Friday, February 17, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 17, 2017

It's Day 48 of 2017.


It only took 13 years, but DC United finally has the all-clear to begin building their stadium. Finally! By Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

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MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

MNUFC will introduce their uniforms tonight! See you there.

The age of the core of the team - Avg 25.8 - is right where you want it to be:
21 Danladi
24 Calvo
24 Greenspan
25 Kadrii
25 Schuller
25 Ramirez
25 Gatt
26 Ibarra
26 Kallman
26 Molino
26 Saeid
26 KVenegas
28 Anor
28 Jvenegas
28 Warner
29 Shuttleworth
30 Demidov
32 Taylor
33 Ibson
34 Alvbage

Next the team heads to Orlando for the final 2 preseason games:
-Wed Feb 22
MU v Toronto
-Sun Feb 26
MU v San Antonio (USL)

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Pressure must be huge on Dominic Kinnear and San Jose to have a successful season. Having a new GM over him adds to the build up. By Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC.
  • I have Kinnear at #2 on my MLS Coaches Hot-Seat Preseason edition which will come out next week.

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CONCACAF Champions League

This article includes story on Dallas' prep for this tourney. Plus news on Fredy Montero signing and a couple other things. By Sam Stejskal of MLSsoccer.

Quarterfinal Matches:
1st Leg
-Tue Feb 21
Saprissa(6) v Pachuca(3) - 8:00pm CT
-Wed Feb 22
Red Bulls(8) v Vancouver(1) - 7:00pm CT
Tigres(5) v Pumas(4) - 9:00pm CT
-Thu Feb 23
Dallas(7) v Arabe Unido(2) - 7:00pm CT
-All games on Univision Deportes

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USMNT U20s at the CONCACAF Championship and U20 World Cup qualifying

Feb 17 to Mar 5 in Costa Rica.

Tournament format: 3 initial groups. Top 2 from each group advances to a 2nd group stage consisting of 2 groups of 3. The top 2 teams in each of those groups advances to the U20 World Cup, and winners of those 2 groups playing for the CONCACAF Championship on Mar 3.

USA roster:
  • G: Jonathan Klinsmann - U California, JT Marcinkowski - Georgetown
  • D: Marlon Fossey - Fulham, Justen Glad - Real Salt Lake, Aaron Herrera - U New Mexico, Erik Palmer-Brown - Sporting Kansas City, Tommy Redding - Orlando City, Auston Trusty - Philadelphia Union
  • M: Danny Acosta - Real Salt Lake, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Coy Craft - Dallas, Luca De la Torre - Fulham, Jonathan Gonzalez - Monterrey, Jeremiah Gutjahr - Indiana U, Jonathan Lewis - New York City, Sebastian Saucedo - Real Salt Lake, Eryk Williamson - U Maryland
  • F: Jeremy Ebobisse - Portland Timbers, Brooks Lennon - Real Salt Lake, Emmanuel Sabbi - Las Palmas
  • C: Tab Ramos

Group B Matches:
-Sat Feb 18
USA v Panama at 3pm CT
-Tue Feb 21
USA v Haiti at 4:30pm CT
-Fri Feb 24
USA v St Kitts + Nevis at 4:30pm CT
-Games broadcast on Univision networks.

Group A: Mexico, Antigua + Barbuda, Honduras, Canada
Group B: USA, Panama, St Kitts + Nevis, Haiti
Group C: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Bermuda, Trinidad + Tobago

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The Terrence Boyd + Darmstadt Tracker:
  • Standings - Last place, 7 points below relegation + 4 points below playoff
  • Up Next - Sat Feb 18 at Hoffenheim

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The Miguel Herrera + Tijuana Tracker:
  • Standings - 2nd Place, 1 point behind
  • Up Next - Sun Feb 19 at Pumas UNAM

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Up Next in Liga MX:
-Sat Feb 18
Monterrey v Pachuca - #5 v #3
Guadalajara v America - the Classico
-Sun Feb 19
Pumas v Tijuana - #7 v #2

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Biggest European matches this weekend:
-Sat Feb 18
Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich

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No matter what your feelings are on Italy's Serie A you can't deny that the league produces quality managers. by Richard Williams of the Guardian.



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 16, 2017

It's Day 47 of 2017.


Carli Lloyd is going to play part of this year for Manchester City. Its a deal that happened quickly and simply. By Andrew Das of the New York Times.
  • She will return to Houston Dash later in the year.

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MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

Another friendly last night in which Minn took the lead and gave it up. Leading 2-0 early in the 2nd half over Real Salt Lake they began to fall apart and eventually trailed 2-3 very late in the game. But with the final kick of the game JVenegas scored again and tied it at 3-3. Success on some level. Failure on another.

Oof: Minnesota traded forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen back to New England (acquired from the Revs in Expansion Draft) in exchange for goalkeeper Bobby "Mr Buttersworth" Shuttleworth. Horrific move.

This appears to be legit:


Official launch of 2 uniforms is on Friday night for Minnesota. Again I am confused by their marketing as a Friday night launch basically ensures they will get minimal pop that night and little to no residual effect the days after (Sat + Sun.)

Matches + Results:
Portland Invitational
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps - MU goal by VW Own Goal.
-Sun Feb 12
MNUFC 2-2 Portland Timbers - MU goals both by Johan Venegas.
-Wed Feb 15
MNUFC 3-3 Real Salt Lake - MU goals by Kevin Molino (2) + Johan Venegas.

Game highlights [VIDEO]

My Notes:
  • Starters - McLain, Taylor, Demidov, Calvo, Davis, Warner, Schuller, Molino, JVenegas, Ibarra, Ramirez.
  • Subs - Kadrii for Ibarra, KVenegas for Taylor, Saeid for Warner, Ibson for Ramirez, Starikov for Schuller.
  • Did not play - Greenspan, Martin, Danladi, Kallman, Anor, Jome.
  • Goals - Molino from JVenegas, Molino from Ramirez, JVenegas from Starikov.
  • Vadim Demidov was the captain.
  • Good - the first string offense. with 4 full time attackers - Ibarra/Kadrii, JVenegas, Molino and Ramirez were very very good. And Schuller and Warner behind them kept it really simple.
  • Bad - switching from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3. They whole game went down the drain the minute this change was made. Uncanny. End of Story.
  • RSL - Minn got torched by The Vasectomy!

Match reports:

Training camp roster (30):
  • G: John Alvbage, Marco Carducci (trialist), Patrick McLain, Bobby Shuttleworth.
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (trialist), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Joe Greenspan, Alvin Jones (trialist), Brent Kallman, Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas, Thomas de Villardi (unsigned draft pick)
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Joshua Gatt, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Ismaila Jome, Bashkim Kadrii, Collin Martin, Kevin Molino, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schuller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson (unsigned draft pick), Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, Christian Ramirez, Johan Venegas

Next the team heads to Orlando for the final 2 preseason games:
-Wed Feb 22
MU v Toronto
-Sun Feb 26
MU v San Antonio (USL)

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Unaffiliated: du Nord Music Mix Vol 112 (download + extract)

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Jack White's Third Man Records is opening a vinyl pressing plant in Detroit, and a special party is planned for Feb 25. The highlight is the limited edition records that will be sold that day - all incredible music from Detroit. Limited edition vinyl pressings from:
  • White Stripes
  • The Stooges
  • MC5
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • Carl Craig
  • Derrick May
  • and more!

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New York Red Bulls have fired technical director Ali Curtis. This has been rumored since mid January and was announced today. No reason has leaked out as to what went wrong. He helped turn the team inside out and make it even stronger than before. He also hired successful coach Jesse Marsch. An odd one. I am sure the tale will be told eventually.
  • No word on whether or not he took his 300 page ring binder with him.

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USMNT U20s at the CONCACAF Championship and U20 World Cup qualifying

Feb 17 to Mar 5 in Costa Rica.

First USA game is on Sat Feb 18.

Tournament format: 3 initial groups. Top 2 from each group advances to a 2nd group stage consisting of 2 groups of 3. The top 2 teams in each of those groups advances to the U20 World Cup, and winners of those 2 groups playing for the CONCACAF Championship on Mar 3.

USA roster:
  • G: Jonathan Klinsmann - U California, JT Marcinkowski - Georgetown
  • D: Marlon Fossey - Fulham, Justen Glad - Real Salt Lake, Aaron Herrera - U New Mexico, Erik Palmer-Brown - Sporting Kansas City, Tommy Redding - Orlando City, Auston Trusty - Philadelphia Union
  • M: Danny Acosta - Real Salt Lake, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Coy Craft - Dallas, Luca De la Torre - Fulham, Jonathan Gonzalez - Monterrey, Jeremiah Gutjahr - Indiana U, Jonathan Lewis - New York City, Sebastian Saucedo - Real Salt Lake, Eryk Williamson - U Maryland
  • F: Jeremy Ebobisse - Portland Timbers, Brooks Lennon - Real Salt Lake, Emmanuel Sabbi - Las Palmas
  • C: Tab Ramos

Group B Matches:
-Sat Feb 18
USA v Panama at 3pm CT
-Tue Feb 21
USA v Haiti at 4:30pm CT
-Fri Feb 24
USA v St Kitts + Nevis at 4:30pm CT
  • Games broadcast on Univision networks.

Group A: Mexico, Antigua + Barbuda, Honduras, Canada
Group B: USA, Panama, St Kitts + Nevis, Haiti
Group C: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Bermuda, Trinidad + Tobago

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Fabian Johnson started and went 77 minutes as Gladbach lost 0-1 to Fiorentina in Europa League today.
  • Another American Josh Perez was not in the gameday 18 for Fiore.

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American Terrence Boyd is trying to make an injury comeback with lowly Darmstadt and is off to a good start. By Franco Panizo of SBI.

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This happens so often now days that it seems like its barely a story - but in reality almost always a very good story - lets read about an 18 year old Texan trying to turn pro in Mexico at Santos Laguna. By Tom Marshall of ESPNFC.

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UEFA Champions League

A review of yesterday's games via words, photos, audio + video: Bayern v Arsenal - AND - Real Madrid v Napoli. From UEFA.

Round of 16 Matches:
1st Leg
-Tue Feb 14
PSG 4-0 Barcelona
Benfica 1-0 Dortmund
-Wed Feb 15
Bayern 5-1 Arsenal
Real Madrid 3-1 Napoli
-Tue Feb 21
Leverkusen v Atletico
Man City v Monaco
-Wed Feb 22
Porto v Juventus
Sevilla v Leicester

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Up Next in Liga MX:
-Sat Feb 18
Monterrey v Pachuca - #5 v #3
Guadalajara v America - the Classico
-Sun Feb 19
Pumas v Tijuana - #7 v #2

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Biggest European matches this weekend:
-Sat Feb 18
Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich



The Bird Is The Word

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 15, 2017

It's Day 46 of 2017.


CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals begin next week on Tue Feb 21. Games to be broadcast in the USA on Univision Deportes.

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Philadelphia Union is looking to hire a Chief Tattoo Artist.

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Brad Davis will sign a 1 day contract with Houston Dynamo and then retire in the orange shirt. Nice move.

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MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

Josh Gatt is now officially a MNUFC player. Blazing fast right outside midfielder. Missed 3 full years (mid-2013 to mid-2016) due to knee injuries and surgeries. Lets hope he can stay healthy - a very rare thing to return from.

The team has traded away the #1 spot in the MLS Allocation Order so Vancouver can acquire former Seattle forward Fredy Montero from Tianjin Teda. MU receives a bunch of money and an extra international roster spot.
  • Minnesota is now #4 in Allocation Order.

Head coach Adrian Heath talks about what he has seen so far in preseason. By Jeff Rueter of Fifty Five One.
  • Heath addressed the dearth at fullback: "We’re actively looking to bring in more players who can compete at those positions."

Matches + Results:
Portland Invitational
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps - MU goal by VW Own Goal.
-Sun Feb 12
MNUFC 2-2 Portland Timbers - 7:00pm CT - MU goals both by Johan Venegas.
-Wed Feb 15
MNUFC v Real Salt Lake - 7:00pm CT - Webstream at mnufc.com

Goalkeeper John Alvbage is back in Sweden to finish his work Visa process, and will return as soon as that is completed. He will not play on Wed against Salt Lake.

Training camp roster (30):
  • G: John Alvbage, Marco Carducci (trialist), Patrick McLain
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (trialist), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Joe Greenspan, Alvin Jones (trialist), Brent Kallman, Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas, Thomas de Villardi (unsigned draft pick)
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Joshua Gatt, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Ismaila Jome, Bashkim Kadrii, Collin Martin, Kevin Molino, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schuller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson (unsigned draft pick), Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez, Johan Venegas

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Unaffiliated: du Nord Music Mix Vol 112 (download + extract)

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A player speaks out on how MLS and soccer in America are missing an essential part of developing American soccer players. By Jeb Brovsky of Howler.

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Doctors have given Clint Dempsey the all clear to play again. His heart issue is under control. Fantastic. By Matt Pentz of the New York Times.
  • Matt Pentz, who was laid off by the Seattle Times, is back and writing an article for the New York Times. I love it.

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The mission in Toronto is to do better than last year. A nearly impossible task. By Doug McIntyre of ESPNFC.

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DC United's new stadium will be called Audi Field. They say it will open some time in 2018. Although they are still awaiting final city approval, which they are hoping happens on Thursday.

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MLS lists all of the USL affiliates for their teams. From MLSsoccer.com.
  • Minnesota is the only team in the league WITHOUT an affiliate.

These USL teams have no MLS partner:
  • Cincinnati
  • Louisville
  • Phoenix Rising
  • Sacramento Republic
  • Saint Louis
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies

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I am an American coach. By Bob Bradley for The Players Tribune.

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American Danny Williams played the whole match and scored for Reading yesterday as they won 3-2 v Brentford in the English 2nd division.

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A new USA uniform has been introduced. All red. Supposedly the socks (not pictured) are red as well:

  • More details here, including the socks. By Footy Headlines.
  • These will be worn by the USMNT against Honduras on Mar 24.

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UEFA Champions League

American Christian Pulisic came on as a late sub for Dortmund and tried his hardest to tie the game, to no avail. They lost 1-0 at Benfica.

A review of yesterday's games via words, photos, audio + video: PSG v Barca - AND - Benfica v Dortmund. From UEFA.

Round of 16 Matches:
1st Leg
-Tue Feb 14
PSG 4-0 Barcelona
Benfica 1-0 Dortmund
-Wed Feb 15
Bayern 5-1 Arsenal
Real Madrid 3-1 Napoli
-Tue Feb 21
Leverkusen v Atletico
Man City v Monaco
-Wed Feb 22
Porto v Juventus
Sevilla v Leicester

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Football in Israel is always under a cloud in the Middle East, add to that a remote religious city to the formula and you get even more oddities - league champs Hapoel Beer Sheeva. Oh, and the team is owned by a woman. By Jame Montague.



The Bird Is The Word

Monday, February 13, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 13, 2017

It's Day 44 of 2017.


Message from Kansas City today:
From: Mike Kuhn ‏@downthebyline
Bruce,
For anyone coming to KC for MN game on Sat Jun 3.
"Rockfest" will be same day at the KS Speedway (right next to the soccer stadium)
The show is called largest 1 day music festival in USA (concert draws 50K+)
If you are looking to book hotel near stadium you should do that ASAP

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Univision Deportes is going to start broadcasting some Liga MX games in the English language on its Facebook page.
  • First game will be Sat Feb 18 America v Chivas - 9:00pm CT.

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MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

The fourth tie of the preseason, 2-2 last night against Portland.
  • Minnesota got a 0-2 lead on 2 goals by Johan Venegas. The first a scrapper, but the 2nd was beautifully set up by Baskhim Kadrii and finished off perfectly.
  • Portland put in their First 11 in the 59th minute and came away with a tie against pretty much all Minnesota subs.
  • Good to see the Loons hang on, but too bad they couldn't grab all 3 points.

In case you missed it on Friday, Minnesota is looking to sign American winger Josh Gatt from Molde in Sweden. Not official yet, but is already with the team in Portland. Blazing speed, but missed 3 full years Summer 2013 to Summer 2016 due to knee injuries and surgeries. He played all 6 games last Fall for Molde. If he is healthy he can be a big signing.

Matches + Results:
Portland Invitational
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps - MU goal by VW Own Goal.
-Sun Feb 12
MNUFC 2-2 Portland Timbers - 7:00pm CT - MU goals both by Johan Venegas.
-Wed Feb 15
MNUFC v Real Salt Lake - 7:00pm CT - Webstream at mnufc.com

Game highlights. [VIDEO]

My Notes:
  • MU starters - Alvbage, KVenegas, Greenspan, Kallman, De Villardi, Martin, Molino, Ibson, Kadrii, Jome, JVenegas
  • MU Subs - Halftime: Ramirez for JVenegas, Starikov for Molino. 64th: Thompson for Kadrii.
  • Neither back up keeper played again.
  • Did Not Play - Anor, Calvano, Calvo, Danladi, Davis, Demidov, Gonzalez, Hollinger-Janzen, Ibarra, Saeid, Schuller, Taylor, Warner.
  • Portland also started a 2nd team, then brought in their first 11 in the 59th minute.
  • Looking good - Ibson (until a horrible 2nd half pass lead directly to the 1st Portland goal), Martin was cool and calm, JVenegas-Molino-Kadrii all had great moments in the attack, Jome was very solid and worked extremely hard, Alvin Jones got forward really well, Starikov again worked his ass off.
  • Rough spots - Ibson on the 1st Port goal, Kallman was in the middle of both Portland goals (oof), De Villardi-KVenegas-Jones had a tough night on fullback defense, Alvbage is not filling me with confidence (more of that punching, ick), Greenspan had 2 clean looks at goal on set pieces and didn't put his headers anywhere near the frame.
  • The lack of fullback depth is either going to keep me awake at night or give me nightmares if I manage to fall asleep.
Game reports:

Training camp roster (30):
  • G: John Alvbage, Marco Carducci (trialist), Patrick McLain
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (trialist), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Joe Greenspan, Alvin Jones (trialist), Brent Kallman, Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas, Thomas de Villardi (unsigned draft pick)
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Joshua Gatt, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Ismaila Jome, Bashkim Kadrii, Collin Martin, Kevin Molino, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schuller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson (unsigned draft pick), Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez, Johan Venegas

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Here it comes! UEFA Champions League is back, baby!

Has the Champions League turned into the Same-Old, Same-Old, Same-Old? by Rory Smith of the New York Times.

Round of 16 Matches:
1st Leg
-Tue Feb 14
PSG v Barcelona - 1:45pm CT on FS1
Benfica v Dortmund - 1:45pm CT on FS2
-Wed Feb 15
Bayern v Arsenal - 1:45pm CT on FS1
Real Madrid v Napoli - 1:45pm CT on FS2
-Tue Feb 21
Leverkusen v Atletico
Man City v Monaco
-Wed Feb 22
Porto v Juventus
Sevilla v Leicester

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Eric Wynalda is back in the coaching game - taking over LA Wolves who play in United Premier Soccer League. All the teams in this league are amateur and located in the Southwestern USA. I am sure he was brought in to give them some of his US Open Cup magic.

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American Fabian Johnson is finally back to full strength after dealing with an achilles injury - he played the full 90 as Gladbach went to Bremen and won 0-1.

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American fullback Eric Lichaj got 2 yellow cards and was ejected for Nottingham Forest as they lost 5-1 at Norwich.

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The Terrence Boyd + Darmstadt Tracker:
  • Results - Win Sat Feb 11 2-1 v Dortmund
  • Note - huge shocking win over Dortmund! Boyd got the 1st goal too! Boyd started and went 58 min. (Pulisic played the full 90 for Dort.)
  • Standings - Last place, 7 points below relegation + 4 points below playoff
  • Up Next - Sat Feb 18 at Hoffenheim

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The Miguel Herrera + Tijuana Tracker:
  • Results - Lost Fri Feb 10 1-2 v Necaxa
  • Note - a bad home loss dropped them into 2nd place
  • Standings - 2nd Place, 1 point behind Toluca
  • Up Next - Sun Feb 19 at Pumas UNAM

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Results from the big games in Mexico this weekend:
-Sat Feb 11
Atlas 1-2 Guadalajara - Chivas wins the fiercest derby in Mexico
Monterrey 2-0 Pumas UNAM - Mon jumps from #9 to #5, while Pum falls from #3 to #7
Pachuca 1-0 Tigres UANL - Pachuca moves up to #3
-Sun Feb 12
Toluca 1-0 Veracruz - Tol moves from 2nd to 1st Place

  • The biggest stories in Liga MX after those weekend results. By Tom Marshall of ESPNFC.

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Biggest European matches:
-Sat Feb 11
Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham - moved Liv from #5 to #4, but left Tot at #2 (barely.)

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

Leaders of Top 5 Euro Leagues:
  • Prem - Chelsea by 10 points with 25 of 38 played
  • Bund - Bayern by 7 points with 20 of 34 played
  • Seri - Juventus by 7 points with 24 of 38 played
  • Liga - Real Madrid by 1 point with 20 of 38 played
  • Ligu - Monaco by 3 points with 25 of 38 played



The Bird Is The Word

Friday, February 10, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 10, 2017

It's Day 41 of 2017.


MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

The third 1-1 tie of the preseason, last night in Portland against the Whitecaps.

Matches:
Portland Invitational
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps - 7:00pm CT - MU goal by VW Own Goal.
-Sun Feb 12
MNUFC v Portland Timbers - 7:00pm CT - Webstream at mnufc.com
-Wed Feb 15
MNUFC v Real Salt Lake - 7:00pm CT - Webstream at mnufc.com

Game highlights. [VIDEO]

My Notes:
  • Vancouver actually scored the Minn goal, heading past their own keeper on a corner kick. Oof.
  • Vanc got their goal late in the game (82nd min) after a penalty box scramble and a free ball rolled to the top of the box where Russell Tiebart, unmarked, fired to the bottom right side of the goal.
  • MU starters played 70 minutes: Alvbage G, Taylor RFB, Demidov RCB, Calvo LCB, Davis LFB, Saeid DM, Warner DM, Schuller CM, Molino RM, Ibarra LM, Danladi F.
  • The best part of the game for Minnesota was how hard and together the team looked. Its only been a couple of weeks, and a few days for some of them, and the effort was there. Nice.
  • Who looked impressive: Calvo + Demidov were solid. Warner kept it simple, same with Schuller. Ibarra had a ferocious shot that was the Loons best chance. (Ibarra's shot led to Molino corner kick that became the own goal.) KVenegas had 2 good runs at goal that should have come to something more.
  • Who looked out of sorts: Molino didn't connect with teammates and held the ball too long. Saeid provided little cover and passed inconsistently. Taylor was slow getting back which caused lots of problems in defense, and at one point made a horrible pass back to the keeper that was intercepted by Vanc who blew a great chance. Danladi didn't see the ball a lot and had a very poor first touch. Alvbage on two crosses chose to punch the ball rather than catch it, which left the defense scrambling rather than settling.
  • Minnesota had some nice tight control passing at times, working out of jams.
  • Vancouver had several scoring opportunities in the 1st half but couldn't put anything on net.
  • In case you were wondering about that Own Goal (49th min,) the official MN score sheet gave credit to Molino, but he said after the game that he was not shooting on goal and the defender headed it in. It was an own goal. Its good that Vanc failed so badly defending that corner because no one from Minn even made a near post run which is where Molino said he was aiming. Clearly not on the same page yet in preseason.
  • Minn was very comfortable passing the ball out of the back and moving it around to try to shift the defense.
  • Loons also found it very hard to get into the final third with any consistency. When they did get forward it was short lived.
  • I have said it a million times, playing 3 players in the center of midfield (Warner, Saeid, Schuller) is a complete waste of time as you only need two for those jobs. This essentially leaves you with 10 men on the field, making the attack very weak and nearly impossible to sustain forward pressure.
  • Not a bad outing overall. And much better than last year in Portland for game 1.
  • The funniest part of the game was the announcer who kept mistaking everyone for Ibarra. In one sequence "Ibarra" had the ball in two different areas of the field, all the while the real Ibarra was across on the opposite touchline. I counted 4 different players who were called "Ibarra" who were not Ibarra.
  • Neither back up keeper played.
  • Also Did Not Play: Calvano, Jones, Anor, Jome, Thompson, JVenegas, Hollinger-Janzen.
Game reports:

Training camp roster (30):
  • G: John Alvbage, Marco Carducci (trialist), Patrick McLain
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (trialist), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Joe Greenspan, Alvin Jones (trialist), Brent Kallman, Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas, Thomas de Villardi (unsigned draft pick)
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Ismaila Jome, Bashkim Kadrii, Collin Martin, Kevin Molino, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schuller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson (unsigned draft pick), Johan Venegas, Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez

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International Clash Day: du Nord Music Mix Vol 111 (download + extract)

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One of America's most influential black people throughout history - Jean Michel Basquiat - Painter extraordinaire! From The Undefeated.

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Jonathan Spector has spent his entire pro career in England. Now he is coming home to the USA to play for Orlando. By Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC.

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How does Bruce Arena put together his USMNT roster for the 2 late March qualifiers? By Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.

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American Emerson Hyndman at Rangers has seen head coach Mark Warburton fired today. No permanent replacement named.

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The Terrence Boyd + Darmstadt Tracker:
  • Standings - Dead last in 18th place, 7 points below relegation
  • Up Next - Sat Feb 11 v Dortmund

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The Miguel Herrera + Tijuana Tracker:
  • Standings - 1st Place with 2 point lead
  • Up Next - Fri Feb 10 v Necaxa

Big games in Mexico this weekend:
-Sat Feb 11
Atlas v Guadalajara - the fiercest derby in Mexico
Monterrey v Pumas UNAM - #9 v #3
Pachuca v Tigres UANL - two of the best over the past couple of years
-Sun Feb 12
Toluca v Veracruz - #2 v #5 and both are a big surprise

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What is life like for an Englishman coaching in the booming Chinese league? By Matt Stanger of the Guardian.

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Biggest European matches:
-Sat Feb 11
Liverpool v Tottenham - #5 v #2

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One of England's oldest teams Leyton Orient is nearing full ownership meltdown, with a possible lunatic in charge. By Tom Davies of the Guardian.
  • NOTE: this article is written by a member of the Leyton Orient Fans Trust, aka someone with an axe to grind. Unfortunately this isn't mentioned until the 3rd to last paragraph. Posting that upfront would make a big difference to the reader.
  • Still interesting reading though.



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 9, 2017

It's Day 40 of 2017.


MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

The new Minnesota United uniforms will be unveiled Fri Feb 17.

The team announced that it has crossed the 10,000 season tickets line.
  • The aim is for 11,842 by opening day. I'm not making that up.

Matches:
Portland Invitational
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC v Vancouver Whitecaps - 7:00pm CT - Webstream at mnufc.com
-Sun Feb 12
MNUFC v Portland Timbers - 7:00pm CT - Webstream at mnufc.com
-Wed Feb 15
MNUFC v Real Salt Lake - 7:00pm CT - Webstream at mnufc.com

Five things to watch for tonight. By Jeff Rueter of Fifty One Fifty.

Minn United gives us a preview of tonight's friendly.

Contrary to earlier reports goalkeeper Marco Carducci who is getting a try out will be with the team in Portland.

Ismaila Jome is now listed as a midfielder on this roster up date.

Training camp roster (30):
  • G: John Alvbage, Marco Carducci (trialist), Patrick McLain
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (trialist), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Joe Greenspan, Alvin Jones (trialist), Brent Kallman, Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas, Thomas de Villardi (unsigned draft pick)
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Ismaila Jome, Bashkim Kadrii, Collin Martin, Kevin Molino, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schuller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson (unsigned draft pick), Johan Venegas, Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez

One of the leading authorities on Trinidad + Tobago football is Mr Lasana Liburd. I asked him to describe MNUFC trialist Alvin Jones:


  • Jones was on the T+T roster for the recent Gold Cup qualifiers and was listed as midfielder. So there you go.
  • The player is also the younger brother of Seattle left fullback Joevin Jones.

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International Clash Day: du Nord Music Mix Vol 111 (download + extract)

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6 Americans played midweek games in the German Pokal. They didn't all win, but they all had good games. By Paul Kennedy of Soccer America.
  • Brooks lost, Chander won, Johnson won, Pulisic won, Wood won, Wooten lost.

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Bruce Arena discussed how the make up of his World Cup qualifying roster might look. By Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC,
  • USMNT has scored 38 goals in the past 21 games (2016 + 2017). 1.8 per game average. But very few against top teams (5 goals in 8 games.)

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20 players named for the USMNT U-20 roster for CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Feb 17 to Mar 5 in Costa Rica:
  • G: Jonathan Klinsmann - U California, JT Marcinkowski - Georgetown
  • D: Marlon Fossey - Fulham, Justen Glad - Real Salt Lake, Aaron Herrera - U New Mexico, Erik Palmer-Brown - Sporting Kansas City, Tommy Redding - Orlando City, Auston Trusty - Philadelphia Union
  • M: Danny Acosta - Real Salt Lake, Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Coy Craft - Dallas, Luca De la Torre - Fulham, Jonathan Gonzalez - Monterrey, Jeremiah Gutjahr - Indiana U, Jonathan Lewis - New York City, Sebastian Saucedo - Real Salt Lake, Eryk Williamson - U Maryland
  • F: Jeremy Ebobisse - Portland Timbers, Brooks Lennon - Real Salt Lake, Emmanuel Sabbi - Las Palmas
  • C: Tab Ramos
Group B
-Sat Feb 18
USA v Panama - 3pm CT
-Tue Feb 21
USA v Haiti - 4:30pm CT
-Fri Feb 24
USA v St Kitts + Nevis - 4:30pm CT
  • Games broadcast on Univision networks.
  • Tournament format: 3 initial groups. Top 2 from each group advances to a 2nd group stage consisting of 2 groups of 3. The top 2 teams in each of those groups advances to the U20 World Cup, and winners of those 2 groups playing for the CONCACAF Championship on Mar 3.
  • FIFA U20 World Cup is in South Korea, May 20 to Jun 11.

For some crazy reason Jackson Yueill is not on this team! Borderline bizarre.


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English newspaper raving about Liga MX. Well done. I agree. By Richard Foster of the Guardian.

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Biggest European matches:
-Sat Feb 11
Liverpool v Tottenham - #5 v #2



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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 8, 2017

It's Day 39 of 2017.


MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

The performance of Minn fullbacks Justin Davis and Kevin Venegas will be key indicators of the Loons chances for success in 2017. They are preparing for 3 games in Portland. By Andy Greder of Pioneer Press.

LATE ADDITION: MNUFC has signed 25 year old Danish midfielder Bashkim Kadrii on a 1 year loan deal from FC Kobenhavn of Denmark.

Matches:
Portland Invitational
  • We have heard from several people that the games will all be streamed but MNUFC has barely even mentioned that the games are taking place, much less any broadcast details.
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC v Vancouver Whitecaps - 7:00pm CT
-Sun Feb 12
MNUFC v Portland Timbers - 7:00pm CT
-Wed Feb 15
MNUFC v Real Salt Lake - 7:00pm CT

Training camp roster (28):
  • G: John Alvbage, Alec Ferrell, Patrick McLain
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (trialist), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Thomas de Villardi, Joe Greenspan, Ismaila Jome, Alvin Jones (trialist), Brent Kallman, Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Collin Martin, Kevin Molino, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schuller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson, Johan Venegas, Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez

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"Two Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating an entirely new substance long believed to be the “holy grail” of physics — metallic hydrogen." How huge of a discovery is this? Huge huge. Thanks to Rich for the link.

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International Clash Day: du Nord Music Mix Vol 111 (download + extract)

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This thing is insane:


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A report on Clint Dempsey playing 45 minutes in a Sounders preseason friendly this week. By Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

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Former Red Bulls player Dax McCarthy is very unhappy about the way he departed the club this winter. Very unhappy. By Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America.

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MLS is upping the ante on its marketing plans in Canada. By David Ebner of the Toronto Globe and Mail.

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How do youth soccer clubs in America draw more diversity in its players? By Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com

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Freddy Adu has been released from Portland Timbers preseason camp. On to the next team.

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Stephen Lenhart, a long time MLS bad boy, goes to Japan to try his luck in the J League. By Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now.
  • This can't end well.

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Paul Arriola is off to a strong start this season for Tijuana, and what does his future hold? By Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two.

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For Hamburg the battle to avoid relegation has been getting more and more desperate. The past few years they have barely survived. They are the only team to compete in every season of the Bundesliga (more than 53 years!) By Andrew Keh of the New York Times.

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Qatar is spending unthinkable amounts of money to prep for World Cup 2020. By Agence France-Presse via the Guardian.



The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 7, 2017

It's Day 38 of 2017.


MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

Several players have been released from the training camp roster by Minnesota United. (And a couple others newsworthy items here too.) By Megan Ryan of the Star Tribune.

Released:
  • Sammy Ndjock
  • Lance Laing
  • Duke LaCroix
  • Andrew Tinari
  • Marco Carducci
  • Charlie Lyon
  • David Goldsmith

The only unsigned players left with the team are:
  • Tiago Calvano
  • Eugene Starikov
  • Raul Gonzalez

Matches:
Portland Invitational
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC v Vancouver Whitecaps - 7:00pm CT
-Sun Feb 12
MNUFC v Portland Timbers - 7:00pm CT - Watch online at timbers.com
-Wed Feb 15
MNUFC v Real Salt Lake - 7:00pm CT

Training camp roster (28):
  • G: John Alvbage, Alec Ferrell, Patrick McLain
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (trialist), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Thomas de Villardi, Joe Greenspan, Ismaila Jome, Brent Kallman, Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Collin Martin, Kevin Molino, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schuller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson, Johan Venegas, Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez

Trinidad + Tobago club W Connection posted a Tweet saying their player, 22 year old right full back Alvin Jones, will be getting a look with Minnesota during the Portland tournament.

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A feature story on the world traveler, food fanatic, jiu jitsu practitioner and rock n roll lover Anthony Bourdain. By Patrick Radden Keefe of the New Yorker.

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MLS commissioner Don Garber made a trip to Vancouver and laid out new plans for helping grow the game in Canada. By Patrick Johnston of the Province.

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Bobby Wood with another BINGO for Hamburg - today in a 2-0 win v Koln in the DFB Pokal Quarterfinals:


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Catching up with the coaching career of American Steve Cherundolo who is working in the youth ranks at Hannover, the only team he ever played for. By Brian Kay of Four Four Two.



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Monday, February 06, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 6, 2017

It's Day 37 of 2017.


Huge congrats to Cameroon for winning the Africa Cup of Nations!

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Last seasons surprise of all surprises Leicester City are now just 1 point above the relegation zone in England - losers of 4 in a row.

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Bob Bradley is out there looking for a job. Does he come to MLS? And if he does, where does he coach? These are the top choices in my book (not in any order):
  • LA FC
  • Toronto
  • LA Galaxy
  • RSL
  • Chicago
  • Vancouver

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Word from Sacramento is that a group bidding for a MLS team and owners of Sacramento Republic have joined forces on the bid.

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MINNESOTA UNITED PRESEASON

Goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock announced on social media that he has been released by MNUFC. Nothing from the team.

Matches:
-Fri Feb 3
MNUFC 1-1 Nogometni Klub Istra 1961 (Croatia) - goal by Eugene Starikov

The team now heads to Portland for 3 games in the Invitational:
-Thu Feb 9
MNUFC v Vancouver Whitecaps
-Sun Feb 12
MNUFC v Portland Timbers
-Wed Feb 15
MNUFC v Real Salt Lake

Training camp roster:
  • G: John Alvbage, Alec Ferrell, Marco Carducci (trialist), Charlie Lyon (trialist)
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (preseason invitee), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Thomas de Villardi, Joe Greenspan, Ismaila Jome, Brent Kallman, Lance Laing (preseason invitee), Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas, Andrew Tinari (trialist)
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Duke LaCroix (trialist), Collin Martin, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schuller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson, Johan Venegas, Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, David Goldsmith (trialist), Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez

Minnesota has announced the details on the launch of their development academy.
  • They will begin with 2 teams - U13 and U14 playing in the Development Academy League in Sep of this year.

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NOTEWORTHY AMERICANS ABROAD:
  • Paul Arriola - Tijuana - played the whole game, scoring the last goal in a 2-4 win at Leon.
  • Michael Orozco - Tijuana - started against Leon but came off in the 20th minute with an injured left ankle.
  • Andrew Wooten - Sandhausen - played 90 minutes and scored the 2nd goal as they won 2-0 v Erzgebirge Aue.
  • Julian Green - Stuttgart - on Monday he got his first goal for his new team:
Not all that different from his World Cup goal against Belgium - cutting in from the left and shooting to the right past the frozen keeper. Here.

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USMNT JANUARY CAMP

Friendly Match:
-Fri Feb 3
USA 1-0 Jamaica - USA goal by Jordan Morris.
Chattanooga, Finley Stadium

My Notes:
  • Good: Zimmerman + Birnbaum in the center of defense were solid. Zimmerman was very confident for a debutant. Villafana did very good getting into the attack (See Bad.) Good combination on goal from Jordan with Feilhaber.
  • Bad: Still suffered badly in final third. Zusi struggled at fullback with the Jamaican speed and strength. Villafana did nothing very several good chances to open up the attack. Poor defense from Agudelo - really unnecessary fouls. Pontius way too slow and didn't contribute on offense.
  • Up next are World Cup qualifiers on Mar 24 and 28.

Did anyone else made their case for the future? By Doug McIntyre of ESPNFC.

USMNT:
  • G: David Bingham, Nick Rimando, Luis Robles
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley, Steve Birnbaum, Brad Evans, Greg Garza, Chad Marshall, Jorge Villafana, Walker Zimmerman, Graham Zusi
  • M: Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Benny Feilhaber, Sebastian Lletget, Dax McCarty, Darlington Nagbe, Chris Pontius
  • F: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Jordan Morris

Is MLS still not helping to improve the pool of USMNT players? By Kevin Baxter of the LA Times.
  • The premise is pretty dead on.
  • Baxter says more players still need to go to Europe to improve. He forgets one key ingredient - they need a European passport much of the time, and that is not easy to come by.
  • There is also constant note of things Klinsmann did here and in Germany as suggestions for vast improvement, another thing not noted though is that Klinsmann's "German revolution" added about 10% quality to the very top of the pile, where in the USA our very best is behind German average. In other words, the two countries are incomparable.

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The 2017 NASL season begins on Mar 25. Here is the full schedule.

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Band Dead Territory covers John Cage's song 4'33". [VIDEO] MUST SEE.
  • Note: guitarist on right wearing white Birkenstocks - Deathklok would not approve.

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We are 8 days away from the return of the UEFA Champions League - Round of 16.

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AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

Final:
-Sun Feb 5
Egypt 1-2 Cameroon
  • Egypt took the lead early, but Cameroon tied it and then won the game in the 89th minute!
  • And then there is this:


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Chaos is Spain as a huge storm ripped through part of the country leaving several stadiums damaged and many games canceled this weekend. Plus results from games that went forward. By Sid Lowe of the Guardian.

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Biggest European matches last weekend:
-Sat Feb 4
Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal - losers Arsenal fall from 2nd place to 4th place. Oof!
Bayern 1-1 Schalke - very old rivals in a stalemate
Dortmund 1-0 Leipzig - #4 beat #2 and the supposedly coolest of the cool Dortmund fans started a fight with the "lowly" Leipzig fans.
Monaco 3-0 Nice - #1 v #2 - the loser drops to 3rd.
-Sun Feb 5
Juventus 1-0 Internazionale - Derby d'Italia - Juve's lead goes back to 6 points with a game in hand.

Coming up:
-Sat Feb 11
Liverpool v Tottenham - #5 v #2

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

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Finally, New England Revs beat Atlanta United in Superb Owl 51.



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Friday, February 03, 2017

Some Soccer News for Feb 3, 2017

It's Day 34 of 2017.


After Brazil spent millions if not billions upgrading and building venues for the World Cup and Olympics the fabled Maracana stadium in Rio has been left to rot:


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The US National Women's Team still doesn't have a contract with US Soccer even though the old one officially, finally, expired on Dec 31. There are renewed efforts to get this done. By Andrew Das of the New York Times.

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Minnesota United Preseason

Another 1-1 tie for Minnesota, this time against the Croatian team. Again it was Eugene Starikov with the goal! Yvegeni making a strong push to make this team!!!


Match:
-Fri Feb 3
MNUFC 1-1 Nogometni Klub Istra 1961 (Croatia)
  • Istra beat the Portland Timbers 3-2 on Tuesday.

Training camp roster:
  • G: John Alvbage, Alec Ferrell, Marco Carducci (trialist), Sammy Ndjock (preseason invitee), Charlie Lyon (trialist)
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (preseason invitee), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Thomas de Villardi, Joe Greenspan, Ismaila Jome, Brent Kallman, Lance Laing (preseason invitee), Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas, Andrew Tinari (trialist)
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Duke LaCroix (trialist), Collin Martin, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schüller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson, Johan Venegas, Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, David Goldsmith (trialist), Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez

I don't know if this is great or the kiss of death - A well known pundit thinks Minnesota United will be just fine this year. By Matthew Doyle of MLSsoccer.

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After suffering a torn achilles tendon in the middle of last season Nat Borchers has announced his retirement. Damn. Love that guy. And his giant beard.

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What are the key stories to keep your eyes on in the 2017 MLS season? Galaxy, Red Bull, Atlanta, Dallas, and Homegrown players. By the ESPNFC staff.

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Here is an interesting stat:


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USMNT Friendly:
-Fri Feb 3
USA v Jamaica - 6:00pm CT on FS1
Chattanooga, Finley Stadium

A preview of the Jamaica game. By Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.

As January camp reaches its final day with a game tonight Bruce Arena talks about how it has gone, and his plan for the months ahead. By Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.

Have you asked yourself why the USMNT is playing in Chatanooga TN of all places (and on fake turf)? Plus other nuggets of USMNT info. By Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

Here is the 21 player roster for the Jamaica game:
  • G: David Bingham, Nick Rimando, Luis Robles
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley, Steve Birnbaum, Brad Evans, Greg Garza, Chad Marshall, Jorge Villafana, Walker Zimmerman, Graham Zusi
  • M: Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Benny Feilhaber, Sebastian Lletget, Dax McCarty, Darlington Nagbe, Chris Pontius
  • F: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Jordan Morris

Here is the Jamaica roster:
  • G: Andre Blake - Philadelphia Union, Ryan Thompson - unattached
  • D: Dwayne Ambusley - Montego Bay United, Sergio Campbell - unattached, Oniel Fisher - Seattle Sounders, Rosario Harriott - Harbour View, Kevon Lambert - Montego Bay United, Kemar Lawrence - New York Red Bulls, Damion Lowe - Tampa Bay Rowdies, Ladale Ritchie - Montego Bay United
  • M: Michael Binns - Portmore United, Omar Gordon - Montego Bay United, Ewan Grandison - Portmore United, Omar Holness - Real Salt Lake, Andrew Vanzie - Portmore United
  • F: Cory Burke - Bethlehem Steel, Jourdaine Fletcher - Montego Bay United, Shamar Nicolson - Boys’ Town, Allan Ottey - Montego Bay United, Romario Williams - Atlanta United

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Africa Cup of Nations Final:
-Sun Feb 5
Egypt v Cameroon - 1pm CT on beIN

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Biggest European matches this week:
-Sat Feb 4
Chelsea v Arsenal #1 v #2
Bayern v Schalke - very old rivals
Dortmund v Leipzig - 34 v #2
Monaco v Nice - #1 v #2
-Sun Feb 5
Juventus v Internazionale - Derby d'Italia



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