Monday, April 17, 2006

N-N-N-Nineteen News

Just like all the rumors predicted last week, Alexi Lalas has stepped down as President of New York Red Bull to take over the Los Angeles Galaxy. The New York Times Jack Bell (our guy) has the story. And Jonesy from the LA Times has the story of the arrival of Big Red to his town.
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MLS Weekend scores etc
Columbus 1-1 Chicago - Chris Rolfe for Chic, and Tubby Rosental for Colum on a really lame PK.
DC 2-0 Houston - Josh Gros and Christian Gomez for the winners. I thought Houston was supposed to be good?
Salt Lake 1-1 New York - Jason Kreis with career goal #101 for RSL, and Amado Guevara for Red Bull. This game makes it official, these two teams stink.
Colorado 2-2 Dallas - Greg Vanney & Roberto Mina for Dallas, and Jovan Kirovski on a PK (from a Clarence Goodson foul in the box) & a Clarence Goodson own goal. Not a good day for the man who is giving my grandfather a bad name.
Kansas City 1-0 New England - Jimmy Conrad with a free kick header in the 3rd minute for the best team in the league (who knew?)
Chivas USA 1-2 Los Angeles - Chivas goal by Ante Razov, and two LA goals by Cornell Glen both set up perfectly by Landy Cakes. Oh it hurts to lose again doesn't it Goatboys.
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You tell me, is there passion and excitement in the American game? Check this out. (I encourage all non-Americans reading this to especially watch this clip and see what is building in our country.)
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Major League Soccer Week 3 Standings
9 Kansas City Wizards
7 DC United
7 FC Dallas
4 Los Angeles Galaxy
4 New England Revolution
4 Colorado Rapids
3 Houston Dynamo
3 Chivas USA
3 Red Bull New York
2 Chicago Fire
1 Columbus Crew
1 Real Salt Lake
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Leading Goal Scorers
5 Brain Ching - Houston
3 Ante Razov - Chivas
3 Jovan Kirovski - Colorado
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DJ Walkers FC Dallas game day Stream Of Consciousness.
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A couple of lines from the story in the LA Daily News about the Chivas v LA derby: Juan Pablo Garcia went down in the Galaxy box after being sandwiched between two defenders, and drew a yellow card for diving. As referee Kevin Stott sorted out the situation, Garcia appeared to punch Hartman below the waist. "I think Todd (Dunivant) came up and grabbed his arm, he pulled away and unfortunately hit me in the gonads," Hartman said.
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The esteemed Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated makes his team USA predictions for the World Cup squad.
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DC's Benny Olsen still has a big shot at making the USA World Cup team. Steve Goff of the Washington Post talks to all parties involved.
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Defender Jonathan Spector dislocated his shoulder on Saturday in Charlton's loss to Portsmouth. This probably will end his slim chances of making the USA World Cup squad.
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Pete Gratoff of the Kansas City Star with a great feature story on USA & Colorado midfielder Pablo Mastroeni. It basically shows that if Pablo can make it, then anyone has a shot!
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As always, DC has the best fan banners in the league, this past weekend they greeted Houston with this one: "Welcome Clash-Quakes-1836-Dynamo ... "
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USA Today has a feature story on each of the 2 American stars who play for Reading in England. Left winger Bobby Convey - and - goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.
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Soccer America has 11 keys to MLS success in their 11th season.
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Big Apple Soccer talks to Red Bull defender Jeff Parke.
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Our United States government has decided to weigh-in on the growing popularity of the beautiful game in our country. So, here is the official word from our State Department. (Don't they have something better to do?)
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American centerback Cory Gibbs and his team ADO Den Haag lost 2-0 to Sparta Rotterdam, but will not be getting relegated after their rivals NAC Breda also lost by the same score and beat them to the last spot in the drop zone.
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Former Metrostar Michael Bradley made his debut in Holland with Heerenveen in their 4-2 loss to AZ Alkmaar.
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Tobias Lopez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram looks at former Man U youth player & now Dallas forward Kenny Cooper.
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The Associated Press has a story on USA & Monchengladbach keeper Kasey Keller's German castle! We here in America are used to every newspaper running every negative soccer story that the AP ever writes, so lets see if they run this one. If they do not, then we know its a bias.
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Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune on the Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp of Arsenal: Finest hours of a class act
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From the always awesome Ken The Keeper: I was watching the Lazio-Livorno match on Saturday on FSC and after Lazio scored their 3rd goal the video feed suddenly switched to what appeared to be visiting Livorno fans "mooning" either their own team (because they've lost 7 in a row), or they were mooning the Lazio team or supporters (Livorno fans are very left wing and Lazio fans, well, you know - Mussolini wannabees). Cracked me up. I searched fan sites yesterday to try to find a photo to send you but could not locate one. I won't have the time at work today to look again but thought you might mention it and maybe someone else can find a pic. If someone does and emails you, don't forget to share! Come all you Columbo's, find that picture.
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Barcelona will be with out Lionel Messi & Henrik Larsson in their Champions League showdown with Milan on Tuesday. Both have thigh injuries.
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Olympique Lyon won their 5th French title in a row Saturday. Amazing.
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Sheffield United clinched second place in the Championship Division of England and have been automatically promoted to the Premier League for next season.
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Even though we all assume that Michael Ballack is going to be a member of Chelsea's team next fall, the team itself is not so sure. Ballack has still not signed a deal with them, so the club set a deadline of the beginning of the World Cup for him to decide.
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It all revs up again tomorrow in the Champions League semifinals:
Milan v Barcelona - April 18 & 26 - on setanta & espn deportes
Villarreal v Arsenal - April 19 & 25 - on espn2
Final will be played May 17 at Stade de France in Paris.
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And the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup Final is Wednesday!!
Toluca 0-0 America (first leg) - this sets the stage at for America to win the cup at home next week, April 19 in Mexico City.
-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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This will be the last week ofCopa 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.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26...

4:34 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

What am I missing here?

OK, Lalas to the Galaxy just proves what I have thought for a long time. That MLS executives and coaches are incestuous. They just seem to roll from one teams bed to another.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Bruce, were you listening to the Old 97s when you wrote the headline?

8:46 PM  
Blogger hartley said...

Bruce,

Spector did go out with an injury but Charlton Athletic WON the match 2-1.

Curbishley finally manages his team and changes his tactics -- going from a 4-4-2, then momentarily to a 3-5-2, before settling on a 3-4-3.

Once Curbs loosed Ambrose to meander, things opened up for the other Darren to Bent one to mate Bryon Hughes for the first goal. Then Icelandic defender Herman Hreidarsson, playing center forward and with a knocked ankle, flicks onto young Mr. Bent for the second goal.

Now if Curbs would manage all his teams EPL matches that way, the Addicks might actually get a sniff of a European spot some time.

Keep those Red Robins bobbin' along!

9:01 PM  
Blogger hartley said...

Oh, and Charlton's victory over Pompey was TODAY!

The Addicks did lose at Fulham on Saturday, 2-1. Spector played but was unhurt in that match.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Lukacs said...

your link "You tell me, is there passion in the american game" isn't working... dying to see it.

11:30 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

hey lukacs
sorry about that
it works great for me
but try this one
http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/sights/
then click on: 04/15 Razov puts Chivas USA up
hope you like it

12:45 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

actually joe, i was thinking of the paul hardcastle song "19" circa 1981

4:26 PM  

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