Friday, June 23, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jun 23, 2017

It's Day 174 of 2017.


7 years ago today

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The 23 man USMNT roster for the Gold Cup will be announced on Sun Jun 25 at High Noon CT on FOX.

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Starting next week:
Every Tuesday at 6:00pm CT on 1500ESPN AM radio, the Adrian Heath Show, with host Jamie Watson.

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Minnesota United

I know I shouldn't be thinking this, but what would happen to MNUFC if Ibson were to get injured?

4 Teams in MLS have not won on the road yet, the other 3 are: New England, Houston and Colorado.

This weekends opponent Vancouver is coming off a 4 game homestand in which they went 2-1-1 with 6 goals scored and 3 allowed.
  • The Whitecaps have 2 road wins, coming just 2 and 3 games ago, at Colorado (0-1) and Montreal (1-2).
  • Their leading scorers are Fredy Montero (5), Christian Techera (4), Brek Shea, Kendall Waston + Matias Laba (2).
  • VW got a late tie at home in their last game, with Techera putting in a nice free kick to make it 1-1 v Dallas.

A match preview from Vancouver's point of view. By Steve Ewen for the Vancouver Province.

Two Minnesota players who have seen significant minutes are still on the Questionable injury list: Ismaila Jome (L Ankle) and Johan Venegas (L Glute).

Schedule:
-Sat Jun 24
Minnesota v Vancouver - 7:00pm CT on My29.

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The evolution of soccer America certainly has a place for promotion and relegation. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.

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Like the future doubts about rock music itself there is always the question hanging in the air - is the electric guitar a thing of the past? By Geoff Edgers for the Washington Post.

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MLS

Week 17 schedule/results:
(15 games)
-Wed Jun 21
DC 2-1 Atlanta
Minnesota 3-2 Portland
Colorado 1-3 LA
Seattle 1-1 Orlando
-Fri Jun 23
Toronto v New England
Houston v Dallas
-Sat Jun 24
New York RB v New York City
Atlanta v Colorado
Philadelphia v DC
Columbus v Montreal
Minnesota v Vancouver
Chicago v Orlando
LA v Kansas City
San Jose v Salt Lake
-Sun Jun 25
Portland v Seattle

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USMNT

The CONCACAF Gold Cup begins on Jul 7.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jun 22, 2017

It's Day 173 of 2017.


Minnesota United

Results:
-Wed Jun 21
Minnesota 3-2 Portland - MU goals by Amobi Okugo(OG), Christian Ramirez + Abu Danladi. PT goals by Diego Valeri(PK) + Francisco Calvo(OG).

My MNUFC Notes:
  • Game highlights [VIDEO]
  • What an important win that was! Just when it felt like the team could be headed down the drain, they pull off a win at home.
  • And what a win. Loons win! Loons win!
  • And the way Minn came out of the gate with a fierce determination set the tone for the whole game.
  • And lemme tell ya, that game was a goddamn 3 ring circus:
  • 5 goals
    2 of them own goals - 1 for each team
    1 spectacular finish by Ramirez
    1 penalty for Portland
    2 red cards - 1 for each team on the same play
    1 goalkeeper blunder by Portland that became a goal
  • Ramirez had a highlight reel goal, which at first was a flubbed touch that he then turned into something spectacular.

  • Okugo put in an own goal for Minn.
  • Calvo put in an own goal for Port.
  • Shuttleworth made a poor decision and gave up a PK for Port to score.
  • Atinella made a poor decision and gave up a loose ball for Minn to score.
  • Again, happy for KVenegas getting on the field more. But he HAS to work on those crosses. The chances are there, but the passes MUST get better. If I was the coach I would just say to him, "at the end of practice everyday I will have someone out here on the field with you and I want to see a minimum of 100 crosses, every day."
  • No one celebrated on the field after the final whistle harder than KVenagas either.
  • Cronin again faded as the game wore on.
  • Molino put in a surgically accurate pass for the Ramirez goal.
  • But Molino's defense is pitiful, I mean really really pitiful.
  • Ibarra had some of the darting beauty up his sleeve last night. More please.
  • The tactics were right for Minn, except for 1 thing - WTF is up with not using subs. Heath is trying to kill these guys. I hope they have legs left for Saturday night cuz Vancouver is gonna bring it.
  • That was the 5th road loss in a row for Portland.
  • And then there's this gem:


Media:

Schedule:
-Sat Jun 24
Minnesota v Vancouver - 7:00pm CT on My29.

Minnesota's NASL players have by and large done good for themselves in MLS. By Wes Burdine for Fifty Five one.

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Private: du Nord Music Mix Vol 127 (download + extract)

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MLS

My MLS Notes:
  • Orlando stole points from Seattle on a goal 4 minutes into 2nd half stoppage time.
  • Young Jack McBean is getting a shot again in the LA lineup and came through with 2 goals. The 2nd was a behind the back flick.
  • The Villarreal brothers, Jose and Jaime, both started for the Galaxy. They were part of the team's academy. As were 6 others who took the field last night: McBean, Zardes, Smith, Romney, Jamieson and Garcia.
  • Atlanta can't get Brad Guzan in their goal fast enough. That guy they got now is pretty awful.

A Q+A with Wilmar Cabrera whose leadership has helped turn the Houston Dynamo around. By Scott French for Four Four Two.

Week 17 schedule/results:
(15 games)
-Wed Jun 21
DC 2-1 Atlanta
Minnesota 3-2 Portland
Colorado 1-3 LA
Seattle 1-1 Orlando
-Fri Jun 23
Toronto v New England
Houston v Dallas
-Sat Jun 24
New York RB v New York City
Atlanta v Colorado
Philadelphia v DC
Columbus v Montreal
Minnesota v Vancouver
Chicago v Orlando
LA v Kansas City
San Jose v Salt Lake
-Sun Jun 25
Portland v Seattle

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Des Moines Menace considering a move up from PDL to new USL D3 set to begin in 2019. From USLD3.
  • Many Minnesota fans have a fondness for Des Moines after the teams encounters in the US Open Cup. Best of luck to them.

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A pretty good overview on how the Video Assistant Referee system works. By Ridge Mahoney for Soccer America.

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USMNT

The name Kenny Saief turned up on the preliminary Gold Cup roster and all but a very few (less than 2 hands worth) had no idea who he was. (I had no idea.) Well, today he got his FIFA approval to play for the Red, White and Blue. He had played for some Israeli youth national teams, so he needed to officially change his nationality with the governing body. He plays his club soccer in Belgium at Gent. From US Soccer.

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Canadian Championship - Final Schedule/Results:

Good result for TFC last night, getting a tie and a road goal.

1st Leg
-Wed Jun 21
Montreal 1-1 Toronto
2nd Leg
-Tue Jun 27
Toronto v Montreal

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jun 21, 2017

It's Day 172 of 2017.


My latest for 1500ESPN: Minnesota United. USA Men's National Team. 12 Days. 4 Games. 3 Competitions. 2 Countries.

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Minnesota United

Lack of goals: Its one thing to be shutout twice by the best defense in the league in Kansas City, but not putting one past the worst defense in the league, Salt Lake, is worrisome. All those games were on the road. The next two are at home. And Portland is susceptible, lets see what happens at home.

Portland will focus on improving their defense for tonight's game. By Jamie Goldberg for the Oregonian.

Minn United brass says they are ready to add players. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.
  • I am very curious to see how far the management will take this. They need 5-6 players. My guess is we will see 1-2.

MNUFC sees Sporting Kansas City's entire organization as a role model. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Schedule:
-Wed Jun 21
Minnesota v Portland - 7:00pm CT on My29.
-Sat Jun 24
Minnesota v Vancouver - 7:00pm CT on My29.

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Private: du Nord Music Mix Vol 127 (download + extract)

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Former Republican Senator Lowell Weicker Jr from Connecticut, was on a Watergate investigative committee and does not like what he is seeing and hearing from the White House today, it has too many similarities for him. By the former Senator for the New York Times.

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MLS

4 games tonight, and 2 more on Friday. Mid-week oh yeah!

The sound coming from the stands means everything to this New York Red Bulls player. In his own words. By Mike Grella of NYRB for The Players Tribune.

The LA Galaxy season got off to a very rough start, but things have turned around in an unexpected way. By Kevin Baxter for the LA Times.

Week 17 schedule/results:
(15 games)
-Wed Jun 21
DC v Atlanta
Minnesota v Portland
Colorado v LA
Seattle v Orlando
-Fri Jun 23
Toronto v New England
Houston v Dallas
-Sat Jun 24
New York RB v New York City
Atlanta v Colorado
Philadelphia v DC
Columbus v Montreal
Minnesota v Vancouver
Chicago v Orlando
LA v Kansas City
San Jose v Salt Lake
-Sun Jun 25
Portland v Seattle

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Samantha Kerr of Sky Blue named NWSL Player Of The Week

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USMNT

Gold Cup roster speculation. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.
  • I am not big on speculation. Just thought I would put this here in case you are. I know many people dig it.

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Canadian Championship - Final Schedule/Results:
1st Leg
-Wed Jun 21
Montreal v Toronto
2nd Leg
-Tue Jun 27
Toronto v Montreal



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jun 20, 2017

It's Day 171 of 2017.


Rest In Power Tony DiCicco
  • An American soccer pioneer, innovator, leader and legend.

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My latest for 1500ESPN: Minnesota United. USA Men's National Team. 12 Days. 4 Games. 3 Competitions. 2 Countries

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Minnesota United

Marc Burch injury update: out 2-3 months after having hernia surgery.
  • MU may need another left fullback. Add that to the extensive shopping list.

Portland comes to Minnesota on Wed with 4 consecutive road losses, and 5 without a win.

Since late April Minn has won and lost every other game at home, with the pattern saying they lose on Wednesday and win on Saturday.
  • Overall the Loon have played 7 games at home, winning 4 and losing 3.

Timbers centerback Liam Ridgewell is out with an injury. This team's defense can be beaten.

Post-weekend preview for Minn game from Portland. By Jamie Goldberg for the Oregonian.

Schedule:
-Wed Jun 21
Minnesota v Portland - 7:00pm CT on My29.
-Sat Jun 24
Minnesota v Vancouver - 7:00pm CT on My29.

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MLS

The biggest offseason signing for Columbus was Ghanaian centerback Jonathan Mensah, and it hasn't gone well for him or them. He is hoping to turn it around starting with the Ghana friendly v the USMNT on Jul 1. By Michael Oti Adjei for ESPNFC.

The Chicago Fire are attempting a return to respectability, but it hasn't been easy. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.

Week 17 schedule/results:
(15 games)
-Wed Jun 21
DC v Atlanta
Minnesota v Portland
Colorado v LA
Seattle v Orlando
-Fri Jun 23
Toronto v New England
Houston v Dallas
-Sat Jun 24
New York RB v New York City
Atlanta v Colorado
Philadelphia v DC
Columbus v Montreal
Minnesota v Vancouver
Chicago v Orlando
LA v Kansas City
San Jose v Salt Lake
-Sun Jun 25
Portland v Seattle

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  • David Villa of New York City named MLS Player Of The Week
  • Vincenzo Rennella of Miami named NASL Player Of The Week

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Canadian Championship

Final Schedule/Results:
1st Leg
-Wed Jun 21
Montreal v Toronto
2nd Leg
-Tue Jun 27
Toronto v Montreal

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Dani Alves describes going back to Barcelona with his new team Juventus, and how much Barca is on his mind and in his blood. In his own words for the Players Tribune.



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jun 19, 2017

It's Day 170 of 2017.


Minnesota United

Results:
-Sat Jun 17
Salt Lake 1-0 Minnesota

My MNUFC Notes:
  • Game highlights - literally ALL Salt Lake. There isn't a single Minnesota attacking clip in the 4 minutes.
  • Where do you even start with a game like this?
  • Loons started the game in 4-2-3-1. Then shifted to 4-3-3, which has never worked for this team.
  • 3 minutes after the shift they got scored on.
  • MU used 1 sub - 1 sub at elevation!
  • Where was the bench? They only took 18 players and 2 were injured.
  • Outshot 29-5 - on target 9-1
  • It was The Inept v The Terrible.
  • NRV = No Redeeming Value.
  •  MU caught offside twice on set pieces.
  • All that work gone in a flash: Shuttleworth made 8 good saves, then blows an easy one to give away the game - Ramirez and Cronin gave up on play too.
  • Iron fucking skillet!
  • Shuttleworth good, until he wasn't.
  • Ibson good.
  • Thiesson ok.
  • Kallman ok.
  • Cronin good in 1st half, invisible in 2nd half.
  • Calvo messy.
  • Ramirez, Molino, Ibarra, Danladi, all invisible.
  • KVenegas good to see him on the field again, but the mustache appeared to be messing with his crossing abilities.
  • Schuller who?
  • It wasn't the defensive 4 alone who did not slow down RSL. It was the whole team. No one in front of the centerbacks slowed anyone down.
  • Manny Lagos and Amos Magee have to be under tremendous pressure to get several quality players into this roster asap. They need 5-6 players. Will they get more than 1 or 2? This is important stuff.
  • The Loons have dropped to the bottom of the overall league standings. Not good.
  • The loss was the first of 5 games in 17 days. Big trouble for a team with such a thin roster.
  • Other teams have figured out how to shut down the Minnesota offense. No re-adjustments from the Minn except reverting to defensive shell which does not work when you can't generate any offense.

Some more scary stats:
  • 7 goals scored and 14 allowed in all comps since Apr 23 - 9 games.
  • Last 5 games its 2 scored and 10 allowed.
  • Only 5 teams have scored less goals.
  • 1 team has given up more goals.
  • Least amount of points in the league - 14.
  • Only team in league that is averaging less than 1 point per game - 0.93.

Media:
(skip it - you don't want to read it anyway)

Schedule (2 this week):
-Wed Jun 21
Minnesota v Portland - 7:00pm CT on My29.
-Sat Jun 24
Minnesota v Vancouver - 7:00pm CT on My29.

Marc Burch has gone to a see a medical specialist about what has for weeks been called a groin injury. By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

Heavy equipment is on the scene in St Paul and construction has begun on the new Minn United stadium. [BRIEF VIDEO]

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USMNT



Friendly schedule:
-Sat Jul 1
USA v Ghana - 3:45pm CT on ESPN
Rentschler Field, East Hartford

Gold Cup roster to be announced on Jun 27.

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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying:

Hexagonal results:
Matchday 5
-Thu Jun 8
USA 2-0 T+T
Costa Rica 0-0 Panama
Mexico 3-0 Honduras
Matchday 6
-Sun Jun 11
Mexico 1-1 USA
-Tue Jun 13
Panama 2-2 Honduras
Costa Rica 2-1 T+T

Hexagonal Standings:
(6 of 10 games played)
14 Mexico (+7)
11 Costa Rica (+5)
8 USA (+3)
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7 Panama (0)
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5 Honduras (-8)
3 Trinidad +Tobago (-7)

Matchdays 7 + 8 will be played Fri Sep 1 + Tue Sep 5 - USA v Costa Rica and at Honduras

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MLS

My MLS Notes:
  • Josef Martinez is really really good. And he is back in the Atlanta lineup.
  • Chicago wins ON THE ROAD AGAIN! Sticking right behind Toronto for best in the league.
  • Montreal has another guy to go along side Ignacio Piatti now! Look out - Blerim Dzemaili is for real.
  • DC is nearly as bad as Minnesota right now. Its a race to the bottom.
  • Alan frickin Gordon! 3 wins in a row for Colorado.
  • BWP gets 2 late goals after missing about 60 chances. At least he got 'em.

David Villa is the best MLS import since Robbie Keane. By Matt Pentz for the Guardian.
  • Giovinco has been better than Villa in my book.

Media:

Week 16 schedule/results:
(11 games)
-Sat Jun 17
New York City 2-1 Seattle
Atlanta 3-1 Columbus
New England 1-2 Chicago
Orlando 3-3 Montreal
Toronto 2-0 DC
San Jose 0-0 Kansas City
Colorado 2-1 Portland
Salt Lake 1-0 Minnesota
Vancouver 1-1 Dallas
LA 2-2 Houston
-Sun Jun 18
Philadelphia 0-2 New York RB

30 goals in 11 games = 2.7 goals per game.

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CONFED CUP

  • Does anyone actually care? Tell me if you do.
  • It seems that the Russian people do not care. The stands were quite empty for the first two games.
  • I watched Mexico v Portugal on Sunday and it was a decent game. The VAR came in to play.
  • Later Sunday I watched Chile v Cameroon and again the VAR was used. But after getting the correct call the 1st time and disallowing a Chile goal, they got it wrong the 2nd time and gave Chile a goal that should have been stopped for offside.



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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Walking The Dog

I'll be back.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jun 6, 2017

It's Day 157 of 2017.


My new article for 1500ESPN: Former NASL players having big impact on MNUFC MLS roster.

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Twin Cities viewing parties for the 2 USMNT World Cup qualifiers, Thurs & Sun, is at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners, Minneapolis.

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USMNT

John Brooks trained with the USA today. He suffered a bruised thigh against Venezuela.

Despite the truck loads of praise Christian Pulisic still has his head squarely on his shoulders and his feet of the ground. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

Some chaos in the Trinidad team. By Shaka Hislop for ESPNFC. [VIDEO]
  • Hislop sees his former team T+T getting a tie in Denver.

World Cup qualifier schedule/results:
-Thu Jun 8
USA v T+T - 6:50pm CT on FS1
Denver CO
-Sun Jun 11
Mexico v USA - 7:30pm CT on FS1
Mexico City DF

USA Roster (26 players):
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, John Brooks - Hertha Berlin, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Timothy Chandler - Eintracht Frankfurt, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Fabian Johnson - Borussia Moenchengladbach, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Bobby Wood - Hamburg
  • C: Bruce Arena

The 23 player USA roster for the Gold Cup will be announced on Jun 27.

T+T Roster:
  • G: Jan Michael Williams - Juticalpa, Marvin Phillip - Morvant Caledonia United, Adrian Foncette - Police
  • D: Carlos Edwards - Ma Pau Stars, Daneil Cyrus - W Connection, Joevin Jones - Seattle Sounders, Aubrey David - PS Kemi, Radanfah Abu Bakr - Suduva Marijampole, Sheldon Bateau - Krylia Sovetov Samara, Curtis Gonzales - Defence Force, Mekeil Williams - Colorado Rapids, Alvin Jones - W Connection, Tristan Hodge - W Connection
  • M: Khaleem Hyland - Westerlo, Andre Boucaud - Dagenham & Redbridge, Hughtun Hector - W Connection, Kevin Molino - Minnesota United, Kevan George - Jacksonville Armada, Leston Paul - Central, Hashim Arcia - Defence Force, Nathan Lewis - San Juan Jabloteh
  • F: Kenwyne Jones - Atlanta United, Shahdon Winchester - Murcielagos, Jamille Boatswain - Defence Force
  • C: Dennis Lawrence

Mexico Roster:
  • G: Guillermo Ochoa - Granada, Alfredo Talavera - Toluca, Rodolfo Cota - Guadalajara
  • D: Rafael Marquez - Atlas, Hector Moreno - PSV, Miguel Layun - Porto, Diego Reyes - Espanyol, Nestor Araujo - Santos Laguna, Oswaldo Alanis - Guadalajara, Carlos Salcedo - Fiorentina, Ricardo Reyes - Atlas
  • M: Andres Guardado - PSV, Hector Herrera - Porto, Javier Aquino - Tigres, Marco Fabian - Eintracht Frankfurt, Jonathan dos Santos - Villarreal, Jesus Molina - Monterrey, Jesus Dueñas - Tigres, Jurgen Damm - Tigres, Jesus Gallardo - Pumas, Orbelin Pineda - Guadalajara, Jorge Hernandez - Pachuca
  • F: Giovani dos Santos - LA Galaxy, Javier Hernandez - Bayer Leverkusen, Oribe Peralta - America, Carlos Vela - Real Sociedad, Raul Jimenez - Benfica, Jesus Manuel Corona - Porto, Hirving Lozano - Pachuca
  • C: Juan Carlos Osorio

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Incredible article on the battle with ISIS for Mosul - told from inside the Iraqi special forces. By Mike Giglio for Buzzfeed.

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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying:

Hexagonal Schedule/results:
Matchday 5
-Thu Jun 8
USA v T+T
Costa Rica v Panama
Mexico v Honduras
Matchday 6
-Sun Jun 11
Mexico v USA
-Tue Jun 13
Panama v Honduras
Costa Rica v T+T

Hexagonal Standings:
(4 of 10 games played)
10 Mexico (+4)
7 Costa Rica (+4)
5 Panama (0)
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4 USA (+1)
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4 Honduras (-5)
3 Trinidad +Tobago (-4)

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MINNESOTA UNITED

US Open Cup Schedule/Results:
-Wed Jun 14
Sporting Kansas City v Minnesota United - 7:30pm CT


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US Open Cup

4th Round Schedule/Results - Jun 13 + 14.

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  • Giuseppe Gentile of Puerto Rico named NASL Player Of The Week
  • Roland Lamah of Dallas named MLS Player Of The Week
  • Irvin Parra of Seattle Sounders 2 named USL Player Of The Week
  • Lindsey Horan of Portland Thorns named USL Player Of The Week

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MLS

16 year old Jesus Ferriera of Dallas became the 2nd youngest goal scorer in league history last Saturday in their 6-2 win over Salt Lake. Jesus is the son of former Dallas star and MLS MVP David Ferriera.

All those games in May seems to have caught up with Toronto in New England last weekend as they got smoked. Don't expect it to last. By Kurt Larson for the Toronto Sun.

Week 15 schedule results:
(3 games)
-Sat Jun 10
Chicago v Atlanta
Kansas City v Montreal
Portland v Dallas

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AMERICANS ABROAD

David Wagner has signed a new contract to remain head coach of Huddersfield who have been just promoted to the English Premier League.

Christian Pulisic has a new head coach at Dortmund - Peter Bosz. Dutch former pro player who brought Ajax back to respectability last season.

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A tournament review of the USMNT U20 team at the World Cup. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.
  • They were eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Venezuela on Sunday.

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Men's U20 World Cup - South Korea

Semifinal Schedule:
-Thu Jun 8
Italy v England
Uruguay v Venezuela

Final
-Sun Jun 11

The tournament.

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Goztepe SK from Turkey's third largest city Izmir is back into the top flight after several years floundering. They have a fierce following that will bring another lively team to the very lively Super Lig. They will be the only team from Izmir in the top division. By for Daily Sabbah. Thanks to Justin for the link.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jun 5, 2017

It's Day 156 of 2017.


Real Madrid won its 3 UEFA Champions League Final in 4 years. I am not a fan, but man oh man are they good. You really have to give it up for them. Huge congrats.
  • This is their 12th European championship. Far and away the most of any team.
  • Zinedine Zidane the manager gets the job done in a big big way. By Sid Lowe for the Guardian.

Final results:
-Sat Jun 3
Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid

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USMNT U20 team lost in the Quarterfinals of the World Cup, 2-1 by Venezuela.

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MINNESOTA UNITED

Results:
-Sat Jun 3
Kansas City 3-0 Minnesota

My MNUFC Notes:
  • Game highlights [VIDEO] - if yer smart you will not watch this.
  • Let's begin with the good part: Minnesota fans snapped every ticket they could get their hands on and filled the section they were given to overflowing. And for only a few minutes late in the game when the score, futility, heat, early start to the day, and beer caught up to everyone did they ever slow down. And that was only for a moment. Then it was right back to full tilt boogie. Loud and proud. Well done.
  • Sadly this was pretty much what I feared we would see in Kansas City. Due to the lack of depth there were a lot of holes to fill, and after the injury to Ibarra the coach changed the formation and really hampered any chance the team had of competing.
  • To make things worse, the formation the coach changed to was the same one they used in games 1,2 and 4 when they got hammered into the dirt. (Actually fake turf in games 1 and 3, and snow + fake turf in game 2.)
  • That formation involved 3 central holding/defensive/linking midfielders. You only need 2 players for this area of the field, so using 3 is kinda like playing with 10 men, except its worse. Because those 3 are confused as to who has what responsibility. "Do you have that guy, or do I? Are going forward? No? You are dropping back? OK, well then I guess I will go forward. How about him, who is marking him now? Which side of the field?" etc etc etc ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
  • No Calvo, no Cronin, no JVenegas, then no Ibarra. Yeah its ugly.
  • Ibarra suffered some sort of lower leg injury. I think its an injury to his calf.
  • I know playing at KC is almost a no-win situation. They rarely give up points at home. So maybe I should just stop right here and drop it. Just let it go. Forget about it. Move on. But you know me, there is no way I can do that.
  • So here we go.
  • KC got there payback. They were embarrassed by losing 2-0 in Minnesota a month ago. So they were motivated.
  • MN had managed to keep the game scoreless until into first half stoppage time and then gave up one of the worst goals I have seen all season.
  • The whole team just seemed to stop playing in unison leaving Ike Opara, a centerback, to waltz to the top of the box and then just pass a shot into the open net, while no Minnesota player tried to stop it. Literally, no one even lunged or dove or anything.
  • (You could actually say this about all 3 KC goals. Every MN player standing around watching.)
  • The second half started and KC smelled blood and grabbed goal #2. It was over then.
  • But Minnesota, with Kadrii on the field meekly attempted a comeback. He and Ramirez actually combined, and drew Ibson and Thiessen into the game. Davis came in a few minutes after that and at least pushed forward.
  • KC was in full defensive wall mode though and only 2 or 3 real chances materialized for the Loons with none of them forcing a great save.
  • Sporting hit them on the counter for goal 3 and the journey toward the dark side was complete.
  • Shuttleworth made a couple good saves and horribly watch the 1st goal go in.
  • Kallman was named captain, nice, but couldn't rally the troops.
  • Burch appears to not have much in the tank right now.
  • Warner was just plain bad.
  • Same with Jome.
  • Ramirez had no service, so he wasn't involved much at all. His few attempts were weak.
  • And Schuller came on for Ibarra in the 8th minute, and ... boy oh boy don't get me started on Schuller. WTF? Did he make more than 1 forward pass? Yes he did. 6 out of 57 passes.
  • I kept wondering all game when Molino was going to show up. He must have missed the flight.
  • A lot of guys just booted the ball up field when they got it, and gave it right back to KC.
  • MN had 7 shots total. 1 on goal. This is getting worse every game. You know why? Because other teams do scouting, and they have MN figured out, and MN has no plan B except retreat into a shell and get smoked.
  • On many of the few times MN did get into the attack they whipped in crosses that were easily cleared by Opara who is literally the best leaper in all of MLS and OWNS the air in front of there goal. Who thought those crosses might lead to something?
  • Actually, besides shots and corners the stats were pretty even. It just that KC's numbers seemed to me made of something much tougher and more durable.
  • When I think back on it, KC wasn't exactly great on Saturday. They were a little better then average, yet barely tested.
  • Minn has only scored 2 goals in the last 3 games.
  • And finally, the "missing players" excuse doesn't work, cuz KC had guys out too.

Coach Adrian Heath to media after the game: "Outfought, outplayed, outrun. No desire. No enthusiasm." All correct. But he forgot to add "Outrostered and outcoached," too. I don't think its right to publicly put all the blame on the players with this team

Media:

Up Next:
-Wed Jun 14
Sporting Kansas City v Minnesota United - 7:30pm CT.
  • Back to Kansas City for the US Open Cup.
  • KC will roll out a very similar line up to what we saw on the field at the end of the game.

My new article for 1500ESPN: Former NASL players having big impact on MNUFC MLS roster.


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My recommendation for watching the 2 USMNT World Cup qualifiers in the Twin Cities, Thu + Sun, is Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners, Minneapolis.

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USMNT

My USMNT Notes:
  • It was not easy for me to watch this game. I was out on the town in Kansas City and there were a lot of people around to socialize with. So I did that more than watching.
  • I watched at the Peanut bar on 9th St in KC. I love this place. Thanks to Graham for taking me there several years ago. Not great TVs or site lines, but we had fun.
  • One thing I did notice - for a friendly it was played at a frantic pace late in the game. Which was fantastic.
  • That kid Pulisic just keeps getting better.
  • Villafana might be better than I give him credit for. I will save my judgements now for the next two games. Huge for him.
  • I don't think I missed much else by being so distracted.

Bruce Arena gives his assessment of the game. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • I think he needs the Iron Skillet Method to clean up the set pieces

Friendly Result:
-Sat Jun 3
USA 1-1 Venezuela - USA goal by Christian Pulisic. Ven goal by Jose Velazquez.

Next Up - 2 HUGE World Cup qualifiers:
-Thu Jun 8
USA v T+T - 6:50pm CT on FS1
Denver CO
-Sun Jun 11
Mexico v USA - 7:30pm CT on FS1
Mexico City DF

USA Roster (26 players):
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, John Brooks - Hertha Berlin, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Timothy Chandler - Eintracht Frankfurt, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Fabian Johnson - Borussia Moenchengladbach, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Bobby Wood - Hamburg
  • C: Bruce Arena

2009 Flashback - Game highlights from the WC qualifier in Mexico City, the last time I was at the Azteca stadium. Quite the memorable day. [VIDEO] Attendance was a staggering 104,499

USMNT lineup for that game:
  • G: Howard
  • D: Cherundolo Onyewu DeMerit Bocanegra
  • M: Donovan Bradley Clark Dempsey
  • F: Ching Davies
  • S: Holden, Feilhaber, Altidore
  • C: Bradley

The USMNT Gold Cup 40 player preliminary roster is out. From US Soccer.
  • It will be trimmed to 23 at some point.
  • I saw the list and said to myself, "Who the hell is Kenny Saief?" Never heard of him.
  • Turns out Saief is 23 year old American-Israeli left footed wide midfielder who plays for Gent in Belgium.
  • He has played for Israel national teams at the youth and senior level, but only in friendlies, so he will need to file a request to transfer to the USA and that move would be permanent.
  • The other real surprise is the exclusion of Danny Williams. I thought he might be in for the WC games, but no Gold Cup either? Huh.

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  • Samantha Kerr of Sky Blue named NWSL Player Of The Month for May
  • Nemanja Nikolic of Chicago Fire named MLS Player Of The Month for May
  • Zach Steinberger of Jacksonville Armada named NASL Player Of The Month for May

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MLS

My MLS Notes:
  • Toronto just got smoked by New England! The mysteries of MLS will never cease to exist. Thankfully.
  • And how about the beating Dallas put on Real Salt Lake. Wow.
  • Horrible week for RSL with a 5-1 and 6-2 loss on their trip through Texas.
  • RSL coach Mike Petke: "I've never been a part of anything like this."
  • Colorado got a win. Good for them. Still really bad though.
  • Orlando held on for a tie at home against Chicago even though 2 of their players got ejected.
  • Will Bruin got revenge on Houston for dumping him by scoring the game's only goal for Seattle.
  • I didn't see a single minute of it, but I bet DC + LA was a horrible game.
  • DC played 2 games last week and didn't score in either.

Media:
  • MLS XI for Week 14. By Alexander Abnos for Sports Illustrated.
  • 6 takeaways from Week 14. By Caitlin Murray for Fox Sports.
  • The full analysis of Week 14. By Matt Doyle for MLS.

Week 14 results:
(15 games)
-Wed May 31
Columbus 3-0 Seattle
New York City 2-2 New England
Orlando 2-0 DC
Houston 5-1 Salt Lake
-Fri Jun 2
Portland 2-0 San Jose
-Sat Jun 3
New York City 2-1 Philadelphia
Kansas City 3-0 Minnesota
Vancouver 3-1 Atlanta
DC 0-0 LA
New England 3-0 Toronto
Montreal 1-0 New York RB
Dallas 6-2 Salt Lake
Colorado 2-1 Columbus
-Sun Jun 4
Orlando 0-0 Chicago
Seattle 1-0 Houston

43 goals in 15 games = 2.9 goals per game - decent, but not good enough. Try harder.

Week 15
(I loudly BOOOOOOOOOOOO all 6 of these teams for playing during the International break)
-Sat Jun 10
Chicago v Atlanta
Kansas City v Montreal
Portland v Dallas

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Men's U20 World Cup - South Korea

And the USA is out. I did not see the game. All accounts said they were outplayed. But it was still scoreless after 90 minutes. All 3 goals scored in Added Extra Time.

Quarterfinal Results:
Portugal 2-2 Uruguay - Uru advance 5-4 on penalties
Venezuela 2-1 USA - USA goal by Jeremy Ebobisse
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Italy 3-2 Zambia
Mexico 0-1 England

Semifinal Schedule:
-Thu Jun 8
Italy v England
Uruguay v Venezuela

Final
-Sun Jun 11

The tournament.

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My soccer columns for 1500ESPN.



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Friday, June 02, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jun 2, 2017

It's Day 153 of 2017.


MINNESOTA UNITED

One final review of Minn Utd v Orlando, with attention paid to Brent Kallman and the team's defensive shape. By Noel Quinn for Fifty Five One.

You, dearest du Nord reader, most likely know this story all too well, but in case you don't: Why Minnesota United are nicknamed "the Loons"?

Ismaila Jome made his first MLS start last week, and you probably want to know more about him. By Andy Greder for the St Paul Pioneer Press.

Minnesota centerback Joe Greenspan has been nominated for USL Player Of The Month for May during his loan spell at Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Fantastic.

The real key to Kansas City's consistent success has been their commitment to defense. By Matt Pentz for ESPNFC.

Even though he was called up to the USA team this week Matt Besler has returned to KC for 2 days to play the Saturday game with his club.

Schedule/Results:
-Sat Jun 3
Kansas City v Minnesota - 4pm CT on ESPN

MNUFC released a basic outline of the stadium construction timetable. Cloud City here we come!

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USMNT

Matt Besler has been released to his club SKC team for this weekend's game.

Jorge Villafana's rise from reality TV to Chivas USA to Portland Timbers to Santos Laguna to USMNT. He is no longer Sueno. Quite the journey. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.
  • Bruce Arena on Villafana: "He’s a left back, which is one of the criteria I think you should have for selecting a left back."

Solidifying and then building the USMNT squad is Bruce Arena's main job, but getting points must be the teams only focus. By Steve Davis for Four Four Two.

Friendly Schedule:
-Sat Jun 3
USA v Venezuela - Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy UT - 9:00pm CT on FS1

USA Roster (26 players):
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, John Brooks - Hertha Berlin, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Timothy Chandler - Eintracht Frankfurt, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Fabian Johnson - Borussia Moenchengladbach, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Bobby Wood - Hamburg
  • C: Bruce Arena

Venezuela Roster:
  • G: Alain Baroja - Sud America, Jose Contreras - Deportivo Tachira
  • D: Paul Camacho - Deportivo Tachira, John Chancellor - Dolphin, Rolf Feltscher - Real Zaragoza, Alexander Gonzalez - Huesca, Jose Luis Marrufo - Mineros De Guayana, Yordan Osorio - Tondela, Rubert Quijada - Caracas, Jeffree Vargas - Arouca, Jose Manuel Velazquez - Arouca, Mikel Villanueva - Malaga
  • M: Archimedes Figuera - Universitario, Francisco Flores - Mineros de Guayana, Alejandro Guerra - Palmeiras, Jacob Kouffati - Millionaires, Francisco La Mantia - Deportivo La Guaira, Darwin Machis - Leganes, Junior Moreno - Zulia, Jhon Murillo - Tondela, Romulo Otero - Atletico Mineiro, Aristotle Romero - Mineros de Guayana, Jefferson Savarino - Real Salt Lake
  • F: Andres Ponce - Lugano, Salomon Rondon - West Bromwich Albion, Christian Santos - Deportivo Alaves, Edder Starling - Caracas
  • C: Rafael Dumadel

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Samantha Kerr of Sky Blue named NWSL Player Of The Month for May

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Zach Steinberger of Jacksonville Armada named NASL Player Of The Month for May

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Yield: du Nord Music Mix Vol 126 (download + extract)

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MLS

The turnaround this season by the Chicago Fire is very very important to the fans in the stands. By John Kass for the Chicago Tribune.

Dallas has wisely signed young goalkeeper Jess Gonzalez to a new 4 year contract.

Houston and Chicago were the worst of the worst last season, yet somehow they are flying high right now. By Steve Davis for Four Four Two.

Week 14
(15 games)
-Wed May 31
Columbus 3-0 Seattle
New York City 2-2 New England
Orlando 2-0 DC
Houston 5-1 Salt Lake
-Fri Jun 2
Portland v San Jose
-Sat Jun 3
New York City v Philadelphia
Kansas City v Minnesota - 4pm CT on ESPN
Vancouver v Atlanta
DC v LA
New England v Toronto
Montreal v New York RB
Dallas v Salt Lake
Colorado v Columbus
-Sun Jun 4
Orlando v Chicago
Seattle v Houston

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Five talented NASL players with the potential to achieve bigger things. By Jeff Rueter for Four Four Two.

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Men's U20 World Cup - South Korea

Quarterfinal Schedule/Results:
Venezuela v USA - Jun 4 - 1:00am CT on FS2
Portugal v Uruguay - Jun 4
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Italy v Zambia - Jun 5
Mexico v England - Jun 5

USA Roster
  • G: Jonathan Klinsmann - U California, JT Marcinkowski - Georgetown U, Brady Scott - De Anza Force
  • D: Danny Acosta - Real Salt Lake, Cameron Carter-Vickers - Tottenham, 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: Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Luca De La Torre - Fulham, Derrick Jones - Philadelphia Union, Eryk Williamson - U Maryland
  • F: Jeremy Ebobisse - Portland Timbers, Lagos Kunga - Atlanta United, Brooks Lennon - Real Salt Lake, Emmanuel Sabbi - unaffiliated, Josh Sargent - St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Sebastian Saucedo - Real Salt Lake
  • C: Tab Ramos

The tournament.

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS

Can two famous fullbacks, Marcelo and Dani Alves, be the key to victory in the Final? They will face off head to head on one side of the field. By Jonathan Wilson for Sports Illustrated.

I don't think there is any doubt that a win in this game would mean more to the players of Juventus than those of Real Madrid. By Rory Smith for the New York Times.
  • Is there any way they could both lose? That would be nice.

Final:
-Sat Jun 3
Juventus v Real Madrid - 1:45pm CT on Fox from Cardiff Wales

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Much like pick up basketball in places like New York City changed the NBA, could pick up soccer in South London change the Premier League? By Rory Smith for the New York Times.

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The coach, Jorge Sampaoli, who brought Chile that perro loco attitude over the past 5 years is now the new head man for Argentina. Very curious to see how this works out.

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German club 1860 Munchen has fallen, I mean really fallen, and may not get up. The perennial 2nd division team were just relegated to the 3rd division 2 weeks ago, but the club management missed the deadline to pay the register fee for next season and therefore they have been relegated to the 4th division, and possibly the 5th division if certain requirements are not met. From Deutsche Welle.
  • $$$$$ seems to be the issue. Big Surprise.



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jun 1, 2017

It's Day 152 of 2017.


US Open Cup

Third Round Results - from Tue and Wed.
  • One amateur team still remains in the competition - Christos FC of Baltimore. They will play at DC United in the next round.
  • Learn the story of Christos - the amateur team sponsored by a liquor store. By Alexander Abnos for Sports Illustrated.
  • Eric Wynalda's LA Wolves were eliminated.
  • 3 of 4 NASL teams advanced.
  • 9 of 16 USL teams advanced.
  • 19 MLS teams join in the next round. Those 4th Round games will be played on Jun 13 + 14.
  • Minnesota United travels to Sporting Kansas City on Jun 14.

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USMNT U20s roll into the Quarterfinals with a 6-0 win over New Zealand.
  • Josh Sargent scored his 4th goal, tying him for the tournament lead.
  • 3 players missed this game due to suspension.
  • 1 starter, Gedion Zelalem, got hurt in the 1st game of the tournament.
  • Several other potential starters didn't go to the tournament due to injury or club commitments.
  • Face Venezuela on Sunday.
  • Venezuela has kept a clean sheet in all 4 games, all wins.
  • (more details below)

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MINNESOTA UNITED

MNUFC began tryouts for their first academy teams yesterday, and former head coach Carl Craig was spotted on the field working with the youngsters. Very glad to hear he's out there. I hope that's going good for him.

Minn offense sits right in the middle of the league for Goals Scored:
27 Hou + Atl
26 Tor
25 NYC
23 Chi + Colu + NE
22 Por
19 LA + Phi + Minnesota
18 Mon
17 Sea
16 Orl + KC + SJ
15 Dal + Van + NYRB
13 SL
10 DC + Colo

Schedule/Results:
-Sat Jun 3
Kansas City v Minnesota - 4pm CT on ESPN

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USMNT

Jorge Villafana somehow got his professional career off the ground by winning a Reality TV Contest. Starting left fullback for the USMNT seems to be his latest reality. By Associated Press. Via Salt Lake Tribune.

Friendly Schedule:
-Sat Jun 3
USA v Venezuela - Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy UT - 9:00pm CT on FS1

USA Roster (26 players):
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, John Brooks - Hertha Berlin, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Timothy Chandler - Eintracht Frankfurt, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Fabian Johnson - Borussia Moenchengladbach, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Bobby Wood - Hamburg
  • C: Bruce Arena

Venezuela Roster:
  • G: Alain Baroja - Sud America, Jose Contreras - Deportivo Tachira
  • D: Paul Camacho - Deportivo Tachira, John Chancellor - Dolphin, Rolf Feltscher - Real Zaragoza, Alexander Gonzalez - Huesca, Jose Luis Marrufo - Mineros De Guayana, Yordan Osorio - Tondela, Rubert Quijada - Caracas, Jeffree Vargas - Arouca, Jose Manuel Velazquez - Arouca, Mikel Villanueva - Malaga
  • M: Archimedes Figuera - Universitario, Francisco Flores - Mineros de Guayana, Alejandro Guerra - Palmeiras, Jacob Kouffati - Millionaires, Francisco La Mantia - Deportivo La Guaira, Darwin Machis - Leganes, Junior Moreno - Zulia, Jhon Murillo - Tondela, Romulo Otero - Atletico Mineiro, Aristotle Romero - Mineros de Guayana, Jefferson Savarino - Real Salt Lake
  • F: Andres Ponce - Lugano, Salomon Rondon - West Bromwich Albion, Christian Santos - Deportivo Alaves, Edder Starling - Caracas
  • C: Rafael Dumadel

A look back at the USMNT's failed attempt to qualify for World Cup 1986. By Michael Lewis for the Guardian.

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Yield: du Nord Music Mix Vol 126 (download + extract)

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MLS

My MLS Notes:
  • Very little makes sense with Columbus. On Saturday they lost 5-0 in Toronto and last night they won 3-0 at home.
  • But Seattle was missing a bunch of players, so their loss wasn't as big a surprise.
  • Salt Lake is in deep trouble. After smoothing things out a little when Mike Petke came aboard as head coach, they've a couple wins and a bunch of blowout losses.

Nemanja Nikolic is powering the Chicago Fire with his constant search for goals. By Bob Narang for the Chicago Tribune.

Week 14
(15 games)
-Wed May 31
Columbus 3-0 Seattle
New York City 2-2 New England
Orlando 2-0 DC
Houston 5-1 Salt Lake
-Fri Jun 2
Portland v San Jose
-Sat Jun 3
New York City v Philadelphia
Kansas City v Minnesota
Vancouver v Atlanta
DC v LA
New England v Toronto
Montreal v New York RB
Dallas v Salt Lake
Colorado v Columbus
-Sun Jun 4
Orlando v Chicago
Seattle v Houston

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du Nord Futbol's MLS Coaches Hot Seat for Jun 1, 2017:
6 Pablo Mastroeni - Colorado
5 Carl Robinson - Vancouver
4 Jay Heaps - New England
3 Curt Onalfo - LA
2 Jim Curtin - Philadelphia
1 Mauro Biello - Montreal

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Men's U20 World Cup - South Korea

Big win and a shut out over New Zealand with 6 different goal scorers.

Game highlights [VIDEO]

Match recap and look ahead to Quarters. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.

Venezuela up next, the morning after the two countries senior teams play a friendly in Utah.

Venezuela has not given up a goal so far in this tournament, while scoring 11:
  • 2-0 v Germany
  • 7-0 v Vanuatu
  • 1-0 v Mexico
  • 1-0 v Japan

USA has also scored 11 goals, and given up 4.

Round of 16 results (bracket):
S Korea 1-3 Portugal
Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia
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Venezuela 1-0 Japan
USA 6-0 New Zealand - USA goals by Josh Sargent, Jeremy Ebobisse, Brooks Lennon, Justen Glad, Auston Trusty, Lagos Kunga.
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France 1-2 Italy
Zambia 4-3 Germany
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Mexico 1-0 Senegal
England 2-1 Costa Rica


Quarterfinal Schedule/Results:
Portugal v Uruguay - Jun 4
Venezuela v USA - Jun 4
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Italy v Zambia - Jun 5
Mexico v England - Jun 5

USA Roster
  • G: Jonathan Klinsmann - U California, JT Marcinkowski - Georgetown U, Brady Scott - De Anza Force
  • D: Danny Acosta - Real Salt Lake, Cameron Carter-Vickers - Tottenham, 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: Tyler Adams - New York Red Bulls, Luca De La Torre - Fulham, Derrick Jones - Philadelphia Union, Eryk Williamson - U Maryland
  • F: Jeremy Ebobisse - Portland Timbers, Lagos Kunga - Atlanta United, Brooks Lennon - Real Salt Lake, Emmanuel Sabbi - unaffiliated, Josh Sargent - St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, Sebastian Saucedo - Real Salt Lake
  • C: Tab Ramos

The tournament.

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Canadian Championship

Toronto pumped in 4 goals over 2nd division Ottawa to cruise to victory and head to the finals against Montreal.

Semifinal Schedule/Results:
2nd Leg
-Tue May 30
Montreal 4-2 Vancouver - Mon advance 5-3 on aggregate.
-Wed May 31
Toronto 4-0 Ottawa - Tor advance 5-2 on aggregate.

Final Schedule/Results:
1st Leg
-Wed Jun 21
Montreal v Toronto
2nd Leg
-Tue Jun 27
Toronto v Montreal

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS

The one player on these two teams that no one is ever ashamed to praise - goalkeeper Gigi Buffon of Juventus. By Rory Smith for the New York Times.

Final:
-Sat Jun 3
Juventus v Real Madrid - 1:45pm CT on Fox from Cardiff Wales



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