Thursday, September 22, 2005

Email The Boss And CC The News

-Police raided a house on the outskirts of Mexico City and freed Cruz Azul head coach Ruben Romano. He had been kidnapped over 2 months ago outside the teams practice facility. Fantastic news! The cops arrested 7 people thought to be responsible.
-The Chicago Daily Southtown has a One On One with Peter Wilt.
-The finalists for USL First Division post-season awards have been announced. Minnesota Thunder coach Buzz Lagos has been nominated for Coach Of The Year (this after the team had one of their worst years ever - go figure).
-Another of my favorite daily newspaper soccer writers is Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune. He writes about the eccentric man who founded and still runs the USL here in America: Farsighted Vision
-A good travelogue from Chicago & Honduras defender Samuel Cabellero on his journeys this past month: From Miyagi to Milwaukee and beyond. This is a great read. No sports cliches or the usual athlete crap.
-Now these people are real soccer fans. I think FIFA should give them a special award as "Fans Of The Year". And if FIFA won't, then I will. Cheers to the Fans Of The Year. I love you all.
-Great games in MLS last night as the season really gets down to the nitty gritty. Some recaps:
Colorado 2-0 Salt Lake - The Israeli defender Dedi Ben Dayan, who looked fantastic the one time I saw him play, scored along with Jean Philippe Peguero. Jamie Watson got yellow carded for RSL, probably for diving.
Columbus 1-1 New England - Knox Cameron scored again for 'lumbus, he is on a roll right now, and Taylor Twellman onion-bagged his 16th for the desperate draw in second half stoppage time. It was nice to see Edson Buddle back on the field as well. He is gonna need a lot of support to keep his life on track. Good luck man.
Dallas 4-1 Los Angeles - LA could just be the worst team in league history on the road. I really really wish that Open Cup game could have been played here in St Paul. LA start off the match 1-0 down by giving away an horrendous own goal (you MUST see the video to believe how bad it was), but Dallas give that one back with an own goal..... of their own. Roberto Mina slammed in two more, and Abe Thompson finished off the bbq for Dallas.
San Jose 2-0 Chicago - Chicago still are not a top notch club, but San Jose certainly are. Wow. I did not see this coming. I had SJ coach Dom Kinnear on my pre-season short list to be fired during the season. Dewayne DeRosario is also proving to be quite a fearsome midfielder, and he scored both goals. Scoring machine Chris Rolfe did not play for Chicago due to a groin strain. No thank you.
-DJ Walker of Footballs Are Round & 3rd Degree as usual provides his personal minute by minute "Stream Of Consciousness" match report for Dallas in the demolition of LA.
-Dewayne DeRosario profile at ESPNSoccernet.
-So here's the MLS single table:
56 San Jose
52 New England
47 DC United
45 Chicago
43 Kansas City
42 FC Dallas
40 Metrostars *
39 Los Angeles
34 Colorado
31 Columbus *
19 Real Salt Lake *
14 Chivas USA *
(*would be out if playoff started today)
Chivas is out officially, and Salt Lake is only a salt grain away from being out. So the real playoff battle is between DC, Chicago, KC & Metro who are within 7 points of each other and fighting for 3 spots. KC & Metro are the two really sitting on the brink of disaster.
-DC are in Chile to take on Catholica in the Copa Sudamericana tonite. 7pm central of FSC. Don't be rude, tune in dude.
-Last night in Copa Sudamericana it was (see all the tournament matches and scores here):
Cerro Porteno 2-2 Boca Juniors
Club America 3-3 Atletico Nacional (the game was played in LA at the Coliseum)
-Another big upset & a thrilling winner in English League Carling Cup last night:
Doncaster 1-1 Manchester City (Doncaster wins 3-0 on penalties after extra time). Full match report at Man City page.
Fulham 5-4 Lincoln (in extra time) Brian McBride (who came on in the 72nd minute) got the winner in the 120th minute! Fulham squandered leads of 2-0 in regulation, and 4-2 in extra time. Read the full game report and SuperMac's comments from the Fulham FC home page.
-Serie A scores:
Chievo Verona 0-1 Inter Milan
Empoli 3-1 Cagliari
Lecce 1-3 Fiorentina
Messina 0-0 Livorno
AC Milan 2-0 Lazio
Palermo 1-0 Reggina
AS Roma 4-1 Parma
Treviso 0-2 Sampdoria
Udinese 0-1 Juventus
Ascoli 1-1, Siena
Top of the table:
12 Juve
10 Fiore
10 Palermo
9 Inter
9 Sampdoria
8 Livorno
7 Roma
7 Milan
7 Lazio
-Colorado striker Jeff Cunningham featured in USA Today: Cunningham makes shift to Colorado, boosts career. But Cunningham also showed his still strong sense of immaturity last night when he stormed off the field and into the locker room, not to the bench, after being subbed in the 73rd minute. It's tough to cure a bonehead, trust me, I am one.
-The long lost Marx Brother, Campo Marx, who has been playing English football under the alias Ivan Campo, has broken his foot and will miss two months. We will miss his hair, and his zany footballing style.
-Bob Luder, who does a great job writing for the Kansas City Star has a story today on Rookie Of The Year candidate & Trinidad native Scott Sealy: Wizards’ Sealy finds success in MLS after exiting pool
-Glenn Davis on those pesky USA U17's.


Blogger Dave said...

Thanks for the shoutout. It makes me feel a little better about getting snubbed by Grant Wahl.


Congrats on the mention by the way. You do terrific work.

3:29 PM  
Blogger devFalse said...

Why the harsh words for Jamie? No, he didn't get the card for diving. Sure he is trying to find his way in MLS and takes his fair share of dives and complains loudly to the refs. I can certainly think of a few others who are worse though. Give Jamie a break. RSL deserves one now and then.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Tim Froh said...

Loved the Caballero article. Thanks as always. If I didn't say it before, congrats on the Wahl mention.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Zathras said...

Watson seems to be unable to stand up to a stiff wind. He looks a decent young player, but he needs to cut the crap. There's a reason that the Minnesota fans began chanting "You dive like Jamie Watson" after most free kicks at the Jimmy this year.

10:25 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

hey devflase
when real salt lake played the open cup match against minnesota jamie watson was a starter and took silly dives all over the field
being smart ass fans who will use every tool to rattle a player we went nuts on jamie
he fell apart - and i think we got to him
it made us happy
after they subbed him out, every time a guy from rsl hit the ground we loudly chanted "you dive like jamie watson" which mike petke took as the funniest thing he had heard all night
after that we used it at every game no matter the team was
it left many teams very baffled as to what we were chanting that for
not much different really from all the other thoroughly baffling shit we laid on teams (IE. every match, no matter who the competition we sing "stand up if you hate milwaukee" - hell they dont even have a team any more)
its all in good fun, and my reference to jamie was a lil insider joke to thunder fans
dont be offended, he has skills

2:15 PM  

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