Thursday, July 28, 2005

All I Got Today Is The News, So Don't Expect Anything More From Me

-Chicago did not deserve to lose to AC Milan last night. The final was 3-1 to Milan, but the Firemen took it to them from start to finish. I was very excited watching the match. At least two shots went off posts, and Andy Herron had 2 one-on-ones with the keeper (the second one he got off two shots) but could only shoot straight at the keeper every time. Damn damn damn. It sure was fun to watch. (Did I say that already?) The second and third Milan goals came late on counter attacks. In some ways it was classic Milan, get an early goal, sit back, absorb and counter. I don't care what you read in wire reports (one headline read: "Milan Hammer Fire"), this game was a great one to watch, and Chicago gave Milan everything they could handle.
-Jimmy Conrad strikes again: What's My Name?
-Young American Frank Simek has signed a deal with Sheffield Wednesday after being released by Arsenal.
-Steve Goff of the Washington Post says the new ownership of DC United will be announced today!! Its a great time to be an MLS fan.
-So Pat Noonan is definitely out of the All-Star game, and Tyrone Marshall of LA was named as his replacement, but in last nights New England v LA match, Marshall got hurt. Will he be replaced too?
-Last nights Champions League Second Qualifying Round first leg scores (including Celtic getting destroyed by Slovak champs Artmedia in Gordon Strachan's debut):
Dudelange 1-6 Rapid
Partizan 1-0 Sheriff
Shelbourne 0-0 Steaua
Malmö 3-2 M. Haifa
Artmedia 5-0 Celtic
Rabotnicki 1-1 Lokomotiv Moskva
Tirana 0-2 CSKA Sofia
Debrecen 3-0 Hajduk
All 2nd leg matches take place August 2 and 3.
-Rob Hughes from the International Herald Tribune tries to figure out if big European clubs are getting ready for the new season by coming to America & Asia for matches, or are they just filling their pockets while burning out their players. Clubs drain stars but fill coffers
-Fat Tony (Meola) got his 90th career win last night in MLS. His new team, Metrostars, beat FC Dallas 3-2 (Mets goals by Ante Razov, Mike Magee and Sergio Galvan Rey, Dallas goals both by center back Clarence Goodson of all people), while New England & LA were drawing each other 1-1 (LA got another goal from new hero Hercules Gomez, and Shalrie Joseph scored on a PK for NE). For some MLS players its now time for a weekend off as the All-Star team plays Fulham on Saturday, then next Wednesday its US Open Cup action for all the teams (except Salt Lake who got ousted by my Thunder in the last round!)!


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