Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Hustle News

Germany have named their roster for the match next Wednesday v USA:
G:
Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)
Jens Lehmann (Arsenal)
Timo Hildebrand (VfB Stuttgart)
D:
Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin)
Robert Huth (Chelsea)
Marcell Jansen (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Per Mertesacker (Hanover 96)
Patrick Owomoyela (Werder Bremen)
Christoph Metzelder (Borussia Dortmund)
Manuel Friedrich (FSV Mainz)
M:
Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund)
Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich)
Sebastian Deisler (Bayern Munich)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Tim Borowski (Werder Bremen)
Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen)
Fabian Ernst (Schalke 04)
Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen).
F:
Gerald Asamoah (Schalke 04)
Mike Hanke (VfL Wolfsburg)
Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen)
Lukas Podolski (Cologne).
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USA will announce their roster tomorrow (Wednesday) at Noon central time.
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The FBM - I have been very lax in my reporting of this important new concept in American soccer fandom. I have supported it since day one, but I really need to get my shit together and help spread the love. The love of what? The Free Beer Movement of course. Yes you read it right, and I don't even drink the stuff. Mighty Joe of We Call It Soccer brokered the details, so read on my fine friends. Please pledge yourself to take part: Bring a non-soccer friend to a match and buy them a beer. You may just save a life.
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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with his remembrances of Doug Hamilton.
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And Tino Palace of The Clean Sheet at MLSnet feels the loss as well.
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Larry Morgan of the Pasadena Star News checks in at Galaxy HQ to see how the employees are doing since Hamiltons death.
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In what could end up being huge news or nothing at all, Red Bull is considering putting a retractable roof on the Harrison stadium. Wow. How cool would that be?
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Andrew Hush of Soccer New England says Clint Dempsey and Joe Franchino had a good old fashioned duel on Monday morning during practice, and it was not pretty. We may not have heard the end of this one. Sounds like Dempsey, like his name sake Jack Dempsey, got the good end of the stick in the fight.
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Andrea Canales does the Q&A with youngster David Arvizu of RBNY for Soccer 365.
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Excellent goalkeeper Joe Cannon has a new deal all set with Colorado. There had been a lot of talk early in the winter of the team not being able to sign him so they were going to deal him and get the most they could instead of seeing him walk away when his contract expired. Let's hope a provision that IS in the new contract stipulates that Cannon cannot dye his hair blonde again.
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Also of note from Denver: Minnesotan Leo Cullen has again retired from MLS, this time to become an assistant coach at Maryland.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger talks to former Metrostar & USAstar Tab Ramos about the Red Bullness.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times tells new US Soccer Head Honcho Sunil Gulati to go kick some butts. He also talks about who is eligible to be voted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame. Do I get a vote?
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune also eyes up the changes at the top of US Soccer: Opportunity for U.S. as Gulati takes reins
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Listen to The Soccer Hour with Glenn Davis at 10pm central time tonight on the radio in Houston at 790am, or on the web at ESPN 790. The guests this week will be Chivas USA assistant coach and MLS legend Preki, & USA assistant coach Glenn Myernick.
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Ives Galarcep previews New York's season for Soccernet.
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MLS' all time leading goal scorer Jason Kries is nearly ready to take the field for Salt Lake for the first time since blowing out his knee last August.
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Jose Mourinho says that he is interested in signing Pavel Nedved from Juve. After that he is preparing a flight to Germany to speak with Franz Beckenbauer about coming out of retirement to anchor the back line with John Terry. There was even talk of Stanley Matthews being brought in for late game goal scoring threats.
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Brazilian legend and Japan coach Zico has officially lost his mind. He told German foosball magazine Kicker that Japan can make the semifinals of this WC. Really? Did he see his team play the US last month? They were not good. And they were only missing a couple guys, where as the US was missing at least half the team. Here is his exact quote: “We are 18th in the rankings, but I think we are better than that.” I think Zico likes the sake a little too much.
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The last 2nd leg match from the previous round of the UEFA Champions League was delayed and will finally be played Today!
Inter v Ajax (2-2 from first leg)
The winner hosts Villreal in the next round, in 2 weeks.
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There are 2 FA Cup Fifth Round Replays (of matches that ended in draws) this week:
Today - Aston Villa v Manchester City
Wednesday - West Ham v Bolton
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Copa Libertadores This week’s matches and scores:
Mar 14
Cienciano - Caracas FC - Grupo 1
Vélez Sarsfield - Universitario - Grupo 5
Cerro Porteño - Atlético Nacional - Grupo 7
Mar 15
Bolívar - Sporting Cristal - Grupo 2
Goiás EC - Newell's Old Boys - Grupo 3
Palmeiras - Rosario Central - Grupo 7
Mar 16
Liga Dep. Universitaria - Rocha FC - Grupo 5
UA Maracaibo - Nacional - Grupo 6
River Plate - Paulista FC - Grupo 8
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Today's Michael Ballack Watch: he is set to play for India league team Air India next fall, and will assume majority ownership in the airline as part of his deal. He will also get free pilots training, as he dreams of becoming a commercial pilot and flying the team from game to game.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Onandi Lowe said...

why is plans for a retractable roof on the red bull stadium a good thing? what is the point? Why isn't it a silly waste of money?

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck in Miami, Mr. Lowe. I think the reason behind putting a retractable roof on the stadium is to host an MLS Cup final there. MLS; although not officially stating, are against hosting an MLS Cup final in the North and NorthEast in November.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

The report in the NY Daily News puts an end to the roof rumor: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/story/399523p-338505c.html

3:35 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

Monsieur Wolf -

It is so exciting to hear news of the Deuce and his fight. Do I think the fight is a good thing. Hell no! I am coach and know how disruptive to a team that can be. But the fact of the matter is, when you can read news of bust-ups and controversy, (you must say that last word like a Brit) on MLS teams you know we have started to arrive as a country. Ten years ago you don't every hear a word negative about U.S. Soccer. 15 years ago there was no league. Now we have gossip and bust ups....I'm giddy. As the Wolf recently posted, these are great times to be living in the Bush thing to contend with.

Oh and by the way, in my best Homer Simpson voice, "Wait a minute.....hasn't that Matthew's guys been dead for a while?"

5:24 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

Oooops,

And I spell checked and everything.

Let's try that again.

As the Wolf recetly posted, these are great times to be living in the U.S. (concerning soccer), even though we have that Pres. Bush thing to contend with.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Josh said...

Zico, Zico, Zico.

His prognostications are as fuzzy as the television replays of his playing days.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Aw yeah, the Free Beer Movement spreads like a beautiful virus. Now that it's been on Du Nord, I think it's for real(s).

If we keep this up, I think all soccer bloggers should take personal credit if MLS attendance is up this year. Especially if it's up by like one person, I will say: That was the dude I brought.

4:33 PM  

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