Wednesday, July 20, 2005

A Little Excitement. What?!?!?! It's News Dammit!

-The biggest news in these parts is the rumor of Jared Borgetti signing a deal with Bolton in England. BUT THE DEAL IS NOT DONE. Has a Mexican ever played in England? The fans at Bolton would love him. He is one hell of a player. I really wish MLS would fork out some pesos for him. But Europe surely seems his destiny for now. Big Sam at Bolton says a deal is far from done however, so don't hold yer breath just yet. In the article Alardyce says: "We have found with the South American regime that it is very difficult to strike a deal." Hey dumbass, maybe that's because they are not in South America! Try whipping out the old atlas and searching NORTH AMERICA, it might make deals a little easier for ya.
-Three MLS matches happening tonite:
Columbus v Metrostars
Kansas City v DC United
Colorado v San Jose
-MLS Single Table as of today:
36 Chicago
35 New England
34 FC Dallas
28 San Jose
28 Kansas City
28 Los Angeles
25 Metrostars
25 DC United
18 Colorado
15 Columbus
13 Real Salt Lake
09 Chivas USA
-Reminder: Chelsea v DC United Thur July 28 & AC Milan v Chicago Wed July 27.
-Ailton has left Schalke for Besitkas.
-Five freaks with guns kidnapped Cruz Azul's coach yesterday. What the f%#$?
-Ridge Mahoney (for years I have wondered what kind of name Ridge is anyway. A family name perhaps?) has a story on everyone's favorite MLS court jester Jimmy Conrad in USA Today: Conrad works way into position to help USA
-How is the USA possibly ranked #6 in the new FIFA standings? 1. Brazil, 2. Argentina, 3. Netherlands, 4. Czech Republic, 5. Mexico, 6. USA, 7. France, 8. England, 9. Spain, 10. Portugal. OK. Whatever!?!
-Scores from the second leg of first qualifying round matches in the UEFA Champions League. Liverpool moves on. Several games on the schedule for today as well. Kaunas (Lithuania - get Liverpool in 2nd qualifying round) & Dinamo Tblisi (Georgia - play Brondby next) have also gone through to the next round.
-In other Liverpool news, they signed the big geek Peter Crouch from Southampton
-Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe interviews DMB: Beasley is a big-time performer
-Andy Cole signed with Man City
-Tonite in Italy its Milan v Inter for the Tim Trophy. "Huh?" you ask. Its the annual game between the winner of the Italian Cup and something else that I can't remember right now. Its like the Community Shield match in England. Its a friendly, but tonite, also a derby. Expect fights. Milan lines up this team - G: Eleftheropoulos (how about that name); D: Cafu, Stam, Nesta, Kaladze; M: Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf, Rui Costa, Serginho; F: Vieri. The line up for Inter shows that they do not take this match seriously at all. They have split their squad in half, and will play another preseason exhibition in another city at the same time as this match. Here is their team - G: Julio Cesar, Carini; D: Ze Maria , Arrieta, Cordoba, Materazzi, Giani; M: Wome, Stankovic, Karagounis, Pizarro, C.Zanetti, Solari; F: Cruz, Momente, Martins, Belaid. Regulars Adriano, Recoba, and Van Der Mayde were not named to either squad (resting I guess).
-Kevin Hartman Q & A at Soccer 365.
-Chivas de Guadalajara announced on their official web site that striker Francisco Palencia is now finally headed to Chivas USA. He was supposed to sign with Chivas USA last spring, but it didn't happen. There was a time when I thoroughly enjoyed watching Palencia play, but I think he is getting a little long in the tooth. I have no idea if he will help. I did just see a new picture of him, and he was wearing a lot of rings and bracelets.
-The LA Times has a big feature story on Thiago Martins.
-Another LA Times story has columnist Mike Penner showing how far behind America is when it comes to soccer broadcasting. No real soccer fan in this country will disagree that we have some weak-ass coverage on TV.


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