Friday, August 19, 2005

I Have Never Done That Before With The News

-Since MLS still has yet to release a roster for match vs Real Madrid next Tuesday, some sites have resorted to asking players what they know. 3rd Degree got word from Ronnie O'Brien that he is going, plus, he spilled the beans on some Select XI teammates. ADDITION: Here now is the official squad list released by MLS mid afternoon.
-Reading Football Club have set up an official E-Bay site to auction off game worn jerseys from some of their players, including Bobby Convey. There are currently two up for bids. (1 & 2) All proceeds go to the teams inhouse charity: Kicks 4 Kids.
-Big MLS game on tip top tap for Friday night: Kansas City v Chicago. With 5 teams bunched up within 10 points of each other, fighting for 4 playoff spots, this game has weight. Chicago sits is 2nd with 39 (3 points behind leaders New England) & KC is 4th with 38 and a game in hand (6 points ahead of 5th place Metro).
-What does Salt Lake coach John Ellinger think of new Jamaican signing Robert Scarlett? Here is big Johns quote: "He is like a DaMarcus Beasley." Dream on buddy.
-The rest of the weekend MLS schedule looks a little like this (with 9 weeks left to play):
Saturday August 20
Columbus v Dallas (live at 3pm central on ESPN2)
DC v LA (live at 630pm central on FSC)
Salt Lake v San Jose
Sunday August 21
Metrostars v Chivas
The single table:
42 New England
39 Chicago
38 DC United
38 Kansas City
38 San Jose
35 FC Dallas
32 Los Angeles
32 Metrostars
28 Colorado
21 Columbus
19 Real Salt Lake
12 Chivas USA
-From the Mexican Football League you can see Pumas v San Luis on Sunday at 12NOON Central on Univision.
-Other matches on Fox Soccer Channel this weekend:
Friday August 19
Rochester vs Puerto Rico (USL First Division) - 7PM Central
Saturday August 20
Man U v Aston Villa - 630AM Central
Birmingham v Man City - 11AM Central
Tottenham v Middlesbrough - 2PM Central
MLS Wrap - 11PM Central
Sunday August 21
Bolton v Everton - 12NOON Central
Troyes v PSG - 2PM Central
San Lorenzo v Independiente - 4PM Central
-And on Sunday at 10AM central on pay-per-view you can see Chelsea v Arsenal. I will be in downtown Minneapolis at The Local watching with my pals, eating the excellent breakfast (especially those potatoes).
-Another little tidbit leaked out about the ABC/ESPN TV broadcast of World Cup 06 - Most of the games will have live broadcsters on location rather than back here in the US calling the game off a monitor! Huge upgrade in my book. (They say some games may still be done from back home, but a lot less then last time.)
-Cory Gibbs news: Yanks Abroad had a mention that Gibbs is recovering on schedule from the summer knee surgery. He is expected to start full training in early September.
-The USA v T&T post-game video from US Soccer, in the All Access Video section, has great insider stuff as always.
-Guadalajara fired their coach, Benjamin Galindo, yesterday, after only 3 games. He will be replaced by Spainard Xavier Azkargorta
-Soccer America has a break down of how the USA & Mexico can both qualify for Germany 06 when the two teams meet on September 3rd.
-Rumblings out of Houston concerning MLS, this time specifically San Jose relocating: University of Houston athletic director Dave Maggard on Thursday said his office has had discussions with officials from San Jose Earthquakes owner Anschutz Entertainment Group regarding a possible move by the MLS franchise to Houston
-Juve take on Inter Saturday for the Italian Supercup. This annual game pits the winner of the Scudetto vs the winner of the Italian Cup. It's just like England's Charity Shield match.


Blogger Christopher Trottier said...

Does soccer have a huge following in the states?

12:08 PM  
Blogger Tim Froh said...

To be honest, who knows what's going on with San Jose? After the Astrodome deal fell through things have looked bleak for all parties.

12:40 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

christopher - you live in canada right? so you know of the relative unpopularity here in america and in canada. but the die-hards are as strong as any country, and the numbers are growing every day. not to mention the fact that america has the money to invest when teams get their chance (hence 4 top level teams have their own stadiums open, another is being built, and 3 more are nearly reading to put shovels in the ground). i can literally feel the momentum building. its quite an exciting time to be a fan in america.

1:10 PM  

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