Friday, May 05, 2006

Pritty Gritty Kitty News

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.)
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Tino Palace's Clean Sheet from MLSnet.
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Real Salt Lake team owner Dave Checketts thought that since he was a Salt Lake City native, and a Mormon brother, that he could strike a sweet deal with the city to help him build a soccer stadium for his team. The first 15 months were a honeymoon between the team, the fans, and the press. But that is over. The team stinks, they have lower attendance then they planned on, and the local politicians & press has turned ruthlessly against the owner and his dreams of a public handout. MLS Confidential suggests the team might actually MOVE! Whoa Nelly. (If you are not aware of all the crazy twists and turns that have been going on, you can catch up here at the Salt Lake Tribune.)
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The Newark Star-Ledger looks at the new found marketing opportunities that seems to be taking-off around our lil ol' USA soccer team.
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USL First Division games this weekend:
Friday
Miami v Rochester
Virginia Beach v Atlanta
Portland v Vancouver
Saturday
Portland v Minnesota
Sunday
Puerto Rico v Rochester
Charleston v Miami
-My boys take on the Dirty Stinky Hippies in Portland on Saturday. There are a few updates from Minnesota coach Magee at Blue Sky Soccer.
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The Eureka Reporter newspaper takes a look at Ghana's role in the Group Of Death.
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Juventus can win their 29th Serie A scudetto in Turin this weekend if they beat Palermo, and 2nd place Milan draw or lose at Parma. If not then we go to the final weekend to see who snatches the top spot.
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In England there is one round of matches left and one spot in the UEFA Champions League still open. It will go to the 4th place team, which right now is Tottenham. They have 65 points, but Arsenal is right behind them with 64. Tottenham goes to West Ham, while Arse plays their final match ever at Highbury v Wigan.
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The Observer has a detailed bio, plus a Q & A with Chelsea captain John Terry.
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UEFA.com has a fairwell from PSV story on Guus Hiddink.
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I don't get it, and I don't know why they would make this offer, but Toshiba has said that if England win the World Cup, then people who bought/buy a certain version of their laptop will get a huge discount/rebate. It does not say who this applies to. Citizens of England? Citizens of the World? The article doesn't say. Thanks to AJ for the tip.
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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 1-3 River Plate - River take down the powerhouse 6-3 on agg.
E: May 4 - Goiás EC 3-1 Estudiantes LP - It ends 3-3, but the away goal Estudiantes grabbed last night gets them thru to the last 8.
F: May 4 - Libertad 0-0 Tigres UANL - With a 0-0 game in both legs it took Penalty Kicks to decide this one, with Libertad winning 5-3.
-Sports Illustrated with the Thursday match recaps.
-I have not seen the pairings for the Quarterfinals yet. they will be played May 10 & 17. But here are the 8 quarterfinalists:
Liga Dep. Universitaria
Chivas Guadalajara
Velez Sarsfield
Internacional
Sao Paulo
River Plate
Estudiantes LP
Libertad
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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 2-1 Pachuca
Guadalajara 2-3 Chiapas
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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:
Friday:
#5 Leeds v #4 Preston
Saturday
#6 Crystal Palace v #3 Watford
Monday
Preston v Leeds
Tuesday
Watford v Crystal Palace
Sunday May 21
3-6 winner v 4-5 winner
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Holland Cup final
PSV v Ajax
Sunday May 7 in Rotterdam

8 Comments:

Blogger Kevin-- said...

PORTLAND TIMBERS HERE WE GO, PORTLAND TIMBERS HERE WE GO!

2:58 PM  
Blogger kj said...

So, does this news stay crunchy, even in milk?

(Chop down the Timbers... we're gonna chop down the Timbers...)

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Timbers will unleash doom upon ye. Or maybe score their first goal, something like that...

In either case, allez les Timbres!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing wrong with hippies

4:55 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

nothing wrong with hippies at all

but the dirty stinky ones of portland are a whole other basket of ugliness!!!!

4:58 PM  
Anonymous jamesey said...

Toshiba would do that deal because it's a good way to sell a lot of computers. They were probably planning on giving the rebate out anyway but this way it's more creative.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous jeremy said...

Eddie Lewis came up with a big goal on a free kick to see Leeds to a 1-1 draw yesterday. He looks to be in great form right now.

I'm currently watching the 2nd playoff first leg between Watford and Crystal Palace featuring the great story that is Jay Demerit. I wonder why he has never gotten a look with the national team. He's playing very well so far today.

And, just as I write that, he almost brings down his man. Oh well, the ref didn't see it.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous ken said...

Did Toshiba announce the deal after Rooney's injury? I think they figure it's a great way to sell a lot of laptops with very little chance of having to pay out the rebates. England has sympathies all over the globe, so it will attract lots of interest. And yet the only time they ever won it was on their home soil. Me thinks they know what they're doing and don't expect to actually have to make the payouts.

9:23 AM  

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