Monday, July 24, 2006

Succumb To The Beat Surrender News

USA & KC defender Jimmy Conrad: "Holy crap, I might get to play ... in a World Cup. Holy crap. Should I stretch? ... Are my shoes tied?"
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MLS games Saturday:
Columbus 1-1 Los Angeles - Kind of a sludgefest for viewers. Not much to latch on to. The LA offense vanished in the second half. They need some real midfielders badly. I don't know what to say about Columbus, beyond the fact that they used their 5th goalkeeper of the season and he kept wagging his finger at people every time he made a save. I thought it was hilarious. Neither team helped themselves in a chance for the playoffs, it takes wins baby, not draws, to climb the table.
New York 1-0 Kansas City - It official now - Richie Williams is a coaching genius. Yes, a genius. Why do they need Bruce Arena. Fire him now before he ruins everything. How else do you explain the fact that for the first time since their inaugural summer the Red Bulls have won three in a row via shutout. End of story. Mike Magee with the goal.
Houston 1-1 New England - I watch it, but for some reason I get nothing from it. Do you?
Chicago 1-1 DC United - Chicago wisely honored the man who built the Chicago Fire and their new stadium (then moronically spit him out), Peter Wilt, but DC United got its 14th in a row now without a loss via Alecko Eskandarian. Nate Jacqua made sure another All Star got the goal for Chicago.
Salt Lake 0-1 Dallas - Abe Thompson powers his way to the winning goal in the 92nd minute. The fact that RSL coach John Ellinger still has a job officially make team Pres Steve Pastorino and team owner Dave Checketts cheapskates and bozo's for not firing his sorry ass.
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The latest greatness from USA & KC defender and poet laureate Jimmy Conrad.
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Chivas USA rookie Johnny Bornstein was named MLS Player Of The Week. Oh. Yeah.
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New York has made their first move in the Bruce Arena era and it was by subtraction not addition. The team has sold forward Jean Philippe Peguero to Brondby in Denmark for $1.2 million.
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The Denver Post with a feature story on Colorado's Dedi Ben Dayan, and what is going thru his mind and heart while a war is happening in his home country of Israel.
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The Washington Post's Steve Goff did a check up on Freddy Adu's progress at DC United over the weekend.
-Freddy then goes to hang with the children of Chicago. From The Sun Times.
-And Luis Arroyave of the Chi Tribune with a Freddy Q & A.
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With all the myriad of injuries that have taken Columbus to the bottom of the barrel you would think that local sports writers would understand why the team stinks. Top quality writer Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch asks if there is more to it than bad health luck, and should some blame be placed on coach Bigi Sigi and his extreme home makeover for the losing ways.
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The Columbus Dispatch is also reporting that former Blackburn star-on-the-rise Matt Jansen is on trial with the Crew. He was one of those guys who seemed destined for the top about 5 years ago, but had a brutal motorcycle accident and has never been the same again.
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MLS international friendly on Sunday saw Chivas USA 1-1 Club America - Chivas USA wins on pk's to stun the huge club from south of the border. The Worm was the hero as Brad Guzan saved two pk's. Luis Bueno with a match report for LA Soccer News from what was apparently a very festive match. Sadly, Preston Burpo and his crazy-big-wicked-weird schnozz did not play in the nets for the Goats.
-And then there are even more MLS mid-week international friendly's this week:
Columbus v Everton - You can see this one on TV Wed July 26 at 6pm central time on ESPN2. Tim Howard will be in goal for Everton.
LA v The Cement Mixers of Cruz Azul in Santa Barbara on Wed July 26.
-It also looks like DC United is going to play Real Madrid on Aug 9 - In Seattle, of all places.
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I think it's a huge shame that more of these excellent looking matches are not on television. MLS is making a big mistake by not cashing in on the international flavor. A few years ago when the company called Champions World started bringing the big Euro teams to the US for preseason matches we saw a lot of them on TV. Then CW went bankrupt and SUM, which is the MLS tv and marketing wing, bought them and did the right thing in having these powerhouse teams play MLS sides instead of their Euro cousins. But now none of us get to see the games. What gives. This is not working the way it should. Why did they even bother. One last thing - some of these games are shown locally, so why aren't they at least shown nationally on Direct Kick?
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Greg Lalas writes in Sports Illustrated that he is in deep need of a football fix of World Cup proportions already.
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The Dallas Morning News with some NASL nostalgia.
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Yanks Abroad with a feature story on American & Nordsjaelland defender Heath Pearce.
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Eric Wynalda was heavily pimping new LA coach Frank Yallop to be the next USA manager during the Columbus-LA game on Saturday. He also wants to see Houston coach Dominic Kinnear reunited with Yallop as the assistant.
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Thomas Rongen has announced his USA U20 team roster to defend their title at the Milk Cup which takes place in Northern Ireland next week. (It sure will be exciting when someday soon there will not be any college players on a team like this - they should all be professionals.) They open play on the 31st against Wales, then play on Aug 2 v Denmark, and finish on Aug 4 v a team to be determined. The other group features host country Northern Ireland, Paraguay and Turkey.
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Our man Jack Bell has gotten a chance to bust a move on the usual "Wednesday Soccer Round Up Column Ghetto" that the New York Times stuffs him in to, and writes a great story on Dallas Roma and their already mythical US Open Cup run.
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In First Division games, the leagues two worst teams did damage to the leagues two best as my Minnesota Thunder, sitting in last place, beat first place Montreal in an awesome match, and 11th place Toronto drew 1-1 at 2nd place Rochester.
The weekend scores:
Minnesota 2-1 Montreal
Rochester 1-1 Toronto
Portland 1-2 Seattle on Fri and Seattle 3-1 Portland on Sat
Charleston 2-0 Miami
Atlanta 1-1 Puerto Rico
-At least my fave team is no longer bottom of the heap. Here is the league table.
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Copa Libertadores Semifinals!
First leg:
Guadalajara Chivas v Sao Paulo on Wed July 26
Libertad v Internacional on Thur July 27
Second leg:
Sao Paulo v Guadalajara Chivas on Wed Aug 2
Internacional v Libertad on Thur Aug 3
-The away goal rule DOES apply in the knock out stages.
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A few of the bigger names start to arrive for the 06-07 UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round matches (1st leg)-
Ekranas v Dinamo Zagreb
Sheriff v Spartak Moskva
Debrecen v Rabotnicki
Gorica v Steaua
Kobenhavn v MyPa
Mlada Boleslav v Valerenga
Djurgarden v Ruzomberok
Hafnarfjordur v Legia
Zurich v Red Bull Salzburg
Fenerbah├že v B36
Hearts v Siroki Brijeg
Metalurgs v Dynamo Kyiv
Cork v Crvena Zvezda
Levski v Sioni
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One of my favorite Irish players, midfielder Damien Duff has escaped Chelsea and signed with Newcastle.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle writes about the 3 Mexican standouts who have flown the coop to Europe for the upcoming season.


Anonymous J. Michael said...

I, too, am glad that the Irish dribble king has escaped Chelsea.

Unfortunately, as a Magpie, his chance for injury doubles.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Wolf
Just wanted to say I really dig the bolded quote at the start of each days post. Nice addition.


9:08 AM  
Blogger hartley said...

If NY lets Richie Williams go, KC should snap him up.

Wynalda ought to quit pimping others for the US job and take it himself.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Zathras said...

As a Newcastle fan, of Duff I'd say it's not so much an escape but a case of out of the frying pan and onto the meat fork.

10:59 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

speaking of taking the job himself - hartley - we would like to see your blog back in action!

2:25 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

and you should also check out dan loneys article that is linked on tuesdays du nord - he pimps eric wynalda for the team usa job too

2:28 PM  
Blogger SF said...

Those international frinedlies (with the exeption of the Barcelona match and the All Star game) are not SUM games. Different promoters who have no TV deals.

3:11 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

that just makes all those games even more worthless in my opinion

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pardon me for saying so, but you do appear to have a preoccupation with Preston Burpo's looks.

You're really focused on his nose.

Issues ?

1:29 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

i think its funny when people write comments about worry whether or not i have problems
of course i have problems

and i love to beat a dead horse
its a life long passion

11:23 AM  

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