Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Sam Malone's Underwear News

The Send Off Series began last night at The Coliseum in Nashville. And we got stuck with a lousy 0-1 loss to Morocco.
-Uh, what would you like me to say? Dull, is the first word that comes to mind. I watched the match with several people, a couple of whom were fairly upset with the performance. I was not upset, but disappointed for sure. I would also like to be frickin entertained dudes! Who was inspiring that team we had out there - Steve Sampson?
-I don't want to let them off the hook for playing like crap, but on the other hand, I fully expected nothing from this match.
-I guess Convey looked good. Johnson had some moments.
-Reyna gets hurt again! Go figure. He tweaked his hamstring after just 17 minutes on the field. Team doctors performed a scan today to see the extent of the injury. The results came back as a mild strain, which needs rest and therapy, but nothing major. Good news.
-How about O'Brien? Did he make it thru unsoiled? It would seem so.
-Beasley and Donovan seemed particularly ineffective to me. So did Gibbs.
-On the other hand the game was little more than the first of the pre-season, and the real deal needs to happen on June 12 - opening day!-Give Morocco credit for playing really good team defense. They packed it in, and won late on the counter when the USA was pushing forward going for the victory themselves.
-Mohamed Madihi of WAC Casablanca scored the goal for Morocco.
-US Soccer's Sights and Sounds page has photos, audio and video to check out. Many are excellent post game comments.
-What did the local newspaper, The Nashville Tennessean, have to save.
-Match report & player ratings - Jeff Carlisle at Soccernet
-Match report - Jere Longman of the New York Times
-Match report - Steve Goff of the Washington Post
-Match report - Andy Gardner of USA Today.
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Todays surprise news has MLS lined up to head back to San Jose already!
-The always quality Dylan Hernandez of the San Jose Mercury News has quotes from MLS's newest potential team owner Lew Wolff of the Bay Area.
-Here is the official press release from MLS HQ.
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Tonight in MLS action:
New York v Dallas - see it live on Direct Kick at 5:30pm central time.
-Amado Guevara will not suit up again tonight for New York. He has not been practicing due to a muscle strain. Not to mention his bizarre attitude toward the coach and team for which he was suspended for last weekends game.
-Guevara wants out of New York and is interested in playing in Dallas, but they are not interested in trading for him. Could the Galaxy or Chivas be? Doubtful. Especially not LA whose president Alexi Lalas & Guevara do not get along. Lalas had some pretty strong word to say to the LA Daily News about Amado coming to LA: "I don't think it would be appropriate. ... He brings an incredible amount of baggage. I think it would be counterproductive. ... I'm not sure Amado Guevara is what this organization is striving to stand for."
-Dallas Morning News soccer writer Steve Davis takes a look at New York's new owners and what they mean to the game in America.
-Kristian Dyer for Soccernet: Red Bull is flat on and off-the field
-NYNJ Soccer with a feature story on New York midfielder Seth Stammler.
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MLS honchos Don Garber and Ivan Gazidis were in Dallas the other day to talk about the future of the league. 3rd Degree has a capsule of the topics discussed.
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With Kansas City strikers Josh Wolff and Eddie Johnson away at the World Cup, the teams young strikers have an excellent chance to stake their claim.
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Next Sunday (correction, thanks Chris) in Connecticut for the match v Latvia the USA will wear a very special limited edition "Don't Tread On Me" jersey! USA Soccer is taking pre-orders for this one-off shirt now, and promise to have them to you before the World Cup!
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The USA Send-off Series continues Friday night in Cleveland.
I will probably be around the Twin Cities watching somewhere, but I haven't figured it out yet. So when I do, I will post it here, then you can join up for 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
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John Powers of the Boston Globe with a feature story on massive USA defender Oguchi Onyewu.
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Dutchman Johan Boskamp who had been coach at Stoke City in England's Championship Division was named new coach at USA defender Oguchi Onyewu's Standard Liege in Belgium.
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Jack Bell at the New York Times writes about the lunatic Dmitry Piterman today. This is the guy who has done all kinds of stupid things as owner of Racing Santander and Alves in Spain, and now wants to bring this same "mentality" to the USA with a Bay Area team in the Second Division next year. In my opinion, this is exactly what we DON'T need. Will the MLS back to San Jose announcement have any effect on his plans?
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The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle has a front page story on the soon to open PaeTec Park, home of the First Division Rochester Raging Rhinos. Opening day is June 3. This is awesome!
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From our main man Zach in DC: Tell me you've seen this.... Super sweet!
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Arash Markazi of Sports Illustrated got to meet his, and many of ours, idol Pele. It was as good as he had hoped.
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Former Mexican coach Javier Aguirre was named new coach at Atletico Madrid after leaving Osasuna.
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Two days ago Jose Luis Trejo led Pachuca to the Mexican Clausura championship. Yesterday he resigned to become the coach of their rivals UANL Tigres. Not surprisingly, the owners of Pachuca are none too pleased. What an insane league they have down south.
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France & Juve man Patrick Vieira has a weird story to tell. He and his family were gassed in their own home via the air conditioning unit and knocked unconscious. Then their home was burgled of all the valuables and their car was used as the getaway vehicle.
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The New Odd Couple: Two legends will work together in running (ruining?) Austrian team Salzburg Red Bull. Italian Giovanni Trapattoni will become the clubs Director and German Lothar Matthaeus will be the coach.
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Czech (and former Liverpool) midfielder Vladimir Smicer may be out of the World Cup after a blood clot formed in his long injured right thigh.
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Lastly, Ken the Keeper sent us a link to a video clip of one of the great own goals of all time! Phenomenal! "Ronaldinho, watch and learn."


Anonymous Josh said... Ken the Keeper two-timing on you or on me?

9:23 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

I think keeper ken is two-timing.

Oh, and from another link of yours Bruce, Doncaster Road who has a more detailed story of the Viera gassing. Sounds as if this is a new trend in some spots in Europe. They go in for the car keys and take the car. Very strange and lets hope that this method does not spread to the U.S.

11:52 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

Ooops. Here is that link.,,3-2195480,00.html

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't see the news about Wolff being positive at all for fans hoping for the return of San Jose. My guess is that Wolff will use the idea of getting an MLS team there to help him get a new stadium for the A's. The moment the politicans in the bay area say, "You know I don't think the public is ready to contribute to the construction of both stadiums but I do think they'll go for a new baseball stadium." Wolff will drop the idea of MLS. My guess "California Victory" will be the only pro-soccer team in the Bay Area.

I hope I'm wrong but the whole thing smacks of NFL owners who float the idea of MLS teams playing in their brand new stadiums and once they are built the NFL owners will have nothing to do with MLS.

member of the Brian Hall penny of the Month club

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Hey, I had told Bruce about the bike-face own goal when we were watching the US together on Tuesday night and promised him I would send him the link (not thinking he would post it here on his blog). Then I just so happened to have the chance to use it on the Throughball comment thread yesterday to zing someone who was bashing keepers. So I get around - no crime in that...

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Josh said...

So I get around - no crime in that...

Blog slut. ;-)

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...


10:49 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

i happen to be a very big fan of sluts, so there......!

11:16 AM  
Anonymous J. Michael said...

Chivas might welcome Guevara; they seem to have become a haven for troubled souls.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

If I'm a blog slut then you guys are blog pimps for linking to everyone else's blogs on your sites.

Nice hat...

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Josh said...

Have you seen my ebony cane?

4:41 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

have you seen my devastating good looks and shiny straight white teeth?

1:21 PM  
Anonymous mens microfiber underwear said...

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4:18 PM  

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