Friday, September 15, 2006

Fowl Mouthed News

Bruce Arena apologizes to Sunil Gulati: "In business, in sports, people don't always agree. We accept that. I don't necessarily agree with Sunil's vision, but Sunil and I go way back, and I think he's a real good person and he's going to be a good president. He's a competent person, and if my remarks infer that he's not competent and a quality guy, that's wrong."

ESPN2 is showing Once in a Lifetime: the Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos on Wednesday, September 20 at 8pm central.
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Jack Bell of the New York Times says the US Soccer Federation have added former England manager Sven Goren Erickson to their list of potential new coaches for Team USA. If they hired him I think I would puke. They might as well re-hire Steve Sampson.
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MLS games this weekend:
New York v Columbus - 6:30pm central on Direct Kick
Salt Lake v Dallas - 8pm central on HDNet
Los Angeles v Colorado
Chicago v DC - 3pm central on ESPN2
Houston v Chivas - 7:30pm central on Fox Soccer Channel
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Beau Dure of USA Today with a weekend MLS match preview, and potential playoff implications.
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As today's MLS roster deadline hits I am sure there will be a few teams making moves. Here are the first two -if there are more later then I will add them in:
-New England have added two players to their roster - Mexican forward Jose Manuel Abundis Sandoval & Ivory Coast midfielder Touoly Arsene Oka. Frank Dell'apa at the Boston Globe has the details.
-DC United have signed Ugandan forward Robert Ssejjemba from USL Second Division champs Richmond. He was also named 2nd Div player of the year. From Steve Goff at the Washington Post.
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Check out DJ Walker's always top frickin notch Stream Of Consciousness - Chivas v Dallas
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Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer talks to New York keeper Tony Meola about being replaced in the starting lineup by red hot John Conway. Lewis also previews the Red Bulls match v Columbus.
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Dan Loney of American Soccer News comments on Bruce Arena's comments.
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This weekend the Chicago Fire will honor the old Chicago Sting team who won the NASL title 25 years ago. Former Sting players and coaches will attend the ceremony. Both the Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune have articles on the reunion event.
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Ian Plenderleith of Matchnight wants the MLS playoffs to start NOW!
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Here are the match-ups for the First Division Championship Playoffs:
Fri Sept 15-
Charleston v Puerto Rico
Vancouver v Miami
Sun Sept 17-
Puerto Rico v Charleston
Miami v Vancouver
Fri Sept 22 & Sun Sept 24-
Montreal v Vancouver/Miami winner
Rochester v Charleston/Puerto Rico winner
Weekend of Sept 29 - time and place to be determined
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Big Euro matches this weekend:
-Manchester United v Arsenal - see it live Sunday at 10am central on FSC
-Chelsea v Liverpool - who cares if the coaches shake hands.
-Tottenham v Fulham - another of the London derby's.
-PSV v Feyenoord - always the potential for wild ugliness.
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This maybe the most insane thing I have ever seen in soccer! Earlier this week I read about a ball kid putting a ball into the goal and the referee counting it, but seeing it with my own eyes, its completely insane. And you gotta admit that You Tube might be the greatest invention of all time (well, right after butter).


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2:21 PM  
Anonymous hartley said...

Sven!? You've got to be kidding!

If the US hires Sven, I will root for Canada! O, Canada!

3:03 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

i will never ever in a million years root for the silly canucks, but sven...... ugh

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Sasha said...

You know, something similar happened in WC 30 when Yugoslavia played vs the host nation Uruguay. Either a ball boy or a spectator threw a ball into the Yugoslav keeper's net and the referee counted it...

12:54 AM  
Blogger incendiarymind said...

If the United States hire Sven, I'm going to burn all of my gear and move to Canada. :)

Well, not really, but it's just a bad, bad decision.

Though I can say one good thing about if Sven is hired. He'd keep soccer on the front pages of the papers - though not for soccer.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Kevin-- said...

Thanks for the head up about "Once in a lifetime." I'm looking forward to seeing how it compares to the book!


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