Thursday, April 20, 2006

Deer Hawk Eaten By Golden Eagle News

The CONCACAF Champions Cup winner is Club America, who get to play in the FIFA World Club Championship next December in Japan.
America 2-1 Toluca (after a 0-0 first leg) - The game went to extra time with a 0-0 score-line in Mexico City. Toluca's Paulo Cesar Da Silva scored first in the 93rd minute. But Kleber Boas scored the equalizer in the 105th minute for America, leading to the 115th minute Cup winner from Duilio Davino.
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You will be able to listen to my Thunder's new head man Amos Magee live on the radio Friday morning. He will be on KFAN with P.A.& Dubay at 9:20am central time. If yer in the Twin Cities you can listen via 1130AM or on the web at
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Germany's Noble winning author Gunter Grass is not down with today's version of big money football. But he does support St Pauli and that is good enough for me. From the Guardian.
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talked to the man who has spent years working on building New York a soccer stadium across the river in Harrison New Jersey. On Wednesday the rumors flew that new owners Red Bull might not want a new stadium, but Nick "30 to 60 days" Sakiewicz says that is not true. But why should we believe anything he says after years of untruths about the stadium when he ran the Metrostars team?
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Big Apple & Lewis is also reporting that New York coach Mo Johnston could be history as soon as tomorrow. That is too bad. So who does New York hire?
-Here is my prediction on what will happen: Johnston stupidly gets booted by Red Bull, then in a couple of weeks Salt Lake is still totally stinking the place up so they fire coach John Ellinger, and quickly hire Johnston to get them rolling. Good move.
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Soccernet's Jeff Carlisle looks at how Alexi Lalas and his old coach & enemy Steve Sampson will co-exist in Los Angeles.
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The Nashville Tenneseean newspaper welcomed Bruce Arena to town to promote the USA v Morocco match next month. Here is what the boss man had to say.
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Midfielder Richard Mulrooney is nearly all the way back for his Dallas club. He suffered a bad knee injury before his career in Dallas every really took off a year ago. I bet he is dying to get on the field.
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Soccer America looks at Soccer in America (all pun intended) from a TV point of view, TV dollars from ABC & its family specifically. And if you fear having to listen to Dave O'Brien doing many many soccer games, then prepare for the worst, cuz this article says he is our guy in Germany.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle looks at the USA U20 team that is playing matches in Argentina right now.
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Frank Dell'apa says Colorado's Jovan Kirovski has not given up on getting some more Team USA love: Still hoping to be noticed
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A couple of fine points from Lance: Since the MLS is stealing naming traditions from other nations (United, Real, Inter, Dynamo etc.) I think we should have Red and White Milwaukee (or Rot und Weiss) should they get a franchise. Fits in with the German heritage of the area. Beats Milwaukee Stanley or Milwaukee Rovers.
And - Did you look at the Four Four Two list of top 50 non-Premier League players? I think five of the top ten were from Reading and there was another two or three in the top 50. (Editors note: our main man Bobby Convey clocks in at #10 in the countdown.) Maybe they won't do the usual Sunderland yoyo next season. (To be fair, both Wigan and West Ham didn't do the yoyo this year. Go unglamorous Wigan!)
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MLS matches this weekend (all times central):
New York v DC - 3pm on ESPN2
Houston v Salt Lake - 7:30pm on Direct Kick
Los Angeles v Columbus - 9:30pm on Direct Kick
Dallas v Kansas City - 4pm on ESPN2
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The USL First Division TV schedule with Fox Soccer Channel has been announced. My Thunder only make one appearance this year: Friday June 30 Minnesota @ Virginia Beach
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Syracuse is closer to re-entering the USL First Division now that their stadium troubles have been fixed.
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The MLS All-Stars v Chelsea game will be played on August 5th in Chicago at Bridgeview Stadium. Expect other games to be announced soon.
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The London Telegraph have a few more words on Chelsea playing some preseason matches in the USA this summer.
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Dirk Kuyt of Feyenoord has been named the Netherlands Footballer Of The Year.
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The UEFA Champions League Semifinals are upon us:
Milan 0-1 Barcelona - Milan started out strong, but Barca got lucky and held it scoreless until their midfield and strikers turned it on. It should have been more than 0-1, but that's life. The away goal could be huge. Ronaldinho was amazing, of course. See the second leg April 26 on Setanta & ESPN Deportes at 1:30pm central.
Arsenal 1-0 Villarreal - Defender Kolo Toure scored in a goal mouth scramble to give the Arse the Edge. It also gives Arsenal a 9th straight match in the Champs League without giving up a goal. Amazing. See the second leg April 25 on ESPN2 at 1:30pm central.
-Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune with his view on the Arse-Villa match: A first goal for Touré on a last night for Highbury
-The Grand Finale will be played May 17 at Stade de France in Paris.
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French Cup Semifinals are today:
Olympique Marseille v Stade Rennes
Nantes v Paris Saint Germaine
-The final is April 29
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The UEFA Cup Semifinals tonight (with return legs on the 27th):
Steaua v Middlesbrough
Schalke v Sevilla
-The final will be May 10 in Eindhoven.
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Tonight is last night of the Copa Libertadores group grope stage, and there is only 1 precious spot left to be filled for the round of 16!! Here are the games and scores:
Apr 18
Universitario 1-1 Rocha FC - Grupo 5
Vélez Sarsfield 2-2 Liga Dep. Universitaria - Grupo 5
Pumas UNAM 1-1 Nacional - Grupo 6
Internacional 4-0 UA Maracaibo - Grupo 6
Apr 19
Newell's Old Boys 2-0 The Strongest - Grupo 3
Goiás EC 0-0 Unión Española - Grupo 3
Tigres UANL 1-0 Universidad Católica - Grupo 4
Corinthians 3-0 Deportivo Cali - Grupo 4
Apr 20
Chivas Guadalajara - Cienciano - Grupo 1
São Paulo FC - Caracas FC - Grupo 1
River Plate - Libertad - Grupo 8
Paulista FC - El Nacional - Grupo 8
-Who has advanced from the groups to the round of 16:
Group 1 - Chivas Guadalajara & Sao Paulo
Group 2 - Independiente Santa Fe & Estudiantes LP
Group 3 - Goias EC & Newells' Old Boys (who sneak in on goal differential)
Group 4 - Corinthians & UANL Tigres (who also sneak in on goal differential)
Group 5 - Vélez Sarsfield & Liga Dep Universitaria
Group 6 - Internacional & Nacional
Group 7 - Atlético Nacional & Palmeiras
Group 8 - Libertad & ?
-We will have all the details on the knock out stages in a couple of days.
-The last spot left is in group 8 and will be decided tonight with all three remaining teams having a shot: River Plate, El Nacional & Paulista FC - should be a wild night.
-Wednesday Libertadores match recap via Sports Illustrated - two teams moved on to the next round via goal differential alone.
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English FA Cup Semifinals this weekend:
Chelsea v Liverpool - at Old Trafford on Sat Apr 22 - Unfortunately the only way to see this match is on closed-circuit TV at selected pubs and restaurants. There is a mandatory $20 PER PERSON COVER CHARGE from Setanta! Call your local watering hole to see if they are showing it.
Middlesbrough v West Ham - at Villa Park on Sun April 23 - see it live on FSC at 10am.
-The final will be played at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff


Blogger Kevin-- said...

My beloved Timbers only make one FSC appearance as well....

I wish they would have put the USL show on in another time slot, and aired actual matches instead.

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