Thursday, May 25, 2006

Deep Sea Fishing/Netting News

From Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer: Ronaldo could be a New York Red Bull sooner than reported. The Brazilian National Team star and Real Madrid striker is close to finalizing a deal to play for the Red Bulls after the World Cup, according to sources close to the MLS club and throughout the league. According to two league-wide sources, "it is a done deal," although that could not be confirmed from the Red Bulls.
-The article goes on to say that French legend Zinedine Zidane & Dutch tough guy Edgar Davids are also on this teams list of pursuee's. I don't know how I feel about all of this. On one hand of course it's exciting, but it's also more of the same old crap with dudes coming here to play out the string under little or no pressure. I guess it could be worse, the player being named could be Cauhtemoc Blanco!
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Last night in MLS action:
New York 1-2 Dallas - After seeing New York play the first 30 minutes about as good as they could play them and take a 1-0 lead, Dallas grabbed their opponent by the throat and slowly choked the life out of them, getting two brilliant goals in the last 15 minutes to win on the road for the first time this season. Dallas's big stars, Ronnie O'Brien, Greg Vanney, Kenny Cooper and especially Carlos Ruiz led their team to victory like they are supposed to. Young defender Drew Moor also played really well. The biggest hole for New York ended up being central defender Taylor Graham. He was just playing his first minutes after a hernia surgery, and Ruiz took him apart, first drawing a yellow card and they frying Graham alive for the winning goal! Some New York players had quality games as well: Seth Stammler, Youri Djorkaeff, Carlos Mendes, Mark Lisi and Jeff Parke could play on my team any day. On the other hand New York is still a good distance away from being a real winner.
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New York Red Bulls next match on Saturday will not be a league game, but rather a friendly v Bayern Munich. Obviously Bayern will not have their stars, as those players are with their countries preparing for the World Cup. In some ways this is almost a better test for NY to see how they match up against players who are more on their level.
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Jeff Bradley's First XI with USA & KC defender Jimmy Conrad at MLSnet.
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Looks like Big Sig will not have to suit up and man the nets for his Columbus Crew, as they nabbed goalkeeper Noah Palmer from Real Salt Lake. Palmer will get the old "baptism by fire" routine, seeing as he is their only healthy keeper right now and will have to take to the field immediately.
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More Columbus news as Soccer Capital Times talks to Crew defender Ezra Hendrickson.
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More info on the MLS return to San Jose (or the Bay Area in general), with an emphasis on stadium talk, from the San Jose Mercury News.
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That same paper let's their writer Ann Killion blow off steam with a sarcastic look at the potential deal.
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And where does St Louis sit in their bid to join the league? The St Louis Post Dispatch has an update.
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The One-Time-Only USA Don't Tread On Me Jersey will be unveiled next Sunday (corrected, thanks Chris) in Connecticut when our boys take on Latvia. US Soccer is taking pre-orders for this very limited edition shirt right now, and promise to have them to you before the World Cup! (Thanks to Sasha for finding us an image of this shirt.)
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The USA Send-off Series matches continue Friday night from Cleveland.
I will be over in St Paul watching this one at the Sweetwater (in the Kelly Inn), so please come and join up in the rabble-rousing!
Friday May 26 v Venezuela - at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland at 6pm central on ESPN2
Sunday May 28 v Latvia - at Rentschler Field in Hartford at 6pm central on ESPN2
-Bob Roberts of the Cleveland Plain Dealer begins the Friday game previews.
-The Akron Beacon Journal's game preview.
-Frank Dell'apa also previews the match for Soccernet.

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ESPN began their 5 day series of short insider news reports on TEAM USA called All Access. Last nights first edition was about the loss to Morocco and can be seen at the Soccernet USA page. To find the video clip you must scroll down the right side of the page to "Motion Video", then locate the one about USA v Morocco (it's easy to find).
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US Players Assoc's Marc Connolly has a Q & A with USA & Houston striker Brian Ching.
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A small town Flordia newspaper, the Treasure Coast Palm, looks at their towns newest resident, USA U20 coach Thomas Rongen.
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MLS matches this weekend (all times central):
Salt Lake v Colorado - 3pm on ESPN2
New England v Houston - 6:30 on HDNet
Kansas City v DC - 7:30pm on Direct Kick
Chivas USA v Chicago - 10pm on Direct Kick
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The MLS All-American XI for week 8.
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Our man Jesse has started a new USL First Division Power Rankings over at Blue Sky Soccer. This is week 2 of his rankings with Rochester in the top spot, no surprise, and sadly our Minnesota squad in 10th.
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If you are here or near the Twin Cities and don't attend the Minnesota v Portland match on Saturday night I am going to become very upset with you. 7:30pm kickoff at the National Sports Center in Blaine. The tailgating kicks off at 3pm with the debut of the Thunders women's club, The Lightning, playing a match at 5pm.
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The rest of the USL First Division matches this weekend:
Toronto v Miami
Vancouver v Seattle
Charleston v Atlanta
Virginia Beach v Rochester
Minnesota v Portland
Seattle v Vancouver
Montreal v Miami
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The latest news on Brad Friedel's Premier Soccer Academy.
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Arsenal's long time midfielder Robert Pires has left the club and signed a 2 year contract with Villarreal in Spain. The Arse would only offer him a 1 year deal.
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Inter Milan have lost Italian midfielder Cristiano Zannetti to rivals Juventus on a free transfer.
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In a stunning move, Steven Gerrard has left Liverpool to join Shitkicker United in exchange for 6 hogs, 8 sheep, a ram, an emu, and 2 border collies. He has already begun training with his new team who play in the Greater UK Rural Sporting Division. (thanks Lance)
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Finally, some news from FIFA on their silly rankings. They claim they have a new system for culling their world rankings that they will put in place on July 12. The article also has some nice facts for your next USA-Mexico argument. Over the past 20 matches USA has 9 wins, Mexico 7 and 4 draws. And - during the past 10 meetings it is USA 7, Mexico 2 and 1 draw. YES!


Blogger Zathras said...

Is that the limited edition shirt? Dammit, I hope not, because there's no way in hell it's worth the $120 I paid for one. I'll be VERY upset if it's as shitty as that.

2:39 PM  
Blogger kebmodee said...

berhalter in for the injured gibbs!

12:10 AM  

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