Monday, September 18, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 18, 2017

It's Day 261 of 2017.


Minnesota United announced that they have hired Chris Wright as their new Chief Executive Officer.
  • He was previously President of Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) and Minnesota Lynx (WNBA).

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It was great to see Minnesota beat on old rival (Montreal), even if almost none of you recognize it as such. I sure as hell do.
  • You wanna know what losing to the Loons at home when you are trying to make the playoffs does to an owner? I give you Joey Saputo of Montreal Impact.
  • Yeah I know its not directly about Minnesota, its about their failure all season long. But I want to think its about MNUFC, and so it is.

Beating the following teams means more to me than other MLS wins:
  • Montreal
  • Portland
  • Seattle
  • Vancouver

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70,425!
  • A new MLS single game attendance record.
  • Set by Atlanta United in their 2nd game in the new stadium.
  • Breaks a record of 69,255 that was set by LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in their first game ever, during the league's opening weekend more than 21 years ago.
  • More on that record and a new USL attendance record on the same night in Cincinnati. By Steve Goff for the Washington Post.

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Speaking of Atlanta, I need to take us back to March 20th here on the du Nord Futbol blog and recall something I wrote at that time:
  • "Josef Martinez of AU is the real deal. I haven't seen a new player in the league be this explosive since Carlos Ruiz showed up. Maybe the heyday of Jaime Moreno. And he is probably better than both of them. He is 24 years old and from Venezuela. He came to Atlanta from Torino in Italy. Don't take your eyes off this player."
  • Martinez has only played in 14 games due to injuries. But he has 16 goals in those 14 games. I thought he might be really special, but I didn't think he would be this good.

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Christian Pulisic has turns 19 today.
  • I was still a virgin on my 19th birthday.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Results:
-Sat Sep 16
Montreal Impact 2-3 Minnesota - MU goals by Molino(PK), Ramirez + Danladi.

My MNUFC Notes:
  • "They are ripe for a Minnesota picking." That's what I wrote on Friday.
  • Game highlights. [VIDEO]
Abuuuuuu! The late goal from Danladi was a monster.
He's Danladi and he'll score if he wants to, score if he wants to, score if he wants to. You would score too if your name was Abu!" Lyrics by Wes Burdine. To the tune of It's My Party by Leslie Gore.
  • To come from behind twice and then win with a 3rd goal is an incredible feat for this Minnesota team in MLS. It had fans on their feet going nuts!
  • The Loons have cracked the 1 Point Per Game average! They sit at 1.04. Three teams are worse off. (DC, LA and Colorado.)
  • Shuttlworth earned his pay in saving a PK attempt from Ignacio Piatti. It was a very poor shot from Piatti, but the only thing that matters is the save in the end.
  • Ibson created a beauty of a goal by flicking the ball up and across the goal box to the back post for Ramirez to head home for goal #2.
  • Molino converted another PK. Well done. Now score some more goals.
  • Minn used all 3 subs!!!!!
  • Brilliant volleyed goal by Dzemaili of Montreal.
  • And in CLASSIC Montreal Impact fashion they had a meltdown on the field after losing to Minnesota! I love it. And I can't tell you how many times I have seen this from them, their boorish owner, their boorish management, and their boorish players. Both Cabrera and Romero lost their shit and started swinging fists, grabbing, shoving, and screaming. Their GM Adam Braz has taught them well.
  • Good game: Ibson, Shuttleworth, Molini, Ramirez, Danladi
  • Ok game: Thiesson, Boxall, Calvo, Burch, Nicholson, Warner
  • Bad game: Finlay, Ibarra, Martin
  • The next opponent Dallas is ripe too. But not in the same way Montreal was. And may not be pickable.

Schedule:
-Sat Sep 23
Minnesota v Dallas

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MLS

My MLS Notes:
  • Diego Valeri has scored in 8 consecutive games! Incredible. I didn't think he could get better. He has.
  • Toronto left Altidore and Giovinco at home and still crushed the Galaxy 0-4! That is true confidence.
  • Chicago's defense gets healthier and they are winning again. Hmmmm.
  • Philly keeper Andre Blake is awesome. But you already knew that.
  • Can Salt Lake pull off a playoff place? They are in right now, but have 2 games in hand. They will have to play nearly perfect to pull it off.

Media review of the past week in MLS:

Long term is the way Philadelphia GM Earnie Stewart chooses to focus for real success. By Matt Pentz for ESPNFC.

Week 28 Results:
(13 games)
-Wed Sep 13
Atlanta 7-0 New England
Vancouver 3-0 Minnesota
-Sat Sep 16
Atlanta 3-3 Orlando
Vancouver 2-2 Columbus
Montreal 2-3 Minnesota
Dallas 0-0 Seattle
Chicago 3-0 DC
Kansas City 3-1 New England
Colorado 1-1 New York City
Salt Lake 2-1 Portland
LA 0-4 Toronto
San Jose 1-0 Houston
-Sun Sep 17
New York RB 0-0 Philadelphia
42 goals scored in 13 games this week = 3.2 goals per game.

Top teams in MLS by Points Per Game:
2.14 Toronto
1.76 New York City
1.66 Chicago
1.61 Vancouver
1.59 Atlanta
1.57 Kansas City
1.52 Seattle
1.50 New York Red Bulls

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USMNT

Bob Ley and Co dissect the rant Alexi Lalas directed at the USMNT last week. [VIDEO] From ESPN.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Does Stan Kroenke count as an American Abroad? He does own Arsenal. And some Arsenal fans hate his cheap-ass ways. (Just like with the Colorado Rapids.) By Rory Smith for the New York Times.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES:

Its almost not fair. Almost. Hahahahahaha. Get real. Its not fair. The only one of the big name teams in Europe that did not win this past weekend was Lyon and that's because they lost to PSG.

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action. From the Guardian.

Results:
-Sat Sep 16
Watford 0-6 Manchester City
Bayern 4-0 Mainz
Getafe 1-2 Barcelona
Liverpool 1-1 Burnley
Tottenham 0-0 Swansea
Werder Bremen 1-2 Schalke
Leipzig 2-2 Monchengladbach
Crotone 0-2 Inter
Roma 3-0 Hellas Verona
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Malaga
Monaco 3-0 Strasbourg
-Sun Sep 17
Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
Sassuolo 1-3 Juventus
Real Sociedad 1-3 Real Madrid
PSG 2-0 Lyon
Manchester United 4-0 Everton
Dortmund 5-0 Koln
Milan 2-1 Udinese
Napoli 6-0 Benevento
Girona 0-1 Sevilla
Amiens 0-2 Marseille

Mid week action ahead:
-Tue Sep 19
Barcelona v Eibar
Bologna v Inter
Monchengladbach v Stuttgart
-Wed Sep 20
Real Madrid v Betis
Juventus v Fiorentina
Bilbao v Atletico Madrid
Benevento v Roma
Lazio v Napoli
Milan v SPAL
Sevilla v Las Palmas



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Friday, September 15, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 15, 2017

It's Day 258 of 2017.


USMNT

Bobby Wood missing Hamburger's game today against Hannover due to a lingering knee injury. The USA does not need another injured forward with Jordan Morris already out.

The story circulating is that the USMNT's World Cup Qualifier in Trinidad + Tobago on Oct 10 will be played in the the small town of Couva instead of the capital Port Of Spain! The local Ato Boldon Stadium is generally used for track and field and only holds 10,000. T+T league team Central FC plays its home games there. Its is about an hour sound of Port Of Spain.
  • US Soccer always waits to announce these things until every contract has been signed and its a done deal. Which this is not, yet.

Lets check in with those injuries. By Avi Creditor for Sports Illustrated.

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NASL

The NASL has a "secret" board meeting next week that could determine their future fate. All speculation from inside source and a credible journalist. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Schedule:
-Sat Sep 16
Montreal Impact v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on FOX29

Francisco Calvo flew to meet the team in Montreal. The new dad already back out bringin home the bacon.

No word on what kind of shape Brent Kallman is in, or what the injury that took him out of the last game was. We shall see. If I was guessing I say he doesn't play. He keeps coming back ASAP from injuries.

Not that I expect to see any these guys in Minnesota, but these 11 MLS players will all be free agents after this season. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.
  • I am not sure I would take any of them. Would you?

Meet Montreal's newest top notch player Blerim Dzemaili. By Stu Cowan for the Montreal Gazette.

Montreal stats and shit:
  • Their undoubted top player is Ignaccio Piatti who can make any team in MLS look really bad at any time.
  • Piatti leads the team with 15 goals.
  • Anthony Jackson-Hamel is the 2nd best goal scorer with 7.
  • Dzemaili is next with 6 goals.
  • Matteo Mancuso has 4 goals.
  • Dzemaili also has 8 assists.
  • They also have a ton of speed with Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla and Dominic Oduro.
  • The Impact have lost 3 in a row including the first two of those at home.
  • They are ripe for a Minnesota picking.
  • Stade Saputo holds just over 20,000.

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MLS

The all-time attendance record for a MLS game was set on opening day of the league in 1996 - LA Galaxy drew 69,255 to the Rose Bowl. Well folks, that record is about to change. Atlanta has already sold more ticket then that for their home game this Saturday against Orlando.

Week 28 Schedule:
(13 games)
-Wed Sep 13
Atlanta 7-0 New England
Vancouver 3-0 Minnesota
-Sat Sep 16
Atlanta v Orlando
Vancouver v Columbus
Montreal v Minnesota
Dallas v Seattle
Chicago v DC
Kansas City v New England
Colorado v New York City
Salt Lake v Portland
LA v Toronto
San Jose v Houston
-Sun Sep 17
New York RB v Philadelphia

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COPA LIBERTADORES

A shocking upset on Thu night as huge underdogs Wilstermann blew out River Plate 3-0. That 2nd leg at El Monumental should be a doozy.

Quarterfinals Schedule:
Leg One
-Wed Sep 13
Barcelona (Ecu) 1-1 Santos (Bra)
Botafogo (Bra) 0-0 Gremio (Bra)
San Lorenzo (Arg) 2-0 Lanus (Arg)
-Thu Sep 14
Wilstermann (Bol) 3-0 River Plate (Arg)

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend. From the Guardian.

BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES:

-Sat Sep 16
Watford v Manchester City
Bayern v Mainz
Getafe v Barcelona
Liverpool v Burnley
Tottenham v Swansea
Werder Bremen v Schalke
Leipzig v Monchengladbach
Crotone v Inter
Roma v Hellas Verona
Atletico Madrid v Malaga
Monaco v Strasbourg
-Sun Sep 17
Chelsea v Arsenal
Sassuolo v Juventus
Real Sociedad v Real Madrid
PSG v Lyon
Manchester United v Everton
Dortmund v Koln
Milan v Udinese
Napoli v Benevento
Girona v Sevilla
Amiens v Marseille



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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 14, 2017

It's Day 257 of 2017.


RIP Grant Hart.

A talented and troubled guy who helped make Husker Du one of the greatest underground rock bands of all time.
There will be many heavy hearts in the Twin Cities and around the world today. A lot of people knew Hart. And yes he created almost all of his brilliance, demons, unpredictable thrills and bad luck.
I always saw his songs along the same lines as Mick Jones from the Clash - he wrote those songs you immediately turned toward because they were just more traditionally tuneful. Over the long haul Bob Mould and Joe Strummer balanced it out to make those two bands in particular so great, but Hart and Jones were equally as key to the story.

Here is a playlist of some of my favorite Husker Du songs written by Grant Hart:
  • Pink Turns to Blue - from the album Zen Arcade
  • Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely - from the album Candy Apple Grey
  • Diane - from the EP Metal Circus
  • Never Talking to You Again - from the album Zen Arcade
  • Standing by the Sea - from the album Zen Arcade
  • The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill - from the album New Day Rising
  • Books About UFOs - from the album New Day Rising
  • Green Eyes - from the album Flip Your Wig
  • Statues - from the 7" single

Remembrance from Hart's Husker Du band mates.
Bob Mould:


Greg Norton:


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Owners of the teams in NASL have a lot of decisions to make in the next few weeks. The future of their league turn on what they choose. And there are no easy answers. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Results:
-Wed Sep 13
Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 Minnesota

My MNUFC Notes:
  • And it wasn't nearly as close as just 3-0.
  • Game highlights [VIDEO] - Nah!
  • Thumbs up to Warner who had his best game for Minnesota last night.
  • Francisco Calvo did not travel with the team to Vancouver after his wife gave birth on Tuesday. Congrats to the whole family.
  • Atlanta was truly awesome last night!
  • Last Saturday against Philadelphia we saw JVenegas subbed into the game in the ? minute and proceed to give us one of the worst professional performances I have ever seen. Not, "disaster" horrible, but "I couldn't care less or put out less effort" horrible. And what does coach Adrian Heath due to JV? He starts him in the next game and lets him play the whole 90 minutes. Unreal. No punishment whatsoever. This tells JV that he can be as shitty as he wants to be and there will be no consequences for his actions. Remember early in the season when JV walked out of practice and then skipped the next day over some issue with his contract? His punishment for that was to go with the team on the road and come on as a sub. Again, no punishment at all, just reinforcing to JV that he can do whatever he wants and the coach will not punish him for letting his teammates down.
  • Vancouver did not even start their #1 goal scorer Fredy Montero.
  • Again Minn used only 2 subs, and 1 was due to injury. With 3 games in 8 days you need to give guys a rest whenever you can and not run them into the ground.
  • Molino was "sick" and didn't dress for the game.
  • Yes, Minn dominated the possession, but it was almost all in the middle of the field.
  • The Loons put in cross after cross with seemingly little plan to do anything with those crosses. Plus Vancouver swept them all aside like fruit flies.
  • Kallman had a particularly bad game. Watching Whitecaps run right past him for the first two goals and then getting injured and having to come out of the game.
  • Greenspan who replaced Kallman wasn't any better.
  • Boxall moved away from Shea who scored the 3rd VW goal right before the cross came in. Boxall had him marked, then left him wide open 7 yards in front of goal.
  • Good game: Warner
  • OK game: Shuttleworth, Thiesson, Boxall, Ibson, Finlay, Nicholson, Danladi, Jome
  • Bad game: Kallman, JVengas
  • If Cronin, Calvo, Kallman and Taylor all miss Saturday's game in Montreal then Minnesota is once again doomed.
  • And if JVenegas starts in Montreal, I might lose it completely.

Schedule:
-Sat Sep 16
Montreal Impact v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on FOX29

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Simply put:


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MLS

A spectacular night for Atlanta United. Holy Moly!
  • A 7-0 demolition of New England.
  • Game highlights. [VIDEO]
  • Josef Martinez scored in the 2nd minute, and added 2 penalties before the 40th.
  • Kouassi (16th) and Milnar Delamea (38th) both got Red Cards for New England.
  • I fear for Minnesota's safety when they visit Atlanta on Oct 3. (Many MU and AU big name players will be away for international duty.)

The league has over turned a red card given to Seattle Sounders' Roman Torres last Sunday.


Week 28 Schedule:
(13 games)
-Wed Sep 13
Atlanta 7-0 New England
Vancouver 3-0 Minnesota
-Sat Sep 16
Atlanta v Orlando
Vancouver v Columbus
Montreal v Minnesota
Dallas v Seattle
Chicago v DC
Kansas City v New England
Colorado v New York City
Salt Lake v Portland
LA v Toronto
San Jose v Houston
-Sun Sep 17
New York RB v Philadelphia

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More new music from Burial today - Rodent. The quixotic Londoner always gives us something interesting in the way of bedroom dancefloor music.

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COPA LIBERTADORES

San Lorenzo was the only winner in the 3 games last night. 1 more first leg game today.

Quarterfinals Schedule:
Leg One
-Wed Sep 13
Barcelona (Ecu) 1-1 Santos (Bra)
Botafogo (Bra) 0-0 Gremio (Bra)
San Lorenzo (Arg) 2-0 Lanus (Arg)
-Thu Sep 14
Wilstermann (Bol) v River Plate (Arg)

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - GROUP STAGE
Big wins on Wednesday: Real Madrid and Manchester City both rolled over opponents and Tottenham beat a Dortmund team that looked superior in most ways. (And 1 of those 2 or Real Madrid will not make it to the knockout rounds. Sorry APOEL.)

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES:

-Sat Sep 16
Watford v Manchester City
Bayern v Mainz
Getafe v Barcelona
Liverpool v Burnley
Tottenham v Swansea
Werder Bremen v Schalke
Leipzig v Monchengladbach
Crotone v Inter
Roma v Hellas Verona
Atletico Madrid v Malaga
Monaco v Strasbourg
-Sun Sep 17
Chelsea v Arsenal
Sassuolo v Juventus
Real Sociedad v Real Madrid
PSG v Lyon
Manchester United v Everton
Dortmund v Koln
Milan v Udinese
Napoli v Benevento
Girona v Sevilla
Amiens v Marseille



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 13, 2017

It's Day 256 of 2017.


FIFA pres Gianni Infantino has been accused, by his former ethics committee members (who he dismissed), of interfering with investigations (and ultimately shutting them down) of FIFA executive committee member Russian Vitaly Mutko who is the head of their World Cup committee. By Rob Harris for AP.
  • Mutko has long been tied to real scum bags including the people who ran the doping scandal that got the whole Russian team tossed from the Rio Olympics. So why is Infantino protecting him? What is there to hide Gianni?

I've said it many times before, NOTHING at FIFA changed when Sepp Blatter and his henchmen were ousted - they just changed the name plates on the doors, business continues the same as it always has.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Tonight will be the 1st time our team has traveled to Vancouver for a game since 2010. Glad we are returning.

Do you think tonight's game isn't all the that important? Wrong-o. With a win Vancouver goes to the top of the Western Conference!

Sam Cronin and Jermaine Taylor are both out of the MN lineup with concussions.

Van's main threats:
  • Fredy Montero with 11 goals
  • Christian Bolanos with 7 assists
  • Cristian Techera has 6 goals and 5 assists.
  • Brek Shea, Alphonso Davies and Kendall Waston are other players of note on their squad.
  • David Ousted is a solid goalkeeper.
  • Their midfield destroyer Mattias Laba blew out his knee last month and will not be back this season.

Match preview with Vancouver quotes. By Jim Morris of the Canadian Press via Vancouver Sun.

Schedule:
Two games coming this week:
-Wed Sep 13
Vancouver Whitecaps v Minnesota - 9pm CT on FOX29
-Sat Sep 16
Montreal Impact v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on FOX29

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MLS

Surveying the leagues most important topics this week: TFC domination, MVP race, Western race, Atlanta's continued success, and FC Dallas disaster. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

Being declared the leagues best team isn't making things any calmer in Toronto. By Kurt Larson for the Toronto Sun.

Week 28 Schedule:
(13 games)
-Wed Sep 13
Atlanta v New England
Vancouver v Minnesota
-Sat Sep 16
Atlanta v Orlando
Vancouver v Columbus
Montreal v Minnesota
Dallas v Seattle
Chicago v DC
Kansas City v New England
Colorado v New York City
Salt Lake v Portland
LA v Toronto
San Jose v Houston
-Sun Sep 17
New York RB v Philadelphia

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COPA LIBERTADORES

Quarterfinals Schedule:
Leg One
-Wed Sep 13
Barcelona (Ecu) v Santos (Bra)
Botafogo (Bra) v Gremio (Bra)
San Lorenzo (Arg) v Lanus (Arg)
-Thu Sep 14
Wilstermann (Bol) v River Plate (Arg)

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Cameron Carter Vickers scored the game winning goal in his first game for Sheffield United where he is on loan from Tottenham. He started and played the whole 90.

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - GROUP STAGE
Big wins on Tuesday for Barcelona over Juventus, and then all the usual's: PSG, Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern.

Wednesday games feature: Tottenham v Dortmund, and Real Madrid, and Manchester City.



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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 12, 2017

It's Day 255 of 2017.


Serious construction going on in St Paul's Midway for the new @MNUFC stadium!!!!!


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The group stage of the UEFA Champions League begins today.
  • Barcelona v Juventus is the big game of the day.
  • Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, PSG, Chelsea and Bayern all play today too.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Goalkeeper to Goalkeeper: An interview with new Loons goalkeeper Alex Kapp (currently on loan to Pittsburgh.) By Alex Schieferdecker for Fifty Five One.

Schedule:
Two games coming this week:
-Wed Sep 13
Vancouver Whitecaps v Minnesota - 9pm CT on FOX29
-Sat Sep 16
Montreal Impact v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on FOX29

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MLS

Houston Dynamo and Dash in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. By Arch Bell for ESPNFC.

How much has NYCFC improved since Patrick Viera took over? By Christian Araos for Four Four Two.

Week 28 Schedule:
-Wed Sep 13
Atlanta v New England
Vancouver v Minnesota

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  • Jaime Chavez of Miami named NASL Player Of The Week
  • Jozy Altidore of Toronto named MLS Player Of The Week
  • Sunny Jane of Richmond Kickers named USL Player Of The Week
  • Whitney Church of Washington Spirit named NWSL Player Of The Week

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The number of young English players taking a chance at professional football via the USA is growing, and has some success. By Jeff Rueter for the Guardian.

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COPA LIBERTADORES

A Quarterfinals preview, and the big underdog Wilstermann of Bolivia. By Tim Vickery for ESPNFC.

Quarterfinals Schedule:
Leg One
-Wed Sep 13
Barcelona (Ecu) v Santos (Bra)
Botafogo (Bra) v Gremio (Bra)
San Lorenzo (Arg) v Lanus (Arg)
-Thu Sep 14
Wilstermann (Bol) v River Plate (Arg)

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US SOCCER

A youth soccer administrator from Boston says he is going to run for US Soccer President, with the election to he held in early February. By Steve Goff for the Washington Post.
  • His quote about the USA paying Klinsmann too big of a buy out clause to terminate the contract comes off as naive. Every pro coaching contract in every sport these days has a buy out clause. You don't get to hire a big name coach without one.
  • This is the 1st person to announce that they are running for the position.

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USMNT

How bad is Jordan Morris's hamstring injury? By Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated.



The Bird Is The Word

Monday, September 11, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 11, 2017

It's Day 254 of 2017.


The morning of Sep 11, 2001 is forever etched in my brain. And I can't imagine the feelings of those directly effected - remembering you all.

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Before we get into the Minnesota United section, I want to make this quick statement: I NEVER WANT TO SEE JOHAN VENEGAS ON THE FIELD FOR THE LOONS AGAIN. EVER!

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Jozy Altidore's girlfriend Sloane Stephens won the Women's US Open tennis championship on Saturday! Fantastic. Huge congrats to her.

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During the FS1 broadcast of the Seattle v LA game commentator Alexi Lalas lost his shit on the USMNT performances as of last. He is dead on. From Total Soccer on Twitter:


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David Wagner, the American head coach of Huddersfield, has been named the Premier League Manager Of The Month for August!

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The shit storm tied to Qatar and hosting the 2022 World Cup never seems to end. By Tariq Panja for the New York Times.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Results:
-Sat Sep 9
Minnesota 1-1 Philadelphia Union - MU goal by Ethan Finlay. PU goal by CJ Sapong.

My MNUFC Notes:
  • Game highlights [VIDEO]
  • Very happy for Finlay. After he had a poor 1st half of the season in Columbus with only 1 goal + 1 assist, he nabbed his 2nd goal to go with an assist since arriving here in Minn.
  • Rough start - with Philly scoring in 5th min.
  • It was as if Minn came out unprepared to play - the Union just took it to them from the opening whistle.
  • The PU goal happened when Calvo ran into the center of the field with the ball and then got stripped. Now he was badly out of position. Fafa Picault flew down the wing, received a pass and out-hussled/muscled Nicholson. Picault sent a blistering cross on the ground 6 yards from the goal, finding CJ Sapong unmarked (Theisson sleeping) at the back post for a sliding tap-in tally. A truly pathetic opening to the game by Minn.
  • Then Calvo made up for that one when he pulled off one of the best moves I've ever seen [VIDEO] from a MLS fullback, that turned into a goal for Finlay. Bravisimo.
  • Molino had another all around poor/absent game - 1 real threatening pass, and 1 decent defensive play. Nothing else but lousy passing - 1/3 of his passes did not go to teammates.
  • AGAIN the coach only used 2 subs.
  • At least the coach finally took Molino out of the game. Unfortunately he replaced him with the far worse JVenegas.
  • Subbing in JVenegas was about as bad a substitute move as you could possibly see. No effort. No desire. No quality. No running. Poor passing. Weak shot. No defense. No nuthin. Fuck. Many people were very mad at JV after the game..
  • The other potential attacking subs Martin, Ibarra and Jome, would have been a 100,000% improvement over the horseshit we saw from JVenegas.
  • Good game: Nicholson, Finlay, Kallman, Calvo
  • OK game: Danladi, Ibson, Warner, Shuttlesworth, Leiton
  • Poor game: Thiesson, Boxall, Calvo, Molino, JVenegas
  • Service on set pieces was only slightly better than usual. Maybe a 10% increase. Maybe. But 10% up from Horrible still isn't very good.
  • The atmosphere in the stadium was excellent. Lower bowl was full. People were into the game. Imagine if this team was good. Imagine! But please stop calling 22k a sell out when there are 28k empty seats in the upper deck. Its a little embarrassing.
  • Tough week ahead - Wed at Vancouver and Sat at Montreal.

Media:

Schedule:
Two games coming this week:
-Wed Sep 13
Vancouver Whitecaps v Minnesota
-Sat Sep 16
Montreal Impact v Minnesota

A very good debut weekend for the 2 MNUFC Academy teams:
  • Sat Sep 9 U13 v Campton United - 7-0 winners! Goals by Michah Burton(4), David Hernandez(2) + Drew Kalal.
  • Sat Sep 9 U14 v Campton United - 7-0 winners! Goals by Daniel Lainsbury(3), Ryan Mahabadi(3) + Carlos Leatherman.
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  • Sun Sep 10 U13 v Cincinnati United Premier - 2-2 tie. Loons came back from 2 down. Both goals by Michah Burton.
  • Sun Sep 10 U14 v Cincinnati United Premier - 2-2 tie. Loons twice gave up a lead. Goals by Daniel Lainsbury + Jacob Thao.

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I was reading one of the collections of writings by 70s rock critic Lester Bangs (Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste), and he derisively described Ringo Starr's post-Beatles work to Peter Max designing sets for Hee-Haw. He meant it as a cheap shot, but I would like to see that.

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MLS

My MLS Notes:
  • President Jimmy Carter was at the Atlanta United game in their new stadium! Very cool. He is one of the great humanitarians of our day.
  • The new Atlanta stadium was weird though. The lighting was odd. It made it look like the players were in front of a green screen the whole time. The crowd was into it, but at times the majority were a little behind the speed of the whole professional soccer thing. They were fully supporting their team, just not fully aware of all the details on how the game is played.
  • Here are some comments on the opening of the new stadium in Atlanta from their coach and players and some Dallas players too. By Doug Roberson for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
  • Toronto is the first team this season to claim a playoff spot.
  • Dallas has gone 8 games without a win.
  • Diego Valeri of Portland has scored in 7 consecutive game. This ties a couple other players for a league record.
  • Jordan Morris left the Seattle game with hamstring injury. No word on severity yet, but initial prognosis is not good at all.

Media - Weekend reviews:

Week 27 Results:
-Wed Sep 6
New York City 1-0 KC
-Sat Sep 9
Chicago 1-1 New York Red Bulls
Toronto 4-0 San Jose
New York City 0-1 Portland
DC 1-2 Orlando
New England 1-0 Montreal
Minnesota 1-1 Philadelphia
Houston 0-1 Colorado
Vancouver 3-2 Salt Lake
-Sun Sep 10
Columbus 1-1 KC
Atlanta 3-0 Dallas
Seattle 1-1 LA

27 goals in 12 games = 2.25 gpg.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

I am pretty sure you have never heard of this guy Jonathan Gonzalez, but at 18 he has become an instant starter for Monterrey in Liga MX. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.

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USMNT

The relationship between the USMNT and MLS gets more detailed and complex every year. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES:

Bayern, Monaco and Milan lost, while Real, Atleti, Dortmund and Man United were all held to a tie.

Overall, here is how those big teams fared: 13W - 3T - 6L

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action. From the Guardian.

-Fri Sep 8
Hamburger 0-2 Leipzig
Metz 1-5 PSG
-Sat Sep 9
Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool
Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth
Everton 0-3 Tottenham
Leicester 1-2 Chelsea
Stoke 2-2 Manchester United
Freiburg 0-0 Dortmund
Monchengladbach 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hoffenheim 2-0 Bayern
Real Madrid 1-1 Levante
Valencia 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Sevilla 3-0 Eibar
Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol
Juventus 3-0 Chievo
-Sun Sep 10
Schalke 3-1 Stuttgart
Inter 2-0 SPAL
Lazio 4-1 Milan
Bologna 0-3 Napoli
Nice 4-0 Monaco
Lyon 2-1 Guingamp
Marseille 1-3 Rennes

It kinda looks like The Guardian has given up on American soccer - there hasn't been a new article in a couple weeks now.



The Bird Is The Word

Friday, September 08, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 8, 2017

It's Day 251 of 2017.


MINNESOTA UNITED

Philadelphia's USA international Alejandro Bedoya is suspended from the game on Saturday.

Some Union Stats:
  • Goals - 12-CJ Sapong, 6-Roland Alberg, 5-Fafa Picault and 4-Ilsinho
  • 31 points in 27 games
  • 36 goals for
  • 38 goals against
  • Road record 1 Win - 8 Losses - 4 Ties.

Philly website Brotherly Game gives us a preview of how they see Saturday's game going. By Eugene Rupinski for Brotherly Game.

The Loons indoor practice facility is getting new turf later this month. The fake stuff is call Field Turf Revolution 360 and is touted as top of the line.

ESPN prediction models give Minnesota less than 1% chance of making the playoffs this year. That seems generous.

Schedule:
-Sat Sep 9
Minnesota v Philadelphia Union - 7pm CT on My29 in the Twin Cities

NEXT: Wed Sep 13 at Vancouver

The 2 MNUFC Academy teams play their first games this weekend:
(at NSC in Blaine)
Sat Sep 9 U13 v Campton United - 9:30AM CT
Sat Sep 9 U14 v Campton United - 11:30AM CT
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Sun Sep 10 U13 v Cincinnati United Premier - 9:30AM CT
Sun Sep 10 U14 v Cincinnati United Premier - 11:30AM CT

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Suspend: du Nord Music Mix Vol 137 (download + extract)

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MLS

You know it, you love it, Alejandro Moreno's weekly MLS awards. [VIDEO] From ESPNFC.

MLS has become a marketing solution for many companies looking beyond the Millennials. By Alica Jessop for Huffington Post. Thanks to SF for the heads up.

Some very tasty games this weekend. See the full list below.
Week 27 Schedule:
(12 games)
-Wed Sep 6
New York City 1-0 KC
-Sat Sep 9
Chicago v New York Red Bulls - 2:55pm CT on UniMas
Toronto v San Jose
New York City v Portland
DC v Orlando
New England v Montreal
Minnesota v Philadelphia
Houston v Colorado
Vancouver v Salt Lake
-Sun Sep 10
Columbus v KC - 12pm CT on ESPN
Atlanta v Dallas - 2:30pm CT on FS1
Seattle v LA - 8pm CT on FS1

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USMNT

One writer thinks their are 6 players who could be a benefit to the team right away. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES:

-Fri Sep 8
Hamburger v Leipzig
Metz v PSG
-Sat Sep 9
Manchester City v Liverpool
Arsenal v Bournemouth
Everton v Tottenham
Leicester v Chelsea
Stoke v Manchester United
Freiburg v Dortmund
Monchengladbach v Eintracht Frankfurt
Hoffenheim v Bayern
Real Madrid v Levante
Valencia v Atletico Madrid
Sevilla v Eibar
Barcelona v Espanyol
Juventus v Chievo
Sampdoria v Roma
-Sun Sep 10
Schalke v Stuttgart
Inter v SPAL
Lazio v Milan
Bologna v Napoli
Nice v Monaco
Lyon v Guingamp
Marseille v Rennes



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 7, 2017

It's Day 250 of 2017.


MINNESOTA UNITED

Things are not smooth or beautiful for the Loons next opponent - Philadelphia Union. And the coach Jim Curtain knows how frustrated the fans are. By Jonathan Tannenwald for the Philadelphia Daily News.
  • Philly currently sits 7 points out of securing an Eastern Conference playoff position, with 7 games left to play.

Injury etc update: Cronin + Taylor out with concussions. Ramirez possible with hamstring. Molino, Calvo + JVenegas just returning from international duty. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Schedule:
-Sat Sep 9
Minnesota v Philadelphia Union - 7pm CT on My29 in the Twin Cities

The 2 MNUFC Academy teams play their first pair of games this weekend:
(at NSC in Blaine)
  • Sat Sep 9 U13 v Campton United - 9:30AM CT
du Nord follower Rob Spence says this first game is most worth watching and to keep an eye on Micah Burton, Solomon Straub and Jonah Gasho in this first game.
  • Sat Sep 9 U14 v Campton United - 11:30AM CT
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  • Sun Sep 10 U13 v Cincinnati United Premier - 9:30AM CT
  • Sun Sep 10 U14 v Cincinnati United Premier - 11:30AM CT

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Suspend: du Nord Music Mix Vol 137 (download + extract)

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MLS

Will Johnson of Orlando City was arrested and charged with domestic assault on Tuesday night. Its as nasty as these horrific events usually are. By Alicia DelGallo for the Orlando Sentinel.
  • He has been suspended by the team and league pending a full investigation.

The story of a the fascinating player Gerso of Sporting Kansas City - its quite the tale. By Sam McDowell for the Kansas City Star.

Atlanta is blazing new trails for MLS teams with its batch of young talented players who are now attracting big money attention from around the world. By Sam Stejskal for MLS.

How has the Video Assistant Referee system worked so far in MLS? Lets hear from the guy in charge. From the Press Association via ESPNFC.

Really good action last tonight: NYC v SKC, and New York won it with the games only goal in the 84th minute.
  • NYC is 6 points behind Toronto in the Supporters Shield race, and seem to be the only team with any chance at all of catching them. (And that seems far fetched too.)

Week 27 Schedule:
(12 games)
-Wed Sep 6
New York City 1-0 KC
-Sat Sep 9
Chicago v New York Red Bulls - 2:55pm CT on UniMas
Toronto v San Jose
New York City v Portland
DC v Orlando
New England v Montreal
Minnesota v Philadelphia
Houston v Colorado
Vancouver v Salt Lake
-Sun Sep 10
Columbus v KC - 12pm CT on ESPN
Atlanta v Dallas - 2:30pm CT on FS1
Seattle v LA - 8pm CT on FS1

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USMNT

Why has this World Cup qualifying campaign been one of the most difficult? The answers are simple, obvious and not new. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

Inconsistency bit the USA in the ass in the last two World Cup qualifiers, and before that too. What are the most important changes needed? By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.



The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 6, 2017

It's Day 249 of 2017.


And with that clunker the USMNT falls to 4th place in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
  • Panama moves to 3rd and the two face off in October in Orlando - how huge will that game be?!?!?!
  • Panama will be ultra motivated after they were knocked out of the last World Cup by the USA.
  • And in the last game the USA will go to T+T who would LOVE to avenge 1989!

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USMNT - World Cup Qualifying

-Tue Sep 5
Honduras 1-1 USA - 4:30pm CT on beIN
Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula

My USMNT Notes:
  • Whew...
  • Why did it seem like the USA spend so much of their possession just lumping the ball forward to no one. Was this the actual plan? I hope not. It was brutal.
  • When 3 of your 4 defenders have genuinely bad games your odds of winning are very very small.
  • So weird that Graham Zusi was one of the best USA players against Costa Rica last Friday and then last night was one of the worst. So weird.
  • The good part was that ALL THREE subs, Wood, Arriola and Cameron, had a real impact on the final score of the game. They brought energy, new attacking options and ultimately the tying goal from Wood.
  • Every game in Central America is a crazy, ugly affair no matter what year it is. Expecting something else is foolish.
  • Good game: Cameron, Arriola, Wood
  • Average game: Guzan, Besler, Acosta, Bradley, Dempsey, Morris, Nagbe, Pulisic
  • Bad game: Beasley, Gonzalez, Zusi
  • My final thought - Arena is going with experienced players, and I understand that, but even he has said that the World Cup is about young players, and I think he needs more of them in qualifying.

What is the formula for USMNT qualifying now? By Avi Creditor for Sports Illustrated.

What is going on with the USMNT defense, and how can it be remedied? By Scott French for Four Four Two.

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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying:
Mexico has qualified for the World Cup. And Costa Rica is on the brink. USA, Hondura and Panama will duke it out for the 1 more automatic spot and 1 playoff position.

Hexagonal Schedule/results:
Matchday 8
-Tue Sep 5
Honduras 1-1 USA
Panama 3-0 T+T
Costa Rica 1-1 Mexico

Hexagonal Standings:
(8 of 10 games played)
---IN---
18 Mexico (+8)
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15 Costa Rica (+7)
10 Panama (+2)
---PLAYOFF---
9 USA (+1)
---ALIVE---
9 Honduras (-7)
---OUT---
3 Trinidad +Tobago (-11)

Ahead are the final 2 games of qualifying for CONCACAF:
Matchday 9
-Thu Oct 10
Costa Rica v Honduras
Mexico v T+T
-Fri Oct 6
USA v Panama

Matchday 10
-Tue Oct 9
T+T v USA
Honduras v Mexico
Panama v Costa Rica

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SOUTH AMERICA - WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

My CONMEBOL Notes:
  • Chile falls out of the good spots after a loss at already eliminated Bolivia! What has happened?
  • Peru leaps up over Argentia and into the last automatic qualifier.
  • Argentina could only tie last place Venezuela, thus remaining in the playoff position.
  • And Uruguay takes 2nd place in the federation qualifying tournament.

Matchday 16 Schedule:
-Tue Sep 5
Bolivia 1-0 Chile
Colombia 1-1 Brazil
Argentina 1-1 Venezuela
Ecuador 1-2 Peru
Paraguay 1-2 Uruguay

Standings:
---IN---
37 Brazil
---AUTO---
27 Uruguay (+10 GD)
26 Colombia (+3 GD)
24 Peru (+1 GD)
---PLAYOFF---
24 Argentina (+1 GD)
---ALIVE---
23 Chile (+1 GD)
21 Paraguay (-6 GD)
20 Ecuador (0 GD)
---OUT---
13 Bolivia
8 Venezuela

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Holger Czukay, bass player in the great German band Can, has passed away at age 79.
  • Earlier this year drummer Jaki Liebezeit passed away as well.
  • Almost all of their music from the late 60s and early 70s still sounds fresh and beyond where music is today.
  • Their albums Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Future Days are all essential listening.
  • Here is one of Can's many great songs: Vitamin C

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MINNESOTA UNITED

This is not what you want to see: Its been over a week since either of the two Twin Cities daily newspapers have posted an article on the team.

Schedule:
-Sat Sep 9
Minnesota v Philadelphia Union - 7pm CT on My29 in the Twin Cities

The 2 MNUFC Academy teams play their first games this weekend:
(at NSC in Blaine)
  • Sat Sep 9 U13 v Campton United - 9:30AM CT
  • Sat Sep 9 U14 v Campton United - 11:30AM CT
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  • Sun Sep 10 U13 v Cincinnati United Premier - 9:30AM CT
  • Sun Sep 10 U14 v Cincinnati United Premier - 11:30AM CT

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MLS

Really good game tonight: NYC v SKC!

The MLS Academy system is maturing and changing rapidly, including recruitment of players from all over the place. Tactics look more chaotic all the time. By Charles Boehm for Four Four.

Week 27 Schedule:
(12 games)
-Wed Sep 6
New York City v KC
-Sat Sep 9
Chicago v New York Red Bulls - 2:55pm CT on UniMas
Toronto v San Jose
New York City v Portland
DC v Orlando
New England v Montreal
Minnesota v Philadelphia
Houston v Colorado
Vancouver v Salt Lake
-Sun Sep 10
Columbus v KC - 12pm CT on ESPN
Atlanta v Dallas - 2:30pm CT on FS1
Seattle v LA - 8pm CT on FS1

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES:

-Fri Sep 8
Hamburger v Leipzig
Metz v PSG
-Sat Sep 9
Manchester City v Liverpool
Arsenal v Bournemouth
Everton v Tottenham
Leicester v Chelsea
Stoke v Manchester United
Freiburg v Dortmund
Monchengladbach v Eintracht Frankfurt
Hoffenheim v Bayern
Real Madrid v Levante
Valencia v Atletico Madrid
Sevilla v Eibar
Barcelona v Espanyol
Juventus v Chievo
Sampdoria v Roma
-Sun Sep 10
Schalke v Stuttgart
Inter v SPAL
Lazio v Milan
Bologna v Napoli
Nice v Monaco
Lyon v Guingamp
Marseille v Rennes

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The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 5, 2017

It's Day 248 of 2017.


BIG: US Soccer has denied 2nd division status to NASL for the 2018 season. By Wes Burdine for Fifty Five One.
  • More info on the story. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.
  • NASL responds to news:
  • Free snark included.

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USMNT - World Cup Qualifying

The USA is currently the 3rd best team in CONCACAF. Its debatable who is #1 and #2 - Mexico or Costa Rica. But they are both ahead of the USA, make no mistake about that.

Jozy Altidore is suspended for the game in Honduras.

  • Players who had good games against Costa Rica: (1) Zusi
  • Players who had average games against Costa Rica: (11) Morris, Ream, Villafana, Dempsey, Pulisic, Arriola, Nagbe, Bradley, Johnson, Wood, Altidore
  • Players who had bad games against Costa Rica: (2) Howard, Cameron

Basically we sit here: USA, Honduras and Panama are all fighting for 1 remaining World Cup spot and 1 playoff spot against Asia. One of those 3 countries will lose out.
  • Michael Bradley: "It’s so clear and it’s all right there for us. It’s three games, a little three-team tournament to see who goes to the World Cup directly, who is going to play in the playoff and who is going to be out."

Heat, humidity and big time pressure on the USA in San Pedro Sula Honduras today. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • Add to that that the Hondurans will want to enact revenge for a humiliating 6-0 loss to the USMNT on Mar 24.

When Bruce Arena speaks and someone transcribes the words, I read them. And thoroughly enjoy it. By Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated.

Yeah, tonights a big game in Honduras for the USMNT. By Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

Schedule/Results:
-Fri Sep 1
USA 0-2 Costa Rica - CR goals both by Marco Urena.
Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ
-Tue Sep 5
Honduras v USA - 4:30pm CT on beIN
Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula

USA Roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - DC United, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Fabian Johnson - Borussia Monchengladbach, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes, Bobby Wood - Hamburger

Honduras roster:
  • G: Luis Lopez - Real Espana, Ricardo Canales - Vida, Donis Escober - Olimpia
  • D: Felix Crisanto - Motagua, Maynor Figueroa - Dallas, Henry Figueroa - Motagua, Emilio Izaguirre - Al-Fayha, Carlos Sanchez - Progreso, Johnny Leveron - Marathon, Johnny Palacios - Olimpia
  • M: Carlos Discua - Motagua, Alfredo Mejia - Xanthi, Alexander Lopez - Olimpia, Boniek Garcia - Houston Dynamo, Oliver Morazan - Olimpia, Jorge Claros - Real Espana, Sergio Pena - Real Sociedad, Carlos Lanza - Juticalpa, Anthony Lozano - Barcelona B, Eddie Hernandez - no club
  • F: Romell Quioto - Houston Dynamo, Carlo Costly - Olimpia, Alberth Elis - Houston Dynamo

It will not be a stunning turn of events if the USA loses tonight in Honduras. This is a very tough place to play, and they have a decent squad.

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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying:

Mexico has qualified for the World Cup. And Costa Rica is on the brink. USA, Honduras and Panama will duke it out for the 1 more automatic spot and 1 playoff spot.

Hexagonal Schedule/results:
Matchday 7
-Fri Sep 1
USA 0-2 Costa Rica
T+T 1-2 Honduras
Mexico 1-0 Panama
Matchday 8
-Tue Sep 5
Honduras v USA - 4:30pm CT on beIN
Panama v T+T - 7:00pm CT (No USA TV)
Costa Rica v Mexico - 9:00pm CT on beIN

Hexagonal Standings:
(7 of 10 games played)
17 Mexico (+8)
14 Costa Rica (+7)
8 USA (+1)
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8 Honduras (-7)
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7 Panama (-1)
3 Trinidad +Tobago (-8)

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Long interview with Minn United owner Bill McGuire. Many questions are answered. [AUDIO] By Wes Burdine for Fifty Five One.

Schedule:
-Sat Sep 9
Minnesota v Philadelphia Union

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MLS

My MLS Notes:
  • Kei Kamara Baby! His first hat trick in MLS, and the Revs rolled!
  • Orlando fell all the way to 10th in the East. 7 points out of a playoff spot. Does their coach Jason Kreis survive until next year if they don't make the playoffs?
  • Since Pablo Mastroeni was fired as head coach of Colorado Rapids they have lost all 4 games. And each loss is worse than the one before it. Colorado's last win, home or away, was on Jul 1.
  • Chicago broke their duck. It was a long time coming, and maybe losing to Minn last week was hitting bottom. Even when you are strong a road win is good in MLS. So this was big. And their leader Schweinsteiger got the only goal too.

Week 26 Results:
(4 games)
-Sat Sep 2
New England 4-0 Orlando
Montreal 0-1 Chicago
Dallas 2-2 New York RB
LA 3-0 Colorado
12 goals in 4 games = 3 goals per game.

MLS Leading Goal Scorers:
  • 19 David Villa
  • 16 Diego Valeri
  • 16 Nemanja Nikolic
  • 15 Sebastian Giovinco
  • 15 Ignacio Piatti

David Villa suffered a hip abductor injury while training with the Spanish national team. On boy.

Week 27 Schedule:
(12 games)
-Wed Sep 6
New York City v KC
-Sat Sep 9
Chicago v New York Red Bulls
Toronto v San Jose
New York City v Portland
DC v Orlando
New England v Montreal
Minnesota v Philadelphia
Houston v Colorado
Vancouver v Salt Lake
-Sun Sep 10
Columbus v KC
Atlanta v Dallas
Seattle v LA

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  • Alex Morgan of Orlando Pride named NWSL Player Of The Month for August
  • Nemanja Vukovic of Indy Eleven named NASL Play Of The Month for August
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  • Kei Kamara of New England Revolution named MLS Player Of The Week.
  • Enzo Martinez of Charlotte Independence named USL Player Of The Week
  • Shea Groom of Kansas City named NWSL Player Of The Week
  • Pablo Dyego of San Francisco Deltas named NASL Player Of The Week

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ASIA - WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Iran, S Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia have qualified for the World Cup.
  • Syria and Australia will play off in October with the winner playing off against the 4th place team from CONCACAF in November for a spot in the World Cup.


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AFRICA - WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Cameroon is the first team eliminated from the final round.

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SOUTH AMERICA - WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Matchday 16 Schedule:
-Tue Sep 5
Bolivia v Chile
Colombia v Brazil
Argentina v Venezuela
Ecuador v Peru
Paraguay v Uruguay

Standings:
-----IN-----
36 Brazil
-----Auto-----
25 Colombia (+3 GD)
24 Uruguay (+9 GD)
23 Chile (+2 GD)
-----Playoff-----
23 Argentina (+1 GD)
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21 Peru (0 GD)
21 Paraguay (-5 GD)
20 Ecuador (+1 GD)
-----OUT-----
10 Bolivia
7 Venezuela

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