Friday, November 17, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 17, 2017

It's Day 319 of 2017.


Li Yonghong stepped forth with lots of money to save AC Milan from a terrible financial situation. It turns out he probably doesn't have the money either. And things are getting very messy - literally. From the New York Times.

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Has the World Cup money machine gone too far? By Barney Ronay for the Guardian.

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A friend from Puerto Rico (now a soccer coach) is trying to build a database of all current soccer players in the world with a Puerto Rican background. Please help spread this around.

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MLS

Caleb Porter has walked away from Portland Timbers. He has been the head coach since 2013. By Jamie Goldberg for the Oregonian.

Christian Roldan of Seattle Sounders moves up the ladder toward MLS star. By Matt Pentz for ESPNFC.

Why does Earnie Stewart keep supporting head coach Jim Curtin in Philadelphia? By Jonathan Tannenwald for Philly.com.
  • Hint: Its a fairly weak answer.

With no Altidore + Giovinco in the 1st Leg Toronto will need Victor Vazquez to step up. By Jeff Rueter for ESPN.

Semifinal Schedule:
1st Leg
-Tue Nov 21
Columbus (#5) v Toronto (#1) - 7pm CT on ESPN
Houston (#10) v Seattle (#7) - 9pm CT on FS1
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 29
Toronto v Columbus - 6:30pm CT on FS1
-Thu Nov 30
Seattle v Houston - 9:30pm CT on ESPN

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Lemon Scented: du Nord Music Mix Vol 147 (download + extract)

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Who is this latest teen sensation Josh Sargent? By Charles Boehm for Four Four Two.

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LIGA MX

This will be the last round Of Apertura season.

  • IN PLAYOFFS - Monterrey, Tigres, America
  • OUT OF PLAYOFFS - Queretaro, Pumas, Veracruz, Guadalajara, Puebla, Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Lobos

Standings (1 round remaining):
IN-34 Monterrey (+15)
IN-32 Tigres (+14)
IN-27 America (+4)
26 Morelia (+7)
26 Leon (+6)
26 Toluca (+1)
24 Necaxa (+5)
24 Atlas (+4)
---
24 Cruz Azul (-1)
21 Tijuana (-4)
OUT-20 Lobos
OUT-18 Pachuca
OUT-18 Santos Laguna
OUT-16 Puebla
OUT-15 Guadalajara (-4)
OUT-15 Queretaro (-8)
OUT-14 Veracruz
OUT-12 Pumas

All Liga MX final round games on TV:
(only 2 of the 9 games have NO playoff implications)
-Fri Nov 17
NO IMPL - Puebla v Lobos - 6:30 CT on UniDep
Atlas v Pachuca - 9:00 CT on UniDep
-Sat Nov 18
Cruz Azul v Veracruz - 5:00 CT on UniDep
NO IMPL - Quertaro v Pumas - 5:00 CT on Gala
Monterrey v Tigres - 7:00 CT on Univ
Leon v Guadalajara - 7:00 CT on Gala
Necaxa v Morelia - 8:00 CT on UniDep
-Sun Nov 19
Toluca v Tijuana - 11:30 CT on Univ
Santos Laguna v America - 6:00 CT on UniDep

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EUROPEAN NEWS

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

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES

Schedule:
-Fri Nov 17
Stuttgart v Dortmund
Amiens v Monaco
-Sat Nov 18
Arsenal v Tottenham
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Bayern v Augsburg
Leganes v Barcelona
West Brom v Chelsea
Leverkusen v Leipzig
Liverpool v Southampton
Leicester v Man City
Man United v Newcastle
Napoli v Milan
PSG v Nantes
Roma v Lazio
-Sun Nov 19
Inter v Atalanta
Sampdoria v Juventus
Bordeaux v Marsielle
Schalke v Hamburger
Espanyol v Valencia



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 16, 2017

It's Day 318 of 2017.


Columbus Crew ownership, MLS, and Columbus city leaders met on Wednesday and could not find any common ground to keep the team in Columbus. By Andrew Erickson for the Columbus Dispatch.
  • The city is very unhappy with how it went down. Team ownership says the city brought nothing to the table.
  • Its just keeps getting uglier:

  • The home playoff game next week is supposedly sold out.

This is what I think is going on in Columbus:
  • It seems like it comes down to corporate sponsorship and ticket sales.
  • And owner Anthony Precourt seems to be convinced that sponsorship dollars & ticket sales are maxed out in Columbus, and have a big upside in Austin.

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CONCACAF

As if the CONCACAF Gold Cup wasn't hard enough to take serious, CONCACAF will announce another confederation tournament called the Nations League. By Simon Evans for Reuters.
  • Great for the small and medium teams, not so hot for the big teams.

From Brian Straus: "None of the top 10 CONCACAF WCQ scorers are going to the World Cup."

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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Peru is the last team in!
  • They join Australia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, and Tunisia in the World Cup next summer.

Final elimination rounds Results:

-Wed Nov 15
Peru 2-0 New Zealand

The World Cup Group Stage draw will be held on Fri Dec 1.

The 32 World Cup Teams:
  • CAF (5): Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia
  • AFC (5): Australia, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea
  • CONCACAF (3): Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama
  • CONMEBOL (5): Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay
  • UEFA (14): Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden

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A friend from Puerto Rico (now a soccer coach) is trying to build a database of all current soccer players in the world with a Puerto Rican background. Please help spread this around.

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Lemon Scented: du Nord Music Mix Vol 147 (download + extract)

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Michael Boxall and New Zealand were eliminated from World Cup qualifying last night by Peru.

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MLS

Clint Dempsey has agreed to a new 1 year contract with Seattle Sounders.

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Tim Melia of Sporting Kansas City named MLS Goalkeeper Of The Year

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USL

Its official - North Carolina has left NASL to join USL for the 2018 season.

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NWSL

Real Salt Lake will launch a team for next season.
  • Rumor has it that they bought FC Kansas City, but there has been no official word on that.

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US SOCCER

"The US Soccer Presidential Election will take place on Sat Feb 10, in the morning."

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AMERICANS ABROAD

Jonathan Gonzalez started for Monterrey last night in the Copa MX Semifinals, but he was taken off on a stretcher in the 58th minute with an unknown leg injury. Monterrey won on PKS. He will need to recover quickly as Liga MX playoffs begin next week.

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LIGA MX

1 Round Left in Apertura Liguilla Race:
  • IN - Monterrey, Tigres, America
  • OUT - Queretaro, Pumas, Veracruz, Guadalajara, Puebla, Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Lobos

Standings (1 round remaining):
IN-34 Monterrey (+15)
IN-32 Tigres (+14)
IN-27 America (+4)
26 Morelia (+7)
26 Leon (+6)
26 Toluca (+1)
24 Necaxa (+5)
24 Atlas (+4)
---
24 Cruz Azul (-1)
21 Tijuana (-4)
OUT-20 Lobos
OUT-18 Pachuca
OUT-18 Santos Laguna
OUT-16 Puebla
OUT-15 Guadalajara (-4)
OUT-15 Queretaro (-8)
OUT-14 Veracruz
OUT-12 Pumas

All Liga MX final round games on TV:
(only 2 games have NO playoff implications)
-Fri Nov 17
NO IMPL - Puebla v Lobos - 6:30 CT on UniDep
Atlas v Pachuca - 9:00 CT on UniDep
-Sat Nov 18
Cruz Azul v Veracruz - 5:00 CT on UniDep
NO IMPL - Quertaro v Pumas - 5:00 CT on Gala
Monterrey v Tigres - 7:00 CT on Univ
Leon v Guadalajara - 7:00 CT on Gala
Necaxa v Morelia - 8:00 CT on UniDep
-Sun Nov 19
Toluca v Tijuana - 11:30 CT on Univ
Santos Laguna v America - 6:00 CT on UniDep

Apertura top 5 goal scorers:
  • 11 Mauro Boselli - Leon
  • 10 Aviles Hurtado - Monterrey
  • 9 Julio Furch - Santos Laguna
  • 9 Julian Quinones - Lobos
  • 9 Enner Valencia - Tigres

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MEXICO - COPA MX

Monterrey heads to the final after beating America on Penalty Kicks. America's PKs were a regular clown show.

Semifinals Schedule:
-Wed Nov 15
Monterrey 0-0 America - Mon adv 3-0 on Penalty Kicks
-Tue Nov 21
Atlante v Pachuca

Final
-Date TBA
Monterrey v Atlante/Pachuca winner

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BIG TEAMS + GAMES IN EUROPES TOP LEAGUES

Schedule:
-Fri Nov 17
Stuttgart v Dortmund
Amiens v Monaco
-Sat Nov 18
Arsenal v Tottenham
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Bayern v Augsburg
Leganes v Barcelona
West Brom v Chelsea
Leverkusen v Leipzig
Liverpool v Southampton
Leicester v Man City
Man United v Newcastle
Napoli v Milan
PSG v Nantes
Roma v Lazio
-Sun Nov 19 Inter v Atalanta
Sampdoria v Juventus
Bordeaux v Marsielle
Schalke v Hamburger
Espanyol v Valencia



The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 15, 2017

It's Day 317 of 2017.


Briana Scurry will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Huge congrats to her.

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The LAFC expansion draft is coming on Tue Dec 12: "Clubs may protect up to 11 players. LAFC may select up to 5 players. Only 1 player can be drafted from a club."

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USMNT

My USMNT Notes:
  • I know most of you didn't care, much less watch. So I am your surrogate. I always care and always watch. If you feel that makes me an idiot, well I don't think its anywhere near the top of the list of what makes me an idiot.
  • I will take a tie score against #3 ranked Portugal.
  • USA created 7 or 8 solid chances.
  • Weston McKennie was the best player for the USA.
  • McKennie scored a great goal in the 21st min. With a nice move past a defender and a great low near post strike that fooled the keeper.
  • Tyler Adams, while good, was not nearly as fast or quick as I thought he was.
  • Ethan Horvath with a horrendous botch that allowed the Port-u-goal.
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers was strong at the back.
  • The USA defense allowed only a couple clear/clean chances for Port.
  • Both teams traded sustained pressure. Entertaining to watch.
  • Danny Williams was the USA captain, but was not very impressive, again. (OK, he was fine, but like I said, not impressive.)
  • Kellyn Acosta had his best game for the USA since Mexico City in June. He didn't have a great season in MLS or many other strong showings with the USA in 2017.
  • Good Game: Brooks, Carter-Vickers, Lichaj, McKennie, Acosta
  • OK Game: Hamid, Yedlin, Miazga, Villafana, Williams, Adams, Bedoya, Agudelo, Gooch, Sapong, Dwyer
  • Bad Game: Horvath
  • For Portugal - I thought 23 year old forward Goncalo Paciencia looked great. Poised and powerful. He is currently on loan from Porto to Vitoria.

Media:

Friendly Schedule:
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal 1-1 USA - USA goal by Weston McKennie.
Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leiria

Game highlights:


USA Roster
  • G: Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - Midtjylland, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge
  • D: John Brooks - Wolfsburg, Cameron Carter-Vickers - Sheffield United, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Vitesse, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle United
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Weston McKennie - Schalke, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Danny Williams - Huddersfield
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Orlando City, CJ Sapong - Philadelphia Union, Josh Sargent - St. Louis Scott Gallagher
  • C: Dave Sarachan

Some people are very very upset that Bruce Arena was on Fox Sports yesterday as a pre and post game analyst. I honestly don't care either way. I always like to hear him speak. But many do not want him to come out of a deep dark cave for a very long time. I understand that.

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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

If you think people in the USA are pissed off about missing the World Cup next summer you should see the inferno raging in Italy. By Rory Smith for the New York Times.

Australia + Denmark advance while Honduras + Ireland recede.

Australia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, and Tunisia have qualified for the World Cup.
  • Only 1 spot left that will be filled on Wed night.

Final elimination rounds Schedule/Results:

Inter-Federation
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Australia 3-1 Honduras Aus advances to WC 3-1 on agg.
Peru v New Zealand (0-0) - 8:15pm CT on beIN

UEFA
-Swi qualifies for World Cup
-Cro qualifies for World Cup
-Swe qualifies for World Cup
-Tue Nov 14
Ireland 1-5 Denmark Den advances to WC 5-1 on agg.

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The owners of FC Cincinnati have said they will pay for their new stadium in full, but are asking the city to upgrade roads and infrastructure around the stadium. By Paul Daugherty for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Lemon Scented: du Nord Music Mix Vol 147 (download + extract)

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MLS PLAYOFFS - SEMIFINALS

Toronto tried to appeal the red card suspension of Jozy Altidore from the 1st Leg of the Semifinals and were denied. As it should be.

Games return next Tuesday.

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MLS

Atlanta United will have their own USL team next season, playing out of a baseball stadium in Gwinnett county (northeast of Atlanta.)

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USL

Harrisburg City Islanders has a new name and image - Penn FC.
  • The logo is a bit confusing. Is that a P? An R?.
  • There is also a new component to the team owners ship with worldwide youth academy Rush Soccer buying a piece of the team.

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MEXICO - COPA MX

Semifinals Schedule:
-Wed Nov 15
Monterrey v America - 6:30pm CT on UniDeportes
-Tue Nov 21
Atlante v Pachuca



The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 14, 2017

It's Day 316 of 2017.


Huge congrats to Louisville City on winning the USL Championship last night.

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El Chelis is back baby! He was at Chivas USA. And now the new head coach of Las Vegas Lights! Ka-boom!
  • What makes him so special you ask? One time he compared coaching to sticking his head in a barrel of feces. Sweet!

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These 6 countries are going to the NIT next summer:
  • Chile
  • Cote D'Ivoire
  • Ghana
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • USA

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USMNT

What might we see today as the USA takes on Portugal? By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

There are a lot of things that can be accomplished in a game like this. By Matt Doyle for MLS.

Friendly Schedule:
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal v USA - 2:45pm CT on FS1
Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leiria

USA Roster
  • G: Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - Midtjylland, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge
  • D: John Brooks - Wolfsburg, Cameron Carter-Vickers - Sheffield United, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Vitesse, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle United
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Weston McKennie - Schalke, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Danny Williams - Huddersfield
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Orlando City, CJ Sapong - Philadelphia Union, Josh Sargent - St. Louis Scott Gallagher
  • C: Dave Sarachan

Portugal Roster
  • G: Anthony Lopes - Lyon, Beto - Goztepe, Jose Sa - Porto
  • D: Antunes - Getafe), Edgar Ie - Lille, Kevin Rodrigues - Real Sociedad, Joao Cancelo - Inter, Luis Neto - Fenerbahce, Nelson Semedo - Barcelona, Pepe - Besiktas, Ricardo Ferreira - Braga, Ricardo Pereira - Porto
  • M: Bernardo Silva - Manchester City, Bruno Fernandes - Sporting, Danilo Pereira - Porto, Joao Mario - Inter, Manuel Fernandes - Lokomotiv, Ruben Neves - Wolverhampton
  • F: Andre Silva - Milan, Bruma - Leipzig, Eder - Lokomotiv, Gelson Martins - Sporting, Goncalo Guedes - Valencia, Rony Lopes - Monaco
  • C: Fernando Santos

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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

3 spots left that will be filled on Tue and Wed.

Final elimination rounds Schedule/Results:

Inter-Federation
1st Honduras (CONCACAF) 0-0 Australia (Asia)
1st New Zealand (Oceania) 0-0 Peru (CONMEBOL)
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Australia v Honduras
Peru v New Zealand

UEFA
1st Denmark 0-0 Ireland
-Tue Nov 14
Ireland v Denmark (0-0)

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MLS

Brad Freidel has a plan for turning the New England Revs around again. By Kyle McCarthy for the Boston Herald.

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USL FINAL

Schedule:
-Mon Nov 13:
Louisville 1-0 Swope Park
  • Winning goal scored by Cameron Lancaster in the 88th min.

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US SOCCER

As John Lydon once said, "Anger is an energy." The USMNT now needs to take their failure and turn it into fuel. By Steve Davis for Four Four Two.



The Bird Is The Word

Monday, November 13, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 13, 2017

It's Day 315 of 2017.


How great is my life? I got to visit the Minnesota United stadium site today and tour the grounds! Work boots - check. Hard hat - check. Bright yellow vest - check. Protective eye wear - check. Got to spread a little concrete for a photo-op. Walked through the dirt and rock, and into the concrete caves forming on the south end where the big trucks will drive in and lots of storage and stadium systems will be housed. Even got a glimpse into where the lockers room will be. Those cranes you can see in the sky are massive! Finally, we were standing right at midfield! Its gonna be glorious.
-Thanks to Nick Rogers and Greg from Mortenson for the tour.



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Hope Solo says former FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her backstage at a FIFA awards ceremony. From Reuters.
  • No one doubts that Blatter is a horrible human being, but this is a whole new low for that creep.

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I will be watching Tuesday's USMNT friendly against Portugal at Town Hall in Seven Corners, Minneapolis.
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal v USA - 2:45pm CT
Come and join me if you can.

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Christian Pulisic tells his own story, from how lucky he was to have a European passport, to his obsession with winning. From the Players Tribune.

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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
Croatia, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, and Tunisia have qualified for the World Cup.
  • 3 spots left that will be filled on Mon, Tue and Wed.

Italy is OUT of the World Cup for the 1st time since 1958.
  • Do you think the Italian version of the Tinfoil Tweekers are baying for the whole Federation and Serie A to be burned to the ground?

Final elimination rounds Schedule/Results:

Inter-Federation
1st Honduras (CONCACAF) 0-0 Australia (Asia)
1st New Zealand (Oceania) 0-0 Peru (CONMEBOL)
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Australia v Honduras
Peru v New Zealand

UEFA
1st Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland
2nd Switzerland 0-0 Northern Ireland
  • Swi qualifies for World Cup
1st Croatia 4-1 Greece
2nd Greece 0-0 Croatia
  • Cro qualifies for World Cup
1st Sweden 1-0 Italy
2nd Italy 0-0 Sweden
  • Swe qualifies for World Cup.
1st Denmark 0-0 Ireland
-Tue Nov 14
Ireland v Denmark

Africa
Group A
Tunisia 0-0 OUT-Libya
DR Congo 3-1 OUT-Guinea
  1. Tunisia qualifies for World Cup
Group B
  • Nigeria already qualified
Group C
Ivory Coast 0-2 Morocco
  • Morocco qualifies for World Cup
Group D
South Africa 0-2 Senegal
  • Senegal qualifies for World Cup
Group E
  • Egypt already qualified

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NASL FINAL

In their first and probably last season as a team San Francisco Deltas have won the NASL championship. Huge congrats to them.

-Sun Nov 12
San Francisco Deltas 2-0 New York Cosmos

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USL Final tonight - see details below.

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USMNT

Another friendly has been announced:
-Sun Jan 28
USA v Bosnia + Herzegovina - 6:30pm CT on FS1
Stub Hub Center in Carson CA

Friendly Schedule:
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal v USA - 2:45pm CT on FS1
Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leiria

DeAndre Yedlin finds himself in the role of veteran leader at age 24. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.

Who will step forward to claim the #1 goalkeeper position? By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • My guess is that if there was a big game today that Brad Guzan would get the start.

Tyler Adams gets his first look with the USMNT senior team, and he has tremendous momentum behind him from this season with New York Red Bulls. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

Several players will get a chance to make a mark against Portugal tomorrow. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

You know that with the USMNT not going to the World Cup people are going to go looking for any positive repercussions they can find. Accelerated youth advancement anyone? By Sam Stejskal for Four Four Two.

USA Roster
  • G: Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - Midtjylland, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge
  • D: John Brooks - Wolfsburg, Cameron Carter-Vickers - Sheffield United, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Vitesse, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle United
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Weston McKennie - Schalke, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Danny Williams - Huddersfield
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Orlando City, CJ Sapong - Philadelphia Union, Josh Sargent - St. Louis Scott Gallagher
  • C: Dave Sarachan

Portugal Roster
  • G: Anthony Lopes - Lyon, Beto - Goztepe, Jose Sa - Porto
  • D: Antunes - Getafe), Edgar Ie - Lille, Kevin Rodrigues - Real Sociedad, Joao Cancelo - Inter, Luis Neto - Fenerbahce, Nelson Semedo - Barcelona, Pepe - Besiktas, Ricardo Ferreira - Braga, Ricardo Pereira - Porto
  • M: Bernardo Silva - Manchester City, Bruno Fernandes - Sporting, Danilo Pereira - Porto, Joao Mario - Inter, Manuel Fernandes - Lokomotiv, Ruben Neves - Wolverhampton
  • F: Andre Silva - Milan, Bruma - Leipzig, Eder - Lokomotiv, Gelson Martins - Sporting, Goncalo Guedes - Valencia, Rony Lopes - Monaco
  • C: Fernando Santos

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MLS PLAYOFFS - SEMIFINALS

Toronto is hoping to get Jozy Altidore's red card overturned. They blame the whole thing on the Red Bulls. By Kurt Larson for the Toronto Sun.
  • What they seem to forget is that it was Altidore who started the whole mess.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Michael Boxall and his New Zealand team tied Peru 0-0 in their home leg of their World Cup qualifying series. -Boxall played the full 90 and received a yellow card in the 75th minute. He also used a bicycle kick to clear a ball off their goal line.
1st Leg
-Sat Nov 11
New Zealand (Oceania) 0-0 Peru (CONMEBOL)
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Peru v New Zealand

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USL FINAL

Schedule:
-Mon Nov 13:
Louisville v Swope Park - 8:00pm CT on ESPNU

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SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil has a no-name no-nonsense coach bringing them back to prominence, and his name in Tite (pronounced CHEE-chay). By Jon Cotterill for the Guardian.



The Bird Is The Word

Friday, November 10, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 10, 2017

It's Day 314 of 2017.


Stefano Pinho of Miami named winner of NASL Golden Ball
-Huge congrats to him.

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NASL Final on Sunday, and USL Final on Monday.
(see below for details)

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du Nord Futbol's 2017 MLS Awards:

MVP: Diego Valeri

Newcomer: Josef Martinez

Rookie: Julian Gressel

Coach: Veljko Paunovic

Best 11:
  • G (1) Tim Melia
  • D (4) Tyler Adams, Roman Torres, Ike Opara, Justin Morrow
  • M (4) Diego Valeri, Michael Bradley, Romain Alessandrini, Victor Vazquez
  • F (2) David Villa, Josef Martinez

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I was the guest on a podcast this week, talking MNUFC and many other hot topics, hosted by two slightly askew guys - The Dave's I Know. Download or listen here.

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For those people who want the MLS season to move to the so-called "international" calendar here are the teams that are in cities with REAL winter:
  • Chicago
  • Colorado
  • Columbus
  • Minnesota
  • Montreal
  • New England
  • New York City
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Salt Lake
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
That's half the league. If MLS is going to get closer to the calendar many leagues follow then they will have to get creative. Real creative. Anyone running for US Soccer president who just says "we have to move to the international calendar" is short sighted and lazy. Its not doable. Lets get smart.

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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Morocco looking to return to football magic and the World Cup. Its been about 20 years since the heyday of the great Mustapha Hadji lead the team. By Ed Aarons for the Guardian.

Weekend Schedule/Results:
-Thu Nov 9
Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland
Croatia 4-1 Greece
-Fri Nov 10
Honduras v Australia
Sweden v Italy
South Africa v Senegal
-Sat Nov 11
New Zealand v Peru
Denmark v Ireland
Tunisia v OUT-Libya
DR Congo v OUT-Guinea
Ivory Coast v Morocco
-Sun Nov 12
Switzerland v Northern Ireland
Greece v Croatia

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Picnic: du Nord Music Mix Vol 146 (download + extract)

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MLS

Two long time American MLS veterans retired yesterday - Chris Rolfe and Justin Mapp. A hearty thanks to both of them, and good luck in the future.

Some quality coaches are in the American minor leagues and MLS should be giving them chances. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.
  • The two obvious candidates are Marc Dos Santos and Giovanni Savarese who I have thought were great head coaches for years now.

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USL FINAL

Schedule:
-Mon Nov 13:
Louisville v Swope Park - 8:00pm CT on ESPNU

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NASL FINAL

The league final is on Sunday. After a messy ride since the day the league was reformed could this be the last game? By Jeff Rueter for the Guardian.

-Sun Nov 12
San Francisco Deltas v New York Cosmos - 7:00pm CT on beIN Sports

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USMNT

Schalke's young American Weston McKennie is a talker. And a good soccer player. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

Friendly Schedule:
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal v USA - 2:45pm CT on FS1
Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leiria



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 9, 2017

It's Day 313 of 2017.


du Nord Futbol's 2017 MLS Awards:

MVP: Diego Valeri

Newcomer: Josef Martinez

Rookie: Julian Gressel

Coach: Veljko Paunovic

Best 11:
  • G (1) Tim Melia
  • D (4) Tyler Adams, Roman Torres, Ike Opara, Justin Morrow
  • M (4) Diego Valeri, Michael Bradley, Romain Alessandrini, Victor Vazquez
  • F (2) David Villa, Josef Martinez

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I made a podcast appearance with two slightly twisted guys last night - The Dave's I know. Download or listen here.

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Landon Donovan is not running for US Soccer president but he has a lot to say about the future of American soccer. By Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated.

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Picnic: du Nord Music Mix Vol 146 (download + extract)

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Michael Boxall and his New Zealand teammates will take on Peru in a 2-legged series with the winner advancing to the World Cup.
1st Leg
-Sat Nov 11
New Zealand (Oceania) v Peru (CONMEBOL)
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Peru v New Zealand

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MLS

Its official - Brad Friedel is the new head coach of New England Revolution.

The director of MLS's VAR program, Howard Webb, gives his thoughts on how it has gone so far. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

On Montreal's new head coach Remi Garde. By Stu Cowan for the Montreal Gazette.

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Ike Opara of Sporting Kansas City named MLS Defender Of The Year

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NASL FINAL

2017 Best 11
  • G Daniel Vega - Miami
  • D: Reiner Ferreira - San Francisco Deltas, Mason Trafford - Miami, Mechack Jerome - Jacksonville Armada, Connor Tobin - North Carolina
  • M: Emmanuel Ledesma - New York Cosmos, Nazmi Albadawi - North Carolina, Richie Ryan - Miami, Dylan Mares - Miami
  • F: Vincenzo Rennella - Miami, Stefano Pinho - Miami

Final Schedule:
-Sun Nov 12
San Francisco Deltas v New York Cosmos - 7:00pm CT on beIN Sports

A clear view of and possible immediate repercussions of the NASL lawsuit against US Soccer. By Neil Morris for SBNation.

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Marc Dos Santos of San Francisco Deltas named NASL Coach Of The Year

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MEXICO - COPA MX

American Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca took out Americans Ale Guido, Michael Orozco and Tijuana in the last Q-finals game.

Quarterfinals Results:
-Wed Nov 8
Pachuca 4-0 Tijuana

Semifinals Schedule:
-Dates TBA
Atlante v Pachuca
Monterrey v America

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FIFA

World Cup Qualifying - Elimination Round Schedule:

UEFA
1st Leg
-Thu Nov 9
Northern Ireland v Switzerland
Croatia v Greece
-Fri Nov 10
Sweden v Italy
-Sat Nov 11
Denmark v Ireland
2nd Leg
-Sun Nov 12
Switzerland v Northern Ireland
Greece v Croatia
-Mon Nov 13
Italy v Sweden
-Tue Nov 14
Ireland v Denmark

Inter-federation
1st Leg
-Fri Nov 10
Honduras (CONCACAF) v Australia (Asia)
-Sat Nov 11
New Zealand (Oceania) v Peru (CONMEBOL)
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Australia v Honduras
Peru v New Zealand

Africa
Group A
-Nov 11
Tunisia v OUT-Libya
DR Congo v OUT-Guinea
13 Tunisia (+7) 10 DR Congo (+5) Group B
Nigeria already qualified from this group
Group C
-Nov 11
Ivory Coast v Morocco
9 Morocco (+9) 8 Ivory Coast (+4) Group D
-Nov 10
South Africa v Senegal
-Nov 14
Burkina Faso v Cape Verde
Senegal v South Africa
8 Senegal (+4) 6 Burkina Faso (0) 6 Cape Verde (-4) 4 South Africa (0) Group E
Egypt already qualified from this group



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du Nord Futbol's MLS 2017 Best 11

The MLS Best 11 from du Nord Futbol for 2017:


Goalkeeper (1)

Tim Melia


Defenders (4)

Tyler Adams
Roman Torres
Ike Opara
Justin Morrow



Midfielders (4)

Diego Valeri
Michael Bradley
Romain Alessandrini
Victor Vazquez



Forwards (2)

David Villa
Josef Martinez

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 8, 2017

It's Day 312 of 2017.


Looks like 2 of the 3 MLS teams currently without a head coach are about to change that:
  • Montreal has hired Frenchman Remi Garde.
  • New England is hiring former USA star Brad Friedel.
  • That leaves Colorado as the only team currently looking for a head coach. They are still searching. By Daniel Boniface for the Denver Post.

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CONCACAF is lining up a 3rd international tournament for its members - World Cup Qualifying, Gold Cup and now Nations League. By Simon Evans for Reuters.
  • Its a pure cash grab.

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Univision has signed a 3 year deal to air Bundesliga games and a weekly highlights show.
  • Sharing games with Fox Deportes, which is a channel I swear that no one gets.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Not sure if I made this official but the MNUFC Academy U14 team beat their cross town rivals Minnesota Thunder 0-4 last Sunday.
  • The U13 + U14 teams will conclude their Fall season on Sun Nov 19 at Indiana Fire Academy.

As most people figured Julian Gressel has been named MLS Rookie of the Year, with Abu Danladi coming in 2nd place:


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Picnic: du Nord Music Mix Vol 146 (download + extract)

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MLS

Check out my 2017 PRESEASON Coaches Hot Seat list:
(I believe I posted this around March 1st)
  • 7 Curt Onalfo - OUT
  • 6 Jay Heaps - OUT
  • 5 Veljko Paunovic
  • 4 Jeff Cassar - OUT
  • 3 Jim Curtin
  • 2 Dominic Kinnear - OUT
  • 1 Carl Robinson
4 of the 7 got fired. And I am stunned Curtin is still in his position.

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Julian Gressel of Altanta United named MLS Rookie Of The Year

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USL

USL names their 2017 Best 11:
2017 USL All-League First Team
  • G: Diego Restrepo - San Antonio
  • D: Paco Craig - Louisville City, Harrison Delbridge - Cincinnati, Sebastien Ibeagha - San Antonio, Forrest Lasso - Charleston Battery
  • M: Marcel Schafer - Tampa Bay Rowdies, Sebastian Velasquez - Real Monarchs SLC, Chris Wehan - Reno 1868
  • F: Chandler Hoffman - Real Monarchs SLC, Dane Kelly - Reno 1868, Enzo Martinez - Charlotte Independence

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  • Jack Blake of Jacksonville Armada named NASL Young Player of the Year
  • Austin da Luz of North Carolina named NASL Humanitarian of the Year

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MEXICO - COPA MX

Quarterfinals Schedule:
-Wed Nov 8
Pachuca v Tijuana

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FIFA

World Cup Qualifying - final elimination rounds:
  • Inter-Federation
1st Leg
-Fri Nov 10
Honduras (CONCACAF) v Australia (Asia)
-Sat Nov 11
New Zealand (Oceania) v Peru (CONMEBOL)
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 15
Australia v Honduras
Peru v New Zealand

  • UEFA
1st Leg
-Thu Nov 9
Northern Ireland v Switzerland
Croatia v Greece
-Fri Nov 10
Sweden v Italy
-Sat Nov 11
Denmark v Ireland
2nd Leg
-Sun Nov 12
Switzerland v Northern Ireland
Greece v Croatia
-Mon Nov 13
Italy v Sweden
-Tue Nov 14
Ireland v Denmark

  • Africa
Group A
-Nov 11
Tunisia v OUT-Libya
DR Congo v OUT-Guinea
13 Tunisia (+7) 10 DR Congo (+5) Group B
Nigeria already qualified from this group
Group C
-Nov 11
Ivory Coast v Morocco
9 Morocco (+9) 8 Ivory Coast (+4) Group D
-Nov 10
South Africa v Senegal
-Nov 14
Burkina Faso v Cape Verde
Senegal v South Africa
8 Senegal (+4) 6 Burkina Faso (0) 6 Cape Verde (-4) 4 South Africa (0) Group E
Egypt already qualified from this group



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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 7, 2017

It's Day 311 of 2017.


USMNT

The USA roster for next weeks friendly in Portugal has been released. (see below for list)
  • Many young players
  • Few older players
  • No Pulisic, Wood or Morris
  • No players still in MLS Playoffs
  • No Christian Ramirez either - MNUFC fans are not happy
  • No Jonathan Gonzalez - a highly touted 18 year old central midfielder at Monterrey

MEDIA:

Friendly Schedule:
-Tue Nov 14
Portugal v USA - 12:45pm CT on FS1

USA Roster
  • G: Jesse Gonzalez - Dallas, Bill Hamid - Midtjylland, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge
  • D: John Brooks - Wolfsburg, Cameron Carter-Vickers - Sheffield United, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Vitesse, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle United
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Weston McKennie - Schalke, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Danny Williams - Huddersfield
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Orlando City, CJ Sapong - Philadelphia Union, Josh Sargent - St. Louis Scott Gallagher
  • C: Dave Sarachan

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MLS

Robbie Rogers of LA Galaxy forced to retire due to ankle injury that he never came back from.

The Galaxy also released several players that came up through their academy system but failed to make a lasting impact on the senior squad.

Vancouver has released long time starting goalkeeper David Ousted.

Minnesota's Ibson will be a part of my 2017 MLS Best 11 list because of this skill - I call it pick pocket defense. I bet he swiped the ball off people more than 50 times this season. Remarkable at this trick:


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NASL FINAL

Stefano Pinho of Miami named NASL Golden Boot Award winner
  • He had 17 goals

The last 4 years of NASL Golden Boot winners has looked like this:
  • 2014: Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United, 20 goals)
  • 2015: Stefano Pinho (Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 16 goals)
  • 2016: Christian Ramirez (Minnesota United, 18 goals)
  • 2017: Stefano Pinho (Miami, 17 goals)
I think someone should be in MLS next year - hint, hint
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The Mexican Football Federation has been fined 11 times by FIFA in the last 24 months for fans homophobic chants - 160,000 Euros in total. It does not appear as though FIFA is going to do anything serious about this problem. At one point the fines were increasing each time, but the last 4 fines all went way back down.

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FIFA

How did Northern Ireland change their systems and mentality to make strides in world football? By Andy Hunter for the Guardian.



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