Monday, November 28, 2005

Flyers & Brochures & News

-Adios Mr. Best. Rest In Peace my man.
-Carlos Bocanegra was again healthy and ready to go for Fulham. He played the whole game, but his American teammate Brian McBride stole the show, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over Bolton. Huge day for McB!
-Phil Ball writes about what makes Spain so lovely: Beautiful anarchy
-US Soccer Players Assoc site oddly has a feature story on Canadian Dwayne DeRosario.
-The Copa Sudamericana 1st Leg Semi Finals were last week, with Universidad Catolica pulling off the 2-2 draw with Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires. Meanwhile across town, Velez were held 0-0 by Pumas. The return legs are Thur in Santiago, and Wed in Mexico City.
-Simon Kuper sheds a literary tear for Italy: Italians flee from theatres of nightmares
-As Chivas USA kicked off their first season last April they ran ad's and hung banners that read ADIOS SOCCER HOLA FUTBOL. How did that work out for them? Maybe they insulted the soccer gods. But by making Bob Bradley the man at the helm (technically the 4th coach already - Rongen - Ledesma - Westerhof - Bradley), there is a suggestion that Chivas has already reneged on that promise, and rejected Futbol in favor of Soccer. LA Jonesy investigates.
-In La Liga, Barca are at the top after trouncing Racing Santander 4-1, while Osasuna stayed right with them, beating Alaves 3-2. Read Madrid fell to 6th place (!!!!!!!) after a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad. Real trailed most of the game, and got 2 at the very end to save a little face.
-Hannover has a new coach and Steve Cherundolo is his man at right back. Hannover beat the brutal Kaiserslautern 5-1. That's embarrassing. But great for Stevie!
-The NCAA Tournament - 3rd Round scores from Sat & Sun (winners advance & losers sent packing):
Maryland 3-1 St Johns
U Conn 3-3 Akron - Akron wins 3-4 on penalty kicks
SMU 3-1 North Carolina-Greensboro
Virginia 1-2 North Carolina
Notre Dame 0-1 Clemson
California 3-2 Wake Forest
Cal St Northridge 0-1 New Mexico
Penn State 1-3 Creighton
Round 4 is this weekend:
Maryland v Akron on Sat Dec 3
North Carolina v SMU on Sat Dec 3
Clemson v Creighton on Fri Dec 2
New Mexico v California on Fri Dec 2
-Nice feature story on those bitchin Zips of Akron from Soccernet's Mike Hanzel.
-Jonathan Spector was not allowed to play for Charlton last week against the team that owns his contract, Manchester United, and this week he was on the bench but did not play as his loaner team lost 1-0 to Villa. They should have played him. He would have kept that score line empty all by himself!!! (hahahahahaha)
-Marcus Hahnemann with yet another clean sheet and 23 games without a loss for Reading in a 0-2 win over Plymouth Argyle. Of course Bobby Convey got another assist.
-In Holland's Eredivisie, PSV, without our hero DaMarcus Beasley, whipped Den Haag 3-0, to stay one point ahead of Feyenoord at the top, after Feye destroyed Heracles Almelo 7-1.
-Soccernet has features on Bob Bradley (by Ives Galarcep) & the San Jose debacle.
-Video game website IGN.com has an interview with our LanDo. It starts out with questions about video games, and then moves into more personal soccer stuff. Nothing earth shattering, but still interesting to see him turning up in places other than soccer websites.
-Mexican Primera Division
This is the 17th and final round of the Apertura, all games will be played on Saturday and will kickoff at the same time - the Playoffs begin shortly.:
Atlante 2-0 UANL
Atlas 1-0 San Luis
Chiapas 5-1 Santos
Monterrey 4-1 America
Morelia 2-1 Veracruz
Pachuca 0-0 Cruz Azul
Toluca 3-0 Guadalajara
UAdG 3-2 Necaxa
UNAM 2-0 Dorados
Laguilla (Playoffs) will look like this (first team listed gets 2nd game of home and away at home):
1 Club America v 8 UANL Tigres
2 Monterrey v 7 UAG Tecos
3 Necaxa v 6 Pachuca
4 Cruz Azul v 5 Toluca
-Kasey Keller and his Monchengladbach team were totally dominated by Hertha Berlin, yet somehow got a 2-0 lead, they wilted into a 2-2 draw. Not bad for being outgunned on the road. But it's pretty bad to give up the lead like that.
-Liverpool sent our boy Zak Whitbread to Millwall on loan for the rest of the season. Good for Zak, he needs action, which he got immediately by playing on Saturday. He went the full match, but lost 0-1 to Leeds and fellow American Eddie Lewis who had another great game. Whitbread hilariously got his first Millwall yellow card for hacking down Lewis!
-Everton-Wigan Watch: A few weeks back I predicted that Everton would finish above Wigan in the final Premiership season tally. At that time, Wigan was in 2nd place and Everton was in 19th place. As of today - Mon Nov 28 - Wigan is down to 4th, and Everton is up to 16th.
-Chelsea of course is still dominating in England with 37 points after 14 games. Man U is 2nd, 10 points back, followed by The Arse 1 more point back, Wigan 2 more points back, and Tottenham in 5th place, 3 more points back.
-In Serie A, Juve kept the lead at 5 points by winning 3-1 over Terrible Treviso. Milan beat Lecce 2-1. Fiorentino had its assent to the top slowed in a 1-1 draw with Roma (of course Luca Toni scored). And Inter won 1-2 at Messina to stay in 4th place.
-More news on potentiality in KC. Story one & story two.
-Buzz Carrick of the excellent FC Dallas fan site, 3rd Degree, discusses the good and the bad of their new home, Pizza Hut Park.
-Last weeks UEFA Cup Matchday 3 (of 5) scores:
Lokomotiv Moskva 4-2 Brondby
Viking 2-2 Slavia
Monaco 2-0 Hamburg
Espanyol 1-1 Palermo
Hertha 0-0 Lens
Halmstad 1-3 Sampdoria
Alkmaar 0-0 Middlesborogh
Dnipro 0-2 Litex
Tromso 3-1 Crvena Zvezda
Roma 1-1 Strasbourg
CSKA Moskva 2-1 Levski
Marseille 1-0 Heerenveen
PAOK 1-2 Stuttgart
Shakhtar 0-1 Rapid
Guimaraes 1-1 Bolton
Zenit 2-1 Sevilla
See Group stadings here.

1 Comments:

Anonymous ken said...

(silly me, I accidentally posted this after your Friday blogpage)

Ken said...

Thanks for the link to the Zips article. They barely sqeaked by UCONN on PK's Sunday after leading for most of the game. The Zips keeper made one PK save during the game and then 2 saves in the PK shootout!

Tough one in the 1/4finals this weekend against Maryland at College Park. If they can beat Maryland (the #1 seed) away (they beat MU at home at the beginning of the season) then there's no reason they can't win the whole shebang! Go Zips!!

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