Tuesday, November 29, 2005

You Two Look Fabulous In That News

-Beyond the Jan 29 match v Norway at Home Depot Center, the USA will shortly announced two more matches:
Jan 22 v Canada (game site not yet confirmed, but West Coast is most likely)
Feb 10 v Japan in San Fran
-Andrea Canales gives us readers her perspective on the season that Steve Sampson just coached his way through for Los Angeles.
-I mentioned last week that 4 World Cup coaches are Dutch. Well check this one out: 3 World Cup coaches live in the USA - of course Herr Bruce, and then Jurgen Klinsmann of Germany, but did you know about Stephen Keshi who leads Togo (he is Nigerian).
-There a million stories floating around on the web about George Best. I have been asking myself, "How do I figure out which one's to read?" The answer I have found is at the Belfast Telegraph. Why not. It's his home town. Give them some love. RIP Georgie.
-It looks more and more like Sheffield United coach Neil Warnock is going to become the new head dude at Portsmouth. Does this give the current edge to Reading for first place in the England's Championship Division? Bobby Convey & Marcus Hahnemann's Reading are still on their dream run of 23 without a loss, and have a 4 point lead at the top. Hooray Beer!
-And it's time for another round of England's Carling Cup today and tomorrow. Here's the matches:
Tuesday
Arsenal v Reading
Doncaster v Aston Villa
Millwall v Birmingham
Wednesday
Bolton v Leicester
Charlton v Blackburn
Man Utd v West Brom
Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace
Wigan v Newcastle
-No surprise at all: Ballon D’or 2005 to Ronaldinho as Europe's best player.
-Watch the World Cup draw live on ESPN2, Fri Dec 9 at 2pm central time!!!
-And don't forget that the USA Player Of The Year will be given out tomorrow.
-The scramble continues for the teams in KC and San Jose. Today it's San Jose's turn, trying to find a place to build a stadium and keep their team from leaving town. But KC will not be left off the daily pages either.
-Luis Bueno previews the Mexican playoffs for Sports Illustrated.
-And while we discuss Mexico - maybe someone can explain to me how UANL Tigres got into the playoffs with 22 points, while Chiapas with 23 did not. What is going on??? Actually Soccer America (bless 'em) has the answer, and it is massively retarded: CHIAPAS JAGUARES missed out on the playoffs because of a three-point penalty for failing to adhere to a Mexican rule that requires teams to play at least 765 minutes with one player under the age of 20 years and 11 months. Get the hell outta here. Is the whole league run this idiotically? No wonder Hugo Sanchez is so pissed off all the time. They make MLS seem normal and kinda quaint.
-The Mothership down in Guadalajara chitty-canned their coach as well now. Chivas of Mexico fired coach Xavier Azkargorta after a horrible season. XA himself only took over the team midseason from Benjamin Galindo who also got the boot. They managed only 19 points from 17 games and finished 14th out of 18 teams. (You like all those numbers?) In reality I think if Guada had won their last game they may have made the playoffs, but instead they got wiped out 3-0 by Toluca
-Will Amado Guevara stay with Metrostars or demand to be sold? This is a mystery to nearly all. Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald tries to find out.
-Costa Rican teams Perez Zeledon meets Saprissa at home tonite to determine who will play LA in the Champions Cup next spring. Saprissa holds a 2-0 aggregate lead going in. The Galaxy will then face the winner on Wed Feb 22 at the Home Depot Center, with the return leg on March 8 in CR.
-The other USA team in the Champions Cup - New England - heads to CR for the first leg, at Alajuelense, on the same Feb 22 date, with the return leg is in Boston, also on Mar 8.
-Two more from Rob Hughes at the Int Herald Trib, with one story beautiful and the other ugly (natch): The joy is Ronaldinho's, but the pleasure is all ours - & - Fans' racism returns to taint games in Italy and Spain
-Houston Chronicle's Week In Review
-The Insider goes mad with a visit to Birmingham for Aston Villa v Man United, and, The Arse v Blackburn.

2 Comments:

Anonymous bq said...

US PLayer of the year. It shouldn't be but it will be a baak, to baak, to baak........!!!!!!! Landycakes McDonovan. The player that real soccer enthusiasts love to love and hate. All the talent in the world but a real wanker.

5:09 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i predict keller, but i would vote for the beas

11:24 AM  

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