Tuesday, April 25, 2006

De-Pantsed At A Courtyard By Marriot News

Champions League Semifinals! The second & deciding leg matches (with first legs scores included):
Villarreal - Arsenal (0-1) - See it on ESPN2 at 1:30pm central.
Barcelona - Milan (1-0) - See it on Setanta & ESPN Deportes at 1:30pm central. And reshown a day later on FSC at 4pm central
-The Finale is May 17 at Stade de France in Paris.
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It will be the World Cup and then no more for the mighty Zizou! One of the all time greats, Zinedine Zidane, says that he will officially retire from the sport after playing in this World Cup for France. That also means that his playing days with Real Madrid are nearly over too, with only 4 games left in the Spanish La Liga season.
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Amazing Bruce Arena interview: There is a fantastic thread on Big Soccer by a poster called Autogolazo talking about a TV Show on Fox Sports En Espanyol called Los Tecnicos. The show is running 1 hour interviews with each of the 32 World Cup bound coaches. Autogolazo gives us a very detailed rundown of the Bruce Arena episode that has some incredible insight. WHY CANT WE GET THIS KIND OF THING ON BIG TIME AMERICAN TELEVISION!!!!!!! There are actually 11 parts to this post, but they are each really short (in length, not content). You will LOVE this.
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Today's edition of Frank Giase's weekly column in the Newark Star Ledger features outspoken television commentator Eric Wynalda going after his former USA teammate and now LA Pres Alexi Lalas. And Lalas firing back. This could get really good!!
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After bagging 2 goals for DC United in their 1-4 dismantling of New York, Alecko Eskandarian won the MLS Player Of The Week award for week 4.
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MLS single table standings:
10 DC
10 Dallas
9 KC
6 Houston
4 New England
4 Columbus
4 Colorado
4 Los Angeles
3 New York
3 Chivas USA
2 Chicago
1 Salt Lake
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Before last Sunday's match by my Thunder I met Josh who does the excellent web log ThroughBall and now I see where he has a link on his site to the first two (of four!) goals as filmed by local channel 11 KARE. I tip my hat to Josh!
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Important - My birthday is coming up on May 3 and I would love one of these or one of these in XXL! (Just drop an email and I can tell ya how to ship em to me.)
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American defender Lil Greggy Berhalter scored an 86th minute PK to help his team Energie Cottbus snag a 1-1 draw with Greuther Furth and all but ensure promotion to the Bundesliga for next year. Three teams are promoted from the 2nd division and with 3 games left Cottbuss in 6 points ahead of Furth for the 3rd and final spot. Yanks Abroad has more.
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The (totally unintended) hilarity continues in LA this coming weekend when the pathetic Red Bulls of New York play their old boss Bob Bradley and his new team Chivas! And of course NY might get to run into their short term ex-leader Alexi Lalas in LA too. Hahahahahahaha. Here is what Ives at the North Jersey Herald thinks.
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Nick Green of the suburban LA Daily Breeze compares the organizations behind Red Bull & Chivas.
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The latest word in stadium financing from the Salt Lake Tribune. It's a never ending series of questions that somehow don't seem to get answered.
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And more news in the Cleveland area from the Akron Beacon Journal on their dreams of having their own MLS team soon.
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DC United fans have voted on their top 11 players from the clubs first decade. From Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
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US Soccer has a new podcast with USA manager Bruce Arena and so called superfan Drew Carey at a press conference in Cleveland promoting the USA match v Venezuela on May 26.
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Reading & USA goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was one of 5 Reading players named to the English Professional Footballers' Association's Championship division 2006 Team of the Year. Bobby Convey did not make that list however. Hmmmm.
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MLSnet has a feature story on former Indiana star and promising young Dallas defender Drew Moor who made his first start last Saturday. Some people feel that once he gets in that line up it may be very hard to get him back out.
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Luis Bueno with news on Chivas USA's poster boy Ramon Ramirez who has not played yet this year due to a re-occurring knee injury.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune says there is a bright shiny new day in Iran for women football fans: The delicate overlap between sports and politics
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Goal is claiming, via unnamed "Italian Media" that Czech star Pavel Nedved will retire BEFORE the World Cup. But all the major Italian papers have nothing on it. Maybe tomorrow they will.
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La Copa Libertadores 2006 round of 16 starts immediately with some incredible matchups!! Here are the games (all are two legged knockout games):
A: April 27 & May 3
Newell's Old Boys v Vélez Sarsfield
B: April 27 & May 3
Nacional v Internacional
C: April 26 & May 4
River Plate v Corinthians
D: April 26 & May 3
Palmeiras v São Paulo FC
E: April 25 & May 4
Estudiantes LP v Goiás EC
F: April 27 & May 4
Tigres UANL v Libertad
G: April 25 & May 2
Liga Dep. Universitaria v Atlético Nacional
H: April 26 & May 2
Chivas Guadalajara v Independiente Santa Fe


Blogger kebmodee said...

hey dude,

thanks SOOOOOOO much for the link to the arena interview. so much good info. i wasnt sure who the other center back (onweyu + ?) would be but i guess we have our answer now. i figured he might go with landon as the withdrawn striker and sub in EJ in the 60th if need be. convey could play the left side and he could put beasely on right side, leaving dempsey as a sub or some combo of that. beasely can play either side methinks. thoughts???

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Demko said...

the longer ramon stays injured, the better off chivas will be

6:34 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

the one thing i learned from the 02 world cup was that i have no idea what bruce arena might do with his lineup on any given day - i never saw it coming, and i bet as much info as he is giving us we will still find ourselves surprised somehow
but i sure love reading this kinda stuff too, its like being in on a secret conversation or something

10:42 PM  

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