Thursday, December 15, 2005

Don't Sign Up Here To Not Receive No News

-ADDITION: The San Jose Mercury News is now running a story which says the Earthquakes owners, AEG, have told team employees that the team is definitely moving to Houston, and it will be announced tomorrow in the new city.
-Matchnight is running with a breaking news story saying AEG will hold a press conference tomorrow and announce that San Jose is moving to Houston. (Let's hope something happens between now and then to stop this from taking place. San Jose deserves this team.)
-The local crew who have been working behind the scenes to find investors for the club, Soccer Silicon Valley, post this sad note on Big Soccer late last night.
-And Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle says his town is ready to pounce.
-More on the San Jose saga from the Mercury News.
-The US Soccer Federation has officially announced the long-known-about match on Wednesday March 22 v Germany in Dortmund at the Westfalen Stadion.
-Soccer America shows (as of today) which players are in, and which are out from all 12 MLS team rosters.
-Mexico beat Hungary 2-0 last night in Phoenix. Francisco Fonseca & Joel Huiqui scored the two goals.
-More word on Mexico's pre-World Cup matches:
Norway - San Francisco - ? - Sun Jan 15
S Korea - Los Angeles - Home Depot Center - Wed Feb 15
Ghana - Dallas - Pizza Hut Park - Wed Mar 1
Paraguay - Chicago - Soldier Field - Wed Mar 29
TBA - Pasadena - Rose Bowl - Fri May 12
-Andrea Canales has a feature story at Soccernet on our hero, heavy metal fan, and USA Player Of The Year Kasey Keller.
-This bit of info caught me off guard: Salt Lake is ready to break ground on their stadium within 8 weeks.
-Last week I linked to a great story from Sports Illustrated about how the little team Gimnasia, that was leading the Argentinian league with only two games left to play, could win their first Championship since 1918 (or something absurd like that). Well, they didn't get it done. They drew their last two games while Boca Juniors won both of theirs and walked away as champs once again. Big surprise. Congrats to Boca!
-Our man Oguchi Onyewu returned to the starting 11 for his team Standard Liege after serving a 3 game suspension (reduced on appeal from 4) for receiving red cards in consecutive matches. Liege beat Anderlecht 2-0, which moves them back into first place in the Belgian top division.
-Our pal DJ Walker at 3rd Degree writes his letter to Santa Claus.
-In a couple of rare Wednesday night Premier League matches, Everton lost to West Ham 1-2, and Man Utd crushed Wigan 4-0.
-I think that this would be an ideal time to check back in on my Everton-Wigan Prediction. (At one time Wig were #2 in the table, while Ev were #19 - I made the prediction that Ev would finish the season above Wig.) After 16 rounds, Wigan are in 8th place with 25 points, while Everton are in 15th place with 17 points.
-Here's a crazy one for ya: The Tide newspaper of Port Harcourt, Nigeria is saying that 2 Nigerian Super Eagle star players are headed to DC United.
-A feature on Ezra Hendrickson of Chivas USA via the US National Players Assoc site. (I don't understand why this site is running this story though. He's not American! And this is the US National Team Players Association website.)
-Yesterday saw the first chunk of UEFA Cup Matchday 5 games (today seeing the rest of the games). This is the final round of the group stage games.
Wednesdays scores:
Roma 3-1 Basel
Strasbourg 2-2 Crvena Zvezda
Marseille 2-1 Dinamo Bucuresti
Heerenveen 2-1 Levski
Stuttgart 2-1 Rapid
PAOK 5-1 Rennes
Bolton 1-1 Sevilla
Guimaraes 1-3 Besiktas
Thursdays matches:
Hamburg v Slavia
Monaco v CSKA Sofia
Palermo v Brondby
Espanyol v M. Petach-Tikva
Lens v Sampdoria
Hertha v Steaua
Middlesbrough v Litex
AZ v Grasshoppers
Here are the group stage standings.
-News from PSV: DaMarcus Beasley MIGHT play this weekend. He has been out over a month now with a hamstring injury, but has been practicing again this week. Also, Lee Nyguen is in Eidehoven training with the team.
-Liverpool whipped Saprissa 3-0 at the Club World Championship in Japan. They will now face Sao Paulo on Sunday in the final. You can see the final live at 4am central time on Fox Soccer Channel, and reshown at 4pm.
-Tonite is the first leg of Laguilla. Toluca v Monterrey at 3pm central on TeleFutura, with the second leg to be played Sunday at 5pm on Univision.
-Roy Keane has signed with Celtic.
-Newspaper writer Steven Goff hosted another of his always informative on-line chats with soccer fans via the Washington Post for whom he follows DC United.
-Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America Mag talks to Clint Mathis about going to Colorado for USA Today.
-Soccer Times is reporting that Danny Califf will move directly into the starting line up for his new Danish team Aalborg.
-Gotta send a thumbs up to Wendy Parker at the Atlanta Constitution Journal. She has a really good web log called Off The Ball.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "West Coast Bias" column is about the soccer scene out west in general. Bueno covers the teams out there without too much regard for just focusing on U.S. players.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous ken said...

Why doesn't the Mexican Nat Team play any friendlies - in Mexico?

7:45 AM  

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