Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Standing Water News

Sports Illustrated explodes with soccer today in their World Cup features and magazine cover story. Donovan, Beasley, Onyewu and Convey grace the front!
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2 MLS games tonight
DC United v Columbus Crew at 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
Colorado Rapids v Los Angeles Galaxy at 8:30 central on Direct Kick
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Jaime Moreno of DC United was named MLS Player of the Week.
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Big feature story on the life of DC United striker Alecko Eskandarian in today's Washington Post by Mike Wise.
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And the same papers Steve Goff writes about the return to the DC lineup of midfielder Clyde Simms.
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Beau Dure unleashed this gem today at Soccer Sweep: Tonight is the LA Galaxies last chance to do something in the month of May that they have yet to accomplish - score a goal!
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Besides missing Landon Donovan, Chris Albright and Cornell to the World Cup, LA will also be without injured regulars Cobi Jones and Peter Vagenas. Colorado will be without striker Nico Hernandez, and could miss defender Aitor Karanka (ankle) and goalie Joe Cannon (groin) who have been struggling but are really close to being healthy.
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Frank Giase of the Newark Star Ledger with a look at father son combo of Bob and Michael Bradley. Bob coaches Chivas USA and Michael starts in the midfield for Heerenveen in Holland.
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A nice Bobby Convey story from the BBC.
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And a big old Jimmy Conrad feature story in the Kansas City Star!
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From Luke: Yanks Abroad USA Fan World Cup parties in German host cities.
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I have never seen this feature before (sheer ignorance?) but Sam's Army allows fans to rate the players after the USA matches and then compiles them into an average score. Here are those ratings from last Sunday's Latvia match.
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Flashback to Sunday when the USA wore those special red shirts just for that match. Well US Soccer is auctioning off the actual game worn shirts for charity. But the opening bids are $1000. Yes, you read that right, 3 zeros. So, not too surprisingly only 3 of the 23 shirts even have bids. Two for Donovan's shirt and one each for Keller's and Pope's. Pretty sad. If they had started at something realistic like $100 the bidding would be wild. Instead we get this weird silence.
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USA and Colorado midfielder Pablo Mastroeni answers kinda corny questions for US Soccer about his life style, and pop culture tastes.
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The Czech Rep beat Costa Rica 1-0 last night, and their big striker Jan Koller played 70 minutes for the first time since last September. Interestingly, the man who replaced him, Vratislav Lokven, scored the winner in the 82nd min.
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It looks all but done for Andriy Shevchenko to join Chelsea. His club AC Milan gave him permission to negotiate with them.
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I predict that German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger who plays club football for Bayern Munich is going to have a great World Cup.
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One of America's longest standing soccer writers Paul Gardner writes in Soccer America that if you lose your first game at the World Cup then you are going home and if you win you move on. It's that simple.
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The LA Daily News lists a handful of soccer books that you should read. I have a tough time arguing with this list. I have read most of them and agree. (Except maybe that Franklin Foer book which I am not so hot on.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is a fantastic book list, though I am one of about four people in the world who thinks that "how soccer explains the world" is tripe. It is basically a series of essays that have no conclusion. "Football Against the Enemy" is a far, far better read.


2:04 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

you are a genius who thinks the exact same way i do

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Demko said...

No list is complete without among the thugs.

And i prefered tim Parks' A season with Verona to the miracle of Castle di Sangro. (too much joe mcginnis assholery in the latter for my taste.)

Agreed about how soccer explains the world. You get the feeling that foer thought he was too brilliant a mind to write a whole book about sports. So he dressed up in all this sociological hokum.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Matt Scheffert said...

I liked "How Soccer Explains" but if the other books are as good as you say then I'll have to go get those too. Especially the thinking fans guide.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

I too liked Amongst The Thugs.

9:58 PM  

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