Monday, April 10, 2006

Get Yours Now News

The chase for Eredivisie title In Holland is OVER! PSV Eindehoven are the repeat champions. Our man DaMarcus started again as the team got a 1-1 draw for the point they needed to end it all for any challengers. Congrats to the PSV!
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All 6 MLS games this weekend were on Saturday:
DC 2-0 Chivas - 11,930
New York 0-0 New England - 35,793
Houston 1-2 KC - 20,342
Dallas 2-1 Salt Lake - 14,712
Colorado 3-1 Columbus - 12,124
Los Angeles 1-1 Chicago - 19107
-The only game I have real comments to make on is the Houston v KC match.
Jose Burciaga scored a great goal to win the match for KC and will probably win the leagues goal of the week (I personally liked Jovan Kirovski's diving header goal for Colorado more).
The first two goal, Brian Ching for Hous & Sasha Victorine for KC, were both scored on set pieces and oddly enough those two players were assigned to mark each other, which neither even remotely did. Shameful.
My other thoughts are about Houston TV analyst John Doyle. He is a former assistant coach with this club so he should really know what he is talking about, instead he came off as nearly brainless and completely as a homer of the worst kind. He saw nearly every foul committed by HD as being trivial or not even a foul at all, yet every knick by KC was a harsh foul that deserved a card. The ugliest offence was Dewayne De Rosario throwing a brutal forearm shiver into the chin of KC's Kerry Zavagnin for which DDR got a straight and well earned red card. Yet Doyle defended this action going on at length about how DDR is not a dirty player and didn't mean it. Bullshit! Did you see the play John? DDR tried to take Zavagnin's head off cuz he was mad at some previous perceived indiscretion. Pure retaliation and an easy to hand out red card. End of story. Directly following the sending off Doyle made a long winded statement about how the team would not sit back with only 10 men, and in fact would probably add another attacker and go for the victory. In reality Houston did the opposite and pulled another attacker to send central defender Eddie Robinson on to the field. Are they really paying Doyle for this crap?
I am also trying to figure out why Jose Burciaga got sent off after he scored the winner. I did see him run down field and mildly taunt the home fans by holding his hands up to his ears virtually asking "How come I can't hear you screaming at me any more?" Can anyone out there fill me in on what happened? Did he really get sent off for the ear thing?
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Los Angeles made two moves to get more scoring potential - They dropped the useless Naldo to make way for fellow Brazilian DeSouza; and then got Cornell Glenn from Colordado. Thought: Glenn always seems pretty good for what ever team he is on, but when is this his 4th team in a season and a half (Metros, Columb, Colo, LA)?
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Phil Ball on the surge of tiny Villarreal: Home for lost souls
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Claudio Reyna played 80 minutes in his return from a shoulder injury for Manc City. But they still lost another one, this time 2-1 to Tottenham.
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Humungous USA defender Oguchi Onyewu and this club team Standard Leige having been chasing their first Belgian league title in nearly 25 years, but their captain, Portuguese Sergio Conceicao, has put his team in a very very bad spot. Last week during a Belgium Cup semifinal against Zulte Waregem he was a total idiot and spit in an opponents face. After getting the deserved red card he took off his shirt and rubbed it in the referees face. He got a measly one game ban that was supposed to end tomorrow, but now it looks like the league might extend the ban for the rest of the season (6 more games). Standard are holding a 1 point lead at the top over Anderlecht in the Jupiler League.
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Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star takes a look at the World Cup from view points of people around the globe (kinda).
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Frank Dell'apa in the Boston Globe has this nugget of info: Alexi Lalas is expected to move to Los Angeles to replace Hamilton, who died of heart failure early last month. Nick Sakiewicz, who was the MetroStars GM before being shuttled over to Red Bull Park stadium affairs, could return to his former position.
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The Sage Jerry Trecker on Tony Meola. This is how you write a story. I really wish Jerry would write more or teach others to be this good. His son Jamie sure could use some lessons on tact.
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Brazil - Are they all they're cracked up to be? From the Observer
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Refereeing legend Pierluigi Collina joins DEVO!
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CONCACAF Champions Cup Finals are set with the first leg tomorrow night, and a Mexican team destined to be the winner:
Toluca v America - 4pm central FSC (return leg is April 19 in Mexico City)
Note: They do NOT use the "away goals break ties" rule. All ties will be settled with PK's after extra periods are played.
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Big games around the planet this past weekend:
Aston Villa 0-0 West Brom - can someone please just shoot them both now
Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal - but Chelsea's big win over West Ham kept the lead at 7 points of the title. (Chels v Man U is Sat Apr 29, when it could be well over.)
Juventus 1-1 Fiorentina
Werder Bremen 3-0 Bayern Munich
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The Final of the Copa Del Rey (Kings Cup) in Spain is tomorrow with Real Zaragoza taking on Espanyol in Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium. You can see it at 2:30PM Central on GolTV.
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Copa Libertadores Group stage!! This week’s matches and scores:
Apr 11
Unión Española - Newell's Old Boys - Grupo 3
Deportivo Cali - Tigres UANL - Grupo 4
Rocha FC - Vélez Sarsfield - Grupo 5
Apr 12
Caracas FC - Chivas Guadalajara - Grupo 1
Cienciano - São Paulo FC - Grupo 1
Libertad - Paulista FC - Grupo 8
El Nacional - River Plate - Grupo 8
Apr 13
Independiente Santa Fe - Sporting Cristal - Grupo 2
Estudiantes LP - Bolívar - Grupo 2
Rosario Central - Atlético Nacional - Grupo 7
Palmeiras - Cerro Porteño - Grupo 7
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Lance drops us a vital note: Hey, I don't want to start unfounded rumors, but I hear that Ballack might be tapped to be the new Mr Pitch in Japan.
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The FA Cup Round 6 replay is Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Charlton (first match ended 0-0) - see it at 2pm central on FSC
The winner takes on West Ham at Villa Park on Sun April 23


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