Friday, January 13, 2017

Sick Leave

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jan 5, 2017

It's Day 5 of 2017.


A photo posted by Minnesota United FC (@mnufc) on


Batman + Superman are back together in Minnesota again! Today MN United announced the return of Miguel Ibarra and the new contract for Christian Ramirez.
  • This is a big big deal for long time supporters of this club, and more important for spirit and atmosphere then even play on the field.

Ibarra was sharp on all fronts - suit, bow tie, shoes, hair. His Spanish was lightning fast. His English had a whole new Mexican accent. Was told his fitness is off the charts. He is ready to go. Like, now!

And Ramirez looked very happy to be married and get the deal done with the team during his honeymoon! Haha.

Some more words on today's announcement and quotes from the 2 players. By Brian Quarstad of Fifty Five One.

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USMNT January Camp Roster:
  • G - David Bingham, Stefan Frei, Bill Hamid, Nick Rimando, Luis Robles
  • D - DaMarcus Beasley, Steve Birnbaum, Brad Evans, Greg Garza, Matt Hedges, Taylor Kemp, Chad Marshall, Keegan Rosenberry, Walker Zimmerman, Graham Zusi
  • M - Kellyn Acosta, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Benny Feilhaber, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Kekuta Manneh, Dax McCarty, Darlington Nagbe, Chris Pontius, Wil Trapp
  • F - Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Jordan Morris, Chris Wondolowski, Gyasi Zardes

Are there any players not on this list that you think should be?
  • I will fill in a couple obvious ones for you: Matt Besler had ankle surgery, and Clint Dempsey is still not cleared by doctors.
  • Many thought Christian Roldan from Seattle would get a look.
  • And for a team that is desperate for fullbacks its quite interesting that Arena did not give Robbie Rogers a shot.

Analysis of this roster and the training camp/friendlies via two of my favorites guys named Brian:
Scriaretta
Straus

My 1 negative about this roster is that more and more these days International soccer is about young players making the difference. They are usually faster, stronger and more willing to take big risks where a veteran player might take the safer route. Would have liked to see more young guys here to gain experience.

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San Jose Earthquakes has hired Jesse Fioranelli as their new General Manager. He has a lot of experience in his native Italy as a development and analytic manager at both Lazio and Roma.



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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jan 4, 2017

It's Day 4 of 2017.


The Mexican Liga MX Clausura season begins on Friday!
-Fri Jan 6
Veracruz v Queretaro
-Sat Jan 7
Cruz Azul v Necaxa
Morelia v Tijuana
Tigres UANL v Santos Laguna
Leon v Pachuca
Guadalajara v Pumas UNAM
-Sun Jan 8
Toluca v Atlas
Puebla v Monterrey
  • Club America is getting an extra week off after playing in the Club World Cup. Atlas is off too then.

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Meet Minnesota United's 2 new Costa Ricans - Johan Venegas and Francisco Calvo. By Jeff Rueter of Fifty One Fifty.

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Bruce Arena's USMNT coaching staff officially announced:
  • Dave Sarachan, Pat Noonan and Kenny Arena - assistants
  • Matt Reis - goalkeeper
  • Thomas Rongen - scouting

Upcoming USMNT Friendlies:
-Fri Feb 3
USA v Jamaica - 6pm CT on FS1
Finley Stadium in Chattanooga
-Sun Jan 29
USA v Serbia - 3pm CT on ESPN2
Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego

Expect the USMNT January Camp roster to be released on Thurs or Fri. Training starts on Tue Jan 10.

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Mike Magee has retired. Helluva player. Classic goal poacher. Goalkeeper one time. Great stories. 2 MLS Cups. 1 MLS MVP. Congrats and bon voyage. New York, LA and Chicago were his MLS stops.
  • And Magee had a star turn like no other in the history of MLS - as Ferris Bueller. [VIDEO]

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Orlando City has signed a player very familiar to NASL fans, 22 year old Brazilian attacking midfielder PC from Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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Portland has signed inconsistent 32 year old Costa Rican left fullback Roy Miller from Saprissa. He played for New York Red Bulls for several years and is known to have some of the biggest howlers in club history.

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What is driving this incredible spending on players in China? The government. By Chris Buckley of the New York Times.

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Another boss at Chelsea with an emphasis on the mental aspects of the game - Antonio Conte and his connection to the players. By Rory Smith of the New York Times.



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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jan 3, 2017

It's Day 3 of 2017.


Zinedine Zidane took over as manager of Real Madrid on Jan 4 2016. Since then the team has only lost 2 games. Impressive for a guy who had never been a head coach before.

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In case you missed it: Minnesota United signed Costa Rican centerback Francisco Calvo from Saprissa.
  • It feels like Saprissa may have sold their whole team to MLS clubs in the past couple of weeks.

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On Tuesday MNUFC acquired 22 year old midfielder Collin Martin in a trade for a future lower round draft pick with DC United. Martin played under new Minn DPP Amos Magee in DC. (is that enough initials for you?)
  • Steven Goff of the Washington Post, the leading journalist covering DC United, referred to Martin at "oft-injured."

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Minnesota United players Johan Venegas & Francisco Calvo are in the Costa Rica squad for the Central American Cup tournament that runs Jan 13 - 22.
  • So they will miss the start of pre-season training camp.

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The New York Cosmos have apparently not paid their players for 3 months now, staff members too. By Dave Martinez of Empire Of Soccer

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Just announced - A 2nd friendly for USA Men:
-Fri Feb 3
USA v Jamaica - 6pm CT on FS1
Finley Stadium in Chattanooga
  • This will be the end of the January camp, which begins on Jan 10
  • Capacity is 20k and the surface is fake turf. (No word on if they are laying grass over it.)

To go along with the previously announced:
-Sun Jan 29
USA v Serbia - 3pm CT on ESPN2
Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego

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Bob Bradley lasted just 85 days and 11 games as manager of Swansea. The owners should be ashamed of themselves. If they weren't going to give him time then they shouldn't have hired him.
  • Bradley won't be out of a job long, and then we can revive this:
The Bob Bradley + ??? Tracker:

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Columbus has signed 26 year old Ghanaian centerback Jonathan Mensah from Anzhi in Russia. -Do not cofuse him with 34 year old centerback John Mensah who played against the USA in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

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Cubo Torres is going to get another with Houston Dynamo. He went from Chivas Gaudalajara to Chivas USA to Houston back to Chivas Gaudalajara and then Houston again to Cruz Azul and now back to Houston for a 3rd shot. Good luck Cubo.

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How a struggling and lonely teenager found unique soccer fandom and what it brought to their life over the decades. By Angela Roemelt of Unusual Efforts.
  • Thanks to Richard Deitsch for the link. Its part of his 150 best articles to read from 2016. A great list.

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Last call:
du Nord Music Mix Best of 2016

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A preview of Americans in Liga MX for the 2017 Clausura season. By Cesar Hernandez of ESPNFC.

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Young American goalkeeper Ethan Horvath has left Molde in Norway and signed with Club Brugge in Belgium.

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Mike Petke has replaced Freddy Juarez as head coach of Real Monarchs.
  • Former Minnesota Thunder player Juarez is now an assistant coach with the senior team.

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Congrats to Tigres UANL on winning the Liga MX Apertura championship!

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Africa Cup of Nations begins on Sat Jan 14.



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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Out To Lunch

See you next year. -Bruce

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Some Soccer News for Dec 21, 2016

It's Day 356 of 2016.


There will be no easing into MLS for Minnesota United. They play the opening game of the 2017 season on Fri Mar 3 at Portland.

Week 1
-Fri Mar 3
Portland Timbers v Minnesota United - 8:30pm CT
Week 2
-Sun Mar 12
Minnesota United v Atlanta United - 4:00pm CT

And Minnesota will have Miguel Ibarra in uniform for those early games too! By Jeff Rueter of Fifty Five One.

One of my favorite Minnesota players Greg Jordan has signed with San Francisco Deltas of NASL. I will genuinely miss him, and thought he could have contributed to the MNUFC MLS roster.

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MLS 2017 Full Opening Weekend Schedule:
Week 1
-Fri Mar 3
Portland Timbers v Minnesota United
-Sat Mar 4
Columbus Crew v Chicago Fire
LA Galaxy v Dallas
Real Salt Lake v Toronto
Colorado Rapids v New England Revolution
DC United v Sporting Kansas City
Houston Dynamo v Seattle Sounders
San Jose Earthquakes v Montreal Impact
-Sun Mar 5
Orlando City v New York City
Atlanta United v New York Red Bulls
Vancouver Whitecaps v Philadelphia Union

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First images of the grass being laid in the new Orlando City stadium. From Total MLS.

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Of the 10 cities currently in the mix for 4 MLS expansion franchises these are the ones I think would be best for the league:
-Detroit
-Nashville
-Saint Louis
-San Diego
-And Tampa-St Petersburg as the 5th - a replacement for Miami if that bid ends.

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Chicago Fire has signed a 28 year old Hungarian striker Nemanja Nikolics who has scored 112 goals in 166 games over the past 6 club seasons in Hungary and Poland.
  • That's an average of 19 goals in 28 games a year over that period. Those numbers suggest he could be very potent in MLS.
  • By comparison: Krisztian Nemeth of Hungary had success in 1 season with SKC and has averaged 6 goals in 19 games per season over the past 6 years.

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Young American Julian Green has made a wise career choice today and left Bayern Munich to sign with Stuttgart. He will get a real chance to play, learn and grow. Stuttgart is currently in 3rd place in the 2.Bundesliga.
  • Leaving a great team like Bayern cannot be easy for anyone though.
  • Green joins American midfielder Joel Sonora at Stuttgart.

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American Fabian Johnson's coach at Monchengladbach, Andre Schubert, has been fired.
  • At the Winter break Gladbach are in 14th place and just 3 points above the relegation zone.

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Former Minnesota United goalkeeper Matt VanOekel has signed with Real Salt Lake. Great for him.

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du Nord Music Mix Best of 2016 Vol. 2 (download + extract)

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Liga MX Apertura Liguilla Final Schedule:
1st Leg
-Thu Dec 22
America v Tigres - 8:30pm CT on Univision + Univision Deportes
2nd Leg
-Sun Dec 25
Tigres v America - 6:00pm CT on Univision + Univision Deportes

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Big game results in Europe:
-Wed Dec 21
Bayern 3-0 Leipzig - #1 v #2 wasn't even close.

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Arsenal with their annual faceplant. By Rory Smith of the New York Times.



The Bird Is The Word

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Some Soccer News for Dec 20, 2016

It's Day 355 of 2016.


Minnesota United has traded newly acquired goalkeeper Jeff Attinella to the Portland Timbers for a 2018 2nd round SuperDraft pick.



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American fullback Timmy Chandler has signed a contract extension with Eintract Frankfurt.

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American Bobby Wood bagged another goal for Hamburg today, his 4th of the season. It was the game winner as they beat Schalke 2-1 at home.


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du Nord Music Mix Best of 2016 Vol. 1 (download + extract)

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Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls
Live at Day On The Green at Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA on August 31st, 1985
With Cliff Burton

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Repubblica gives us their list of the 50 Worst Players in modern Serie A history. You will get a chuckle out of some of these names. Thanks to Daniele for the link.

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Liga MX Apertura Liguilla Final Schedule:
1st Leg
-Thu Dec 22
America v Tigres - 8:30pm CT on Univision + Univision Deportes
2nd Leg
-Sun Dec 25
Tigres v America - 6:00pm CT on Univision + Univision Deportes

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A slide show of the images of Francesco Totti you can find in the city of Rome. From the New York Times.

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Tomorrow ends the first half of the Bundesliga season and luckily we have the top 2 teams facing off - Bayern v Leipzig! The pros at Deutsche Welle give us their outlook and predictions.

A preview of tomorrow's big Bundesliga battle for winter supremacy. From Reuters via The Guardian.

Big game schedule + results in Europe:

-Mon Dec 19
Everton 0-1 Liverpool - The Merseyside Derby goes to the Red side again
-Wed Dec 21
Bayern v Leipzig - #1 v #2 separated by goal difference - 1:00pm CT on FS1

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Alex Morgan is temporarily(?) leaving the NWSL to go play for Lyon in France. She tells us why. From the Players Tribune.



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Monday, December 19, 2016

Some Soccer News for Dec 19, 2016

It's Day 354 of 2016.


Minnesota United looks set to train in Casa Grande AZ in late January/early February and play at least 1 friendly, on Jan 31 v New England Revolution.


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From out of nowhere we get the general layout for the 2107 Gold Cup! (It so CONCACAF that we get no warning this was coming.)

USMNT games in Group B
Jul 08 in Nashville - Nissan Stadium
Jul 12 in Tampa - Raymond James Stadium
Jul 15 in Cleveland - FirstEnergy Stadium

Group A top seed yet to be determined
Group B top seed USA
Group C top seed Mexico

Other teams qualified:
Canada
Curacao
French Guiana
Jamaica
Martinique
Five more teams coming:
Top 4 from Copa Centoamericana (Jan 13-22)
Playoff winner: Caribbean zone 5th place v Central America 5th place

Group Stage dates, groups + stadiums:
Fri Jul 07 - Group A - Harrison - Red Bull Arena
Sat Jul 08 - Group B - Nashville - Nissan Stadium
Sun Jul 09 - Group C - San Diego - Qualcomm Stadium
Tue Jul 11 - Group A - Houston - BBVA Compass Stadium
Wed Jul 12 - Group B - Tampa - Raymond James Stadium
Thu Jul 13 - Group C - Denver - Sports Authority Field
Fri Jul 14 - Group A - Frisco - Toyota Stadium
Sat Jul 15 - Group B - Cleveland - FirstEnergy Stadium
Sun Jul 16 - Group C - San Antonio - Alamodome

Knockout Round games stadiums (in alphabetical order):
Arlington - AT+T Stadium
Glendale - University of Phoenix Stadium
Pasadena - Rose Bowl
Philadelphia - Lincoln Financial Field
Santa Clara - Levi's Stadium

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Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the Mexican footballing hero/villain and Hunchback of the DF won an election in June to be come Mayor of Cuernavaca, but the state legislature has begun proceedings to have him impeached because they feel he is in way over his head.
  • On Saturday Blanco went on "a hunger strike" in protest of the investigation!
  • Some say the impeachment is going forward because he beat the candidate from the powerful PRI party that has ruled Mexico at all levels for many decades.
  • Oh, the saga continues today as the Mexican Supreme Court has struck down the impeachment attempt, and Blanco is back to solid foods.

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Minnesota United reportedly trying to bring back Miguel Ibarra. By Jeff Rueter of Fifty Five One.

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What is the talk among soccer fans about the new Minnesota United stadium? By Michael Rand of the Star Tribune.

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A great remembrance of MLS Cup 2016 from a Toronto media member. By Mitchell Tierney of Waking The Red.

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In my book, every free kick goal is a fantastic goal. Here is someone's list of the Top 5 from the 2016 MLS season. [VIDEO]

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Two American's in the Bundesliga scored goals over the weekend - Bobby Wood for Hamburg and Alfredo Morales for Ingolstadt. (Hamburg lost 3-1 at Mainz. And Ingolstadt won 1-2 at Leverkusen.)

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The Bob Bradley + Swansea City Tracker:
  • Note - another terrible road loss, and the English media unloaded on BB for saying "road game" instead of "away match" and "PK" instead of "Penalty." Oof. You can't win with these people. The fans are restless, but have been since Day 1 of of BB's tenure.
  • Results - Sat Dec 17 L 3-0 at Middlesbrough
  • Standings - 18th Place, 3 Points and -13 GD into Relegation
  • Up Next - Mon Dec 26 v West Ham

This is how pathetic the haranguing of Bradley over terminology really is:


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After a futile trip to the Club World Cup in Japan Club America now has to regroup and play in 2 real games, the Mexican Final.

Liga MX Apertura Liguilla Final Schedule:
1st Leg
-Thu Dec 22
America v Tigres - 8:30pm CT on Univision + Univision Deportes
2nd Leg
-Sun Dec 25
Tigres v America - 6:00pm CT on Univision + Univision Deportes

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FIFA has sanctioned one CONCACAF team and is investigating another:
  • "Honduras has been banned from playing at the Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula for one match and fined $40,000US for several incidents during the Honduras v. Panama match. The suspension will be served at Honduras’ 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on Mar 28."
  • "Procedure opened against Mexico is currently on going, involving unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants."

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Nominees for The CONCACAF Awards
Male Player of the Year:
Christian Bolanos - Costa Rica + Vancouver Whitecaps
Clint Dempsey - USA + Seattle Sounders
Javier Hernandez - Mexico
Bryan Ruiz - Costa Rica
Hirving Lozano - Mexico + Pachuca
Wes Morgan - Jamaica
Keylor Navas - Costa Rica
Christian Pulisic - USA
Romell Quioto - Honduras + Deportivo Olimpia
Rubens Sambueza - Mexico + Club America

Female Player Of The Year:
Janine Beckie - Canada + Houston Dash
Shirley Cruz - Costa Rica + Paris Saint-Germain
Crystal Dunn - USA + Washington Spirit
Tobin Heath - USA + Portland Thorns
Carli Lloyd - USA + Houston Dash
Alex Morgan - USA + Orlando Pride
Mallory Pugh - USA + Real Colorado
Becky Sauerbrunn - USA + Kansas City
Christine Sinclair - Canada + Portland Thorns
Karla Villalobos - Costa Rica + Union Deportiva Moravia
-You can vote here for these 2 awards and many others.
-In classic CONCACAF fashion no date was announced for when the winners would be announced.

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Results from the big games last weekend in Europe:
-Fri Dec 16
Hoffenheim 2-2 Dortmund - now #3 + #5
-Sat Dec 17
Juventus 1-0 Roma - still #1 + #2 with a 7 point gap
Leipzig 2-0 Hertha - now #2 + #3
-Sun Dec 18
Man City 2-1 Arsenal - now #2 + #4
Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol - The Barcelonian Derby
Monaco 1-3 Lyon - still #2 + #4

A couple more coming up mid-week:
-Mon Dec 19
Everton v Liverpool - The Merseyside Derby - 2:00pm CT on NBCSN
-Wed Dec 21
Bayern v Leipzig - #1 v #2 seperated by goal difference - 1:00pm CT on FS1

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Carlos Tevez is leaving Boca Juniors in the winter transfer window to go play in China and earn $761,000 per week, or $39.5M per year.
  • English journalists like to insult Chinese soccer by saying it is "even below the standards of Major League Soccer."

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

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The creepy-being with a sharp-bloody-axe heads for the Bundesliga Managers List, and its never pretty. By Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian.



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Friday, December 16, 2016

Some Soccer News for Dec 16, 2016

It's Day 351 of 2016.


Deep inside the MLS expansion draft room of Minnesota United. By Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two.

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Bruce Arena disclosed a few of his USMNT January camp invitees during a Facebook Q & A today:
  • Juan Agudelo, DaMarcus Beasley, Benny Feilhaber, Matt Hedges, Kekuta Manneh, Dax McCarty, Darlington Nagbe, Chris Pontius, Keegan Rosenberry, and Walker Zimmerman

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MLS announced their plan on how they will expand from 24 teams to 28 teams by 2022.
  • The current Top 10 cities for potential expansion:
Charlotte
Cincinnati
Detroit
Nashville
Raleigh-Durham-Cary
Sacramento
St Louis
San Antonio
San Diego
Tampa-St Petersburg

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Shaka Hislop gives his opinion on MLS and what this expansion mean for American soccer. With Dan Thomas of ESPNFC. [VIDEO]

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Does this one break new ground? Here is the semi-regular "I can fix the MLS playoffs" article. By Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.
  • I prefer a single leg bracket with higher seeds hosting each game. IE: The top 4 (2 in East + 2 in West) get a buy in Rd 1 while teams 3-6 in East + West playoff for 4 spots again with the higher seed hosting. Then with 8 teams left we get E1 hosting the lowest E seed left etc. This rewards regular season records.

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After 2 seasons in exile American midfielder Joe Corona is back with Tijuana. Good for him.

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Why does everyone in Germany hate RB Leipzig? By Simon Evans of the Washington Post.

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Pure-bred Roman - Its year 23 at Roma for Francesco Totti and he is not ready to be done. By Rory Smith of the New York Times.

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The Bob Bradley + Swansea City Tracker:
Standings - 18th Place, 3 Points and -8 GD into relegation
Up Next - Sat Dec 17 at Middlesbrough

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Nominees for The CONCACAF Awards
Male Player of the Year:
Christian Bolanos - Costa Rica + Vancouver Whitecaps
Clint Dempsey - USA + Seattle Sounders
Javier Hernandez - Mexico
Bryan Ruiz - Costa Rica
Hirving Lozano - Mexico + Pachuca
Wes Morgan - Jamaica
Keylor Navas - Costa Rica
Christian Pulisic - USA
Romell Quioto - Honduras + Deportivo Olimpia
Rubens Sambueza - Mexico + Club America

Female Player Of The Year:
Janine Beckie - Canada + Houston Dash
Shirley Cruz - Costa Rica + Paris Saint-Germain
Crystal Dunn - USA + Washington Spirit
Tobin Heath - USA + Portland Thorns
Carli Lloyd - USA + Houston Dash
Alex Morgan - USA + Orlando Pride
Mallory Pugh - USA + Real Colorado
Becky Sauerbrunn - USA + Kansas City
Christine Sinclair - Canada + Portland Thorns
Karla Villalobos - Costa Rica + Union Deportiva Moravia
  • You can vote here for these 2 awards and many others.
  • In classic CONCACAF fashion no date was announced for when the winners would be announced.

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Coming up this weekend in Europe:
-Fri Dec 16
Hoffenheim v Dortmund - #4 v #6 - 1:30pm CT on FS1
-Sat Dec 17
Juventus v Roma - #1 v #2 - 1:45pm on beIN Sports
Leipzig v Hertha - #2 v #3 - 8:30am CT on FS1
-Sun Dec 18
Man City v Arsenal - #4 v #3 - 10:00am CT on NBCSN
Barcelona v Espanyol - The Barcelonian Derby - 1:45pm on beIN Sports
Monaco v Lyon - #2 v #4 - 1:45pm no USA TV
-Mon Dec 19
Everton v Liverpool - The Merseyside Derby - 2:00pm CT on NBCSN



The Bird Is The Word

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Some Soccer News for Dec 15, 2016

It's Day 350 of 2016.


Next years schedule for the USMNT is starting to take shape. Here is what we can piece together so far.

Friendly:
-Sun Jan 29
USA v Serbia
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Friendly:
-Fri Feb 3
USA v TBA
TBA stadium

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier:
-Fri Mar 24
USA v Honduras
Avaya Stadium, San Jose

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier:
-Tue Mar 28
Panama v USA
Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier:
-Fri Jun 9
USA v Trinidad + Tobago
Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier:
-Tue Jun 13 - looking like the date is being changed to Sun Jun 11
Mexico v USA
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
  • NOTE: Only the game against Serbia has been made official.

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You will enjoy listening to this - Stefan Frei's huge save in MLS Cup as called by announcers in 12 different countries. [AUDIO] From Sounders.com.

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Ethan White of NYCFC was in attendance at MLS Cup in Toronto. Why was a guy who was not on either team in the Final in attendance at the big game? By Ethan White for the Players Tribune.



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So why haven't we heard anything in the past week about the future of the NASL? Here's one possible reason why, money. By Wes Burdine of Fifty Five One.
  • A visual aid:


But the NASL is still fighting for its future, and want an 8-10 team league for 2017. By Dave Martinez of Empire of Soccer.

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SLEEP
Minneapolis - First Avenue
Wed Apr 19
Ticket go on sale Fri Dec 16 at noon

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Trifecta: du Nord Music Mix Vol 108 (download + extract)

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The sad story of Freddy Adu goes looking for another chapter - not offered a new contract by Tampa Bay Rowdies. By Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

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American centerback Matt Miazga scored his first goal for Vitesse, the game winner, in a 4-0 win v Jodan Boys in the KNVB Beker Round of 16.



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