Monday, August 21, 2006

Cat Calls For Dollars News

Columbus reporter: I saw in the newspaper that the day before the Madrid game, you called (Beckham's) jersey. Did you get it?
Salt Lake striker Jeff Cunningham: Nah, bro. You're not putting your name on your jersey when you play against us? You're wearing PRACTICE uniforms when you play against us?!? It's embarrassing! It's EMBARRASSING!!! Put your name on the back of your jersey and sign it! You know? That way I can sell that shit on eBay! Come on, homes! Ain't nobody gonna buy that nameless jersey on eBay! Anyone can go online and buy a Real Madrid practice t-shirt. I can buy one of those myself.

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Yanks Abroad talks to USA & PSV midfielder DaMarcus Beasley who says he is staying with his club in Holland. For now.
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Last week Juan Pablo Garcia of Chivas USA bitched about MLS, saying the league was not going to get him to his desired Europe, and he wants to go back to play in Mexico ASAP. But, shockingly, his team did not like the sound of that, so they asked him to not talk to the press, and even went so far as to try and claim that the words were not his own or taken out of context. Good one dudes! The Orange Country Register with the joke of a story.
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MLS games last weekend:
DC 1-1 Colorado - Kyle Beckerman continues to have a great season with his goal for Colorado, while Christian Gomez scored the tier-upper for DC.
Columbus 1-0 New York - Joseph Ngwenya with a scorching long run and awesome goal for the win.
Salt Lake 3-1 Houston - What the hell is going on. Jeff Cunningham is on fire for RSL with another goal and two more assists. Chris Klein & Douglas Sequeira got the other two for Salt Lake, while Adrian Serioux scored for Houston, who suddenly look as bored as New England and DC by the regular season.
Chivas USA 1-1 Kansas City - Jose Burciaga smashed home one of his patented cannon shot goals for KC, but rookie sensation Jonathan Bornstein tied it up late for Chivas.
New England 0-1 Chicago - Andy Herron with a gorgeous goal to win it.
Los Angeles 2-0 Dallas - Landon Donovan and Santino Quaranta both chipped the Dallas keeper Dario Sala for goals.
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MLS Single Table Standings:
47 DC
39 Dallas
35 Houston
32 Colorado
31 Chivas
29 Salt Lake
28 Chicago
28 New England
26 Los Angeles
26 Kansas City
25 New York
23 Columbus
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DJ Walker with is Stream of Consciousness: FC Dallas at LA Galaxy.
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Columbus released their Croatian midfielder Leo Bisaku who had only played a few matches and was quite disappointing, as have been most of coach Sigi Schmid's signings from overseas. The team then re-signed midfielder Duncan Oughton of New Zealand who had been with the team previously, but has not played during the last 18 months due to injuries.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle has a Q & A session with Houston Dynamo team president Oliver Luck.
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It's been announced that Houston released long time forward Ronald Cerritos to make room for newly acquired forward Paul Dalglish from Hibernian in Scotland.
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Pete Gratoff of the Kansas City Star looks at the new television deals, and what they mean financially for MLS.
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Andrea Canales of the LA Soccer News on the reunion of old friends, Chris Albright & Santino Quaranata, at the LA Galaxy.
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Bob Holtzman of the Daily Breeze looks at the pathetic wages of MLS's young trainee's.
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USL Second Division Semifinals:
First Leg:
Richmond 2-1 Cincinnati
Pittsburgh 0-4 Charlotte
Second Leg:
Charlotte 2-1 Pittsburgh - Charlotte wins 6-1 0n aggregate
Cincinnati 0-0 Richmond - Richmond wins 2-1 on agg
-The Richmond v Charlotte final will be played next Saturday, Aug 26 at 6pm on FSC in Richmond.
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First Division matches last weekend:
Virginia Beach 0-3 Miami
Rochester 1-1 Toronto
Portland 3-0 Puerto Rico
Altanta 2-1 Miami
Seattle 2-0 Vancouver
Toronto 1-1 Rochester
Minnesota 3-1 Puerto Rico – 4 wins on the trot baby! But now they go on the road for the final 6 games of the season. Who came up with this idiotic schedule? Really!
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How did some of our favorite Americans playing in Europe fare over the weekend:
-Danny Califf - Aalborg beat Randers 2-1 and now lead the Denmark league. He was also named to the league team of the week!
-Kasey Keller - Monchengladbach lost 1-0 to Nurmberg.
-DaMarcus Beasley did not suit up for PSV as they won 3-1 over NEC Nijmegen. DMB is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover got smoked 4-0 at Hertha Berlin.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford lost 2-1 to Everton (see below).
-Tim Howard - Everton beat Watford 2-1 (see above).
-Brad Friedel - Blackburn lost badly to Portsmouth 3-0.
-Claudio Reyna - Manchester City got beat 3-0 by Chelsea.
-Marcus Hahnemann & Bobby Convey - staged a massive comback from 2-0 down to beat Middlesbrough 3-2.
-Brian McBride - Fulham got beat 5-1 by Man U. McBride came on as a sub. Carlos Bocanegra did not play for Fulham.
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UEFA Champions League - Third Qualifying Round second leg matches this week (first leg scores included):
Tue Aug 22
Benfica v Austria Wien (1-1)
Crvena Zvezda v Milan (1-0)
Valencia v Salzburg (1-0)
Osasuna v Hamburg (0-0)
Wed Aug 23
Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (0-3)
Spartak Moskva v Slovan Liberec (0-0)
Legia Warszawa v Shakhtar Donetsk (1-0)
Chievo Verona v Levski Sofia (2-0)
AEK Athens v Hearts (1-2)
Ruzomberok v CSKA Moskva (3-0)
Mlada Boleslav v Galatasaray (5-2)
Steaua Bucuresti v Standard Liege (2-2)
Ajax v Kobenhavn (1-2)
Fenerbahce v Dynamo Kyiv (3-1)
Maccabi Haifa v Liverpool (2-1)
Rabotnicki v Lille Metropole (3-0)
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Barcelona forward and two time African player of the year Samuel Eto'o proved to be a very poor teammate this past weekend when he left an exhibition game before it ended after being subbed out at halftime.
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Simon Kuper of the Financial Times with an article on the songs of the fans: Football fans are back on the boos
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Former Red Bulls striker Jean Phillipe Peguero blew out his knee playing for his new Danish team Brondby. Bad news amigo. Here is the story from Big Apple Soccer, and a picture from the Brondby site that says it all.
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Retired USA star midfielder Earnie Stewart had an ugly start as Technical Director for his old club NAC Breda as they lost their Eredivisie season opener 8-1 to AZ Alkmaar!! OUCH!
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Ex-Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires tore up his left knee in a preseason friendly with his new club Villarreal and will be out a good long time.
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The white haired former Newcastle & England coach Bobby Robson will have surgery Wednesday to remove a brain tumor. Best of luck to him.
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Jonah Freedman of Sports Illustrated talks to Bayern Munich's English midfielder Owen Hargreaves.
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And Greg Lalas writes for SI too, about his Greek heritage and love of Greek football.
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Euro-centric transfer moves:
-Chelsea signed Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz from Hamburg. You might remember him from that ugly Holland v Portugal World Cup match as the guy who laid the hideous high boot to the inner-inner-inner thigh of Cristiano Ronaldo, that went unpunished by the referee and led to the card fest later on as the two teams took justice into their own hands. Jot this down: he will seriously hurt some one in the Premiership this season.
-Real Madrid signed Mali midfielder Mahamadou Diarra from Lyon.
-Celtic signed big Dutch forward Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink from PSV.
-Newcastle will sign Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins from Inter Milan.
-Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad have NOW signed Mexican forward Jared Borgetti from Bolton.


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