Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Call Me The News

-Logan's Revenge is off and running with a picture purported to be Nike's layout of World Cup shirts, team by team. And they are not nearly as cookie cutter as last time. As a matter of fact, Team USA kinda has their own cool look! Fangtastic! Let's hope these are not more of the great hoaxes we have been subject too lately.
-Interliga games tonite. The last of the group stages are tonite and tomorrow night. Then on to the two matches with the top 4 teams that will give us the 2 teams headed to Libertadores this year.
UANL Tigres v Cruz Azul
Necaxa v Guadalajara
-USA will play Guatemala on Feb 19 in Dallas at Pizza Hut Park.
-You can catch Landycakes Donovan & his Manhattan Beach house on MTV's Cribs at 9pm central time on Feb 1.
-Today Yanks Abroad is saying that Danny Szetela is in England to train with Reading then Fulham.
-But in more Fulham news, they pulled off what I think is a great move and signed Southampton Finnish keeper Antti Niemi. Their other two goalies, Crossley and Warner, were not even in the same park as their previous man Van Der Sar. This should help.
-Man Utd finalized the signing of left sided defender Patrice Evra from Monaco.
-Salt Lake signed Daniel Torres, a Costa Rican defender from Tromso Norway. Torres also played for Columbus a couple years back.
-Tonite and tomorrow night see the 1st leg of the English League Cup semi-finals:
Wigan v Arsenal
Blackburn v Manchester United
-I want to send out a big round of applause to striker Abdus Ibrahim of Minneapolis suburb Richfield who has entered the USA U17 residency program in Florida for spring semester. He plays his regular football for the club Wings Nationals. Thumbs up Abdus! And thanks to BQ for the spot.
-A note on Team USA training camp posted at Big Soccer by poster Morrissey: Freddy Adu took a knock from Ben Olsen in yesterdays (Sunday) scrimmage and was rested by the trainers for today's (Monday) sessions.
-Steve Goff of the Washington Post reports today that Ben Olsen and Josh Gros have just signed contract extensions with DC United, and that the team is nearing a deal with Dema Kovalenko.
-Soccer365 has a Q & A with American defender Heath Pearce of Nordsjaelland.
-A picture on the PSV website from yesterdays training session shows American midfielder Lee Nguyen back with the club on trial. I think this is a great sign. I would love to see this kid latch on at his age.
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune writes about the sad fact that many African star players are being pressured by their European club teams not to participate in the African Nations Cup later this month. This is a huge drag, and yet another problem with the money-as-power structure set up in the game. Sons of Africa are balking
-Reminder: the African Cup Of Nations kicks off on Fri Jan 20. You should start scouting your local African neighborhood establishments to see how is gonna be showing the matches.
-Everton seems to have hit a new level of desperation - they are trying to sign pinheaded striker Nicolas Anelka from Fenerbahce.
-Matthew has hooked us up with a link to a conversation with the new owner of the revived San Francisco Seals - Tom Simpson via the US National Soccer Players Assoc site. The team will play in the PDL beginning this coming summer.
-Andrea Canales at Soccer365 talks to Freddy Adu & Ugo Ihemelu about being True Red, White and Blue
-She also has a new story on Chivas USA head honcho Bob Bradley at Soccernet.
-Lothar, a poster at Big Soccer, read an interview with German coach, and California resident, Jurgen Klinsman that was published in a German daily paper. Klinsman had interesting things to say about how USA soccer will fare at the World Cup.
-The Daily Breeze, a suburban LA daily paper, has a long & great article on Home Depot Center and all the teams training there right now - US Men, US Women, 5 other US Women's youth teams, Guadalajara, Chivas USA, and Canada with several other MLS teams on the way). How incredible is that! What a place.
-Frank Dell'apa, of the Boston Globe, on New England's preparations for the Champions Cup.
-Ives Galarcep in the North Jersey Herald on Mets coach Mo Johnston's busy schedule.


Anonymous leper said...

Mr. Mig - do you know if Mapp's or anywhere else in our neck of the woods will be showing the Nations Cup matches this time around?

And I object to being called a cooter. Isn't that some kind of baby turtle or something?

5:45 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

I thought a cooter was something you contracted by ........oh never mind.
Anyway, I too would be very interested in seeing some African Nations Cup action. Would love to see Ghana to get a glimps of what we are up against this summer.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Zathras said...

The term "cooter" is indeed used in the south to refer to toroises.

However, the term comes from the verb "to coot" which is the act of tortoises copulating.

And now you know what you've been missing since I've been gone. :D

1:01 PM  

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