Thursday, May 04, 2006

Honeymoon Legs News

Ethan G has sent us a really exciting news flash from the Philly area where an ownership group wants to march forward NOW and bring a team to the area before they are even done building a stadium. They are talking next year! Which, given that Toronto joins the league next year already would give MLS the desired 14 teams in 07 instead of the awkward 13. Wild times.
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It's official: Steve McClaren is appointed as Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor by the England Football Association.
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Steve Cherundolo's latest "Postcard from Germany" via USA Today.
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USA Today's Kelly Whiteside talks to the newest member of TEAM USA Chris Albright.
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US Soccer has some backstage video footage of our beloved coach walking around the ESPN building before the roster announcement. Its funny to watch so many people try to blow smoke up the guys backside. (And not too surprisingly, it's quite apparent that the "big-time American sports media people" know very little if anything at all about the game itself. Hahahahahaha.)
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Jeff Bradley writes about the All American Boy - Landy Primadonovan's role on Team USA, for the US Players Assoc.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle on Chingy.
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And Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe on Deuce.
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Ives Galarcep on Gregg Berhalter's disappointment, for Soccernet.
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Soccer New England talks to Rev's Steve Ralston and Pat Noonan who did not make the USA 23.
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From Michael Lewis at Big Apple Soccer: New York Red Bulls midfielder-forward Youri Djorkaeff was quoted in today's editions of "Le Matine" that he will retire at the end of this MLS season.
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Barcelona grabbed the Spanish Liga crown for the 18th time last night, as they won their match over Celta Vigo 0-1, and challengers Valencia lost at Mallorca 2-1.
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Jonah Freedman wants you to light a road flare and run up & down your street for the new Spanish champs, while reading about the top teams in the Sports Illustrated World Power Rankings.
~ ~ ~ ~ is reporting that: The Italian football league has moved to ease the problem of mounting club debt by introducing a salary cap in Serie B.
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Red Star Belgrade won their 24th Serbia and Montenegro league title.
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It's elimination time in La Copa Libertadores! The round of 16 second leg matches are this week, sending 8 teams on and the other 8 packing! Here are the deciding games (with first leg scores included):
G: May 2 - Atlético Nacional 0-1 Liga Dep. Universitaria Quito - LDUQ win it easily 5-0 on aggregate.
H: May 2 - Independiente Santa Fe 3-1 Chivas Guadalajara - Chivas hold on for 4-3 agg win.
A: May 3 - Vélez Sarsfield 2-2 Newell's Old Boys - Velez advances 6-4.
B: May 3 - Internacional 0-0 Nacional - Inter holds on 2-1.
D: May 3 - São Paulo FC 2-1 Palmeiras - Sao Paulo wins 3-2.
C: May 4 - Corinthians v River Plate (2-3)
E: May 4 - Goiás EC v Estudiantes LP (0-2)
F: May 4 - Libertad v Tigres UANL (0-0)
-Sports Illstrated with the Wednesday match recaps.
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The Mexican Primera Division Clausura playoffs are under way. 2 legged matches. Here we go:
Wednesday (return matches on Saturday)
Toluca 2-1 Cruz Azul
San Luis 1-0 Atlante
Thursday (return matches on Sunday)
Morelia v Pachuca
Guadalajara v Chiapas
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The Italian TIM Cup Final fist leg last night:
Roma 1-1 Inter - Julio Cruz scored for Inters lead, but Mancini tied it up at home for Roma. Inter are now primed for their second straight Italian Cup with that away goal in their pocket. Return leg is May 11 in Milan.
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English Championship Division Playoffs
The four teams who finished in 3rd-6th spots will fight it out now in a playoff for the third and final promotion spot. Here is the play off match line up:
#5 Leeds v #4 Preston
#6 Crystal Palace v #3 Watford
Preston v Leeds
Watford v Crystal Palace
Sunday May 21
3-6 winner v 4-5 winner
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MLS Week 6 matches (all on Saturday & central time)
New England v Los Angeles - 3pm on ESPN2
Kansas City v Chicago - 730pm on HDNet
Houston v Dallas - 7:30pm on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v Columbus - 8pm on Direct Kick
Colorado v DC United - 8pm on Direct Kick
-Chivas USA (again?) & New York both have the weekend off.


Anonymous ken said...

I personally think that the FA should have given the job to Sam Allardyce.

Weighing in on the US WC roster, my feeling is that Twellman should have gone over Ching for one simple reason: Age. Get the guy some WC experience while he's still young, as opposed to Ching who may be too old to make WC squads in the future. My sense is Ching won't have a chance to make the 2010 squad and so, by then, Twellman could at least have one under his belt (yea, I know, Ching is only 2 years older than Twellman. But he looks more than 2 years older and that's what counts to me).

And did the stupid ESPN announcer really say "Eric Wylanda" on Tuesday night? That's what I heard, and it's not the first time I've heard those idiots pronounce his name wrong. Get a clue...the guy works for yer network for pete's sake!!!! At least get his name right.

I mean, c'mon now...

7:01 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

Actually, with Wylanda's er...I mean ahhh Eric W.'s ego I actually had to laugh. I agree with El Bruceo. If you watch the U.S. video of Arena at the ESPN headquarters it is really funny because there are all these people there talking to him that you can just tell don't know a freaking thing about the game.

10:03 PM  
Blogger mirarchi said...

Thanks for posting all the great links.

As a Philadelphia resident, I was glad to read that we could get an MLS team sooner rather than later. :)

I really enjoyed Bradley's article on Donovan. I hope Bradley is right that Donovan will be playing with a chip on his shoulder. To me, the quality of Donovan's play seems entirely dependent on his motivation. When he's fired up, he can be brilliant, even world-class. When he's indifferent, he disappears.

I also enjoyed the Glenn Davis article on Chinger. I had forgotten that Ching started his career with the Galaxy, and then moved down to the A-league before breaking back into MLS. His story really is inspiring, and I'm happy for the guy.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric Wynalda is a moron.


10:50 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Moron or not, that is not what I am attempting to address here. The point is that the network that employs him should at least be able to get his name right. This, coupled with the U.S. video of Arena at the ESPN headquarters, proves that soccer is barely on the radar screen at ESPN and any employee of that company who has been assigned to be a part of covering the WC (beyond ex-soccer players) probably sees it as a demotion or punishment for some previous job performance issue. It is for this reason that I will probably end up watching most of the tournament on Univision.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heard. well, they'll step up their act come cup time, I'm sure. I mean, they're broadcasting every game. so... its in their best interest to make the coverage good. Trouble is, most of the announcers - ex players included, just aren't that good at it. wynalda is the absolute worst, though balboa isn't far off. all wynalda does is talk crap on people.

the absolute best announcers I've ever heard are the BBC Radio guys. Their coverage of the Euro tourney was magnificent. Some of the SKY TV people come close, but the BBC radio guys are easily the best.


1:31 PM  
Anonymous leper said...

Speaking of bbc radio guys, if anyone is interested in listening in to the Leeds vs Preston promotion playoff match (featuring Eddie Lewis), it's available on bbc five live over the net.

Starts in about 7 minutes.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

I agree with you Evan. I've really struggled with watching the matches that Balboa has done color for. Horrid...

2:44 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i am very much enjoying listening to the leeds-preston match - its at half time

2:50 PM  
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