Monday, October 24, 2005

What Do You Think It Takes To Make Great Looking News?

-MLS Playoff first round first leg action ahoy! Check this out, the #2 & #3 seeds in the East & West both play to scoreless draws, and the two #4 seeds beat the two #1 seeds. All in all it was a sorta upside down and sideways weekend for MLS playoffs. The scores:
Chicago 0-0 DC
Metro 1-0 New England
Colorado 0-0 Dallas
LA 3-1 San Jose
My analysis: The Chic-DC, Met-NE & Colo-Dal games were all fairly dull to watch. Chic & Met seemed to conger up great defensive game plans to stop their very high powered opponents. I still don't know how they did it, but they did. Amado Guevara supplied a really nice goal for Metro who seem to have some life with Mo Johnston behind the wheel of the company truck. Colo & Dal went at it, but Colo was really unlucky with their scoring chances. Dal did not get many tries on goal, and I never really thought they were gonna win it. On the other hand, LA came out ready for blood and took it from San Jose. When 3 or 4 SJ players are off their game like Barrett, Chung and Ching were, they look really ordinary. And LA stymied DDR too. You know I love LA, and hate Sampson, so I almost cheer against them, but Landycakes proved why he is Angel Food in the playoffs!
-After New England loses the first game to Metro, Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe writes about what it is that Alexi Lalas is doing right
-The dude DJ Walker gives us Colorado v Dallas Stream Of Conscious game reporting
-Simon Kuper in the London Financial Times ponders the new Russian mega-wealth that is invading world football
-See what Jonesy had to say in the LA Times about Columbus hiring Sigi.
-Logan's Revenge on what the new USA shirts might look like.
-My friend Leperkhan has shown us this fine Q & A with DaMarcus Beasley that turned up in Sports Illustrated.
-The high school I attended, Rochester Lourdes, did not have a soccer team until 10 years ago. But once they got it lined up they have wasted no time in becoming a powerhouse. They have qualified for the state tournament for the 8th time, and have claimed 2 titles already. This year they kick off the 8 team single elimination tournament on Thurs Oct 27. Here are the details:
Rochester Lourdes v Saint Thomas Academy - 7:30pm at Academy of Holy Angels Field. See you there.
-Let's see how all of our favorite American boyz did in Europe this weekend:
DaMarcus Beasley was a late game sub, as his PSV beat Ajaz 1-0 and are #1 in the Eredivisie.
Claudio Reyna & Man City lost to the Arse 1-0. They are now in 6th place behind Man U, Wigan (!), Tottenham, Charlton and Chelsea (who for the first time this season, didn't win, but didn't lose either as they drew 1-1 with Everton - the worst team in the league).
Brad Friedel and Blackburn totally dominated miserable Birmingham 2-0.
Bobby Convey & Marcus Hahnemann led Reading to a 1-0 over Stoke City. They are still #2 in the Coca-Cola Championship of England.
Eddie Lewis - his Leeds team drew 1-1 with CCC leaders Sheffield United.
Kasey Keller's Borussia Monchengladbach sit in 5th place in the Bundesliga after stomping Kaiserslautern 4-1. (Bayern Munich went back to the top of the league after beating Duisburg 4-0, and previous week #1 Bremen drew 0-0 with Hannover.)
Steve Cherundolo did not play again this week for Hannover, he is still returning from his injury, and has not played well when he has seen the field. They are in 12th place of the 18 team league.
Oguchi Onyewu & Standard Liege beat Charleroi 1-0 and sit #1 in Belgium. Onyewu will miss the next 4 games though cuz he got red cards in two games in a row a few weeks back.
Cory Gibbs & John O'Brien are still out injured for Feyenord and Den Haag.
Brian McBride & Carlos Bocanegra beat Liverpool 2-0 to bring their team Fulham out of the relegation zone and up to 14th place. Liverpool are still playing horribly and sit only one spot up in 13th.
Greg Berhalter's Energie Cotbus lead the Bundesliga 2 and beat Saarbrucken 3-1.
Jonathan Spector started his first game for Charlton. They won 2-1 over Portsmouth and miraculously sit at #2 in England!!
-Thee Phil Ball with Lies, statistics and brothers-in-law
-A great story on a great player - Preki - from the US National Team Players Association.
-In Spain's La Liga, Getafe still sit at the top thanks to Real Madrid losing to Valencia 2-1 (both Thomas Graveson and David Beckham got red cards for Madrid!!), and Barcelona being too far off the pace, even though they beat Osasuna 3-0. The top seven teams in Spain are:
17 Getafe
16 Celta Vigo
15 Real Madrid
15 Valencia
15 Osasuna
13 Barcelona
13 Real Sociedad
-Alexi Lalas answers some normal and mostly non-sporty questions.
-Serie A - Juve stayed at #1 beating Lecce 3-0. My guy Super Pippo Inzaghi scored the winner as #2 Milan beat Palermo 2-1. My team Inter stayed 3rd beating #4 Udinese 1-0. And of course all hell broke loose (like it does every single time) when Roma & Lazio played. Another referee got hit in the head with a projectile at the Olympic Stadium. Maybe they oughta just shut the place down for a year or two and see how that works out for the fans who like to throw shit. I supposed they will just go to the away matches and throw shit won't they. Who cares who won or lost that one. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah Italy!
-After not losing for 28 straight matches, America has lost for the 2nd week in a row down Mexico way. They have not lost their top spot in the Mexican Premiera Division though, sitting on 29 points. Cruz Azul are second with 26, and Necaxa third with 25. Here are the weekends scores:
Toluca 1-0 Atlante
Cruz Azul 3-0 San Luis
Monterrey 1-1 Necaxa
Morelia 1-0 Santos Laguna
Chiapas 5-1 Pumas
Atlas 1-2 Dorados
Veracruz 2-1 America
Pachuca 0-0 Guadalajara
Tecos 1-1 Tigres
-Andrea Canales hands out her own special MLS seasons end awards via Soccer 365
-From the New York Times: Bruce Arena, the manager of the United States national team, acknowledged that Freddy Adu could be an asset to the 2006 World Cup squad. "He plays in positions that we're not particularly deep in," Arena said. "So, we'll look at him." Arena said there was a strong possibility he would invite Adu, 16, to a national team training camp in January. But Arena was cautious not to raise expectations about Adu. "It's obviously early for him," Arena said. "He's not ready for the national team, either."
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune: Fulham pays tribute to legend from bygone era
-I made a correction to my MLS Best 11 too. I meant to have Dedi Ben Dayan in the first team midfield, and Steve Ralston in the "others" category. It has been corrected in a posting below.


Anonymous john said...

Since Blogspot doesn't do trackbacks, I just wanted to let you know that I tip my hat to you.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

Anyone see the 4th goal by Claudio Pizarro for Bayern Munich. A very amazing finish from a cross on the right side. Saw it on Bundesliga highlights on FSC. Also saw Kasey Keller drop a mascot before the game and hold him down for a three count. Pretty comical. How I love my FSC.

8:57 PM  

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