Monday, March 27, 2006

Mr. T News

So after 135 years Reading is finally going to get their first licks at the English Premiership lollipop next season. They have run away with the Championship division and now clinched their promotion with 6 games still to play.
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DaMarcus Beasley was happily back in the starting lineup for PSV this past weekend. He also perfectly set up the final goal in a 0-3 win.
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Rumors are running high that our Steve Cherundolo could leave Hannover this summer and head to Bolton in England.
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Cory Gibbs made his debut for ADO Den Haag against the team that cut him loose, Feyenoord. And of course he got revenge with the 0-2 upset victory! Gibbs played a very good game.
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Andrea Canales ponders Bruce Arena's future for Soccernet.
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I see where Angola are going for a sort of Charlie Brown influenced shirt for the World Cup.
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But that is still better than the Italian shirt with a dickie.
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And Ze French appear to be going psychedelic.
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Milan owner and Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi caught on video. This could be bad news for him if it wasn't in Italy. The pig.
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A very special Soccer Hour with Glenn Davis tonight: Houston Dynamo Power Hour at 7:00 PM central! With guests head coach Dom Kinnear, and star midfielder DDR - Dwayne DeRosario. Tune in on the radio in Houston at 790 AM or via the web at ESPN790.com. They will be taking calls at 713-212-5790
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After nearly 8 months out with a knee injury, and making this third late game substitution in a row, Conor Casey nailed one to get his team Mainz a draw. Could he be on the mend enough to make this USA World Cup team that is desperate for strikers. I really hope so. I have added him to my list of WC hopefulls.
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A few more whispers on the John O'Brien to MLS front via Yanks Abroad.
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YA also chats with young American defender Frank Simek who plays right back for Sheffield Wednesday.
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Real Salt Lake owner Dave Cheketts has his own Opinion piece in the Salt Lake Tribune.
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It's official: Claudio The Emperor Suarez is now signed, sealed and delivered to Chivas USA. The defender has 173 international caps for Mexico. He has also been included in Mexico's squad for a friendly on Wednesday v Paraguay in Chicago. Pray for snow, or at least a nasty ice-cold wind.
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New York just signed Canadian defensive midfielder Adrian Serioux, and now turned around and sent him packing to Houston for second year question mark Danny O’Rourke. Hmmmmmm. Can't say I understand this one. I would say Houston scores, cuz O'Rourke wasn't gonna play anyway. But then, where does Serioux play for Houston when they already have some pretty high quality at that position in Ricardo Clark. However, a new (revised) rumor is circulating that New York will now send O'Rourke with Eddie Gaven to Columbus for Edson Buddle. I will believe that one when I see it. And I would never do that trade if I was running Columbus.
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MLS is expected to formally announce that Chelsea will be the victim of this years All Star game beat down taking place in Chicago at Bridgeview.
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Kansas City's final preseason preparations have been taking place out of sight in Germany. The KC star writes about how it has gone.
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I need to give a tip of the hat toward Rob Miech from the Las Vegas Sun for his ever-increasing high-quality soccer column. Hope we get to see a lot more muchacho.
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Glenn Davis starts the ball rolling on previews for Houston's first game ever in the Chronicle.
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The Columbus Dispatch does the same for their hometown team.
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Isaiah Guzman has a great story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel about a young Mexican boy who really wants to become a US citizen and play in the Red White and Blue shirt. He is 16 years old and people are already predicting greatness for him! Now he just needs his dad to pass the citizenship test. I wonder if I could pass it?
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My team, Minnesota Thunder, have resigned one of their most valuable & fan favorite players from the past two seasons, defensive midfielder Freddy Juarez!
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How did the big matches go this weekend?:
Liverpool 3-1 Everton - the identical score to the reverse match late last year. Liverpool played most of the game a man down after overrated Stevie G got the boot for an ugly tackle and dissent.
Milan 3-1 Fiorentina - a gain in the standing for Milan with this win as Juve drew, leaving them just 8 points behind with 7 games to play, but its probably waaaaaaaay too late
Juventus 1-1 Roma - no gain for Roma, but Juve lost ground as Milan won
Boca Juniors 1-1 River Plate - the last several have ended 0-0, so this one was at least a relief from that dreck.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune: Chelsea rolls on, the end justifying the means
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Oh Yeah! This week it’s the Quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, with 1st legs on the 28th/29th of March & the 2nd legs on the 4th/5th of April:
Tuesday
Arsenal v Juventus - 12:30pm central via Setanta
Benfica v Barcelona - 2pm central via ESPN2
Wednesday
Lyon v Milan - 12:30pm central via Setanta & delayed to 4pm central on Thursday via Fox Soccer Channel.
Internazionale v Villarreal - 2pm central via ESPN2
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In Champions League player news:
-Juve captain Alessandro Del Piero will miss the first leg with a thigh strain, and Pavel Nedved will not play because of excessive yellow cards.
-For Villareal, Midfielders Josico and Alessio Tacchinardi, & defender Rodolfo Arruabarrena are all out due to yellow card accumulation.
-Lyon will be without star Juninho due to yellow card accumulation as well.
-Barca capt & defender Carles Puyol is suspended after collecting the yellows, and bitch-ass Rafa Marquez is out with a torn hamstring.
-Benfica are without the suspended striker Nuno Gomes.
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The Carolina Challenge Cup came to a close on Saturday with this years cup going to Houston! This preseason tournament is held annually in Charleston, South Carolina, home of the Charleston Battery & features them and 3 other teams in a round robin style. 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw.
Sunday
Houston Dynamo 1-0 Charleston - goal by Ronald Cerritos
DC United 1-0 Red Bull New York - goal by Jaime Moreno & the Bulls finished with 9 players after Youri Djorkaeff and Taylor Graham were both red carded after a second yellow
Wednesday
Charleston 1-0 New York - Ben Hollingsworth ran thru the NY defense to slot home the winner
DC 1-1 Houston - Alejandro Moreno scored on a corner kick for Houston, while Jaime Moreno scored on a PK for United.
Saturday
Charleston 1-1 DC - Jaime Moreno with a PK for DC, and Ben Hollingsworth with the equalizer for Char.
Houston 3-0 New York - Brian Ching, Ryan Cochrane and Brian Mullan were your goal scorers. Also take note that the "Superclub" did not score in any of the three games in which they played!!!
Final Standings:
7 Houston
5 DC United
4 Charleston
0 New York
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Copa Libertadores Group stage!! This week’s matches and scores:
Mar 28
Caracas FC - Cienciano - Grupo 1
Bolívar - Independiente Santa Fe - Grupo 2
Mar 29
The Strongest - Unión Española - Grupo 3
Mar 30
Deportivo Cali - Universidad Católica - Grupo 4
UA Maracaibo - Pumas UNAM - Grupo 6
El Nacional - Libertad - Grupo 8
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Today's Ballack Watch: He got his clothes cleaned at a Chinese Laundry in Munich, does this mean he is definitely heading to Changchun Yatai.

4 Comments:

Blogger truth said...

'overrated Stevie G'

Grrrrrr.........

Talk to overrated Sheva and ACMilan about Stevie G.

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Anonymous peter said...

Hope there is a follow up article on young Jose Gonzalez.

7:19 PM  
Blogger hartley said...

What? -- "this USA World Cup team that is desperate for strikers" --

McBride, Johnson, Twellman, Wolff and even Donovan can play up front. And all five of them are healthy and fit.

Even Pat Noonan has a better chance of making the squad than Casey at this point. I think he is too far behind -- sitting somewhere with Ching.

I would think even Chris Rolfe is ahead of Casey and Ching.

On another note…

No playing time for Jonathan Spector this past Sunday. But Charlton win at home, beating Newcastle 3-1.

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