Friday, August 11, 2006

Consciously News

New York Red Bulls midfielder Amado Guevara on NBA MVP Steve Nash who trained with the Red Bulls Thursday: “Playing basketball, I’m better than him. Soccer, he’s better than me.”
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Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena warned midfielders Danny O'Rourke and Dema Kovalenko — who has broken two opponents' legs — not to tackle Nash because he didn't "want to send back the MVP of the NBA in an ambulance."

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MLS Soccer Saturday:
Houston v Dallas - will be shown delayed at 7:30pm central on ESPN2
Kansas City v Columbus - live at 7:30pm central on Direct Kick
Chicago v Chivas - live at 7:30pm central on Direct Kick
Colorado v Los Angeles - live at 8pm central on Direct Kick
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And more MLS v Internationals on Saturday:
New York v Barcelona - at Giants Stadium in New Jersey - live at 6:30pm on FSC
Salt Lake v Real Madrid - at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake - live at 8:30pm on FSC
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MLS Single Table:
45 DC United
39 Dallas
32 Houston
28 New England
28 Colorado
27 Chivas
24 New York
23 Los Angeles
23 Salt Lake
22 Chicago
22 Kansas City
20 Columbus
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Dylan Butler at Big Apple Soccer says that New York invited Phoenix Suns NBA MVP point guard Steve Nash to train with the team on Thursday. Sounds like it was a blast for everyone involved.
-More on the story from USA Today. Nash says he wants to play against Barcelona on Saturday!!
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Soccer 365 has a Q & A with new KC midfielder Dave Van den Bergh.
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Steve Goff of the Washington Post with a wrap up on DC United's match with Real Madrid the other night.
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The LA Times has released its yearly list of the 100 most influential people in Southern California, and LA Galaxy owner and major MLS investor Phillip Anschutz is #6. His right hand man Tim Leiweke, who runs the AEG company, is also on that list.
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The latest on the KC stadium and ownership story.
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Soccernet with a feature on one of MLS's "enforcers", Houston defender Eddie Robinson. (I think he is a great defender, but a bit of a whiner too.)
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Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News talks to the newest member of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Santino Quaranta, about his coast to coast change, and the game winner he scored the other night in his first minutes with the team.
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DaMarcus Beasley of PSV is still being slowed down by a hamstring injury, but expects to be back to full training early next week.
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The Free Beer Movement makes a triumphant return to The Jimmy in St Paul on Sunday night. Our beleaguered yet beloved Minnesota Thunder take on their old hated rivals from Rochester. Thunder fans will be tailgating as usual, and the Free Beer Movement rules will be used. Free tickets will be on hand for newbies, and of course free beer. We also have food & other beverages, and great conversation available for free too. Plus you can come and stand with us and go nuts - win, win huge, lose, lose real bad, or draw.
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USL First Division matches:
Minnesota 3-0 Toronto - our boys leaped over Toronto and off the bottom of the heap, by a point. The first half was pretty horrible to watch with lots of defenders lumping the ball to the forwards who were either offside or unable to score when one on one with the keeper. But the second half was much brighter, and even thrilling at times. The last 2 goals were scored in the 90th and 90+ minutes so it wasn't the rout it might look like on the scoreboard. A great win nonetheless.
Portland 1-0 Virginia Beach
Rochester v Montreal
Seattle v Virginia Beach
Atlanta v Puerto Rico
Miami v Charleston
Minnesota v Rochester
Vancouver v Virginia Beach
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Jonah Freedman's World Power Rankings, from Sports Illustrated.
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Bundesliga kicks off the 06/07 season this weekend:
Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund
Bayer Leverkusen v Alemania Aachen
Borussia Monchengladbach v Energie Cottbus
Hamburg v Arminia Bielefeld
Mainz v Bochum
Schalke v Eintracht Frankfurt
Stuttgart v v Nurnberg
Hannover v Werder Bremen
Wolfsburg v Hertha Berlin
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Copa Libertadores finals second leg next week! The away goals rule will NOT apply. Two legs.
Wed Aug 9
Sao Paulo 1-2 Internacional
Wed Aug 16
Internacional v Sao Paulo
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Euro-centric transfer action:
Portsmouth has signed goalkeeper David James from Manchester City.


Blogger Kinney said...

Check out The DCenters for stuff about the free beer movement. I am trying to get a concerted effort from a bunch of people and would enjoy a blog or two about your experiences bringing new people to Thunder games.

That goes for anybody else that is reading this as well.

1:16 PM  
Blogger kebmodee said...

In that Nash article, it says Nash's bro Martin played for "Stockpole in England" Good ole Stockpole FC. I think he must have played for Stockport County.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Sasha said...

That list of 100 is totally bullshit. If you're gonna say "most powerful 100 in Southern California", at least include a couple of token choices from San Diego.

CEO of Volcom (skateboarding clothing line) more powerful than Irwin Jacobs, Alex Spanos, John Moores? Gimme a break...

Although I do agree that Donald Bren is a well deserved #1

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