Monday, April 04, 2005

Da News This Monday Mornin'

-Great weekend for Fulham's little used striker Brian McBride. With the match against Portsmouth tied 1-1 McHead blasted up the middle on a counter attack, as the cross came in from his left he spun backwards to his right and side volleyed a powerful shot into the net for the game winner. Gorgeous move. I always say that it pays to take the shot quickly cuz it keeps the defenders and keeper off guard. It sure would be nice to see him getting more time on the field with Fulham.
-The LA papers were talking about the disappointing loss for Chivas USA in their first game at home. I fully expected DC to thrash them even worse than they did. But the real disappointment is that after all the big, loud about Chivas "taking the league by storm", they couldn't even sell out their first game. In LA! Come on. I thought this was supposed to be a revolution.
-Another Chivas note: as the team was taking shape, the owner Jorge Vergara was talking a lot of trash about how the team was going to dominate the league, and win the cup etc etc etc. Well last week Vergara's partner Antonio Cue said in an interview that they now have a 5 year plan for winning the cup. Whoa! One year to five is quite a step back.
-And yet another note regarding Chivas: They were terrible! It's going to take some fancy maneuvers to get some real players on that roster if they want to compete. Matt Taylor was particularly bad up front. He had three very good chances and didn't put one of them on frame.
-About MLS opening weekend; besides the hideous look of way too many empty seats (KC-13,484 / Dallas-10,504 / Chivas-18,493 / Metros-12,657 / San Jose-8,730), all the matches seemed to have been quite eventful. I saw some great goals being scored, and huge saves being made.
-Chicago has signed their second player named Lubos. Lubos Kubic was the first, and was one of their great players in the early years. Now they get Slovak forward Lubos Reiter, from Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Republic.
-Columbus has signed former Minnesota Thunder defender Mark Schulte. Schulte played in Iceland last year for IBV.
-I didn't see the game, just the highlights, but it looked as though Brad Friedel single handedly kept Man U from scoring in the 0-0 draw with Blackburn.
-We will be graced with THREE Champions League games this week! We usually only get one, and its usually Man or Real. But since they are both gone (!!!!!!!!!!), we get to see much more action. Should be great. Here's what's being shown in America:
Tue Apr 05 1:30PM Central on ESPN2 LIVE
Liverpool vs Juventus
Wed Apr 06 1:30PM Central on ESPN2 LIVE
Chelsea vs Bayern Munich
Thu Apr 07 5AM Central on ESPN2 (tape delayed from Wed)
AC Milan vs Inter Milan


Blogger Brian said...

ESPN are showing two live Champions League matches this week? It's the end of the f'ing world!

Not only are they showing two great matches, but, they move the snoozefest that will be AC Milan/InterMilan to tape delay on Thursday at 6AM! Haha!

11:21 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

it hurts me deeply (hahahahaha)when you say inter v milan will be a snoozer
cuz i love inter!
(but i know yer right)
will liverpool v juve be any better?

1:04 PM  
Blogger Zathras said...

L'pool vs. Juve ought to be better simply because Juve seem to be among the more attractive sides in Serie A. Inter vs. AC will be boring as hell. Unless you like to watch diving.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

mig, you can only watch the snoozefest and iron clad football when it's your beloved team. as for us casual fans, wake us up around the 80th minute mark of the second leg when one of the two teams decide to try and break the sure to be 0-0 deadlock.

11:51 AM  

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