Thursday, December 01, 2005

I Can Barely Fit Into This Really Tight News

-The financial savior of club soccer in America, Phil Anschutz, is profiled in last weeks edition of The Economist. There is nothing about soccer in the article, but since so little is publicly known about the guy, I figure some people might be interested in this.
-The first Copa Sudamericana semi final has been completed, with Mexican team UNAM Pumas blasting Velez Sarsfield 4-0 in MexCity, putting them thru to the Championship matches after their first leg finished 0-0. Tonite we see Universidad Catolica & Boca Juniors square off in Santiago after last weeks 2-2 draw, giving Catolica the huge 2 away goal advantage.
-According to Yanks Abroad: San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Ricardo Clark is in Spain to train with Real Valladolid.
-You may be aware of the idiotic behavior displayed several times already by Joey Barton of Manchester City (ie. he put a cigarette out on the face of Man City junior leaguer at the team xmas party). Well it turns out he got the "lesser violent" genes in the family. His younger brother Michael was sentenced to 17 years in prison for his part in a murder that was deemed a racial attack when a black teenager was killed with a rock climbing ax. What the fu.......?
-In fairly retarded news: Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, is being given a honorary All-American Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The award is given every year to some one who "has brought particular distinction to the sport of soccer through their efforts within and beyond the boundaries of the sport." I guess his soccer jokes on the Daily Show must account for this then. Jonny boy played at storied powerhouse William & Mary.
-It's been too long since I have read the Mad Brit. He writes the occasional diatribe for the Soccer Times. He has a sense of humor, and humility, and always responds to my emails. Sometimes he even includes my stupid comments in his column. Check 'im out.
-Frank Dell'apa writes for the New England Soccer News that the Rev's have learned a lesson from their last chance in the CONCACAF Champions Cup that they must be well prepared this time around.
-LA Galaxy found out their first round foe in the Champions Cup last night as Saprissa beat Municipal Perez Zeledon 5-3 on penalty kicks. Both teams scored 2 home goals for 2-2 aggregate tie that forced the PK's. Saprissa are the reigning champs (so why they had to qualify is beyond me)!
-Here is a bracket for that Cup tournament.
-Luis Bueno covers Roberto (Bob) Bradlisimo (Bradley)'s first official day as head coach of Chivas USA.
-My team, the Minnesota Thunder, have announced their first ever coach of their brand new Women's team, and picked dates for tryouts.
-So Kasey Keller has been named USA Player Of The Year. This is his second award, the first came in 1999. The voting was done by 206 journalists, and breaks down among the three finalists this way: 344 points for Keller, Landon Donovan 329 points, & DaMarcus Beasley 270 points. I think the journalistic coverage of the event has been pathetic at best. Here is the only decent article that I have found so far. With actual quotes!!!! From American Soccer News.
-More Mexican Laguilla (playoffs) tonite and first leg scores from last night:
Thur games:
Toluca v Cruz Azul
UANL Tigres v America
Wed scores:
UAG 0-3 Monterray - a good old fashioned ass kicking, but expected
Pachuca 2-0 Necaxa - the #5 seed beating #4 is not an upset, but Necaxa will have to turn it up at home this weekend
-MLS has released the names of the American college players they are inviting to a "Trial Camp" before their annual player draft.
-So Hans Westerhof gets aced out of the coaching job at Chivas USA by Bob Bradley, and a week later he is named coach of Chivas de Guadalajara. How bout that for oddness. He was not good enough for them in America, but he is good enough for them in Mexico.
-There is a CD supposedly coming out in England of favorite songs chosen by Chelsea players. Two in particular caught my eye: Lionel Richie - Stuck On You (Frank Lampard) & Luther Vandross - So Amazing (John Terry). Who knew they were such pussies. I'm shocked. (I stole this from another weblog, but I can't remember where, so I am sorry ahead of time, and will give you full credit when I figure out where it came from. Really! Sorry!)
-Renowned German footballing authority Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger does his own World Cup draw for Soccernet. Thanks to BQ for sending this my way.
-More English League Cup (Carling Cup) scores from the 4th round:
Man United 3-1 West Brom
Wigan 1-0 Newcastle
Charlton 2-3 Blackburn
Middlesbrough 2-1 Crystal Palace
Bolton 2-1 Leicester
-UEFA Cup: 4 teams have qualified for the next round after games last night, and many more tonite. Here is that list:
Lokomotiv Moscow
Steaua Bucharest
AZ Alkmaar
Litex Lovech
The Scores:
Slavia 0-2 Monaco
CSKA Sofia 2-0 Viking
Brondby 1-1 Espanyol
Maccabi Petach-Tikva 0-4 Lokomotiv Moskva
Sampdoria 0-0 Hertha Berlin
Steaua 3-0 Halmstad
Grasshoppers 2-3 Dnipro
Litex 0-2 AZ Alkmaar
Games tonite:
Crvena Zvezda v Roma
Basel v Tromso
Dinamo Bucuresti v CSKA Moskva
Levski v Marseille
Rennes v Shakhtar
Rapid v PAOK
Sevilla v Guimaraes
Besiktas v Zenit
Here are the group standings.


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