Monday, October 31, 2005

Cold Hard News

-Unsung Heroes! That was the story of the MLS playoffs this past weekend. Here are the names: Jack Stewart, Ivan Guerrero, Ned Grabevoy, Ritchie Kotschau, Khanu Smith! Who?????? They all played great for their teams as Chicago whomped on DC 4-0, LA kicked out Supporters Shield winners San Jose 4-2, Colorado won 5-4 on PK's in Dallas after going 2-2 in the run of play, and New England stormed back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 over Metrostars.
-And Hound Dogs! The horrible hounds of hell in the MLS playoffs were Carlos Ruiz missing an extra time penalty that would have won the series for Dallas, and DC's Christian Gomez who got red carded for spitting in the face of Chicago's CJ Brown when his team was incredibly desperate for a goal.
-Next Saturday evening its Colorado v LA at Mile High Stadium. And on Sunday afternoon it's New England v Chicago in a seemingly yearly playoff rematch.
-Phil Ball on Gaizka Mendieta, who I have always had a soft spot for, the Buzzcocks, who I always had a hard spot for, and all the rest of the Spanish insanity: From Alloa to Bilbao
-Mexican Primera Division scores this weekend:
Atlante 1-1 Chiapas
Sinaloa 0-2 UAG
Guadalajara 1-2 Morelia
UANL 1-3 Toluca
Veracruz 0-1 Cruz Azul
Necaxa 2-1 Pachuca
UNAM 1-2 America
San Luis 1-2 Monterrey
Santos 2-2 Atlas
Leaving the top clubs looking like this after Round 14:
1. America 32 points
2. Cruz Azul 29
3. Monterey 28
4. Necaxa 28
-Frank Dell'apa feature on Shalrie Joseph in the Boston Globe before the Rev beat Metro.
-Simon Kuper on the history of Soccer movies: Ready for your close-up, Mr Rooney?
-Diego Maradona storms the pages of the New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure: After an Epic Meltdown, an Argentine Soccer Star Is Remade on TV
-In Italy things got a lot more interesting as Milan stomped unbeaten Juventus 3-1, Inter was drawn 2-2 by Sampdoria, and Fiorentia beat Cagliari 2-1 on two more Luca Toni goals (he has 12 in 10 matches). So the standings now look like this:
1. Juve 27 points
2. Milan 25
3. Fior 22
4. Inter 19
-Reading and Leeds played to a 1-1 draw, but in the process Reading broke a 134 year old club record by not losing for their 18th match in a row.! Now that is a feat. Eddie Lewis, Bobby Convey and Marcus Hahnemann all had great games.
-The Insider goes to Chelsea.
-I'm not sure what "crime" Steve Cherundolo committed, but his coach is not giving him any playing time, and his club lost again. This time 4-1 to Bielefeld
-Rob Hughes of International Herald Tribune on calcio: The giants of Italy overshadowing all
-Beasley and PSV won 1-0 over Twente to stay in first place in Holland. They play a huge home match on Wednesday v Milan in the Champions League.
-According to Big Apple Soccer, Bob Bradley was in the Metrostars locker room after their ouster from the playoffs to thank his former players.
-Gladbach and Kasey Keller lost 2-1 but remain in 5th place in the Bundesliga.
-DJ Walker's usually brilliant Stream of Consciousness Dallas game report leaves him feeling the Nightmare on Frisco Avenue
-Fulham and Wigan were at 0-0 as the game went to added time. Carlos Bocanegra had played the whole match, when suddenly he went down with a hamstring pull. He was subbed off, and immediately his replacement committed a dumb foul, and on the ensuing free kick lost his marker who headed home the winning goal. What a drag!
-Very sadly Chris Armas is out for the rest of the year as he blew out his knee ligaments in Chicago's first leg playoff against DC. This is the opposite knee from the one he tore in 2002 right before the last World Cup. He may now miss this one too.
-Cory Gibbs and John O'Brien are both still hurt too.
-Fans ask Brian West questions via Yanks Abroad. If you remember, West played as a blazing speed winger in Columbus for several years, and now stars for Fredrikstad in Norway.
-Hristo Stoichkov was at the DC v Chicago match on Sunday.
-La Liga looks like this:
1. Osasuna 21 points - beat Espanyol 2-0
2. Barca 19 - destroyed Sociedad 5-0
3. Real Madrid 18 - won at Betis 0-2
4. Getafe 17 - lost at la Coruna 1-0
Bundesliga standings and top results:
1. Bayern Munchen 28 points - won at Koln 1-2
2. Werder Bremen 26 - beat Eintracht badly 4-1
3. Hamburger 24 - beat #4 Schalke 1-0
4. Schalke 18 - see above


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