Friday, June 02, 2006

The Smart Koolaid News

ABC is showing two World Cup previews this weekend: American Soccer's 10 Greatest Moments on Saturday at 2pm central time, hosted by Alexi Lalas - and - The Drive to Germany on Sunday at 1:30pm central hosted by Eric Wynalda & Lalas (again). I wonder if those two will exchange nasty verbal cheap shots? I hope so.
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It's now more real than it's ever been. The USA team has landed in Germany and set up home in Hamburg. US Soccer has photos and audio of the landing party. They also have video of the team schooling some morning-show TV dude who dons the gloves and takes to the goal.
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Jere Longman of the New York Times examines the Czech's.
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Frank Dell'apa writes for Soccernet that US Soccer - the team and fans - are becoming more sophisticated.
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Introducing ClintDempsey.com
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Simon Kuper joins the bandwagon of poking fun at the English. I like that game very much. As a matter of fact I will be in England when they lose to Trinidad & Tobago and I might have to rub it in a bit! Kuper: World Cup game England always plays well
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The Goalkeeper scores!
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Speaking of goalkeepers.... How awesome is Kasey Keller?! Michael sent me a link to the Flatlanders great web site which has a video clip of Kasey Keller leading the Gladbach fans in singing anti-Cologne songs! The Germans even chant U-S-A for him! It's hilarious! Thanks Michael and thanks Flatlander!
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Kevin O'D sent this great video clip of the real Ronaldinho trickery and a parody video - they are both marked "Guarda" - the first one is real, the second hilarious.
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JogaTV from Nike - tons and tons of great video clips
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You can read the official FIFA 2006 World Cup Regulations handbook. 60 pages long.
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Marc Connolly says it all really started in '94.
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A couple of dorks who suffer from multiple generations of inbreeding.
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Luis Bueno for MLSnet on young Michael Bradley, his new Dutch team Heerenveen and his time recently spent training with Team USA.
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The Guardian speaks with the star of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the 90's, Roger Milla!
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Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated talks to the great Ronaldinho.
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The whole idea of Iran and it's leadership confuse me greatly. There is a movie being released called Offside which shows the government denying women of that country from enjoying football, and in particular their national team. (Much thanks to BQ for sending this to me.)
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MLS matches this weekend (all Saturday, all times central):
DC v New England - 6:30pm on Direct Kick
Dallas v Columbus - 7:30pm on Direct Kick
Houston v Loa Angeles - 7:30pm on Direct Kick & HDNet
Kansas City v New York - 7:30pm on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v Chicago - 8pm on Direct Kick
Chivas v Colorado - 9pm on Direct Kick
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MLS has signed a new 4 year contract with league commissioner Don Garber.
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In today's Columbus Dispatch, Crew coach Sigi Schmid really goes after the teams supposed star central defender Chad Marshall for his performance on Wednesday night against DC: "I don't think Chad Marshall got close to an attacker all night. He's the biggest defender on the field and he had no impact."
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Jeff Carlisle looks at the MLS class of 06 for Soccernet.
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According to NYNJSoccer, New York coach Mo Johnston is on a serious mission to find real players.
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Houston's tough center back Adrian Serioux has been out for two weeks with a toe injury, and is now going to miss about 6 more after having surgery to repair it.
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Kansas City has signed long rumored veteran Dutch midfielder Dave van den Bergh from Utrecht in the Eredivisie. He will be available to them in mid July when the transfer window opens.
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The same website talks to KC first year defender Matt Groenwald about his early season success.
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The Fire Alarm has an update on the opening of Chicago's new home stadium. Some good little things for you Fire fiends.
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First Division matches this weekend:
Friday
Seattle v Portland
Saturday
Minnesota v Vancouver
Atlanta v Charleston
Rochester v Virginia Beach
Portland v Seattle
Sunday
Montreal v Puerto Rico
Toronto v Virginia Beach
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Atlanta's new stadium, Remax Greater Atlanta Stadium (in it's initial smaller version), opens this Saturday too!

3 Comments:

Blogger kebmodee said...

love the keller video!

3:24 PM  
Blogger Flatlander said...

Hopefully, some Moechengladbach fans will show up and root for Keller/US in Germany. It would be funny to hear them singing for Keller after a big save.

Thanks for the link.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous ken said...

The Keller video put a lump in my throat.

4:46 PM  

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