Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Snake Skin News

Don't miss it. Wednesday (tomorrow) at 1:25pm central time - Germany v USA in Dortmund. Live on ESPN2
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Just Brutal News: Claudio Reyna left Saturday's Man City match with a shoulder injury. No word on severity yet. Unbelievable, but totally believable at the same time.
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ADDITION: This just in, Ricardo Setyon of Sports Illustrated is reporting that First Division club Miami is very close to signing Brazilian legend Romario! Can you believe that? I will believe it when I see it. Romario is currently in a dispute with his current club Vasco de Gama and may be using Miami as leverage. Let's see! I would love to heckle that dude at the Jimmy this summer.
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Here is a detailed website for the stadium concept by Rowan University & MLS in South New Jersey. Very well done.
More from our guy on the scene Ethan: Well first, Rowan Unv in Glassboro, NJ has to get a solid plan together to find a developer for the stadium. If they can prove they have a solid plan and that they have all the other ducks in a row (state help, land development approved etc) by July 1, 2006; MLS will help them find the investor/operator. Until July 1 though MLS promises not to negotiate with other Philly area towns and work exclusively with Glassboro, NJ for the Philly market. However, if Rowan Unv cannot show progress by July 1, MLS walks.
Philly MLS has this very interesting graphic on where Rowan sits distance wise from Philadelphia proper in comparison to stadiums in other MLS cities:
Frisco to Dallas = 26.5 miles
Glassboro to Philadelphia = 23.4 miles
Carson to Los Angeles = 17.9 miles
Sandy to Salt Lake City = 17.0 miles
Bridgeview to Chicago = 13.9 miles
Harrison to New York = 9.5 miles
Commerce City to Denver = 6.8 miles
The Philadelphia Inquirer calls the plan "Audacious".
But probably the best REPORTING on the story was done by Matthew Ralph at the Bridgeton News. He got a lot of quotes, and pointed out another great benefit to this stadium in South Jersey: Rowan beat out a developer for the land who wanted to build a Wal-Mart. Hooray Rowan! Hooray Beer!
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From an unnamed inside dude: John O'Brien to the Galaxy! The Dunivant rumors may be tied to this... Those greedy bitches. Can't they leave some scraps for the rest of the teams?!?!
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Yanks Abroad with a USA-Germany preview
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And the same site talks to the American boys from Reading, Hahnemann & Convey, about their Team USA chances.
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The BBC Talks to Convey about Reading's Royals Ascent
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AP has a feature story on USA & KC defender Jimmy Conrad. He is a most excellent dude. Go James Go!
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A few words of importance emerge from the Conrad article: Eddie Pope is hampered by a bad back. Oh come on!
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The always on top of it Ives Galarcep from the North Jersey Herald says in a new article that Red Bull is.... (among many other things) considering footing the bill for the Red Bulls to play most, if not all, of their home games on grass.
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Revs Net talk to New England assistant Paul Mariner.
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The Boston Globe's Frank Dell'apa looks at the new money coming into MLS.
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Yesterday Real Madrid was running down the street in Milan chasing Carlo Ancelloti and begging him to be their next coach. Today Ancelloti signed a 2 year contract extension to stay in Milan. End of story.
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Steve Goff of the Washington Post & Grahame Jones of the Los Angeles Times have jumped on the "let's all write about the tough time Jurgen Klinsmann is having as German coach" bandwagon. (I am not going to bother linking to these stories anymore, cuz we have read plenty.) Enough! Sure it's not going well for him, and we have made him an honorary American, but he is the GERMAN coach, not our coach. Don't get me wrong, I like Klinsmann. And I also love that the Germans are having a melt down over their teams lack of success. But please, American journalists, let the Kraut tabloids do it on their own. We need more coverage of OUR team. We have a great coach. Write about him! We have over 20 players training in Germany for the game right now. Talk to them. Write about them! Make them famous! Now get to work!
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Belfast City Airport will be renamed George Best Airport at a ceremony on May 22.
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Looks like Guus Hiddink will most likely leave PSV at the end of this season. Fans even disrupted training sessions this morning and held out a banner asking Hiddink not to leave. PSV management have confirmed that the coach is talking to others and that they will probably have to replace him.
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DaMarcus Beasley is not likely to play for PSV on Wednesday night in the semifinal match of the Gatorade Cup v AZ Alkmaar due to a Achilles tendon injury.
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Rob Hughes got a tour of Wembley Stadium: Old memories in a new arena
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NYNJ Soccer has a Q & A with New York defender Steve Jolley.
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Nick Green of the Carson Daily Breeze with his weekly column usually focusing on LA: Donovan is feeling happy, motivated
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Do you love USA big boss man Bruce Arena as much as I do? Then check this out! Viva Bruce shirts for sale!
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So Cal Soccer News talk to Galaxy striker Joseph Ngwenya.
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The Carolina Challenge Cup - A preseason tournament annually held in Charleston, South Carolina, home of the Charleston Battery, featuring 4 teams in a round robin style. Here is the match schedule:
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
Charleston v New York
DC v Houston
Charleston v DC
Houston v New York
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CONCACAF Champions Cup Semifinals return this week featuring Costa Ricans v Mexicans:
Toluca v Saprissa on March 22 & 29
Alajuelense v America on March 23 & 29
Note: They do NOT use the "away goals count double to break ties" rule. So all ties are settled with PK's after extra periods are played.
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Here are the 6th Round/Quarterfinal matches slated for this week:
FA Cup Quarterfinals
Mon Mar 20
Manchester City 1-2 West Ham - Dean Ashton got both for West Ham, Musampa got a very late one back for Man City who had defender Sun Jihai red carded in the 56th min. Claudio Reyna did not play due to the injury.
Tue Mar 21
Birmingham v Liverpool
Wed Mar 22
Chelsea v Newcastle
Thu Mar 23
Charlton v Middlesbrough
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Copa Libertadores Group stage!! This week’s matches and scores:
Tue Mar 21
Chivas Guadalajara - São Paulo FC - Grupo 1
Estudiantes LP - Independiente Santa Fe - Grupo 2
Universidad Católica - Deportivo Cali - Grupo 4
Wed Mar 22
Newell's Old Boys - Goiás EC - Grupo 3
Corinthians - Tigres UANL - Grupo 4
Internacional - Pumas UNAM - Grupo 6
Thur Mar 23
Libertad - El Nacional - Grupo 8
Rosario Central - Palmeiras - Grupo 7
Atlético Nacional - Cerro Porteño - Grupo 7
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Today's Watch: Ballack and his bollocks have two new bidders for his precious services. There is a rumor that he's been seen in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, trialing with Eagle Cement. He's also been rumored to be linked to the Obeya Babes. (Thanks to Detective Demko for the gumshoe work.)


Blogger hartley said...

Okay, so what is the Dunivant rumors?

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romario joining a USL club would be huge for the entire league.

2:21 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

dunivant will be used as bait in a big trade

3:47 PM  

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