Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Pass The Dutchie From The Left Hand News

-Sigi Schmidt checked in to thank me for the advice with his new club (see yesterday). Columbus has called a press conference for Thursday to introduce the Sigger to his new peeps.
-Oh Freddy. Yer timing is impeccable! The playoffs start on Friday and you are still such a lil Mama's boy. With a ton of greedy adults whispering bullshit in your ear. Freddy is whining to Steven Goff of the Washington Post again, about wanting more playing time. He is real mad at the coach. Maybe he wants to play for Chivas USA? Its funny how many times I have read about a star athlete like Freddy making this comment: "... but you've got to swallow your pride and be a team player." Great! Then do it punk! Shut yer mouth and be a team player! Or don't make the statement. You can't have it both ways. And you won't win any sympathy this way either. Bitch.
-DCenters hand out their own post season awards for DC United (of course). Excellent work man! And The Fall is a favorite musical artists at the DCenters too, which is even more awe-inspiring!
-All last weekends goals score by PSV are viewable now at the team website. For many reasons it's always a blast to watch them. 1. The fans go nuts. 2. They play this hilarious techno-polka type song after every goal & 3. The announcer has a great voice and loves to scream the players names after the goal. There is nothing like hearing this guy yell "Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan Vennegoooooooooooor of Hesseliiiiiiiiiiiink". If you listen closely, you will also hear that Vennegoor has his own theme song now too!!! Don't miss goal #3 for some of that incredible Beasley magic.
-Brian Kerr is officially done as Ireland coach. Who steps up?
-The names of the nominees for USA Honda Player of the Year have been released. And here they are: DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan and Kasey Keller. Journalists vote for the winner. Here is my ranking: 1. Keller (No doubt about it. Awesome for USA, and saved Gladbach's back bacon.) 2. Beasley (As much for his PSV explosion as his great USA play.) 3. Landycakes (He is on the list cuz he is super-talented, and played great most of the time for USA, but was a baby and subpar for everyone else. My fave Baby Jesus moment of '05 though, was the kids in the parking lot at San Jose taking shots at the Landycakes Pinata! What a beautiful visual.)
-Frank Dell'apa gives us his Look Back At The Regular Season (of MLS) from ESPNSoccernet.
-Dell'apa also writes in the Boston Globe today about the Scots who coach New England and Metrostars. Nicol and Johnston.
-How about Thierry Henry! Wow! (I am stealing this expression from Shep Messing.) The man hasn't played in a month, but is on the bench for the Champs League match v Sparta in Prague. Reyes proceeds to break a rib only 15 minutes into the match, so Henry enters early. What does he do? Connects for a goal about 5 minutes later, then adds a second for a 2-0 win. Savior! Henry! Hooray Henry! Hooray Beer!
-In other Champions League games yesterday: Bayern took out all their frustrations on Juve 2-1, Panathanikos did a brilliant job of keeping Barca off the scoreboard 0-0, and Man U choked down another pound of dirt drawing 0-0 with Lille (and the pinheaded Paul Scholes got a nice lil red card). See the Group Standings here.
All the scores from yesterday:
Bayern 2-1 Juventus
Rapid 0-1 Club Brugge
Ajax 2-0 Thun
Sparta 0-2 Arsenal
Udinese 1-1 Bremen
Panathinaikos 0-0 Barcelona
Villarreal 1-1 Benfica
Manchester United 0-0 Lille
And here are todays matches:
Milan v PSV
Fenerbahce v Schalke
Lyon v Olympiacos
Real Madrid v Rosenborg
Chelsea v Betis
Anderlecht v Liverpool
Rangers v Artmedia
Porto v Internazionale
-There are also a whole skid full of UEFA Cup matches too (one today and the rest tomorrow):
Lokomotiv Moskva v Espanyol
Viking v Monaco
CSKA Sofia v Hamburg
Maccabi Petach-Tikva v Palermo
Halmstad v Hertha Berlin
Steaua v Lens
Grasshoppers v Middlesbrough
Dnipro v AZ Alkmaar
Basel v Strasbourg
Tromso v Roma
CSKA Moskva v Marseille
Dinamo Bucuresti v Heerenveen
Rennes v Stuttgart
Shakhtar Donetsk v PAOK
Zenit v Guimaraes
Besiktas v Bolton
-His Royal Highness, Grahame L. Jones of the Los Angeles Times autopsies the Chivas USA carcass.
-Pete Grathoff of the KC Star on the Zards Plan B.
-FC Dallas fan site, 3rd Degree posts their annual awards - The Thirds.
-Soccer America has a little stat showing how many goals are averaged per game in the some of the worlds top leagues:
3.03 Mexican First Division
2.91 Bundesliga
2.87 Major League Soccer
2.78 Brazilian First Division
2.58 La Liga
2.57 Premier League
2.53 Serie A
2.45 Argentine First Division
2.17 Ligue 1
-I know many of you have been holding your breath waiting for this announcement, so tomorrow I will announce my MLS Best 11, and Best Young 11, plus the list of other players I considered for those two squads.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The KC article is even more proof that pro-soccer should never rely on the local youth system to stay prosperous or afloat.

1:05 PM  
Blogger D said...

True story. I became a fan of The Fall with the Infortainment Scan in 1994 while in high school. So I was into that before I was into DCU. Strange.

3:27 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

I'll say this, given the season that Chivas USA has had, their owners could be quick to cut and run.

But I have been impressed with how seriously they've approached this rebuilding project. And, boy, do they need some help. But I think they can be a playoff team next year with some good offseason moves.

I'm just glad to see Cue and Vergara both saying their in it for the long haul.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Love the PSV goal highlight links. I recognize the tune that you describe as the techno-polka type song but I just can't place it.

The DMB out/in and shoot move was glorious!

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

This is kind of unrelated (read about it in one of your linked articles) Rossi of Man Utd American? He scored the other day and is appartently from New Jersey, but I've never read anything about him. Maybe I'm just out of the loop....

1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jan Vennegoor song is kind of surreal. Who get's a song of their own? That's just bizarre, but I love it. One of the reasons I love this sport!

10:03 AM  
Blogger maradawga said...

Rossi was born in New Jersey and lived there until he was in his early teens. He was even part of the U.S. ODP. Then he moved to Italy and various parts of Europe.

His parents hold Italian passports so he can play for Italy or, since he was born in the US, for the Americans.

From what I've read he wants to play for Italy but he has yet to be called in to an Italian national team.

10:50 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

Yes Rossi is an American who is holding out to play for Italy (his heritage). He has suited up for an Italiano youth team, but is said to be re-thinking his ideas, and may play for USA after all.

11:49 AM  

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