Thursday, October 13, 2005

Small Town Kid News

-I hope you all had a nice day off yesterday celebrating with Togo on their national holiday that was called after qualifying for the World cup. I sure did. This is how the whole world should be run. Win a game, get a day off.
-From USA Today: The U.S. men's national team will make Hamburg its home base for the 2006 World Cup that runs from June 9 to July 9 at 12 sites in Germany. Hamburg is Germany's second largest city (1.7 million) and a transportation hub with top-flight training facilities and accommodations. Hamburg is the northern-most competition site.
-Post Game Quotes from USA coaches and players on the 2-0 win over Panama last night. It was nice to see Taylor Twellman finally get his first Team USA goal. And of course US Soccer gives us more of that great insider video they have been providing. The attendance in Boston was a pathetic 9,192.
-With all the madness I have been living I somehow missed the updates for Copa Sudamericana. But here are the set ups for the Quarterfinals that start next week (all matches are being shown in the USA on FOX Sports en Espanol):
Oct 18 Fluminense v Universidad Catolica with return match on Nov 9
Oct 19 Internacional v Boca Juniors with return match on Nov 10
Oct 19 Corinthians v Pumas UNAM with the return match on Nov 9
Oct 26 CF America v Velez Sarsfield with return match on Nov 2
-So, Euro recap, Euro recap:
Who is in? Yesterdays qualifiers guaranteed a spot in Germany for Serbia & Montenegro, Croatia, Sweden & France.
Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Russia, Romania and Israel are out.
Spain is into the Euro playoff along with Switzerland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Slovakia & Norway. Three of these teams will go on to Deutschland, and three will go home with nothing.
The draw for the 6 Euro teams going after the 3 spots will be held Friday at noon in the FIFA HQ. Here is a direct quote from the FIFA press release as to how the draw and playoff will work: The six teams will be divided into two pots in accordance with the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for September 2005 (the three highest placed will be in pot 1 and the other three in teams in pot 2). One team will be drawn from each pot. A second draw will be conducted to determine which team will play the first leg at home. The play-offs will be played on Saturday, 12 November 2005 and Wednesday, 16 November 2005.
-How about South America's CONMEBOL: Uruguay nabbed the 2 game playoff spot v Australia when Inter's highly underachieving Alvaro Recoba scored the only goal of the game against Argentina for the Uru's. A win by Columbia & a draw by Chile then didn't matter, as they were behind on points when the day started.
-ASIA: Bahrain beat out Uzbekistan for a playoff shot at the World Cup. They drew 1-1 on aggregate, but Bahrain had the away goal to advance. The Uzbeki's have to be totally pissed off right now, cuz they won the first game 1-0, then had the game nullified by FIFA and replayed to a 1-1 draw which is what cost them. The game was replayed when the referee made a wrong call against Uzbekistan (NOT Bahrain), and the whole game was scrapped. Sad day in a part of the world I know nothing about.
-CONCACAF: What a night. One of the biggest upsets in CONCACAF history happened with Trinidad & Tobago beating Mexico 2-1 in Port Of Spain. WOW! Stern John scored both of em. T&T now have a World Cup shot in the 2 game playoff v Bahrain. Guatemala gave it everything they had to try and surpass T&T with a 3-1 in over Costa Rica, but they needed a T&T draw or loss to advance and didn't have their dream to come true. This bums me out, cuz I really wanted to see Carlos Ruiz get his shot at the World Cup. Mexi's loss combined with the USA win gives our boys bragging rights as first place finishers in The Hex.
-Our beloved Earnie Stewart has a few words for Yanks Abroad on what he is up to.
-Roberto Mina from Dallas started both WCQ's this week for his Ecuador, and hopes to be on the team next summer in Germany.
-The Asian Cup champion win be decided between UAE's Al Ain and Saudi's Al Ittihad. The games will be played Oct 26 & 31.
-Luis Bueno tells us why Chivas USA was doomed from the start.
-See who made the short list (no, not short people list) of nominees for FIFA World Player Of The Year: Adriano (Inter), Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich), David Beckham (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Cafu (AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd), Deco (Barcelona), Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Michael Essien (Chelsea), Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Juventus), Kaka (AC Milan), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Paolo Maldini (AC Milan), Pavel Nedved (Juventus), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan), Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton), Raul (Real Madrid), Juan Roman Riquelme (Villarreal), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Robinho (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Man Utd), Zidane Zinedine (Real Madrid).
-Andrea Canales on Metrostars v Chivas coming up on Sunday.
-Andrea also has an interview with The Herc via Soccer 365.
-More about the PK failure of Pierre Wome for Cameroon and what it's doing to his life by Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune.
-Real Salt Lake have released an artists rendering of what their new home may look like. I say: Very impressive.
-Story on the former Yugoslavia and supporters of their new national teams by the New York Times: Serbian Soccer Loyalties Cross Borders
-Peter Berlin of the International Herald Tribune on the incomparable Zizou and World Cup Qualifying.
-Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle talks with Jonathan Spector about Man U & Charlton & USA.
-The best first name of any American Newspaper Soccer writer is Tobias. And Tobias Lopez (a fave writer of mine, as well as the cool name) writes for the Fort Worth Telegram. Today he runs his 2005 MLS Best-Of's.
-ADDITION: While everyone is blathering on and on about Toronto trying to build a stadium and join MLS, its pretty funny that the two other big Canadian teams, Montreal & Vancouver, are not rushing to join MLS. Montreal has their own home and average 11,000 a game. Not to mention that they have a great team that I think could compete in MLS. Vancouver on the other hand have come out today (blowing Toronto's plans out of the water) and announced their plans to build a new stadium that seats 15,000. They have rabid fans and a always at least decent team. Good luck to both of them. I think its a big mistake for MLS to do business with Lame-o's like Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment who don't care about soccer, just making money.
-ADDITION: Feature story on new Minnesota Thunder coach Amos Magee in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Anonymous Ken said...

My hometown college team, Akron U, is now ranked #1 in the nation in 4 different college polls. Last night they drew 2-2 with #4 St. Johns in appalling conditions after a 70 minute rain delay. This was by far their biggest test of the season and, although their perfect record is now tarnished with a draw (11-0-1), this proves that they deserve their #1 ranking (1st time ever that any Akron U sports team has been ranked #1 in the nation).

Go Zips!!

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Montreal at the mid point of the USL season had released info on their new stadium as well. That means the 3 major cities in Canada are gonna have new soccer stadiums by the end of the decade.

1:52 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

go canada!

2:27 PM  

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