Thursday, February 09, 2006

Young Guns III News

-El Pescadito - Carlos Ruiz - has signed a new deal with Dallas, and is now the sole property of that team (during his previous years in the league his contract was co-owned by Guatemalan club Municipal). Huge news for hoops and fish fans!
-David Arvizu will be playing for Metrostars this season. This gives the Mets 3 of the hottest prospects in the whole league: Marvell Wynne, Josi Alitdore & now Arvizu! Of course the amazing Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer scooped the world on this one! He never fails. Mostly never.
-Marvell Wynne sees his first minutes of action for Metrostars.
-Looks like the USA is set up to play in Copa America to be held in Venezuela during July of 2007! Very cool. It's been too long since our boyz played in this tournament.
-The USA team that will play Japan on Friday night is dwindling in numbers as the injury list grows & other players are left to go back to their club teams for MLS preseason training. Here are the current casualties: Frankie Hejduk - strained right quadriceps, midfielder Kyle Martino - strained hamstring, & midfielder Santino Quaranta - strained groin, are the newly injured. While defender Ugo Ihemelu - Los Angeles, & goalkeeper Brad Guzan - Chivas USA were cut loose. This leaves the roster at 20, including 3 keepers.
-Abdus Ibrahim is a 15 year old Ethiopian who came to America 3 years ago. He moved to a suburb of Minneapolis, got on a club team and a month or so ago started the Spring Semester at the US U-17 Residential Soccer School in Bradenton FL. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a feature on him.
-Kasey Keller had a big game for his punchless Monchengladbach team, as they tied Schalke 0-0.
-Get yourself ready for a potentially great final in the African Cup of Nations!! Cote D'Ivoire v Egypt - the team with the best player in the tournament, Tito Drogba of D'ivoire, against the home team, the Egytians. Should be a doozy. If you can find a place to watch the match on Friday, kickoff will be at 10am central time.
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune previews the ACN final and give the nod to the host nation: Egypt has a home edge
-In EPL action last night, Charlton beat Liverpool 2-0! Regular reader and writer of Flat Back Four, Hartley, had this to say about the match in yesterday’s comments section: With the captain (Stevie G) out, the Reds lose at the Valley to my beloved Charlton Athletic. The Addicks get a questionable penalty by Dudek on Darren Bent. D. Bent takes the PK himself [as it should be] and converts. Then with halftime looming, England international right back Luke Young sends one past Carragher and through Dudek's legs. It all sounded wonderful. Too bad I couldn't "see" it. Oh, and Jonathan Spector started and went the full 90. According to the BBC broadcaster and former Addicks Steve Brown, Spector was man of the match! He simply shut Cisse down. Cisse eventually tried his luck on the other side against Young. Eventually, Dibril was subbed off. Go Addicks!
-I lost my bet with Ken yesterday, as his Fiorentina beat my Inter 2-1 (corrected). Dammit. I owe him a Guinness served at 48 degrees.
-Jefferson Farfan scored twice and DaMarcus Beasley played all 90 for PSV in their 1-2 win over Utrecht. Lee Nguyen did not make his debut, but was on the bench.
-FA cup replays of 4th round games that ended in tie scores were played last night. Here are the scores:
Middlesbrough 1-0 Coventry - JFH with the winner
Chelsea 4-1 Everton - drubbed, is a good way to describe what Chelsea did to Everton
-LA got their butts whipped by South Korea last night, 0-3. Oooof!
-Robert Wagman of Soccer Times previews USA v Japan.
-Jamie Trecker is easily the most shit-stirring soccer writer in America. Read an interview with him at NYNJSoccer.
-Inter defender Sinisa Mihajlovic is gonna find himself in big trouble after he smacked a loud mouthed Fiore fan last night.
-Andre Canales also previews USA v Japan with one eye on the midfield.
-The semifinals of Spain's Copa del Rey started last night. (2 legged series, with return matches next week.)
Last nights score:
Real Zaragoza 6-1 (!!!!) Real Madrid - Holy Rock-Filled Canoli! What an ass kicking. Who plays for Madrid again? Must be some real hound dogs to get beat that bad. Diego Milito scored 4 for Zaragoza. They are virtually thru to the final now.
Thursday match:
Espanyol v Deportivo La Coruna
-Copa Libertadores!! The Group Stages. Last night saw all 3 Mexican teams play road games.
Here are the scores:
Cienciano 0-1 Guadalajara Chivas - group 1
Universidad Catolica 3-2 UANL Tigres - group 4
Nacional 2-0 UNAM Pumas - group 6
Today’s matches:
Sporting Cristal - Independiente Santa Fe - Grupo 2
The Strongest - Newell's Old Boys - Grupo 3
Atlético Nacional - Rosario Central - Grupo 7


Anonymous ken said...

Actaully, Inter lost 2-1 to Fiorentina. Recoba had a beauty of a free kick goal late in the game. Inter squandered many chances in the 1st half and the new Fiore goalkeeper LoBont (don't ask me who he is either) made good saves on the chances Inter did place on frame. Go here for the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your viewpoint):

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Unsy said...

you missed mentioning Everton keeper Richard Wright injuring himself in the warm up by tripping over a sign telling players not to warm up in that goal.

12:58 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks unsy
that one is very very good!!

1:27 PM  

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