Monday, September 19, 2005

That's Not A Snack, That's A News

-This was the first weekend in many months that I saw no games on TV at all. Maybe its cuz I have been so damn busy at work, and seen so many other matches lately that I just needed a break. Plus I spent two days with my family at a house that is still in the cable dark ages, so I couldn't watch if I wanted to, and I really didn't feel like seeking out a watering hole that might show me a game or two. The following is everything I could find out about the weekend. (I still haven't finished my story of the trip to LA for the Open Cup yet, but maybe today.)
-USL First Division playoffs got underway with Portland v Seattle & Richmond v Vancouver in home and away aggregate goal series. Winners meet the top two teams, Montreal and Rochester.
Friday scores: Portland 0-1 Seattle & Richmond 0-0 Vancouver
Sunday scores: Seattle 2-0 Portland, Seattle win series 3-0 & Vanvouver 0-0 Richmond, Richmond win series 5-4 on PK's.
So now its the semi finals Fri Sep 23 Seattle v Montreal & Richmond v Rochester, & Sun Sep 25, with Montreal & Rochester both having the second game at home.
-Chelsea is all alone now at the top of the EPL (6-0-0), beating fellow unbeatens Charlton 2-0 on the road. Liverpool & Man U drew 0-0. Reading 1-0 Crewe Alexandra. Inter 3-0 Lecce. QPR 0-1 Leeds. Groningen 1-0 PSV. Fulham 1-2 West Ham. Blackburn 0-3 Newcastle. Man City 0-1 Bolton. Cologne 2-1 Moenchengladbach. Bayern Munchen 1-0 Hannover. Schalke 0-0 Hertha. Juventus 2-1 Ascoli. Sampdoria 2-1 AC Milan. ADO The Hague 0-0 FC Twente. AZ Alkmaar 4-2 Ajax. Feyenoord 5-1 SC Heerenveen. Espanyol 1-0 Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid 2-1 Barcelona.
-MLS scoreboard:
Metrostars 5-4 New England - this must have been one wild-assed game.
Columbus 1-2 Chicago - Robert Warczyka's head coaching stint is about to end.
Kansas City 2-2 Los Angeles - Steve Cronin was in goal for LA cuz at the end of the Open Cup match last Wednesday I noticed Kevin Hartman hurt his ribs pretty bad stretching to make a save.
Chivas USA 1-2 San Jose
Dallas 2-1 Salt Lake - Mina scores both with Pescadito out, and Dallas secures their spot in the postseason playoffs.
DC 2-0 Colorado - I heard that the coaches almost got in a fight!
Several games on the sched for Wednesday:
Columbus v New Eng
Dallas v LA
Colorado v Salt Lake
San Jose v Chicago
-USA beat North Korea 3-2 in the first match of the U17 World Championship taking place down in Peru. Ryan Soroka, Kyle Nakazawa & Preston Zimmerman scored the goals for our boys.
-Remember after the USA v Mexico match when it was announced that they were auctioning off the game jerseys worn by players from both teams for a Hurrican Katrina fund? The Auction raised $135,000! Amazing! Oguchi Onyewu drew the biggest fee at $6260. Keller & Donovan shirts sold for $6010 each. See the full list here.
-Mexican Football League scores:
Toluca 2-1 Atlas
Chiapas 1-0 Morelia
Atlante 0-2 Monterrey
Dorados 1-0 Veracruz
Tigres 1-2 Cruz Azul
Guadalajara 1-2 Necaxa
Pumas 1-3 Pachuca
Santos 3-1 San Luis
Tecos 1-2 America
-A triple shot of my babies love from Rob Hughes from the International Herald Tribune: Brazilian dazzles fading 'galacticos', Moments of beauty are mixed with ugliness, & In the melting pot of soccer, LuaLua stands out
-ESPNSoccernet article on Jonathan Spector.
-Rudi Voeller has taken over as temporary coach of Bayer Leverkusen.
-There's actually a soccer book reviewed in the Sunday New York Times. It's called 'National Pastime' and is a look at the start of the real birth of soccer in America (now) to the birth of baseball. Very sociological and all. I was surprised to see it. You can read the first chapter of the book too.


Anonymous Ken said...

Italian Serie A - Keep an eye on Fiorentina this year. A new coach and revamped squad see them starting off strong with much promise. They beat last years 4th place team, Udinese, 4-2 over the weekend after beating Sampdoria (5th place last year) in the opener and drawing with Messina in the 2nd round. Toni scored a hat trick for Italy in a recent WC Qualifier.

They are on FSC vs. Lecce tomorrow.

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