Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Whistling Freaks News

Yanks Abroad is reporting that USA & Kansas City forward Josh Wolff has been denied a work permit in England. He was scheduled to be transferred to Derby County, who play in the Championship Division. What a drag, and a total joke.
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MLS games tonight:
Kansas City v New York - 7:30 central time on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v Los Angeles - 8pm on Direct Kick
Chicago v Houston - 8pm on Direct Kick
Colorado v Dallas - no TV
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Chicago forward, and huge du Nord favorite, Chad Barrett broke his right foot last Saturday in the game v Colorado, and has had surgery to repair it. He will be out 6-8 weeks, meaning, practically the rest of the regular season. Damn.
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Boca Juniors star midfielder Matias Donnet has now officially joined DC United and is eligible to play immediately, but may not have a good enough level of fitness to allow that right away. (Includes video.)
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MLS has suspended Los Angeles defender Ugo Ihemelu for two games due to the heavy foul he committed that broke the leg of DC United midfielder Dominic Mediate.
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Steve Davis of the Dallas Morning News talks to FC Dallas General Manager Michael Hitchcock about the team, the stadium, the present and the future.
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I didn't pay much attention to this, but the annual Hall Of Fame game (played right after the induction ceremony, which was on Monday afternoon) was canceled at the last minute by the two MLS teams who were scheduled to play - Columbus (corrected) v New York. The Hall of Fame folks are none too pleased, and new inductee Alexi Lalas used the opportunity to return a thinly veiled shot at new Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena who has used his own thinly veiled comments to rip Lalas who ran the Red Bulls last years. I love it!
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Photos from the official turf laying ceremony at Colorado's brand new stadium - it looks fantastic. (Thanks Demko)
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The Associated Press with a feature on Chicago's rookie defender Dasan Robinson who is having a great season.
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LA Galaxy have placed forward Cornell Glen on the season ending injury list because of his non-healing knee injury.
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Jeff Bradley's First XI from MLSnet: Fantastic finishes
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Marc Connolly of the US Players Assoc takes a look at new Hall of Fame member Alexi Lalas. He talks to Lalas himself and other players about the sexy red head.
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Steve Davis at Soccernet tries to figure out why the US Open Cup has not gained a greater popularity. I think some of the suggestions offered in this article are great, especially the blind draw.
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Listen in tonight to the Soccer Hour With Glenn Davis at 7pm central time from Houston. Hear it locally on 790 AM Radio or listen online at This weeks guests will be former US Soccer Secretary General Hank Steinbrecher & LA Galaxy head coach Frank Yallop. Davis will take your calls at 713-212-5790.
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Andrea Canales of LA Soccer News looks at the controversial match referee Alex Prus had in LA last Saturday - Chivas v Houston.
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USA defender Steve Cherundolo's Hannover have already fired their coach Peter Neururer after just 3 games. The team lost all three matches and have given up 11 goals already!
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Phil Ball of Soccernet reviews the first full weekend of action in Spain's La Liga, and notices that the "little clubs" are still in the race: Dreams still intact
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Eurocentric Transfer News (with the summer deadline on Thursday expect quite a lot of action over the next two days):
-Atalanta signed Italian forward Christian Vieri, and former great player, to a 1 year contract at the leagues minimum wage.
-Osasuna signed Spanish midfielder Juanfran from Real Madrid.
-Middlesbrough signed England defender Jonathan Woodgate on a loan deal from Real Madrid.
-Middlesbrough also signed German defender Robert Huth from Chelsea.
-Atletico Madrid signed Portuguese midfielder Maniche, who was on loan at Chelsea last year, from Dynamo Moscow.
-Real Betis signed Brazilian forward Rafael Sobis from recent Copa Libertadores champs Internacional.
-Hamburg will sign Argentine defender & national team captian Juan Pablo Sorin from Villareal.
-Aston Villa signed Bulgaria midfielder Stilian Petrov from Celtic.
-Celtic signed Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen from Real Madrid.


Blogger Fresh Talent said...

"...the two MLS teams who were scheduled to play - Kansas City v New York."

I thought it was Columbus v New York

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Demko said...

Was that really a "heavy foul" from ihemulu? Lord knows he's made plenty of them. But that looks like a pretty clean tackle to me. Borderline foul at best. Watch the video here:

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd figure the Rhinos would be a team the Hall could contact and get to turn out every year for a match during the ceremonies.


12:29 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

thanks for the kc should be columbus corerction


yeah, i did think it was a heavy tackle - and i think ihemelu is lucky a couple times every game with his heavy tackles

but this one was from behind and he then swept his other leg around and caught

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I was at the DC v. LA game and knew right away it was a bad tackle...from the look of the slide to the other leg following thru. was nasty- even from the upper deck.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Kinney said...

The Access United video on Donnet is from his first day of practice two weeks ago. I don't think he can get to full fitness that early, but we should probably see him as a sub on Sunday.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Demko said...

Yeah, I might be wrong. Watching it again he does come through with the second leg, which is pretty dangerous.

I'm just extremely suspicious of MLS doling out suspensions for borderline fouls that aren't called by the referee, but then result in injuries. The same thing happened to Dempsey on what looked like the kind of play that happens 50 times a game.

Players are going to get injured. It's part of the game. YOu don't have to always blame someone.

2:53 PM  

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