Wednesday, March 22, 2006

This Had Better Be News

Will I be seeing you? Today at 1:25pm central time - Germany v USA in Dortmund. Live on ESPN2. I will be hanging out at The Local - 10th St & Nicollet in downtown Minneapolis!
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Michael Lewis at Soccernet on Bruce Arena.
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Michael Lewis also writes for his own site, Big Apple Soccer, that there are players who are nearing that make or break point for the WC squad. This could be their match.
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Soccer America's MLS Confidential is whispering, "John O'Brien to Chivas USA".
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Larry Morgan of the Press-Telegram mimic's that rumor. Plus he has word from Steve Sampson that O'Brien is NOT headed to the Galaxy. And he talks to Sampson about the loss of Doug Hamilton. Very sad to read.
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Der Spiegel in Germany has an interview with outgoing US Soccer chief, Dr Bob.
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette runs a story from the Wall Street Journal that talks about the building momentum of soccer in America. Yes, The Wall Street Journal ladies & gentlemen, taking note of our version of the beautiful game. This is big.
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More on the Romario situation: He missed his fourth day in a row with the club, so it looks pretty certain that he is done at Vasco. But where he goes is all speculation. There is also a rumor spreading around that Romario's agent said something like "He loves Miami, but the money is not good enough." Stay tuned though. I am gonna guess that this one is not over yet. (Thanks Jonah.)
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This is a true story: A few weeks ago I noticed that the Chicago Tribune had not run anything at all on the Chicago Fire preseason activities, but the Trib did have a full time soccer writer in Luis Arroyave. I dropped him a note asking what was up. His reply: "With the Champions League and attending the U.S. friendly in Germany, I guess I have been distracted from the local team. The good news is I'm in the process of putting together a little MLS preview for the start of the season. Thanks for the wake up call though!" And this morning I got this email: "Check the paper today". And there was a Q & A with Fire coach Dave Sarachan! To me this says two things - First of all, we fans can have a direct impact. But number two, did I really have to tell this guy to do what I figure is his job??? What the hell is that?
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The New York Times Business section examines the Red Bull New York deal.
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And the Times Jack Bell has more on the New York name from the Jersey side of the view.
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What is this about? World Soccer magazine quotes Juve's Alex Del Piero as saying he could see himself in a Galaxy uniform.
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Tobias Xavier Lopez of the Fort Worth Telegram talks to newish FC Dallas keeper Dario Sala.
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Dave Checketts, the owner of Real Salt Lake, went before the Salt Lake County Council to discuss his stadium plan. The Salt Lake Tribune says that the council unleashed the hounds on him. That would have been fun to watch. And I am glad that I am not him.
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NYRB Pres Alexi Lalas answers fan questions at NYNJ Soccer.
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Luis Bueno talks to Chivas USA defender Carlos Llamosa for MLSnet.
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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. 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw.
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 0-7 Liverpool - Holy Smokes! Did you see this one coming? At Birmingham? Wow. One of the most thorough ass kickings in years. Hyypia scored first, then 2 by Crouch, Morientes next, Riise after that, a B-ham own goal, and finally Cisse. Ooooooof. Does B-ham coach Steve Bruce get to keep his job? I remember when Dallas got snuffed 4 or 5-0 by Willmington in the US Open Cup and even they fired Mike Jefferies after that. Hell, LA got rid of Sigi Schmid after my Thunder beat them 1-0 in the Open Cup, and that game was played here.
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:
Mar 21
Chivas Guadalajara 2-1 São Paulo FC - Grupo 1
Estudiantes LP 1-0 Independiente Santa Fe - Grupo 2
Universidad Católica 2-1 Deportivo Cali - Grupo 4
Mar 22
Newell's Old Boys - Goiás EC - Grupo 3
Corinthians - Tigres UANL - Grupo 4
Internacional - Pumas UNAM - Grupo 6
Mar 23
Libertad - El Nacional - Grupo 8
Rosario Central - Palmeiras - Grupo 7
Atlético Nacional - Cerro Porteño - Grupo 7
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Tuesday's Libertadores match wrap from Soccernet - Chivas with a huge win at home over defending champs Sao Paulo. Fantastic!
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Today's Ballack Watch: See him on TV and make up your own dumb story.


Blogger Kevin-- said...

Hopefully, O'Brien can get healthy again. It'd be a shame to watch him ride Chivas' bench all season if he came over....

Off to pick up a copy of the Trib,


12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you aware of the parallel competition that takes place during the Carolina Challenge Cup, known as the Coffeepot Cup?

It takes its name from a US Open Cup match years ago when the Battery knocked United out and some players were so furious they proceeded to smash the coffee pot in the visitors dressing room.

The supporters of DC United & Charleston Battery have held a somewhat tongue in cheek cup competition each year since 2002, I think. Not sure about the first year. However, the winning side's supporters get to drink beer from the "Cup" at the 3 Lions Pub, which has been filled with donations from the losing side's supporters.

Interleague grassroots traditions!

12:56 PM  

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