Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Take Their News

-DaMarcus Beasley did not play for PSV this past weekend. And he won't be ready for the USA game Wednesday either. Does that mean Taylor Twellman gets a start up top? Or is it Landycakes Donovan at forward (or maybe he is too tuckered out), and someone else (like Steve Ralston) in the midfield? No one will be added to the roster to take DMB's spot.
-Did you notice the captains arm band on Claudio Reyna in the Man City season opener. I think that is amazing. He has been captain for every team he has ever suited up for. And then check out the praise that coach Stuart Pearce lays on Claudio: It's in this article about another player.
-They went wild for Bobby Convey on Saturday as he got two big assists and Reading won 3-0 over Preston on the road.
-The new kid from Argentina that DC signed has that bad Euro-footballer hair. Wasn't that the Euro Gran Prix Motorcycle Driver look from 1985?
-Where is Allen Hopkins? My favorite soccer announcer in America has gone missing. At least in my mind he is missing. I have not heard his voice on Fox Soccer Channel is quite a while now. He always did the Bundesliga, but two weeks in a row we have had a British commentator. Does anyone know what is going on?
-On Monday the USA U17's won the Toyota Cup, beating Japan 2-1.
-Trinidad & Tobago's squad for the Wednesday night Qualifier:
Goalkeepers: Shaka Hislop (West Ham United), Kelvin Jack (Dundee FC)
Defenders: Marvin Andrews (Glasgow Rangers), Atiba Charles (Vibe CT 105 W Connection), Cyd Gray (CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh), Avery John (New England Revolution), Dennis Lawrence (Wrexham), Brent Sancho (unattached)
Midfielders: Chris Birchall (Port Vale), Collin Samuel (Dundee United), Silvio Spann (Yokohama FC), Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA Fire), Aurtis Whitley (Jabloteh), Glenton Wolfe (North East Stars)
Forwards: Stern John (Coventry City), Kenwyne Jones (Southampton), Scott Sealy (Kansas City Wizards), Dwight Yorke (Sydney FC)
-Check out the Trinidad & Tobago Express newspaper for all the latest on the USA's opponent for Wednesday night.
-Kansas City has brought in Finnish national team forward Antti Sumiala for a look. His most recent club was Vaduz in the mighty Liechtenstein league. He scored 2 goals back in May to help his squad beat USV Eschen/Mauren and win the coveted Cup of Liechtenstein.
-According to Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe, Metrostars assistant coach Mo Johnston will be Steve Nicol's assistant coach for the MLS All-Stars in Madrid. Thats doesn't make any sense to me? Why not Nicol's actual assistant Paul Mariner? Or Metro head coach Bob Bradley?
-Mexican First Divsion scores from this past weekend:
Cruz Azul 5-1 Tecos
Monterrey 1-0 Atlas
Veracruz 2-3 Toluca
Guadalajara 3-2 Atlante
Necaxa 2-0 Pumas
San Luis 1-1 Chiapas
America 2-1 Dorados
Santos 1-4 Tigres
Pachuca 1-3 Morelia
Mexican standings after 3 games:
7 America
5 Necaxa
4 Morelia
4 San Luis
1 Atlante
1 Tecos
7 Toluca
6 Pumas
4 Veracruz
4 Pachuca
3 Dorados
1 Santos
9 Cruz Azul
6 Tigres
4 Monterrey
4 Guadalajara
3 Chiapas
0 Atlas
-Andrea Canales is one of the few women writing about soccer in America (hell, anywhere in the whole world for that matter). She can usually be found at Soccer 365, and sometimes for ESPN Soccernet. Her latest is a story on her trip to the LA Coliseum for the LA-Chivas & America-Guadalajara double header that drew nearly 90,000.
-They said it was going to be hard for PSV and DaMarcus Beasley to repeat their amazing season in Holland this year. Sure looks that way, as they stumble out of the starting block with a 1-1 draw away with newly promoted Heracles. Ouch. Phillip Cocu scored the goal for PSV. As I wrote earlier, Beasley did not play.
-Metrostars captain Amado Guevara has been harping on about how bad the MLS referees are, and saying he does not want to play in the league next year. He had a chance to retract that statement in a followup interview and was adamant that he is on his way out. Boy, I bet he will put in one hell of an effort the rest of this season with that attitude. I say this: The International Transfer Window is now officially open for MLS, why not sell the guy right now and get something for him? Carlos Ruiz does some bitching too.
-Simon Kuper of the London Financial Times on Edwin Van Der Sar: United turn to a ‘rabbit’ with experience
-3 from Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune. One on Swiss footballs new legends(?!?!) Thun: A fresh force is blowing from the foothills of the Alps & the second is on the search for the beauty in the beautiful game in England: Finding artistry amid the clutter & a third on young Argentine Lionel Messi: A young artist steps on the old master's stage
-Interview with Gregg Berhalter at US Soccer.


Blogger Tim Froh said...

Do you really miss Allan Hopkins or are you being fascetious? If you need your fill, you can always watch he and Bretos call Galaxy games over on MLSnet.

6:05 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

ha ha ha
no - i really like allan hopkins a lot
i think he is the best in the biz
his knowledge is amazing
christopher sullivan has the depth of knowledge too
i know people dont like allan and max bretos teaming up, and i will admit that max can get a ways off the path, but the passion is there
i like max too
but i consider allan the tops
too many other u.s. announcers only know what right in front of them
he knows all the teams, from everywhere
he is not just a homer

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allen has left Fox Soccer and is now at ESPN. Expect him back on the air soon.

4:04 PM  

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