreal v Salt Lake
Orlando v Columbus
Chicago v Toronto
KC v v Dallas
Colorado v DC
Vancouver v Houston
San Jose v Philadelphia
-Sun Aug 20
New York City v New England
Seattle v Minnesota

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Turner networks acquired the rights to broadcast UEFA Champions League and Europa League in the United States beginning next year for the 2018/19 season.
  • In a radical move most of the games will be shown on a new pay streaming system, with about 20% of games on TBS, TNT and TruTV.
  • Another blow to Fox Sports - losing a huge component of their soccer package.

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Precip: du Nord Music Mix Vol 135 (download + extract)

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USMNT

DeAndre Yedlin began training again with Newcastle this week. Lets hope he has recovered from the ankle injury. From Brian Sciaretta on Twitter.

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Juventus's young star-in-the-making Paulo Dybala is looking to plant his flag at the top of the mountain this season. By Rory Smith for the New York Times.

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The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 16, 2017

It's Day 228 of 2017.


My new column for 1500ESPN - The New Loons are here! Rounding up and rating the newest members of Minnesota United.

dN

John Brooks has a torn tendon in his right thigh and will be out 3 months - so he will miss the remaining USMNT World Cup qualifiers. Dammit.

The current USMNT defenders list is a hot mess right now:
-Right Fullbacks:
  • Yedlin - out, thigh injury
  • Lichaj - not getting any minutes
  • Chalder - playing, scored goal
  • Zusi - playing
-Right Centerbacks:
  • Cameron - playing, healthy
  • Gonzalez - out, ankle injury
  • Orozco - playing
-Left Centerbacks:
  • Besler - playing
  • Brooks - out, thigh injury
  • Ream - playing
-Left Fullbacks:
  • Beasley - playing
  • Villafana - not getting any minutes
-Other Possible CBs:
  • Birnbaum
  • Carter-Vickers
  • Hedges
  • Marshall
  • Miazga
  • Spector
  • Zimmerman
-Other Possible LFBs
  • Garza
  • FJohnson
  • Morrow
-Other Possible RFBs:
  • Evans
  • Polster

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When a loser is a winner: FC Cincinnati got beat 2-3 by New York Red Bulls in the US Open Cup semifinals last night. But with a full enthusiastic stadium this club is bound for bigger things. Even the Red Bulls fans and players saluted the hosts after the game.

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Our man and Loons fan Peter Bartz-Gallager is in a new MNUFC video for a sorta Cross-Bar challenge!
  • Christian Ramirez, Miguel Ibarra and another fan, Ethan Neal.

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US Open Cup

Cincy lead 2-0 into the 74th minute. At home. And the Red Bulls, like other MLS teams before them, were clearly rattled. But 2nd half subs for NY upped the teams energy and pressure. They controlled the ball almost the entire 2nd half, and then in the 75th and 78th they struck quickly to level the score and badly wound the Cincy players and fans. The game did go to Extra Added Time, but again NY poured on the the pressure until Bradley Wright Phillips got his 2nd goal of the game, and finished it off.
  • It was a helluva game.

But the dream is over for Cincinnati. By Patrick Brennan for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

RBNY will travel to SKC for the Cup.

In a similar fashion to FCC I will never forget the 2005 Open Cup run for the Minnesota Thunder, who also made it to the Semifinals.
  • In a way the Thunder run was even more impressive in that they beat 3 MLS teams in a row (Cincy beat two - both at home), the first 2 at home and the third on the road at Kansas City (I got maced at that game.) Then MT had to go to LA Galaxy for the semis (where Cincy played another home game.) Minnesota lost 5-2 to the Galaxy, but had an early chance to take the lead and on a penalty kick that Melvin Tarley put over the goal. Who knows what could have happened if that goal had gone in for the Thunder.

Semifinals Schedule:
-Tue Aug 15
Cincinnati 2-3 New York Red Bulls

Final Schedule:
-Wed Sep 20
Sporting Kansas City v Red Bull New York

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Precip: du Nord Music Mix Vol 135 (download + extract)

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Some more details on the Minn United stadium being built in the Midway of St Paul. By Tim Newcomb for Four Four Two.

Another injury update: Burch, Ramirez and Cronin. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Schedule:
-Sun Aug 20
Seattle v Minnesota - 8:30pm CT on FS1

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MLS

Former long time MLS assistant coach and head coach Paul Mariner makes lots of observations about the current state of MLS on the field from many angles. By Ridge Mahoney for Soccer America.

Matias Laba of Vancouver, a du Nord favorite, is out for the rest of the season do to a right ACL tear. He is headed to surgery and a rehab. It is usually about a 4-6 month recovery time.

There is a MLS mural in Chicago. From Windy City Times.

Week 24 Schedule:
(11 games)
-Wed Aug 16
Montreal v Chicago
-Fri Aug 18
Portland v New York RB
-Sat Aug 19
Montreal v Salt Lake
Orlando v Columbus
Chicago v Toronto
KC v v Dallas
Colorado v DC
Vancouver v Houston
San Jose v Philadelphia
-Sun Aug 20
New York City v New England
Seattle v Minnesota

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Julian de Guzman has been named head coach and GM of Ottawa Fury in USL.
  • Paul Dalglish stepped down as head coach yesterday. He had told ownership that he wanted to leave at the end of the season, and they decided to make the move right away. Good decision.

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The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 15, 2017

It's Day 227 of 2017.


Pablo Mastroeni has been fired as head coach of the Colorado Rapids. By John Meyer for the Denver Post.
  • He was #3 on du Nord Futbol's MLS Coaches Hot Seat for Aug 3, 2017.
  • Current Rapids assistant Steve Cooke named interim.

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US Open Cup

TONIGHT!

Cincy is definitely the underdog in tonight's Semifinal, but NYRB have not exactly been world beaters in knock out games either.

A big big night for FC Cincinnati's very brief soccer history. By Patrick Brennan for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Red Bulls of New York are ready and confident that this is their year. By Brian Lewis for the New York Post.

Semifinals Schedule:
-Tue Aug 15
Cincinnati v New York Red Bulls - 7pm CT on the web at USSoccer.com.

Final Schedule:
-Wed Sep 20
Sporting Kansas City v Cincy/RBNY winner

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MINNESOTA UNITED

A review of the rookie season so far for Abu Danladi. By Joe Bailey for the Santa Maria Times.
  • Newspaper is from the area where Danladi lived when he first came to America.

Schedule:
-Sun Aug 20
Seattle v Minnesota - 8:30pm CT on FS1
-Sat Aug 26
Chicago v Minnesota

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MLS

Alejandro Moreno's always entertaining Weekly MLS Awards. [VIDEO] From ESPNFC.

The market for players in and around MLS is changing rapidly. The money is going up and up. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.

Week 24 Schedule:
-Wed Aug 16
Montreal v Chicago

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  • Stefano Pinho of Miami named NASL Player Of The Week
  • Luke Spencer of Louisville City named USL Player Of The Week
  • Justin Morrow of Toronto named MLS Player Of The Week
  • Samantha Mewis of North Carolina Courage named NWSL Player Of The Week

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US SOCCER

34 stadiums across the USA have been asked to submit a bid to host games at the 2026 World Cup.
  • US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is on the list, but has very little chance of succeeding because the footprint of the floor of the stadium is not regulation size for FIFA. They would need an exemption to qualify. They would also need to bring in real grass as the stadium has fake turf.
  • More on the story with a list of all potential host stadiums. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

18 year old Westin MeKennie got his first start for Schalke on Monday in the Pokal. They won 0-2 at Berliner Dynamo. He made his pro debut last Spring but this was his first start. He played 55 minutes in central midfield.

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The Bird Is The Word

Monday, August 14, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 14, 2017

It's Day 226 of 2017.


18 days until the next USMNT World Cup Qualifier.

dN

And Las Vegas jumps into the USL pool! For 2018 no less. They will play at a baseball stadium - Cashman Field, home to AAA Mets, located north of downtown just off the strip.
  • Huge congrats to owner Brett Lashbrook a long time friend and supporter of du Nord Futbol.

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US Open Cup

Semifinals Schedule:
-Tue Aug 15
Cincinnati v New York Red Bulls

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Important injury update from MNUFC training today:


Schedule:
-Sun Aug 20
Seattle v Minnesota - 8:30pm CT on FS1

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MLS

My MLS Notes:
  • Guess who is in first place in the West? Yeah, you got it. Houston. No? You didn't guess that? Me neither. Wow.
  • The top 4 teams in the Supporters Shield race are all in the East! And Toronto is 10 points up on best in the West.
  • The DCU-RSL game was delayed a day because of heavy rain causing a flooded field on Saturday. The game was played on Sunday to only about 1000 people. Ugh.
  • Every time I have felt dread coming for the Montreal coach they seem to turn it around.
  • The inverse is true for Vancouver - right when I think they are looking good, they flop. They have needed a new coach for 2 years.
  • Sean Johnson should be named Player Of The Week for his job shutting out LA at home. He won't be, cuz it will go to someone who got a couple goals. (For instance Justin Morrow for TFC.)
  • The red card for Kaka was a joke. He and former teammate Aurelien Collin where cleary goofing around when Kaka grabbed Collins head in a fake aggressive way. Then the ref, AFTER USING VAR, tossed Kaka. Watch it here. Yes it looks bad at first. Come on. Both players were laughing as the action happened. There was no ejectable(?) offense there!
  • Seattle, Toronto, NYRB, Houston + NYC keep establishing their superiority.
  • KC, Chicago and Dallas fell short in establishing theirs.
  • Clint Dempsey bagged his 50th goal for Seattle, and it was a game winner of course.

The week 23 review. By Matt Doyle for MLS.

The weeks best 11 things. By Alexander Abnos for Sports Illustrated.

Things haven't clicked for Sigi and the Galaxy yet. By Matt Pentz for the Guardian.
  • Is that the name of a new wave band from 1981?

Week 23 Schedule:
(10 games)
-Sat Aug 12
Seattle 1-0 Kansas City
Toronto 4-1 Portland
Columbus 3-1 Chicago
New York Red Bulls 3-1 Orlando
Dallas 0-0 Colorado
New England 1-0 Vancouver
Philadelphia 0-3 Montreal
Houston 3-0 San Jose
LA 0-2 New York City - 10pm CT on ESPN2
-Sun Aug 13
DC 0-1 Salt Lake - game delayed 1 day after heavy rains had flooded the field.

24 goals in 10 games = 2.4 gpg.

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USMNT

One of the most important developments for any national team pool player abroad is that Ethan Horvath has become the #1 goalkeeper at Club Brugge. While they are not a big club in a big league he has gone from backup to starter with each consecutive climb up the European ladder - a very good sign.

Injured across the back line are getting worrisome for the USMNT - Yedlin, Brooks, Gonzalez all dinged up. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.

Tim Chandler got the game winner for Eintract Frankfurt in the Pokal. They beat Erndtebruck 0-3.

While Bobby Wood did score for Hamburger in the DFB Pokal (German Cup,) his team was beaten by 3rd div club Osnabruck, which is coached by American Joe Enochs.

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Premier League: Ten talking points from the open weekend's action. From the Guardian.

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The Australian Football Federation is a mess and FIFA is on the brink of stepping in. By Jonathan Howcraft for the Guardian.

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The Bird Is The Word

Friday, August 11, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 11, 2017

It's Day 223 of 2017.


Morocco declares bid to host 2026 World Cup. By Andrew Das for the New York Times.

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How did DC United get to such a spot that after years of barely spending any money on players they could cut loose in past few weeks to overhaul their roster so dramatically. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.

Does Columbus finally look like a team that is ready to put up the resources to be great, it kinda looks like it. By Michael Arace for the Columbus Dispatch.

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COPA LIBERTADORES

The Quarterfinals are all set with 3 teams from Argentina, 3 from Brazil, and 1 each from Bolivia and Ecuador.

#1 seed Atletico Mineiro was knocked out by minnows Wilstermann of Bolivia on a aggregate scoreline of 1-0.

#5 seed Palmeiras was the only other favorite eliminated in the Round of 16 - by the only other minnow left, Barcelona of Ecuador.

Quarterfinals Schedule:
Leg One
-Sep 12-14 (exact match dates TBA)
Wilstermann (Bol) v River Plate (Arg)
Barcelona (Ecu) v Santos (Bra)
Gremio (Bra) v Botafogo(Bra)
San Lorenzo (Arg) v Lanus (Arg)
Leg Two
-Sep 19-21 (exact match dates TBA)
River Plate (Arg) v Wilstermann (Bol)
Santos (Bra) v Barcelona (Ecu)
Botafogo (Bra) v Gremio (Bra)
Lanus (Arg) v San Lorenzo (Arg)

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A look through the summer transfer window for all 22 MLS teams. Grades for everyone. By Matthew Doyle for MLS.
  • Minnesota gets a less than satisfactory grade. As should be the case.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

NOTE: Minn is off this weekend. They were originally scheduled to play at Atlanta, but a delay in stadium opening has pushed the game back a few weeks.

Q + A with the big boss Dr Bill McGuire - from players, coach, and fans to stadium. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.

A look at the scene in Columbus as Ethan Finlay departed the Crew. By Andrew Erickson for the Columbus Dispatch.

Various reports coming out of Columbus that the Crew will pay a portion of Finlay's salary. Not confirmed but from very trustworthy sources.

Lots of words on and from Ethan Finlay. By Ryan Tolmich for SBI.

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MLS

Who is in charge of the future for LA Galaxy and do they have a plan? By Matt Pentz for ESPNFC.

Both the Seattle (v KC) and Toronto (v Port) home games should provide some quality viewing this weekend.

Week 23 Schedule:
(10 games)
-Sat Aug 12
Seattle v Kansas City
Toronto v Portland
DC v Salt Lake
Columbus v Chicago
New York Red Bulls v Orlando
Dallas v Colorado
New England v Vancouver
Philadelphia v Montreal
Houston v San Jose
LA v New York City - 10pm CT on ESPN2

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Weston McKennie is confident that he will make an impact at Schalke this season. By Arch Bell for Marca.

Doubtful that we will see Kenny Saief suit up for the USA again this year as complications from a hernia surgery will see him out of action an additional 2 months. He got an infection. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

American head coach David Wagner will lead Huddersfield into the Premier League in England. What an opportunity. By Rob Stewart for Four Four Two.

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A preview of the Turkish Super Lig for 2017-18. By Emre Sarigul for the Guardian.

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GUARDIAN 2017-18 PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM PREVIEWS:


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Opening Day Across Europes biggest leagues:
England - Aug 11
Netherlands - Aug 11
Turkey - Aug 11
Germany - Aug 18
Spain - Aug 18
Italy - Aug 19

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The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 10, 2017

It's Day 222 of 2017.


Premier League, Eredivisie and Super Lig all start the new season tomorrow.

dN

3 Minnesota United roster moves:
  • Ethan Finlay comes to MN from Columbus Crew for a lot of money.
  • Jose Leiton arrives on loan from his club in Costa Rica, Herediano.
  • Rasmus Schuller has left on loan back to Finland to play for 1st place HJK.
(more details below)

Is Bashkim Kadrii still headed out? We shall see.

dN

The MLS roster freeze is Sep 15. Moves inside the league can still happen, and so can the signing of internationals who are not under any contract.

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Chicharito GOES OFF! Mexican star Javier Hernandez passionately defends his friends and international teammates who have chosen to play for LA Galaxy (Gio + Jonathan Dos Santos) and LAFC (Carlos Vela) and are taking heavy criticism back home in Mexico. From ESPNFC. [VIDEO]

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Rafa Marquez denies that he is connected to a notorious drug cartel leader. By Jeremy Woo for Sports Illustrated.
  • Marquez has not been charged with any crimes.
  • He calls it an investigation, which is not true. The investigation is over and he is part of a large group that has been sanctioned.
  • Rafa talks about news organizations reporting the story, but the info is coming direct from a US Treasury Department notice.
  • Never once does he say he doesn't know Hernandez.

There are 9 businesses that Marquez runs (including a charity) that have been deemed connected to drug money. Oof.

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US Open Cup

Of course the big game in KC went to penalty kicks! When do they not? And KC won this one.
  • They will host the winner of Cincy-Red Bulls.

Semifinals Schedule:
-Wed Aug 9
Sporting Kansas City 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes - SKC advances 5-4 in Penalty Kick Shootout
-Tue Aug 15
Cincinnati v New York Red Bulls

Final:
-Date TBA
Sporting KC v Cincy/NYRB winner

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MINNESOTA UNITED

NOTE: Minn is off this weekend. They were originally scheduled to play at Atlanta, but a delay in stadium opening has pushed the game back a few weeks.

Ethan Finlay is a Loon. MNUFC acquired him from Columbus (the only pro team he has ever played for) on Wednesday for a pile of salary cap exemption money.
  • The 27 year old right midfielder was born in Duluth and grew up in Wisconsin.
  • Finlay is having his worst season in several years and is looking for a jump start.
  • 2014 he had 11 goals, 2015 he had 13 goals, 2016 he had 6 goals, and so far in 2017 he has just 1 goal.

Jose Leiton from Costa Rican club Herediano is now a Loon as well. The 24 year old left sided midfielder comes recommended by Francisco Calvo, and stands at just 5'5".
  • Leiton got his first international cap for CR playing in the Gold Cup against the USA. He came on as a sub in the semifinal match.
  • I gotta wonder though, with Ibarra and Nicholson was a 3rd left mid really necessary?

A little stadium building insight from team owner Bill McGuire. By Brian Quarstad for Fifty Five One.

Andy reports that the grass for the stadium is about to be planted! Bluegrass!

  • I used to have bluegrass in my yard until the weeds took over.

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Brazen: du Nord Music Mix Vol 133 (download + extract)

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MLS

Some of the biggest summer signings in MLS this year. Including a batch of names you probably don't know who could be quite good. By Nick Sabetti for MLS.

Twin Citian Calum Mallace has been traded by Montreal to Seattle.

Week 23 Schedule:
(10 games)
-Sat Aug 12
Seattle v Kansas City
Toronto v Portland
DC v Salt Lake
Columbus v Chicago
New York Red Bulls v Orlando
Dallas v Colorado
New England v Vancouver
Philadelphia v Montreal
Houston v San Jose
LA v New York City - 10pm CT on ESPN2

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Jorge Herrera of Charlotte Independence named USL Player Of The Month for July

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What's it like when your rinky dink town suddenly becomes a Premier League city? By Rory Smith for the New York Times.

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GUARDIAN 2017-18 PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM PREVIEWS:


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Opening Day Across Europe's biggest leagues:
England - Aug 11
Netherlands - Aug 11
Turkey - Aug 11
Germany - Aug 18
Spain - Aug 18
Italy - Aug 19

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The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 9, 2017

It's Day 221 of 2017.


Today is the last day of the MLS international transfer window - there will be deals.

dN

Minnesota United roster moves:
  • Rasmus Schuller - out. Sent on loan back to Finland to play for 1st place HJK Helsinki.

  • Ethan Finlay - in?
  • Jose Leiton - in?
  • Bashkim Kadrii - out?

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Mexican star Rafa Marquez is among a group of people who have been named by the US Treasury Dept as having direct ties to a drug cartel boss named Raul Flores Hernandez of the Flores cartel.
  • All money and business dealings Marquez has in the USA have been frozen. Its highly likely he could enter the country without arrest.
  • The sanction says he has had long standing ties to Hernandez and been a front for him financially.
  • Details on each of the individuals involved.

"Marquez has a longstanding relationship with Flores Hernandez, and has acted as front person for him and his Drug Trafficking Organization, and held assets on Hernandez's behalf."



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DC United has made another big move on transfer day, signing American Paul Arriola from Tijuana.

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US Open Cup

Semifinals Schedule:
-Wed Aug 9
Sporting Kansas City v San Jose Earthquakes - 7:30pm CT via YouTube.
-Tue Aug 15
Cincinnati v New York Red Bulls

Priority order for hosting final:
1 Sporting Kansas City
2 New York Red Bulls
3 Cincinnati

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I firmly believe that a MLS team can be frugal and succeed. But you have to be exceptional at what you do. You need to be smarter, quicker, and harder working than your competition. And you probably need to be a little unorthodox too. It takes special people to pull this off.

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Brazen: du Nord Music Mix Vol 133 (download + extract)

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"We are streaming motherfuckers!"
-The Coen brothers announcement of a Western TV series on Netflix today called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

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MLS

People south of the border are taking notice of Carlos Vela and Jonathan Dos Santos moving to MLS. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

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USL
A new USL team has been announced for Birmingham AL, to begin play in 2019.

And Austin TX will be the home to another new USL team in 2019. They are building their own stadium on the grounds of the Circuit Of The Americas Formula One race track, and will be owned by the chairman of COTA Bobby Epstein. The race track is outside of Austin, about 30 minutes from downtown.

Don't forget that Fresno and Nashville join USL in 2018 as well.

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GUARDIAN 2017-18 PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM PREVIEWS:


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The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Some Soccer News for Aug 8, 2017

It's Day 220 of 2017.


I received this email from my father on Sunday. He was referring to the Minnesota United game on Saturday night against Seattle. I have left the email unedited:

Subject: Last nights Game
From John McGuire
Time: 5:02 PM
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
To: Bruce

Ha Bruce;
Have your Coaches just look at the last two Games. Don't over analyse.
Look at the personnel. If they could just improve a little "average it out" what wold that do?
20,000 good attendance wasn't it. Probably the game that I should have came to.
Dad

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LAFC has made Mexican forward Carlos Vela their first big signing. Buying him from Real Sociedad. I assume the deal will start in January.
  • How will this work with notorious Vela butts heads with Bob Bradley? Vela is known for laziness and disrespect to managers. Bradley is known for no bullshit policies.

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And it looks like a roster churn at DC United is underway. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.

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du Nord MLS Hot Team Hot List Power Rankings:
(Based solely on science using the 5 previous games, with no bias for prior standing or projections - just results.)
(As of Mon Aug 7)
  1. Seattle Sounders
  2. New York Red Bulls
  3. Atlanta United
  4. Vancouver Whitecaps
  5. Dallas
  6. San Jose Earthquakes
  7. Portland Timbers
  8. New York City
  9. Philadelphia Union
  10. Chicago Fire
  11. Montreal Impact
  12. Toronto
  13. Houston Dynamo
  14. Real Salt Lake
  15. New England Revolution
  16. Columbus Crew
  17. Sporting Kansas City
  18. Colorado Rapids
  19. Minnesota United
  20. Orlando City
  21. LA Galaxy
  22. DC United

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MINNESOTA UNITED

NOTE: Minn is off this weekend. They were originally scheduled to play at Atlanta, but a delay in stadium opening has pushed the game back a few weeks.

The Loons signed goalkeeper Alex Kapp who has been training with the team for about a month already.
  • Kapp was drafted by Atlanta and was on their roster until they had to make room for goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Schedule:
-Sun Aug 20
Seattle v Minnesota - 8:30pm CT

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MLS

The growth of MLS is real. By Ken Belson for the New York Times.
  • Clearly fake news.
  • Seriously though, there are a lot of flaws in MLS and one helluva long way to go for this league to be declared truly successful. But from what I have experienced in soccer in my lifetime this league has been a genuine revolution. We all need to keep the pressure on to keep it growing and improving in the right directions.

How have New York City, and in turn Manchester City, progressed in their 3 years in America? By Chris Young for the Guardian.

Is your team "ambitious or frugal?" It might start getting real hard for the frugal. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.
  • I have felt for a long time that a frugal team can succeed, they just have to be smarter, better suited and make less mistakes than the ambitious.

Houston has signed a European centerback familiar to many - Swiss player Philippe Senderos from Rangers.

Week 23 Schedule:
(10 games)
-Sat Aug 12
Seattle v Kansas City
Toronto v Portland
DC v Salt Lake
Columbus v Chicago
New York Red Bulls v Orlando
Dallas v Colorado
New England v Vancouver
Philadelphia v Montreal
Houston v San Jose
LA v New York City - 10pm CT on ESPN2

Owners of the Minnesota Vikings NFL team, aka the Wilf family, have become part of the potential ownership group in Nashville, hoping to secure an MLS expansion team.

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  • David Villa of New York City named MLS Player Of The Week
  • Enzo Martinez of Charlotte Independence named USL Player Of The Week
  • Arielle Ship of Washington Spirit named NWSL Player Of The Week

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The new Southern California NASL team will be called California United FC. They will play at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium (just north of Anaheim) - home of Lalas Hill. They will begin play next Spring.

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USMNT

DeAndre Yedlin has a jacked up hamstring, just in time for Newcastle's return to the Premier League this weekend. Not good.

Aron Johannsson is reportedly for sale by Werder Bremen.

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US Open Cup

Semifinals Schedule:
-Wed Aug 9
Sporting Kansas City v San Jose Earthquakes - 7:30pm CT via YouTube.
-Tue Aug 15
Cincinnati v New York Red Bulls

Priority order for hosting final:
  1. Sporting Kansas City
  2. New York Red Bulls
  3. Cincinnati

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AMERICANS ABROAD

A season preview of the top Americans across Europe. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

Who will be next in the wake of Pulisic to make an impact on a European club? Here are some possibles. By Andrew King for Four Four Two.
  • Although it looks like one of the picks in this article Russell Canouse is on his way to DC United.

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GUARDIAN 2017-18 PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM PREVIEWS:


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