Friday, May 12, 2006

I Don't Know Why I Am In A Bad Mood, But It Must Stop Now News

Lots of great new stuff from the first days of US training camp. Photos, video and podcasts galore. Especially the video of Arena welcoming the whole team during a dinner. He says some great stuff!
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MLS games this Saturday (all games central time):
Dallas v Houston at 3pm on ESPN2
New England v Chivas USA at 6pm on Direct Kick
New York v Chicago at 6:30pm on Direct Kick
Columbus v Colorado at 6:30pm on HDNet
DC v Kansas City at 6:30pm on Direct Kick
Los Angeles v Salt Lake at 9:30pm on Direct Kick
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First Division weekend schedule:
Miami - Portland
Toronto - Rochester
Charleston - Montreal
Seattle - Minnesota
Puerto Rico - Portland
Miami - Atlanta
Virginia Beach - Montreal
Vancouver - Minnesota
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Minnesota manager Magee talks about his teams 2 West Coast matches this weekend at Blue Sky Soccer. (Interview conducted by me!)
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The US Open Cup kicks into high gear this weekend with lots of matches for USASA, PDL, & Second Division teams.
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DJ Walker streams 2 FC Dallas games into our Consciousness! (Meaning: he watches his fave team's games and writes very witty things about them. Great to read.)
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Looks at these two photos from Chicago - ONE and TWO - the new stadium is going to be great!
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The Mid-Atlantic Soccer Report talks to DC United's coach Peter Nowak, and players Alecko Eskandarian & Bryan Namoff.
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Columbus' new Croatian midfielder has got his work visa and is ready to go this weekend. The Columbus Dispatch introduces us to Leonard Bisaku.
-The very last sentence in this story tells us that Columbus keeper Jonny Walker is likely to miss the entire season due to a recurring back injury.
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Dreamy Tino Palace's Chicago Fire hating Clean Sheet from MLSnet.
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Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune with a story on young Chicago striker (& one of du Nord's favorites) Chad Barrett.
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New England midfielder Andy Dorman is about to obtain his Green Card and will no longer count as a foreign player on the team roster.
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Ives Galarcep of the North Jersey Herald talks to USA & Everton keeper Tim-may Howard.
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Soccernet with a feature story on King Nacogdoches himself - Clint Deuce Dempsey.
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The big rumor swirling around Europe today is that Milan's super striker Andriy Shevchenko is going to leave the team for a new home in England. Chelsea you ask? Who else.
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Italy's Serie A race for the scudetto goes down to the final day! Juve leads Milan by 3 points, but Milan had a the better head to head record which would break the tie if Juve lost and Milan won. Here are their matches:
Milan v Roma
Reggina v Juventus
-GolTV claims they are showing both games live, even though they start at the exact same time (8am central). I don't know how they are going to do this. Split screen?
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Luis Bueno tries to figure out who are the 23 on the Mexican WC squad for Mondays final roster day. For Sports Illustrated.
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You can see Mexico play Congo tonight at 9pm central time on Telemundo from Estadio Azteca in the D.R.
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Ghana's World Cup team:
GOALKEEPERS: Sammy Adjei (Moadan Sport Ashdod, Israel), Richard Kingston (Ankaraspor, Turkey), George Owu (AsantiGold).
DEFENDERS: Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Issah Ahmed (Randers, Denmark), Shilla Alhassan Illiasu (Asante Kotoko), Samuel Osei Kuffour (AS Roma, Italy), John Mensah (Stade Rennes, France), Habib Mohammed (King Faisal Babes, Ghana), John Painstil (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Emmanuel Pappoe (Hapoel Kfar Saba, Israel), Daniel Quaye (Hearts of Oak), Hans Sarpei (VfL Wolfsburg, Germany)
MIDFIELDERS: Otto Addo (FSV Mainz, Germany), Stephen Appiah (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Derek Boateng (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Haminu Dramani (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Sulley Ali Muntari (Udinese, Italy)
FORWARDS: Matthew Amoah (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Asamoah Gyan (Modena, Italy), Razak Pimpong (FC Copenhagen, Denmark), Alex Tachie-Mensah (St. Gallen, Switzerland)
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Everton is said to be planning to play 2 preseason matches in the USA later this summer. They will play in Columbus v the Crew on July 26, and in Dallas at PHP on May 30 v Club America of Mexico.
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English FA Cup Final
Liverpool v West Ham
Saturday May 13th at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
-Again they unfortunately will only be showing this match on closed-circuit TV at selected pubs and restaurants. There is a mandatory $20 PER PERSON COVER CHARGE from Setanta! Call your local watering hole to see if they are showing it.
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The Italian TIM Cup Final:
Inter 3-1 Roma - With 4-2 aggregate win Inter claim their second straight TIM cup! Esteban Cambiasso, Julio Cruz & Obafemi Martins scored for the winners, and Shabani Nonda got a late one for the losers. Maybe the biggest news from the match was not the score though. It was the fact that Roma's Francesco Totti came on as a sub in the 54th minute.
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The Mexican Primera Division Clausura 2 legged semifinals:
Toluca 1-2 San Luis - a shocking home loss by the defending champs!
Guadalajara 1-2 Pachuca - and just like yesterday its a road win, but this time one of the favorites does the winning.
Return Legs:
San Luis v Toluca - live at 8:30 pm central time on TeleFutura
Pachuca v Guadalajara - live at 5pm central time on Azteca America
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Pairings for the Quarterfinals in La Copa Libertadores!
-First legs are played this week, then the whole tournament takes 2 months off for the World Cup. So the second leg matches will not be played until mid-to-late July. I find that a little odd, but go figure:
May 9 Chivas Guadalajara 0-0 Vélez Sarsfield
May 10 Liga Dep. Universitaria 2-1 Internacional
May 10 Estudiantes LP 1-0 São Paulo FC
May 11 River Plate 2-2 Libertad
-Second leg matches in July:
July 18 Libertad - River Plate
July 19 Internacional - Liga Dep. Universitaria
July 19 São Paulo FC - Estudiantes LP
July 20 Vélez Sarsfield - Chivas Guadalajara
-The away goal rule DOES apply in the knock out stages.
-Sports Illustrated with a recap of Thursdays match.
-And now the Copa takes a break until after the World Cup.


Blogger kj said...

From the "little things mean a lot file":

The stadium in Chicago looks great. But why, oh why, are the seats BLUE? The Fire--the primary tenants--wear red, the seats should be red. End of story.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

I'm looking at that Ghana squad and I'm thinking: The US better get some results against Italy and the Czechs if they want to get out of the first round.

11:18 AM  
Blogger incendiarymind said...

Can I just say that Columbus should not get these friendlies against European competition? No particular reason but jealousy, but still.

And, Ken, who besides Essien and Amoah are you so afraid of on that team?

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Kuffour for one (Roma). I'm looking more at the clubs they all play for, not the actual players themselves. I'm no expert - for all I know most of these players could be playing on reserve squads. But you've got just about every league in Europe represented on that team. Turkey, France, Holland, Denmark, Scotland, Germany, Italy. The US can't boast that. We just can't "count" on a win aginst this team. To me we should hope that Ghana will have already lost to Italy and the Czechs by the time we play them and they will have nothing to play for. But of course that strategy didn't work with Poland in the last World Cup,who lost their first 2 games and them kicked our butts.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm actually surprised to see Kuffour on Ghana's roster. I guess he's learned how to be a team player, after being kicked off the squad during 2002 qualifying.


9:02 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

That might have something to do with the change in coaches.

10:03 AM  
Blogger incendiarymind said...

Ken. I think we have players currently on the roster who have at one point played in literally every country you mentioned but Turkey, they just don't now. Though you are right that there are some powerhouse squads mentioned in that team list.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Yes, you are correct. It's just a tough group and I'm a bit worried...

I wish I was feeling more confident but I have to admit I haven't been lately. Hopefully I'll be proven wrong.

10:27 AM  

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