Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Is That The News Making That Gurgling Sound?

-ADDITION: The official USA roster v Mex:
Keepers: Marcus Hahnemann, Kasey Keller, Matt Reis
Defenders: Chris Albright, Gregg Berhalter, Carlos Bocanegra, Jimmy Conrad, Frankie Hejduk, Chad Marshall, Oguchi Onyewu, Greg Vanney
Midfielders: Chris Armas, DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Lewis, Justin Mapp, Pablo Mastroeni, Santino Quaranta, Steve Ralston, Claudio Reyna
Forwards: Jeff Cunningham, Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Brian McBride, Taylor Twellman

-There are exactly 2 ways the USA can qualify for the World Cup this weekend against the Mexicans. Here are the scenarios: Beat Mexico(!) - OR - Tie Mexico AND Panama beats or ties Costa Rica AND Trinidad & Tobago beats or ties Guatemala.
-Wednesday night MLS party: DC United v Real Salt Lake
-Here are your MLS goal leaders:
11 Twellman - NE
11 Cunningham - COLO
11 Ruiz - DAL
10 Donovan - LA
10 Moreno - DC
-Demko sends in a gem ("is this supposed to be a joke?") from the usually very good writer Marc Connolly: Greg Andrulis's George Mason side pulled off a 0-0 tie against Rutgers on the road last week. Not a bad way to start out his tenure with the Patriots ... Sure it is, especially if you regard mediocrity as something to strive for.
-Aaron Paye of my Minnesota Thunder was named USL First Division Player Of The Week. He scored two glorious goals against Richmond on Sunday for the 2-0 win. When he first started with the team I was just not impressed at all. He usually seemed to be half-assing it out there. But I have grown to love Mr. Paye's skills. He even reminds me of Ronaldo, believe it or not. I am not saying Aaron is like the great Ronaldo, but somehow he has got that same power and deceptive speed. He also tends to shoot when you don't think he will, like mid-stride or something, and he gets the shots off quickly which throw defenders and keepers all out of whack.
-I think this is a huge story out of Brazil with possible implications for the current soccer season in America (from Assoc. Press): Brazil to shrink first division, adapt soccer schedule to European season
-From the Washington Post's excellent soccer writer Steven Goff, a feature on Real Salt Lake coach John Ellinger, who is from Maryland: For Ellinger, a Rocky Road Home
-If you follow soccer closely you may already know that the USA v Mexico match finally found a home on live television Saturday evening. For everyone else: See it at 6:30pm central Saturday on ESPN Classic. Let's hope the match is a Classic!
-You can also see that fantastic new Nike - Team USA tv ad here. Its very cool!
-Note from Dylan Hernandez who does a great job covering the San Jose Earthquakes for the San Jose Mercury News: If expansion team Real Salt Lake doesn't beat D.C. United at RFK Stadium tonight, the Earthquakes will secure their fifth consecutive postseason berth.
-If the kid ever needs help with a school yard bully, he will have back up: AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko announced that Italian Premier & Milan Owner Silvio Berlusconi will be his son Jordan's godfather.
-My favorite Bundesliga team Hertha Berlin, have signed Serbian striker Marko Pantelic on loan from Red Star Belgrade.
-Andrea Canales talks with just-retired Chivas keeper Martin Zuniga via Soccer 365
-To: Bruce From: Anthony de Sam Lazaro - I’d appreciate it if you could add a bit to du Nord today since I left out Fernando Clavijo in the bit about the hall of fame yesterday. It’s shameful that he was so overlooked on the US Soccer website; he’s a classy guy who did a lot for the US team including marking Leonardo in the 94 world cup game vs. Brazil and Rincon vs. Colombia.
-Soccer America has a short interview with Dmitry Piterman, he is an American who owns the Spanish club Alaves.
-Officially speaking: Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of South Korean international Lee Young-Pyo from PSV Eindhoven.
-And in somewhat related moves: PSV is trying to finish a deal to get Michael Reiziger from Middlesbrough to replace Lee. While Newcastle made another big move in selling Jermaine Jenas to Tottenham (who are spending like crazy - if they keep spending and don't win will they end up like Leeds?).
-Rob Hughes of IHT on the ref who looks like a gaunt ET: Final whistle for star referee
-I love stuff like this - Former KC coach Ron Newman, and Englishman, says, in the KC Star, that the USA does not need a single table, and is better off without one (and I like his argument): Keep European system over there
-Andy van der Meyde has left Inter Miland to sign with Everton.
-Terry Cooke feature in the Denver Post: Front and center


Blogger Zathras said...

Tottenham have soooo many midfielders! I think Jol is actually planning on trying the 1-8-1 formation.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Froh said...

I thought the same thing when I read that Connolly article. Thanks for the link to the Nike commercial, that's a good one.

1:14 PM  
Blogger incendiarymind said...

Oh for cripes sakes! Why does single table instantly say to people "no playoffs." You can have playoffs in a single table. The two are not exclusive.

Single table just means that there are no weak teams that can sneak into the playoffs being in a weaker division.

3:43 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

great point incendiary
i like debate

10:53 AM  

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