Thursday, January 11, 2018

Some Soccer News for Jan 11, 2018

It's Day 11 of 2018.


CONTINUING JONATHAN GONZALEZ FALLOUT

This interview with Brad Rothenberg about young Latino players in the USA is very enlightening, and frankly a gut punch. By Mike Woitalla for Soccer America.

USMNT Youth Technical Director Tab Ramos defends US Soccer and says he did everything he possibly could to make Jonathan Gonzalez feel wanted in the USA international set up. The rest is up to the player. By Ives Galarcep for Goal.

Mexican national team technical director Dennis te Kloese discusses their successful recruitment of Gonzalez. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

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In a surprise to no one, Christian Pulisic has won the 2017 Player of the Year Award from American radio network Futbol de Primera.
  • They have been handing out the award for 27 years, and I believe this year was the easiest choice ever.
  • Landon Donovan won the award 7 times, and Clint Dempsey 3.

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LOS LOONS

11 days until preseason begins

Apparently we are all supposed to hold up our scarves today.

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Top 25 Tracks Of The Year: du Nord Music Mix (download + extract)

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MLS

The Red Bulls have been in player shedding mode for 3 or 4 years now, going back to the departures of Cahill, Marquez and Henry, and not replacing them. Then last year it was Dax McCarty, and this year Sacha Kljestan. At this rate MLS teams need to be ready to pounce cuz that would make Bradley Wright Phillips and Luis Robles next. What is the master plan behind all this? By Sam Stjeskal for Four Four Two.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Josh Sargent becomes the "51st American national to play for a Bundesliga club." From the Bundesliga.
  • Here is more from the Bundesliga on Sargent joining Werder last week.
  • He doesn't turn 18 until Feb 20 so technically he can't sign with the club or play in official senior team games yet.

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OH CANADA

The men's national team has another new head coach. A real revolving door. This time Octavio Zambrano didn't even last a year. Their women's national team coach John Herdman is the new hire, and he has been given orders to streamline the whole program. By Kurt Larson for the Toronto Sun.

2018 Canadian Championship Schedule:
First Qualifying Round (1QR)
1st Leg
-Jun 6
Blainville v Oakville Blue Devils
2nd Leg
-Jun 13
Oakville Blue Devils v Blainville
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Second Qualifying Round (2QR)
1st Leg
-Jun 20
1QR Winner v Ottawa Fury
2nd Leg
-Jun 27
Ottawa Fury v 1QR Winner
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Semifinals
1st Leg
-Jul 18
2QR Winner v Toronto
Montreal Impcat v Vancouver Whitecaps
2nd Leg
-Jul 25
Toronto v 2QR Winner
Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal Impact
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Finals
(two legs)
-Aug 8 + 15

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EUROPE

Former Disney chair Michael Eisner has bought old, worn out English team Portsmouth and with a slow and steady approach wants to make another triumphant sports story. By Rory Smith for the NY Times.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPE'S 5 TOP LEAGUES

Schedule:
-Fri Jan 12
Leverkusen v Bayern
-Sat Jan 13
Eibar v Atletico Madrid
Chelsea v Burnley
Liepzig v Schalke
Rennes v Marseille
Montpellier v Monaco
Real Madrid v Villarreal
Tottenham v Everton
Deportivo La Coruna v Valencia
-Sun Jan 14
Bournemouth v Arsenal
Real Sociedad v Barcelona
Dortmund v Wolfsburg
Liverpool v Man City
Lyon v Angers
Nantes v PSG
-Mon Jan 15
Man United v Stoke



The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Some Soccer News for Jan 10, 2018

It's Day 10 of 2018.


Christian Pulisic talks USMNT World Cup qualifying heartbreak. By Raphael Honigstein for ESPNFC.

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USMNT JANUARY CAMP

A hamstring injury has forced Dom Dwyer out of the camp.

Q + A with head coach Dave Sarachan on the camp and the state of US Soccer. By Ridge Mahoney for Soccer America.

Possible highlights that could come from this camp. By Avi Creditor for Sports Illustrated.

Roster:
  • G: Alex Bono - Toronto, Bill Hamid - Midtjylland, Cody Cropper - New England Revolution, Zack Steffen - Columbus Crew
  • D: Danny Acosta - Real Salt Lake, Justen Glad - Real Salt Lake, Nick Lima - San Jose Earthquakes, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Ike Opara - Sporting Kansas City, Tim Parker - Vancouver Whitecaps, Matt Polster - Chicago Fire, Brandon Vincent - Chicago Fire, Walker Zimmerman - Los Angeles
  • M: Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Paul Arriola - DC United, Russell Canouse - DC United, Marky Delgado - Toronto, Marlon Hairston - Colorado Rapids, Ian Harkes - DC United, Brooks Lennon - Real Salt Lake, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Wil Trapp - Columbus Crew, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Orlando City, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Christian Ramirez - Minnesota United, Rubio Rubin - no club, CJ Sapong - Philadelphia Union

Friendly Schedule:
-Sun Jan 28
USA v Bosnia + Herzegovina - 8:30pm CT on FS1
Stub Hub Center - Carson CA

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LOS LOONS

Assistant coach Ian Fuller scouted new signing Frantz Pangop and shares some thoughts with three reporters:

12 days until preseason begins

Off Season Signings:
  • Harrison Heath
  • Tyrone Mears
  • Frantz Pangop

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Top 25 Tracks Of The Year: du Nord Music Mix (download + extract)

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MLS

Vancouver has pulled off a deal to sign 29 year old Mexican right fullback Efrain Juarez from Monterrey. He had kinda lost his starting role with Rayados. Good move.

MLS is currently holding a 3 day scouting combine in Fort Lauderdale for young players from the Caribbean. The 22 invited players are from 16 countries and age 18-21.

A person unknown to me named Tutal Rahman has posted a lengthy Tweet thread about MLS budgets, how they work, and how they can be best utilized.
  • You will learn something by reading this.

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USL

Indy Eleven has joined the tied of NASL defectors and will play in USL in 2018.
  • Some feel that Jacksonville Armada is right behind them.
  • USL now has 35 teams for the 2018 season.

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NASL

Down to 4 teams:
  • Jacksonville
  • Miami
  • New York
  • Puerto Rico
Slated to join next season:
  • California United
  • San Diego 1904

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EUROPE

Benevento, the Serie A team that started the season with 17 losses and 1 tie has won its last 2 games in a row. They are still 9 points away from relegation safety, but who knows. Any chance? Highly unlikely, but for a while I was wondering if they would ever score 10 goals.



The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Some Soccer News for Jan 9, 2018

It's Day 9 of 2018.


JONATHAN GONZALEZ

Thomas Rongen has always had a fine eye for soccer talent, and he is currently a scout for US Soccer. (Hired after Klinsmann was fired.) Actually he is the ONLY scout for the men's program. (Along with some part timers.) He is on fire today on Twitter.
  • FYI: The amount of online rhetoric being spewed on the Jonathan Gonzalez story is beyond idiotic.

A look at how Jonathan Gonzalez decided to switch national teams from USA to Mexico. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

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This pretty much confirms that Gianni Infantino's FIFA reform talk has been all bullshit. By Tariq Panja for the New York Times.

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USMNT JANUARY CAMP

Christian Ramirez of Minnesota United talks about fulfilling his dreams. By Ryan Tolmich for SBI.

Roster:
  • G: Alex Bono - Toronto, Bill Hamid - Midtjylland, Cody Cropper - New England Revolution, Zack Steffen - Columbus Crew
  • D: Danny Acosta - Real Salt Lake, Justen Glad - Real Salt Lake, Nick Lima - San Jose Earthquakes, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Ike Opara - Sporting Kansas City, Tim Parker - Vancouver Whitecaps, Matt Polster - Chicago Fire, Brandon Vincent - Chicago Fire, Walker Zimmerman - Los Angeles
  • M: Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Paul Arriola - DC United, Russell Canouse - DC United, Marky Delgado - Toronto, Marlon Hairston - Colorado Rapids, Ian Harkes - DC United, Brooks Lennon - Real Salt Lake, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Wil Trapp - Columbus Crew, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Orlando City, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Christian Ramirez - Minnesota United, Rubio Rubin - no club, CJ Sapong - Philadelphia Union

Friendly Schedule:
-Sun Jan 28
USA v Bosnia + Herzegovina - 8:30pm CT on FS1
Stub Hub Center - Carson CA

Roster Breakdown By Age: (I think that under 23 is young, 23-28 is veteran, and over 28 is older.)

18
  • Tyler Adams
20
  • Danny Acosta
  • Justen Glad
  • Brooks Lennon
21
  • Rubio Rubin
22
  • Paul Arriola
  • Russell Canouse
  • Marky Delgado
  • Ian Harkes
  • Cristian Roldan
  • Zack Steffen
23
  • Alex Bono
  • Marlon Hairston
  • Nick Lima
  • Jordan Morris
  • Brandon Vincent
24
  • Cody Cropper
  • Tim Parker
  • Matt Polster
  • Wil Trapp
  • Walker Zimmerman
25
  • Juan Agudelo
26
  • Christian Ramirez
  • Kelyn Rowe
  • Gyasi Zardes
27
  • Dom Dwyer
  • Bill Hamid
28
  • Ike Opara
29
  • CJ Sapong
30
  • Justin Morrow

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LOS LOONS

MN has signed 24 year old Cameroonian midfielder Frantz Pangop from Union Douala. Press release from MNUFC.
  • Very little is known about the player.
  • He was a sub for Cameroon in 2 World Cup qualifiers. (They had already been eliminated.) In game 5 of 6 he came on as sub in the 87th minute, and immediately scored a goal in the 88th!
  • He is not list on the current Doula roster, so its hard to know when he left there.
  • Here are two Youtube collections of his highlights for club and country: ONE - and - TWO

One thing we learned last night at the Dark Clouds annual meeting is that Todd Johnson of Johnson Brothers liquor distribution of St Paul, one of the top beverage distributors in the country, owns a piece of MNUFC.

13 days until preseason begins.

Off Season Signings:
  • Harrison Heath
  • Tyrone Mears
  • Frantz Pangop

Key dates ahead:
  • Thu Jan 11 - Wed Jan 17 draftable player combine in Orlando
  • Fri Jan 19 college draft in Philadelphia

A little Allianz Field update. By Nick Woltman for the Pioneer Press.

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Top 25 Tracks Of 2017: du Nord Music Mix (download + extract)

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MLS

Atlanta United announced their own USL team for 2018 called ATL UTD 2. The team will play in Gwinnett County which is about 40 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

LAG has signed Perry Kitchen, returning to MLS from stints at Hearts in Scotland and Randers in Denmark.

Houston has signed AJ DeLaGarza to a new contract. Good move.

Rapids finally made it official with a loan deal to acquire Edgar Castillo from Monterrey.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

A nice review of some strong performances by Americans last weekend. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPE'S 5 TOP LEAGUES

My predictions for winners of the Top 5 - really easy seeing as 4 of them are already over.
  • Ligue 1 - Its already over: PSG
  • La Liga - Its already over: Barcelona
  • Bundesliga - Its already over: Bayern
  • Premier League - Its already over: Man City
  • Serie A - Napoli has a 1 point lead now, but Juventus will win it again



The Bird Is The Word

Monday, January 08, 2018

Some Soccer News for Jan 8, 2018

It's Day 8 of 2018.


Barcelona just spent $142 Million dollars, (with incentives could go to $193M), on 25 year old Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. Absurd by any standard. Huge congrats to Coutinho. Take your share of the money and run.

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Happy Birthday to:
And:
  • Larry Storch
  • Soupy Sales
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Ray Misterio

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USMNT has invited 30 players into a training camp starting Thu Jan 11 that will end in a game on Sun Jan 28 v Bosnia + Herzegovina.
  • Christian Ramirez of Minnesota United gets his first ever call up. He is the only forward without prior experience at the international level.
  • Some words from Ramirez on receiving the invite. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.
  • Other first timers are: Alex Bono, Cody Cropper, Zack Steffen, Danny Acosta, Justen Glad, Nick Lima, Ike Opara, Tim Parker, Matt Polster, Russell Canouse, Marky Delgado, Marlon Hairston, Ian Harkes and Brooks Lennon.
  • All but 2 are on MLS rosters.

Full Roster:
  • G: Alex Bono - Toronto, Bill Hamid - Midtjylland, Cody Cropper - New England Revolution, Zack Steffen - Columbus Crew
  • D: Danny Acosta - Real Salt Lake, Justen Glad - Real Salt Lake, Nick Lima - San Jose Earthquakes, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Ike Opara - Sporting Kansas City, Tim Parker - Vancouver Whitecaps, Matt Polster - Chicago Fire, Brandon Vincent - Chicago Fire, Walker Zimmerman - Los Angeles
  • M: Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Paul Arriola - DC United, Russell Canouse - DC United, Marky Delgado - Toronto, Marlon Hairston - Colorado Rapids, Ian Harkes - DC United, Brooks Lennon - Real Salt Lake, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Wil Trapp - Columbus Crew, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Orlando City, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Christian Ramirez - Minnesota United, Rubio Rubin - no club, CJ Sapong - Philadelphia Union

This team could really use a few more veterans to lead the way.

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The US Soccer technical staff screwed this one up pretty bad. Gonzalez has been on US youth teams for 5 years and at this critical junction he was stolen from right under their noses:


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MEXICO - LIGA MX

The new season has begun:
  • Champions Tigres open with a loss.
  • Runners-up Monterrey giving up a tying goal in the dying seconds at home.
  • Other favorites America with a road win.

Week 1 Results:
-Fri Jan 5
Puebla 2-1 Tigres
Atlas 1-2 Leon
-Sat Jan 6
Cruz Azul 0-0 Tijuana
Monterrey 1-1 Morelia
Pachuca 2-3 Pumas
Necaxa 0-0 Veracruz
-Sun Jan 7
Toluca 1-1 Guadalajara
Querataro 0-1 America
Santos Laguna 4-2 Lobos BUAP

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LOS LOONS

Brandon Allen has signed with USL team Bethlehem Steel FC (owned by Philadelphia Union.)

14 days until preseason begins.

Key dates ahead:
  • Draftable Player Combine on Thu Jan 11 - Wed Jan 17 in Orlando
  • College Draft on Fri Jan 19 in Philadelphia

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MLS

After 3 years NYCFC says they are turning their ship towards a youth movement. By Kyle Schnitzer for the NY Post.
  • Pirlo leaving probably cut their average roster age by 10 years.

DC United signed goalkeeper David Ousted from Vancouver Whitecaps.

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WE ARE ALL JUST KIDS

Thrilling! Jozy Altidore visited a youth soccer club in Cayman Islands and imparted his wisdom, and even taking part in a scrimmage! Its a great feeling as a kid when someone so elite shows up at your practice session. By Mark Muckenfuss for Cayman Compass.

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AMERICAN SOCCER

Amid all the rank negativity: More than 25 new expansion teams entering the top divisions of American soccer in 2018. Incredible growth amidst the chaos. By Nathan Reynolds for MLS Multipex.

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US SOCCER

An interview with Phil Wright who is Chairman of the Board of Directors of U.S. Club Soccer, one of 4 youth programs in the country. I enjoy reading all these different perspectives on the American soccer system. By Mike Woitalla for Soccer America.

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USMNT

A little update on the coaching staff for the January camp. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Eric Lichaj had the biggest performance of his life this weekend as he scored 2 goals, one a golazo, in leading Nottingham Forest to a 4-2 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup:
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EUROPE

Two Teams Unbeaten in the 5 Big Leagues:
  • Manchester City 20-2-0
  • Barcelona 15-3-0

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPE'S 5 TOP LEAGUES

Results news:
  • With another tie Real Madrid has fallen 16 points behind Barcelona, with 1 game in hand. 20 games left in the season.
  • Inter continues to drop, with another tie they go to 9 points out of a lead they once held. 4 games without a win.
  • And Roma lost.

Schedule/Results:
-Fri Jan 5
Fiorentina 1-1 Inter
-Sat Jan 6
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Getafe
Milan 1-0 Crotone
Napoli 2-0 Hellas Verona
Roma 1-2 Atalanta
Cagliari 0-1 Juventus
Valencia 2-1 Girona
-Sun Jan 7
Barcelona 3-0 Levante
Celta de Vigo 2-2 Real Madrid



The Bird Is The Word

Friday, January 05, 2018

Some Soccer News for Jan 5, 2018

It's Day 5 of 2018.


MEXICO - LIGA MX

The new season starts tonight! Let the Clausura begin!
  • The champs from Nuevo Leon start us off at 7pm CT on Univision Deportes. They travel to struggling Puebla.

Lots of American's playing in Liga MX this Spring - here is a preview. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.

Week 1 Schedule:
-Fri Jan 5
Puebla v Tigres
Atlas v Leon
-Sat Jan 6
Cruz Azul v Tijuana
Monterrey v Morelia
Pachuca v Pumas
Necaxa v Veracruz
-Sun Jan 7
Toluca v Guadalajara
Querataro v America
Santos Laguna v Lobos BUAP

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LOS LOONS

In case you missed it yesterday, here is the Loons 2018 schedule.

We knew this 2 weeks ago, but today Minn announced the loan of Johan Venegas to Saprissa.

17 days until preseason begins.

Two new preseason games addded - at EFSC Melbourne Campus
-Sat Feb 3
MNUFC v Florida International University - 1pm CT
-Wed Feb 7
MNUFC v Jacksonville Armada - 1pm CT

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MLS

The Philadelphia Union offseason is still void of adding starting talent to the roster, but other moves show signs of a long term plan. By Jonathan Tannenwald for Philly.com.

A roundup of the most important off season moves in MLS so far. By Sam Stjeskal for MLS.
  • There are some impressive deals in the list.

Following in the footsteps of a countryman NYC has signed a true #10 to hopefully lead the team where Andrea Pirlo was not able to. By Luis Miguel Echegaray for Sports Illustrated.

Don Garber is in the last year of his MLS contract as commissioner. Where are we, and what happens next? By Beau Dure for Four Four Two.
  • And for those of you who hate the guy, I think you are dead wrong, there would be no MLS without him. And American soccer would not be recognizable without the growth of MLS.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Gent has loaned Kenny Saief to Anderlecht for the rest of the season. Brian Sciaretta with the news.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPE'S 5 TOP LEAGUES

Schedule/Results:
-Thu Jan 4
Tottenham 1-1 West Ham
-Fri Jan 5
Fiorentina v Inter
-Sat Jan 6
Atletico Madrid v Getafe
Milan v Crotone
Napoli v Hellas Verona
Roma v Atalanta
Cagliari v Juventus
Valencia v Girona
-Sun Jan 7
Barcelona v Levante
Celta de Vigo v Real Madrid



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Some Soccer News for Jan 4, 2018

It's Day 4 of 2018.


USMNT January camp roster coming next Monday at 11:00am. Training starts Thu Jan 11.
  • And I fully expect Christian Ramirez on Minnesota to be on that list.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

18 days until preseason begins.

Justin Davis has signed with Nashville FC in USL. Wishing him good luck this season.

Here It Is! The Whole Minnesota United 2018 MLS Schedule:
Mar
  • Sat 3 at San Jose
  • Sat 10 at Orlando
  • Sat 17 v Chicago tbd
  • Sat 24 at Red Bulls
Apr
  • Sat 1 v Atlanta 1pm
  • Sat 14 at Portland
  • Sun 22 at Seattle
  • Sat 28 v Houston 7pm
May
  • Sat 5 v Vancouver 1pm
  • Wed 9 at LAFC
  • Sat 12 v San Jose 1pm
  • Sat 20 v Kansas City 1pm
  • Sat 26 v Montreal 7pm
Jun
  • Sun 3 at KC
  • Sat 23 at Colorado
  • Fri 29 v Dallas 7pm
Jul
  • Wed 4 v Toronto 6pm
  • Sat 7 at Houston
  • Sat 14 v Salt Lake 7pm
  • Wed 18 v New England 7pm
  • Sun 22 v LAFC 6pm
  • Sat 28 at Vancouver
Aug
  • Sat 4 v Seattle 7pm
  • Sat 11 at Galaxy
  • Sat 18 at Dallas
  • Sat 25 at KC
Sep
  • Wed 12 at DC
  • Sat 15 at Salt Lake
  • Sat 22 v Portland 7pm
  • Sat 29 v NYC 7pm
Oct
  • Sat 6 at Philadelphia
  • Sat 13 v Colorado 1pm
  • Sun 21 v Galaxy 11am
  • Sun 28 at Columbus

5 game road trip in Aug - Sep = LAG-Dal-KC-DC-RSL

Home games:
Wed - 2
Fri - 1
Sat - 12
Sun - 2
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11am - 1
1pm - 5
6pm - 2
7pm - 7

Loons will be on American national TV twice: at Sea - Apr 22 on ESPN, and at KC - Jun 3 on FS1.
  • They will be on Canadian national TV thrice.

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MLS

Benny Feilhaber is sold by SKC to the new LAFC. Good move for both.

DC will start the season by playing 12 of 14 games on the road. New stadium is supposed to open in Mid-July.

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USMNT

Mexico is supposedly going to make a hard run at American Jonathan Gonzalez and try to get him to change federations. By Tom Marshall for ESPN.

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MEXICO - LIGA MX

Let the Clausura begin!

Week 1 Schedule:
-Fri Jan 5
Puebla v Tigres
Atlas v Leon
-Sat Jan 6
Cruz Azul v Tijuana
Monterrey v Morelia
Pachuca v Pumas
Necaxa v Veracruz
-Sun Jan 7
Toluca v Guadalajara
Querataro v America
Santos Laguna v Lobos BUAP

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPE'S 5 TOP LEAGUES

Schedule/Results:
-Thu Jan 4
Tottenham v West Ham
-Fri Jan 5
Fiorentina v Inter
-Sat Jan 6
Atletico Madrid v Getafe
Milan v Crotone
Napoli v Hellas Verona
Roma v Atalanta
Cagliari v Juventus
Valencia v Girona
-Sun Jan 7
Barcelona v Levante
Celta de Vigo v Real Madrid



The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Some Soccer News for Jan 3, 2018

It's Day 3 of 2018.


Huge congrats to Municipal Perez Zeledon (of San Isidro) on winning the Costa Rica 2017 Apaertura Championship.
  • This is their 2nd championship ever (1st was in 2004).

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There is no doping in world football is there? Naaaaaaah. How do we know? Cuz FIFA tells us so. Therefore they have no need to investigate. By Tariq Panja for the New York Times.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

19 days until preseason begins.

Off Season Signings:
  • Harrison Heath
  • Tyrone Mears

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MLS

Orlando has acquired certified #10 Sacha Kljestan and some salary cap $ from RBNY for a couple young players. Good move Orlando.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Bobby Wood had a pretty unremarkable 2017. He suffered a lot of missed practice time and games with a knee injury. As far as production, he only scored 2 goals for Hamburg - 1 last Spring and 1 this Fall - and 2 times for the USMNT.

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MEXICO - LIGA MX

One writers wish list for 2018. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPE'S 5 TOP LEAGUES

Schedule/Results:
-Tue Jan 2
Swansea 0-2 Tottenham
Man City 3-1 Watford
-Wed Jan 3
Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea
-Thu Jan 4
Tottenham v West Ham



The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Some Soccer News for Jan 2, 2018

It's Day 2 of 2018.


FINALLY! The head of the Russian World Cup tournament was the same guy who organized their Olympic doping program. He has FINALLY stepped down from his World Cup post. And has "temporarily" resigned his position as head of the Russian Football Union. By Martha Keller for The Guardian.
  • In early December he was banned for life from the Olympics.

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MLS

Two years ago Toronto was still the worst club in MLS history. In a very short time they have become one of the very best. By Mark Zwolinski for the Toronto Sun.

LAFC signings so far - impressive:
Latif Blessing (Ghana)
Laurent Ciman (Belgium)
Omar Gaber (Egypt)
Jordan Harvey (USA)
Calum Mallace (USA)
Tyler Miller (USA)
Rodrigo Pacheco (Argentina)
Diego Rossi (Uruguay) DP
Marco Urena (Costa Rica)
Carlos Vela (Mexico) DP
Walker Zimmerman (USA)
  • Probably not as good as Atlanta United last year, yet, but LA still has over half a roster to fill.
Interview with LAFC GM John Thorrington and head coach Bob Bradley on roster building. By Kevin Baxter for the LA Times.

A letter to the fans from new Colorado Rapids head coach Anthony Hudson. From Burgundy Wave.

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USMNT

A January training camp opens on the 10th with mostly if not all MLS players.
  • They will play a friendly against Bosnia + Herzegovina on the 28th at the Stub Hub Center in Carson CA.
  • The question in the mind of Minnesota United fan's is whether or not Christian Ramirez gets called in. I waffle back in forth between Yes and No. Right now I am leaning Yes.

The federation is also holding a first-ever 10 day youth camp in Florida for a huge pool of players in the 15-20 year old range. Over 150 players are involved in the session run by Tab Ramos which started today. From US Soccer.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

An interview with Jonathan Gonzalez of Monterrey after an amazing breakout season as an 18 year old. By Mike Woitalla for Soccer America.
  • Q: When the full national team played Portugal in a friendly last November, you had already been starting for Monterrey for more than three months, but you were not on the U.S. roster ...
  • A: I wasn’t called in, in November. Personally, nobody came and talked to me and let me know about that friendly. I just wasn’t called in.

Antonee Robinson - a 20 year old left fullback to keep your eyes and ears on. Signed with Everton and currently on loan at Bolton. He was born in England and has an American passport. Has played 17 games so far this season.

Another youngster is struggling - Cameron Carter-Vickers. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.
  • Words on Robinson too.

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EUROPE

Napoli leads Serie A at the halfway point. But they have have been in a similar spot the previous two years and failed to get the job done. By Paolo Bandini for the Guardian.

Only Two Teams Still Unbeaten in the 5 Big Leagues:
  • Manchester City 19-2-0
  • Barcelona 14-3-0

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPE'S 5 TOP LEAGUES

How would you like to be a Tottenham player this week? They play in the Premier League on Tuesday and Thursday, and then Sunday in the FA Cup.

Serie A in Italy is taking a 2 week break after games on Sat Jan 6, returning on Sun Jan 21.

Mid-Week Schedule/Results:
-Tue Jan 2
Swansea v Tottenham
Man City v Watford
-Wed Jan 3
Arsenal v Chelsea
-Thu Jan 4
Tottenham v West Ham



The Bird Is The Word

Friday, December 22, 2017

Some Soccer News for Dec 22, 2017

It's Day 356 of 2017.


FYI: I AM GONNA SKIP OUT ON A WEEK OR TWO OF POSTS AFTER THIS ONE TODAY. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.


Huge congrats to Copa MX champions Monterrey.

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FC Cincinnati feels that they are just "dotting I's and crossing T's" before they are to become a Major League Soccer team. Its in the hands of the lawyers now. By Tom McKee for WCPO Cincinnati.
  • Which means it could still easily fall apart.

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What does Nashville need to do now to be ready to take the field in MLS? By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

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The two Milan teams, Inter and AC, got large investments from China in the past few years but their paths are very different on their current financial stability. By Robert Smith for the Financial Times.
  • The article is thick with business and financial buzzwords.

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The 2018 MLS player du Nord du Not list
  • (64 players currently in MLS that I don't want to see on the Minnesota United roster in 2018)

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Tap Water: du Nord Music Mix Vol 150 (download + extract)

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MLS

Q + A with Brad Friedel, new head coach of New England Revolution. By Martin Harasimowicz for Four Four Two.

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Jonathan Gonzalez + Monterrey beat Omar Gonzalez + Pachuca 1-0 in the Copa MX final. Both went the full 90 minutes.
  • A miserable year ends on another bad note for Omar with his mark beating him for the winning goal.

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MEXICO - COPA MX

Final
-Thu Dec 21
Monterrey 1-0 Pachuca - Cup winning goal by Aviles Hurtado.

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WORLDWIDE

A list of the 100 best footballers in the world for 2017. From The Guardian.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPE'S TOP LEAGUES

Weekend Schedule:
-Fri Dec 22
Arsenal v Liverpool
Espanyol v Atletico Madrid
-Sat Dec 23
Real Madrid v Barcelona
Everton Chelsea
Sassuolo v Inter
Juventus v Roma
Man City v Bournemouth
Leicester v Man United
Milan v Atalanta
Napoli v Sampdoria
Burnley v Tottenham
Valencia v Villarreal


The Boxing Day/New Years Day Extended Schedule for the Big Teams in England:
-Tue Dec 26
Tottenham v Southampton
Chelsea v Brighton & Hove
Man United v Burnley
Liverpool v Swansea
-Wed Dec 27
Newcastle v Man City
-Thu Dec 28
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
-Sat Dec 30
Chelsea v Stoke City
Liverpool v Leicester
Man United v Southampton
-Sun Mar 31
Crystal Palace v Man City
West Brom v Arsenal
-Mon Jan 1
Burnley v Liverpool
Everton v Man United
-Tue Jan 2
Swansea v Tottenham
Man City v Watford
-Wed Jan 3
Arsenal v Chelsea
-Thu Jan 4
Tottenham v West Ham



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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Some Soccer News for Dec 21, 2017

It's Day 355 of 2017.


ICYMI: MLS announced that Nashville will be joining the league in the next few years.

The Wilf family who own the Minnesota Vikings NFL team have bought a piece of the new MLS Nashville team. By Andy Greder for the St Paul Pioneer Press.
  • Thankfully they didn't get their hands on the Minnesota MLS team. We dodged a bullet there.

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A group of people are working very hard to create a new model for a 3rd division in American soccer, and Peter Wilt is at the wheel of the company truck that is moving fast and searching for new routes constantly. By Chris Kivlehan for Midfield Press.
There is a lot to consume in this article:
  • Short background on NISA.
  • Update to NISA plans.
  • Interview with NISA president Peter Wilt (Wilt is a friend of du Nord and always a very interesting interview - well worth your time)

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Is 2017 a turning point for women's soccer worldwide? This is a very good argument saying it is. By Julie Foudy for ESPNW.

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The 2018 MLS player du Nord du Not list
  • (64 players currently in MLS that I don't want to see on the Minnesota United roster in 2018)

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Tap Water: du Nord Music Mix Vol 150 (download + extract)

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Des Moines Menace head coach John Pascarella joins Minnesota as the new goalkeeper coach.

Jerome Thiesson gains recognition for his play at right fulback last season. (Rated 5th best in the league.) By Ridge Mahoney for Soccer America.

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MLS

Miguel Almiron of Atlanta tells, in his own translated words, what his first season was like in MLS. And the rest of his life story too. For the Players Tribune.

A look at the practice facility and small stadium Real Salt Lake is building for all their teams to use. By Megan Webb and Lucas Muller for RSL Soapbox.

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NWSL

How ownership of Real Salt Lake went from nothing to everything in owning a NWSL team in just 15 days. By Richard Farley for Four Four Two.

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MEXICO - COPA MX

Final
-Thu Dec 21
Monterrey v Pachuca - 8:50pm CT on Univ Deportes

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WORLDWIDE

A list of the 100 best footballers in the world for 2017. From The Guardian.

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPE'S TOP LEAGUES

Weekend Schedule:
-Fri Dec 22
Arsenal v Liverpool
Espanyol v Atletico Madrid
-Sat Dec 23
Real Madrid v Barcelona
Everton Chelsea
Sassuolo v Inter
Juventus v Roma
Man City v Bournemouth
Leicester v Man United
Milan v Atalanta
Napoli v Sampdoria
Burnley v Tottenham
Valencia v Villarreal



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