Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Don't Get Scared Off By News

Many articles today on Alexi Lalas leaving Red Bull New York to replace the deceased Doug Hamilton as President of Los Angeles Galaxy:
-Graham Jones of the LA Times, obviously.
-Luis Bueno of the Press Enterprise in Southern California
-Nick Green of the Carson Daily Breeze in Southern California
-Larry Morgan of the LA Daily News
-Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer says that one possible scenario has Franz Beckenbauer putting his bobo's in charge of the team. Lewis also says that coach Mo Johnston already figures he is dead meat.
-Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald wonders if the Lalas departure is just the first of many more in-house changes.
-Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger
-Frank Dellapa of the Boston Globe has written quite a bit already this season about the new ownership in New York. He continues today with a post-Alexi Lalas look.
-You can listen to the Galaxy's entire "Introducing our new team President Alexi Lalas" press conference, via MLSnet.
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Got a short email from Jack Bell of the New York Times: it's going to be cosmos-lite, with a jolt out here. more on wednesday. He is such a tease.
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And in other Red Bulls news, they have already pulled the grass out of Giants Stadium, and will go back to playing on field turf. Is all this hype and good will just a short term mirage?
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Jimmy Conrad can do more than just play excellent center back for Kansas City & The USA. He can also write like a demon, and his monthly column for ESPNSoccernet is always Mucho Grande! Read the new one here.
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LA's Cornell Glen has been named MLS Player of the Week after scoring 2 goals in the win over Chivas. He should give this award to Landon Donovan for setting him up with such easy goals.
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We finally get our first glimpse at some details of a possible new MLS team in St Louis.
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Jeff Bradley's First XI this week is a conversation with Colorado keeper Joe Cannon.
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Yanks Abroad has a small update on USA & Charlton defender Jonathan Spector's shoulder separation injury.
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Houston Chronicle's Week In Review
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Andrea Canales of Soccer 365 on potential fan stupidity in the stands as the sport grows here in America: How Far is Too Far?
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Midfielder Danny Szetela of Columbus will be out until mid-June after breaking a foot in the game v Chicago last Saturday.
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Yesterday I called one of the other Columbus midfielders "Tubby" Rozental. It's not a term of endearment. He looks like the Michelin Man meets Stephen Stills on a bender with David Crosby. Today MLSnet writes the story of the man's lack of fitness.
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Our main man Demko brings us an interview with Minnesota Thunder coach Amos Magee via my beloved Blue Sky Soccer.
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Soccer America takes a look at the MLS #2 man Ivan Gazidis.
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Word on the new Chicago stadium in Bridgeview: Banners and (hanging) flags from general fans coming to matches is ACTIVELY ENCOURAGED by the team and stadium. JG specifically said to us that any wall space that isn't occupied by LED panels he wants to see filled with fans' flags and banners at every game just like at the US-England match last year. (I poached this from a Big Soccer posting by Murtaugh)
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune says it's all about the Champions League these days: Soccer: Around the globe, still the champion
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Phillip Cocu of PSV absolutely embarrassed NAC Breda last weekend with a goal from right on the midfield stripe. It was gorgeous! See it here, from the PSV site.
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Sadly, it looks like Alan Shearer's long and prosperous career has ended on a badly-injured-knee note. He blew out some ligaments on Saturday while his team was destroying Sunderland 4-1. Long live the king of goals!
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Today it is - The Champions League Semifinals begin:
Milan v Barcelona - (second leg on April 26) - see both legs on Setanta & ESPN Deportes at 1:30pm central - or catch a delayed showing on Fox Soccer Channel on Wed at 6pm central
Villarreal v Arsenal - (second leg on April 25) - see both live on ESPN2 at 1:30pm central
-The Grand Finale will be played May 17 at Stade de France in Paris.
-In player news:
Villarreal will be without BOTH centerbacks - Gonzalo Rodriguez & Juan Manuel Pena are both injured, and keeper Sebastian Viera is suspended.
Barca will be without Henrik Larsson & Lionel Messi via injury, and Deco from suspension.
The Arse may be missing Jose Antonio Reyes, but it wasn't confirmed. A foot injury to Cesc Fabregas will keep him out, and Sol Campbell is out with a broken nose.
Milan will be missing Pippo Inzaghi who is ill.
-The Arsenal defense of Emmanuel Eboue, Mathieu Flamini, Philippe Senderos & Kolo Toure have not been scored against in 8 straight Champions League matches! That is a record. And quite an unreal feat. Keeper Jens Lehman deserves credit too.
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And the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup Final is Wednesday!!
America v Toluca (0-0 first leg) - this sets the stage at for America to win the cup at home in Mexico City - see the game live at 9pm central on FSC
-They do NOT use the "away goals break ties" rule. All ties will be settled with PK's after extra periods are played.
-The winner plays in the FIFA World Club Championship next December in Japan.
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This will be the last week of Copa Libertadores Group stage play!! Here are the final matches and scores:
Apr 18
Universitario - Rocha FC - Grupo 5
Vélez Sarsfield - Liga Dep. Universitaria - Grupo 5
Pumas UNAM - Nacional - Grupo 6
Internacional - UA Maracaibo - Grupo 6
Apr 19
Newell's Old Boys - The Strongest - Grupo 3
Goiás EC - Unión Española - Grupo 3
Tigres UANL - Universidad Católica - Grupo 4
Corinthians - 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
Group 4 -
Group 5 - Vélez Sarsfield & Liga Dep Universitaria
Group 6 -
Group 7 - Atlético Nacional & Palmeiras
Group 8 - Libertad
-We will have all the details on the knock out stages in a couple of days.


Anonymous Ken said...

I love Magee's use of the word "knackered" in the BSS interview. I feel knackered every day...

1:30 PM  

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