Friday, August 04, 2006

Cough Cough Cough News

USA & Standard Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu on his future at the club: "I have made the decision to stay here at least until the winter break."
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MLS officially announced a new deal with ABC/ESPN today for TV broadcasting. The biggest news from it is that the network will pay the league money (an undisclosed amount) to show the games. The interesting news is that the game of the week is being moved to Thursday night starting next season. My initial knee jerk reaction is that this is a bad move. On the other hand its not like they have had huge success on Saturday afternoon, so any attempt to make it work is fine with me. And while my guess is that this night was chosen because it is best for the network schedule, what kind of attendance will the stadiums draw? Who knows. I hope they get it right.
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The other announcement is that MLS teams will have a system in place to keep any players that come up through their junior/youth teams & sign them to their senior team, without having to put those players into the general league player draft. Good move.
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The Big Huge MLS-International Weekend:
MLS All Stars v Chelsea - Saturday on ESPN TV at 5:30pm central time from Chicago's Bridgeview Stadium. If you are in the Twin Cities please join me and others at The Nomad to watch the game.
-You can also listen to the game on the radio in Chicago at WMVP-1000am or online at ESPNRadio1000.com
Chivas USA v New England & Guadalajara Chivas v Barcelona - Sunday doubleheader at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. See the first game live at 6pm central on Direct Kick and HDNet, with the second game at 8:30pm live on Fox Soccer Channel
-Chicago's All Star forward Nate Jaqua is throwing out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game today.
-At least one journalist in America realized that there are 2 teams playing in the All Star game Saturday: Every single article in the last 2 days has been about Chelsea. Kathryn Knapp of Chicagoland Soccer covered the MLS All Star practice session yesterday and talked to some of the players.
-And Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News with a feature story on USA & LA left back and All Star Chris Albright.
-Soccernet has two writers with game previews focusing on the MLS All Stars key players: Ives Galarcep - and - Jeff Carlisle.
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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated talks with now retired USA International (but not retired from MLS) Eddie Pope.
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Dan Loney at American Soccer News with his All Star thoughts.
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Yanks Abroad is reporting that USA & Standard Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu has a badly sprained ankle and may not be ready for his teams Champions League 3rd Round Qualifying match on Wednesday v Steaua Bucharesti.
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It will be an All-Brazilain final in The Copa Libertadores - On Wednesday night Sao Paulo beat Guadalajara Chivas 4-0 on aggregate and last night it was Internacional over Libertad 2-0 to win by that same aggregate score. A match report from Sports Illustrated.
-So the two legged final will be played starting next Wednesday, Aug 9.
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U20 Milk Cup final today from Ballymena Northern Ireland
USA v Paraguay - See that match live via the internet at 2pm central time from the BBC.
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USL First Division games this weekend:
Fri
Atlanta v Toronto
Virginia Beach v Montreal
Puerto Rico v Vancouver
Portland v Minnesota
Sat
Charleston v Toronto
Rochester v Atlanta
Sun
Miami v Vancouver
Virginia Beach v Montreal
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The Mexican Primera Division 2006 Apertura begins this weekend:
Saturday
Chiapas v Necaxa
San Luis v America - live at 3pm on TeleFutura
Atlante v Morelia - live at 5pm on Galavision
Veracruz v Queretaro
Santos v Monterrey - delay to Monday at 9pm on Fox Soccer Channel
UANL v UADG
Atlas v UNAM - same day delayed at 9pm on Galavision
Sunday
Toluca v Guadalajara - live at 12Noon on Univision
Pachuca v Cruz Azul
Monday
UANL v UADG - same day delayed at 9pm on Galavision
-Soccernet with a season preview.
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The German League Cup final- Saturday, Aug 5 at 11am central on GolTV from Leipzig.
Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich
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Patrick Nathanson at the Financial Times with a feature story on a club that grows closer to my heart by the day - St Pauli of Hamburg.
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The English Championship Division starts their 06/07 season this weekend. You can see the whole line up of games here.
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Gregory Sica previews the Argentine Apertura season, which kicks off today, for Sports Illustrated.
-You can see Boca Juniors vs Banfield on Sunday live at 2pm central on FSC.
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Aging Costa Rican striker Paulo Wanchope has signed on with Rosario Central in Argentina.
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Former Celtic and Leicester manager Martin O'Neill will be announced today as the new man at Aston Villa. This is great for that club.

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