Tuesday, August 30, 2005

I Think I Would Like To Try Dating A Good Dental Hygenist Who Likes News

-This is one of the funnier things I have read in ages regarding soccer: Cashing in part of their spoils from the Michael Essien sale, Lyon have purchased star striker Fred from Cruzeiro of Brazil for a fee of about 9m pounds.
-Its about time we saw Phil Ball's name at ESPN covering La Liga. I missed him all summer. Here you go for week 1: Let The Show Begin
-Bobbin Bobby Convey serves up the corner kick that Kevin Doyle slams home in Readings 1-0 Monday win over Burnley. Marcus Hahnemann with yet another clean sheet! Great stuff. Reading coach Steve Coppell praised Convey's play in the first few weeks of the season: "Bobby has probably been our main provider of chances this season." Reading sit at the #2 spot in the 24 team Coca-Cola Championship Division with 13 points from 6 games. Sheffield Wednesday are at the top with 15 from 6, and Luton sit third on goal differential (+10 for Reading to +4 for Luton) on 13 from 6. Eddie Lewis's Leeds are in 6th with 10 from 5.
-So who the hell is even on the squad for USA v Mexico. Arena is playing those mind games again. I love it. After watching the video of the team showering (one for all you man lovers!), & seeing some training photos, I gleaned these names of who is in camp: Eddie Johnson, Chris Armas, Jimmy Conrad, Greg Vanney, Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Brian McBride, Taylor Twellman, Kasey Keller, Marcus Hahnemann, Chris Albright, Frankie Hejduk, Jeff Cunningham, Clint Dempsey, Chad Marshall, Pablo Mastroeni, & Steve Ralston. Claudio Reyna is definitely on the roster too. You can guess a lot of the rest, but still no confirmations. Others said to be there include: Justin Mapp, Kerry Zavagnin, Eddie Lewis, & Matt Reis. According to someone, DaMarcus Beasley is expected.
-Taylor Twellman of New England was named MLS Player Of The Week.
-Wow, the heavily loathed (not by me, but....) Graeme Souness convinced Michael Owen to sign with Newcastle. Thats big.
-Remember Martin Zuniga who played about 5 minutes and gave up about 50 goals for Chivas USA earlier this year. Well, he retired yesterday. Happy trails lil buckeroo.
-More of that MLS Rookie Of The Year talk.
-John Terry is out of the England World Cup Qualifier against Wales this weekend because of a knee injury.
-Did you see any of the US Hall Of Fame game yesterday. I know that I am a glutten for punishment, but I wanted to see the youngsters. One guy really stood out and that was Colorado's new Israeli signing Dedi Ben-Dayan. He can play, and he actually looks imaginative.
-Dallas gets this brand new stadium that is supposed to be fantastic. Three weeks into the new facility and they draw 14,102 against Chivas on Saturday evening. That is lame. Where are you people of Dallas who supposedly are soccer mad? Could that be part of the reason the General Manager got the boot last week?
-Minnesota Thunder striker Melvin Tarley is finally officially loaned to Salt Lake for the rest of the season. But in an odd deal, he will still play for the Thunder in the US Open Cup semi-final on Sept 14 in LA.
-The weekly USL First & Second Division recap.
One of my Twin Cities soccer pals, Anthony de Sam Lazaro, aka The Turkish Zath, has graciously pitched in some further reading pleasure:
-Uncle Fester look-a-like and probably the most highly regarded referee in the world, Pierluigi Collina has announced his retirement after concerns were raised when he accepted a sponsorship deal from Opel. People were worried because Opel also sponsor AC Milan. However, now the Italian FA is asking him to remain in his job.
-Andriy Shevchenko has criticized the Ascoli pitch after AC Milan drew with the promoted side. Shevchenko blamed a flooded field for his side’s poor display. Don’t both sides play on the same pitch though?
-It was a good weekend for Americans playing abroad as Claudio Reyna scored in a 2-1 win for Manchester City and Brian McBride scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for Fulham. Outside of the Premiership, young Benny Feilhaber won his new side, Hamburger SV a share of the points against Dusseldorf with a late goal, Bobby Convey inspired Reading to a 2-1 victory and Eddie Lewis sent Leeds on their way to a 2-0 win with an early goal.
-PSV have made another roster move, selling defender Wilfred Bouma to Aston Villa.
-John Harkes, Marcelo Balboa and Tabare Ramos have been inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta New York. Each of these guys are living legends and truly deserve the honor.
-There’s an interesting story about Chris Klein at the New York Times.


Blogger incendiarymind said...

Michael Owen's signing for Newcastle United is big. But, not as big as Aston Villa. They're apparently very big if we're to believe Baros and Bouma. :)

1:01 PM  
Blogger Zathras said...

Damn, Mig, I think you need to disable the anonymous comments!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Demko said...

i should never have cliked on that "circle jerk pics" link. when will i ever learn.

fielhaber's goal was a game winner, i believe. and it was for the hamburger helper reserves.

2:12 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

hopefully i have found a way to solve the "anonymous" comments factor
the spammers should be done on my blog for now (until they learn their next trick)

2:42 PM  
Blogger Zathras said...

Sorry, Paul, but I can't help laughing at you for clicking that link.

4:07 PM  

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