Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Glory Glory Glory Glory Glory Glory News

-Columbus defender Chad Marshall & Houston midfielder Ricardo Clark have dropped out of the USA training camp, which starts today in LA, because of knee tendonitis & and ankle something-or-other respectively. So far no other players have been called in to replace them.
-Interliga kicks off today - this is the tournament of 8 Mexican teams, with the top 2 finishers qualifying for this years Copa Libertadores. And for the 3rd year in a row all the matches will be played here in the USA. I would love to see some of these in person. But alas, they are all played in warm weather climates, like Tejas, and California. Hell I can't even see them on Spanish language TV. What gives? Today’s games from Reliant Stadium in Houston:
Cruz Azul v Necaxa
Tigres v Guadalajara
-An Interliga preview from Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle.
-Yanks Abroad has a little update on John O'Brien's injury/health situation, but it's really not much news. The best part of the story is seeing a pic of Johnny O in the weird leprechaun outfit that ADO wear as uniforms.
-Paolo DiCanio has promised not to give his Fascist Moron salute anymore. See, he is a sweet man.
-The Arse & Man U played to a 0-0 draw yesterday, giving Chelsea a nice comfy 13 point lead with 17 games to go.
-Not only is the men’s senior team training at the Home Depot Center, but all 6 levels of the USA Women’s teams are as well. What an amazing place US soccer has to accommodate all this action at once.
-Coach Frank Yallop has named his Canadian team to meet the USA in San Diego on Jan 22. They will be with out their top 5 or 6 players - Tomasz Radzinski, Paul Stalteri, Iain Hume, Lars Hirschfeld, and the de Guzman brothers Julian & Juan. Here is the squad:
Kenny Stamatopoulos (Tromso - Norway)
Greg Sutton (Montreal Impact)
Adam Braz (Montreal Impact)
Gabriel Gervais (Montreal Impact)
Andre Hainault (Montreal Impact)
Ante Jazic (FC Kuban - Russia)
Nevio Pizzolitto (Montreal Impact)
Chris Pozniak (Haugesund FK - Norway)
Marco Reda (unattached)
Adrian Serioux (unattached)
Patrice Bernier (Tromso - Norway)
Dwayne de Rosario (Houston)
Sandro Grande (Viking Stavanger - Norway)
Atiba Hutchinson (Helsingborg - Sweden)
Patrick Leduc (Montreal Impact)
Stephen Ademolu (Tromso - Norway)
Rob Friend (Molde - Norway)
Ali Gerba (IFK Goteborg - Sweden)
Will Johnson (Chicago Fire)
-France Ligue Un launches again today with a full slate of matches. None all that interesting, but at least their break is over.
-Richard Jolly of Soccernet writes about Leeds attempt at revival.
-Former Newcastle & now former Portsmouth player Laurent Robert has left England with his multiple carry-on bags of massive-head-case and signed a deal with Benfica in Portugal (correction: not Spain - thanks devfalse for setting me straight).
-For the 5th year in a row, Chicago goalkeeper Zach Thornton will train with Blackburn.
-More reports are saying that Columbus' Simon Elliot has signed a deal with Fulham, but there has been no official mention on the team website. I still can't believe this is really happening. Have they ever seen him play? He was decent at best 3 or 4 years ago, but now.....? The BBC has this transfer listed on their EPL page, so there you go. Simon Elliot will play in London. Note to Simon: Good luck with that hair when you try to meet the ladies of the Old Smoke.
-Don't forget that the African Nations Cup kicks off on the 20th with hosts Egypt facing Libya. Here is a pdf of the complete schedule.
-There was a dude the other day at the Atlanta Constitution website going off about how the USA would not be where it is right now in world football if it wasn't for all the foreign born naturalized players on the squad. I did not buy this line of bull. So I decided to go look and see how true or untrue this might be. Here are my results:
Of the current USA players listed at the US Soccer Fed site and dated Dec 31 2005, there are 74 players available, and of those, 5 are not born in the USA. But to my recollection 4 of those 5 have lived here since 8 years old or younger. (The exception being Whitbread.) So I think this yahoo's theory is a load of crap. Listed below are those foreign born naturalized players (who did I miss?).
Freddy Adu - Ghana
Jeff Cunningham - Jamaica
Cory Gibbs - Jamaica
Pablo Mastroeni - Argentina
Zak Whitbread - England
-Striker Khano Smith is signed on for another year with New England. He scored an incredible goal in the playoffs last year v Metrostars, then minutes later blew out his knee. Bummer for him, but he gets another chance. Hooray Beer.
-An interivew with Columbian defender and Inter fan fave Ivan Cordoba, in three small sections: One, Two, and Three.
-College soccer’s Player Of The Year award, the Herman Trophy, will be handed out Friday. You can see it live on ESPN News at 6pm central time. The finalists are: Jason Garey of Marlyand (favored), Brian Plotnik of Indiana and Jeff Rowland of New Mexico.
-Of course Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer scoops everyone by reporting that Mo Johnston has hired the ABMOD, Richie Wiliams, as his assistant coach at Metrostars. Richie will always be known to soccer fans as the Ankle Biting Midget Of Death.


Blogger devFalse said...

Isn't Benfica a Portugese team?

2:01 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

Of course they are, thanks devfalse!

4:18 PM  
Blogger D said...

ABMOD over Harkes? Wow, that's gotta eat at ol' Captain for Life, but Coach for None.

4:19 PM  
Blogger maradawga said...

By the way, all the Interliga matches will be shown on Fox Sports en Espanol.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought it was Ankle Biting MUNCHKIN Of Death...

11:12 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

it may be munchkin
it certainly isn't magician

2:20 PM  

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