Friday, July 29, 2005

Is There A Supervisor That I Can Talk To Regarding This News?

-The Washington Post has really good coverage of last nights Chelsea 2-1 win over DC United. The first half was great fun to watch, much like the Chicago v Milan match the night before. Awesome to see the MLS teams playing so well against the best.
United took a storming lead on a corner kick that was powered home off the head of Bobby Boswell. Of course this just woke Chelsea up, and if I may say, pissed them off. Eventually Damien Duff smashed home a fantastic goal from the left side on a cross that he never even let hit the ground. He is one hell of a player. Later in the match Arjen Robben & Hernan Crespo (both subs!!!!) hooked up after a terrible DC defensive giveaway and it was quickly 2-1 for Crespo & Chelsea. Game over. There is a good match report (written in that casual style I like so much) from the Chelsea website.
-On the day they faced Chelsea, DC United actually had a bigger announcement to make: AEG has sold the team to current team president Kevin Payne and an investor group. They say the price paid was the highest ever for an MLS team.
-Something that I have been meaning to mention for a while and keep forgetting about: Two weeks ago MLS commish Don "I'm A Clash Fan" Garber was in Columbus for an All-Star Game press conference. During his speech he mentioned something that few people have really picked up on. He said that MSL has officially given the teams the go ahead to create their own youth academies, and full reserve systems. This goes way beyond the idea of an expanded roster so that guys can get on the pitch in Reserve League games. We are talking kids and education and stuff like that. One line that was very interesting to me was when he said something to the effect of "....and we want teams who bring players up through their own system to be able to retain those players...." Which really explodes the whole idea of a "draft" and crap like that. I love this stuff. Keep it coming.
-Real Salt Lake have made two new defensive signings. Both are international players who are waiting on work visas. They are Guatamalen Gustavo Cabrera from CSD Comunicaciones and Robert Scarlett from Jamaica and Harbour View FC. Both guys have been playing regularly for their respective national teams.
-This morning in Switzerland they held the drawing for the Champions League Third Qualifying Round. The first-leg matches will be played on Aug 9 or 10, with second-leg matches on Aug 23 or 24.
Here is the draw (looks to me like Everton got the bad end of the stick):
Basel v Werder Bremen
Artmedia/Celtic v Partizan/Sheriff
Shakhtar Donetsk v Inter
Shelbourne/Steaua Bucuresti v Rosenborg
Man United v Debreceni/Hajduk Split
Malmo/Maccabi Haifa v Dynamo Kyiv/Thun
Everton v Villarreal
Kaunas/Liverpool v Tirana/CSKA Sofia
Sporting Portugal v Udinese
Valerenga/Haka v Brugge
Dudelange/Rapid Wien v Rabotnicki/Lokomotiv Moskva
Anderlecht/Neftchi v Slavia Praha
Anorthosis Famagusta/Trabzonspor v Rangers
Dinamo Tbilisi/Brondby v Ajax
Real Betis v Monaco
Wisla Krakow v Panathinaikos
The 16 winners from this round will join the 16 automatic qualifying teams in the group stage, which starts in September.
-The USA U18 team will take part again in the annual Milk Cup in Northern Ireland August 1st-5th. Check out the schedule and team roster.
-Sports Illustrated writer Jonah Freedman slams MLS for the shit job they did of promoting the three matches the leagues teams just played against some of the worlds finest teams. I could not agree with him more. Sure all us retards knew about it, cuz we have no other life. But if MLS really wants to grow they are going to have to spend money to promote the game as well as spend money on better players (you can't have one with out the other - you need them in tandem).
-If yer in the Twin Cities, then join me and other like minded souls at the Nomad in Minneapolis to watch the MLS All-Stars take on Fulham - Sat at 230pm!
-The Clean Sheet: He Don't Know Much
-Is the Dallas centerback Clarence Goodson for real? Could he become a USAer? Someone please let me know.
-An oddly interesting story about MLS potential in Philadelphia from an obscure paper called Phillyburbs.
-The Press Enterprise newspaper from the Inland Empire area of LA has a story on the LA Riot Squad.


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