Monday, August 07, 2006

Cops Is A Fine TV Show News

MLS All Star Most Valuable Player Dwayne De Rosario comments on Chicago's new Toyota Park stadium: "The stadium is great; the field is terrible."
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Big Huge MLS Weekender:
MLS All Stars 1-0 Chelsea - It wasn't the best game I have ever seen, but it sure was fun. And our boys got the win on an amazing goal by DDR, who proved all day long that he is a top quality player on any level! (Read much more below...)
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Chivas USA 1-1 New England in a double header with Guadalajara Chivas 1-1 Barcelona - in front of a chraged up and sold out crowd at the Coliseum in Los Angeles who used more smoke bombs then I have ever seen in my life! (They say the old place holds around 92,000.) The first game and a half were ok, but the second half of Chivas v Barca was pretty fun. Ronaldinho did not disappoint the crowd either.
-Twellman scored for NE and Marsch tied it up for Chivas USA.
-Frank Dell'apa of the Boston Globe with a match report.
-Andrea Canales writes two stories on the double header. One - and - Two. For Los Angeles Soccer News.
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More from MLS v Chelsea:
-Yes Chelsea had some obvious built in excuses for losing, like the fact that they were missing a couple players, made a lot of substitutions, and it was the first week of training for a few of their key players, but look at this list of MLS players who could not play for whatever reason:
-Taylor Twellman
-Ante Razov
-Carlos Ruiz
-Landon Donovan
-Shalrie Joseph
-Clint Dempsey
-Juan Pablo Garcia
-Andy Dorman
-Pablo Mastroeni
-Eddie Pope
These guys could have inflicted considerably more damage if they had been the starters & subs instead of some of the lesser dudes who got the nod.
-The Chelsea website called Jaime Moreno "chubby" - hahahahahahaha, yet while mocking people they conveniently forgot to mention how totally idiotic their guy Didier Drogba looks - somehow worse then last year
-Joe Canon made three great saves very late to keep the clean sheet and the win.
-Fecundo Erpen nutmegged Cannon about 5 minutes into the second half and we all thought the ball was headed for the net. But Eddie Robinson raced back to clear the ball off the line.
-Jose Morinho was insistent that Didier Drogba was not offside when he scored in the first half. But after watching the replay it was clear to me that either Morinho hadn't seen the replay before he made his remarks, or he is even more deluded than I thought he was. (And don't get all worked up Chelsea fans, I think he is a great coach, just a little too high on himself.)
-Match reports from the Chicago newspapers:
> Chicago Sun Times
> Chicago Tribune
> Daily Southtown
-The Daily Southtown also had several more really good stories on the game - excellent job by them! See the list of those stories here.
-Soccernet with two looks at what the game meant: Andrea Canales - and - Jeff Carlisle.
-The Guardian with a look at Chelsea's trip to the US and a little about the game itself. The most interesting thing to be found in this article is that Chelsea are going to build an academy in America with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
-Chelsea flew back to England right after the match in a plane chartered from the Dallas Mavericks.
-Houston striker Brian Ching has a weblog at the Houston Chronicle website. Read what he had to say about the game v Chelsea.
-Grant Wahl from Sports Illustrated has his comments too.
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Wahl also sits down to lunch with the young jedi master - Fredua Koranteng Adu.
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Grahame Jones of the LA Times reports on the US coach position & Jurgen Klinsman.
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Pete Gratoff of the Kansas City Star reviews the state of the league at the All Star break.
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Matt Zimmerman of the LA Daily News with a feature story on Chivas USA striker, and MLS leading goal scorer, Ante Razov, who has revived his nearly dead career.
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More internationals coming up this week - Wed Aug 9:
Double Header from Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas on FOX Soccer Channel
Houston vs Los Angeles Galaxy at 7pm central, followed by
Club America v Barcelona at 9:30pm central
DC United v Real Madrid - at Qwest Field in Seattle. Game time is 10pm central. They are hoping to get this one on TV.
-Ronaldo did not make the trip to the USA for this and other games. He is recovering from surgery to repair a damaged tibia. Damn - he is still my favorite player.
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Glenn Davis of the Houston Chronicle writes about the Mexican player I despise the most, Rafa Marquez of Barcelona.
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Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch with a look back at the opening of MLS's first stadium - Crew Stadium - and what it has meant for the league.
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Colorado like the job that coach Fernando Calvijo is doing so much that they have given him a 2 year contract extension.
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The excellent source for all things soccer on television in America is of course - it's amazing how thorough their listings are. Today they have posted the following notice about the upcoming English Premier League viewing schedule - there are changes:
FOX Sports International (FSI) has sublicensed US and Canadian TV rights to an average of approximately 4 2006-2007 English Premier League (EPL) matches each week to Setanta Sports North America.
In the United States, FOX Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports USA will divide the 2006-2007 EPL season as follows:
*Saturdays at 7:30am ET: Setanta Sports USA
*Saturdays at 10am ET: Setanta Sports USA has the 1st and 3rd picks, FOX Soccer Channel has the 2nd and 4th picks
*Saturdays at 12noon ET: FOX Soccer Channel
*Sundays at 8:30am ET: Setanta Sports USA
*Sundays at 11am ET: FOX Soccer Channel
*Mondays at 3pm ET: FOX Soccer Channel
*Tuesdays-Fridays: Setanta Sports USA has the 1st pick, FOX Soccer Channel has the 2nd pick
The EPL will no longer air via pay-per-view in the US.

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Its also very interesting to note that GolTV has stolen the German league from FSC. So what exactly does the original all soccer channel from Fox have to show? Some EPL. Some MLS. Argentina. Some Mexico..... USL. Anything else? Wow. How the mighty have fallen.
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USL First Division weekend scores:
Atlanta 2-4 Toronto
Virginia Beach 1-1 Montreal
Puerto Rico 1-3 Vancouver
Portland 0-1 Minnesota
Charleston 2-1 Toronto
Rochester 1-0 Atlanta
Miami 2-3 Vancouver
Virginia Beach 1-1 Montreal
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Mexican Primera Division 2006 Apertura opening weekend scores:
Chiapas 1-0 Necaxa
San Luis 0-1 America
Atlante 2-0 Morelia
Veracruz 3-0 Queretaro
Santos 2-2 Monterrey
Atlas 1-0 UNAM
Toluca 1-0 Guadalajara
Pachuca 2-3 Cruz Azul
UANL v UADG - played tonight
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The USA U20 team lost in the Milk Cup final last Friday 2-0 to Paraguay. They never got the machine running, and Paraguay used two excellent forwards and an amazing goal keeper to cruise to the title in Ballymena Northern Ireland. The USA was the title holder coming in.
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UEFA Champions League - Third Qualifying Round with first legs on Aug 8/9 and second legs on Aug 22/23:
Aug 8
Austria Wien v Benfica
Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal
Aug 9
Spartak Moskva v Slovan Liberec
Shakhtar Donetsk v Legia Warszawa
Salzburg v Valencia
Levski Sofia v Chievo Verona
Hearts v AEK Athens
CSKA Moskva v Ruzomberok
Milan v Crvena Zvezda
Galatasaray v Mlada Boleslav
Standard Liege v Steaua Bucuresti
Kobenhavn v Ajax
Hamburg v Osasuna
Dynamo Kyiv v Fenerbahce
Liverpool v Maccabi Haifa
Lille Metropole v Rabotnicki
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-Hernan Crespo has returned to Inter Milan on a loan from Chelsea. He played for the Blue & Black in 02-03. Awesome.
-Portsmouth are all set to sign Arsenal defender Sol Campbell on a free transfer.
-It looks like Puerto Rico has decided to get serious about international soccer, and have offered their head coaching job to Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath. Turns out Magath was born in Puerto Rico and his dad still lives there. He is said to be considering the job. Wild. I am all for it.
-Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad has signed Mexican forward Jared Borgetti from Bolton.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couple of thoughts:

1.what is Borgetti doing? Saudi Arabia?
2. Since there won't be pay-per view matches for the EPL this year does that mean no cover charge this winter at the Local?
3. FSC seems to be taking the same approach to programing as MTV.


3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your site, but I don't understand why you continue to link to the insufferable Grahame Jones at the Los Angeles Times.
Jones is one of those Englishmen who believes being English means he 'knows' more about soccer than any American possibly could.

Jones is vehemently anti-Team USA, and on top of that, he wrote a bizarre piece during the World Cup where he insisted that FIFA fixed the outcome of the match in favor of Italy vs. Australia in order to advance Italy deep thru the Cup as payback for Italy being screwed in their game vs. host nation South Korea during the 2002 Cup.

If a sportswriter at a major newspaper in another sport, say, baseball, insisted Major League Baseball was FIXING the playoffs to favor, say, the Yankees, everyone would think that sportswriter was a quack, and nobody would pay him any future attention.

Furthermore, if you talk to any of the Galaxy players, you'll learn they think Jones is nothing but a blowhard.

Nonetheless, like I said, I really dig the site---keep it up !

7:42 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i completely agree with you on grahame jones
but he has a loud voice in the newspaper world of soccer in america

so i feel what he has to say is relevant, even if i dispise him and his attitude

9:43 AM  
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11:53 PM  

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