Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Properly Pickled News

Frankly right now there is so much pouring out about the World Cup and our blessed USA that I simply cannot keep up. I never dreamed that I would type that sentence. So this is what I got, and anything else you will have to find on your own. It's an avalanche of love!
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Our old buddy Steven Wells is up to it again with another article in the Guardian about US soccer. He lays it on very thick, and always has a lot of fun making a lot of fun of other people. This is an awesome article.
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Bridgeview Stadium All Lit Up!
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In a complete reversal, Yanks Abroad are now reporting that Oguchi Onyewu is NOT close to signing with Middlesbrough in England.
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Steve Goff of the Washington Post with a feature story on Run DMB, The Jitterbug, Beaz, DaMarcus Beasley.
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There was a crazy thread started last night on Big Soccer about Kasey Keller being injured. Well I am here to tell you that he is 100%. And so is everyone else on the team outside John O'Brien who is not injured at all, but still not quite 100% 90 minute game ready.
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Thursday on ESPN Classic you can watch the USA beat Portugal and Mexico again from the 2002 World Cup. USA v Port at 1pm & USA v Mex at 3pm, both central time. This is some glorious viewing.
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From CONCACAF.com: Former USA national team player Jeff Agoos will shortly be joining the staff of CONCACAF at its New York headquarters. Agoos will play a key role in two areas of Confederation activity; first, he will work in the Events & Competitions Division where his experiences as a former player will provide a unique perspective on the organization of CONCACAF tournaments. Additionally, as an experienced broadcaster, Agoos will contribute to the development of CONCACAF’s own state-of-the-art studio facility and the range of programming that will be produced.
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And the top US representative at CONCACAF, Chuck Blazer, has his own World Cup blog. This guy is the prime picture of a "fat cat". And I refuse to believe that he actually writes this thing, but if he does then he refers to himself in the third person most of the time (note to Chuck: that one's usually a dead giveaway that you are not writing it yourself).
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US Soccer has incredibly cool video, audio, and photos of all the action updated every single day from the team while in Germany.
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The old walrus himself, Graham Jones of the LA Times with a feature on our king, USA manager Bruce Arena.
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And even more, the LA Times World Cup coverage exploded over the weekend with tons of really great articles. I am not going to link to all of them, just send you to the pages with all the headlines and let you sort them out.
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The quality writer from the New York Daily News, Filip Bondy, has his own weblog while covering the World Cup.
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The word from Germany is that Italian right back Gianluca Zambrotta will miss his teams first match v Ghana, and that center back Alessandro Nesta MIGHT be out too.
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"He's big, he's red, his feet stick out of bed." Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune writes about England's gangly geek, Peter Crouch: Unlikely dancer at the World Cup ball
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John Henderson of the Denver Post checks in on Mexico at their World Cup HQ.
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Long time Argentine midfield star (don't tell that to Man U fans) Juan Sebastian Veron has left Inter Milan to return to his first ever professional team Estudiantes, in his native land.
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Thursday night MLS action: Just in time before I leave, it's Round 2 of this years LA derby - LA v Chivas at 9pm central time on ESPN2! Will the goats get their first ever win over their older cousins?
-Luis Bueno previews the match for the Press-Enterprise of So Cal.
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For some odd reason the Cincinnati Enquirer has a story on Colorado's Clint Mathis where he talks about his team, his past, the USA team, and his future with the national team. (To which he replies: "No way.")
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Jeff Cunningham has been on a huge tear for Salt Lake and now has been rewarded by being named MLS Player of the Week.
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Chicago's Daily Southtown newspaper had a breakdown of the Fire's new Bridgeview Stadium with multiple articles in their Sunday edition.
-And today they check in with the team's former guiding light and one of our hero's in soccer Peter Wilt.
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The Salt Lake Tribune asks the question about a great big problem - What is the future of MLS's summer schedule (not to mention playing during the World Cup) that they insist on? And is there a way to make it better for everyone?
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LA coach Steve Sampson get's the dreaded "Vote of Confidence" from upper management.
-Then the LA Daily News goes one step further and openly speculates on who will replace him.
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The US Players Assoc has part 1 of 2 on the progress of Freddy Adu.

7 Comments:

Anonymous bq said...

First, thank you Bruce for the link to Steven Wells article at the Guardian. An absolutely brilliant piece.

Second, I love your comment, "It's an avalanche of love". It truly is and I never expected any type of coverage like this either. Idiot Powers of the idiot Saint Paul paper can write whatever he wants but theU.S. coverage at this W.C. is so far beyond what we have had in the past here in the States. Possibly 10 fold.

Lastly, even though my blog is not written for the general public I will pimp myself a bit and say that I have just written about the fantastic U.S. Soccer web site. If anyone is not familiar with the changes that have happened on that site in the last two years please take a quick visit to my blog and I will bring you up to speed quickly.

http://nssacoach.blogspot.com/

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well that didn't take long, the Galaxy released a press release that Sampson has been fired.

Also thats cool to see Burpo performing so well in MLS. Hopefully he can lead Chivas to their first victory in the Super Classico.

matthew

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey,

Great job as usual! Was talking to Amos the other day about how great your blog is, btw...

Just wondering if you saw the Tom Powers piece in the PPress. A real doozy. That MF'er really pisses me off sometimes, but I know that he wants soccer fans to respond in a negative way, which I refuse to do.

Anyway, just wondering if you saw it. Maybe you could link it here and mention that people should contact the PP, but only in the right way? (Not sure if that makes any sense...forgive me, I've been drinking a bit!)

Hope all is well and thanks again for all the awesome work you put into this thing!

-Matt Holmes (ex-Thunder dude)

12:38 AM  
Anonymous bq said...

Matt-

I agree with you and the awesome job "The Wolf" does.

I too referred to the Powers piece in my comment above but guess I had not wanted to even give him credit by mentioning his name. I agree with you 100% that they are just doing this to get people riled up in a negative way and I will not give him the dignity of my response. I know several Thunder fans who wrote a letter to the editor, said the article was inflammatory and racist and they would be canceling there subscription which they promptly did. Perhaps that is the best way to get through.

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Demko said...

the great thing about the internets and the massive increase in intelligent soccer reporting is that you don't have to rely on the jackoffs at your local rag to stay informed. YOu can just ignore the angry old men and enjoy the great reporting of goff and connolly and bradley and all the rest.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i purposely did not mention the st paul pioneer press idiot. i did send a note to his editor and the papers publisher telling them how disappointed i was in the article and gave that as a prime example of why i rarely ever read their newspaper at all anymore

beyond that.... thanks to all of you for the compliments
i dont take them well
but deep down i really appreciate it
and i love doing this weblog

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there... just an FYI.. Chuck Blazer did write his own blog. ;-)

2:08 PM  

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