Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Creating New News

-The USA match v Scotland will be on TV. Live at 10am central via Fox Soccer Channel.
-OOOOOOOOOOOH! Did you see DaMarcus Beasley just abusing the AC Milan defenders, especially Jaap Stam yesterday? It was so fantastic to watch. After about 6 ugly fouls on DMB, Stam finally got his second yellow and consequently the red card! Adios baldy!
-Yesterdays Champions League Scoreboard:
PSV 1-0 Milan - YES! A great game by PSV for the full 3 and top of the group. They look as real as they did last year despite all the players who moved on.
Schalke 2-0 Fenerbahce - Fener finished with 9 men after playing like goons. Kuranyi and Ebbe Sand scored for the home side.
Rosenborg 0-2 Real Madrid - Real are just getting better and better. An own-goal and a Guti goal get the win on the road in Norway.
Olympiacos 1-4 Lyon - Lyon Lyon Lyon. Have you seen them play in the last 3 or 4 years? They are a lot of fun to watch!! 4 scored on the road, including another for Juninho. They say Juninho may not even see the field for Brazil at the World Cup next summer. What a drag. He is awesome!
Liverpool 3-0 Anderlecht - The champs are not dead after all, and the three guys who are supposed to score all did: Morientes, Luis Garcia & Cisse
Betis 1-0 Chelsea - What a huge day it must be in Sevilla!
Artmedia 2-2 Rangers - Rangers score the road point which is always huge, but the team with the best name, Artmedia, is still hanging around. Kozak from AM is my guy!
Inter 2-1 Porto - A late come back on two goals by 61st minute sub Cruz, who came on for Adriano.
By virtue of their wins, both Lyon & Real Madrid (corrected) have officially qualified for the final 16 and the knock out stages.
And 8 more Champions League Match games on the slate today:
Club Brugge v Rapid
Juventus v Bayern
Thun v Ajax
Arsenal v Sparta
Barcelona v Panathinaikos
Bremen v Udinese
Benfica v Villarreal
Lille v Man United
-I got my new red "Coiled Rattlesnake" USA Soccer t-shirt in the mail today. Its gorgeous.
-Reading won 2-0 over Sheff Wednesday, but Leeds lost 1-0 at Crewe. From all reports it was a complete Leeds choke-job.
-Have you seen this perm that Man U's Cristiano Ronaldo is sporting? Oh! Wow!! It's hideous. Please, someone, tell him!
-Michael Parkhurst was named MLS Rookie Of The Year, and Dominic Kinnear was named MLS Coach Of The Year. As it should be.
-So, we all read the rantings and ravings of Mexican Hero Hugo Sanchez as he rails on the supposed shortcomings of Mexico coach Ricardo Lavolpe, while praising himself as the best thing since purified bottled water. Sanchez has an impressive track record of leading Pumas to two Mexican League titles in a row as well. But guess what, with his team sitting third from bottom in the league right now, Hugo got himself fired yesterday. Yes, they fired Dear Hugo. Adios for now my large mouthed friend. Or does this set him up to take over from Lavolpe at the drop of a hat?
-Pretty cool story from the San Diego Union Tribune: A guy from Escondido, CA and his friends made the trek to Saprissa in Costa Rica for the USA World Cup Qualifier last month, and the paper had him write a story about the journey. (Also make sure you read Mark Zeigler's weekly columns, Sidelines and Red Cards & Trophies, which can be found on the same page as the above story, and are always top notch.)
-In Copa Sudamericana tonite its the second leg of Velez Sarsfield v America. This game is being played in Buenos Aires, and Velez has two away goals already on the scoreboard.
-According to Dylan Hernandez of the San Jose Mercury News, Mark Chung is seriously considering retirement.
-Rob Hughes and the International Herald Tribune on the huge force that Lyon has become: Lyon dominates as wealthier clubs falter
-Bulgaria plays Mexico in a friendly on Nov 16 in Houston. Is Hristo Stoichkov still their coach? Or did he get the boot for being an idiot?
-New England will be without their regular starting left midfielder, and the back up who had the great game last week, when they play Chicago on Sunday in the MLS semifinals. Marshall Leonard went down early in the match against Metros last Saturday with a hamstring thingy, and his replacement Khano Smith, who had a huge game and an even huger goal, sprained a ligament in his left knee late in the game when he collided with Jay Heaps and Youri Djorkaeff. Andy Dorman has also played a lot there this season, but has been injured the last few weeks. So what do they do if Dorman can't play? Probably move Steve Ralston from the right to the left, and give James Riley the start on the right.
-Big Apple Soccer gets some time with Mo Johnston and asks him what he would do with Metrostars if the team was handed over to him to coach full time.
-Eddie Lewis' old buddy Jean Tigana is the new head coach of Besiktas in Greece. He is the teams 3rd coach already this season. Heads Up Jean!!
-Phenomenal thread on Big Soccer with people posting pictures from "The Day After....." DC's disastrous season ending.


Blogger Zathras said...

Chelsea may have qualified for the 2nd stage but they didn't win....

10:25 AM  
Blogger kj said...

Chelsea can't have clinched. Liverpool's at 10, Chelsea's at 7, and Betis is at 6. I think Lyon's the only team to have clinched at spot at this point, though Madrid is basically through from that same group (but not yet, technically).

11:42 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

correction: real madrid is through to the next stage - thanks for pointing that out dudes

1:36 PM  
Anonymous soccer said...

I love real madrid

1:16 AM  
Anonymous soccer passion said...

I would rather favour Liverpool.

8:33 AM  

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