Monday, February 13, 2006

Go 'head Girl Go 'head Get Down News

-USA beat Japan 3-2 Friday night, but it wasn't nearly that close. It was 3-0 by the time Japan woke up, and got two late ones as the US backed off and got lazy. Taylor Twellman again demolished the opposition defense. That makes it two huge games in a row for him. Great timing with World Cup cut downs right around the corner. He set up the first two goals for Eddie Pope and Clint Dempsey, then hammered home the third with a header on a corner. Very impressive. I think I am going to start stealing an old hockey favorite and declare Three Stars Of The Game after every USA match. Here is my first attempt:
Third Star: Deuce Dempsey - Continuing to increase his quality on both sides of the ball, and seems to come out of nowhere in the offense (like a ghost!). Perfect place and timing for 2nd USA goal. Like his New England teammate Twellman, he is fearless on the pitch.
Second Star: Eddie Pope - Seems to be in prime form, with perfect placement and poise on defense, while getting forward very quickly and precisely to help on set plays, but because Japan was only playing with one forward he was also able to score the first goal by crashing the box in normal run of play.
First Star: Taylor Twellman - What can you say about his amazing form? Sets up two and scores one, while tracking back to help out his defenders! That's fantastic stuff.
Here are several articles about the match:
San Francisco Chronicle - Match Report by Dan Giesen
San Jose Mercury News - match report by Dylan Hernandez
US Soccer - Match Report, Match Pictures & Videos, and Post Game Quotes
Soccernet - match report by Andrea Canales & match report by Jeff Carlisle
LA Times - Player analysis by Grahame Jones
Soccer Times - match report and player ratings by Robert Wagman
Soccer America - Player report card by Mike Woitalla
Yanks Abroad - match report by James McCarthy
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-Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to Metro Mike Magee.
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-Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram talks to Dallas midfielder Richard Mulrooney about his long rehab from the damaged knee.
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-Soccer America has 3 Questions for Claudio Reyna aka Captain America.
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-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune: Defense? Schalke prevails amid goal downpour
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-Glenn Davis on Kasey Keller for the Houston Chronicle
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-Fulham's website has a blurb of high praise for their big menacing forwards Brian McBride & Heider Helguson
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-The Salt Lake Desert News has a feature on RSL defender & Team USA old boy Eddie Pope
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-How did our top Americans do in Europe? Let's check, shall we:
The big news here is that Tim Howard saw real game action for Manchester United. Van Der Sar got hurt in the first half, so Timmay got to play. He did a really good job of holding his team together. They were up 3-0 when he came on, and then they went to sleep on him. He made quite a few really good saves but could not stop the one goal Portsmouth scored - it was not his fault as the guy was totally unmarked at the back post. Man U 3-1 Portsmouth.
That other big news is that Lee Nguyen made his debut for PSV! He came on in the 60th minute of a 1-0 win over Heracles. And oddly enough, he replaced our DaMarcus Beasley. PSV now lead in Holland by 5 points after Feyenoord drew 3-3.
Kasey Keller and Monchengladbach got a point on road tieing Duisburg 1-1.
Oh man did Fulham crush West Brom! 6-1! Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra both started, but neither got in on the feeding frenzy. One of the stars for Fulham was former LA & Columbus midfielder Simon Elliot who put in two free kicks that were converted into goals!
Steve Cherundolo was back after his concussion as his Hannover won at Eintracht Frankfurt 0 - 1.
Reading with Bobby Convey & Marcus Hahnemann won again, this time over Southhampton 2-0. Its getting repetitive, and a little dull to say they cruised to victory, but man is it impressive. 31 league matches now without defeat.
Gregg Berhalter and Energie Cottbus beat Sportfreunde Siegen 1-0 in the German Second Division, Bundesliga-2.
Eddie Lewis and Leeds got a point on the road at Derby County, drawing 0-0.
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-A bunch of teams that will sport Nike gear at the World Cup showed off their new kits today around the world. Team USA is slated to introduce show off theirs on Sunday when they take on Guatemala in Dallas. Here is a look at some of the other teams with new Nike outfits:
South Korea
And FIFA has a spot for the USA shirt which they say will be available for purchase on Tuesday(!) - though no image is posted yet.
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-US Players Assoc. has a light hearted Q & A with KC striker Josh Wolff
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-Phil Ball (for Soccernet) is very happy Barca lost, meaning now there might be a chase for the Spanish title after all: There's a league!
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-One of my favorite players - Super Pippo Inzhagi - scored 3 for Milan as they won at Reggina 1-4, after being down 1-0.
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-Big Euro matches from the past weekend:
Inter 1-2 Juventus - Del Piero hit a perfect free kick for the winner (see celebration pic here) as Juve looked really impressive and held off Inter's late rally. I think the race for the scudetto is over in Italy.
Valencia 1-0 Barcelona - But it's definitely not over in Spain. Injuries & suspensions are killing Barca. Barca lined up with no Ronaldinho, Messi, or Deco up front. You will not win many missing them. They should all be ready for Chelsea in the Champions League in 10 days though.
Middlesbrough pummeled Chelsea 3-0!! Wow!!! Middles got beat midweek by Aston Villa 4-0, so I would guess the Chelsea players went into this one about as overconfident as you could possibly be. I heard that since Mourinho took over Chelsea they had never even conceded 2 goals in a Premiership match, much less 3.
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-That was it! The Gran Finale! African Cup of Nations 2006!!
Cote D'Ivoire 0-0 Egypt - nil-nil after the 90 minutes of regular time. In the first extra time Egypt gets a controversial PK, but misses the chance. The second extra period ends with little drama. So the game goes to PK's for the Cup. Egypt is the winner 4-2!
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-Copa Libertadores!!
This Weeks matches:
Tue Feb 14
El Nacional - Paulista FC - Grupo 8
Unión Española - Goiás EC - Grupo 3
Vélez Sarsfield - Rocha FC - Grupo 5
Wed Feb 15
Independiente Santa Fe - Bolívar - Grupo 2
Deportivo Cali - Corinthians - Grupo 4
Cerro Porteño - Palmeiras - Grupo 7
Thur Feb 16
Libertad - River Plate - Grupo 8
Universitario - Liga Dep. Universitaria - Grupo 5
UA Maracaibo - Internacional - Grupo 6


Anonymous bq said...

In my opinion Tim Howard looked really nervous. He made the big saves which he usually does, but then he does ditzy things like when the defenders had stolen and possessed the ball to the left of the goal, and all of a sudden, for no reason that I could understand he came screaming out of goal to collect the ball. He couldn't pick it up because the defenders were playing it with their feet. So why did he come out. When the defender saw him, (I think it was Vidic) blew the ball up the field knowing no one was in the goal. He had a bad clearance and Howard had to sprint back into goal only to get there just in time to take a swerving shot right at him. He was very lucky and I am guessing Fergy was cursing under his breath.

7:42 PM  
Blogger hartley said...

Jonathan Spector agains started and went the full 90 for Charlton on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Addicks couldn't come back against City and lost 3-2.

I have no idea how Spector played and apparently my Addicks got beat in the middle of the park -- again.

8:57 AM  
Blogger D said...

I like the new way you've divided your stories. Very nice.

9:20 AM  
Blogger hartley said...

I also like your new dividers.

But I don't like your later release time.

What's up?

I'm waiting to see what info you list in the EJ trade to KC.

1:18 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

hartley asks: "What's up?"
dude have you ever heard of a "job"

3:05 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i am really glad you guys liked the dividers
i never knew what a pain in the ass this thing was to read until this past weekend when i was showing it off to someone and i could hardly keep it all the stories straight - i mean, i never read this thing, so how did i know
i think this works

3:07 PM  

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