Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Porpoise News

-Well this really stinks for Cory Gibbs - Yanks Abroad is saying that Feyenoord's new coach Koeman cut Gibbs loose from the team without ever having seen him play or practice. Nice guy that Koeman, he's lucky to have a job. Let's hope he never gets treated like that.
-American Soccer News reports a big player move: Real Salt Lake has acquired U.S. national team and eight-year MLS veteran midfielder Chris Klein and a youth international roster spot from the Wizards in exchange for a portion of an allocation. I think this is a great move for Salt Lake, and I don't know what KC is doing beyond just shaking up a team that underperformed last year.
-Here is what Bob Luder of the KC Star had to say about the trade.
-Don't forget: USA v Norway - Sunday Jan 29 at 4pm central time from the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles - see the game live on ESPN2. Will it be any better than v Canada? It better be. Dammit.
-Jesse Marsch has left Chicago to play for his old coach Bob Bradley, now at Chivas USA in Los Angeles.
-Chicago also released Honduran centerback Samuel Caballero.
-Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News writes about USA Maestro Bruce Arena for the US National Players Assoc.
-Big Apple Soccer says Metrostars have 23, count 'em, 23, foreign players in for trials right now. 23! Coach Mo Johnston wouldn't name any of them, but he sure is a busy man. Good job Ace.
-Brother Frank Dell'apa in the Boston Globe looking at New England's early start to this new season with the Champions Cup looming fast.
-Houston will announce team name and colors tomorrow - here's a lil preview of what is coming - name: 1836, colors: dark blue and orange. I'll call em the Thoity-Sixa's.
-A handful of teams must play a two legged round to get into the group stages of the Copa Libertadores - La Primera Fase - this kicks off today with:
Nacional v Universitario
Colo Colo v Guadalajara Chivas
-Mexico is all set to play Ghana on March 1 at the Hut in Dallas.
-Weekly soccer/Metro column from Frank Giase of the Newark Star-Ledger.
-Allen Hopkins of Fox Soccer Channel, my personal favorite American soccer announcer, rates the teams on their MLS Superdraft picks.
-Excellent Bruce Arena quote as noted by Jen Chang at Soccernet - When asked about the renewed talk of calling up Manchester United's Italian-American youngster Giuseppe Rossi for the USA World Cup squad: "I haven't even spent two seconds thinking about it." I love the coach!
-The English League Cup resumed tonite with the first of two, second-leg semifinals:
Arsenal 2-1 Wigan - Wigan wins 2-2 agg by virtue of the almighty away goal!! Go Wigan Go! Hooray Latics! Hooray Beer!
And tomorrow night is the other second leg semifinal:
Manchester United v Blackburn - tied at 1-1
-In other Man U news - the team has said that Paul Scholes - Scholesie to you - will not play again this year due to double vision in his right eye. The rock band Foreigner warned us about this condition back in the 70's. Scholsies doctors have prescribed "rest" as the best course for full recovery.
-West Ham beat Fulham 2-1. Carlos Bocanegra got torched for what turned out to be the game winner, then Blackmouth saved one off the line to keep his team within striking distance. Great picture of Brian McBride in action.
-The African Cup of Nations is rolling forth hard, with or without you. Here are more scores and matches on the docks:
Monday's games
Nigeria 1-0 Ghana
Zimbabwe 0-2 Senegal
Today's games
Libya 1-2 Cote d'Ivoire - Drogba did play after all, and scored to no avail
Egypt 0-0 Morocco
Wednesday's games
Angola v Congo
Cameroon v Togo
-With all 16 teams now having played a match - here is a review of how each of the teams performed so far.
-Seriously folks, I wanna know, does anyone out there know who the du Nord fan is that does this website: Music Junkies? I have my suspicions, but I gots to know.
-The opening Weekend of the Mexican Clausura saw the champs Toluca win big, the runners up Monterrey lose big, and the perennial favorites mix it up with Chivas losing big, America in a scoreless draw, and Cruz Azul squeaking out a win. Here are all the scores:
UAdG Tecos 2-1 San Luis
Chiapas 3-1 Guadalajara
Toluca 3-1 Necaxa
Atlante 0-0 Sinaloa
Morelia 0-1 Cruz Azul
UANL Tigres 1-1 America
Atlas 2-0 Veracruz
UNAM Pumas 1-0 Santos
Pachuca 3-0 Monterrey


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