Monday, August 28, 2006

Jesus H Christ News

LA & USA striker Landon Donovan talks about the World Cup: "The human psyche is [conditioned] to find blame somewhere and I realize that a lot of times when the team does well, I get credit I shouldn't get, and a lot of time when it goes bad, I get criticism I don't deserve. A lot of the criticism after the World Cup was fair, too. I know I didn't play well."
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MLS weekend matches:
DC United 2-5 Los Angeles - DC is officially struggling now. Big time. And LA is starting to roll under Franky Yallop. The ill-health issues for LA are starting to clear up too. This spells trouble for others.
New York 6-0 Salt Lake - Where did this come from? 10 man RSL was absolutely pasted by the Red Bulls, who scored all their goals in the second half. NY had not scored in several games and Salt Lake was on a hot streak, so this was certainly not expected. Edson Buddle finally woke up and scored a hat trick after coming on at halftime.
Chicago 1-0 Colorado - Another of this years talented newcomers Dasan Robinson scored the games only goal.
Chivas USA 3-2 Houston - Referee Alex Prus had a rough game: he gave Houston a PK with a very questionable call that was really exaggerated by Chris Wondolowksi, but I won't go so far as to say he took a dive, then Prus red carded Houston's Ricardo Clark for a little shoving with Chivas' Sacha Kljesten which deserved yellow at most (for both players), and lastly he did not call a very obvious PK for Houston right in front of him during added time. Prus also let both teams cut the opposition down from behind way too many times. Ugly ugly match for him. But Ante Ravoz had a great goal for Chivas, and rookie sensation Jonathan Bornstein banged home another goal too.
New England 1-0 Columbus - The first 25 minutes were some of the worst soccer I have ever seen from professionals. It was like bad pinball. Then New England settled down, moved the ball wide like their coach asked of them, got the goal, and hung on for the win. Eddie Gaven had a chance to tie the game on a late PK, but had it saved by Matt Reis. Why was Gaven taking PK's?
Kansas City 1-0 Dallas - Scott Sealy gets the winner as KC tries to turn it around, while Dallas heads for the tank. Again?
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Cameroonian midfielder Alain Nkong is back with Colorado after a short stint at trying to find a team in France that didn't pan out. He had some great matches for the Rapids last year and will bring more excitement & unpredictability to the team.
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Some very rare public words from Phil Anschutz, the man basically responsible for making MLS happen (and stay alive financially), at the US Soccer Hall Of Fame Induction dinner Sunday night. Via Michael Lewis and Big Apple Soccer. Not all that exciting really.
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Ol' Grahame Jones of the LA Times with a feature story on Galaxy President Alexi Lalas who is inducted into the Hall Of Fame today as well.
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Steve Goff of the Washington Post talks to LA's Landon Donovan, mostly about his World Cup mega bummer.
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Ian Plenderleith of Matchnight was at the DC v LA match and was disgusted by what he saw from his beloved team.
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Beau Dure of USA Today was at the DC V LA game too, and says the "Landon In Germany = Worthless" banner just spurred Donovan on. To which I say: So what Landy Cakes?! You still sucked at the World Cup! Why didn't you find a way to get spurred on when it REALLY counted, you primadona freak.
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The Associated Press with a great article on the insane life of young Colorado midfielder Fabrice Noel who fled a death warrant in his native Haiti. If you don't know his story it's a great one to read.
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The Columbus Dispatch with features on two players, Joseph Ngwenya who worries a lot about the chaos in his home land Zimbabwe - AND - Danny Szetela who has battled injuries all season.
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The Kansas City Star with a feature on one of my favorite goal scoring defenders: KC's Jose Burciaga Jr.
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According to several stories floating around, US Soccer big wigs Sunil Gulati & Dan Flynn are in Europe this week to interview candidates for the USA coaches spot. They will head to South America next.
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Dan Loney of the American Soccer News looks at the Hall of Fame inductions.
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Ever wonder what Carlos Valderama is up to these days besides putting on weight and watching his yellow hair go gray? The Jamaica Gleaner catches up with the Afro-ed one with a feature story.
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Soccer 365 has Q & A sessions with two players: Defender CJ Brown of Chicago - AND - Defender/Midfielder/Striker Jonathan Bornstein of Chivas USA.
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It looks like 29 year old Canadian defender Jim Brennan, formerly with Southhampton, will be the first signing by Mo Johnston & Toronto FC. He was at Norwich before that.
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USL Second Division Final:
Richmond 2-1 Charlotte - Robert Ssejjemba scored first for Richmond on a PK, with Chris Carrieri doubling the lead in the first half. Ross Spencer scored a desperation goal for Charlotte in the 90th minute. Congrats to Richmond!!
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USL First Division weekend matches:
Atlanta 1-2 Miami
Montreal 0-1 Virginia Beach
Seattle 1-0 Minnesota
Rochester 1-1 Puerto Rico
Vancouver 2-2 Minnesota - our boys battled back from 2-0 down in the second half to get a point
Montreal 2-0 Virginia Beach
Miami 7-1 Atlanta
Toronto 1-0 Puerto Rico
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Yanks Abroad with a big article on all the American's in the English Premiership this season - 12 players, and 2 owners!
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Let's see how some of our favorite Americans did in Europe this past weekend:
Tim Howard - Everton - A big 2-0 win over Tottenham.
Kasey Keller - Monchengladbach - A 1-0 win and another clean sheet over Bielefeld.
Brad Friedel - Blackburn - 2-0 loser to Chelsea.
Marcus Hahnemann & Bobby Convey - Reading - 1-0 losers to Wigan.
Oguchi Onyewu - Standard Liege - Did not play in his teams 1-1 draw with Zulte-Waregem - this has lead some to believe he may yet be transfered before the deadline on Thursday.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - An ugly 3-0 loss at home to recently promoted Alemannia Aachen.
DaMarcus Beasley - PSV Eindhoven - Didn't play in 1-0 loss to Twente. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Brian McBride & Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham - BMB played the whole match in a 1-0 winner over Sheff Utd, but Boca again sat the bench.
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This appeared at Soccernet when I was gone last week, so it.s late, but Phil Ball previews La Liga.
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Eurocentric Transfer News:
-Bayern Munich signed Dutch midfielder Mark Van Bommel from Barcelona.
-Bolton signed French striker Nicolas Anelka from Fenerbahce.
-Fenerbahce replaced Anelka by signing Serbian forward Mateja Kezman from Atletico Madrid.
-Valencia signed Spanish midfielder Joaquin from Real Betis.
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Ex-PSV striker JVOH who signed with Celtic last week shows off his new shirt.
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Jonah Freedman of Sports Illustrated with his always delicious World Power Rankings.
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In case you didn't already know: Roy Keane has been named manager at Sunderland in the English Championship Division.
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UEFA Champions League - group stage matches beginning on Sept 12 & 13. Here are those foursomes:
Group A - Levski Sofia, Chelsea, Werder Bremen, Barcelona
Group B - Spartak Moskva, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Internazionale Milano, Bayern Munchen
Group C - Liverpool, Galatasaray, Girondins de Bordeaux, PSV Eindhoven
Group D - Shaktar Donetsk, Olympiacos, Valencia, Roma
Group E - Real Madrid, Dynamo Kyiv, Steaua Bucuresti, Olympique Lyonnais
Group F - Benfica, Manchester United, Celtic, Kobenhavn
Group G - Arsenal, Porto, CSKA Moskva, Hamburg SV
Group H - AEK, Anderlecht, Lille Metropole, AC Milan


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't blame Fulham's manager (is it still coleman?) for keeping bocanegra out...I said all last year that he is the worst defender in all of the prem. I hate to say it, but I believe it.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

There is no way he is the worst. But he is certainly in the bottom third of the pack.

10:08 PM  
Anonymous hartley said...

That's funny, cause Bocanegra played better than McBride in the World Cup -- even with his shank clearance mistake. But I guess that's not McBride's fault. He had no service.

How 'bout them Addicks. Down a man and still overcome bogey team Bolton 2-0. Thank you Darren Bent and Scott Carson.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that the old fart Grahame Jones wrote about Alexi Lalas in the LA Times, because Lalas thinks Jones is an aging blowhard.

But then again, so do most people who are forced to read his pompous garbage in the Times.

12:15 AM  
Blogger The Metrologist said...

Sigmund Freud, William James, Carl Jung, Landon Donovan.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not to nit-pick but your link to Mr. Loney's article actually goes to the match night report on the LA/DC game.


12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any link to the Brennan-to-Toronto story? Thanks.

2:25 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

sorry about forgetting the link to the brennan story
added now

thanks smatthew for the bad link tip off
its fixed now

2:37 PM  
Blogger incendiarymind said...

Tim Howard is incredible this year. I knew he had it in him if he got playing time.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Sasha said...

The unveiling of that Venegoor of Hesselink Celtic shirt was hilarious...

1:09 AM  

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