Friday, September 02, 2005

Last night I went to see Neil Diamond at the Targer Center and he told me this news

El Brucio is en route to Columbus. i will attempt to enlighten you, but please don't expect much.

MLS and U.S. Soccer and others are combining forces to raise money for hurricane relief efforts. Details here.

The big news is, of course, U.S.-Mexico on Saturday. The suddenly indispensable U.S. Soccer site has all kinds of goodies. There's a delicious video montage of U.S. goals against Mexico to get you juiced up for Saturday. (Roy Wegerle!) Frank Dell'Apa sizes up the rivalry at ESPN. Kasey Keller took questions at the USA Today site yesterday afternoon. Leeds on Lewis. Good news: Cherundolo could be back in action next weekend. (Damian Stewart is a thug!) Twin Citians will be gathering at The Local to watch.

Huge day of World Cup qualifying with scads of game. Here's a complete list. The most intriguing scrums are in Africa. All kinds of teams that nobody expected to do a damn thing are in the mix. (Go Togo!) Paul Doyle has an excellent breakdown in The Guardian. Wish I could see some of these games.
Israel may be without key defender Tal Ben-Haim for their big bust up with Switzerland

MLS is the only league silly enough to be playing this weekend. Here's what's on tap:
Dallas-San Jose
Salt Lake-New England

Other MLS news:
Drunk driver Edson Buddle has been cleared to play.
Beloved former Thunder defender Mark Schulte has nailed down a starting spot for Columbus.
Love for Andy Dorman.

Middlesbrough wunderkind Stewart Downing is out for at least three months.
Cruz Azul and Morelia drew a paltry 14,000 for their friendly at The Coliseum last evening. Cruz Azul won, 2-1.
Simon Barnes: good f***ing god!
Lyon has signed another Brazilian striker--Barney.

That is all the news I can find.


Blogger incendiarymind said...

MLS is the only league silly enough to be playing this weekend.

Not entirely true. MLS is the only top league of any country playing. However, lower league matches are going on all over Europe.

This includes League One in England which does have international level players.

Also, Argentina's top league plays on Wednesday, a WCQ day, but there is no South American qualifying that day so count that if you want or don't.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Eric PZ said...

also along the same lines....LA play Chicago on Sunday. You missed that one on your list of MLS matches. ...and yes, I long for the day when MLS fans are cheated by getting an inferior product on FIFA International Dates.

4:29 PM  
Blogger incendiarymind said...

Oh, I actually missed an important fact. Ireland's top league is also playing matches this weekend. Ireland's MNT plays completely in England and Scotland but there are internationals of smaller countries playing in Ireland who will also miss games so their announcers will also be saying, "so-and-so away on national team duty."

3:33 AM  

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