Thursday, April 13, 2006

That Is So Not Cool News

Kelly Whiteside of USA Today checks out DC midfielder Ben Olsen's chances of making the USA World Cup team.
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Defender Claudio Suarez has departed from Chivas USA for the next two months (at least) as he heads home to prepare for Mexico's World Cup run with the full squad.
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After all the speculation the past few days saying Alexi Lalas would leave as President of New York to go run Los Angeles, he told the Newark Star Ledger, "...I have no intention of leaving."
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Washington Post's Steven Goff covers DC United and the USA team very well, he chatted with readers on line yesterday. Goff is always chuck full of good intel.
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Last years MLS rookie of the year Michael Parkhurst played defense for New England's Reserves for the first time this year after a long thigh injury layoff and should be ready to take back his starting job in the center of their defense against KC on Saturday. We shall see if he gets the nod.
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Ronnie O'Brien of Dallas tells MLSnet that he and coach Colin Clarke have sorted out their problems and he is ready to go for his team.
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Jimmy Conrad is back to practice with KC after a double hernia surgery he suffered just 20 days ago. From KC Star.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle looks at the fact that MLS keeps getting younger and younger, and what does that mean for the new kids.
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Andrea Canales writes about the exciting skills of all these young players in MLS for Soccernet.
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More new pictures from Chicago's Bridgeview Stadium.
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Trinidad & Tobago have named their initial World Cup team. The play in Group B and will face Sweden in Dortmund June 10, England in Nuremberg June 15, & Paraguay in Kaiserslautern June 20.
The team: Kelvin Jack (Dundee), Shaka Hislop (West Ham United), Clayton Ince (Coventry City), Dennis Lawrence (Wrexham), Cyd Gray (CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh), Marvin Andrews (Rangers), Brent Sancho (Gillingham), Ian Cox (Gillingham), Atiba Charles (W Connection), Avery John (New England Revolution), Silvio Spann (unattached), Chris Birchall (Port Vale), Aurtis Whitley (CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh), Anthony Rougier (Petrotrin), Anthony Wolfe (Jabloteh), Densill Theobald (Falkirk), Carlos Edwards (Luton Town), Dwight Yorke (Sydney FC), Russell Latapy (Falkirk), Stern John (Coventry City), Kenwyne Jones (Southampton), Collin Samuel (Dundee United), Jason Scotland (St Johnstone), Cornell Glen (Los Angeles Galaxy).
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Lionel Messi will miss both legs of the Champions League semifinals for Barcelona v Milan with a nasty hamstring injury.
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Gregory Sica of Sports Illustrated talks to Sao Paulo "destroyer" Diego Lugano of Uruguay.
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An all new Carlsburg tv-ad starring England's greatest pub team. Thanks to the gorgeous Green Haggerty for layin' this one on us.
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The Guardian's The Fiver brought to you by the fine folks at Live Nude Weblog!
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From today's Fiver I learned that top notch writer Alex Bellos has his own Brazilian football weblog, O Blog do Alex! Awesome! You should check out his book, Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life. Demko turned me on to it.
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Two great stories in the Dallas Morning News about an Iraqi youth team that is playing in the Dallas Cup. One - and - Two.
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CUP MANIA:
Spanish Kings Cup Final
Espanyol pounded Real Zaragoza 4-1
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CONCACAF Champions Cup Final
Toluca 0-0 America (first leg) - this sets the stage for Club 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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The Italian Cup semifinals
Udinese 2-2 Inter - Inter wins 3-2 on aggregate. Santiago Solari & David Pizarro scored for Inter, with Christian Obodo & Vincenzo Iaquinta (PK) bagging for Udi.
Roma 1-0 Palermo - Roma advance on a 2-2 aggregate because of the away goal tie breaker.
-Now we get Inter v Roma for the Cup on May 3 & 11.
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FA Cup Round 6 replay
Middlesbrough 4-2 Charlton (first match ended 0-0) - Fabio Rochemback, James Morrison, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink & Mark Viduka scoring for Boro. Bryan Hughes & Jay Bothroyd scored for Char
-Boro now take on West Ham at Villa Park on Sun April 23. The other semi final will be Sat Apr 22 between Chelsea & Liverpool at Old Trafford.
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German Cup Semifinals
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Arminia Bielefeld
St Pauli 0-3 Bayern Munchen - the dream is over for St Pauli as Owen Hargreaves gets one & Clausio Pizarro two in the last 6 minutes of the match for Bayern.
-The Eintracht v Bayern final will be April 29 at Berlin's Olympiastadion
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French Cup Quarterfinals
Last Night:
Olympique Marseille 2-1 Olympique Lyon
Paris St Germain 2-1 Lille
Tonight:
Rennes 5-3 Montpellier
Calais 0-1 Nantes
The draw for the semifinals is today, with the semifinals being played on April 20 & the Final on April 29.
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Copa Libertadores Group stage!! This week’s matches and scores:
Apr 11
Unión Española 1-1 Newell's Old Boys - Grupo 3
Deportivo Cali 2-2 Tigres UANL - Grupo 4
Rocha FC 0-5 Vélez Sarsfield - Grupo 5
Apr 12
Caracas FC 0-0 Chivas Guadalajara - Grupo 1
Cienciano 0-2 São Paulo FC - Grupo 1
Libertad 1-0 Paulista FC - Grupo 8
El Nacional 2-0 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
-With one Group 1 match left to play Chivas Guadalajara & Sao Paulo have both already advanced to the round of 16. Goias EC has advanced from Group 3. Vélez Sarsfield & Liga Dep Universitaria from Group 5. Palmeiras from Group 7. And Libertad from Group 8. That makes 7 of the 16. The other 9 will all know their fate by Thursday of next week.
-Sports Illustrated with a recap of Wednesdays games.
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MLS games this weekend (all game times are central):
Columbus v Chicago - 3pm on ESPN2
DC v Houston - 6:30pm on HDNet
Kansas City v New England - 7:30pm on Direct Kick
Colorado v Dallas - 8pm on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v New York - 8pm on Direct Kick
Chivas USA v Los Angeles - 10pm on ESPN2

3 Comments:

Anonymous shane said...

is it just me, or does it look like chicago's new stadium is even more in the boonies than FCD's new stadium?

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Metrologist said...

Thanks for the heads-up on Alex Bellos. Thought his book was a great read.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

It's not that Bridgeview is in the boonies so much as, with Chicago being such a massive urban area, it's in an industrial netherworld between the city and the southwestern suburbs. I know it was built on some old industrial land, possibly an old rail yard?

Go to http://maps.google.com and enter this into the search window:

W 71st St & S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL 60455

5:02 PM  

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